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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Vanilla beans
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:52:45 PM »
Anyone selling vanilla beans? I am looking for the actual beans and not the plant.

how much do you need sir ??

I am looking for about 15-20 beans of both V. planifolia and V. tahitensis. Do you have any for sale?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Vanilla beans
« on: March 11, 2018, 05:48:43 PM »
Anyone selling vanilla beans? I am looking for the actual beans and not the plant.

What is the best cultivar of taro/dasheen for its leaves?

There are a lot of cultivars available in Hawaii so I figured someone might know which one has the best leaves for cooking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: hog plum - mombin question
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:45:43 PM »
Maybe 8 to 9 feet to the tip of the tallest branch.  It is bare now and there are two branches that would be about that high.  If I pruned those back, then I will say about a 7 to 8 foot plant. Most of the other branches are in the 5 to 7 feet range off the ground.

I could take a picture during the day and post.

Why did you ask?

At that size, it should set fruit no problem.

If it's the purple mombin that you're growing it's one of my favorite fruit. Definitely worth growing.

Heres an Excalibur Red just under 3 years old from a 3 gallon pot with 14 fruit on it now and a lot of male flowers also..I've hand polenated it crossing it with a Mai 1 on some of the fruit..

Are you sure those are above the graft? I know Excalibur used to graft jackfruits pretty high at one point.

Hi - I have my first blossoms coming out on my Cheena Jackfruit (crossed with Champadek). Does anyone know how large or old a female blossom must be before it is receptive ? The male blossom first out on a branch is 2" long and about 2 weeks old, has been shedding pollen, but now starting to get moldy and die. Meanwhile, a blossom just behind it is an inch long and hopefully be female, but is still deep green and smooth, so wondering if it is receptive yet...

Pics? It's probably a male based on your description.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: hog plum - mombin question
« on: March 10, 2018, 08:05:48 PM »
How large is the mombin?

Most commercial groves in Homestead use a giant trencher. The go through with the spacing they plotted out and then cut across the opposite direction to make a grid pattern. After that they put the busted up limerock pieces back in the trenches and then plant the trees in the middle of the Xs they created. From that point on the trees are almost grown in a hydroponic like condition, normally with conventional fertilizers and ungodly amounts of foliar feeding, especially chelated iron. It really is a strange way to grow.

Was this property previously planted on? It might be trenched out for you already.

There are some organic growers there and some just swap out organic products for the conventional ones and then some actually build up the soil with mulch and compost and whatnot.

If you can spare 6 weeks this summer there is a graduate level course through UF that is amazing. Look up HOS 5555. It is offered every other year on the even numbered years. Dr. Jonathan Crane teaches it. It was such a good experience.

I second this. You should definitely take the class if possible. I took it 8 years ago and it was great. In addition to all of the in class learning, you get to visit a ton of local farms to see how they do things.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any drawback to Maha chanok?
« on: March 03, 2018, 03:11:58 PM »
:D It's only mild when eaten at the wrong stage. I don't like mild mangoes myself. It took me several tastings before I found the sweet spot.

I think a lot of folks pan certain mangoes because they're eating them at the wrong stage. For example, I hear a lot of folks claiming that the nam doc mai is bland (just pure sweet). However, that's only true if eaten when fully yellow. If eaten at an earlier stage, it's actually an incredible mix of sweet and tart.

Maha Chanok tastes a lot like sweet tart when eaten at the right stage.

Carrie is another one that is compost fodder when eaten at the wrong stage, but quite delicious when eaten slightly green.

Drawbacks? Yes.  It does not taste as good as a number of the new Zill varieties.

100% in agreement, we know taste is subjective. if someone likes mild mango this would be great for them. I like super sweet or super complex or both. Mild mangoes are not for me or my wife.

I agree. I think most mangos should be eaten slightly green.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interesting Pineapple shoot
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:49:45 AM »
Multiple crowns can either be genetic or environmental.

Some environmental causes are too much nitrogen, too high of a temp and too much sunlight when the initial flower is developing, and also drought.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangos, Mangos, Mangos CRFG
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:42:50 AM »
How difficult is it for people to spell Mahachanok correctly?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruiting Chempadak in Florida
« on: February 24, 2018, 06:33:11 PM »
There was (is?) a fruiting chempedak in the Whitman pavilion at Fairchildís. I saw it fruiting a few years ago.


I have heard that it is blood red. True?

Also, how good is Excalibur Red? I have a tree in the ground, purchased based on reports from fellow forum members. Have you tasted the fruit?

It's redder than any other jackfruit I've ever seen in person. I wouldn't say blood red though. If I can find the pictures I have of it, I will post it.

I've had Excalibur Red, and it was good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: February 21, 2018, 11:11:54 PM »
Maybe it is different in FL but lychee is the lowest care fruit tree I have. I do about 2 nutrient sprays while fruit are forming and prune at harvest. That's it - no other care needed - seem not to. E prone to pests despite other plants in the vicinity having pests.

Same here. I have a 15-20-year old Mauritius lychee in front of my house and I don't do a thing other than twice a year potassium fertilization.

Timor is the best red variety Iíve ever had. Iím not sure if Excalibur is selling them yet though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting purple mombin cuttings question
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:10:07 PM »
Leave them alone for now. You don't want the tree trying to rebloom and waste energy. In a few weeks you can just remove the fruit that set but don't break the entire flower/branch.

Purple mombin is one of the easiest plants to grow from cuttings and you probably didnt even need to wrap them with plastic.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Mango ID
« on: February 08, 2018, 02:05:27 PM »
Thread locked for spreading misinformation.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Anona Scions Sale start February 5
« on: February 04, 2018, 09:48:48 PM »
can you post the names underneath each pic?

PM me and Iíll send it.

Names under each pic and prices listed on the main post or this post will be deleted.

If anyone has fresh young coconuts (for coconut water) in Palm Beach County and are willing to sell them please let me know. I am willing to pay $1 per coconut. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ilamas on my trees and seeds sprouting
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:39:25 AM »
How do rate them compared to other annonas that you've tried?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Orange Essence Mango AKA 40-33
« on: January 01, 2018, 05:52:03 PM »
I am selling my grafted Orange Essence tree. Here is the link to my post:

I am selling all three grafted mango trees together for $60. I don't want to sell them individually.

Local pickup only.  Palm Beach County, Florida.

Jeff, you're the best! Thanks!

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support of the forum.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree fertilizer
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:52:44 PM »
I recommend Espoma Citrus Tone to fertilize your young mango trees (and most other fruit trees). I've used it for years and my trees have all done well. It's organic and has a good ratio.

edit: I also wanted to point out that I don't think "inorganic" is the correct term you should be using. "Non-organic" is better suited. Inorganic usually defines something that is not carbon based.

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