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I must be very good at growing Lancetilla as they don't have issues with splitting.There is science to growing well.

I am sending Dominic over to taste test.  He said to save him a real good one.

Lol! I'll probably be by tomorrow or Thursday.  ;D

The ones I'd gotten from Berto a while back have all been strongly sweet and sour at the same time, definitely comparable to a passionfruit, and I tend to just eat them out of hand. They're sweeter with miracle fruit but I like sour fruit to begin with so i prefer them out of hand. When I have more than I want to eat fresh I'll cut them in half and pull the seed then freeze the halves. The frozen halves do well in mixed drinks, like the one below:

I've done vodka and tonic drinks with pitangatuba and enjoyed them. Usually I'll puree a few pitangatuba in with some vodka, then add that mixture to ice and tonic. Do not pour tonic into the pitangatuba puree, because it leaves it with a gnarly looking scum/foam at the top of the drink that's rather off-putting.

Freezing will kill the pollen.


This is inaccurate. As long as pollen is dried for approx 90mins it can be frozen for months and still be viable.


That said I wouldn't recommend letting this plant set fruit, it's still a little small to hold much of anything.

Thank you thank you.

What if I use individual stakes to support a few fruits =D should I try to bear some tasty fruit?

It's not a physical support issue it is an issue of how much energy/nutrients it will take the plant to grow those one or two fruit. With a plant this young that energy should be put into vegetative growth. I agree with MangoCountry, it needs pruned back so it grows more bushy.

Freezing will kill the pollen.


This is inaccurate. As long as pollen is dried for approx 90mins it can be frozen for months and still be viable.


That said I wouldn't recommend letting this plant set fruit, it's still a little small to hold much of anything.

Thanks Jackson and Johnb51.
Another amazing thing about this tree, it was flattened by Irma.
I can't wait to try the fruit!

That is a great looking tree, nice work!

Hello All,,
Just had this yellow fruit in fruit and spice park, it does look like this dream cherimoya/
it must had been 3 to 4 LBS, the tree had no name. or can this be something else ?

That's Annona mucosa, formerly known as Rollinia deliciosa/Rollinia mucosa, AKA Biriba.

So lots of flowers and no fruit set...took advice and didnt hand pollinate.

As long as your tree is big enough to hold fruit I'd absolutely start hand pollinating. For me my Dream from Wayne on Dream seedling roots hasn't done great with natural fruit set. That could partially be because I've got it a little crowded with other trees nearby, but a Gefner I've got in similarly crowded conditions definitely sets a higher percentage on its own. Even with varieties that set well on their own, hand pollination is still recommended because you will tend to get more complete pollination which means larger fruit.

He responded to this thread, send him a PM. Not sure what he has available this year
but the tree I got from him 2 years ago is setting fruit all over the place. I have never
eaten this and can't wait.

Come on man, you can't say something like that and not post at least one picture of this fruit set.  ;) .  Congrats on the Dream fruit set man, it is one heck of a fruit!

I don't have much of anything for sale this year unfortunately due to some rootstock dying unexpectedly on me (damping off) and life/business mostly taking up all of my time otherwise. I'm getting seeds going now for rootstock for Spring 2019, and hope to have lots of annonas available then.

Because I called out achetadomestica on pics, I should probably share one myself. This Dream on cherimoya roots was stepped up from a 7gal to a 15gal pretty recently at the time this pic was taken. Right now it has two fruits set and developing, I'll post some pics tomorrow afternoon sometime.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brown/dying blossoms on mangos in SW FL
« on: February 25, 2018, 06:12:19 PM »
In this pic the middle part shows mango flowers that are just recently opened, the right side shows some that have been open for a bit and have some fruit set, and on the left are some that had set fruit and are working on drying out. Sometimes you won't get fruit on every single flower spike. Sometimes it is due to all male flowers, sometimes it is a fungal issue, sometimes it is just poor luck. Some varieties also set heavier and more regularly than others. This pic is of Pickering, which is generally regarded as a workhorse producer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brown/dying blossoms on mangos in SW FL
« on: February 25, 2018, 11:34:38 AM »
So are you saying the blossoms turned brown and died before opening, and that the ones that set fruit behaved differently? Because the way you describe it sounds like normal mango bloom behavior: they push out, the flowers open, some fruit sets, and everything where there isn't fruit turns brown shrivels up and dies.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black sapote (Diospyros dignya) cultivars
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:58:03 PM »

I finally got about a half dozen (so far) fruit set on this "Wilson Seedless" black sapote. I'll post updates once they're ripe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Cherimoya for SWFL?
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:38:56 PM »
Well, Y'all are NOT telling me what I want to hear LOL. 

If anyone has an Atemoya suggestion then, I would appreciate it.  I do have a custard apple that was given to me very stressed, I hope it survives.

Thanks for the input, it is appreciated.

If you can get your arms around Hillary White, that would be fantastic. I heard its as creamy and delicious as Pierce Cherimoya.

I'd hit up Steve at Fruitscapes, I believe he has Hillary White as well as Tim.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rootstock for atemoya
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:18:42 PM »
It also makes atemoyas grow into large trees and makes it harder to grow them in tropical areas. Gefner and African pride are the two most tropical varieties and I reckon sugar apple would be better as a rootstock in warmer climates for these.

The data I'd read out of Australia (I believe from the custard apple growers information kit) said that sugar apple was dwarfing in cooler subtropical climates, but the warmer the climate was the less apparent the dwarfing tendency, with no dwarfing tendency shown in the tropics. Fruitscapes down here uses all sugar apple rootstock nowadays, and after seeing Luke's Issan Indigo sugar apple mother tree survive 24hrs with the root crown under 6" of water, I'm likely going to start experimenting with using it as rootstock. That said I still really like how vigorous my trees on cherimoya roots are compared to the sugar apple ones so far.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing atemoya on Oahu?
« on: December 04, 2017, 06:38:54 PM »
You don't have to bag soursops...the annona seed borers do not bother soursops.

Maybe your seed borers are different, or you've somehow got resistant soursop, but the ones here in FL absolutely will infest soursop in a heartbeat. I've not personally seen them in sugar apple here, but I've heard growers complaining about it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: BBQ with tropical wood
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:14:47 PM »
Cinnamon wood: I've got some large cinnamon logs that I'm going to try using in the smoker one day, but have been told by a friend that they weren't too impressed with it.

Orange wood:  One of the best steaks I've had in my life was a dry aged porterhouse grilled over orange wood.

Peach wood: I've used peach wood on pork and it does well, though the meat stays an almost uncooked pink color on the outside for some reason. I might have used too little wood, but the flavor was pretty much where I wanted it.

Guava: I've never used guava, but just cut down a poor quality yellow cattley guava so I'll be sure to save that for smoking.

Jaboticaba: Anyone used Jabo wood for smoking? I'm definitely going to have to scrounge up some sticks from previous prunings and see what I can do with those.

Not a tropical really but Australian Pine is supposed to be a great smoking/grilling wood. It isn't really a pine but a she-oak, so I'd guess it has similar qualities to other oak trees for cooking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is cherimoya better than atemoya?
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:20:18 AM »
Be still my beating heart. Mr. Cherimoya is actually ranking an atemoya over the mighty cherimoya?  I'm shocked, absolutely shocked I tell you!   ;D

So what variety are we looking at here Frank?

Cherimoya killer

I had  trees of both growing next to each other and AP has better tasting fruit but is less productive in my climate. Pinks mammoth is a good deal better than both and common in my area. Hillary white and Paxton prolific are the most expensive in the supermarkets and shops around Queensland.

Mike, how would you compare the taste of Paxton Prolific and Pink's Mammoth?

I think you'll find that type has been grown around Ubon Ractchathani to the Mekong nearby for decades.

I'm glad it didn't take any longer to make its way over here.

The few comparisons I've seen put AP as better than Gefner, but that's going to be a matter of personal preference.

If they've been in ground long enough to be fruiting you would be doing yourself a great disservice by digging them out. That root establishment counts for a lot, and will mean better/faster growth if you topwork them to other varieties. Heck even if you bought budwood and paid someone to topwork them for you, you'd likely still come out paying less than buying all new trees.

Here's a pic of the one Luke shared with me. The fruit to seed ratio was really good even though it was an average sized sugar apple.

I can confirm that this is a very chewy dark red/purple sugar apple and as far as sugar apples go it is excellent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What variety are these cherimoyas?
« on: August 24, 2017, 09:19:20 AM »
It will be about impossible to tell without pics of some mature fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona reticulatas harvest question
« on: August 23, 2017, 07:54:21 PM »
Hi friend...when is it the best moment to cut a Annona reticulatas (custar apple) fruit to harvest?

My one fruit looks so...I touched it and the fruit its hard....Thanx

You'll usually notice a brightening of the color right before it starts to soften on the tree. Once you notice that brightening cut it then and let it ripen on the counter. Alternatively just make sure you check it every day and cut it down when soft.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wild not waterlogged pond apple
« on: August 23, 2017, 07:35:09 AM »
The biggest issue with pond apple as a rootstock is delayed incompatibility. Depending on the seed source some will just reject everything outright, others will take and grow well then die a year or so down the road, and the truly good ones will work spectacularly.

I hope yours take and grow well for many years to come.

With the above caveat in mind, I know pond apple works as a rootstock for ilama and atemoya and I'm pretty sure reticulata as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pink skin atemoya
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:49:04 PM »

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