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I would suggest growing lucuma and grafting green onto it. That's what I'm doing and I have around 50 lucuma seedlings waiting for grafting.

Do you have these grafted already? If so, for how long? I haven't heard of this combo before. It would be great if it was stable. Thanks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Does this look like herbicide damage?
« on: June 21, 2019, 12:35:08 AM »
Thanks guys. I'll spray some oil and hope for the best.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Does this look like herbicide damage?
« on: June 19, 2019, 01:09:33 PM »
Mamey







Pickering Mango








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I have one that I bought from ECHO a little while back I can sell. I'll be at the Fairchild Mango Fest next month. If you are going we can meet up there. Message me if you are interested. I can send pictures of the plant.

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I have a Prolific Sapodilla about 10 ft tall. It has been blooming profusely three years in a row but no fruits. A smaller 7 ft Hasya about 15 feet apart has already produced about 10 fruit last year.
Should I get rid of the Prolific this year and replace it with another variety - Alano or Makok or a newer variety from Zill.
Any opinions?

I could be wrong but I think prolific is an older grittier cultivar. You could replace it with something higher quality if you aren't into the grit. Some people like it. The Hasya definitely likes cross pollination though.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangifera caesia graft compatibility
« on: June 13, 2019, 10:11:58 AM »
Does anyone know what species are graft compatible with Mangifera caesia?

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The Kasturi fruit have a very strong smell that annoys some people. I've heard it described as petroleum oil or diesel. Being a mechanic most of my life it doesn't bother me.
I think you are confused with kuini, that is the one with the strong smell , that''s why the name Mangifera odorata. Kasturi does not have a strong smell.
No, not confused and definitely Kasturi and others here agree with me. To me it is fine I like strong flavors & eat them since it reminds me of old times but some people (my wife) are more picky.
Strong flavor yes, strong smell no. At least not the kasturis that i have.

Hi Oscar. I was curious on the origin of your Kasturi tree. I bought scions from you that took and I have a tree in the ground here. Is this a seedling you brought back? There are two slightly different ones here in Florida. One is more purple and one is more green. I love these fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Identifying my Avocado tree Help
« on: June 11, 2019, 07:20:06 PM »
Probably Doni/Donnie or Simmonds. I have seen both at big box and look like that. Either way it is an early West Indian type.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making my cherimoya flower!
« on: May 19, 2019, 06:11:21 PM »
I have 2 El Bumpo sizing up on my tree here in Florida. I have a few other cherimoya varieties that I am pruning and hoping to push flowers. My Selma grafts didn't take so I can't comment on that. Seems like it is cultivar dependent and not species wide. Time will tell if I can get some more varieties to set or if I event get the El Bumpo to maturity. We had a very mild winter here this year. I have an out of zone breadfruit in ground with just minor burning and dieback.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making my cherimoya flower!
« on: May 18, 2019, 10:45:47 AM »
Hi Jeff,
I hope you are doing good my friend. I would try pruning it back. Tip the ends and strip the leaves off. You don't have to do the entire tree. The usually induces flowering and you can control and spread out your crop by using hand pollination. If the leaves are really stuck on a you are doing damage to the tree you can just cut at the petioles and they will fall off shortly.

BTW, I have my first fruit set on my Rollinia tree that came from your seed of that 7.5 lb monster a while back.

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Just a reminder. The massive tree sale is tomorrow. Indoors at the convention center.

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Thanks for the kind reviews. Ripe fruit are in a lull right now. The tree has a bunch of green fruit set and flowers on it now. I'll update if I get another wave of seed available. Good luck guys.

A little tip. I grafted on a couple branches from my friends tree and I think the cross pollination really helped boost the fruit set. If you have room, plant two or three trees next to each other or just graft on different branches on the same tree from these seedlings.

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My lecture tonight:  "Making Annona Hybrids", will be at the Mounts Auditorium, 7:30 PM meeting of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council, with lots of beautiful slides.

The frustrating part is that almost all of the hybrids pictured, no longer exist!

See the info in the old thread that I just bumped up: "hungry for more info...on Annona hybrids."

Holy crap Har. Hopefully we can get you to do this talk at the Manatee club. I don't book the speakers anymore but let me know if you are interested. I'll pass it on. I'm not on Facebook anymore but still have the messenger app. - Josh Starry in Sarasota.

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31st annual MRFC tree sale. Over 20 vendors inside the convention center. I'll be there but I will mostly be selling dragonfruit and whatever odds and ends I can dig out. I am pretty sure Adam (Flying Fox) will be there as usual. Lots of other great vendors. Come on out!


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I bring 2 gallons of water with me and sometimes a 64oz smoothie with me in the summer for workdays. Long sleeve white spf shirt, sun hat with the neck mullet cloth on it and some lightweight Columbia or athletic shorts. Sometimes I wont piss all day. It can be brutal at times but I sure love watching how fast everything grows.

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would love to get some seedling or better yet the tree,
about how long to fruit from seed?

Not sure. I got my tree from a friend. I am guessing around 4 or 5 years. They are somewhat slow growing.

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Pitomba Eugenia luschnathiana seeds

Just harvested.

10 seeds for $10 shipped in padded envelope and vermiculite with tracking.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: JF Annona grafting in Florida
« on: April 29, 2019, 11:09:08 AM »
Hey guys,
They are different fruits. I should have some of each this year. Hopefully somewhat ripe around the same time.

Here is the story on the Dream origin I posted a while back. I am good friends with Wayne and a few other long time members in the clubs over here.

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=492.msg337694#msg337694

The one or two Arka fruit I had were very good. Most home grown Annona are though.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: JF Annona grafting in Florida
« on: April 27, 2019, 03:57:38 PM »
Did you get to try la habra sun or birula?
I got three spots to plant, already have calostra and dream. What do you suggest?

Pink's Mammoth is pretty good. Do you have a rollinia? Gefner is a great fruit but super common. All of the cultivars seem to do fine here. Giant Yucatan squamosa had soft melting flesh that tasted like cake frosting to me.

I wish I could be more of a help. Hopefully I'll get a better feel for stuff as I get more trees into my messy yard. I have my first Ilama and Rollinia fruits growing now as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: JF Annona grafting in Florida
« on: April 27, 2019, 03:37:32 PM »
I have had quite a few La Habra Suns. They have more of a sugar apple component to them. I haven't fruited Birula yet. I think I still have it on one of my trees.

I think almost any atemoya will do well in South Florida. There can be issues with seed borers but I haven't had any here. They like food, water, mulch, pruning, hand pollenating....

I even have a couple little El Bumpo cherimoya that set. I wouldn't be surprised if you could fruit Cherimoya all over the place with proper care. Time will tell. I have some other Cherimoya culitvars here as well.

El Bumpo fruitlet


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit fruiting question
« on: April 26, 2019, 02:20:43 PM »
Dr Richard campbell told me when hybridizing jaks he baged some female flowers and never pollinated them and they still grew.

I wonder if he checked them for carpels. You often see the other Artocarpus species with nothing inside when you rip them open.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: JF Annona grafting in Florida
« on: April 26, 2019, 12:27:05 PM »


After nearly another year under your belt, I'm interested in hearing an updated report.
What is your top 5 considering the different climate here

They are all pretty good honestly. The Colostro seems to grow well and size up but there are some hard spots around the seeds which isn't ideal. I think the Pink's Mammoth tastes better than the Jumbo African Pride and African Pride.

I don't have a good read on the trees outside of the fruit because my trees are so heavily pruned and multigrafted. I also hand pollinate with so much different pollen.

Dream is still one of the best tasting fruits I have had. The Arka Sahan was also excellent. It is hard to beat a properly ripened Annona off of a happy well fed tree no matter what cultivar.

I always like to joke around that Gefner is the best anyway since it is so easily acquired.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bush Tucker Man-Les Hiddins
« on: April 21, 2019, 10:57:55 AM »
So good. Thanks for sharing. That canoe was very impressive.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Double Graft on Canistel?
« on: April 21, 2019, 09:48:42 AM »
Or an interstock for whatever reason.
I have a pond apple on which I grafted a cherimoya on which I then grafted an atemoya.
It was the outcome of a failed attempt to graft on atemoya onto pond apple.
I don't know enough about Canistel to speculate on why you might need an interstock.

Very cool. How is the compatibility with that? When did you graft?

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