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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Citrus and Passionfruit insecticide help
« on: November 09, 2019, 05:03:43 PM »
I've never really used insecticides before, but it looks like I need them.

Bugs love my passion fruit vine; I regularly see big holes chewed out of leaves. Bugs like new leaves the best--sometimes, when I can see the plant is going through a growth spurt, it will mainly be a vine extension that grows because I can see most of the new leaves got eaten. I never actually see anything eating it though.

Today, my pumelo tree was crawling with bugs, most of which were the citrus psyllid. The tree already has greening, but with regular fertilizer and root growth hormone application it's starting to come back. But I doubt it can put up with all the bugs on top of greening.

I think insecticide is the best way to deal with the problem. Right now, I'm looking at this one. I don't want one that harms bees, and I'm unsure of the proper time to apply fertilizer. I haven't applied insecticide before; can anyone help? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop is not sour!
« on: May 27, 2019, 12:25:55 PM »
I have been eating the non-acidic for months. Picked up some nice 2 lb fruit today.
Where were you able to find the fruit? I live in central Florida too, and the only place I can find it is at MD Oriental Market for $9 a pound. I'd love another option.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where to by lychees in St. Petersburg?
« on: May 27, 2019, 11:18:14 AM »
Is there any place around St. Petersburg that sells fresh lychees? Last year, I was able to pick some off of trees around town, but I've only seen one tree with a small harvest this year (out of about a dozen trees around town!). I know Lucky's sells lychees, but lat year they were all practically rotten. Is there a farmers/flea market around here that normally has lychees? Hopefully someone around here got a good enough crop to sell some.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting pomelo next to pavement?
« on: May 05, 2019, 10:17:32 PM »
Good to know about their roots. It is possible for a tree with greening to live and produce good fruit though. You just need to keep up with fertilizer and water and the like and keep it at its strongest so it can fight the disease. I attended a workshop about this. In my neighborhood, I knew it would get the disease sooner or later anyway, since I have a lot of neighbors with citrus trees and they all have greening. I'm not giving up on citrus that easily, especially after realizing pomelos exist.

In its stead I’m currently growing Luc’s Garcinia and achacha. Both are slower growing. I’ll let you know in about 5years.
Assuming there aren't any hurricanes between now and then! ;) According to the thread Shot linked, it appears mangosteens have weak roots on top of all the other barriers to growth they have here. It would be awful to baby the trees all that time and have one storm wipe them out right when you were finally getting fruit... :(

I guess fruit like mangosteens is yet another reason to move to the tropics. If only more of the tropics were developed, stable, and had jobs... :( It's inconceivable that that's the case since pretty much everyone not in the tropics thinks of them as paradise and would like to live there... To go completely off topic, if anyone has a job opportunity in the tropics, preferably growing fruit trees, I'm your man! :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Planting pomelo next to pavement?
« on: May 05, 2019, 04:18:11 PM »
I have a Hirado Butan Pomelo that I want to plant. There aren't many areas in my yard with enough sun for a fruit tree; one of the areas that gets the most sun has pavement on two side. I thought I'd plant it about two feet away from the pavement so that the roots have time to grow down and don't damage the pavement. But since the roots probably won't get much water from the area right under the pavement—which would be where half of the roots are—will the tree thrive there? The tree does have greening, so it needs all the help it can get. Thanks!

Thanks for the advice everyone. I was aware of the temperature requirement and was planning on keeping it indoors for the winter, but I didn't know everything else was so demanding. Since the seeds are probably sterile anyway, I guess it's not worth the effort trying to get these to grow. I'll just have to find some other way to grow mangosteens...

A store in Pinellas Park, FL is selling fresh mangosteens (MD Oriental Market. $15 a pound though). I got some and found them delicious. I'd like to plant some of the seeds, but I don't know if it would do any good. Since they're a true tropical plant, there's a very good chance they weren't grown in the US. I know usually produce from outside the US is frozen or irradiated which makes the seeds sterile. Does anyone know if that applies to mangosteens? Or does someone know where these might possibly be grown and whether that applies to that location? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to get Monstrea to fruit?
« on: March 23, 2019, 07:22:26 PM »
I've been trying to get a monstrea for awhile now, and I finally found one at a neighbor's plant sale. He said he planted the original years ago. It was climbing up a tree and finally got fruit near the top. A couple other neighbors have this plant under their trees, but I didn't see any fruit on them. That got me thinking: Even though it tolerates low light, it probably needs more to fruit.

What does everyone else think? Does monstrea require more light to fruit? Is there a danger of too much light killing it? Would it fruit if kept in a gallon pot? Would limited growth help it fruit? I don't want it to get giant and still not fruit like all the other ones I see.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit identification
« on: March 23, 2019, 07:12:55 PM »
I noticed what I think are some fruit trees around the city. There's a lot of pictures coming up (I meant to post a lot of these sooner).

These photos were taken a few months ago. I'm pretty sure it's a cherry tree. Is it?

This tree is my neighbor's. I'm not sure if it's a fruit tree or not, but it sure has a lot of flowers.

Again, a lot of flowers. Not sure if it's a fruit tree or not.

This one definitely has fruit. Not sure if it's edible, though.

These fruits are from a friend's palm tree. Are they edible?

I'm pretty sure this is a lychee tree.

Bonus for sticking around so long! I discovered there's a subdivision that has a flock of peacocks. One was showing off. I'd never seen one doing that in person before. So beautiful! Really bad picture though; I couldn't see the phone screen when I took it because of glare. :)

Those are pretty. What does the banana look like? What kind of banana is it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Akee tree dying?
« on: January 26, 2019, 08:10:58 PM »
I don't think it's been cold enough to harm the tree; UF says it'll take 24° F and the lowest it's been is 40°.

It's possible it hasn't been getting enough water. I'll keep a closer eye on it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Akee tree dying?
« on: January 25, 2019, 12:16:45 PM »
I noticed today that my ackee tree doesn't look so good:

What do you think is the problem? Is is just too big for the pot?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit identification
« on: January 14, 2019, 05:13:02 PM »
I just looked up Brazilian pepper on Wikipedia and it looks like the fresh fruit are poisonous unless they're dried. Can someone confirm? What's the proper way to dry them?

The third photo was supposed to a closeup of the not-monstera fruit. Speaking of which, is that fruit edible? It does look kind of like monstera. Though maybe it never ripens to become non-poisonous?
I need to retake the last photo, probably.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are there any low-light fruiting plants?
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:17:10 PM »
That plant looks really interesting! Have you grown it before? Some places say to grow it as a vine and others as shrub. ( ( I have seen a couple places in my neighborhood what looks like that vine growing on trees. They don't look very healthy though, and definitely don't have fruit:

Or is the vine variety a different one? I've noticed most of the vine versions of that plant seem to be variegated. Do variegated plants just not have the energy to spare to make fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cameroon mango #1
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:58:08 AM »
Mangoes do fine in much of Florida. He would need to be in zone 9b or higher. Refer to this map:

For more information on growing mangoes, see this link:

Ooh, neat! Hopefully I'll be sampling loquats soon then. A lot of mango trees do still appear to be flowering. I guess I'll get a picture sometime to be sure. Are your mango trees flowering early because of the mild winter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit identification
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:35:28 AM »
I noticed a couple of fruiting plants in my neighborhood this morning

This one I think is called a Chinese Winterberry. Is it? Is it edible?

The fruit on this one looks kind of like monstera deliciosa, but the leaves look all wrong:

What do you think? Is it edible? Will it taste good and be worth the effort of letting it ripen properly?

This one looks like a strawberry tree. I didn't double-check the picture though, and you can barely see a flower. Is that enough to tell?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango trees flowering in winter in zone 10a?
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:21:20 AM »
Many of the mango trees in my area seem to be flowering:

Is that normal for this time of year in Florida? I understand mango season begins in June. Does it just take 5 months from flowering for fruit to ripen? Is it just a little early this year because of our mild winter?

I recently got what I'm pretty sure is a seedling ackee. It's in a gallon pot and about 2 feet tall:

UF's guide says seedling ackee trees take between 3 to 6 years to fruit. I don't know how long it took it get this tall though. How long do you think it will take to fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Exotic fruit playing cards?
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:45:50 AM »
The Rare Fruit Council International (RFCI) in Miami, Florida is the original Fruit Club / Horticultural society. Founded in 1955, it's the original RFCI Chapter. The CRFG was founded in 1968. By 1973 William "Bill" F. Whitman was already contributing articles to the CRFG for their yearbook early on "The Mamey Sapote in Florida" (4 pgs.)

Tropical Fruit News is the RFCI's magazine, which is now digital and runs (6) issue per year. Dues for the RFCI are $45. New website will be up soon for those interested in joining.

We are also working on a newsletter that may be distributed to anyone that signs up.
I actually just joined the Tampa Chapter of RFCI. Is there any agreement between them where I could get access to the magazine? And is it possible to get a a physical copy of the magazine or is it digital only?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Exotic fruit playing cards?
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:01:16 PM »
Suggest it to CRFG. That is something maybe they would do? Retired members might get a kick out of that one?
I'm not in California and they don’t have an online store, so I'm not sure how they'd get it to me. I shot them an email anyway. Looks like a good group and who knows? :)

On a related note, I see they have a fruit magazine. That's neat! I love magazines. $40 is a bit much for 6 magazines though (yeah, I know, it's membership dues and is paying for more than that. Nothing I'll use though, since I'm not in CA ;)). Does anyone else subscribe to one that's cheaper?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are there any low-light fruiting plants?
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:40:39 PM »
I want to get more fruiting plants, but most of my yard is in the shade, and most of the shade can't be helped (neighbors' trees, houses, etc). I know most plants that flower and fruit basically require full sun—or more than my yard gets, anyway.

Are there any plants that would produce a decent amount of fruit in mostly shade in zone 10a?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Exotic fruit playing cards?
« on: January 02, 2019, 10:29:11 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White alpine strawberry/pineberry
« on: December 31, 2018, 08:27:36 PM »
Strawberries that can die from neglect don't seem like ones for me. I have a black thumb.  :-\

Is Mara de Boise your favorite kind of strawberry? Would it grow well here? Would they have a unique look like pineberries do? Taste is more important, obviously, but I love it when fruit you grew obviously looks like fruit you grew.

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