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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Giant Annona Reticulata..
« on: January 26, 2020, 01:13:57 PM »
thanks..i have been south of India up to Mysore for a meditation retreat but haven't been to further south to Kerela or Tamil Nadu yet.
I will only need 2-3 seeds of the Annona, if more friends from south FL here in the forum want this would be good as one person can buy more and then distribute. Anyone?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Giant Annona Reticulata..
« on: January 26, 2020, 10:43:25 AM »
Interested. Are these coming from Kerela?

Thank you friends for all your suggestions.
I bought a beautiful 5ft tall Luc's garcinia from kalan(Keith). Hopefully will be able to try the fruit very soon  ??? 8)

Trying to add this to my fruit forest and have heard wonderful things but also itís a slow grower and i am not good at germinating seeds. Can i get a 2-3 yr old seedling? please message me. Thanks.

Thanks Chris, Coffee flowers give a nice aroma but our coffee hasnít done much in growth or flowering in the last 2 yrs, probably needs a bit cooler nights which we are lacking in Miami.

Since you didnít like canistel you should try ross sapote. 35 mango trees?! Mind if I visit next time Iím in FL?!

Sure you are invited anytime. Our garden video is in youtube:
I will try to find Ross sapote around in fruit stands to try.

Thank you everyone. I have finalized the list of fruit trees/bushes for the moist sunny spot by the house wall that i am going to evaluate in terms of taste and growth habit before deciding on which to get .
  • - Red hybrid jaboticaba - certainly getting a spot
     - Pitomba - from members it tastes like apricot, would love to try for myself first this year.
     - Pitangatuba - Love black surinam cherries so if its closer in taste or superior it will get a spot
     - Achacha - heard good things about it, grows slowly, will need a 15g- 20g tree,  but could be sour tasting -won't get without tasting it this year.
     - Miracle fruit - like it and already have it planted elsewhere, may transplant it from the other spot but i doubt it will love the full sun spot.
     - Goji berry - like the taste but i have already killed one, not sure why but didnt thrive in my soil, so not so eager about it.
     - Dwarf sapodilla - not a fan of just pain sweet fruit without any added twist, will try Alano and Makok and see if i change my mind, they are
      - Governor's plum/ Rukam - can be kept into a hedge size, tried at Fruit & Spice park and liked the grape like taste.
      - Canistel - can be kept small with pruning, tried one from gnappi, didnt like the taste, was plain sweet/bland , probably wasn't ripe, will try again this year.
     - Hog plum/jacote (Spondias purpurea)- like the taste, hopefully can be kept dwarf. Not sure about water requirements but does well in full sun.
     - There is always room for more mango trees after 36 different mango variety trees in ground  ;D , but i would prefer variety of other fruits right now.
     - Not going for exotic garcinias and eugenias without taste testing them. Interested in Garcinia mangostana but keeping it going in Miami might be a challenge as it is more suited to tropical weather. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: January 14, 2020, 05:43:08 AM »
Orange Sherbet, Honey kiss, Neelam flushing new leaves this week.
Mallika, Carrie, NDM, Guava, Julie, Juliette flowered 2 wks ago.

Thank you RG. I am also interested in red jaboticaba. I looked into Psidium guineense and it says sour and a bit bitter. I like bitter if there is sweetness, but canít take much sourness, how is the taste in your opinion, and are you growing it in south florida? I do have many ginger varieties, katuk, piper betel as my wife has a separate area in the garden for all her culinary and medicinal plants.

Acerola maybe, not sure how productive will be in part sun though.

Thanks nullzero, i already have barbados cherry, slightly on sour side when not fully ripe but i love them.

Hi friends, need help from all you experts here...i am in zone 10b, North Miami and have a long area about 2 ft away from concrete house wall, 15 ft long and 3 ft wide  that can host fruiting trees/bushes. This area is wind protected being close to the house, gets 2-3 hrs of direct sun from 1-4pm and is close to my downspout drainage so i can have more water diverted to the area during rains. I already have a lot of papayas, bananas, natal/coco plums, canistel, surinam cherries, dwarf mulberries and carambolas growing around so looking for some other suggestions?

I hear a lot about garcinias, eugenias and plinias these days, do you think I can plant any varieties of those in this spot? I already have a cherry of rio grande, grumichama and sabara jaboticaba growing elsewhere so looking for something else to add to the food forest  :D. Any suggestions on something that fruits quick (maximum in 2-3 years), can be kept around 5-6 ft tall and wide? I think i have space for 4 small bush/trees there. Thanks!

I would choose Sri Kembangan for the flavor and managable size of tree.

Thank you Har. Yes i was also thinking it should be a deficiency because there is a pattern to it and the dots are scattered in between the veins but i dont know any deficiency would cause that. I havenít sprayed them with anything. I will keep a close eye on plant with picture 1 with potential BBS.

Yes i removed the affected leaves as well. The bacterial spot i have seen here in the forum are more larger irregular chunks of black spots over the leaves, these on picture 1 look smaller but i canít tell if its anthracnose vs bacterial spot. Hopefully someone here will chip in, Har?
Trying Chamomile tea vs Copper vs Serenade( BT) spray in different leaves to see which one will work better. If Chamomile works as good as Serenade or Copper that would be a win win for everyone in my garden.

Going through my mango garden yesterday i found spots in my Cogshall mango( Picture 1) and Coconut Cream mango( Picture 2 and 3) . I think picture 1 is bacterial leaf spot or could it be antracnose? Picture 2 seems to be antracnose? these are in mature leaves and new leaves are not affected. Continuous rains here in SE Florida seems to bring this..thank god my trees havent flowered yet except the Juliette and Guava mango.
Do you guys think its antracnose or is it bacterial leaf spot or something else?

thanks Odenwald, we are learning a lot in this process..treating the soil like my own body, would not put anything that i would not put in my body. Many argue that ultimately the plants absord Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorus, Boron, Nickel and Silica etc and not the mulch or the compost tea or any organic matter put into the soil. Hence so much talk about leaf spray fertilizers and those colored granule fertilizers and slow release fertilizers that Monsanto and miracle gro have flooded the market with, that everyone talks about in fruit growers groups. But the same is true for human body, one is deficient in Calcium or Phosphate or Magnesium or potassium etc( I know this because i do blood tests in hospital everyday) . And they have started to give direct potassium or direct calcium tablet or magnesium tablet to ingest . But the absorption percentage into the body of these direct minerals compared to that through the intake of those minerals tin the food is low. Plus there is a whole network of beneficial bacteria in the gut , similar to the network in soil that feed of of the food to keep the balance. These beneficial bacteria will not feed on Ca tabs or magnesium tabs ingested.

Because there is pest problem in the garden we always are tempted to solve the problem right away with organic sprays but i have seen given time, and enough support to the plant , compost teas, mulch, rain water and soon we see predators coming in too...we are learning but it seems like patience is the key, and courage to make mistakes, and learn in the process...

thanks forumfool...thanks for the blog article..are all sunflowers bad? does it stand for dune sunflowers, beach sunflowers and other helianthus species?

Happy Holidays!!!
For those interested in tropical fruit (mangoes!!! 😍), grafting, growing your own food, fragrant flowers, pollinator friendly gardening and much more, here is a 2-part video update from our Urban Food Forest - Meditation Garden. Itís quite long but still we havenít managed to include all the plants, we have so many! Hope you enjoy watching it, let us know in the comments what you think.
Part 1:
Part 2: (there is a short artistic musical piece closer to the end, hope you like it:)

Sent $30.
Thank you for maintaining this site. Its a treasure of knowledge. 🙏🏻

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: FREE trees (local So. Flo pickup)
« on: December 12, 2019, 07:28:57 AM »
Hi Gary,
thanks. I am excited...i live close by and can come by to pick up today..sending you pm.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Want to buy Nishikawa avocado scions
« on: December 04, 2019, 03:09:25 PM »
I already got them.
Thank you Brad ( Spaugh) for sending me the scions. The scions were shipped from CA on Monday, arrived today-Wednesday in 2 days. They were in wrapped in parafilm individually and wrapped in a wet paper towel and then inside a ziplock bag, they arrived in very good condition. And i already grafted them :D

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Want to buy Nishikawa avocado scions
« on: December 01, 2019, 10:43:47 AM »
Hi guys,
i want to buy Nishikawa avocado scions, 4-5 scions, for local pickup only. I asked George who sells mango scions if he has avocado scions and he doesnt, plus he only ships and is probably 30 mins driving distance from me. I am in North Miami Beach and can drive 1hr south or north or west from here.
Thank you.

I have the same question in my yard.
Seems like taste wise they are both in similar category of high oil content nutty flavor like the CA Hass. From what i have researched Nishikawa is a vigorous grower and tends to grow upright pretty fast, compared to Super Hass which has long side branches and can be pruned to have a horizontal spread. In productivity both produce well but both may skip a year and bear alternate years. And if i am not wrong i have heard both have fruits ripening around the same time Oct-Nov here in So Florida. It all comes down the space you have in your yard and disease resistance. I have not heard much about their disease issues, did hear about uneven ripening in Super hass but that might just be in young immature trees and would improve eventually as tree matures.
I have planted a Day, Oro negro and just got a Maria Black. I was thinking to add Wurtz but then have been hearing a lot of the Super Hass and Nishikawa lately.
Let me know what you decided to go with and why?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: November 26, 2019, 09:21:09 PM »
Finally bought this one through a friend in WPB area. He told me this is being propagated and sold by Zill's farm. As per him the tree is not a vertical grower and can be kept small/dwarf. The fruit has high oil content and tastes similar to CA hass. Its Cold tolerant to 9A. And fruiting season is spring-summer- June-July. Anybody has any more info on this variety? I will be putting it to ground soon. I already have a Day and an Oro Negro. Oro Negro still has fruit hanging, will probably be there for next few weeks. I needed something that grows compact in size, has earlier fruiting season and tastes similar to CA Hass. I heard good things about Super Hass and Nishikawa but seems like both are Oct-Nov ripening here in South Florida and both are vigorous upright growers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: November 15, 2019, 08:36:34 PM »
hi guys, anyone here heard of or tasted Maria black avocado. I was at the Broward rare fruit event a few weeks ago and saw 3g trees for sale. I tried to look up this variety in the forum but didnt find any info. Anyone is growing it? info on tree size, fruit season months, productivity?

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