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It is an honor to invite you all to this event being put together by The Rare Fruit Council Int'l., (RFCI), Miami. Mr. Whitman was one of the founders of this organization in 1955, & was its first President. We will be convening at The Fruit & Spice park this SAT - June 8th from 2PM-5PM for a Fruit Club Meetup.

William “Bill” Whitman Day & Longan Celebration - Florida Fruit Club Meetup #BillWhitmanDay

JUNE 8th, SAT (2-5PM) at THE PRESTON B. BIRD & MARY HEINLEIN FRUIT & SPICE PARK, in Homestead’s bucolic Redland Agricultural Area.

Hosted by The Rare Fruit Council International, RFCI Miami in cooperation with the Fruit & Spice Park & the Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society of Redland

Members of RFCI Chapters & Florida fruit clubs are welcome to celebrate Bill Whitman’s legacy, and what he contributed to the advancement of pomology through the ‘Kohala’ longan and many other plants. Whitman is one of the founders of The Rare Fruit Council International, Inc. (RFCI) Miami, which was founded on March 11, 1955 as the Rare Fruit Council.

Admission to the F&S park is to be paid at gate, more info at their website.

Perhaps you’ll bring something to share with fellow fruit enthusiasts … fruits, seeds, scions?

The RFCI looks forward to welcoming you to Homestead’s Redland.

RSVP IS Encouraged by emailing the RFCI via their website.

Email Reference: Bill Whitman Day / Redland Fruit Club Meetup

Want a reminder? Sign up for the RFCI list

Want to join the RFCI - Sign up here or bring your form to the event. -

Direct event link:

Miami News - 1959

I will try to help you out by sharing a few spots, contact me... & I can help. I'm in Redland (Homestead) / Miami area.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ross sapote grown from seed
« on: April 26, 2019, 01:54:45 AM »
See thread...

Pouteria sp. fruits in clusters.

All info is here... Saves typing, not a secretary today.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ross sapote grown from seed
« on: April 26, 2019, 01:44:30 AM »
Can toss Sapote be grafted onto canistel rootstock???

They are in the same genus so you are good. Pouteria.

I have two Ross sapote seedlings and have failed at grafting them.  I am considering just planting and hope I get something good.  What do you think?  Has anyone done this? 

Not sure how reliable a ‘Ross’ seedling is, grafting may be best.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruits found in Tropical Wetlands
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:05:06 AM »
Living so close to a swamp that occupies most of south Florida I was wondering what tropical fruits either (1) currently grow there or (2) could grow there? There are islands out there that could flood and gators and snakes to contend with. Not really sure which tropical fruits are out there or could be?

That swamp... is called The Everglades. Marjory Stoneman Douglas named it "The River of Grass"... Let's thank her for that right now and again tomorrow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« on: April 04, 2019, 10:24:57 AM »
Available free online

Manual of tropical and subtropical fruits, excluding the banana, coconut, pineapple, citrus fruits, olive, and fig by Popenoe, Wilson -

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are top tropicals reliable
« on: April 04, 2019, 03:17:56 AM »
I have not ordered from them, but can attest to their professionalism when we’ve emailed. They are also studied individuals.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Alphonso mango x 1
« on: April 03, 2019, 06:58:10 AM »
Plant will be sold at the upcoming RFCI plant sale. No longer for trade.

Spring Garden Festival and 40th Annual Spring Plant Sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Do them all, instead of either or! Also, consider that it's a blessing being able to move them indoors if  needed. The articles I sent focus on South Florida.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Who know this Inga Edulis
« on: April 02, 2019, 02:24:46 AM »
I can ask the person that took the photo. This was taken by one of the Rare Fruit Council Intl. (RFCI) Miami members. Photo was lifted off one of our website pages.  8) I am very interested in this plant as well.

Hi chewybrian, a word of advice that was given to me by someone regarding ceramic pots. They are often difficult to repot plants from, so usually it's best to keep them as decorative outers for traditional black nursery plastic pots. Friendly word of advice, and will hopefully prevent you from having to crack any of them to loosen roots etc.

A few ideas below.

Read about this blacony grower here amidst Miami's Brickell Avenue high-rises.
"Today he cultivates about 100 fruit trees and flowering plants tucked into plastic pots that are relatively lightweight."

"He’s particularly proud of his citrus orchard that includes grapefruit, Minneola tangelos, Meyer lemons, key limes, and Dancy and Murcott tangerines. He also has a pitaya or dragon fruit; he’s eagerly awaiting the harvest of its red and green spiked fruit. And then there are the banana plants that were split in half vertically by a recent storm. “That’s happened several times,” he says."

I also recommend this article by Georgia Tasker via the Miami Herald archives "Fruit Trees For A Real High" from 1980, that covers some ideas for balconies. Hope this info helps. She mentions carambola, guava, Barbados cherry, dragonfruit, papaya, kumquat, Key limes are a few ideas. Let us know what works best for you.

Regards, Mamey D.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bacupari (Garcinia gardneriana) seeds
« on: March 31, 2019, 03:10:58 AM »
Friendly advice, try posting in the appropriate area.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Alphonso mango x 1
« on: March 25, 2019, 09:04:34 PM »
Offering 1 Alphonso mango plant for trade... not sure what I want yet. Over 4 ft. tall.
Send me a message to see if we can trade. Looking for interesting / rare fruit seedlings and or air layers etc. Well known tropical fruits too, just want known cultivars unless rootstock.

Mainly want to see this go to someone that wants it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Mamey Sapote Scions
« on: March 23, 2019, 01:09:17 AM »
I can help you out.

Thank you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bill Whitman in Florida
« on: March 18, 2019, 07:53:41 PM »
Yep in the book his son had a place for koala longans and it got flooded during Andrew. Right off silver palm drive in Princeton I believe.

The Dimocarpus longan ‘Kohala’ is the variety we all know very well, we thank William “Bill” Whitman for this introduction to Florida. To note, since you mentioned the flood after hurricane Andrew, the grove survived. Aside from 500 acres of longan being planted in Homestead, all airlayered from Bill Whitman’s 1 tree, his son’s grove was also sourced from airlayers from this specimen.

I invite anyone to celebrate the longan at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead’s Redland, on JUNE 7th The Rare Fruit Council International (RFCI) Miami will be celebrating BILL WHITMAN DAY, see official Miami-Dade County Proclamtion below! Bill planted a ‘Kohala’ longan to commemorate his efforts on creating a new agricultural industry in Florida. We owe a lot to him for his dedication and the inspiration he has provoked.

Calamondin x Citrofortunella microcarpa is well known as an indoor / outdoor container ornamental.

Aside from the beautiful, somewhat flattened, vivid bright-orange globular shaped fruits, the plant itself is quite handsome, and makes an excellent houseplant for the indoors. Calamondin has been praised by scores of writers of indoor plant books. Alfred Byrd Graf mentioned the calamondin in ‘Exotica’ (1957) & his ‘Exotic House Plants’ (1976) book, along with Charles Marden Fitch in ‘The Complete Book of Houseplants’ (1972). Considering this acclaim, it’s no doubt that the calamondin is an excellent plant not just for the tropics, but for northern cities as well, when pruned as a small bush.

“The small flowers are fragrant and bear white petals... In the opinion of many, the calamondin is among the most ornamental and beautiful of all citrus trees and its fruits among the more intriguing for culinary use” (Hawkes, Alex D.).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bill Whitman in Florida
« on: March 18, 2019, 05:45:26 AM »
At one time his son, Chris Whitman, had a nursery in FL.

Correct it was his son Chris. It was located south of Miami heading towards the Redland / Homestead area.

Check out this cool flyer I stumbled upon. 

Hi All, going way back about 30 years ago, there was a Bill Whitman that had a nursery that shipped tropical fruit trees to Ca.  to include jaboticaba and only labeled as jaboticaba, does anyone have any idea what he was selling at the time??       Regards    Patrick

If it’s the same Jaboticaba that William “Bill” Whitman had labeled in his personal catalog in his book, it’s either a Plinia cauliflora or Myrciaria jaboticaba, both show Grafted, no further info found aside from a comment I read in one The Rare Fruit Council International (RFCI) Miami, Tropical Fruit News magazines from the 90s, in which he calls it a (Jumbo). Saw that this week...

It would be hard to determine the exact one they were selling and where they were propagating from. I also checked a few RFCI Yearbooks & Fruit Lists...everything in the 1970s / 1980s doesn’t list a cultivar. Hope this helps.

Do you have a 30 year old specimen purchased from Whitman? Mind sharing some photos?

Nice try... Long live William “Bill” Whitman!

There's excellent white guavas that are not the 'Thai White'. If they are all from Cuba, we aren't sure but they've been excellent when eaten out of hand.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: is this guava grafted?
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:00:22 AM »
Well said. Can we trust all Home Depot labels? Ruby x Supreme seems to have variants out there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Festival 2019
« on: March 03, 2019, 01:08:33 AM »
Thanks for posting. Looks like Fairchild (FTBG) is a bit behind on updating the site, even though the link and title are updated. The program and info still shows last year’s Haiti feature.

It’s cool to note that this is the 2nd year that it's a Tropical Fruit festival in addition to the usual mangos.

The Rare Fruit Council International (RFCI) Miami will be there as usual with fruits, veggies and a fruit tree selection of choice cultivars & grafted specimens. Drop by our area and say hi, pick up a member form for the RFCI! Maurice Kong always sharp & informative, offering fruit wisdom.

The Mango and Tropical Fruit Festival - Celebrating the Mangos of the Dominican Republic

Regarding Roblack's suggestion of helping out, it may prove to be a good idea but some coordination is needed. I think it could be sensible to use the RFCI, Miami to help filter submissions to assist with relieving Fairchild of any additional duties for the festival. The employees really do so much. I imagine any mangos not hand delivered would need to be mailed, and they must make it on time for the display / mango auction / fundraiser. That's generally what gives Dr. Noris Ledesma, FTBG's Curator of Tropical Fruit, the most difficultly, the timing of it all.

The other consideration is how many cultivars can members supply them with that aren't already available via their sources and collection of fruiting specimens?

Could be a good idea, just sharing some thoughts and let me know however the RFCI can assist, perhaps compiling a potential cultivar submission sheet or something similar.

Wonder what Squam256 has to say about the mango assistance. I forget the total number of mangos usually displayed.

A familiar face at Fairchild's Mango festival is Mark Diamond who produced this cool poster of 220 varieties a few years ago. He's a good guy and one of the leading 3d photographers in the world. A pioneer among us, who loves tropical fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Recommended Avocados- Florida
« on: February 25, 2019, 07:40:10 PM »
Check out this link and view myAvo website and check out the wonderful cultivars we have available to us in Florida.

Florida Avocado Varieties - Agricultural Marketing Service - USDA

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