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Looks like they’re lacking iron, but I’m no expert. Good luck.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal mango flowering update
« on: August 22, 2019, 01:10:14 AM »
Here are (5) photos taken over this last weekend. We are probably two months behind south Florida in terms of flowering but of course, they had a very warm 2019 winter so I assume flowering is way down the further south you go.

All of the noted trees I have been grafted to Manila rootstock except Val-Carrie which is on Turpentine. These Trees have been in the ground on average about 2.5 years. Just for something different the last photo is of my eight-year-old Beaumont Macadamia Tree in Bloom.


Sweet Tart on Manila

Mallika on Manila Rootstock

Nam Doc Mai #4 on Manila

Val-Carrie on Turpentine

Coconut Cream on Manila

Beaumont Macadamia Tree

On the CRFG website it states Beaumont macadamia flowers are bright pink. Your flowers look white.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 21, 2019, 06:56:58 PM »
Does anyone know if Haley’s Comet is self fertile? Thanks in advance.

Don’t have Facebook. Please just post list and make it easy for everyone. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pura Vida Avocado in S. Florida
« on: August 19, 2019, 11:16:15 PM »
When hunting for new avocados, Campbell and Ledesma browse such outdoor markets in search of fruits with outstanding physical features. “We basically want trees that have unusual fruit—whether long, big, purple-skinned, without a seed, whatever,” Campbell explains.

If the local market lacks interesting fruits, Campbell and Ledesma may work a trick that has many times drawn great avocados out from hiding: They drive slowly through the dirt streets of a village and, using a bullhorn, invite all the locals to bring their homegrown avocados to a weekend fruit competition, at which the best avocado will win its owner a new bicycle, previously purchased at a local shop on the expedition’s expense account. A small crowd of locals, Campbell says, is almost sure to gather at the appointed place with samples of their backyard fruits.

The next step is tracing an interesting fruit back to the tree from which it was picked—an often challenging feat that may depend on the assistance of a local guide familiar with the region’s geography and its farmers. Even after the collector has pinpointed the location of a tree, another hurdle may be convincing its owner to allow branches to be cut. “They’re often worried that we’re trying to put them out of business or that they’ll lose their income if they give us any wood,” Campbell says. Sometimes, befriending locals in the village bar over several rounds of beer can do the trick. And to quell any lingering suspicions, Campbell usually provides written assurances of royalties on fruit sales should the tree ever become a cultivated commercial variety.

Through their many expeditions and negotiations, Campbell and Ledesma have brought some knockout avocados back to the Fairchild Garden. There is one they found in a backyard garden in Rivas, Nicaragua called the Pura Vida. The Pura Vida bears gourd-shaped fruits averaging 18 inches in length, with some growing as long as 3 feet. Then there’s the Juan Jose, an avocado Campbell and Ledesma found growing on a tree in Costa Rica and whose fruits contain no seed at all—just light, creamy flesh within a soft, green skin. Campbell and Ledesma dubbed another the “car wash avocado” after the rural outpost where they found the tree growing in Guatemala. Similarly, there are two “truck stop avocados,” each collected from a roadside truckers’ café in Guatemala.

Is anyone growing the seedless “Juan Jose”? avocado with NO seed?! Yes please!!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pura Vida Avocado in S. Florida
« on: August 18, 2019, 06:30:16 PM »
Brad, wow, thanks for bringing this variety to my attention! It looks like a looooooong Pinkerton.

Hello Oscar, that’s great news! Please add me to the PV scion list. Thank you sir.

Just a quick update. Since planting in late April all the fruit fell off except one (see picture). There has been a big flush of new growth the past couple months with the warming of the weather. This tree proves what all the experienced members on his forum talk about, which is, removing the fruit when the teee is small will boost vegetative growth. Almost all the branches are flushing new growth except the one holding fruit. Thanks again for everyone’s advice, I’m happy I put it in the ground based on your folks recommendations.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Insane ,,pest,, control
« on: August 13, 2019, 11:16:17 AM »
What does it have to do with tropical fruit growing? 

At the surface using these devices does look bad to me. On the other hand Russian owned news outlets surely have a biased reporting on issues in the US.

Maybe you should focus more on appropriate topics for this website instead of stirring the pot on controversial topics.


Bummed I missed out on this one. That fruit looks sooooo good. IF ANYONE HAS EXTRA SEEDS and would like to sell/trade, please let me know. Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: August 05, 2019, 12:50:52 AM »
Found a listing on Ebay for a live plant Myrica rubra - Red Bayberry - Live Plant

Looks like someone in Florida.  I'd bid but I'm in California,

Fruit trees can be shipped to Cali from Florida, FYI. You could have bid on that myrica rubra.

If you’re looking for a sweet cherry this is NOT for you. Bush2beach was a pleasure to buy from though, he sent me fresh fruit and was very quick to respond to my questions. I would DEFINITELY buy from him again, just not capulan cherries...always happy to get to try new fruit though!

Have you tried eating the leaves? If so, tasty?

I damaged 2 of the 3 seeds trying to get them out. I assume these are too damaged to germinate?

You don’t need to damage the husks by using a knife to pry them open. Just find the “fibery” part that runs  along the length of the husk, is you use your fingernails (or butter knife) and scrape along that fiber, you can usually find a small opening in the husk. Once I find that small opening/hole, I can usually jut pull the husk apart and open with my fingers without ever having to insert a knife into the husk.

I watered just before flowers until picking and had a pretty good crop

So you stopped watering once the flowers were on the tree?

Very interesting small fruiting bush that produces blueberry sized orange fruits. Member if the greater citrus family. Also known as Gin Berry, Orange berry, Rum berry, etc.

5 seeds for $3 plus shipping.

Please inquire via PM.


What makes it “very interesting”? Thanks.

Thanks so much for your reply. The tree has flowered before but nothing this year. Sorry to hear about your seedy fruit, that party suuuuuuucks. I only have this one tree that is fruiting age, so I’m not sure on the wide variation from seedlings, but Ive never read or seen anything about them having so
many seeds :(  I hope your other trees start making up for it!! Best of luck.

My grumi is flowering very well right now but keeps dropping flowers, ughh...Do they need the same amount of water during flowering, extra water, or less water? I can’t figure it out. About half the flowers in this picture have dropped. Thank you.


I would. I accidentally snapped my leader branch over the winter while moving it and was initially bummed. But this spring it grew better than anytime before. You’ll just have two main shoots instead of one, but that just means more fruiting branches. Be careful with it near the foundation of your home,, it has shallow roots that can become invasive.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Capulin Cherry seeds available
« on: July 25, 2019, 07:24:53 PM »
PM sent. Thank you. Those cherries look tasty!

Peach cobbler trees SOLD OUT.

Hi JF,
I noticed these peach cobblers you were selling it March were on Manila. The peach cobbler i got from
you last week is on turpentine, should I try to graft it onto Manila? I believe you said it would grow well on turpentine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop juice at Costco
« on: July 22, 2019, 02:31:39 PM »
I have tried it, it tasted good, but is too sweet. wish it didn't have added sugar.

Agreed. It’s very sweet, but I have a sweet tooth...I’m the kid who snuck extra sugar in my kook-aid ;)
So for me it’s perfect the way it is.

Yes of course, theres no husk in that photo.  Eat the mango, dehusk, toss in pot of dirt.

Thanks, I have 6 organic mangoes from Costco. Just checked and they are kent from mexico that were hot water treated. Hopefully they should work.

Almost all my Kent seeds from Costco that have been planted over the last month or so have sprouted, FYI.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop juice at Costco
« on: July 22, 2019, 12:34:32 PM »
Nectar by FDA standards can be doctored with additives and sugar. Fruit juice is generally the finest product aside from pulp that is available.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: For sale: Mammea americana
« on: July 21, 2019, 09:42:49 PM »
PM sent

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