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Thanks for all your work Patrick!

Wise move. I had 2 Squamous Cell Carcinomas removed from my arm this summer.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Loking for bulk Fig cuttings
« on: November 23, 2019, 10:00:27 PM »
Have you checked  forum?

Please I can suppy the following from Ghana:

-Annona senegalensis
-Annona manning
-Chrysophyllum albidum
-Myrianthus arboreas
-African Walnut
-Vanguerian infausta
-Dacryodes edulis
-Treculia Africana
-Irving gabonensis
-Vitex doniana
-Blighia sapida
-Velvet tamarind
-Parkia biglobosa
-Cola acuminata
-Tetrapleura tetraptera
-Terminalia catappa and many more....

Forum rules state that you must list the prices. Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What kind of fruit tree is this?
« on: October 23, 2019, 05:54:42 PM »
Here's a photo of one that I planted from my first fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What kind of fruit tree is this?
« on: October 22, 2019, 10:10:15 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical plant nurseries in Clearwater FL
« on: October 13, 2019, 09:44:07 PM »
Jene's Tropicals in St Pete is definitely worth checking out


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Guavaberry aka Rumberry Seeds!
« on: September 30, 2019, 02:46:17 PM »
Received mine today Matt. Thanks so much.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting wax for mangoes?
« on: September 23, 2019, 02:30:54 PM »
I don't use wax for my mango grafts. The Buddy Tape I use stays in place long enough for the
union to take.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Do Some Mango Trees Shed Leaves?
« on: September 14, 2019, 11:03:19 AM »
My Kent sheds leaves but the Carrie and NDM do not.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White ilama fruiting like crazy
« on: August 19, 2019, 02:07:24 PM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Mango Trees at Lowes
« on: August 06, 2019, 02:13:35 PM »
The Lowes in St. Petersburg area (Park Blvd. and Belcher) has 3 Carries, 2 Mallika (3 gal) and one Kesar
that looks like a 7 gal. No price on the Kesar and the others were $33.

I have had good luck using the green stretch tie tape.

Yes I use the green nursery tape for My hibiscus grafting , But The birds are attracted to the green tape

I make sure to trim the loose ends so birds don't mistake them for worms or caterpillars or to use for nest building.

I have had good luck using the green stretch tie tape.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Cut or Not to Cut
« on: August 02, 2019, 06:25:26 PM »
My vote: Leave Be

Small tree with limited resources in trunk and limbs. I would not deplete those resources.

In about 3 years, you could always air layer any unwanted limbs if you wait.

Tree will eventually grow vertically more. Presently few limbs horizontally and plenty of sun hitting all horizontal limbs without shading them so tree has no huge urge to grow vertically currently.

I don't see any Kents on that mango tree. I hope you had some this year on another tree?

That's my Carrie in the background. My Kent had about 50 mangoes but were hit hard by anthracnose due to all the rain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / To Cut or Not to Cut
« on: August 02, 2019, 03:12:12 PM »
My young Lychee had die back on the main trunk and the horizontal limb on the right is growing faster than the
vertical section. Should I remove the horizontal limb on the right to allow the vertical one to grow faster or just
leave it as is?


I would also love some seed if anyone has this?

Does anyone have seeds to the Nangka Mini/Dwarf Jackfruit? I really is a remarkable plant and mine bloomed in 1 1/2 years from seed. I had a couple growing and fruiting but a landscape contractor destroyed them.



Maryoto has sold them in the past. Don't know if they are available now.

It was a strange year for me in the St. Pete area. My Carrie bloomed like crazy and produced only 3 fruits. The Sweetheart Lychee did the same thing and produced no fruit. My Kent produced about 1/3 the normal amount and all the rain we have received has resulted in the majority of them with jelly seed. Weird year. I passed by one house with 12 - 15 Longan trees that were loaded last year. This year not one tree fruited.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wayne Clifton
« on: July 16, 2019, 09:20:28 AM »
Was he an old guy?  Or just became sick?

Long illness according to MRFC announcement.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Wayne Clifton
« on: July 14, 2019, 09:55:09 PM »
Just found this on the Manatee Rare Fruit Council's web site. How sad:

"Long-term MRFC member Wayne Clifton passed away on June 19 after a long illness. Honoring his family’s request, the MRFC has sent a donation to the Tidewell Hospice branch in Ellenton in lieu of
flowers. In next month’s newsletter we plan to feature remembrances of Wayne and his many contributions to the MRFC and to fruit tree horticulture in our region. We ask those who wish
to contribute to send your written appreciation of Wayne to either Pete Robertson  or Darryl McCullough ."

Don't know about S. Florida for UF Best. Bought mine from Just Fruits and Exotics:

I'm moving to Brandon Florida area soon. Does anyone know if it's good area to grow tropicals? Is it too far north? I want to grow mango, guava, coconut, and jack fruit in the area? If so any nurseries in the area that sell them?

Thank you.

Jene's Tropicals in St. Pete.


Abiu is a the very top of my favorite fruit list. Great plants and easy to grow. I'm happy to know you can grow them in St. Pete. I assume you have to protect it from cold snaps? My abiu trees have lots of fruit on them now ... AND they are flowing already again. I wonder if  they will respond that prolifically in the St. Pete climate. I'm going to take some abiu seeds to my daughter in St. Pete when I visit next time for sure. Congrats!

Hi Doug,

I doubt that my abiu will do as well as the ones in Costa Rica. Mine is in a large pot and did okay outside the past 2 winters (albeit temps didn't get too low this year). Can't wait to taste as all the reports are so positive. I recently bought some seeds from Bill ( to grow and see how the ones from Hawaii taste.

Thoroughly enjoyed both videos Adam. Nice work!

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