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I am selling my home in Haverhill, FL.  Along with the home comes my .35 acre fruit tree collection.

Here are some of the trees (10 year old and fruiting)

Mango (multi‐grafted trees)
Carrie, Edgar, Pickering, Lemon Zest, Pineapple Pleasure, Maha Chanok, E4, Honey Kiss, Glen, Lemon
Merengue, Dupuis Saigon, Ivory, Cogshall, Neelam, Super Julie, Nam Doc Mai, Sweet Tart, Providence,
Ugly Betty, others…
Avocado (Choquette, Marcus Pumpkin)
Lychee (Mauritius, Kiamana, Sweetheart)
Sapodilla (Silas Woods)
Carambola/Starfruit (Fwang Tung/Kari on same tree)
Sugar Apple (Australian, Kampong Mauve)
Custard Apple (Ferdinand Red)
Guanabana (Soursop)
Mamey Sapote (Pace and Pantin)
Ross Sapote
All Spice
Bananas (Pisang Klotek, Dwarf Cavendish)
Jaboticaba (Red and 20 year old Sabara)
Lemon Drop Mangosteen
Fig (Brown Turkey)
Jackfruit (Crunchy Lemon, Dang Suria)
Dragonfruit (Giant White, Natural Mystic)
Dwarf Mulberry
and others...

Its that time of year again folks.. Our web host costs for another year of advertising free tropical fruit discussion.   The admins of this site hope that we can continue to provide this service and not sell out to the corporate machines that fund most sites.  I have attached the screen shot of what it will take to keep us going.. If we dont get it paid by the 25th of December we lose the site..

The total needed to raise for this calendar year is $177.39.

Once you send a payment post the amount you have donated if you wish to this post and once we reach the goal I will use the money to pay the web host immediately.  I will also post a screen shot of the payment made..

Thank you for your support...

I have approximately ten days to secure our server for another year.  I plan to post my PayPal email in this topic in the next day or so to allow people to make donations to keep the forum alive.  We are 100% self sufficient and rely on no advertising whatsoever. 

Like last year anyone who donates is required to post the donation and amount in this topic so that all donations are public.  At the end of the fundraiser I will pay the entire amount to our hosting provider and provide an copy of the receipt for proof!

I hope everyone enjoys the forum and can make a small contribution... No obligations of course...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annual fundraiser to support the forum
« on: November 17, 2015, 06:54:30 AM »

This is a copy of the total cost of renewal for the year we just paid for continued service.. Although the forum is 100% free to join, use, and enjoy, this is the basic monetary cost to operate.. If you would like to donate feel free to paypal funds to account ***************.  Any amount is greatly appreciated and please make a public post in this thread as to the amount of your donation... We wish to only collect $133.90 or less..  If by any chance we collect additional funds the money will be used to further extend the hosting and a receipt will be made public!  There is a slight cost of using paypal that we will absorb.. 


The Private Message system and direct emails should not be used to solicit sales of things on the forum.  If you have been receiving these types of messages please report them along with the users name and they will be dealt with.

Please keep advertising to Buy, Sell & Trade sections posts for all to see! If anyone wants to buy them they will contact you directly.


I found a few flowers on my grafted Achachiru from PR this morning. The tree is about 5 years old and in a 15 gallon pot.  I hope some set fruit!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vexator Blooms
« on: April 03, 2015, 07:35:20 PM »
I know its a horrible photo but you get the drift..

I have seen these on one branch of my M.vexator  the past couple years, the tree is about 4'x4' age roughly 5yrs?

No fruit sets and all blooms appear on this one branch only.. How long before the tree begins to bloom all over from this stage (Adam)??

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Lotus Fruit Trees
« on: March 22, 2015, 08:28:02 PM »
In case anyone was wondering.. My wife and I are still operating a very small nursery in West Palm Beach Florida.  While 80% of what we sell is brokered, we still maintain very low prices and excellent customer service.  My career has limited my ability to really promote or grow the business, but that's not what we are about anyway.  We were operating the business under my given name "Brooks" but unfortunately were unable to use the name for certain legal reasons.  Its really a shame, we spent four years developing a web position, and had just started to see results.  We have a new website and inside it we maintain a blog with up to date information about our maintenance of our home property that many find useful.  Feel free to contact my wife with local orders, we unfortunately do not ship at this time. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are dragon fruit thorns toxic?
« on: March 09, 2015, 02:47:06 PM »
I poked the back of my hand pretty well moving some Natural Mystic cuttings yesterday evening.  I am almost 100% certain I removed any trace of the thorns.  About an hour after my hand began to throb and has swollen a little as of today.  The area is red and super sore.  Anyone else have similar experiences?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sri Lankan Weevil = No Lychee?
« on: October 12, 2014, 09:42:56 AM »
I have been closely observing the growth on my four lychee trees and have notice that they continually flush, especially in areas that are being decimated by Sri Lankan weevils.  I wonder if the heavy loss of surface area acts like a steady pruning stimulating steady growth?  Is it possible that the weevils are keeping the trees from going dormant?

This is my Maha Chanok in June of 2011 right after transplanting out of a three gallon pot.

This is the same tree less than three years later with 124 fruit on it.

I fertilize all but three months of the year by air, ground, water, and prune every tip, I took out a main scaffold branch this winter that was 2 1/2" diameter.  I also run my sprinklers very heavily to maintain my lawn, and mulch about once every three months. This tree produced from year one. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Packing variety in my yard
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:27:16 PM »

Pickering with Edgar on top with fruit on both, also has one branch of  Hatcher and on of Sunrise, totally out of balance of course.

Pineapple Pleasure with fruit, Gary, Pina Colada, and Sweet Tart on a couple branches each

Mangifera lalijiwa (budwood from Frankie's Hawaii)

Angie with fruit at two feet

Lemon Zest with fruit, Spirit of 76' on a couple branches

Nam Doc Mai #4 and Fairchild on top both fruiting, St. Maui and Ugly Betty on single branches


NDM from Thailand fruiting, Peach Cobbler, Ugly Betty, Pineapple Pleasure, Lemon Zest on assorted branches

Maha Chanok with Angie both fruiting, Tog Bi Con on a couple branches

PPK with San Felipe and Fernandin fruiting, Glen, Harvest Moon, Dupuis, Coconut Cream, Zill, and Lemon Zest on assd branches.

I also have a Cogshall with Mallika fruiting, Carrie w/ Mesk and Valcarrie on it.. I ran out of daylight this evening!


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Attempted purchase?
« on: March 28, 2014, 02:07:15 PM »
Is someone in the process of a sale involving $100 via paypal? The forum's dump box received a paypal payment for $100 from somewhere, a possible mistake?? I have a payee name but would like to hear it in a response.. email me with details so I can determine where it came from.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sharpening A Grafting Knife
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:19:50 PM »
I know we have discussed different brands of knives and how to sharpen them but I wanted to share my experience with these two products.

By using the two surfaces of the wet stone followed by the two sides of the strop (white and green polish) I have been able to EASILY bring the cutting edges of all grades of grafting knives to mirror surface, RAZOR sharp edges.  I brought an $8 eBay grafting knife edge to the point I could shave with it.  I had remembered Jeff H. mentioning the leather belt and couldn't get my edges past the "really sharp" point so I found the paddle strop above and bought it to stuff my Christmas stocking.   I am really impressed with the finished edge provided by this paddle.  I'm sure you could make one with a good quality cow hide. 

We will celebrate two years on the NET this New Years! Our renewal was just posted and paid for another year!  In upcoming months we may offer rare tropical fruit plants/trees to help with funding our future!  We are self supported and free to all as always!

We look forward to many years to come!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A friendly reminder when responing to PM's
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:53:12 AM »
When you receive an email from the forum indicating and displaying a personal message that has been sent to you, YOU MUST REPLY TO IT USING THE FORUM! If you simply hit "reply" using your email account you will be messaging the forum and not the person who sent you a message. 

From time to time we all have wondered the right way to pronounce a particular fruit name.  Maybe we could all provide insight as to the pronunciation of some of the ones that are most commonly mispronounced.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Multigrafting Mango Trees
« on: April 19, 2013, 10:27:18 PM »
I have started the process of multi grafting my in ground mango trees.  About a month ago I started adding scions to most of my trees and most have started pushing already!

So far I have compiled these combinations...

On Carrie (tree about 6 feet tall) - Mesk and Juliette

On Pineapple Pleasure (tree about 5 feet tall) - Gary, Coconut Cream, and Pina Colada

On Lemon Zest (tree about 8 feet tall) - Sweet Tart, Spirit of '76

On Cogshall (tree about 6 feet tall) - Mallika

On PPK (tree about 8 feet tall) - San Felipe, Fernandin, Cushman, Florigon, Zill, and Coconut Cream

On Ivory (tree about 9 feet tall) - ST Maui, and Keow Savoy

On NDM #4 (tree about 5 feet tall) - Fairchild

To be completed...

On Maha Chanok - Angie

On Pickering -?

On NDM? - ?

On J-12 - ?

Here are some photos some of the scions starting to push..  I have been using cleft grafts and side veneers with near 100% success!

Sheehan and I had made a trip to Sleepdoc's place last month and I was so impressed I had to get started!!

Sheehan and I had made a trip to Sleepdoc's place last month and I was so impressed I had to get started!!

So far I have taken 7 varieties of my ten mango trees and turned them into 28 total varieties in the same space if successful.

I will post pics as they progress.. If one scion tries to take over the tree I will lop it off and open the canopy.  I have been pruning my trees since planted so they have elaborate scaffolds to work with.

Rare Fruit Council of Broward County Monthly Meeting
Monday April 1st, 7pm
Noel Ramos will be presenting a new lecture/slideshow on his 2012 Puerto Rico Tropical Fruit Safari at the Davie Agricultural Extension meeting room on Monday April 1st.  The previous trip from 2011 was so much fun that this fruit obsessed group from several states got together again and had another incredible trip to the island of enchantment.  The presentation will feature over 100 color slides and covers their side trips to previous farms and some new locations including the El Yunque Rain Forest. Don’t miss it. For those of you in Palm Beach County, this presentation will also be given on June 12th at 7:30 pm at the monthly meeting of the Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council. Location will be the at the Mounts Botanical Garden meeting room.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Maha Chanok Rapid Growth
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:11:18 PM »
May 15, 2011

August 15, 2012

March 21, 2013

There is a soda can at the base of the most recent picture, the tree is about thirteen feet tall and round.  I have tipped and had pretty good wind damage last summer as well.  In comparison, on the same "steroids", my Pickering, Nam Doc Mai 4, and Cogshall are smaller and older.  The tree is less than two years from a three gallon. Every one of the newest flushes has about 6-8 new branches, and just put out a decent flowering cycle that is still going on in the lower branches with some fruit set.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Minnie Royal Cherry Free to Good Home!
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:17:37 PM »
I have a low chill Minnie Royal Cherry on Colt Rootstock tree in a seven gallon pot that is really huge! FREE.. Local pickup only!  You need a Royal Lee for cross pollination! Both are VERY LOW chill cherries!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / It's not a Maha Chanok!
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:32:06 PM »
I have confirmed that the one gallon mango tree I purchased on Ebay two Aprils ago is NOT a Maha Chanok.  It set fruit last year but didnt hold any.  This year it held about ten till they reached this size then split! I know Cookie Monster had money on them being a Nam Doc Mai, I believe he is completely correct! 

Beware of GT3000 on Ebay from Thailand.  I attempted to work it out with him and he claims it is a Maha Chanok.  The tree cost me $80 with shipping!!

I did get a Maha from Excalibur right after this one was purchased, it was known then as a green eating "Mahachanole" which has been confirmed to be a genuine Maha Chanok based on original import documentation (and fruit of course).

I hope this information saves someone money!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pitangtuba on Surinam?
« on: February 02, 2013, 02:28:11 PM »
Are Pitangtuba and Surinam Cherry close enough to graft one on the other?

Each month features a knowledgeable speaker, tasting table, plant auction, plant and seed exchange.   Plus, time for sharing information, techniques and experiences.
Members are seriously generous, with not only thier fruits and dishes for our tasting table but with their expertise and experience.
Bring your extra fruit harvest, a friend or neighbor and join the fun.
Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
University of Florida/IRREC
2199 South Rock Road
Ft. Pierce
Room  210

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