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Tropical Fruit Discussion / grafting experts, a question:
« on: October 03, 2020, 07:14:34 PM »
I know that for best results you want an active rootstock and a scion with swelling buds which means it's full of energy. But who's ultimately in control of whether a graft takes? Does the rootstock grab hold of the scion or does the scion latch on to the rootstock?
This is a hard question to word well but I'll leave it like that for now and clarify further if necessary. Thanks everyone!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Trying to contact dongeorgio
« on: July 14, 2020, 11:14:15 AM »
Iíve emailed him several times and gotten no response. With th COVID numbers like they are in FL I canít help but worry. Is anyone here in touch with George?

I have 4 ginormous sapodilla trees on my property. Two give pumpkin shaped fruit with dark flesh, sometimes slightly grainy (not at all offensive), intensely sweet and richly flavored. I couldn't pin down what the flavor was exactly until the other day when it just hit me - root beer! It tastes like the best root beer ever! Has anyone else ever detected root beer flavor in a sapodilla or is it just me (or just my sapodillas)?

Hi all. We have 4 giant seedling sapodilla trees on our property all of which produce lots of excellent fruit. But Iím curious to try a cultivated variety and had the opportunity to bring down a small Molix. One of our trees is especially tall and produces less than the others with most of the fruit too high to reach, so we decided it was a good candidate to cut back and graft at least a few branches with the Molix. Iíve done this successfully with citrus, mango and avocado but have never tried grafting sapodilla. Has anyone done this? How do you deal with the lŠtex? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your input.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Relative flowering times for avocados?
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:46:22 AM »
Hi all,
Can anyone tell me if I've had Choquette flowering since December and still in full bloom,  and Pollack just starting now, when might I expect flowers on Oro Negro and Kampong? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to prune/train/trellis Mysore raspberry
« on: December 18, 2019, 07:20:36 AM »
Hi everyone,
I know most people here disdain the Mysore but I find the shade-ripened fruit to be delicious, plus it's perfect as an impenetrable barrier for security purposes, with fruit as a bonus! Our original planting, however, is not in a location where we want it going wild so we need to tame it somehow. I just don't know where I'm supposed to cut in order to maximize fruit production and minimize its sprawling. Can anyone help or direct me to a guide or something? Much appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Dream annona small plant or seeds
« on: November 27, 2019, 10:24:49 AM »
Can anyone direct me to a source for a small grafted Dream plant or at least seeds that will ship to Miami FL? Thanks!

Sometimes fruit drops from our vine pretty green - will it sweeten up at all on the counter or not? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone growing Utuado avocado in Florida?
« on: October 31, 2019, 04:54:28 PM »
Looking for opinions and also budwood!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango budwood question
« on: October 07, 2019, 10:57:12 AM »
Hi everyone. Does new mango growth have to be fully hardened off in order to use it for budwood? I have new growth that's like 2/3 of the way there, and the rootstock plant is ready to go. Should I go for it or wait? Experts? Thanks in advance!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Size of red jabo tree?
« on: June 10, 2019, 07:31:04 PM »
Can anyone tell me the size of a red jabo tree when grown in pretty much tropical conditions? Trying to figure out where to plant mine out. Do they have aggressive roots?

Hi everyone,
Rainy season has begun and it's time to get these guys in the ground. To choose their spots, I need to know their relative heights, root vigor (will any want to bust through concrete?), and nutritional requirements. Height in particular is important as I'm planting on a slope, especially for the uvaia, I can't find anything on that one. Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please ID this plant (Eugenia?) w/pics
« on: May 05, 2019, 08:54:39 PM »
This was sold to me as a jaboticaba "cafť". The seller is trustworthy so I think it was an honest mistake. But it's obviously not a jabo so...what is it?? It looks Eugenia-like, but it's none of the Eugenias I already have. Any ideas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pitomba planter question
« on: April 28, 2019, 06:22:38 PM »
Hi all. I'd like to plant a pitomba (E. luschnathiana) in a bottomless concrete box measuring 60"◊43". Will it do well in there and will it not eventually try to break through the concrete? Any other fruit trees you'd recommend for such a space? Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My sapodillas!
« on: April 28, 2019, 06:17:06 PM »
I just have to show off our trees loaded with saps! We bought this house/property last year and one of the first things we did was cut way back 2 of the 4 ginormous sapodilla trees. This year the crop is off the hook and the fruit - if you are PATIENT and don't pick too soon - is just sublime. Lots of variety in size, from smallish to huge.

Citrus General Discussion / Name that orange! (Please)
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:55:13 AM »
Our property has a lot of citrus trees on it, all were abandoned for several years and weíre trying to bring them around. Most are Valencia oranges, but there are three of these oranges I canít identify. The trees are much smaller than the Valenciaís. The fruit is smaller too, with an tendency to be wider than tall. The navel ranges from a tiny pin hole to a weird inverted cone thing- couldnít get a picture of that extreme but I show a couple of the more common variants. Peel is very smooth, peels easily, very few or no seeds. The fruit is definitely not for juicing, itís firm, And itís vesicles separate easily without bursting. Theyíre just starting to ripen to good flavor now, overlapping with but somewhat later than the Valenciaís here. Once I finally ate a really ripe one I was really impressed- very sweet and delicious flavor.
Any ideas ?? Thanks in advance!

Citrus General Discussion / symptoms of lack of sun exposure
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:18:32 PM »
Hi citrus folk!
What symptoms could one expect to see in citrus that isn't getting enough sun? Both tree and fruit. Specifically orange and lime. Thanks!

Citrus General Discussion / ?s regarding Valencias, Caracaras, and navels
« on: September 06, 2018, 07:27:49 PM »
We recently bought a property with a ton of citrus trees, mostly Valencia oranges, mostly in pretty bad shape from years of neglect. One is a Caracara orange - yippe I love those. Another I thought was a Valencia - fruit the size and shape of Valencia with no navel - til I cut one open and it was that Caracara pink color! A few more fruit picked from the tree are the same. They are also notably easier to peel than Valencias usually are, and have very few seeds. BUT they have no navel. Not even a suggestion of a navel. Do Caracaras ever not have navels? Are Valencias ever pink?
Different tree, sort of the opposite question. This tree we planted a few years ago, it was sold to us as a Valencia. It's putting on a bunch of small fruit right now but it also has a couple of giant fruit which also have giant navels! Is this a mis-labled California navel or do Valencias occasionally get really big and have navels?
Thanks in advance for any insight you might be able to offer! :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to know when to pick green avocados
« on: August 07, 2018, 02:01:50 PM »
Hi all. I canít imagine Iím the first to ask this question but a search turned up nothing. We recently bought a property with mature Pollack and Choquette trees currently fruiting- how can you tell when these guys are ready to pick?? If the answer is already here somewhere by all means pass me the link please! Thanks!

Hi all. Is there any way to judge the ripeness of citrus in a climate where it wonít necessarily turn color? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango id help please! (Pics)
« on: July 27, 2018, 09:30:16 AM »
These are two mango trees that came with our new house. Both are destined to be topp-worked but in the meantime Iíd really like to know what the heck they are! They are both grafted trees, purported to be Haden but the first one clearly is not Haden and the second, the fruit seem awfully small to me.

Tree one:

Tree two:

Both are being ravaged by anthracnose as we started getting regular rains and high humidity at the exact worst time after an extended dry season. Tasted a drop from tree one and it was lousy - pale yellow flesh, sour and watery. Very little fiber though.
There are very few grafted varieties here, Haden being by FAR the most common. Other than that there are a few Irwins which this ainít. Anyone have any ideas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / quantity/method of gypsum application
« on: March 29, 2018, 10:00:52 AM »
Just bought the property next to ours and inherited 2 mature mango trees in full flower! I'd like to experiment with gypsum but have no idea what would be the minimum amount to apply that could possibly be effective (gypsum is not cheap here like in the US so we can't just go willy-nilly), or how to apply it. Did a search but haven't found the info yet. Can someone point me in the right direction please? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best practices after a fire?
« on: March 25, 2018, 02:14:48 PM »
Hi all! We had a fire sweep through part of our property last week. Unbelievably we had only one total loss, a seedling sapodilla. But we have several trees that lost all or almost all of their leaves to the heat and are now left to recover from their still-green trunks. These include seedling starfruit and jackfruit, air-layered mulberry, and grafted mandarin and cara cara navel trees (happily still green above the grafts). My question is, what's the best thing to do to help the trees along in their recovery? Remove all the dead leaves, prune back at all, fertilize? Just leave them alone? Any suggestions are most appreciated.

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