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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 "café". 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 we’re trying to bring them around. Most are Valencia oranges, but there are three of these oranges I can’t identify. The trees are much smaller than the Valencia’s. 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- couldn’t 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, it’s firm, And it’s vesicles separate easily without bursting. They’re just starting to ripen to good flavor now, overlapping with but somewhat later than the Valencia’s 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 can’t imagine I’m 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 won’t 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 I’d 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 ain’t. 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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Tropical Fruit Discussion / to transplant or not to transplant...?
« on: November 27, 2017, 03:27:15 PM »
I have a tree in a long skinny nursery bag, roots already coming out the bottom. I missed my chance to plant it out for this year, and have to wait for the next rainy season (May next year), so like 5 months. I'm tempted to transplant it to a 5 gallon bucket for the interim to give it a chance to spread its roots a bit and also get used to the native soil it will be planted out to, but I wonder if 5 months is a bit close between transplants. What do the experts say - move it, or wait out the 5 months in the small bag?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / wow plantogram prices
« on: November 27, 2017, 01:06:13 PM »
miracle fruit on sale for $119.80.  :o
sorry, this is apropos of nothing just couldn't believe my eyes!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / macadamia time from fruit set to maturity?
« on: November 21, 2017, 03:39:04 PM »
Anyone know or can point me to a source of info? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / help pruning young cherimoya
« on: October 08, 2017, 08:38:26 AM »
Hi all, I have a young (flowered this year for the first time) seedling cherimoya that grew straight up like a stick with all its leaves at the top. It can't stand up on its own it's so long and spindly, but I'm afraid to cut it back making it a leafless stick. Should I cut it? Will it survive? And if so, to what height? It's over 4 feet tall now, maybe close to 5. Thanks!

Just watched this video "Veneer Grafting with Walter Zill". Great stuff, but now I'm confused. My understanding was that the cambium layer is the green line you see just under the bark, and that the goal was to line up the green line on the root stock with the green line on the scion. That would mean that lining up the edges would be key to success, and it's usually emphasized in the tutorials on grafting I've seen. But Mr. Zill centers his scion in a cut that's significantly bigger than the cut on the scion. How does that work? Can someone help me with what must be some basic concepts that I'm missing? Thanks!

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