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Tropical Fruit Discussion / First purple custard apples
« on: January 27, 2019, 07:48:55 PM »
This year my tree has done pretty well and has a number of nicely colored fruit. Last year it had one fruit but I think I picked it too late because the fruit was very dry.

So that begs the question what am I looking for to tell if the fruit is ripe. The segments are not like sugar apple which swell and soften when ripe.

Ordinarily my summer carambola are better than the later crops but this year the carambola have been so very bland with near zero perceives sweetness. I have added a sprinkle of sugar or splenda to every one I ate to make them palatable.

My papaya are coming out HUGE and in great quantity but again unlike other winters they are decidedly bland.

Is anyone else having less than wonderful fruits this winter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soursop exploding in blooms
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:01:26 PM »
My soursop has been in the ground for 4 years bought as a large 7 gallon in September 2014. It has flowered with one or two blooms every year which all died. So I just kind of ignored it for the last two years, throw some fertilizer on it when I did the rest of my trees, same with water, but I didn't bother to examine it for flowers. This year there are a lot of blooms and I'm hoping it's matured enough to hold onto at least ONE fruit!

Now watch a cold snap kill all of the flowers :-(

Anyone else have a stubborn soursop?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How long for a papaya to...
« on: October 12, 2018, 01:28:15 AM »
I have no fewer than 4 papaya growing in my yard within a few feet (no doubt from fallen fruit) of two that I took down more than two years ago. What's up with that? I'm hesitant to let them get more than 1 or 2 batches of fruit because the "parents" were like sequoia trees. One was 15"+ (in diameter) at the base of the tree and over 20 feet high when I took it down.

I guess I'm perplexed on the seeds staying dormant for so long and suddenly coming alive and fruiting, has anyone else experienced such delayed germination from Paps?

PS. There are no papaya trees in my area, and if there were, I'd suspect their seeds would be located / dropped by animals in spots other than the near exact locations of my 2 long gone trees.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Pickling hot cherry peppers
« on: October 09, 2018, 03:54:23 PM »
My GF and I found a large supply of red (colored) hot cherry peppers and we tried pickling them with mixed results. There are so many recipes out there with wildly variable ingredients and processes I thought I'd ask if any of you have a decent recipe for pickling hot cherry peppers. Nearby barrel pickle places sell them for  about 9.50 a quart, and the peppers are softish, and have all of the seeds still intact on the attached stem. These are the types we are trying to duplicate.

Here's what we tried with mixed results:

For 2 lbs of red cherry peppers(I don't care for green ones)

1 whole small to medium garlic peeled and diced
3/4 teaspoon Peppercorns
4 cups White wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
3 tsp of sugar
3 bay leaves
2-3 tsp of salt
3/4 tsp powdered mustard seed

We cleaned and speared the peppers to allow the brine in, and cooked the whole peppers in the brine until the peppers started to soften, then put them in canning jars.

Online some recipes call for NO cooking the peppers in the brine, using 100% vinegar (no water), bayleaf, or sugar and I don't know what to add or leave in.

I'd say compared to the barrel pickle places we're about 80% of the way there, but ours were VERY hot (A good thing) and a bit firmer, but not as flavorful as the barrel guys.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Odd off topic questions
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:16:12 PM »
I have been pressure cleaning my roof and I am not using any chemicals to get the roof mold / fungus off. When its done I am thinking of using a light mist of coppercide in the pressure  cleaner to kill the last of the stubborn hold out and wondered.

Since there are copper strips sold to inhibit roof growth, how an annual spray of coppercide might help keep the roof clean? 

Anyone tried this?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Banner year for sugar apples
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:27:19 PM »
It's been a L-O-N-G wait but this summer I am FINALLY getting to enjoy my sugar apples. Yesterday I picked nearly 20 lbs of fruit and more is still coming from both trees. It has been 4 to 6 years for them to get to this point but it was well worth the wait.  Now if only my soursop and custard apple would catch up I'd be in annona heaven.

Jeez I never expected this long of a wait.

Citrus General Discussion / Red lime falling off
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:02:58 PM »
My red lime fruits are falling off the tree at ~35% yellow colored. All three are in containers, not root bound, and have no signs of water or sun stress... all are in partial shade. Any ideas why?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Southern grapes
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:41:54 PM »
Going on 8 years ago I planted 4 Muscadine grape vines, two each "Noble" and an un-named deep purple. Until this year, the 4 vines were very stingy, but this year has been a blockbuster. Most every day I go out and while I'm tending my yard, I eat grapes. So many in fact that I suspect the by the time I eat the last one this summer, I won't THINK about grapes again until next year!

The Noble are large, and very sweet, the un-named types are much smaller like a concord. Even folks who are spoiled by the northern grapes like the concord have relished the ones I bring there. My GF even made marmalade (and most other fruits I bring there) from them.

Funny, one of my Noble vines has stealthily invaded my Kari Carambola and they are both looking very happy about it :-)

So, how are grapes doing in the south this year for TFF members?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jackfruit marmelade?
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:16:28 AM »
WOW! My gf just made marmelade with one of my gold nuggets and added juice from one of my red limes. Holy cow!

We have to go buy some more canning jars!

Anyone else made this?

Citrus General Discussion / Red lime first taste
« on: July 22, 2018, 08:11:31 AM »
I now have three red lime trees, two are rather small at less than two feet each, one is still in a pot, over five feet tall and producing many fruit.

Some are dropping prematurely, currently they have a bit more than a hint of yellow / orange color skin  and the inside is pale / light orange colored. I expect the worst and accept the best when it comes to fruit I have not tried before and I was surprised that such juvenile undeveloped fruits had such a nicely distinctive flavor.

Definitely more on the (less than sweet) orange flavored side with a hint of limey bitterness. The more green than orange skin was inedible... so far. Overall if the flavor develops as I hope it will I see a great many uses for these fruits in the future. I plan on giving one of my little trees to a friend who is just starting to plant out a nice large lot.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Gold nugget jaks $5 each
« on: July 19, 2018, 05:31:11 PM »
I have a tree full of gold nugget jaks and they are $5 each ANY size, 2 for 5 on smaller ones.

So. Flo only (north broward) you pick the ones you want.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ice cream mango
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:49:38 AM »
I acquired an "Ice Cream" a couple of years ago from a forum member and this year it held three fruit to ripen on the tree. I was pleasantly surprised at it. The flesh is soft, sweet, with a hint of spicy pine flavor. I now look forward to the crop next season, and rather than keep it in the container, I just may put it in the ground.

Are there any other fans of this cultivar?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / pineapple top planting
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:55:40 AM »
Sorry in advance for the long post :-)

I've been planting pineapple tops after rooting in water for 10 years or so with great success and have slowly increased the size of my patch from one to nearly 20 producing 7-8 pineapples each summer. This time of year I start to replant the few slips and suckers from my pineapple plants to replace the plants that will be pulled after fruiting. I want to grow my pineapple patch by more than double and will need over 20 new plants to do it. 

To that end a local market that sells bagged, peeled and sliced pineapple and they let me take tops when I go there while they are cutting them. I read somewhere that if the center leaves pull out easily, the plant is dead and will not root so I throw those away and root the rest in water. Yes I know some folks plant them directly in the ground without rooting first but every one I planted directly either died outright or was severely stunted compared to those I rooted in a glass of water.

Of the tops the store lets me take, most will have the center leaves pull out easily making my 20+ new plants an elusive target. 

If they are not dead with the leaves being pulled easily I could quickly increase the size of my patch. BTW... sometimes they get white jade samples in but so far only one of the few I got was "viable" according to lore I read, Funny all of the white jade they got in were VERY GREEN on the outside, the fruit was very hard and acidic and not edible compared to my deep yellow to orange store bought tops. I'm guessing the were harvested way too early.

So the question is, are the tops really dead if leaves pull out easily?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My best pineapple season yet
« on: June 25, 2018, 12:05:05 AM »
I do not know if it's the rainy season / supplemental well water, my fertilization schedule or mulching or the better shading that my plants are experiencing but this year has been a SPECTACULAR year for my pineapples. Almost school bus orange inside,no acid, sweet and uniquely flavored.

How are you folks doing this year with them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lone lychee
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:30:57 PM »
My sweetheart has been in the ground 8 years (purchased as a nice 7 gal?) and has bloomed  but no fruit was ever set. Today while trimming the sweetheart on the side that was shading my heavily blooming and setting fruit purple caimito I found a single bright red lychee at the top of the tree.

So before the critters could get it I did. I was very juicy and much like some mango I've had this year it was not very sweet.

I've been toying with the idea of pulling it but Rob has suggested I be patient with it , and so far I have taken his advice :-)

Maybe I'll wait another year. I sort of dense packed my trees allowing that I may want to pull one or more to make room for more productive trees. If the caimito holds on to the fruit and next year the Lychee does not I'll start by hacking the side near the caimito and I just may lose it totally in the fruiting season of 2020.

So on a weak sample of one, has anyone else's lychee tasted bland given all the water we have received?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WANTED: Carambola seedlings
« on: June 02, 2018, 10:49:49 PM »
I am looking for some Carambola seedlings. Anyone have some for sale or trade? I was going to grow some from seed from my Kajang or Kari but seedlings already growing are faster :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Planting papaya seeds
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:41:52 AM »
My GF asked me for her friend what is the best way to plant papaya seeds to get the best germination rate. I've planted them dried, cleaned and fresh, fresh not cleaned, after the fruit was refrigerated and I even have had some sprout at a location 2 years after I removed a tree. So it seems as if the seeds can stay viable even after many moons and exposure to other variables.

But... The question was what is the BEST method but I do not know that. Anyone here have experience on this?

Citrus General Discussion / Red lime?
« on: May 17, 2018, 12:03:15 PM »
At a local garden shop I saw a small bush labeled red lime. I never heard of it and google had different descriptions from rind color green. yellow pink and red with fruit color from orange pink and red.

Are there that many or are descriptions due to various stages of ripeness?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Second mango bloom survival
« on: May 15, 2018, 04:30:47 PM »
Unless a second bloom took place very close to the first the second bloom and fruit set always failed 100% here.

This year my Ice Cream has held onto a half dozen second bloom  fruits and so far look like they may stick.

My questions are... Is it typical for second blooms to fail or succeed?

Is there a cultivar (not multi grafted)  that is known to have regular early and later blooms and an extended season?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Raised gardens under my eaves.
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:40:59 AM »
Everyone has seen falling / leaning over retaining walls that homeowners use to surround flower beds and trees. They make the purpose of the project look sloppy and poorly designed (which it is) defeating the whole purpose of a decorative wall, which it does :-)

Using masonry cap blocks (the 4"x8"x16" kind used to finish the top of a concrete block wall) as a foundation for garden stones accomplishes making a wall sturdy and immovable. After cap blocks are leveled on the soil and the garden stones are staggered over them a decorative wall will not topple... unless pushed over by a vehicle!

To that end my application was to have raised gardens under the eaves of my house to reclaim generally unused space for other purposes, and as a preventative measure to keep roof water run off from undermining my foundation. This works well in lieu of leaders and gutters which are expensive to install, require regular repair /  maintenance and cleaning of debris. Now water runoff splashes onto the blocks dispersing rain over a wide area harmlessly.

They also now serve as a great spot to grow veg for the table and flowers for the bee population. Also a raised garden may be nearly as good as sand bags for preventing flood water rise from entering the house if constructed with a plastic liner on the face of the wall.

Oh, the one spot I cannot use a raised garden is at the garage side door. Rain water ALWAYS collected there making a deep puddle which was worrisome and a mess to walk through.  I dug a "French drain" trench using flexible polypropylene perforated pipe in it several years ago and it has worked wonders, I no longer have standing water at the side door to me garage. 

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / googootz in So. Flo
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:05:52 PM »
I had my brother in law send me some googootz seeds and I am sprouting them in wet paper towels.

I have questions before I waste time on them.

1. Has anyone grown googootz in south Florida successfully?

2. If so do you have any recommendations on soil to use and sun / water requirements?

3. Finally are there any pests I should expect and if so what remedies do I have?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Clubfoot Pickering fruit drop
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:13:51 AM »
My little Pickering has never done this but this season its immature  fruit are all turning yellow and dropping off like an immature tree would. It is in the ground 6 years. Any ideas?

Otherwise its very healthy.

For pick up only for south Florida residents I have several just re-potted 6"- 8" Makok seedlings. I also have some Caimito and Longan potted seedlings but you will have to bring your own container for these and move them into the new containers. PM me for info.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona seasons
« on: March 29, 2018, 11:35:18 AM »
What are the seasons for the various annona... the approximate dates for blooming to ripe stage for So. Flo. ?

I'm looking for info specifically on cherimoya, sugar apple, atemoya, soursop, and custard apple. 

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