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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nishikawa Avocado in Florida
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:52:45 PM »
Who has had good luck with Nishikawa?  Is it a good avocado to grow in Florida?  I see that Excalibur is propagating it.  When does it ripen?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is Guanabana (Soursop) Alternate Bearing?
« on: March 04, 2019, 10:45:48 PM »
I had several fruit in 2017.  None last year although it had many blossoms.  My tree defoliated this winter after the first cold front, and now I see many small fruit without even having the blossoms!  (They must have been there but tiny.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lula or Day Avocado
« on: January 27, 2019, 02:44:58 PM »
Which would you say is the better, higher quality variety to grow as a dooryard tree?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Florida Low Temperatures
« on: January 21, 2019, 08:17:18 AM »
I guess we just had our coldest night so far this winter in SoFla.  44 degrees this morning.  How about other parts of Florida?  Any low 30's in zone 9b?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / White Jade Pineapple Plants--Free
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:42:26 AM »
We're planning on selling our house in about 2 months.  I have several White Jade plants I need to remove in order to sod the area.  They're very easy to dig up and re-plant.  My Christmas gift to anyone interested!  PM me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Phet Pakchong Atemoya
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:56:58 AM »
I have a four-year-old tree, which I purchased from Excalibur when it was one-gallon size.  I had to move it to a roomier location (front yard) after two years, as it was growing too vigorously for the side of the house.  When I moved it, I was able to save very little of the roots, and I cut it back to two main branches.  The tree started growing back right away with the same vigor and has been a very healthy tree.  This was the first year with a decent crop.  Of about a dozen fruit, half did not mature and/or ripen properly.  I've been 100% satisfied with the fruit that did ripen.  It's chewy and sweet with a low seed count, and although the flavor is not as intense as a good cherimoya, it's still very good.  There are plenty of squirrels in my neighborhood, but they didn't discover and attack the fruit.  All in all, Phet Pakchong seems to be a worthwhile atemoya, and I would recommend it without reservations.  Also, I want to mention that it takes intense sunshine very well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / When to Pick Wurtz Avocados
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:21:08 AM »
I have five avocados on my tree, my first "crop" of Wurtz avocados.  When should I start to pick them?  They are larger than a Hass avocado.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carla Avocado
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:01:14 AM »

Has anyone tasted this avocado?  It sure looks like Marcus Pumpkin.  The article says that Brooks Tropicals distributes it from February to early June.  Do you think it would grow well in South Florida?

Chris and Har, who've probably eaten more mangos than anyone besides the Zills, seem to really like Maha Chanok.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Free Cherimoya Seedlings
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:32:43 PM »
I have extra cherimoya seedlings.  A few months old.  You will have to graft them with atemoya to get fruit here in South Florida.  For local pick-up only.

Rare and worthwhile.  I got the seeds from Raul in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  I have a few extra plants.  Still quite small--a few months old.  $5 each.  PM me.
I received his permission to offer them for sale.  Local pick-up only.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Changed my mind.
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:14:52 AM »

I have a six-year-old Oro Negro tree.  It hasn't been a vigorous grower, but it is healthy.  Also, it hasn't been a good producer.  Two years ago it had eight fruit.  Last year not more than six, but they were knocked off by Hurricane Irma.  This year it has four fruit.  Has this variety been a good producer for anyone?  It hardly seems worthwhile to keep.  I might replace it with Monroe, which may be less flavorful, but at least would give me fruit.

I know it's still early in the season, and no Cotton Candy mangos are ripe yet, and as far as past seasons go, probably only a limited number of mango enthusiasts have tasted this particular mango.  But for those who have and can comment, besides being super-sweet, what is the flavor of this mango like?  Saying it tastes "like cotton candy" doesn't really tell us much.  I kinda wanted to put a tree in the ground now and take advantage of this growing season.  Also, if you happen to know, how does Orange Sherbet compare to PPK?  Is there any possible way it could be a better choice than PPK (which I've found to be outstanding)?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best Loquat Available for South Florida?
« on: June 23, 2018, 08:40:33 PM »
Out of the ones listed by Excalibur--Bradenton, Champagne, Christmas, Gold Nugget, Fletcher, Oliver, Sherry, Wolfe--which is the best for size, flavor, sweetness, juiciness?  If there is something better out there for South Florida, what is it and where can I get it? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best of the New Zill Mangos (Truly Tropical)
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:06:08 PM »
I watched all three videos on Truly Tropical's YouTube Channel in which Har Mahdeem and Marlys Zill discuss the new Zill varieties, and their favorites seem to be Peach Cobbler, Juicy Peach, Fruit Punch, Cotton Candy, and Orange Essence although they had good things to say about the others.  By the way, do we have any idea if Zill will release Orange Sherbert, which is a favorite of Richard Campbell?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Post-Hurricane Tree Recovery
« on: September 25, 2017, 08:50:21 AM »
New leaves on just about everything--two weeks after Hurricane Irma blew through.  I've watered a lot, and we've gotten decent rain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pinks Mammoth vs. Paxton Prolific Atemoya
« on: September 05, 2017, 03:51:03 PM »
It's my understanding that Paxton Prolific might require thinning since it sets fruit heavily without hand-pollination.  If you do that, would the fruit be identical in flavor and quality since PP is a bud sport of PM? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya on Guanabana Rootstock?
« on: September 01, 2017, 09:03:13 AM »
Is it possible to graft atemoya scions onto guanabana rootstock to produce atemoya trees?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pine Island Nursery VS. Excalibur
« on: July 28, 2017, 12:19:08 PM »
Have you seen how PIN has revamped their website?  Unfortunately they didn't add any of the newer Zill mango varieties to their Mango Variety Viewer.  I would imagine that they do sell some of them.  Excalibur, on the other hand, lists Coconut Cream, Cotton Candy, Edgar, Fruit Punch, Honey Kiss, Juicy Peach, Lemon Zest, Orange Essence, Peach Cobbler, Pina Colada, Phoenix, Pineapple Pleasure, Providence, Seacrest, Sunrise, Sweet Tart, Ugly Betty, and Venus.  Wow!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which Mango is Better--Carrie or Angie?
« on: June 10, 2017, 10:52:13 AM »
Is it true that Carrie and Angie are very similar in flavor?  If so, which one is superior and has less issues?  And if you consider them not similar, how are they different, and which one do you prefer?

I live in Deerfield Beach and have a 4-year-old Mallika tree which I need to remove to make room for something other than mango.  In the spring I cut it way back to the main branches, and it has filled out beautifully with new growth.  You'll have to dig it up yourself, but you don't need to get all the roots for the tree survive.  Contact me if interested.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Thomson Red Avocado
« on: March 31, 2017, 12:50:45 PM »
The Thomson Red is a Jamaican variety,  You will pick it green and it will turn red brown.
Fruiting in September, they will grow to be 20 to 40oz.
Fruit is smooth with a creamy texture.

Is anyone growing this one, or have you tasted it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Uses for Starfruit and Sapodilla
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:36:44 AM »
Since these two fruit trees bear so heavily in South Florida, you're probably looking for ways to use the fruit.  If you enjoy fruit smoothies, either one is a great addition, and their flavor complements other fruit very well.  I'm using sapodillas at this time of year and starfruit during their season.  (HEALTH NUT ALERT: my standard breakfast--a smoothie with various fruits, plain Greek yogurt, chia seed, flax seed, hemp seed, apple juice or coconut water to make it liquid, and maybe a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.  Who knows--it may help me live to be 100, although my mother turns 100 this year without it!)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pineapple Pleasure and Pina Colada
« on: March 19, 2017, 02:27:29 PM »
How do these two match up?  How similar in flavor are they?  Is one clearly superior to the other?  Do they ripen at the same time?  What about tree and growth charactersitics?

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