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This is the first picture I've been able to get of a "Tim" atemoya. It is rumored to have been from budwood brought over from Australia years ago, but nobody is sure what name it originally had over there. Besides the picture all I've heard about it is that it sets about as well as Gefner without hand pollination and the guy who first started growing it loved the flavor so much he replaced all of his Gefner with Tim. I'll do my best to get more pics through season, and hope to have fruits of my own either late this season or next year.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Chelated Iron EDDHA
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:17:56 AM »
Would anyone be interested in some EDDHA chelated iron? I can get a decent price on some locally, but only in a 50lb bag, which is way more than I need. I figure it would be worth it to me to mess around with packing and shipping 1lb bags for about 18/lb. Anyone want some?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya trellis in Australia
« on: October 23, 2016, 04:40:12 PM »
I found this video of a trellis system being tinkered with over in Australia. They said the only variety they would recommend it for was KJ Pink's so far, but didn't elaborate why. I think in another article I'd read they said that too vigorous of a grower tended not to do well with a trellis system. Either way, that's a pretty cool growing method.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Early season atemoya varieties?
« on: September 10, 2016, 04:18:16 PM »
Are there any atemoya that tend to bear earlier than other varieties? I'd guess PPC with its higher sugar apple genetics might have potential to bear earlier, but I can't find any info on the bearing season of any atemoya.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jackfruit approach graft heal time?
« on: July 29, 2016, 01:46:13 PM »
Does anyone have any experience with approximately how long green to green jackfruit approach grafts take to heal up enough before the plants can be separated? My green to green cherimoya grafts have been about 2wks so far before they're happy being cut from the mother plant. Thanks in advance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Clothespins are good for approach grafts.
« on: July 25, 2016, 08:52:43 PM »
In muttering swear words under my breath doing a few approach grafts the other day I happened to see a clothespin on the ground near me and the heavens opened and my job was made easier. I can't be the first to have done this, but I hadn't ever seen it done before, so I figured I'd share it with y'all. Hope this is as helpful to others here as it was to me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Randhir Atemoya
« on: April 22, 2016, 11:13:06 PM »
I figure since budwood of this variety has been distributed we might ought get a thread going to have one good location for information on this variety. Besides a mention or two from JF, and that picture of the 5lb fruit, it seems like information on this variety is scant so far on the forum.

So to start out, I've got a few questions:

1) Is anyone else growing this variety?

2) How does it compare in taste and productivity to other atemoya varieties?

3) How many annona aficionados does it take to eat a 5lb atemoya?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Florida nursery license questions
« on: March 16, 2016, 10:17:59 AM »
I'm looking into getting a Florida nursery license for my backyard nursery, and wanted to get some input from members who have more experience with it. Specifically, is there anything I should know or avoid doing before sending in the paperwork or as things move forwards? Anything specific inspectors get upset over?

Here's my pro/con list so far, please let me know what I'm leaving out.

-Able to market plants without worrying about the Dept of Making Me Sad sending fines/angry letters.
-Wholesale pricing at some nurseries.
-Whopping $25 fee per year
-Having to have inspections done every so often.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pitangatuba flowering
« on: March 14, 2016, 10:40:21 PM »
I have two pitangatuba that are flowering for the first time. Nothing else to really add, just excited and figured I'd share some pics.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Top working soursop to breadfruit
« on: March 06, 2016, 09:53:48 AM »
These fellas have made a major breakthrough in plant propagation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya ID please?
« on: March 05, 2016, 04:09:58 PM »
I was hoping someone might be able to ID these for me. I'd been wanting to try some good California cherimoya for a while, since 1) I hear they're far superior to atemoya and 2) The only cherimoya I've tried (unknown var) was certainly good, sweet and with a sort of soft pineapple consistency, but not anywhere near head and shoulders above a Lisa or Dream.

This one had a bunch of the spikes broken off on the other side. Will that give it trouble ripening properly?

It seems like many varieties of white sapote do not have fertile pollen, but I have had a hard time finding even a semi-definitive list of ones that produce good pollen. Vernon is one, and some talk on the forum here made it seem like Bonita Springs is another. Can we get a list together of varieties that are known to produce well by themselves (and therefore are likely to produce good pollen)?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mulberries sensitive to nematodes?
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:40:07 AM »
I've got a Pakistani (Maybe Himalayan? Maybe they're the same thing?) and Australian white mulberry, and both of them are grafted trees. I know many mulberries are just propagated by cuttings, and I was wondering if there was a reason why I've seen more grafted examples of these varieties. In FL the answer to many rootstock questions is nematodes, so that was my default assumption, but I don't really know and I'd like to find out.

So, has anyone in FL had good luck propagating these two varieties in ground by just rooting cuttings? Is grafting on to a native red mulberry rooted cutting better? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting knife sharpening
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:26:42 AM »
Does anyone have a particular angle they like to sharpen their grafting knives at? I know you keep it single bevel, but I was wondering if a certain angle has worked better or worse, or if too large or small of an angle can cause certain problems as it applies to grafting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya harvest hit hard by drought
« on: February 09, 2016, 05:34:17 PM »
I'd been looking at Good Land Organics' website the last few days looking forward to ordering some cherimoya from them. Last week there was a notice that their crop was 10-15% of normal (as in 85% less than last year). I look today and I see this:

Note: Due to the severity of the 2015 drought, our cherimoya orders for this harvest season have been CANCELLED. Our trees are alive, but did not produce fruit this season due to less access to water this past year.  We had hoped of being able to fill a few boxes, but unfortunately this will not be possible. We're so very sorry for this inconvenience (this is much much harder for us to swallow, we promise).  We look forward to bouncing back from this for next year's season.

I hope they're able to have a heck of a harvest next year, and I hope other growers had a better season this year than they did.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya Leaf problem
« on: January 05, 2016, 12:59:50 PM »
My cherimoya seedlings are all showing spotted curled up leaves. Can anyone tell me what's wrong with them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dream atemoya on pond apple stock looking sad
« on: September 07, 2015, 01:21:50 PM »
Question: What do y'all think is wrong with these two Dream atemoyas? Main sign is drooping leaves.

Details: Back in Feb I got three Dream plants from Wayne, two on pond apple rootstock and one on cherimoya, with one of the pond apple ones going to my friend. About a month ago mine started getting droopy leaves, with it looking generally better in the mornings and by late afternoon the leaves would be hanging almost straight down. It has somewhat improved, but now my friend's plant is also doing the same thing, only worse and actually dropping leaves. Both are getting plenty of water, and if they weren't on pond apple rootstock I'd think maybe flooding was the issue. Given that they are both on pond apple, we are concerned delayed incompatibility is rearing its ugly head. The graft junctions are gnarly looking cleft grafts, but otherwise appear to be solid. Any guesses on what the problem could be? 

Both of us had let some suckers grow a little where they'd formed maybe peanut sized nodules on the rootstock portion. It seems like cutting those off flush with the trunk has helped mine, but I'm not 100% sure of the timeline on mine making a partial recovery.
My friend's Dream.

My less sad Dream.

My other Dream on cherimoya rootstock.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passion Fruit wilting after watering?
« on: April 27, 2015, 08:57:00 AM »
I watered my purple passion fruit vine fairly heavily yesterday afternoon by just dropping a running hose near it while I was doing stuff in the yard. It looked fine beforehand, but a few hours later and this morning all the leaves look sort of wilted. I couldn't have given it more water than it would have gotten in a good heavy rain, and it is in a fairly well drained spot. What gives? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is wrong with this cherimoya?
« on: March 27, 2015, 10:32:00 PM »
All the others I got were good, but this one has what appears to be a bunch of blue and pink bacteria growing throughout the flesh. Did I just let it sit too long to ripen?

I've got two avocados that have been sickly and difficult for a little while despite getting the same treatment as my other thriving avocados. The first one a Winter Mexican has dropped leaves, generally had very yellow leaves, and has had a bunch of branches turn black and die back. I've given it nitrogen in the form of diluted urine here and there to see if it would perk up, and done a few micronutrient foliar sprays and not much has changed. It has some little spurts of new growth popping out now, but I'm wondering if it might be better to pull it.

The other one is a Brogdon that was doing great, fruited a little last year at around 7' tall, and after it set fruit big parts of the trunk turned black in big oval shaped patterns and died back. It's putting a bunch of new growth now for the first time since November. Any ideas what might have caused this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragon fruit planting question.
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:42:09 AM »
I was wondering if it would be better to plant this DF as is and train the top two branches up the trellis I'll be using, or would it make more sense to cut it down to just the longest continuous vertical stem and plant the cuttings around the trellis once they're ready?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jaboticaba pruning advice
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:34:00 PM »
I've got a few youngish jaboticaba that I recently pruned some of the smaller lower branches off of, and wanted to get some input on how they look, and if I was too gentle or harsh on them. Thanks.

This one is the oldest, about 4' tall.

#2 here is probably about 2.5' or so.

#3 also in the 2-3 foot range.

 These last two I have yet to trim up, probably doing that in just a minute.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya rootstock for FL
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:46:07 AM »
Is there a general consensus on the best rootstock for atemoya here in FL, particularly SWFL? It seems like a lot of nurseries prefer to use sugar apple to keep them a little more controllable, but here I've seen a few comments along the lines of "eww, sugar apple root stock" especially in regards to the Lisa cultivar. I've got some atemoya, sugar apple and pond apple (requires a sugar apple intergraft I've heard) seeds and am planning on propagating some atemoya in the future, and just wanted to get an idea what's worked well for others. Thanks in advance.

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