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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Crystal Guava When to pick?
« on: March 20, 2019, 01:02:05 PM »
The Crystal Seedless scions I got from xshen are starting to fruit. Most of the pictures I can find show somewhat small fruit. I feel like this needs to get a little larger. When is the optimal time to pick? Thanks.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona pruning concepts
« on: February 25, 2019, 11:22:58 PM »
I love working with Annonas. You can heavy prune in late winter here in Florida just before they pop and really get into detail work combing over every inch and stripping leaves. During the growing season you can prune and strip multiple times and force flowering and extend fruiting season with hand pollination.

Here are some examples of some trees I have worked with and the troubleshooting and rejuvenation I dealt with when the Manatee Rare Fruit Council hired me to maintain the planting at Palma Sola.

Pruned Dream canopy at my good friends Darryl's place sweetsonggroves.com here in Sarasota. I did this a few weeks back and it is starting to push out new growth now.





These are the Lisa and Gefner at Palma Sola. I don't know how much pruning was done in the past but these had some real gnarly scaffolding architecture.

Lisa a little over a year ago. Planted for years without proper training.



After corrective pruning. This really scared some of the club members. hahaha



Lisa after this year. A little bit of shaping during the growing season.



Lisa after I pruned a couple a few weeks back.



Gefner a little over a year ago. Planted and left untrained.



Initial reset a little over a year ago.



Gefner after the growing season.



Gefner after pruning about 3 weeks ago.



Right now is a good time to prune and strip all the leaves off here in Florida. This will work with the common Annona species like Atemoya, reticulata, macroprophyllata and squamosa.

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Explosive growth on this thing. Not much fertilizer was used and I have pruned it 2 or 3 times. In ground just over a year.

Planted on February 19th 2018



These were taken today. 2/25/2019








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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Dream scions Sold Out.
« on: February 24, 2019, 03:47:18 PM »
Sold Out. Thank you all.

Fresh cut Dream scions for sale.

3 scions for $13 which includes shipping.

USA only.

This has been the best tasting Annona that I have fruited here. I find myself scraping the skin with my teeth like an animal getting every last bit. Lots of info on the forum about it. Perfect time to graft. PM me for paypal info. Thanks. -Josh






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Monster avocado
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:01:14 PM »
I just picked that last two avocados off of a large tree. I believe it is a Choquette but the owner didn't know the cultivar but it is a grafted variety. I didn't realize Choquette hung this long and I really liked the quality of this fruit when I had them in the past.

60 oz!!!








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado ID please
« on: February 17, 2019, 09:45:26 PM »
My friend just picked the last of these. The tree was purchased as a Winter Mexican but the few photos I found online don't match. Grown in Sarasota, FL. The tree seems somewhat dwarfish.






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Great speaker for rare fruit clubs
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:34:21 AM »
I just had Keith Zimmerman speak at the Manatee Rare Fruit Council last night and he put together a really great presentation on edible palms. I figured I would put this out here since it can be a pain to find new and interesting speakers at times. He is very knowledgable and can field all sorts of questions palm related outside of the presentation as well.

If you are interested shoot him an email.

keitht.zimmermann@gmail.com

Highly recommended!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Plinia trunciflora first flowering
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:22:01 PM »
Grafted October 2017.

Topworked a non fruiting Sabara.

First flowers showed up on the rootstock and just noticed the trunciflora flowers. Very excited. I haven't tasted these before. I got the scions from Phelipe Castro out in California.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / RH-1 Atemoya
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:50:19 PM »
I just ate my first RH-1. Soft flesh. Excellent balanced flavor.








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Multigraft Annona harvest
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:43:46 PM »
From left to right: Arka Sahan, RH-1, African Pride, Giant Yucatán, Pink’s Mammoth, Big Green










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I am getting my first round of fruits from this. This was grafted 1/26/18 but it has apical dominance on an established tree. Annonas tend to be smaller here in Florida. The taste is excellent. Soft/melting and seedy with a delicious cake icing flavor.








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona macroprophyllata germination experiment
« on: November 15, 2018, 11:21:04 AM »
Exciting news on my little experiment. I have germination on two groups of treated/untreated Annona macroprophyllata seeds from Luc and Raul after 2 -3 weeks. Half were soaked in 200ppm ga3 and the other half in water. Here is the main trick. The seeds from Luc were stored in a mason jar for about 2 years and the seeds from Raul were stored for over a year. I will try to germinate the rest without ga3 because I believe that negatively effects the plant health. The treated Luc's White germinated and the untreated haven't come up yet.




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Just picked some fruit today.

$13 for 8 seeds shipped in padded envelope with tracking. Additional seeds are $1 each. USA shipping only.

Seeds will be cleaned and in a ziplock with vermiculite. This fruit is very tasty and should be much more common. It reminds me of citrusy sweet/tart figs. Hardy to mid 20s.

Message me you are interested and I will give you my paypal address. Thanks! - Josh























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Har is excellent. Come out if you are in the area.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Excalibur Red grafted trees from Excalibur
« on: October 01, 2018, 01:09:22 PM »
How many people here have fruited their Excalibur Red jackfruit trees that they bought from Excalibur? I have a friend that got their first fruit this year and it wasn't the right tree. The fruit came out light yellow. They bought the tree directly from Excalibur about 4 or 5 years ago.

I have one in the ground but it was purchased from them 2-3 years ago.

Hopefully this was just a fluke and large batches for extended amounts of time weren't mixed up. I am really looking forward to seeing and eating this one in person.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / JF Annona grafting in Florida
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:21:49 PM »
Calostro seems to be doing well here in Sarasota. I try to get out and hand pollinate when I can but this also seems to set readily on its own. Fruits are tasty and it grows well on my Dream rootstock.

This fruit set after the heavy pruning I did for hurricane Irma. I picked it in early May and it still tasted good despite overwintering and hanging on the tree after it was HEAVILY pruned in Spring.





 
The La Habra Sun is quite prolific and great flavored.

I have some LM-3s hanging now which I am really excited to try


Also, various other stuff has small fruits or flowers. Anona Dulce, Arka Sahan, Birula, Pink's Mammoth, Big Green......

Thanks Frank! It is exciting to try all this stuff.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Water tests before and after acid
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:55:30 AM »
Two samples from the same source before and after I treated with sulfuric acid. I am still trying to learn basic water chemistry so any comments are helpful.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruiting Chempadak in Florida
« on: February 24, 2018, 02:45:32 PM »
Does anyone know if Artocarpus integer has been fruited in Florida?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Excalibur chempadek
« on: February 23, 2018, 04:17:45 PM »
Anyone hear of Boca Chempadek from Excalibur? I was told they are seedlings. I was wondering if this was legit or too good to be true and some nasty cheena variety.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Wilsons Ultimo Chrysophyllum cainito Star Apple
« on: February 21, 2018, 07:22:40 PM »
Anyone heard of the Wilsons Ultimo cultivar? Something from Excalibur maybe. There is a large tree at the botanical park I take care of.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dominican Avocado Variety
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:12:24 AM »
What cultivar is this?







Thanks.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / .
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:11:17 AM »
wrong board

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Dream Annona Scions SOLD OUT
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:54:11 PM »
SOLD OUT. Thanks guys.
Just cut fresh Dream scions this afternoon. This is an excellent Annona for Florida.

$8 for 3 scions shipped in vermiculite and a padded mailer. USA only. Shipping included.

Thanks. -Josh


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Inga cold hardiness pictures
« on: January 30, 2018, 12:44:50 PM »
I have a triple grafted Inga with I. feuillei, I. edulis and an unknown species. The edulis had tip death but is still alive. The unknown had leaf burn but is sprouting new growth. The feuillei looks pretty good and is now spitting out it's first flowers. It was recently grafted on 7/24/2017. It probably got down to the high 20s/low 30s for a few hours. I am in Sarasota just east of I75.





The branch in the foreground is Inga edulis.


Inga edulis tip death.


Leaf burn on the unknown but it is pushing new growth.


I. feuillei flowers!


I. feuillei flowers!



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Averrhoa carambola 'Lara'
« on: January 02, 2018, 03:40:09 PM »
This is one of the better varieties I have tasted. There was only two fruit on a small 15gal tree. Pleasant sweet flavor with medium firm texture. The fruit size was large and I am curious how this will perform on a mature tree. The fruit was slightly riper than it appears in the photos. 






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