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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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


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

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

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!

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. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Will It Transplant? S01E01
« on: December 29, 2017, 04:49:36 PM »
Here is the premier episode of Will It Transplant?

Today's torture victim is a Casimiroa edulis aka White Sapote. This was dug up from the backyard and carried 120' to the new planting mound. Feel free to vote and I will update with pictures in the coming days/weeks.

6 fresh black sapote seeds. I just consumed this fruit so seeds are as fresh as it gets. Maher cultivar.

$6 with shipping included. Seeds sent in moist sphagnum moss and bubble mailer. USA only.

I should have more seeds available as these other fruits ripen. PM me if interested.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Winter Annona growth in Florida
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:57:28 AM »
Can I keep pushing Annona growth all winter with the proper microclimate/protection in Florida or are they daylight sensitive? What about indoor with lights?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafted Echo Jackfruit Tree
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:37:42 AM »
Does anyone know anything about the 'Echo' variety? I think Hopkins is grafting them. I saw some trees at the Mustang Flea Market and was curious.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafted Durian Cultivars in Florida
« on: November 18, 2017, 01:14:32 PM »
Has anyone seen grafted durian in Florida. I remember seeing a few collectors on here but I am guessing the plants are still small. I know this is a long shot but I would like to get some budwood or trees in Spring for a project I am working on. I have seedlings from three different sources, one of which is a different species but it would be nice to have legit cultivars since I am putting in so much effort. I also have a client contemplating putting in a large greenhouse.

It seems the only legal way to get material in is with a phyto certificate and a two year quarantine process unless I can get something shipped from Hawaii. It seems like they are struggling to get a decent germplasm there and they are even in zone.

I believe the trees in the Whitman Pavillion are seedlings but I am not certain.

Any ideas or experience? I am sure plenty of people have killed durian in Florida but I am guessing almost all were seedlings.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carica papaya in Florida
« on: October 28, 2017, 03:47:21 PM »
What are the toughest/most vigorous papaya varieties in Florida? Fruit quality is not important.

I have some fresh seeds of Na Dai sugar apple. Unfortunately it has been crazy around here and I didn't snap a pic of the fruit. These came off my tree that I purchased from PIN with the Na Dai label.

$8 for 5 seeds

$12 for 10 seeds

Prices include shipping to the USA in a padded mailer.

Fresh Kwai Muk seeds. $12 for 5 seeds. $17 for 10 seeds. This includes shipping in USA in a padded envelope with seeds packed in sphagnum moss. The fruit in my hand is slightly underripe. USA only. PM me with how much you want and I will send you a paypal invoice. Thanks. - Josh

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Double cut vs bypass pruners.
« on: August 24, 2017, 04:37:17 PM »
Why are these double cut pruners way less common than bypass pruners. I have been using my friend's Due Buoi pruners and really like them. I was going to order a pair of nice ones but I figured I would ask the pros here first. Is it a price issue? Lack of replaceable blades? It looks like ARS doesn't even make them. What is the company Maurice Kong distributes? Thanks guys.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / GMO Papaya/Solo Papayas in Florida
« on: August 06, 2017, 12:48:09 PM »
I was searching through the forum and other places and I couldn't find any conclusive answers. This is what I could find from some quick research.

'Rainbow' and 'SunUp' are GMO papaya cultivars developed by the University of Hawaii and were released to Hawaiian growers.

The pollen drift from these cultivars infected a large percentage of other papayas grown on some of the islands. A lot of these were these Solo types.

You can test test papaya for GMO crossing with different gene testing. This goes into it briefly.

Right now I am growing Improved Solo Sunrise, Linda, Hawaiian Solo Sunset and Waimanalo X-77 (Kamia) from The seeds were shipped from California but I have no idea where they were sourced from. I have purchased seed from them a couple times and I highly recommend them.

What are the chances that these papaya are non-GMO?

Does anyone know of a lab that does gene testing? Would it be way out of a decent price range? It might be worth it to develop my own verified non gmo papaya seedlings. There aren't any other papaya plants around my area.

I have heard that the Solo types are harder to grow in Florida but it can be done. What are the main issues with these in Florida? Maybe grafting to a different rootstock would help. So far everything is growing great here but they are still small and haven't flowered yet. They are also planted in highly modified soil in a root pruning raised bed with a compost pit in the middle so soil fertility and drainage won't be an issue.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Toddy Palm confusion
« on: July 29, 2017, 07:29:40 PM »
Does anyone know the botanical name of the palms in this video?

They are calling them Toddy Palms but when I look them up it says they are Borassus fabellifer. It seems like there is some confusion within this genus. I thought I saw B. fabellifer here in Florida but they were massive. They had the fan leaves and looked like a T Rex was going pop out from behind them. Maybe those were Borassus aethiopum.

Either way, I would love to be able to pound down a few fresh toddy drinks after a longs days work in the yard. They seem to be moderately cold hardy as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / co2 death chamber
« on: June 30, 2017, 07:10:17 PM »
I just bought my first live live trap and I need a way to humanely dispose of the little buddies. My neighbor is starting to complain about possums even though I don't have much fruit at the moment. I live in a deed restricted neighborhood and I am trying to keep my neighbors happy. I can't use my guns due to the close proximity to the neighbors. Right now I am thinking about making a co2 gas chamber. I would like to put them down as humanely as possible. Does anyone have experience with these? Any tips? Something like these.

Does anyone know if Cupuasu (Theobroma grandiflorum) and Mocambo (Theobroma bicolor) are monoecious or dioecious? I have heard that some Cacao need cross pollination. I only have one Cupuasu and two bicolor trees so I hope they are self fruitful since these are such a pain to get here in Florida. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Plant ID
« on: May 25, 2017, 08:54:16 PM »
Please ID if you can. I had it labeled Malay Apple and it definitely isn't that. Thanks for looking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jujube book
« on: March 15, 2017, 02:47:19 PM »
I have no affiliation with this book. A persimmon grower shared it on Facebook with a very favorable review. I just ordered it and I should get it in a couple day and I'll let you know what I think.

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