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Wondering whether there are any nurseries in Florida selling native Florida Asimina species.  I've been looking for some but without any luck so far.

I'm interested in trying a couple of those species which can produce small but edible fruit here in zone 9b. 

These native Asimina species, some of which range well into the south areas of Florida do produce edible fruit contrasted with Asimna triloba the (typical northern pawpaw) which is reported to be reluctant to regularly set any fruit here in 9b because we don't have enough chilling hours for it.

I'm hoping someone here on the Forums may know someplace that's offering them.

Fingers X-ed!

Paul M.
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Citrus General Discussion / Giant Finger Lime QQs . . .
« on: July 25, 2020, 03:08:54 PM »
I bought a Giant Fingerlime from Briteleaf about a year ago and when I asked about it they explained that it is a sport from a regular green fingerlime that was stock which originally came from Gainesville as a green fingerlime.  Gainseville's stock unbeknownst to them had mutated so they had been selling it as the regular green fingerlme without realizing it had sported. None of  their cuttings had fruited yet so they did not know there was a difference.  Gainesville destroyed all the sported stock once they realized it was not the regular fingerlime any longer.

But Briteleaf kept theirs and, at first  thinking that it was probably an unknown hybrid of something crossed with a green fingerlime, marketed it as a 'giant fingerliime'.  Of course we now know that is was a sport.

The fruit on mine looks like little pointy-ended footballs but I haven't learned how to know when the fruit are ripe and ready to pick because they remain quite hard.

So at last my question:
Is anyone here on the TFF growing this (Briteleaf) Giant Fingerlime and has figured out how to know when the fruit is ripe?

TIA

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Wetter-Sticker for BT . . .
« on: July 17, 2020, 05:10:41 AM »
A couple of my young citrus trees have been very popular with the Florida Swallowtail this year and their caterpillars managed to strip off about half the leaves before I noticed them.  So I want to spray the trees with BT (Bacillus thuringiensis), and I'd like to us a wetter-sticker with it.

Not sure how the BT will react to something like a couple drops of Dawn Liquid but then got to wondering whether I could use a tiny bit of molasses instead.  Think that might provide enough sticking effect even if very well diluted and prolly wouldn't hurt the BT organism.  (Of course I wouldn't want to use so much molasses that it would encourage sooty mold; just enough that it would break the surface tention of the water.)

Or maybe there is no need to use a wetter-sticker with BT.

Comments?  Suggestions?

TIA

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB: Pink-fleshed ilama cultivar
« on: July 14, 2020, 12:53:41 AM »
[Sorry, accidentally posted this to the Discussion group. Deleted and re-posted here. Mea culpa.]

Does anyone on the board here know of a nursery or grower, preferably in central- or west central Florida who has pink-fleshed ilama cultivars for sale in 3- or 5-gallon pots –AND who can ship to the Tampa area? The couple of nurseries in Florida that offer this cultivar indicate that they do not ship, unfortunately.

Would prefer either 'Genova Red' or 'Pajapita'.

TIA

Paul M.
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Can't recall where I read it but Biribá (Rollinia deliciosa) is supposed to produce fruit once the tree gets to be around 5- or 6-ft tall.

With that in mind what's a decent sized pot for fruiting to occur?  Five gallon?  Seven gallon?  Or . . . ?

I'll want to keep mine small enough that it can be moved inside when temperatures which would be distresing to it are expected to occur.  But of course I'll want the tree to be large enough to be able to produce a few fruit.

Comments?  Suggestions?

TIA

Paul M.
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Are there any Forums members in or near Concord, NC, who are growing cold resistant tropical fruit there?

I have a friend there whom I'm trying to encourage to grow some fruit in their yard but I'm not totally sure what will survive there.  They live in the old section of Concord.

I have suggested to my friend a few things I think would succeed there: Pawpaws, Feijoas, Figs, Maypop (P. incarnata), and for citrus Yuzu and Satsumas.  I also suggested that a short-season banana cultivar might be doable. (BTW, my friend is not interested in grapes.)

Hoping for some input from any Forums member who lives in that area who'll confirm that some of the plants on my short list above are prolly suitable outdoors for 7b and who perhaps may even be able to suggest some other things that they might be having success growing there.

TIA

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Dwarf mango cultivars . . .
« on: June 27, 2020, 02:55:09 AM »
Whoops, sorry.  This was meant to post to the disccussion board.  Moderator please move it.

I finally broke down and bought two mangoes recently.  They are both dwarf varieties.  My understanding is that they can be kept small enough (6 to 8 feet) and still provide me with some fruit.  I'm in zone 9b so they will have to be kept in pots in case of extreme cold when they would need to be put into a greenhouse that can be heated.

The two cultivars are 'Ice Cream' and 'Irwin' (aka 'Egg of the Sun'), both touted as good for central Florida and not so tender to the cold as some other mangoes. Both of these are about 3-feet tall right now and I potted them into 7 gal. pots.  The 'Ice Cream' was already pugged at about 2-feet when it arrived and had grown three or four branches since.  That seems all well and good.

The 'Irwin', also in a 7 gal, has one central axis, never pugged and has just broken a cluster of tiny leaves at the apex.  It needs to be pugged but I think I should wait for it to establish for another month maybe two, before cutting it.  Leaving it about two feet tall sounds like it ought to be okay.  Yes?  It's not too late in the growing season yet to do that is it?

So, do my intentions for the treatment of these two cultivars seem doable and/or practical?  Or am I wasting my time with them and should have chosen some other cultivar?

Comments?  Suggestions?

TIA

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cinnamomum zeylanicum –when to pug?
« on: June 25, 2020, 02:38:32 PM »
Hello All,

My Cinnamomum zeylanicum was recently moved up from a 2-1/2-inch pot into a 4-inch pot and is now about 10-inches tall and seems to like being in the larger pot.  It has been growing more rapidly now plus a small growth has emerged from the potting soil next to it about two inches away.

So, is this species known to send up adventitious growths from its roots?  What's coming up is only about 3-inches tall right now but has the same veination on its leaves as the taller plant.

Also, does this species benefit from removing the apical tip to encourage branching?  If so how tall should it be allowed to get first?  It will be a potted specimen since zone 9b might prove too cold for it from time to time.

So far I havent been able to locate much of anything pro or con about pugging this species.  Any helpful references in print out there about this species?

Comments?  Suggestions?

TIA

Paul M.
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Hi All,

I was recently able to get several plants of Ugni molinae (Chilean Guava) from a nursery in NC.  Plants arrived in good condition, about 14- to 16-inches tall and are still healthy-lookng but seem to be quite slow growing.

I have them in about 60% shade under a pergola that's covered over with Petrea volubilis (Queen's Wreath) in 1 gal pots and they are growing but rather slowly.  Maybe that is too much shade but not sure how much of our strong summer sunshine they wlll tolerate here in Florida.

Not sure if they tolerate wet feet, either, but also I have a number of tropicals (ferns & orchids) under the pergola and those get misted frequently and watered some about every other day –or sometimes daily when it's hot and no rain is forecast.

Does the above sound like a suitable situation for these U. molinae?  I know they grow in a temperate to coolish situation in S. America where it can often be damp.

Hoping that someone else here in FL/9b might be succeeding with this species and can remark on their own experiences growing them.

TIA

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pruning Guavas
« on: June 12, 2020, 03:02:08 AM »
When should I prune my 'Barbie Pink' guava.  It was put in ground about 12 months ago out of a 3 gal pot.

It has grown to about six feet tall with one dominant growth and three or four shorter side growths about 3 to 4 ft tall.

I've been fertilizing it about once a month right now using 10-10-10 granular since it warmed up.  It gets full sun starting around 10 am until 5 or 6 pm.

I'm hoping that a bit of pruning may get it to branch and maybe encourage it to bloom.

TIA

Paul M.
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Hello All,

Just got cruious to know whether pink skinned sugar apples flush reddish leaves in similar fashion to what pink- or red-fruited Ilamas do?

I have a young seedling A. squamosa with eight pairs of leaves so far in a 1 gal pot.  I believe it was from seed of the 'Kampong Mauve' cultivar but its new leaves are emerging green. Of couse it's in shade for about half the day right now, but that could maybe change when it's large enough to be put out in full sun.

All that said I do understand that this is from seed so this could lessen chances that it produce pink fruit.  –Or colored new leaves.

I was just wondering if there are any visible signals to distinguish a pink-skinned sugar apple tree from the typical green fruited ones.

Cheers!

Paul M.
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I have one yet-to-bloom ilama in a 5 gallon pot which is an unnamed seedling from a white-fleshed mother.

I'm looking forward to trying this fruit but am also wanting to have a pink-fleshed cultivar, as well.

To that end I'd like to hear what others believe is/are the best-tasting pink-fleshed cultivars.  (I've read somewhere that certain of the pink-fleshed cultivars have a flavor containing notes of raspberry.)

So what ilama cultivar ought I be looking for?

Cheers!

Paul M.
Zone 9b
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / NEW TO GROWING JABOS . . . .
« on: March 27, 2020, 03:13:18 AM »
I finally broke down and bought several Jabos and now have a couple questions.

For those of you on this forum who are growing Plinia or Myciaria species or cultivars which of them do you find to be the most precocious. How precocious?

Also was wondering which of the above mentioned have more of a tendency to shed last year's leaves and flush new ones?

What I have selected are Plinia edulis (Cambucá) and Sabará plus a couple very small seedlings of both a Myciaria cauliflora and a Grimal.

Are there any others that fit my query?

TIA

Paul M.
Zone 9b
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