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Citrus General Discussion / Centennial Kumquat: How to tell when ripe
« on: November 18, 2020, 10:51:42 PM »
This little beauty came from Just Fruits. Already has fruits. Can someone please advise on when to pick and eat?

I'm looking for a grewia plant, local (Miami area) or shipped.

Info on flavor and productivity appreciated.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Cupuacu plants in the US?
« on: October 09, 2020, 12:37:49 AM »
Hey all.

Does anyone have an extra couple of cupuacu plants? Please pm with info and price if so.

I can do local pickup in Miami and surrounding area.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Name That Garcinia!
« on: September 27, 2020, 05:36:39 PM »
Hey All!

I have a few garcinias that am unsure about. Have my hunches, but wanted to see what others think.  Please post your guesses for each.

Garcinia Trio

Garcinia A

Garcinia B

Garcinia C

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best Fruit Trees for Yard on Canal with Iguanas
« on: September 19, 2020, 09:46:03 AM »
Good morning all.

Have a friend who lives on a canal. Wants to put in some fruit trees, but the iguanas are prolific.

What fruit trees are least likely to be bothered? How might a mangoes fare?

Not sure what measures he is willing to take, so interested in fruits iguanas would be least interested in. Also, ornamentals.

Apologies if this question has already been answered. Searched...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Kwai Muk
« on: September 08, 2020, 05:48:51 PM »
Can someone point me in the right direction for a nice sized kwai muk tree?

I am aware of eBay sellers.

Hello All!

looking for a garcinia indica plant. who has them?


Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Finger Lime in FL
« on: July 31, 2020, 07:42:39 AM »
Does anyone have finger lime plants available in FL?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Seeking Vanilla Orchid Vine
« on: April 16, 2020, 11:10:31 AM »
Hi all. Looking for a vanilla orchid vine, preferably nice sized. Shipping is fine, or local Miami area. Thanks!

My Luc plant is not looking so good, and I am looking for another plant. Larger size would be nice.

Where can I find a nice plant?

Hello all.

Looking to purchase a few good varieties of sugarcane. Buddha Belly, Halali, and others. Anyone growing sugarcane that can help me out? Any suggestions?


I have a 6 foot + Alano sapodilla, and a 6 foot + Beaumont macadamia tree that need to be dug up to make room for more mangoes. Both have produced fruits/nuts. Partially dug up already, might need some digging help. If you are interested and have something to trade let me know. Otherwise, free if I don't have to finish digging them up.

South Miami area. Local pickup only. 

Hey everyone.

Who can point me in the right direction? Looking for nice cultivate of sugar apple/sweetsop. 3 gal tree or whatever.

PIN currently only has Thai lessard. Does anyone know how that compares to others?

Local or shipped is fine.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for a Neem tree
« on: July 30, 2019, 05:25:59 PM »
Hello Everyone.

My neem tree just bit the dust. Got too big for its pot and slowly wasted away.

Does anyone have a neem tree for sale in South Miami, or shipped?


Hey everyone.

I'm having some trouble hand pollinating rollinia/biriba. Female flowers and male flowers are showing up a day or 2 apart from each other. Can I refrigerate or freeze the pollen for the next round of female flowers? Or, is there another way to store viable pollen for a day or 2?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New Method for Improving Crop Yields
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:38:07 AM »
Not really into GMO's, but this looks interesting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangosteen Advice Thread
« on: November 17, 2018, 02:04:17 PM »
I'm looking for some ideas on how to proceed with my mangosteen project. Since South FL soil is full of limestone (pic below shows just how bad. It is solid limestone at the bottom of that hole, had to use a jackhammer to get that deep), I was thinking of creating suitable soil, and then placing the plant above the amended soil, on a raised mound secured by rootsaver pots that will be attached to one another.

Just had this hole dug. Thinking I should line it. The hole is roughly 43 inches diameter by 2 feet deep. Calculates to a little over 150 gallons.

How should I line it? Should I leave holes for drainage? Are there any liners with copper in them, and if so, are they safe to use?

Also, any advice on soil composition is appreciated. "deep rich organic soil, especially sandy loam or laterite" is recommended on the site. How might I achieve such soil?

Here is a pic of the tree


I have 2 Dark Star dragon fruit plants for sale. Getting quite large. $15 each, no shipping/local pickup only. PM if interested.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Aphids Alter Plant Chemistry
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:34:59 AM »

Found this interesting article about aphids changing/enhancing the sugar, organic acid, and amino acid content of plants. Got me to wondering, might some "pests" be good for our plants/fruits if kept in-check? Anyone have any experience or insight into matters like this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Great Morning for Mangoes
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:50:12 AM »
Having a tough time waiting for ours to ripen, so took a little drive

Grabbed a nice selection of Florigon, Nectar of Neptune, Nam Doc Mai, Angie, Manalita, and Chao Savoy

Some of the selection that was available. There were quite a few crates of other mangoes as well.

Already tried a Manalita. Very good, low fiber, sweet and tangy. Going to be a good weekend.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Well Water Treatment
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:52:35 AM »
Hello everyone.

Does anyone have advice on treating well water for a sprinkler system? I live in south florida with limestone soil, and think the well water is pretty hard and alkaline. Where the sprinkler hits a bit window, getting some spotting and residue on the glass that is difficult to remove. Also, want the plants to have best water possible. Any recommendations or suggestions?

Thanks, and apologies if this has been covered before. Couldn't find info in my searches, but not sure I am using the search engine effectively.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Durian Causes a Scare
« on: April 29, 2018, 07:42:40 AM »
Came across this article today:

Powerful fruit

Hello everyone. Looking for a nice sized red hybrid jaboticaba tree and/or similar jabos. Want something that is tasty and will fruit soon if not already.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jujubes Make Me Happy
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:29:03 AM »
Hello all. Here are some recent pics of my 2 Indian jujube trees with fruits. Not too sweet unless they start to turn orangish, but they are so crisp and refreshing, with just enough sweetness. I like hi brix fruit, but also like to eat fruit that is not overpoweringly sugary. Going to add some shredded jujube to a green papaya salad, think it will be a hit.

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