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 I did this update video today, November 27 2020. This is a full tour of our 5 year project.

https://youtu.be/s79XvnwL3cY

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dream Atemoya Seedling
« on: September 06, 2020, 02:36:04 PM »
Hello everyone, I have attached three pictures of a seedling from a Dream Atemoya seed that I planted around February of this year. It's about three foot tall already and is really picking up the growth pace over the last 6 weeks. My question is if anyone can tell me based on the pics if you think this seedling has more cherimoya or more sugar apple traits? Based on my limited understanding the leaves look more Cherimoya like but I could be wrong. I've heard Cherimoya won't do well in Florida so I'm wondering if this seedling will struggle to produce fruit if it's genes are more from the Cherimoya side. Either way time will tell.






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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Indian jujube scions
« on: March 15, 2020, 09:26:55 PM »
In 2018 the big freeze we had killed my Thai giant Indian jujube but it grew back from the root stock. Unfortunately the root stock is not self pollinating so I'm looking for Indian jujube scions that are self pollinating. Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / cherimoya seeds black or brown?
« on: November 29, 2019, 06:04:26 AM »
I just ordered some cherimoya seeds for rootstock and when they came in I saw they are brown. I thought they would be black based on what I have seen online. They did come from a source in Florida so it makes me wonder if they are sugar apple seeds.  Thoughts?

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Here is a short video I made today (March 7) of our Jackfruit tree flowering here in Lakeland Florida. The tree is exactly 24 months old and was seed sowed directly in the spot its growing. I only found one flower and pretty sure its a male. Correct me if I'm wrong. The tree is approximately 15 feet tall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVwIXHdLZSc

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / White patches on avocado branches?
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:50:14 PM »
Can anyone tell me what this white stuff is in these pics on my mexicola avocado tree? I'm getting a few small branches dying as well and this stuff seems to be on those dead twigs fairly often but not always.












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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Experiment to get lychee to bloom
« on: January 01, 2019, 12:07:56 PM »
I live in Lakeland Florida, and I'm planning an experiment to get part of my Mauritius lychee tree to bloom. It's is currently flushing vegetation. I was planning on prunning the tall side of the tree back to previous hardened off flush but letting the rest of the tree left alone. I know the tree won't flower this year under the current circumstances. We are currently over 80* during the day and over 60* at night this week. That will end by Saturday and the forecast will switch to around 50-55 at night and 70-75 during the day with a few nights in the 40's. I'm also banking on the last half of January being cooler. Will doing this likely cause a bloom on the side of the tree I prune back 6-12 inches? Will the current heat mess this experiment up and thus I should wait a week after it turns cool to prune? The short side of the tree can grow and catch up. Thoughts? Pics below.






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Shower Freeze Protection for a Jackfruit Tree
« on: October 24, 2018, 02:42:31 PM »
Today I was working on a freeze protection setup for my nearly 15 foot tall almost two year Jackfruit tree. Here is the video showing how it turned out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRIk16Z7970

Any thoughts on whether or not it will work? I might wrap the bottom 8 foot enclosing the tree inside to contain heat and block wind and cold from getting in though it will be open from above for the shower to rain inside. Any ideas are welcome.

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Pics were taken today August 31 2018.






















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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Doing my first graft this week (Avri loquat)
« on: February 27, 2018, 07:26:58 AM »
I'll be attempting my first graft later this week attaching an Avri scion to a in ground loquat seedling I planted last spring. My original plan was to have multiple seedlings in case of failure but only one of five seeds sprouted so I only get one chance. I've been reading everything I can last few days on grafting. Until the scions come in I won't know how the size will match up with the rootstock so I'm undecided on method at this point. I am looking for advice especially on the graft location of this seedling. Well hardened off area, or newer wood but not fully hardened off or really fresh growth as the seedling is currently flushing. Any advice on anything would be great. Thanks. Pics:








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In the January freezes the leaves on my bananas were destroyed. The bananas are now putting out new leaves but I have two stalks that the flower cam out on with no leaves on those stalks. I actually have a total of three stalks at the moment with either fruit or flower but I'm wondering if I should chop them or get what I can if anything from these three stalks? I'm sure some have experience with this. Thanks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Making changes after this freeze
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:45:23 AM »
 I'm predicting some serious damage to our project here in Lakeland FL. All my trees that are wrapped with a heat lamp I'm sure will be fine but the trees I planned on protecting with burn barrels are in serious trouble I think. The problems began right away. We have a freeze warning for our area from 3am to 9am so I set my alarm at 1am thinking I would have a good jump start on the freeze. I was shocked to see my thermometer reader next to my bed saying 31 already. I assume we hit 32 around midnight. It's 5:30am as I write this. It took much longer to get the burn barrels going than I had anticipated. It took an hour and a half. So by 2:30 my temp gauges throughout my property were showing 28-29 degrees. It's been holding 28-29 degrees for three hours straight. Now when I went to bed at 10 pm we had a good gusty wind and the forcast was for a decent wind which I need to make good use out of my burn barrels. When I went outside at 1am it was dead still. I haven't felt a breeze all night. Temperature at my trees is only doing good near burn barrel. Opposite side is showing 28 degrees. My water hoses for saftey we're nearly froze at 3 am. Luckily I got them flowing. I think we have another 3 hours of serious freeze left tonight. I'm not expecting things to turn out well. This freeze was so much harder than any forcast model I follow. Usually the forcast are very close for my area. Tough night, I'll be ready for bed in a few hours and make a new plan as we still have two more nights of this. Going to make changes to my overall project as well. Good luck everyone in the path of this freeze.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Minor bark split on young mangos
« on: October 23, 2017, 03:49:33 PM »
I have minor bark splitting happening on three mango trees around the graft union. All three tree are finishing their second growth season and were originally three gallon trees. Glen, Kent and a Keitt pictures below in that order showing trunk then tree of each. Anything to worry about? Nutrient issue? Tree overall have grown well and look healthy.
















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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How common is this?
« on: October 02, 2017, 05:10:18 PM »
This is a picture of the first pineapple fruit we have harvested. How common is it to get pineapple with two crowns?




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carambola (starfruit) problem
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:30:20 PM »
Looking for advice on what to do to this carambola tree. It's a grafted Kari, planted last November. In June it started to decline. I noticed an issue a few inches above the graft at that time. Whatever has happened has girdled the trunk slowing nutrient flow to the tree. Would you give it more time to see if it recovers? Pug it at the girdle hoping to get a new shoot to sprout off the grafted wood below the issue effectively starting the tree over? Dig it up? Any thoughts?

 










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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Not an Ice Cream banana?
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:39:24 PM »
 I bought this banana plant last year which I was told was a "ice cream" but the pics of "blue Java" fruit don't match the fruit on my plant. Thoughts? The fruit is about 4 months old...






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Something biting my fruit trees?
« on: May 11, 2017, 05:59:44 PM »
Over the last couple months I've had some of my trees bitten by something with the worst damage being on a tropic snow peach. Some of the pics below. What do you think is doing it? I live outside Lakeland Fl. The damage is anywhere from a few inches on the trunk up to about the 18 inch point.








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lakeland Florida project
« on: February 26, 2017, 04:33:16 PM »
Hello this is really my first post other than the one I did in the intro thread. Thought I would start a thread sharing progress videos of our project here in Lakeland Florida. The project is officially one year old now although fruit tree planting didn't begin until end of March, early April, in 2016. We just did our latest update videos today February 26 in two parts which I will post first then I will put last years August video and November update video up.

part 1:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj3GB6lnolU&t=40s

Part 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIePOFxQ7N8&t=748s

November 2016 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvDdGuJ1cx0&t=258s

August video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMl50NQYd9Q&t=1071s


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