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Anyone have sources for new and improved varieties of these? I want to grow them but want to grow the latest high yielding , pest resistant,

Please let me know

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: googootz in So. Flo
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:34:35 PM »
YES! they grow great in south florida! and the caterpillars don't seem to bother them at all (as for cucumbers and squash just are impossible for me) I have some growing right now

Im in south florida. Got a few small bulbils from my local Filipino restaurant. and grow them over the summer season. harvest a huge! tuber from each bulbil. I have many many many starts growing all over the yard from the aerial tubers. dozens literally. I have made many purple pancakes, muffins, pies, smoothies. or just plain boiled and mashed with butter. yummy.


Location: Western palm beach county, Royal Palm beach , Florida.

I tested the original soil and also the topsoil where I had heavily mulched with tree trimmer mulch for a couple years. 

The PH of the original soil is 6. The PH of the compost an inch to several inches deep from mulching is 7. Any comments suggestions based on the above results ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava dieback
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:01:45 PM »
are guava especially vulnerable to nematodes (as compared to other fruit trees)?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Guava dieback
« on: November 07, 2017, 01:43:43 PM »
Guava problems...
several different varieties grew and fruited great initially, then almost seems like it burnt up. Definitely not drought or water problems as I make sure to water them during dry spells. I doubt its fertilizer burn because I was only fertilizing with a handfull of excalibur  839 every few months (way below recommendations true, but I was experimenting). Could deficiency cause such severe dieback and death? I thought guavas were naturalized here in florida, I figured they could take some neglect. (other possible causes of the dieback I was thinking was perhaps herbicide in the canal water used for irrigation? ) They 3 spots in question were these trees are/were are also other fruit trees which haven't experienced this problem (coconut,avocado,banana,citrus....)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Red Jaboticaba U-Pick
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:41:55 PM »
I recently bought two red jaboticaba plants and am very excited for them to bear fruit. Theyre growing great, putting out flushes on the regular. Ive eaten the black one and it tasted good but the red they say is even better and bears many more times a year. From what I understand they are a low maintenance fruit crop. Now can anyone explain why something like this is so hard to find on U-pick farm for example? Blueberrie Upicks are all over Florida but why not a U-pick Red Jaboticaba (mixed with other tropical fruits that bear profusely and regularly: starfruit, everbearing mulberry,dragonfruit...).   

very exciting...thanks for the info. I cant wait to hear how they turn out, potentially a new crop here for south florida....keep us posted

anyone heard of this or tried it???? seems very interesting.....

The Palanda Papaya is without doubt the rarest papaya on earth, it is known to grow only on a couple of mountaintops in what was formerly rainforests. The plant is highly endangered because local landowners are clearing the forests and cutting down the plants for cattle range. Without some attention to replanting this unique fruit it is indeed in danger of extinction. It should not be, The fruits have lots of viable seeds and a few motivated individuals could easily grow seedlings and plant them in the nearby villages and backyards. But as of yet, no one seems to pay any attention. The fruit is almost spherical, when cut the thick rind exudes an opaque milk that is full of the enzyme paparin ( a prime ingredient in the meat tenderizer Accent). Inside, is a ball of translucent flesh embedded with the dark seds, The ball breaks apart into five segments not unlike a tangerine segment in form. Shockingly, the segments taste like tangerine! This plant could probably be grown in cooler tropical areas or as a plant in a big pot that you would move outside in the summer. It is likely that more than one plant would be necessary for pollination. A must for the serious fruit hobbyist. Seeds are likely dormant and will be a challenge to germinate. Papaya should be a key, and it is likely that they could take a quite a while 1-3 months to germinate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can I grow Inga Edulis in South Florida
« on: January 29, 2017, 01:54:52 AM »
im in south florida. what season does it fruit? also any cultivars available? does it fruit fast from seed? ive eaten this in Bolivia, called Pacay there. very good. would like to grow here but don't have much room left.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado trunk . problem. Need help
« on: January 12, 2017, 11:07:09 AM »
I should explain that the recessed areas first appeared as a dark softer spot on the trunk that when squeezed let out some watery foam. So i cut out the areas and those revealed these recessed areas. Then the white stuff appeared slowly over months on these recessed areas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado trunk . problem. Need help
« on: January 12, 2017, 11:05:19 AM »
So i cleaned away the white stuff yesterday and went out this morning to take a pic and the white stuff had returned overnight, only a thin even coating throughout the recessed areas and also a little bit surrounding. I cleaned it away again and took these pictures. I didnt notice any holes, and only a couple sugar ants (more in my kitchen).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Starfruit. deficiency?
« on: January 09, 2017, 05:29:52 PM »

I would appreciate any info on possible deficiencies. Hart Carambola Grown in  Royal palm beach. fertilized very lightly (maybe thats the problem) with Excalibur fruitilizer and alot of mulch. the fruit are delicious but not as numerous as my srikembangan and the leaves are showing this discoloration.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado trunk . problem. Need help
« on: January 09, 2017, 05:19:13 PM »

Hope these pics are better. Thank you for your time and expertise!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado trunk . problem. Need help
« on: January 05, 2017, 08:18:10 PM »
Thanks for the responses. Yes, I am very excited to get the Sapote in the ground and hopefully taste the fruits in a few years.
CTMiami, thanks for checking in. I am in Palm Beach county, Royal palm beach. Deep, sandy soil as far as I can tell, definitely well draining. Have not seen any insects around the lesions. I did have quite a bit of purple queen as a groundcover around it but just mowed that down today, and also removed some of the lower branches close to the lesions in the hopes that better airflow will help (if it turns out to be a fungus). I will try and take better pictures tomorrow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado trunk . problem. Need help
« on: January 04, 2017, 08:39:03 PM »

4+ year old beautiful 8 foot tall avocado (hass or florida hass from pine island) looks great and healthy, 30 + fruit last year and this year also great yield (harvesting now). Im worried by the white moist spot you can see in the picture. seemed to resolve last year but now is back worse. The tree seems fine. Any advice?

Also just bought Hawaiian green sapote and Fairchild #2 Canistel from LAra Farms. Cant wait to get them in the ground.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pics from the yard and Banana c-section
« on: November 01, 2015, 04:51:12 PM »
Goldfinger banana that choked and I did a "C-section".
Also a Hass or Florida Hass (not sure) loaded with fruit.
a dwarf banana that flowered but rotted and slumped over (any ideas why? it didn't have much mulch but I recently got a free shipload of woods chips and mulched everywhere but maybe too late for that little guy)
Numerous fruits trees and new vegetable garden .

Im in Palm Beach county, Florida. Planted this Glenn mango from a nursery a little over a year ago, it has at least double or even triple its mass in the first six or seven months and after that, every new sprout of leaves would look promising and then just darken curl up and fall off before growing. It did this for what seems like 6 months. In summary, In the first six months those little sprouts would take off and unfurl huge leaves in what seemed like days, then in the second six months the sprouts would justshrivel up , darken and die. Alot of the older leaves are now showing brown coloring at the leaf margins, a few fall off, overall the tree still looks ok though. I checked on it again and i see flower buds!! in november??? Ive been fertilizing with composted manure, some fish emulsion, wood chip mulch, azomite, even kelp a few times and even some diluted urine at times. I was thinking maybe  overfertilization/burn?
also on a side note, I planted 4 yuca cuttings at the same time about a year ago. harvested the first one 7 months later and the roots were on the small side but delicious. the other plantings harvested over the next 6 months were increasingly woody, too much fiber.  I thought yuca could be consumed even years after planting? whats up? I didnt fertilize at all. plants grew 13 to 14 feet tall, small trees.

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