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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do I get my cacao to fruit?
« on: October 08, 2019, 07:55:46 AM »
I have a few cacao trees growing. One is about 4 or 5 years old and has been blooming for a couple of years. Theobroma cacao is a peculiar tree. Out of many many flowers they produce, fewer will set fruits. Many fruits grow to about 1 - 1 ˝ inches and get aborted. Aborting young fruits is a natural occurrence in cacaos. So, it is very normal to see hundreds of flowers on the tree and only a few large pods grown to maturity.

Cacao, doesn’t need another plant to be pollinated. Older single trees can fruit just fine.

Cacao blooms on older matured wood, something that is called cauliflory. So your trees might need to develop more branches and thicken up to start blooming.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The inga vulpina seeds are edible?
« on: September 24, 2019, 11:16:46 PM »
More like. Thank you for saving my life. Hihi.

Oscar, do u have vulpine seeds available? Still looking for it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / AUSTRALIA question
« on: September 23, 2019, 06:40:23 PM »
What tropical fruits are available in Australia in the months of July/August ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia intermedia ID question
« on: September 23, 2019, 06:35:43 PM »
Thank you SKHAN and HIBACHIDRAMA. I guess #2 is more of a mystery. Whether #2 turns out to be G.braziliensis or Luc's Garcinia, either one is good :)

BRIAN, yours do look like achacha.

Its called guttation

"Guttation is the exudation of drops of xylem sap on the tips or edges of leaves of some vascular plants, such as grasses, and a number of fungi. Guttation is not to be confused with dew, which condenses from the atmosphere onto the plant surface." -Wikipedia


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia intermedia ID question
« on: September 23, 2019, 12:48:34 PM »
Anyone else can contribute? Any thought?

WOW, great gob! I ate mine at the beginning of August.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia intermedia ID question
« on: September 21, 2019, 10:55:35 PM »
Thank you. I have G. brazilians as well and after your comment I do think my lemon drop #2 looks more like my G. braziliensis than G. intermedia.

That is pretty cool! But would't it be somewhat normal for the plants with cauliflory?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia intermedia ID question
« on: September 21, 2019, 03:54:43 PM »
I have two plants of "lemon drop mangosteen" from two different sources and both look different. Is it due to variation among G. intermedia or they are two different species under one common name? I almost think that lemon drop #1 is in fact G. humilis (achachairu)




Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cinnamomum ID question
« on: September 21, 2019, 06:08:13 AM »
Thank you pineislander and Oscar for your confirmations.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cinnamomum ID question
« on: September 20, 2019, 03:20:48 PM »
Cinnamomum include a lot of different species. I have the similar plant as you - it was sold to me like ceylon cinnamon but true ceylon cinnamon smell is very different - more sweet than this. Also it is very different from C. cassia which has more narrow and darker leaf. I suppose it is some what close to C. iners or C. tamala

I am leaning towards calling it Cinnamomum verum (formerly zeylanicum)
Still not sure.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cinnamomum ID question
« on: September 20, 2019, 02:58:44 PM »
You might have cassia cinnamon. Your looks slightly different from my tree, which was sold by PIN as ceylon cinnamon. Leaves on mine are lighter colored and shape is not quite the same.

Can you please post pics of your tree and details?
I think mine came from PIN as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cinnamomum ID question
« on: September 20, 2019, 12:11:55 PM »
Does anyone know what is most likely sold in US as Cinnamomum zeylanicum?
I have a tree and would love to identify it (pics below). Unfortunately, I missed the flowering until next time.

Is there a good descriptive source or ID key for the genus Cinnamomum?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: punta gorda sugarloaf?
« on: September 19, 2019, 05:55:22 AM »
I found that Agristarts propagates pineapple they call “Florida Special”. Here is their description:

“Bred for Florida pineapple production by Libby fruit company. At one time there where 240 acres planted in Immokalee, FL prior to Libby selling to Nestle. Florida Special Pineapple produces a golden-fleshed fruit with great flavor. Ripening fruit has shown to take temperatures down to the mid 30's without internal damage.”

Do your Bactris gasipaes seeds come from spineless variety or this is just a regular peach palm? Thanks.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yuzu lemon question
« on: September 17, 2019, 07:00:53 AM »
Thank you for the answer. The fruits on my tree are starting to color up now. Will let some hang and see how long they hold up.

Citrus General Discussion / Yuzu lemon question
« on: September 16, 2019, 07:46:15 PM »
Does Yuzu lemon holds its fruit after they are ripen or as soon as they are ripe they drop?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Leaf miners
« on: September 13, 2019, 10:58:24 AM »
I hear you. If it works for you use it. In my small grove (60) trees I do not spray for miners. All the trees are mature and the miners damage is not worth the expense of combating them. I do spray my newly grafted and young trees. All summer I have fought the butterflies....seems like they have been extremely prolific this year.

Giant swallowtail caterpillars can devour a young tree in a couple of days!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Leaf miners
« on: September 13, 2019, 10:09:56 AM »
I use about 1 tsp per quart of water with a dash of dishwashing soap. I am in zone 10A, still use the spray when the new growth is coming, even in the summer. Best time to spray is in the evening, when the plants are shaded from the sun and into cooler night temperatures. My trees are young, haven't damaged them yet (fingers crossed).

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Leaf miners
« on: September 13, 2019, 08:54:57 AM »
I make my own neem oil spray (water, neem oil, dishwasher soap). It really reduces leaf miners if sprayed as new growth emerges. And repeated every four days until growth matured.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sudden lychee death
« on: September 11, 2019, 05:12:46 PM »

Thank you Aaron,
I am aware of this mite, and can attest that there were no symptoms that these mites produce and so I don't it caused sudden death.

Btw, it is arguably believed that most lychee trees on Pine Island are infected with this mite.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sudden lychee death
« on: September 11, 2019, 07:20:12 AM »
It was Sweetheart, a nicely grown five-years-old tree, that bloomed for the first time. It set only one fruit and suddenly the emerging growth got stunted and wilted, the old leaves got brown, but didn’t fall off. It is dead!

I’ve read in one post here it might have been a root pathogen that caused it. Does anyone know what it actually is and how to prevent it?

Its ease to tell them apart by the leaf structure. Notice characteristic holes on Monstera leaf :

Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum (former known as Philodendron)

Monstera deliciosa

Also it is best to keep the fruit in the brown paper bag to continue ripening instead of plastic.

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