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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking to buy Buddhas Hand and Yuzu trees
« on: September 14, 2020, 09:32:10 AM »

These guys have both, as rooted cuttings in stock! VERY good trees for the price! Iíve ordered hundreds of dollars of trees from these guys up to WI. They may have grafted trees but havenít gone through their stock.
Thanks Frank!

1st wish: Wish for unlimited wishes (Ahaha you dirty Fruit Fairy, take that!!)

Now with my unlimited barrage of wishes, I'd wish for unlimited land and unlimited trees/plants.

I'd also wish that whenever you plant something there would be no such thing as pest pressure and it could survive anywhere, under any conditions and would immediately and constantly be everbearing with perfectly ripe fruit that lasts until you eat it.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking to buy Buddhas Hand and Yuzu trees
« on: September 11, 2020, 07:59:23 PM »
I see them, thanks for the tip! Was hoping for a larger one maybe that was already even fruiting but if all else fails I'll grab one of those.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Looking to buy Buddhas Hand and Yuzu trees
« on: September 11, 2020, 01:55:24 PM »
Been looking for over a year for a Buddha Hand tree in Florida, while I'm on the hunt also searching for Yuzu. If you have one or know any sources please let me know!!

Any Citrus
Good Coconut Water

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's good in the neighborhood
« on: September 08, 2020, 10:24:58 PM »
I ate a sugarlata today WOW!
It split on the tree like an ilama only it was soft and
ready to eat.
The first one also split and was superb. I picked one in between the
two and softened on the counter and the split ones was the way to go!
It is incredible. It only had about 15 seeds which is nice also.
Now I have a three way tie for my favorite fruit in my yard this year
between a sweet tart mango and Isan Indigo and now the sugarlata.

Glad to hear these annonas are turning up tasty!! I gotta say a tree ripe, split annona tastes 1 million times better than picked early and "ripened" off the tree, make that any tree ripened fruit...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reading contradictory info on Little Gem
« on: September 07, 2020, 09:27:51 PM »
OMG I was wondering why you had a picture of Jabba the Hut with christmas decorations, and just now I realised he is covered in berries!! Jabotica!!

Have to honor one of the greatest fruits properly!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reading contradictory info on Little Gem
« on: September 07, 2020, 03:39:20 PM »
I've read that it is low vigor compact and I have also read it is open and spreading moderately vigorous. Some say it's a small tree other say it is a medium tree. Not sure what to think. What has been your observations

I posted a pic of TonyInCC's Lil' Gem from last month in one of his Lil' Gem threads.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Outa Season Monthong Durian
« on: September 07, 2020, 10:48:00 AM »
Well spotted Ben and looks can be deceiving. I should have pulled away the foliage from the maprang neighbouring tree cramping the style of the durian.

Whatís even more impressive?  Durian in a public park.  Thatís good living.

Man, our parks need to step their game up :'(

Maprang and Durian next to each other in a park?!?! :o

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Interest in Fresh Durians?
« on: September 05, 2020, 10:19:55 PM »
Highly interested Chuck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Just had a perfect Little Gem mango
« on: September 03, 2020, 11:58:04 AM »
  Had the opportunity to stop by a couple weeks ago and see Tony's Lil' Gem tree compared to last year. His tree had a very nice compact growth habit and had some beautiful looking mangos still hanging from it. Definitely a winner for those with smaller yards or those only being able to plant one or two trees.

  Tony very graciously shared a couple Lil' Gems with my wife and I and boy were we not disappointed!!!
  As I said, the fruit was beautiful, the colors were a dark yellowish orange with some of that nice red blush going on in spots.
  The taste and smell was even more magnificent then the appearance!!
  The smell of the freshly picked Lil' Gem was definitely that of a classic mango when given the sniff test, but fear not Zill fanatics, upon Tony's advice we let the first mango sit an extra day after it started to give and it started having whiffs of coconut... This is when we got really excited! We sliced into the mango and it was extremely juicy. First bite was a little classic flavor but much sweeter like a Kathy or Beverly, further down the slice was coconut heaven!! Not the artificial coconut flavor of Coconut Cream but more like the flavor you find in M-4.
  The next Lil' Gem we pushed another day after it started giving, (very impatiently of course!!) This Mango had me chomping at the bit... I was out in our lanai sniffing it every hour on the hour, pleading with it to be ready. :P
  Finally when we couldn't take it anymore we sliced it up and it was even better than the first! Way stronger coconut flavor throughout,
and oh sooo juicy!
  We have decided we need to add Lil' Gem to our yard ASAP as it quickly skyrocketed up our favorites chart, thanks Tony!!

Got our seeds, thank you so much Berto!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Ae ae banana
« on: September 02, 2020, 03:36:15 PM »
Also have been on the hunt for Ae Ae banana

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gopher Gold
« on: August 26, 2020, 05:31:05 PM »
I just got home and I have a guest I'm working my end fellas the East Coast

He heard about that Rice-a-roni!! Thinking about heading back to California!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: USPS delaying packages
« on: August 18, 2020, 07:36:43 PM »
This is hitting small businesses (all of them not just us) incredibly hard- there is not a reliable second option (just had FedEx miss their 5th out of 6 overnight deliveries) nor an affordable one.

I have personally decided to put a hiatus on shipping any tropicals, only cacti for now-

Maybe these hearing will shake up some anger but realistically I think the best we can hope for is the asshat at the top gets removed with a new administration.

At least we aren't (to my knowledge) relying on life saving medications to be delivered
Yes good thing... because agencies like the VA would ship them ground mail, once Trump got in fires got lit under you know where...

I could care less about who somebody votes for as it is their choice, but I'm not going to blame the postal disaster on Trump, he didn't "create" this virus... ::)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: USPS delaying packages
« on: August 18, 2020, 09:13:24 AM »
The USPS delivery times were badly affected by the pandemic, due to less flights, and many other reasons. Now the strictly political monkey wrenching of the postal service has made matters a whole lot worse.
I just had a customer order something on Friday, and expect express mail delivery on Monday. (There is no overnight delivery by EMS from Hawaii. It is 2-3 days.) This is not possible in the best of times. It's really laughable. I think we all need to become more realistic and greatly adjust our previous high expectations. Welcome to 3rd world postal system.

3rd world postal services with prices equivalent to buying precious metals and gemstones does not compute :o

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: USPS delaying packages
« on: August 17, 2020, 01:00:15 PM »
Gearing up for that election fraud...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help me ID this Plinia
« on: August 17, 2020, 08:59:20 AM »
Looks like a Grimal

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sugarlata seedling
« on: August 15, 2020, 08:19:56 PM »
Beautiful! The taste has to be magnificent :o

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Ginger lime seeds
« on: August 12, 2020, 11:26:33 PM »
Great news Millet. Thanks for the update.
Still have Ginger lime seeds? Any other citrus seeds?

Nothing.  I purchased one several years ago, and eventually tossed t out.

Ughhhh :'(

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Finger Lime in FL
« on: August 12, 2020, 11:19:07 PM »
Does anyone have finger lime plants available in FL?
Please let me know if you find any colored ones!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chemistry, and the story of Rubber.
« on: August 12, 2020, 05:43:01 PM »
I was reading this last year, and think it is Interesting
If you read the first section go back to the main menu , and read the second.

Here is a preview


Our expedition starts here in Mexico. We're in Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire. Someday the world will know it as Mexico City. The year is about 1500, or 7-Acatl on the Aztec calendar. We're here to watch a game called tlachtli.

Tlachtli is kind of like basketball. Games similar to basketball have been played all over Mesoamerica by peoples like the Aztec, the Maya, and the Olmec. The object of Tlachtli is to put a ball through a hoop made of stone at one end of a court. But unlike basketball, the players can't use their hands. Also unlike basketball, where the losing team gets nothing worse than trash-talk from the winners, the losers in this game of tlachtli are going to have their heads chopped off after the game. The players are prisoners of war, the enemies of the Aztecs who are hosting the game. The game is a ritual honoring Amapan and Uappatzin, the patron deities of the game of tlachtli, and honoring Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of war.

But we're not here because of the gory post-game celebrations. We're interested in the ball these folks are playing with. It's roughly the size of a bowling ball, and weighs about five pounds. (Getting it through the hoop without using the hands is so hard that the first team to score a goal wins.) What's special about this ball is that it is made of natural rubber.

Natural rubber is made by a number of plants which grow in warm climates. Of course, rubber balls aren't the only thing that the Aztec and other people of the Americas make from rubber. Rubber boots, raincoats of rubberized cotton cloth, and water bottles were all produced by the ingenuity of these people. Rubber was valuable enough in the world of ancient Mesoamerica that it was used to pay for goods and services in barter.

Rubber is one of the Americas' best-kept secrets. But the rest of the world will find out about rubber eventually. Back in 1492 Christopher Columbus made his first visit to the West Indies. When he came back in 1496, he visited the island of Hispaniola. There he saw people playing games with rubber balls and was amazed at how well the rubber game balls bounced.

Rubber goes on the back Burner

More newcomers will follow Columbus. As violent as the Aztecs seem to us today, what with their human sacrifice and all, they are going to meet an even more violent group of people. Following Columbus to the Americas were the Spanish conquistadors. A group of conquistadors led by Hernan Cortes will land in Mexico in 1519 and incite a revolt of the oppressed Aztec subjects destroying the Aztec Empire. The subjects would have been better off under their old masters as the Spanish kill or enslave thousands. But the people which survive the tragedy will introduced the Spanish to the many wonderful uses of rubber.

In Europe no one has ever seen anything like rubber, and people there will be full of questions about it, questions like...what is this stuff?

1839, Charles Goodyear discovers Vulcanization by dropping rubber in Sulphur...

Starting in the early 1900's pharmaceutical companies add Sulphur to basically every drug possible, and humans and domesticated animals have gotten sicker and sicker since...

Maybe growing conditions in SW Florida are a little different. I have tasted coconut in locally grown very late season Keitt that were getting soft ripe in more than one season in this area. Those fruit came from mature trees that were not fertilized. My soil is really poor and it seems like we get less rain here. I don't have an irrigation system.  Little Gem has a bit of coconut flavor as well if soft ripe here at this time of the season. I have about 20 of those still hanging, they are very rich if fully ripe. Come get a few Little Gem if you want to try some. I have caught and relocated about 20 possums this season so I am going to have to pick the rest in the next week or so.

Thank you! Definitely want to try the Lil Gem's!

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