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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passion fruit buds dropping off
« on: October 05, 2019, 03:56:46 PM »
No every single flower will produce fruits. Also, if you want to increase productivity you must hand pollinate them.

Right now, they are all falling off before the buds even swell up.  So, no flowers at all.  Hundreds of buds starting to form, turning yellow within a few days and falling off.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passion fruit buds dropping off
« on: October 04, 2019, 10:48:21 PM »
It's happening right now.  Maybe you are right about the heat.  It's been roughly 90F / 73F lately.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passion fruit buds dropping off
« on: October 04, 2019, 05:20:36 PM »
One of the vines already put out 5 fruit about 6 months ago.  It put out about 15 flowers at that time.  Not sure why this time it's just not progressing once the buds form.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passion fruit buds dropping off
« on: October 04, 2019, 01:03:37 PM »
I have a couple of passion fruit vines growing like crazy on a trellis (and all over the fence, nearby trees, ground, etc).  One is Frederick and the other is Possum Purple.  They have both been in the ground about a year and a half.  They were in big pots for a year or so before that.  They have beautiful gloss green leaves and grow like mad.  As buds start forming all over the vines, they start out green, but then turn yellow and drop (see pictures).  I dont fertilize them, trim them or water them.  They get sun about 8 hrs.

Be careful what you wish for.  I have elderberries in my yard and they pop up everywhere and grow very quickly.

I had a similar situation with my pineapples, so I tried a rope around the bush, pulled it back and tied it to the fence. 

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Fast flowering trifoliata plants.
« on: April 02, 2019, 04:27:00 PM »
I'll take one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pineapple identification help
« on: March 25, 2019, 06:43:42 PM »
My son pulled all the tags off my pineapple plants.  Now I don't know what's what.

I originally ordered several Elite Gold, Smooth Cayenne, White Jade, Sugarloaf and Florida Special.  I also picked up a Red Spanish on ebay.  I lost quite a few when they were small TC starts, maybe all of the elite gold.  I'm not sure now.

I have two like this.  Light green with red streaks.  No spines.

I think this was either Smooth Cayenne or Florida Special.  Medium spines on leaves, medium green, whitish flowers, lots of offsets.  I have four like this all fruiting now.

I have two like this.  Smaller plants with smooth solid green leaves.  Maybe Sugarloaf or White Jade?

Larger plant, smooth deep green leaves.  Sugarloaf or White Jade?  It seems like the Sugarloafs grew faster than the White Jades, so maybe this one is Sugarloaf and the two small ones are WJ?

Supposedly Red Spanish getting ready to flower.  Lots of red, very spiny.

Any help is appreciated.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Are my roots dead?
« on: February 26, 2019, 08:12:47 PM »
Probably my habit of overwatering/overfertilizing.  I'm going to graft a couple of extras just in case.

Is there any systemic treatment for root rot?

Citrus General Discussion / Are my roots dead?
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:30:18 AM »
I was planting out a few potted citrus trees are notice one had dry looking roots.  They weren't crumbling away, but not bright white on the tips.  Does this mean my rootstock died?  The plant is about 2 feet high and doesn't look great, but is trying to push new growth.  I'm wondering if the roots are dormant or if they are dead and the top of the tree is still running off stored nutrients. 

Looks like shot hole fungus to me. 

My nectarine has an ongoing battle with it.  Sprayed with immunox a couple of times and neem oil a couple of times last year and that seemed to help this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Coconut palms in Sarasota, FL
« on: July 09, 2018, 08:19:48 AM »
I'm not sure of the types, so let me know if you recognize them.
I was just surprised to see so many coconuts in Sarasota.  A few even had fruit on them.  These were all on Siesta Key, but I've seen quite a few around town close to the water.

This one had an orange trunk that looked different than the others.  The coloring didn't show up very well in this picture.  Any idea what variety?

These two looked like they had something wrong with them.

Fiji dwarf?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya vs Mountain Soursop as Rootstock
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:47:20 PM »
Are there any advantages to using Mountain Soursop as a rootstock versus Cherimoya?

Vigor?  Cold Hardiness?  Production?

I have a couple dozen Cherimoya seedlings that I started last Summer, but I recently picked up some Mountain Soursop seeds.  Is it worth planting them for any reason?


Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Star Suriname Cherry opinions please
« on: December 25, 2017, 09:44:03 AM »
This should be in the "tropical" part of the forum, so you may want to re-post there.

Suriname cherry gets a bad rap because many places grow them from seed as landscaping hedges.  So, the ones planted in most people's yards taste like gasoline.  There are a few select varieties that some people like.  Zill's Black (or Zill's Dark depending on who you ask) is probably the best Suriname though.

Check out Cherry of the Rio Grande as well. 

How do you remove the spines on the fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: On a unknown fruit pursuit! 😄
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:41:49 PM »
Dioon Spinulosum?  Sounds like what you are describing.

Hi Sonny, nice pics beautiful palm, I see some differences the one I'm talking about doesn't have toothed leaves, also the pinne is different the one you posted doesn't have the orange balls kind of jackfruit inside.

Sounds good.  Do you have any pictures of the plants?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: On a unknown fruit pursuit! 😄
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:39:59 PM »
Dioon Spinulosum?  Sounds like what you are describing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: On a unknown fruit pursuit! 😄
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:31:38 PM »
Cool report Raul.  A rare cycad is still a good find.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Zest issue - any suggestions?
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:16:00 PM »
Looks like a raging case of spider mites to me.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Found a grapefruit tree
« on: December 03, 2017, 09:37:52 PM »
Really, I thought Charleston was pretty close to the coast?

About 2 years ago, I moved to a little town called Summerville, SC.  It's about a 35 minute drive NW of Charleston.  More inland.

I've seen a few decent sized trees in downtown Charleston on the peninsula.  But that's got it's own climate being nearly surrounded by water near the ocean.  There's even an "Orange Street" on the peninsula where there used to be an Orange grove long ago, but the story was the grove was killed one winter and never replanted.  It's all developed now though.

I've also seen one decent sized grapefruit tree on James Island, but nothing inland.

Citrus General Discussion / Found a grapefruit tree
« on: December 03, 2017, 07:59:50 PM »
My neighbor's big "ligustrums" have grapefruit!   :o. It's extremely rare to see anyone else around here with citrus trees planted outside, especially this size and unprotected in a zone 8a/b border area.  In fact, no one I know of has in-ground citrus around here.  The trees are pretty large with trunks probably 7" across.  I'm just amazed I've never noticed them before and that they survive unprotected. 

Citrus General Discussion / Graft refusing to push
« on: November 28, 2017, 04:49:44 PM »
I did an inverted t-bud of Golden Nugget on 9-17-17.  It healed up well, so I broke the top of the tree over pretty quickly, but now it's just sitting there refusing to grow.  The rootstock has tried to send out some growth above and below the GN a couple of times, but I have broken them off before they could get going. 

The tree was in a shady area while it initially recovered, but now it is in my winter grow room.  Temps staying between 70 and 90F.  Any suggestions guys? 

I think you pretty much have to graft your own Avri, unless you live close enough to get one from Adam.

I emailed Adam months ago about getting one, but couldn't get a response.  I did catch him on the forum not too long ago and asked about coming by, but he said he doesn't allow visitors anymore because he doesn't like dealing with people and his dog jumps on visitors' cars.  I ended up buying a Champagne loquat elsewhere instead.  Maybe Avri will be more widely available in the future.

Just from reading here, the consensus seems to be that Avri (Avril?) Is the best.  They are hard to find though.  Do you know someone selling them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cheese Pine Pineapple Plant
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:50:46 PM »
Good to know.

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