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I find snake fruit to be on par to roasted chestnuts.

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My greenhouse is over clay and has a weed barrier with white pebbles.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherry of the Rio Grande
« on: December 22, 2018, 05:25:25 PM »
Cherry of the Rio Grande comes from the South of Brazil (Zones 9-10) in semi-deciduous forests where organic matter and mulch helps.  These trees can grow up to 10 meters tall.  partial sun to full sun.  They are generally planted in native soil in Brazil, but since you put amendments it, it is likely working to build root structure.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SF Bay Area Tropical Fruit Experiment
« on: December 12, 2018, 01:38:33 AM »
Hey Joe.  Hawaii is amazing.  Just put it in the ground and it grows.  I was on Kauai, but I assume Hawaii is the same.  What part of the island are you thinking about?  BTW, I brought a Rosa mango back from Brazil and hope the early season can produce some fruit here.

Marc Doyle

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help jaboticaba losing foliage.
« on: November 11, 2018, 10:01:17 PM »
So long as it is watered well, it should recover, though I wouldn't fertilize it for a while. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: the best avocado to use for rootstock?
« on: August 05, 2018, 06:04:50 PM »
I have problems with root rot in a high rainfall area in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil.  Has anyone found a rootstock that is resistant to ARR and can tolerate wet feet at times?

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Which has more resistance toward anthracnose?  I've heard Neelam has some resistance, but please correct me if I am wrong.

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The Brazilian mango "Rosa" has a floral note without the piney flavor.  Too bad it is a bit fibrous, though not nearly as much as a TA.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Zill adventure Tuesday
« on: July 06, 2018, 08:26:42 PM »
How does Sugarloaf hold up to anthracnose and what is its fruiting season?  (Mid-season?)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Honda wood chipper ?.
« on: July 05, 2018, 04:18:49 PM »
Electric Trapp's in Brazil run on 220V 60Hz.  They also have electric.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Honda wood chipper ?.
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:31:30 PM »
Regarding the Trapp chippers in Brazil, the cheaper ones are underpowered and can't do more than 2".  There are commercial Trapp's that are much better, but they come at a price.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Florida Mangoes for Sale
« on: June 23, 2018, 05:32:20 PM »
Is it possible to send scions from FL to CA?

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I just saw this posting and now I'm interested in finding more about it.  It looks like it may be a relative of the Bourbon vermelho (Red Bourbon), a flavorful mango, though it is very fibrous.  When I return to Brazil in October, I will see if I can find some to try.

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Graft a Turpentine or Tommy Atkins to the branches near the property line.

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Jeff,
You wrote:  "If one is unwilling to spray fungicide (and especially those living inland or in a rural setting, where humidity is higher), then only a handful of cultivars will produce well in those circumstances."

Which are the varieties that will produce in these circumstances, and can you tell me which are more top tier.  My trees are in the Brazilian rainforest and I have been struggling to keep fruit on my trees.

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In Brazil, I see yields greatest with Jabuticaba Sabará, given that they have about 4 crops a year and are very productive and precocious.  I found agreement with this in the literature as well: https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/jaboticaba.html
and http://www.jabuticabeira.com.br/ though I can't find a quantitative yield per hectare. 

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In Southern Brazil, I have many annonas in partial shade that do quite well.  Due to wind damage, we find that the protection of other trees are helpful.  We have high yields and sweet fruit.  Our climate is very different than in Manaus, which is very hot and humid year round.  Here we have cooler winters approaching freezing, and the trees do fine.

Good luck on your project.

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Are there grafted cultivars that are a better quality, or are they true to seed?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: RIP Anestor Mezzomo
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:58:56 AM »
Anestor helped me on numerous occasions.  He was a great source of information and kind person.  My heart goes out to his family.  I only wish I could have met him in person as we both have sítios in Santa Catarina Brazil.  Goodbye my friend.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: KEITT Mango
« on: January 25, 2018, 10:20:18 PM »
Here if we're lucky we can get around 71-73 °F during the coldest nights. And it happens exctlly between the second half of december and the end of january.
Local farmers manage to get their mangoes flower even during the rainy hot season  spraying them with a solution of potassium nitrate.
But i want my mango to flower spontaneously, no need for chemicals!
I'll be patient another more season then i'll decide what to do!
What mango varieties do will in the Philippines with the humid and rainy weather?  I have had problems with anthracnose and want to try varieties that are anthracnose resistant.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is causing annona fruit to split?
« on: January 25, 2018, 10:05:43 PM »
On my farm in Brazil where annonas are native, I never see splitting of my fruit.  I don't think cold nights are much of an issue, so long as the trees are well irrigated.  In the winter in Brazil, temperatures can fall into the 30's (near 0C) and still my fruits don't split.  As far as rainfall is concerned, we have a lot of rain all year long.  I think this constant irrigation is the reason why our fruit don't split.  We also are humid much like Florida.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lolita Suriname Cherry
« on: January 20, 2018, 10:40:55 AM »
Eugenia uniflora is native to Southern Brazil and I have several varieties.  My darker varieties are the sweeter ones and the taste is reminiscent of a cherry, though not quite as sweet.  They grow as small trees, but many people trim them as hedges to make them more compact and easier to harvest.  Given that you have many seedlings, you could do this as well.  Good luck with your pitangas (Suriname cherries name in Brazil).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting persimmon question.
« on: January 04, 2018, 03:39:18 PM »
I'll give it a try.  Thanks Alexandre for the lead in SP.  Do they do mail orders to send to Santa Catarina?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting persimmon question.
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:54:17 PM »
If nobody has tried this, I will give it a shot and see if it works.  Does anyone know where I can get scions of good cultivars of persimmons?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting persimmon question.
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:34:03 PM »
I have a large astringent persimmon that I would like to top-work to a sweet persimmon variety, if that is possible.  Will this work and will the graft take?  If this is possible, does anyone know a good variety?

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