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This year I am picking a bumper crop of Pitangatuba fruits.
But what to do with them?
They are not delicious eaten out of hand.
They smell wonderful.... But they are so sour!!!!!
Since I usually have lemon in my tea I thought I would switch to Pitangatuba instead.
Makes a good substitute.

How are you using Pitangatubas?

Kevin Jones

Compost pile

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: June 01, 2018, 09:26:07 PM »
Thanks Brandon. The fruit was good, but yeah, a little bland. Definitely worth eating. It was a bit snotty in places, so my daughter and I ate a bit and froze the rest for smoothies.

Have another nearly ripe fruit on the tree, still a few flowers, and several small fruits that recently set. Seems to be pollinating better now. I did not do any hand pollination on the recent fruits/flowers. 



Best to eat them before they get fully yellow (similar to your second picture rather than the one I quoted). They have a more complex flavor and not nearly as "snotty".

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Barrets tree nursery Venus FL
« on: May 29, 2018, 06:22:42 PM »
I deliver them fruit trees often. They have a giant property in Venus and it's a family run nursery. Legitimate

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maha Chanok fruit is splitting
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:32:48 PM »
Water isn't entirely at fault, it's the temperature fluctuation in addition to our dry conditions.

Have you noticed lately it's been in the low 40's in the evening and high 80's in the day?
Yea, that will cause some good cracking to just about any fruit.
Happened to my longans, mangoes, cherimoyas, atemoyas, jujube + many others last year.
The mangoes to go about the size of a child's fist and starts cracking down the center.
Maha, Sia Tong, Okrung, Keo Savoy mangoes.

I'm not sure if you measure your parameters inside your greenhouse, but I try to keep my humidity, temp and CO2/O2 levels at safe levels.
So far it's helping this year, because it is a challenge to grow anything tropical/sub-tropical here in the Bay Area.

^This

Plus possibly your potting mix. Mangos like well draining soils - too much water will be an issue especially if you're giving it water every day in a container with a mix that holds too much moisture.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Uvaia Blossoming
« on: May 07, 2018, 09:58:49 PM »
Mine is blooming as well, looks good under live oak canopy

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Where?

Guessing either island of Reunion or Mauritius (just east of Madagascar) as that is where Tropical Storm Fakir just passed by

https://twitter.com/GuillaumeIBM/status/988690649498161152

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An unplanned visit to Mimosa Anaheim.
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:50:27 AM »
well, i was planning on putting up my property for $10Million because of all the tropical fruit trees i have in the backyard.  How often can you find a property that has lychee, longan, banana. cherimoya , mango,etc.. in in your backyard in Northern CA?

Sell it and move to S.FL or Hawaii so you can ditch that greenhouse and not worry about protecting anything

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An unplanned visit to Mimosa Anaheim.
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:45:57 PM »
Those prices  :D

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Exciting! I have 3 approaching that size. Hoping for flowering next year. The rest of mine are about 1.5ft

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Triple Sec mango
« on: April 14, 2018, 12:38:37 AM »
Got nice seacrest 3gals earlier this year. Haven't tasted them but have heard good things.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Triple Sec mango
« on: April 13, 2018, 12:05:47 AM »
40-14 is piña colada .
Thanks. That solves that mystery. Planted that PC 5-6 years back.

Hows the fruit?  I ordered pina colada from FL a while back and they sent coconut cream.  Not sure if it was a mistake or cocnut creme is the improved version?  Sorry to derail the seacrest thread although it aounds like that name question is answered.

They are different mangos. Pina colada when ripened fully is top tier, amazing eating experience. Only drawback I can think of is the smallish fruit size and doesn't have a thin seed but the flavor makes you forget about that. I've heard some growers report they are hard to keep clean.

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Holy cow, that's fast. You must be feeding it well.

I had thought it was older, but Seadation and I tentatively dated it back to 5 years old from seed.
Either that or there is a mistake in his records? My guess it that there is a mistake.

I did some research through old photo's and text.  Confirmed my tree is in fact a 2013 seedling.  Seadation gave me the small seedling August 3 2013.  I planted it right away in ground.  It is in an area of my yard that has better soil than the rest of my yard.  In an area where the previous homeowner kept pigs and chickens, topsoil is black, and gets irrigation.  It is planted between 3 mango trees and a Mulberry, getting 70-80% filtered sunlight, 20-30% direct sunlight for most of its life.  I give it some slow release fertilizer, and occasional foliar sprays of the "Patrick mix" ( chelated Iron, Southern Ag citrus spray, occasionally mixed with foliage pro). 

Obviously it is happy where it is planted.  Seems like a synergistic effect of proper sunlight, water, food, and genetics.

Yeah, could be genetics mixed with the just the right spot and nutrition. I've noticed, when growing many Garcinia sp from seed, sometimes there are a couple seedlings that end up growing much stronger and faster than the rest of the batch despite the containers being in the same exposure, getting same water/fert treatment and I attribute it to genetics. I have seen some 2ft taller than others at the same age and you'd think they were years apart in age.

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I watered my mango trees yesterday to help mitigate fruit drop offs
And today it's raining very hard to help my lawn which has been getting quite dry. Of course the mango trees will benefit too.

HOORAY!!! and hope all members in SE Florida are getting inundated this afternoon. SW FL too hopefully

We got a good rain here! Hooray indeed

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Definitely a big a** tree for 5 years. Looks more like 8-10 years! I've seen a couple ~10 year old ones that look similar, one in PR and one in FL

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant id
« on: April 08, 2018, 12:13:41 PM »
Not a garcinia species

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Garcinia seedling
« on: April 02, 2018, 05:37:37 PM »
Luc's (mexican), Lemon drop mangosteen (Intermedia??)
Or any other you can talk me into.

SO I plant and love mangos.  I am trying atemoya and recently got interested in Garcinia (stuff I read on the forum).
I should be getting some seeds soon curtsy a generous forum member.  I am interested in getting a seedling or two though and Luc's is talked about a lot, also lemon drop.

So does anyone, preferably in Florida have seedlings to sell or trade?

PM me.

Have both Lucs and Achachairu for sale in 3gal in Florida. West coast of FL though. I see you're in Jupiter

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Orange sherbet in South FL
« on: March 26, 2018, 08:20:47 PM »
Zill planned to release some at some point this year. Haven't released them yet

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Even at an early stage the Fiji dwarfs have shorter stout fronds. I wouldn't go getting rid of it though. Wait it out

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Ok, so I did manage to find one but he said they are open pollinated and could be crossed. Anyone know how to tell for sure if it is a Fiji dwarf or a cross? It looks an awful lot like my Malayan Gold...




That will be a cross

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What is the name of the fort Myers nursery?  Or is that the name?

I would like to get one of these

Top Tropicals... They ship too if you didn't want to drive from Merritt?

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Hawaiian tropical plant nursery

Ship to all 50

Went to order, the site shows they are back-ordered for now.  Bummer.  The Fort Myers nursery shows in stock, but they are so EXPENSIVE there.  A friggin' seedling is $90.00 picked up.  25 gallon trees are $375.00 (these are generic prices, they do NOT have the Achacha showing in any size larger than seedling).  I'm used to paying $250.00

Are you looking at their listed container size available? I saw the plants they have for sale. They aren't what I would consider Seedlings  they are in 3gal. You should get going on starting some as you won't find a 25gal. Get some seeds and in a couple years they will be at the size of the 3gal

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While we're on the topic of Fiji Dwarf coconuts... I have one in a large rain barrel that's developed what appears to be a potassium (and possibly magnesium, but at least potassium) deficiency - yellowing of older leaves, central vein and extreme edges remain green, then the leaflets begin to wither from their tips.  How long after potassium fertilization should the chlorosis stop spreading on older fronds?  Should symptoms stop spreading essentially immediately, or is there a delay of days / weeks before you see the effect?

More likely to see the improvement in new/emergent fronds. Could be that they're in Iceland. Do you still have it indoors?

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Fruitscapes on Pine Island has had them. 

Fiji dwarf will exceed 12-13 feet.  Dave Romney’s trees were 20 years old when I visited  his farm in Homestead a few years ago. They had approximately 10 feet of trunk and then the fronds were of course taller than that above it. They do not stay at ace short height it’s just that they grow a lot slower than the Malayan coconuts we typically see here in South Florida.

Brad

Not for a while now. Source was the aforementioned guy in homestead

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Hello, I came across this forum in my search. I am looking for a very specific tree. It's called a Samoan Dwarf coconut or Fiji Dwarf coconut (Niu Leka) known to be a "true" dwarf and max out at about 12-13 ft. I have read somewhere on here that there is a guy in Homestead Florida that has them but the email provided on his website is not working and I would prefer to buy from someone more local if possible (We are in Lehigh Acres, FL) or have one shipped to me. I have only been able to find the Green and Gold Malayan (usually only green) but I already have a gold. I know it will eventually get big, plus, I would like to have a true dwarf if I can find one. Let me know if you have them or can get them and the price or if you know someone that would have them that helps also. Thanks for any advice!

Guy in homestead fell off a cliff. Well not literally but won't be getting them from him anymore. Chapman field still has fruiting Fiji dwarf coconut palms but I hear they are getting shut down.

The Fiji dwarfs will likely be hard to source until somebody else fruits them and propagates for sale.

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That's a bummer ....... I'm heading back down there Wednesday to get 30 more trees ...... not sure what I will end up with ...... obviously I can only buy what they have available.

After these 30 go in the ground I won't be planting any more mango until after the barns go up ( July/august completion ) ....... wonder if I should buy trees now for later and just keep them in pots until I'm ready? ........ sounds like it will be even slimmer picking if I wait

If you want them this year get them while you can

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