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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Ice Cream Bean
« on: February 05, 2019, 02:16:00 PM »
Inga can be hacked back down almost to the ground every year and grow back fine.

Dig a bigger (root) hole and try to remove it with most of the root ball intact and then re-plant immediately.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia hombroniana question
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:40:53 PM »
I have a large female Garcinia benthamii which is also 5+ meters tall that will occasionally  set the odd miniature seedless fruit that ripens to a light orange colour. The tiny amount of flesh in these fruit has a very pleasant taste, so it would be nice to get some full sized fruit. I too find it hard to cut out such a lovely big tree, next season I will try to use pollen from my G.xanthochymus in an attempt to get fruit set.

Luc, above is true. I've seen lone 'female' G. hombroniana set small fruit without viable seed inside.

Yes TopT now has the real orange sherbet

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Miracle Fruit for Sale?
« on: January 02, 2019, 10:18:14 PM »
Fruitscapes in Bokeelia FL

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Garcinia root stock for California
« on: January 01, 2019, 08:59:32 PM »
Whereís g livingstoneii from?  I didnít think it is from the Americaís.


If/when you go ahead, choose varieties that both produce well and taste good with low latex. That will give you quality fruit over the imported barely compost worthy fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen Advice Thread
« on: November 19, 2018, 02:46:08 PM »
Cold fronts (and the occasional hurricane) is biggest climate concern Rob. It won't take temps in 30s F to do damage. Temps in 40s F can do damage. You can also see major leaf desiccation a bit after a good cold front blow through. The tree grows slow enough as it is, you dont want damage occurring and setting it back. I would construct a simple frame around the tree that you can wrap with a layer of poly and frost cloth for when those annual cold fronts blow through.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexican mangosteen flood tolerance?
« on: November 14, 2018, 01:09:09 PM »
I hope thatís so.  I was wondering about that and thinking that maybe they havenít really proved that with a tree that is isolated for sure.  I have two that are planted far from each other, one has flowered lightly twice and the flowers simply fell off.  It could also be that certain trees need cross pollination and others no.  I have two other South American garcinias that are self sterile or practically so.  Itís interesting!

A member here in FL got a fruit from his lone tree. No cross pollination

Any idea on its cold hardiness? Assuming itís not great if anything like Florida Hass.

Original Super Hass tree was even further north than you. Give it a try

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu Growing Information Please
« on: August 22, 2018, 03:15:47 PM »
Those look near rotten

These are the first Luc Garcinia fruits out of Mexico.

Sadhu fruited his in Puerto Rico a couple years ago

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

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".

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

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.


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.

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


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

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

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

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

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.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Triple Sec mango
« on: April 13, 2018, 12:05:47 AM »
40-14 is piŮa 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.

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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