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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia madruno harvest
« on: November 01, 2020, 09:54:46 AM »
I think this species is one of he tastiest and the fruit will get bigger as the tree gets older. The common name is confusing as quite a few species get called madrono in Ecuador.

Yep madroņo is a common name for some Garcinia species in SA. I believe buddyguygreen has "Charichuelo" aka Garcinia acuminata which has smaller leaves than Garcinia madruno but a similar looking (albeit a bit smaller) fruit. "Madruno" would refer to Garcinia madruno, and cbss_daviefl shared photos of that species in this thread.

-'Robert is Here' is the popular spot
-Vietnamese Fruits Garden
-Lara Farms, can check in with Julian and see what he might have.
-Martha's U-Pick Farm, see if she has quenepa or Mamey.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID fruit Bonita Springs, FL
« on: October 03, 2020, 07:36:41 PM »
Some can be very sweet but most I've tried are also astringent. Eat a dark one and report back on taste!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: U-pick persimmons locations anyone? Florida
« on: September 29, 2020, 09:18:55 AM »
Check with Somboun Nursery in myakka city. He had quite a few on his trees last week.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Name That Garcinia!
« on: September 28, 2020, 12:49:15 PM »
thank you everyone!

My guesses are:

A) g. hombroniana (seashore)

B) g. brasiliensis

C) g. intermedia (lemon drop)

This is based upon looks and recollection of seedlings and seeds from a couple of years back.

...of course, anything is possible


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Name That Garcinia!
« on: September 28, 2020, 12:45:46 PM »
I have an achachairu that puts out red new growth. Not quite that red but I believe that is a function of nutrients.

New growth on (C) - definitely not achachairu. :)

It's not just the color. Leaf morphology as a whole is different as well. And achachairu never puts out dark red growth. More of a pale pinkish color just as yours looks in your photo.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Name That Garcinia!
« on: September 28, 2020, 10:50:15 AM »
New growth on (C) - definitely not achachairu. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Going Big but not at home
« on: September 19, 2020, 05:34:04 PM »
That santol trunk is impressive

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Button Mangosteen. (Cherapu) first flowers
« on: September 17, 2020, 06:59:54 PM »
I've been growing some cherapu here. They are definitely tropical trees and do not appreciate cold. I have not had one die on me yet though I do baby them. They appreciate shade or sheltered growing location.

They started flowering at 25gal size. Male trees seem to flower at earlier age than female trees.

Even though they are tropical it is a good candidate for container growing for zone pushers as they will flower/fruit at a much smaller tree size than purple mangosteen. You could grow them for many years up to 45 gallon trees if you dont mind moving them around or protecting them when needed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santol Growing Experiences..
« on: August 24, 2020, 10:49:55 PM »
They fruit here! 'Pui Fai' and another variety (Bangkok?) from Painter's farm. The trees do get big.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia Intermedia experiences
« on: August 20, 2020, 11:29:04 PM »
Achachairu is the superior fruit in every way, although the tree is much larger than G.intermedia

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia Intermedia experiences
« on: August 20, 2020, 06:38:31 PM »
Yes the tree is self fertile

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia Intermedia experiences
« on: August 20, 2020, 06:15:03 PM »
Grows with little to no care and gives a lot of fruit production. Full sun trees will give more production than shaded trees will. Fruits at a small size and age compared to most Garcinia species. Very small fruit with mostly seed but decent flavor. On the smaller end of the tree size spectrum of Garcinia species as well. At least in your lifetime!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit Is Growing Like A Weed
« on: August 17, 2020, 10:37:47 AM »
There are many varieties of jackfruit with considerable variation in size, flavor, color, smell, texture, amount of 'rag' and latex, etc. The best varieties at minimum have excellent flavor and low latex. I'm glad I've been able to sample different varieties other than the run of the mill jacks often picked early for sale and/or tansport and with hardly any of the good qualities.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherilata taste test.
« on: August 14, 2020, 02:16:22 PM »
Nice Simon! Good luck

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Erinose Mite ,Homestead
« on: August 13, 2020, 03:44:50 PM »
These don't spread to any other tree types, only affect lychee?  I don't see any mention of other hosts in the link

Just lychee for this specific mite

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Erinose Mite ,Homestead
« on: August 12, 2020, 07:36:32 PM »

Dear Tropical Fruit Growers,

The Lychee Erinose Mite (LEM) has been found in multiple locations in Miami-Dade County, including a commercial grove in Homestead. This is an extremely damaging lychee pest and should be taken very seriously.

The attached documents contain our current recommendations to manage this pest. There is also a document on Frequently Asked Questions, as well as a label for a pesticide that has recently been labeled for control of LEM.

Thank you,

Jeff Wasielewski
Commercial Tropical Fruit Extension Agent

There were NO attached documents

"Jeff Wasielewski sent this out to all growers ect. to inform the presence of the mite in the area of Homestead.  I did not include pics ect."     

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brunei cherry producing commercially
« on: August 05, 2020, 03:21:05 PM »
Very cool Peter. The locals down there are lucky to have a grower like you nearby.


What are you interested in?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: hmmmmm! peach cobbler
« on: July 27, 2020, 08:46:49 PM »
Ugly Betty is a great mango in my opinion. 2nd year tasting them. Fruit looks like a big ol lady with shoulder pads on. It doesn't seem like a heavy producer but time will tell.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Choquette Avacado harvest in July??
« on: July 08, 2020, 06:25:05 PM »
I bought a Choquette avacado tree at the Home Depot in Pinecrest, Miami.  The tag says Choquette and harvest in Oct-Dec. The tree has lots of large Avacado's and its July. Is this really a Choquette?? Can anyone identify this Avacado tree. The tree is planted in Miami.

Those avocados aren't ready yet. They'll get bigger and be ready around normal time. Wait it out!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New ID from Fiji Islands
« on: July 06, 2020, 09:12:02 AM »

This looks like Tarawau (Dracontomelon vitiense).


Here's the NOAA sea level rise viewer. With 7 ft of rise not much remains of Pine Island.

7ft of sea level rise.  ::) Don't hold your breath

Some inaccurate info in this thread. There's a ridge in Bokeelia. 'High and dry', not a flood zone (no flood insurance required) and near the coast. Most all other areas on the island are in a flood zone. This ridge is where most of the fruit and palm production is on the island. Further north than Homestead but protected by waters around the island.

"There's not really city water available" The island has access to reverse osmosis city water (Greater Pine Island Water) and plants love it.

Good luck!

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