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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most worthwhile subtropical fruits to grow?
« on: December 03, 2020, 10:51:37 PM »
Parfianka pomegranate might do well in your area.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guanabana ( Soursop ) ZONE 9 ???
« on: December 03, 2020, 02:38:16 PM »
update on tree.

After hitting about 50F overnight, the night before last, guanabana has dropped quite a few leaves. Can tell more will fall soon. Tree is fine though, and has been through much colder over the last few winters.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nice Jack fruit very showy
« on: December 02, 2020, 08:51:36 PM »
Let's get some of those seeds Raul! That Jak looks like the one.

Ask forum members Brad and Simon. They should be able to point you in the right direction.

yet, one must use conjecture to ascertain what you are talking about re "projectiles falling from the sky."

you fuel the very problem you complain of


Good question LL. In south Florida we have a problem with Burmese pythons that have been proliferating in the wild. No natural predators.

wonderful list of plants and great seller. order with confidence

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guanabana ( Soursop ) ZONE 9 ???
« on: December 01, 2020, 09:22:31 AM »
supposed to hit the low 50's to hi 40's here tonight; will report on soursop

ours drops leaves every winter, then comes back nice in spring

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 3 Sisters 2.0
« on: November 30, 2020, 03:10:19 PM »
Can anyone post any research on fruit trees and companion plants?

I like growing plants together because I like growing all kinds of stuff, and gives me another place to stuff stuff (under a fruit tree).

Also, believe that some plants are deterrents for pests, and may be otherwise beneficial. Seems like they would be happier growing together too.

But, not sure if what is really best for different plants. And which plants are the best companions for specific plants.

Thanks Mike!

Surprised no fruits yet. Tons of pollinators, and a variety of passiflora. Have tried hand pollination as well. Vine is probably 30 feet tall or more.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana Privacy Screen
« on: November 30, 2020, 08:08:41 AM »
Referring to passiflora. Vines with flowers and fruit, many of which are edible or tasty.

No lattice needed. Just let it grow on the fence. You can attach using the tendrils. They are easy to wrap around stuff, or each other.

although i do like passionfruit, i much prefer bell apple which is all i grow these days. 

the skin is semi soft and the flavor beats the heck out of any passionfruit i've ever tried (although i have no idea what varieties of passionfruit i've tried since most have been acquired from whatever i found growing)  : >)

from the top tropical website:

''Passiflora nitida (Bell Apple) is a tasty, but relatively unknown passion fruit native to the Amazon jungle region. This is a rare, really delicious fruit which is much sweeter than any passion fruit. It grows in the tropical lowlands from Costa Rica in the north and French Guiana in the northeast, through wide parts of Brazil. It is similar to P. laurifolia, with orange-yellow fruits that have a sweet, succulent pulp. It is a fast-growing tropical vine. Its flowers are blue and red, a bit like P. laurifolia and P. quadrangularis. The fruits grow up to 2 in. It is tropical and should be protected from frost. The fruits are eaten fresh and very sweet, with no acid, yet very good in flavor. Passiflora nitida is also a useful fruit in a drink called Purple Passion.''



Hey Mike! What does p. nitida need for pollination?

Flowers for a few years here, still no fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: November 29, 2020, 01:19:55 PM »
I almost regret buying my Sugar Loaf after reading this thread, almost.

Have yet to try a sugarloaf, but based upon the growth pattern on both sugarloaf and m4 in my yard, sugarloaf is a much prettier tree with nicer growth habit. Short nodes and lots of flowering sites.

m4 tree is looking good, and is a wonderful fruit.

glad I have both, and coco cream

there's an "improved" isan indigo floating around

Thanks for posting all this info. Now I have even more reasons to travel to Australia.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana Privacy Screen
« on: November 28, 2020, 11:29:00 AM »
Passion vines and mandevilla help a lot with making our fence more private. Bananas assist some in that regard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic Fertilizers
« on: November 27, 2020, 03:01:01 PM »
Thanks for that Mark!

Going to talk to wife about this.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sugarlata seedling
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:31:35 PM »
3 sugarlata seedlings in the hand do not beat one nice bush...

...and re "pineapple annona," one fruit fell off my tree and got to it too late. It smelled really nice, and the ants were loving it. That was about two years ago. A few flowers, but no fruits since. Tree has been neglected, but is quite hardy. Will sample a fruit before giving up on it.

And I take anoles for granted, lol!

We have at least 6 different kinds here it seems, whether we want them or not. Bright greens (beautiful and weird looking), browns, greys, striped ones, big dark ones, ridge backs, and then the giant Cuban knight anoles (can't be as closely related, big funky lizards).

Have to wonder how much of a dent they actually put in the bug density. They definitely aren't eating all the mosquitos.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic Fertilizers
« on: November 26, 2020, 11:20:26 PM »
I have a lot of respect for many of the posters here on this forum and within this thread.

Rob and Froggie are 2 of my favs.

You both make this forum way better.

I'm glad there are different opinions, and that those with success share their ideas.

And yes, there are many ways to grow plants and fruits.

Debate away, but don't get mad and leave. We need you both.

Found one of these in the neighborhood, caught it, it bit me all the way home. Set it free and it took up residence inside one of the columns on our back porch. One night, whilst minding my own business, heard a frightful sound that made me jump out of my seat. It was the tokay gecko, calling out loudly, "Tokay...Tokay!!!" After a few months, the nightly calls ceased. That's when I noticed the female Tokay had called up a boyfriend. Now, we have a community of at least 3 adults and 2 juveniles. One adult and one juvenile hunt together. Every night I find them by the mosquito trap, 40+ feet from their condo. It's like it is teaching the young one. Such cool lizards.



Here's a biggun

Great story Carolyn! I share your protective nature with all critters, and like the idea of adding lizards for pest control. My wife still won't let me set Tokay geckos loose in the house.

Love the reptile pics everyone! All but green iguanas are welcome in our garden.

Caught this baby Cuban Knight Anole the other night on pomegranate tree. Brought in for the kids to play with before setting it free in a less spiny tree. These things get big and are snappy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 22, 2020, 12:42:53 PM »
that's what I thought too.

can find conflict when even when you appear to agree.

Best stop arguing or I'm going to have to employ some couples/family therapy interventions on ya'll!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya tasting /get together
« on: November 22, 2020, 12:38:55 PM »
Going to thin more and see how it goes. Rollinia has been like that for me. First fruits were awesome. Then, as it has become more productive, fruit quality has dropped. Others have advised thinning as well.

Must be about finding the balance and sweet spot in terms of quantity of fruit to leave on a tree. I do not believe that 5 year bearing trees are past their prime.

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