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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: January 17, 2017, 11:37:54 PM »
Hey Old Fruit Friends...... it's been several years since I logged on. Life took over when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and taking care of her until she passed last year left me with little time to engage in my hobbies (even my garden got neglected- Thank God my trees were forgiving).
I finally have time to pay attention!! Lots has happened over the last years... kids have all grown up and graduated college and starting their careers- Empty Nest! (bet they're glad I can't make them help me re-pot big fruit trees anymore) I have cut my hours back at work so I have Mondays and Tuesdays off and I love it. My trees are looking great.... pictures in a yard review to follow. And thanks to messaging pictures to Sheehan...discovered that the 40 foot tall tree that was planted by the previous owner, in my front yard since I bought my house 18 years ago IS A SAPODILLA TREE!!! the fruit are huge and sweet too....bonus!! I'm glad to be back to reconnect.... look for my yard update next Monday.
Cheers
Marin ;D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 25, 2015, 08:34:46 PM »
@MarinFla. envy envy envy!
what size pot are you using?
It's a 25 gallon nursery pot, the 4x4 goes through the bottom of the pot into the ground about 1.5ft deep

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 25, 2015, 06:42:59 PM »
Yes I am sure :) especially since I tested some of my mangoes at the same time. I thought it was crazy that the dragon fruit was higher than some of the mangoes. The refractometer had just been calibrated and was in good working order so I am happy. The dragon fruit vary so I am going to guess water content may play a role in it.
 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 25, 2015, 04:09:00 PM »
What I would do differently:
1. I would have used 3 pieces of rebar to support the top platform instead of 2, one from 12 to 6, another from 9 to 3 like i did...I would add a third to support the corners better and arrange them like spokes

2. I would suggest to anyone if you're going to plant yours in a pot like I did with the post going through it into the ground.....when it gets substantial in size put supports on it to keep it from tipping over

It took 4 big strong men to upright it and we used two pieces of fence post to secure it.

3. ALL metal zip ties. I used some plastic ones as well....they deteriorated.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 25, 2015, 06:40:19 AM »
I made this 5 weeks ago. It was very simple to construct if anyone is interested in the supply list and instructions. I am growing Physical Grafitti and Haley's Comet. I also have American Beauty rooting in a separate pot. I have had a huge growth spurt in the last week. I am looking forward to fruit!










Amazing to look back at this old post and see what this dragon fruit has done in a bit over 3 years!! Extremely productive with fruits as big as 1.5 lbs and brix scores as high as 18.5! :)





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A crazy Sapodilla Story!!
« on: July 25, 2015, 06:24:38 AM »
Robbie I haven't tried one yet. That one I just picked will be the first. It needs to ripen up and when it does I'll let you know how it is. Now I know why the squirrels are always running around in that tree. Right now it is covered with flowers by the truckload. I used to bitch about the mess they made on my walkway when they dropped!!! I have a new attitude :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A crazy Sapodilla Story!!
« on: July 24, 2015, 11:34:10 PM »
Anyone in the know want to help me figure out what variety?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / A crazy Sapodilla Story!!
« on: July 24, 2015, 11:19:53 PM »
Its been a long time since I've logged on but had share this ridiculously outrageous story! I've had this large tree pictured below growing in my front yard since I bought this house in 1999. Over the years I've considered chopping it down to plant a fruit tree (I have limited yard space). I have also for the last 16 years thrown away what I thought were useless reproductive seed pods when they landed in my yard. Well yesterday one of those "useless" pods landed on my walkway and cracked open. I picked it up to toss it in the trash and noticed it smelled
Like a pear in cinnamon so I chopped it up and took pictures. I sent those pictures to Sheehan and he informed me that this really old tree is a Sapodilla!! What a crazy thing!! All these years tossing many sapodillas in the trash because I didn't realize what they were!! What a great surprise!! They are big (see pic with comparison to yogurt container) and now that I have the chance to try one I can't wait!! Hope it tastes as good as it looks!














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Gary, wait until I post pics from the ship once I get home to a computer...

While everyone was hitting the town in Portland living the life...I found the nearest mart and stocked up on mangos for the trip back homevere..everyone thought I was crazy..I don't think they understand my passion for mangos lol
We get it! My daughter would go on patrol on the USCG Gallatin for 100+ day long patrols out of Charleston. The fresh mangoes and bananas would be gone within the first week out to sea and she (a South Floridian from birth) would dream of tropical fruit until they ported somewhere from Gitmo to Panama or Colombia after 30-40+ days out to sea. First stop after finding dry land....a hotel and MANGOES!! and well.... maybe an ice cold mango margarita :)
Her high endurance cutter will be retired/decom at the end of this month and she is being restationed closer to Florida (Brunswick GA) so now I won't have to be shipping her home grown mangoes to Charleston anymore THANK GOD! I can just drive them up to Jacksonville!
Good luck with your trees! You have made a great selection.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics of the yard this morning
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:42:55 PM »
JF, awesome pic's of you trees thanks for posting you've got the right spot down there for sure! 8)

Thanks Scott and MarinFla

We've been really warm this winter and everything is blooming early. I hope that's a good thing because I am concerned about my LZ some of the inflos have dried up and have not set any fruits....oh well, we'll just have to wait and see.

Odd blooming going on in my yard too. My Pickering already has large green pea sized fruitlets on it. My Lancetilla and Keitt which are both very late season fruit in my yard (fruit all the way into the end of October/November) already have flowers on them!! and pushing new foliage too  :o odd and confusing. My Carrie and Glenn have lots of flowers BUT the Cogshall and Lemon Meringue don't.(?) Angie is doing something but I can't tell if it flowering or flushing yet. Should be an interesting season!!!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics of the yard this morning
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:06:36 PM »
Your trees look awesome!!!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado Suggestions wanted
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:39:36 PM »
Really nice tree!!
Now I want one :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GET READY FOLKS FOR MANGO MADNESS 2014!
« on: February 15, 2014, 02:29:51 PM »
I signed up. Should be a great event. Maybe one of the last of the events hosted by Chris Rollins since he plans to retire.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: February 15, 2014, 01:55:43 PM »
I read it is 10 pounds of plant weight, have no idea how to get them to flower earlier.

Hi Luisport,

You need about 3 years if you grow from a 2 ft- cutting, and about 5 years from a shorter cutting (like 10 inches).

Not true in my sub tropical climate. Mine fruited in just under 1-1/2 yrs from a few 6 -8 inch cuttings planted/started in December

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Breadfruit Protection Project
« on: January 07, 2014, 05:52:58 PM »
It looks like it should work quite well. Best of luck with your project. If any of those 4 fruitlets make it to harvest you will feel your efforts would be very worth every penny. Even if your tree comes through with no cold damage it should feel like a great reward for your efforts.

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That's awesome Clint. Hope they all become mature fruit!!
PS Please let me know when your Kuhn See mango tree looks like there could be a few pieces of budwood ready to harvest. The one graft that took (of the two pieces I tried last year) got molded and died   :-[   I want to try again! Thanks

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You have a beautiful yard Mangoperro. I especially love the mandarin orange tree!
Thanks for posting the video.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Trade?
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:48:35 PM »
I have two J-31 Jackfruit seedlings to trade for something I don't have. Both in 15 Gallon pots. (One is 7+ feet tall, the other is 8ft+) . Obviously the size of these trees will make shipping a problem.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 12, 2013, 11:40:12 PM »
I'm want to make a set-up like MarinFla has in the pictures. This is the first time planting dragon fruit for me. Does it matter if I mix the type of dragon fruit on each post. I was going to put Halleys Comet and Vietnamese Jaina on the same post.

Thanks,

Mike
I have Physical Graffiti and Haley's Comet both in mine. You can do as many as you like as long as you are OK with not being sure what variety your harvesting if you can't follow which branch it's growing on back to the originating plant. I can usually follow it  back for ID

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best way to start jackfruit seeds?
« on: November 27, 2013, 08:47:15 AM »
I saved three seeds from Harry's Mai 1 seedling,  I just popped them in a container, all three sprouted and are growing well.   they seem easy to grow.

Beyond- My 2 yo MAI-1 seedling is about 10 feet tall, and I've pruned it a number of times!
Nat, what is the thickness of the trunk? may in a year or two it will be strong enough to fruit!

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Great Job.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Labelling
« on: November 24, 2013, 03:12:20 PM »
Nice system

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit babies...is this possible?
« on: November 23, 2013, 03:00:53 PM »
YEAH that would be germination  in 6 weeks roughly to what they look like now. The second picture shows a side view of the baby plants. At first I thought they were coming from the roots so I pulled one out to find that the little plants were completely independent!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 23, 2013, 02:56:40 PM »
I went outside to check my dragon fruit trellis and train/ tie up some new growth and found these babies growing underneath!!!
I have been tossing the decaying flowers and the small fruits that aborted after not developing into the pot so maybe could it be possible that after they rotted the seeds germinated?? Just amazing to me. This trellis is now approaching 2 years old on Dec 31st and it's doing great. I got 2 dozen fruit off it this fall and they were all well over a pound with the highest brix reading at 18.6 (you have to click on pictures of the babies to open it then click on it again to get it to open to full screen...they are tiny!)




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragon fruit babies...is this possible?
« on: November 23, 2013, 02:35:18 PM »
I went outside to check my dragon fruit trellis and train/ tie up some new growth and found these babies growing underneath!!!
I have been tossing the decaying flowers and the small fruits that aborted after not developing into the pot so maybe could it be possible that after they rotted the seeds germinated?? Just amazing to me. This trellis is now approaching 2 years old on Dec 31st and it's doing great. I got 2 dozen fruit off it this fall and they were all well over a pound with the highest brix reading at 18.6 (you have to click on pictures of the babies twice to get it to open to full screen...they are tiny!)






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