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Hereís some cool Megalanthus hybrids in case you havenít seen it before.

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=13533.25

Simon


very interesting hybrids.  I wonder if this Ecuador Megalanthus is a hybrid of grandiflorus and megalanthus?  it has the appearance of grandiflorus and thorns of a megalanthus.

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Here is the fruit cut open, it has a Brix of 20% near the center of the Fruit and 16% on the outer edge of the Fruit. This fruit is very delicious and tastes very sweet, reminds me of Agave nectar. The large crunchy seeds are very fun to chew on and my daughters love this fruit.



Simon

Thatís pretty pricey.  I saw some at Marukai Japanese market in Torrance last week.  I think they were listed $6.99/lb.  I bought some from an Asian fruit store last month @$9.99/lb.  I also got 20% brix reading, although some have reported much higher brix ratio. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya prices skyrocketing
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:55:35 AM »
If you purchase an imported Chilean Cherimoya you will most likely think you do not like to eat Cherimoya fruit. I don't know if they pick too early or have a treatment process for importing but they are always nasty and never ripen properly the 5-10 I've bought over the years.
Finding someone that ships from California is the way .

Oh crap.  Just bought a Chilean today at my local Asian market $6.99/lb.  it looks really nice, so I took a chance.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Article on history of breadfruit
« on: December 02, 2017, 01:33:54 AM »
I never knew what breadfruit was until my recent trip to hawaii.  on the big island you can see them grown everywhere.  i had couple dishes cooked with breadfruit.  the tempura was the most delicious and memorable 'tempura vegetable' dish i've ever encountered.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: Barbados cherry tree
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:55:22 PM »
I bought a 5gal from Mimosa last summer and it produced some fruits this year.  the fruits were mild sweet with some tartness but not bitter.  you get fruits rather quickly from flower to full ripe stage, maybe 2-3 weeks.  on the negative side there are 3 fairly large seeds in each fruit.

they grow very fast.  you could probably save some $$ by getting a smaller tree.  I paid $27 for 5gal.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:44:36 PM »
Currently have Haileys Comet, White Vietnamese, 3 Diferent type of Yellow Dragon fruit, Kathie Van Arum, waiting to order Frankies Red and maybe Asunta

FYI Epicacti Nursery posted on Facebook;

"New Dragon Fruit varieties available in Spring April/ May and to be added to Mattslandscape.com catalog or can be ordered thru or picked up at walk in nursery Epicacti.com in spring 2018."

1) Tricia 
2) Paisley 
3) Edgar   
4) Townsend Pink
5) Asunta #2
6) Asunta #3
7) AX
8) David Bowie -previously out of stock but been duplicating so should have plenty next year spring 2018
9) Armando 
10) El Grullo -previously out of stock but been duplicating so should have plenty next year spring 2018
11) Houghton   
12) Lisa  -previously out of stock but been duplicating so should have plenty next year spring 2018
13) Hawaiian Gold   

***Even More varieties to be introduced mid summer 2018***

Richard or anyone,
do you have any infor on these varieties?  color, taste, texture, size of fruit?  thanks

Paisley
Townsend Pink
AX
Hawaiian Gold

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: BBQ with tropical wood
« on: November 30, 2017, 07:39:36 PM »
different wood yield different flavors.  one may work well with red meat but not seafood or vice versa.  as far as i know most wood come from fruit trees can be use.  generally you want lighter flavor wood for fish and poultry, or even pork.  and of course if you over smoke even lighter flavor wood will taste bad. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 07, 2017, 02:44:15 AM »
My first fruit!


This was my LaVerne Pink on Saturday:





and my Physical Graffiti on Saturday:





I was going to ask all y'alls' advice on when to pick them, but this morning they'd colored up quite a bit, and seemed more than the "2/3 color" mark, so I picked them!





I don't have a Brix-meter, nor much experience eating DF, so this evening's review will be more along the lines of "Yum!" or "Yuck!"


I've waited 3 years for the LaVerne Pink and 2 years for the PG. Wish me luck!


Lol.  I know how you feel.  There are still shades of green on the fruit and the fins are green.  I would have leave it for another week.  How do they taste?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can I recover these
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:50:26 AM »
It has been supper wet in South Florida and a few weeks ago, after the storm, I had a rain event that submerged most of my yard for more than 24 hours.  My dragon fruit which were already stressed by Irma did not fare very well.

The images below are from 3 different stands.  Each is showing the same symptom.  The stems are bleached and the very base in contact with the soil has gone brown (I guess is dying).

Should I trim off the dead part exposing the root, cut off and restart these plants or is there a combination of feed and care that can bring these back.














Thanks

I had the exact problem earlier this year.  Here in SoCal we donít get a lot of rain but we got a lot earlier this year.  The affected part eventually started rotting.  I used a knife and trimmed of the white parts and my plants did very well afterward.  I also applied tree sealer to cover up the wounds but itís probably unnecessary.











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That's a good deal.  I am using the same ProMix for most of my container plants.  I added wormcast, rock dust, kelp meal, and etc.  I dont think i got the benefit of Mycorrhizae being used in containers.  you may want to add some more perlite to loosing up even more for mangos.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 05, 2017, 12:18:51 AM »
this is aka giant megalanthus from Ecuador.  i hope you saved some seeds.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit
« on: October 27, 2017, 11:59:30 PM »
Itís a red variety.  Wouldnít be able to identify unless you do a dna test.  Itís always better to cross pollinate even if itís self-fertile.  Fruits will turn yellow if there is sudden drastic weather change or too much water or they werenít pollinated.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit Set
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:31:54 AM »
I have a Purple haze dragon fruit vine that been flowering constantly over the summer to fall. None of the fruit set. Does it need a cross-pollinator or any tips for helping the fruit set? It currently being watered by a drip irrigation system also if that a problem.

Purple haze was developed by Paul Thomson.  Paul named his seedlings S1-S9.  Purple haze is aka S5.  This variety is not self-fertile and required cross pollination.  Iíbe told use a non-S variety will yield better results.  The reason is many of the S series shared the genetic of the parents. 
Df doesnít need much water.  Be cautious of overwatering.  Too much water will also cause fruit and flower bud drops.

S1=Physical Graffiti
S2=cosmic Charlie
S3=Delight
S5=purple haze
S9= dark star
S8=sugar dragon

What variety would you recommend. I thought i made sure to see if it was self pollinating  :-\. I have a Rixford and halley comet at another place. I thnk i have a natural mystic somewhere too.

Rixford is one of the parent plant for nearly all ĎSí series df.  Haleyís Comet Or natural mystic are probably options.  Use whatever freshest pollen available.  You should use Rixford if you have it.  Just want to point out which pollens will yield better results.  I have a LaVerne Red variety and it took me 3 years to find the right polllen.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit Set
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:32:11 AM »
I have a Purple haze dragon fruit vine that been flowering constantly over the summer to fall. None of the fruit set. Does it need a cross-pollinator or any tips for helping the fruit set? It currently being watered by a drip irrigation system also if that a problem.

Purple haze was developed by Paul Thomson.  Paul named his seedlings S1-S9.  Purple haze is aka S5.  This variety is not self-fertile and required cross pollination.  Iíbe told use a non-S variety will yield better results.  The reason is many of the S series shared the genetic of the parents. 
Df doesnít need much water.  Be cautious of overwatering.  Too much water will also cause fruit and flower bud drops.

S1=Physical Graffiti
S2=cosmic Charlie
S3=Delight
S5=purple haze
S9= dark star
S8=sugar dragon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:28:46 AM »
I have the same problem getting orange spots on my dragon fruit


This also looks like fungi.  Your best bet is spray with systemic fungicide.  If you do nothing it could rot or the plant will fight it off.  I have seen it on my plants when I sprayed with fungicide these turned into black crust.  I have also seen my plants fought off some smaller patches.  That spot eventually get crusty and peels off.  I know people feed their df via foliage sprays.  If you must, do it early mornings.  Keep the stems dry at nights.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:57:10 PM »
In more pedestrian news, last night I had two varieties flower simultaneously, for the first time ever! La Verne Pink and Physical Graffiti.


I'm 0/10 on crossing these two so far, but I've always used stored pollen, so maybe my storage/freezing technique is poor.


Last night I transferred the fresh pollen directly from flower to flower, so if they're compatible, this should work. Fingers crossed!


My yellow and my white varieties are also pushing buds right now, so I might finally get my first fruit this season.

I have a 6 year old LaVerne Red taking me 3 years to find the right pollinator.  S8 is the right key.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:55:52 PM »
Post hurricane recovery for dragon fruit.
Need some help and info.
Some branches snapped right off and I assume a clean cut believe the break is in order.
Some bent, broke but did not break off.
What should I do about those?
A couple have flours and I want to save them if possible.

dont worry about the bend and break.  you could prune back after fruit season.  meanwhile let them be and they will be fine.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 11, 2017, 02:16:40 PM »
How long will it take for a 6" cutting to bear fruit ?

under the right condition 12 months.  I have 3 plants bloomed and 2 fruited from cuttings I got last year.  all of the cuttings were matured with blooms before rooted them.  I only kept 1 upward stem from my plants.  once they reached the top of my trellis I cut it to promote side growths (like an umbrella).  SoCal weather has been warmer than usual this year.  probably one of the reasons contributed to faster growth.

1) bruni 12" cutting in 5gal container - 11 months (1 flower and fruit is set)
2) unknown white 12" cutting in 10gal container - 13 months (1 flower bloomed last week, not sure if it will set.  most likely does cuz it seems like a self pollinate variety)
3) S8 hybrid 8" cutting in 5gal container - 12 months ( 3 flowers and all set)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose treatment large tree
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:59:51 PM »
Are there any "fruiting bodies" (tiny mushrooms) on those dark spots on the cherimoya leaves?  If not, it may be sunburn, burn from use of Neem oil or other oil in hot weather.

there are no "fruiting bodies" around.  it's so random.  I am seeing this on couple of leaves here and there on my avocado, atemoya, guava, longan as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose treatment large tree
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:17:39 AM »







Hi experts, could you help me to identify whether this is anthracnose?  I am seeing this on nearly all of my fruit trees.  I am hesitate to use copper cuz it burns.  I am picking off these leaves as I see the symptom.  What is the recommended treatment?  Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 04, 2017, 02:40:10 AM »
I think some people in Florida don't realize how dry and different California weather is compared to Vietnam, Malaysia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Florida.



Yup. Especially Southern California. Many areas are, climatologically-speaking, a desert. In many years we get less than 10" of rain.


I can't think of any food crops in S. California that are not irrigated.


Prickly pear cactus does ok


You should grow a Peruvian Apple.  Very sweet fruit with crunchy seed like sugar crystals.  Absolutely delicious.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: photo moving
« on: September 02, 2017, 12:58:35 PM »
save the photo from FB then upload it in TFF.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help!!! African pride fruit dropping.
« on: September 02, 2017, 01:01:23 AM »
Why don't you guys use a balanced fertilizer with micros?  Try gro power 8-6-8 fruit tree fertilizer.  10-50-10 is for growing flowers.

I almost forgot I have a bag of that.  Lol.  Which is better osmocote 14-14-14 or 8-6-8 for increasing fruit size and potentially fruit quality such as taste?  Or perhaps something else one may suggest?

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Pickup a case of Mexican Keitt.  The largest mango I have ever seen.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help!!! African pride fruit dropping.
« on: September 01, 2017, 11:58:43 PM »
The 10-52-10 fertilizer is high in phosphorous and my understanding is used for induce flowers.  I remember someone mentioned it also can increase fruit size and that's why I used it.  I had no drops before I used it and no drops since I stopped.  I had been using seaweed extract foliage spray weekly since the beginning of spring.  My tree is looking healthier than ever.  I am still looking for fertilizer to increase fruit size but afraid the wrong one could cause more drops :(.  I have read Growmore 0-50-30 is a good one but worry about the amount of phosphorous.

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