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Best tool is still a grafting knife.  Most of those "tools" are marketing hype and fall well short of doing the job you want.  You will never see the top grafters from any country use anything other than a grafting knife...some may use razor blade.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Some Mangosteens cant take the heat
« on: November 03, 2019, 01:03:02 PM »
Still a damn fine looking tree!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit- Bangkok Lemon Seedling
« on: September 21, 2019, 08:01:43 PM »
I've been to your don't have to "try" to grow anything!  Always a great job!

I have several extra figs for sale.  All were grown from cuttings this year and most are already producing figs.  These are 3 of the best and most sought after figs and smaller plants are going for over $100+ online at Figbid and such.

I-258:  $75

Smith:  $75

Col de Dam Blanc:  $50 - $65

Surinam Cherry seedlings:  $10

Sour Tamarind:  $15

Passion Fruit:  $5 - $10

White Sapote:  $15
Recently grafted and pushing new growth.  Varieties include:  Selk, Redlands, Suebelle, Santa Cruz

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Greenhouse Cherimoya needs taming
« on: September 13, 2019, 08:07:57 AM »
This is one of the largest trees in the greenhouse and has certainly become a project.  Probably around 8 years old or more.  4 varieties grafted onto it...Pierce, Honey Hart, Mcpherson, Behl.  The tree is a poster child for fertilizing with too much nitrogen...crazy non-stop growth, very little fruiting, usually small fruit that drop early.  Was a real challenge getting to blooms in the upper canopy when I could find them in all of the foliage.  So I decided to knock it back to a more manageable height.  This will allow more sun to hit other plants as well.  I started off with close to 30 fruit developing and ended with a dismal 6...2 small ones have already dropped.  In my zeal to lop off branches, I unfortunately cut one that still had a big Honey Hart hanging on.  These last 4 have been the biggest fruit to date.  Still 3 on the tree.  Any further nitrogen given will be in ultra low amounts.  Hopefully will make a difference next year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget won't give up
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:24:11 PM »
gnappi...funny you mention that.  I noticed that every time I cleared a spot in the greenhouse to plant something, I normally ran into feeder roots from the jack...didn't matter how far from it I was!  Nothing serious though so far.  I'll start to worry if I see my basement walls start to buckle!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget won't give up
« on: August 21, 2019, 07:06:20 PM »
Yes...all my stuff is in a greenhouse here with most being planted directly into the ground.

This is a current pic.  Difficult to get a clear, straight on shot due to the madronos and cherimoya close by.  Might be 5+ feet diameter.  I keep it pruned in order to get the branches to strengthen up as much as possible since I don't have any wind inside there to help with that.  The Jack Frost has been sending out male blooms but the Cristela is clearly outgrowing the JF.  Before being cut down, the Gold Nugget was very large as you can see by the size of the trunk in the first pic.  It was always at the height of the GH in back at 13+ feet.  It was my bad not doing the proper research on this variety and not paying attention to the flesh characteristics.  Not a complete waste of time since it's given me one hell-of-a rootstock to push the new varieties.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget won't give up
« on: August 21, 2019, 04:24:49 PM »
The fruit tasted sweet and fine.  However, Gold Nugget is a soft fleshed variety and the "mouth feel"/texture was just off-putting.  My wife said she would never eat it again and I really couldn't blame her.  It is also a piss-poor performer.  This is the first time it has fruited since 2014.  I've heard others complain about this as well.  So I cut it down except for a few low branches that I grafted onto.  Cristela and an orange-fleshed variety that was from a seedling tree of Brandon...which we've name Jack Frost.  Both crunchy flesh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Gold Nugget won't give up
« on: August 21, 2019, 02:57:49 PM »
I cut this tree down few years ago and grafted a couple better varieties onto it, yet the original plant throw out a couple fruit.  Starting to get a little size to them.  Maybe snow will be coming down by the time they are ready!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / New shirts have arrived
« on: August 17, 2019, 01:55:16 PM »
New colors and complete sizes.
Here are a few:


Rambutan found here in our Asian markets are usually pretty fresh and good.  Unfortunately, the ones found in our local grocery stores are normally black or nearly black to the point where you can barely see it was once red.  No one is going to pick up a package of black fruit to try for the first time.  Sad.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:14:00 AM »
Just recently received a bunch of Young's in the mail and they are just marginally better than what we can get from the grocery store.

Sahai1...have you been to Suan La-Ong-Fah yet?  Their varieties are killer!

Believe it was 52 varieties.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Tasting Event - Central Florida
« on: July 01, 2019, 08:45:51 AM »
Hope you enjoy!

It was a blast finally getting to meet you guys!  Great time.  Thanks for being a part of it.  Just too bad Sheehan was there to ruin it!  LOL!!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maha Mango Moring ;)
« on: June 26, 2019, 06:59:36 PM »
Beautiful looking fruit guys.  Not a bit jealous... :'(

I pity the elephants that get in the way!  Nice pic!  Thank you too!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 7 Gal OS In The Ground!
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:27:44 AM »
Everything looks wonderful Ed!  I've tried digging up a palm at the house in Thailand.  I've never seen such roots!

Yeah...this pic is definitely going to be featured on my website!  He needs a sarong to wear with that hat!

Very nice trees!  Those look pretty big.  What is the size and where did you get them from?

Guadua...scions were diameter of a pencil I guess and maybe 8".  It's got a big tree pushing it.

Great to hear Adam.  No Imbe shoots are allowed to live...still have anger issues over the original trees!   :P  There are actually 3 scions on the tree.  The largest and most dominant is the one going up and spreading.  Other two still growing well though and certainly don't seem to have any negative influence on the main scion. 

I've got the two big Imbe's that I cut back.  The second one has all of your improved brasiliensis on it.  It too is growing like a weed and put out a single bloom last year...nothing this year so far.  The branches are aggravating.  They all want to hang down instead of growing up.

Glad to hear yours are producing.  Can't wait to hear your review.

Here is my Luc's.  I grafted scions from Adam onto a cut back Imbe(g. livingstonei) back in June 2017.  It is currently 6' or more and in what seems to be a near-constant flush.  I'm hoping the large Imbe's maturity and root system will push it to bloom sooner rather than later.

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