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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Red Hybrid Jaboticaba size?
« on: September 21, 2018, 07:55:08 PM »
Just wondering how big the red Hybrid Fruit gets? I have a seedling from Oscars seeds that is producing now on a small tree and s couple of the fruit are over an inch wide. The biggest one is over 1 1/4 inches wide. Not all the fruit are this big but I assume Iíll get more and potentially larger Fruit as the tree matures. How big is your fruit?

The taste is amazing. It has a Brix of 23-24% and has excellent sugar acid balance. Here are some pictures of the fruit.








Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango seed germination absent sprout
« on: September 15, 2018, 06:05:03 PM »
Iíve had some seeds that sent out roots and no top until after a long delay. I was going to reuse the pot and checked the seeds and found the same thing you did. Some of the seeds had a top sprout but was damaged by insects or disease and died back to the point I couldnít see the sprout. These sprouts that died back eventually sprouted a new top.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When should I pick cherimoya?
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:40:49 PM »
Depends on the variety, how much itís grown and other factors. They usually turn from green to light green or yellowish green when they are ripe. You will also notice that the Fruit stops expanding prior to the color change.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gary Zill explaining his mango project...
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:32:22 PM »
The efforts that the Zills put into their Mango breeding program is incredible. Their emphasis on superior taste is what amazes me most. If they chose instead to focus their efforts on a commercial Mango, many if not all of the top ten Zill creations might not be here for us to enjoy today.

Unfortunately, much of the world only knows about Tommy Atkins, Kent, Haden and NDM. Even so, people enjoy eating mangos. The members of the Tropical Fruit Forum are fortunate enough to be amongst the first to hear/taste new Zill varieties and it would be awesome if we shared our experiences and Mangos with Mango neophytes so that they can become more familiar with the New Developments in Mangos.

Iím personally growing many mango seeds, mostly from Polyembryonic mango seeds and inevitably, a zygotic seedling will arise from these plantingís with a very small possibility that it will be an improvement over the maternal parent which bore the fruit.

These zygotic seedlings will have at least 50% of its genes from the maternal parent. If other seed growers are like me, they only plant the best varieties in their yard and with a bit of luck, the pollinating parent for such zygotic seedling will come these top varieties.

What would a Lemon Zest crossed with a Sweet Tart or PiŮa Colada taste like? What about an E4 or M4 crosses with a Pineapple Pleasure?

When I plant my seedlings, Iím not only fantasizing about the possibility of new flavor profiles but Iím also hoping for an increase in size of the fruit for Mangos that tend to be smaller, such as PiŮa Colada Mangos. Iím also hoping for Mangos that can hang on the tree longer, have a larger window period for optimal eating and Mangos that can be picked mature green to be shipped.

In a small backyard setting, these are just fantasies that will likely only Fruit when Iím in deep R.E.M. sleep but backyard growers like Leo Manuel and his success in selecting excellent eating mangos that taste excellent and produce very well in our climate gives me hope and the realization that lightening in fact sometimes does strike, sometimes twice.

Simon



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam Cherry Advice
« on: September 11, 2018, 08:12:20 AM »
Do you have a picture of your tree? Is it in a pot or in the ground? As your tree matures and gets larger, you should get more fruit.

Simon

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Kinda. Itís pink with some red and the green ripens to a yellow color. Itís a really beautiful color. Iíll take pictures when Leoís Fruit ripens, my tree didnít hold Fruit this year.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Salathiel, confirmation of the variety
« on: September 07, 2018, 06:47:39 PM »
My Salathiel has died but it did have smaller leaves with a slight bend to them just like No Mai Tsze. I really couldnít differentiate between the two. In China, NMT is a slow grower and does not Fruit every year.
Here is a video of Salathiel, itís probably been posted before
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-HxOcXUhCIY

Iíve never tasted Salathiel before but I asked around previously and others have said that it is very similar to NMT if not one and the same.

I have heavy soil at my place and I intend to innarch my NMT with seedling rootstocks in hopes that it will tolerate my heavy soil better.

Simon

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Thatís the beginning of the blush but the fruit is not ripe yet. It will lose more of itís green and will have more red and pink like the picture in my avatar.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Punch baby mangoes... really red.
« on: September 07, 2018, 10:12:02 AM »
Thanks Warren, thatís the way I remembered it at the last mango tasting where there was a FP. I actually like Kent and was hoping that the FP will be more strongly flavored when grown in SoCal.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: maybe i'm jumping the gun
« on: September 07, 2018, 10:05:56 AM »
Is it this one:
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=29448.msg332407#msg332407

Also a big welcome to the forum! You can find lots of great information here.

Simon

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Kaimana is a great large sized fruit with great sweetness and small seed compared to the amount of flesh. Kwa Luk is difficult to grow in our soil, mine has died. Iíve never tasted a Kwa Luk nor Peerless.

No Mai Tsze is absolutely the best tasting and also does not do well on its own rootstock but since you will be grafting it onto your established trees, you should be good.

You should look at some of the Australian websites to find out more about the Chinese varieties because they are much bettter than the common varieties that are available here.

Wai Chee is a great fruit and so is rose scented. Kwai Mai Pink is available in Florida and is highly productive with smaller, very sweet Fruit although it is not as perfumed with the Lychee/rose scent/flavor. Kwai Mai Pink can get some fungal discoloration in humid climates but in our climate, it should be clean.

Lychees are one of my favorite fruit and Brad and I hope to plant or graft many of the top varieties at our orchard.

Simon

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2nd season crop. Almost ready to harvest. And I still don't see the sigmoidal look of a mahanChanok trait.

Toptr. Mahachanok:


planogram Mahachanok:






Both those have the typical sigmoid shape to my eyes. Please post pictures when they ripen. The Maha has a beautiful coloration when ripe. Sometimes they fully color up after you harvest them but they will usually have at least a slight blush.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I need more guavas in my life.
« on: September 02, 2018, 10:49:55 PM »
Anyone try Crystal Seedless guava? I e heard great things about this variety.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Punch baby mangoes... really red.
« on: September 01, 2018, 07:45:24 PM »
 Ice looking Fruit Punch Warren. Let us know how it tastes. They have been pretty average tasting the last couple years.

Simon

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Hereís a few pictures from different CAC seedlings







Simon

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Looks like the most I currently have is six from several PiŮa Coladas.





Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gratting success!!!
« on: September 01, 2018, 09:50:57 AM »
Congratulations, looks good so far but I agree you can celebrate till after the second flush as the scions sometimes dies back. Grafting is addictive, especially after your first success. Sauam256 has a great selection of scions and always sends excellent quality material. Make sure not to let the scion hold Fruit for at least one year. Weíre not like in Florida, if you let it hold Fruit this Spring, the scion can die back even after the second flush.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: first time seeing a penis ..
« on: September 01, 2018, 09:46:13 AM »
Iíve had a mango like that before. I even had one with two tea bags, if you know what I mean. I didnít want to post a picture but since you started the topic, Iíll see if I can find the picture.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugarcane Taste Problems
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:09:09 PM »
Newer canes arenít sweet until it gets cold. I wonder if you harvested the more mature canes which had longer to grow and were sweeter and your recent harvest may have been from newer canes that havenít fully matured. Late Winter is when the canes are really sweet.

Once you have a mature stand of canes you can have sweet enough canes throughout the year. I have a huge patch of giant canes that are super sweet even in the Summer only because the canes are over 1 year old.

Over watering will size up your canes but will dilute down Brix unless you fertilize heavily. Sugarcane is a fast grower and needs a lot of fertilizer to maximize sweetness.

Simon

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Iíll check my CAC/COC seedlings tomorrow. I never counted and Iím not at home right now but from my memory, I believe the most Iíve gotten was 6-8 from PiŮa Colada.

Iíve seen Polyembryonic Mangos with multiple shoots coming from one root.

Iíve also noticed that when the main shoot gets damaged, the embryo often puts out multiple other shoots. Iíve seen this with Monoembryonic and Polyembryonic seedlings.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Garden - I started Mangoes 5-yrs ago
« on: August 31, 2018, 05:06:35 PM »
Nice growth on everything Behl and you have a beautiful yard. Motivates me to clean up my cluttered yard. I hope youíll get bountiful harvests in the years to come.

Simon

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If it dips below freezing in Winter, I would wait till after last chance of frost/freeze to plant next year. Small mango trees are more affected by cold.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help identifying fruit
« on: August 28, 2018, 02:59:18 PM »
Thanks for the ID!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help identifying fruit
« on: August 27, 2018, 10:47:26 PM »
Does anyone know what this is? Thanks in advance!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: red hybrid jaboticaba
« on: August 26, 2018, 02:41:04 PM »
Simon, nice photos what variety do you have ??

The variety I posted pictures of is from the Red Hybrid. The plant was grown from seeds I ordered from Oscar a while back.

Iím also growing Sabara, Grimal and two more I canít reme at the moment.

Simon


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