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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Bloom 2020
« on: March 06, 2020, 10:07:07 PM »
Two things to think about: the development of low chill peaches, and also flying foxís ďanomalyĒ Jabo which has shorter juvenile period and precocious flowering, has good genes that can be bred into into new hybrids, but this would have never been discovered without planting seeds.

Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Bloom 2020
« on: March 06, 2020, 09:56:02 PM »
Think more people need to start planting lychees from seeds so we can someday gain new naturalized cultivars vs planting the same 10 air layered cultivars. Have a 5 year old seedling in ground and a new one started from last seasons crop, will keep the forum updated in 10 years how this works out 😂 🤷‍♂️

-joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: anyone used this grafting scissor?
« on: March 01, 2020, 08:43:14 PM »
There are many manufacturers of these clippers on amazon here is a seller that is so cheap itís worth a gamble on  Toolwiz Professional Garden Fruit Tree Pruning Grafting Shears Grafting Tool 2 in 1 Scissors Cutting Tool Kit Set for Stem Vine Branch Twig Stock Plant https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QLTBG61/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_lpgxEbDZEWDNJ I got one of these for Christmas but havenít used it yet, thing itís going to be convenient on mango grafts this year.

-joe

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Iíll be trying my hand this year at grafting both TM red and Excalibur red, live in palm city fl which is closer than Excalibur if you can wait till end of summer hit me up then, if not I purchased both from Excalibur. Stoked to hear that taste report murahilin, Iíve had the Excalibur red before and it was like candy so really stoked to try the TM red someday.

-Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ~Thread- Rollinia Seedlings
« on: March 01, 2020, 03:02:03 PM »
Just now seeing this thread, great idea btw.

I purchased some seeds of ďpineappleĒ variety from annona breeding project and only one germinated for me while rest rotted, mostly my fault as I have since learned a better way at germinating them. What sold me on this is the interesting shape and also the texture of the flesh looks firmer and creamier rather than ďmucosaĒ 👌









Really hoping my one plant survives to the point where I can graft it onto the other unknown seedlings I have, this ďpineappleĒ fruit looks so delicious I canít wait to try it.

Joe

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: Dacryodes edulis
« on: February 29, 2020, 10:18:35 PM »
I got mine from Oscar at fruit lovers sent from hawaii, check with him. I have two just planted in ground.

Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making peace with the rabbits
« on: February 26, 2020, 10:30:13 PM »
Iím aware of calibri caps for .22 rifle and was my fathers original recommendation for the squirrels but I settled on squirrlinator trap. I think the rifle idea is bad idea for if nosy neighbors see the cops could be called, a social media campaign launched, and Local chapter of PETA protests outside my house... I live in an HoA community on 1/3 of an acre so tall grass/weeds are not an option as deterrent for alternate choice to rabbits. It has been frustrating I sprouted about 50 high end mango seeds and planted in 1 gallon pots from fruit I ate from zills this year and about half were killed by rabbits, then fungus... I have like 5 that survived this season. I had no idea what was cutting them in half until one morning I went out to check on them and a rabbit was sitting on a pot eating away.


Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making peace with the rabbits
« on: February 25, 2020, 08:13:26 PM »
You know, I kinda donít feel so bad knowing Iím not the only one dealing with this problem. Where I live every lawn has a family of brown rabbits living on it maybe 10 per house. I REFUSE TO NEGOTIATE WITH ANY SQUIRRELS THOUGH....

Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making peace with the rabbits
« on: February 25, 2020, 09:13:54 AM »



Salak with rabbit guard 🤷‍♂️

Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Making peace with the rabbits
« on: February 25, 2020, 09:05:51 AM »
I have had many young seedlings killed this year by rabbits that eat them in half, essentially cutting the young plant up to a pencil diameter in half, then usually the plant will die while a small very tiny amount come back via new shoots. There seems to be no discrimination as mango, jackfruit, salak, kwaimuk, annonas, white sapote, achacha, papaya have all fallen victim. I realize that this maybe is an eccentric fix but it seems to be working so far. Basically measured out 33in of chicken wire and zip tied to a 12in angled pvc pipe to keep the rabbits away from the seedlings until they are thick enough to not temp the rabbits. This or get a pet falcon I guess 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️






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Luke,

I have a nit pick with calling yourself a ďbreederĒ as you didnít select the parents, ie breed anything. What happened was you planted out a few seeds and happened upon a chance seedling that has outperformed the others in the bunch. This same logic applies as when you say as if planting hundreds or thousands of seeds ect. Achetadomestica likewise planted out a handful of seeds and likewise could also be ďluckyĒ to have an improved version of isan indigo.

-Joe

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Plants for sale.
« on: February 23, 2020, 08:48:41 PM »


Selling 4 seedling genip, plants are in 1 gallon pots. 20$ for all 4. I live in palm city fl, local pick up only. Please send me a private message if interested.

Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruiting Barbados Cherry from seed.
« on: February 22, 2020, 09:28:38 PM »
Hey Forum,

Have had Barbados cherry before and was unimpressed with the fruit, until today where the fruit I ate was delicious and sweet. Iím going to plant the few seeds I kept, but wondering how long it takes to fruit from seed? Have read many sources that say to propagate from cuttings as germination rates are low. Any experience with this is appreciated thanks.

Joe

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Here is a picture of the elusive TM red jackfruit from Excalibur, rob was kind enough to send it to me. This fruit looks incredible, I canít wait till my tree gets into production, beautiful 👀

-joe

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On the TM fruit, if it was me Iíd put a little platform under the fruit like a flipped over recycle bin to support the weight and let the tree do itís thing. I am also growing the TM jackfruit, supposedly itís the reddest there is but yet no one has any pictures of the flesh despite camera phones being ubiquitous and youíd think itíd be a selling aid! 🤷‍♂️🙈

If you decide to let the tree fruit, please post some pictures of the fruit and tasting notes, would be a great service to this forum!

Joe

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for fresh star apple / caimito
« on: February 08, 2020, 09:47:14 PM »
Would like to buy some fresh fruit if anyone has this or leads let me know.

Thanks,
Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Patch of Heaven Sanctuary
« on: February 02, 2020, 06:38:39 PM »
Skahn,

Iíve noticed the same here with the few mocambo I have.

-Joe

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Few things to think about.

I have been to Ericís (Frog Valley) farm and the concept of seeing is believing, the plants are lush and healthy. I learned a lot from my visit, and enough to question what I was doing in my own yard and why?

I think most, and I assume, if not all of us are growing a mix of plants most that are nonnative to the US, and to boot we are growing them in our yards which are mostly dredged compacted sand from a man made lake in a planned neighborhood! There are thousands of different bacteria and fungi. When growing a tree that normally grows in the rainforest of Brazil here in Fl for example, I think itís incorrect to assume its in its optimal environment regardless the method used. The plant may appear healthy and thriving, but can we assume that the soil here in Fl grown by any means is a recreation of the native bacterial and fungal microbiome of a Brazilian rain Forrest? That is a giant leap. Plants can adapt and also their success is due to other factors than just the soil.

In my practice, I have stopped buying synthetic NPK because my trees donít look any different than Ericís who isnít using synthetic NPK, so I have to ask why am I wasting my money? Why am I risking salt burn? What is the environmental impact of runoff into the pond behind my house? I have started composting organic household food scraps yard and tree clippings and instead of throwing them out on the curb, I throw them at the base of certain trees like jackfruit/lychee/avocado which like mulch, this is totally free and feeds the tree plus doesnít add to the landfill.

The organic management of specific pests, and specific nutritional deficiencies are tricky questions to answer when these problems arise. Im looking forward to reading more ideas on these in the future. I appreciate all opinions as I donít claim to know the best way to grow any tree and am willing to try new methods.

-Joe



 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Will my Hasya Sapodilla tree survive?
« on: January 22, 2020, 06:40:39 PM »
Tree looks fine to me, wound will heal more over time, tree looks like it was inarched/approach grafted.

-Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Low Temperatures
« on: January 22, 2020, 01:37:13 PM »
Hit 38-39 here in Palm City, wind was pretty brutal. I didnít cover any of my trees including the ďultra tropicalsĒ ie duku langsat, marang, pedalai, salak, mocambo. If they die they die, Iím really just trying to see if these seedlings can adapt themselves to our climate. Also have Poshte which seems more hardy than soursop as it hasnít defoliated like my mature soursop has.

Itís a belief of mine that seeds have a will to survive and adapt, I know Iím hoping for a lot but will see what is left as time goes on, only one way to find out.


-Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Biodynamic Farming
« on: January 17, 2020, 09:36:15 PM »
Congrats Eric! Looking forward to visiting again in the future and seeing all the progress. 👍





(Pic of me in front of the epic dragon fruit stump)

-Joe

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Just out of curiosity but anyone with a digital Brix scale measure a black sapote, what is sugar content in comparison to other fruits?

Thanks

Joe

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Bloom 2020
« on: January 15, 2020, 04:46:46 PM »



Last year got 16, 1 gallon bags loaded with sweetheart chicken tongue seeded lychees... will 2020 top that?!? Strong bloom so far.

-joe

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Pm sent

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Hey jake fruit,

I too have experienced this in previous years, many many seedlings have died which I attribute to root rot and improper drainage combined with over watering. When the root rot starts the seedlings exhibit a shriveling stem like lack of water, then when watered the rot is perpetuated. This year I had more survivors using top soil, sand, and perlite as 50-25-25 ratio. Iím curious where you will be buying these ingredients and what brands? Next year Iím thinking about incorporating oyster shell as it is basically calcium and will help with drainage, can buy in large bags at Tractor Supply Co.

-Joe

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