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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Sugar Apple Seedlings
« on: February 15, 2012, 12:24:36 PM »
Aidel I have I think around 8 sugar apple seedlings that are about 6 in tall in 1gallon pots that are located in boynton beach fl.....

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Concerning Jackfruit
« on: February 15, 2012, 11:27:26 AM »
The flesh of the Mai 3 is crisp and has good flavor....but the most interesting thing about the fruit, is that it virtually has no latex. The fruit pictured in my avatar I cleaned without any oil and my blade needed minimal cleaning. I am growing a seedling Mai 3 that is about 3 feet tall now in a 3 gallon container.

Rob (bsbullie) has also verified this phenomenon of low latex in the Mai series as he is growing/tasted them.  It makes it so much easier to enjoy the fruit with least amount of hassle. This was discussed in an old garden web forum.

The person with probably the most knowledge on this subject would be the pioneer himself Richard at excalibur, If my memory serves me correctly it was Richard that selected the Mai varieties from seedlings that an asian farmer was growing....blah, blah basically give Richard a call at http://excaliburfruittrees.com/

I usually use the university of FL for a source of information especially this link for jackfruit, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg370 and if you notice none of the Mai series is listed which tells me there probably is not a lot of information floating around out there as far as vigorous growth habits average flesh/seed ratio, size of fruit ect..

Here is a Mai 3 jackfruit:







As you can see after cutting the fruit completely in half there is a very small amount of latex beads on the rag.

_JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Concerning Jackfruit
« on: February 15, 2012, 10:26:26 AM »
Good to hear everyone's feedback on this. I have decided that due to space limitations I'm going to limit my collection to just three jackfruit and plant 1 yellow, 1 orange, and 1 red fleshed varieties to showcase the differences in color mainly as well as flavor, texture and latex content ect. So far I have yellow-bangkok lemon, orange-Mai 3, and as for the red- I have honestly yet to taste a red fleshed cultivar. My avatar is actually a Mai 3......tastes so goooood!

I have red about "zima pink" and "borneo red" and the coming attraction "excalibur red" does anyone care to comment on these culitivars profiles or any other red fleshed varieties?

_JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best lychee?
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:54:43 AM »
I remember someone giving a presentation or something and mentioning going to China and seeing some very large lychees that were a few times larger than the largest ones here. I think it may have been Dr. Crane. Can't remember exactly who or when though.

What I do remember is that he said it was a new variety so maybe it will be more common in the future.

Simon that thing is so big it looks practically like a baby red annona! LOL!

_JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best lychee?
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:51:56 AM »
Thats incredible but I'll have to taste it to believe it.  I'm wondering why this wasn't all over the Chinese news as many Asians would be very interested in a Lychee that size even if it didn't taste too good.  Those huge Lychees look a little like Sweetheart but also a little like Emperor.  I wonder how large a Sweetheart or Emperor could get if it were grown on a full sized tree and you culled extremely heavily as in leaving only 1-3 fruit per panicle?  If anyone know where I can get this variety, please let us know! 8) :o :-X
Simon

Rob I meant texture of the skin of the fruit, my bad...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Concerning Jackfruit
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:02:38 AM »
I know, I know this is totally sad/lame but two days ago in line at target I actually bought a pack of juicy fruit bubble gum to see if I could get somewhat of a jackfruit taste... Does anyone have any jackfruit left on their trees and would be willing to share some?

Also, I saw on excalibur's website: http://excaliburfruittrees.com/fruits.html , under jackfruit variety's; two new cultivar's that are coming soon "excalibur gold" and "excalibur red" anyone know any gossip on these?!?!

_JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best lychee?
« on: February 13, 2012, 11:52:51 PM »
That is an incredible lychee, looks kind of like a sweet heart shape and texture.

_JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango in central Italy: an experiment.
« on: February 13, 2012, 11:40:46 PM »
Wow Pancrazio I am truly amazed at what you have built to achieve your goal of growing this mango. Two days ago I watched Noel Ramos video of his trip to puerto rico and his description of the pulasan makes me want to build a green house to try and fruit one in my back yard here in FL, I just cannot imagine a fruit more delicious than lychee, I have yet to sample a pulasan but someday I will, soon!

Keep pushing the limits!

_JoeP450

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I'm still on the fence. I went last year for the first time and the reviews on garden web were spot on. I enjoyed the free sampling table got a chance to try St. Maui, Malika, Alphonse, and some others that were great. I was let down though because I was under the impression that you could buy almost any mango and really you "can" but it's in the form of an auction and I'm not down for severely overpaying for a mango. Then they had this tent were they had mangos for sale and those mangos were just alright: ivory, keitt, ataulfo, and the nastiest mango I have had "toda puri" sp*. I'm like I can't believe I drove down here from Vero Beach to be able to buy a champagne mango, it's not a bad mango just I can get it on the corner at whole foods... You pay to get in and then you pay for practically everything else and the biggest issue is that you are in an incredibly hot swelltering tropical humid rain forest lol.....you will sweat, sweat alot were those athletic wicking clothes if you go!

I take it back after writing this I really just live to far away, and I'm not going this year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Container Size
« on: February 12, 2012, 02:29:57 AM »
Hey Marin what could I possibly trade you for one of those Bangkok lemon seedlings?!?

_JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: February 11, 2012, 11:54:45 AM »
Hi my name is Joe and my addiction with tropical fruit started in pharmacy school about 6 years ago. I can't really remember how it all started but I think it grew out of the need for a hobby to take my mind off studying. Some things I like about growing tropical fruit and why:

-I like the idea that what you put in you eventually get back.
-I think it is so interesting how plants can be propagated by different means.
-I grow because my stomach makes me, I love to eat good food.
-I love to watch my plants grow and I have nicknamed them my "plant babies."
-I love to read and learn (this forum really facilitates that).

I graduted in 2010 with a Pharm.D. and currently work/live/rent in Vero Beach Fl with my girlfriend and 5 seedlings (unknown cultivar jackfruit, Mai 3, ivory mango, 2 store bought mangos) which I grow to just watch. The main garden is at my Fathers house in Boynton Beach Fl, which has dragon fruit, lychee, mangos, starfruit, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, mamey, tamarind, Canistel, avocado, passionfruit, acerola, miracle fruit, grumichama, blackberrys, blueberrys, and a small vegetable garden all of which my brother and I maintain. It is difficult because I live 1.5 hours away from my Fathers house so I have to nag my brother to text me pictures of growth flushes, flowerings ect..but hopefully in the next couple of years I will own a house with some decent space. I have an excell spreadsheet of what my future garden will lol like lol.

When I am not working or gardening I'm fishing, exercising, stock trading. I'm into watches as well.

Happy to be apart of this community!

-JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose Resistance - Mango
« on: February 10, 2012, 12:19:36 PM »
Harry, or you could just rename your maha to something like sweetheart chonook TM just in time for valentine's day and maybe make a profit.....har har har still up in arms about the changing of cultivar names and such and branding nonsense, I'm even annoyed that when I go onto top tropicals website they have the same stock photo used to represent Irwin, CoCo Cream, and St. Maui mangos!

If anyone has any pics of the Lz or CC fruit please post.


_JoeP450

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I think the cereus peruvianis, peruvian apple cactus is neglected. A real piece of cake to grow, can become really large show piece cactus, beautiful but short lived flowers and fruit similar to dragon fruit with crunchier seeds.






-JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose Resistance - Mango
« on: February 10, 2012, 02:07:19 AM »
I would have to see pictures as to what the different degrees of infection correspond, but I can tell you I am growing 6 mangos: Nam Doc, Malika, Maha Chanok, Jakarta, CoCo cream, Lemon Zest. Out of those the least resistant is the lemon zest... for a moment it had streaks of anthracnose and even an ant infestation that was farming aphids (it was looking pretty bad) while the most resistant is the nam doc a close second is the CoCo cream. I bought a sprayer and some liquid copper and it took care of the anthracnose issue, as for the ants farming the aphids Sevin worked.

-JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carambola and Renal Issues.....your thoughts
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:55:40 AM »
Its interesting to read that there are reports of "star-fruit" toxicity, mostly in pt's with already decreased renal function, but at the same time what is the limit on ingestion in pt's with normal renal function? This question alone bugs me. How much is too much? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19360394

I usually enjoy a star fruit at a time, but I'm sure if I had a profusely fruiting tree I would be encouraged to juice much of my fruit and therefore drink a lot, but could it be harmful?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: February 07, 2012, 03:56:09 PM »
Hey I like the idea of this thread! Below is a picture of my progress of growing dragon fruit so far. My brother gave me a tip that there was this rogue dragon fruit vine growing in this public park in Boca Raton FL, so equipped with gloves a trash bag and some hand clippers we went guerrilla and got some cuttings (the first picture) this was back in June of 2011. Next, I built a crazy trellis out of 4x4's 2x4's and pieced it together with dry wall screws. Pretty rugged job as I did it all without a level and tape measure just screwed it all together and buried the 4x4's about 1.5 ft deep. The cuttings were so easy to root just let them dry out for a day and stuck one cutting on each flat side of the base of the 4x4. Also I bought some long zip-ties from home depot and as the cuttings grew larger I would zip tie them to the trellis to promote the roots to latch onto the trellis and after awhile I would cut off the zip-ties. The second picture is probably 5 months after planting and the final picture was taken in mid january of 2012. I can't believe how easy it is to grow dragon fruit and it literally just grows and I never water it a perk of it being a cactus I guess. Really hoping it fruits this year, excited to see which type of dragon fruit this is...







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cempedak
« on: February 05, 2012, 11:35:49 PM »
From what I have read on the cempedak, is that it is not cold tolerant, and that very few have fruited them in FL and the trees take >15 years to bear from seed and by that time they are enormous trees which does not aid in harvesting. It is for these reasons why I shy away from pursuing this fruit, but regardless your tree looks very pretty and I like the shape of those leaves, hope it grows out for you!

-JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Preferred method to graft avocado.
« on: February 05, 2012, 11:29:48 PM »
I have a three foot avocado seedling which I grew from a store bought avocado almost a year ago and I was wondering if I was to graft this with a scion from a neighbors tree what would be the prefered method of grafting and also what time of year. If I recall I think I've heard during the winter is good for grafting avocado?

Thanks

JoeP450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marang video
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:09:08 PM »
This is a better marang video lol
marang is the best fruit on earth? #144


From what I have learned so far is that the tree itself is not cold tolerant, grows large, and may fruit from seed in 3 years. The fruit are softer than jackfruit, do not keep well as they oxidize quickly and turn brown when exposed to air (like an apple), taste something like creamy custard with hints of banana/kiwi/strawberry and have seeds. I am guessing they have a 'unique' smell as the name artocarpus ODORatisimuss and reports of diesel fuel imply maybe the outside rind of the fruit may smell funky. I have yet to try one by the way, but I will acquire seeds this year from somewhere and sprout one.

Wish me luck.

Joep450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Why on earth......Marang vs Jakfruit
« on: January 29, 2012, 03:46:50 PM »
Everytime I read up on marang I read about people comparing them to the taste of jakfruit and how it tastes better, but yet I never hear of anyone growing them or critiquing any tastings. I love jakfruit and would love to try some marang. Is anyone out there growing and fruiting marang in FL and what is your option on taste?

-JoeP450

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