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You're probably too warm, but might I suggest a Potomac pawpaw?  That variety is notoriously columnar for pawpaws, which generally has a pyramidal shape.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Asian Mango Varieties?
« on: February 06, 2014, 05:29:35 PM »
Oh, you poor, poor, soul, about to go down the rabbit hole...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Black Ischia Fig cuttings
« on: January 29, 2014, 01:17:46 PM »
I wouldn't discourage at all your attempts to grow fine figs!


O'Rourke or another Improved Celeste
Col de Dame Blanc
Scott's Black
Black Madeira
Petite Negri
along with plenty of others I've probably forgotten that might give figs of high quality...

along with Black Ischia.  Just be advised that it's probably a pain to aquire, root, and grow.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Black Ischia Fig cuttings
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:29:10 PM »
Black Ischia is not a vigorous variety, due to a severe endemic viral issue called FMV.  Hence not all that many cuttings are for sale at any one time.  Green Ischia is not related to Black Ischia.

Figs have trouble being great due to the humidity in the Southeast in general.  There are a number of varieties developed from ag stations in Texas and Louisiana that are supposed to do well in the subtropics.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The largest litchi -- fell dead dog
« on: January 16, 2014, 04:28:24 PM »
Chinchang, I know for a fact that there are chinese interested in collecting figs, so there are people like you out there!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kadsura Heteroclita video review
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:42:04 PM »
Goodness gracious, Oregon Exotics was pretty big on this fruit way back then.  Never provided the latin name, but the fruit is unmistakable.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Questions on Pomegranate trees
« on: December 27, 2013, 11:01:58 PM »
Wonderful, Parfianka, and Angel Red all have a similar taste profile.  The advantages of the Angel Red is that it is much more vigorous and more productive pomegranate.  It also tastes like Wonderful, bears earlier, and has softer seeds. 

People argue enough about Wonderful, because it's so common, but it's common for good reason.  It is a bit more tricky to have a Wonderful that gets the sort of fruit that deserves the name, though.  Angel Red is pretty much just hype, and I'm pretty sure you can safely trust me when I say that Parfianka will, more often than not, deliver a better taste.  Mwaterman07 lives in z9 Arizona, though.  That's really hot enough, long enough, for the best fruits unless you're looking for a longer season or something with multiple varieties.  If you want a better Wonderful, you should go with one of the other classic vineous type pomegranates like Parfianka or Palermo.  There isn't any sure thing about how a pomegranate will react to your specific circumstances--many will have a bitter taste, or an unwanted aftertaste, etc, etc.  That's the luck of the draw, though.

If you want something other than the classic vineous taste, Desertnyi and G.R. have citrus accents, the first, a kind of orange/tropical taste, and the second is often described as lemonade-like.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Questions on Pomegranate trees
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:59:31 PM »
Pomes are really easy to propagate, and the best varieties (for different purposes) are very well known and easy to acquire.  $15 isn't that much cheaper than mail order, but the size is nice.  Angel Red is, however, not one of the better varieties, especially since you live in prime pome terrritory, depending on your micro-climate (pomes tend to be funky about how hot it gets in the day and how cool it gets at night).  Google for the Wolfskill tastings for rankings.

Sin Pepe
Gissarskii Rosovyi
Purple Heart.
Some hard seed (and hardier) varieties that I can't remember the name of.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Wampi
« on: December 26, 2013, 07:19:00 PM »
I really liked the Wampi I got from the Grimal estate, which were seedless.  Perhaps that was an unusually good strain.

Then again, Lansium sp. really knocks the ball out of the park in terms of a fruit with a related fruit flavor profile.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: December annona tasting in Orange County
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:15:53 PM »
Rudy Haluza has been in this game a LOOOOOOONNG time...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Its that time of the year again
« on: December 12, 2013, 04:23:00 PM »
In the '90s, I bought a whole plant from the late, great Ed ?Krajoulis? who was big on mangosteens at the time for $30.  Mangosteen seedlings cheap too. 

To be sure, when I had fruit that was sent to me, it was rotten, and the seed as well.

In the space of probably three days it took to get to Atlanta from Pine Island.

Those guys really don't last--fruit and seed.

I sort of believe that alupags are more worth attempting and breeding/selecting for.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: loquat and apricot
« on: November 01, 2013, 02:09:52 PM »
There is a variety of loquat called Advance that is supposed to be relatively dwarfish.  Do note that there are non-dwarf Advance being sold.

Apricots can be grafted onto dwarfing rootstock.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: October 25, 2013, 06:21:44 PM »
What are the differences between the plants?  It's been a very long time since that fruit entered my gullet...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: October 25, 2013, 05:07:09 PM »
It seems to me that M. spirito santensis and M coronata have relatively similar fruit and growth habits/leaves.  I have a plant grown from seeds of a "giant jaboticaba" sent by the Grimal estate curator back in the nineties.  So I've been curious about whether it is M coronata after all, instead of it being the Grimal variety.  The fruit didn't taste like concord grapes much to me, being more like canned mangosteen with a muscadine-thick resinous rind.

The plant isn't that vigorous, but it's an extremely tough one, having survive all these years of abuse and is about 7 ft tall now.  Definitely can handle flooded situations without a sweat for some time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian in South Florida
« on: September 23, 2013, 08:25:29 PM »
I managed to kill my poor potted Durian with only too much wind from being in a car!  Very fragile plants compared to Mangosteens.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Talisia esculenta
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:00:04 PM »
I've had Talisia from the Grimal estate back in the mid-late '90s.  Tried to grow the seeds, but they wound up dying pretty quickly.  No luck with Sapindicae growing.

I think they are pleasant but not really worth the time, any more than Wampees are like that.  Put it up against a langsat or some other quality fruit of similar size, and one wonders about the best use of time and space.  Plenty of places have popular fruits that won't have universal appeal, especially because they are relatively affordable.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Went on a planting spree!
« on: September 04, 2013, 03:14:11 PM »
Why the Marula and lycium barbarum?  The Marula gets kind of big, and seems to be more interesting than good.

Good on you to have spices!  Any nuts planned?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit tree
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:39:09 PM »
As in Cheena... jackfruit x chempedak hybrids, two seedlings.  One is actually growing nicely, and the other one is singing a sad tune and one flower.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit tree
« on: August 13, 2013, 05:10:42 PM »
OT, but I had to say it somewheres, but my poor, lingering, Chepanjack tree has one flower bud on it!  Obviously due to the stress of being rootbound, but hey, ONE FLOWER.  Just wish it could have been for one of my healthier potted plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Top Strawberry varieties
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:16:35 AM »
Seriously, alpine strawberries really *are* the best.  They are just a lot of trouble to eat.

Zidi fig is mostly Smyrna.  They also get huge.

I would recommend getting the plants you have to show the most patience for, first.  Jaboticabas, Cambuca, garcinia family members...

Don't forget items like Bay trees...

As for fruits, abiu seems to be the best fruit not mentioned yet.  Next are grafted white sapote varieties. 

You seem to be missing the Honeybox jujube off the list (because fruit too small?)

What's PPK stands for in mangos?

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