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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Waiting for Broadleaf Papaya to ripen.
« on: December 23, 2017, 09:23:51 PM »
I am also interested. Lost both of my plants during Irma.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: California Giant Leaf Papaya
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:36:48 PM »
Yeah, I would have to agree. First pic looks like a typical juvenile sized leaf. Second is on par with the larger/more mature trees I have seen growing.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: California Giant Leaf Papaya
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:07:51 AM »
Can you post a picture with an object to compare size?

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Finally tasted my first dream fruit after 3+ years of planting and even though I haven't tried many anonas (custard apple and soursop), this lives up to the hype. I can taste guava, soursop and call me crazy, but even a mango-like flavor.  Glad i was able to finally try it out.

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Hey All,

My Dad and I began the process of top working three mature trees by my parents house.
Two Kents (one in front one on the side), and one Chocanan (backyard).

For the trees in the side and back I'm planning on putting Beverly and Lil Gem.


For the big Kent in front I'm still undecided.
I'm thinking, Delores, Nancy, Zill or Van Dyke.
As you can probably tell, I'm going more for production and general ease instead of flavor.
As long as they are in the same ballpark as a Kent in terms of flavor and season I'll be happy.

Varieties that are already on the property are: VP, Buxton Spice, Malika, Juliette, Rosigold, Rosa, Cac and a lot more seedlings that I will eventually top work.

What do you guys think? I haven't tasted Delores, Nancy, Zill or Van Dyke. yet

I don't know about each types growth habit, but why don't you multigraft?

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Awesome. Thanks Adam.

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Are they always so small?

so far in my experience, fruits are not large.

Do the ones in the picture look like they will ripen properly? How long do they need to ripen on the countertop?

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Not sure but these weren't hand pollinated

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Do these look like they were picked at the right stage? How do I know when they are ripe?



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 18, 2017, 12:35:42 AM »
I saw the guys who take care of my trees today and they told me about a field in Homestead at least 10 miles from the ocean that was loaded with all kinds of fish from the ocean including large grouper that were sucked up by the hurricane and tossed inland.

I think they were screwing with you.
You mean like a fish story, or perhaps square grouper? :)
But seriously, this should be possible.  South Florida is criss-crossed with canals, what is to prevent fish to be washed upstearm in the surge and stranded as water recedes?

yeah, i saw a picture of a manatee that was washed on shore, so i am sure the same could happen to grouper.

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How about cutting it 12-18 inches above break and try inarching grafts bridging the break. Possibly could use material from top of tree to graft with and if it works keep canopy compact until grafts and trunk strengthen. No guarantee but worth a shot I reckon

i was wondering if that was an option. you would need to act quick though i'm sure.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:59:22 PM »
This is a big deal if the projections are correct.  We always plan for the worst and hope for the best.  I might be in the EOC for onslaught or recovery for this event.
For those who can and like to pray, pray it weakens or for a major miracle that it hangs a hard right and stays a fish storm.  Anything can happen.

Regarding going into the gulf, my fear is where will it come out?  Texas, Louisiana, back to Florida?  All very bad options.

Which ESF? I'm at the SEOC under ESF8... doesn't look good from our end either. A lot of the staffing for our sheltering operations are going to be stretched. I'm hoping my trees on the west central fl coast don't see hurricane or tropical storm force winds, but obviously trees are replaceable. Thoughts and prayers to all those in South fl and the keys in particular.

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Why not?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Moved to Tallahassee
« on: July 30, 2017, 02:01:00 PM »
Yeah, I know it gets pretty cold here and I'm glad I still have my place down in 9b to grow mangoes and other subtropicals. Rob, i know you don't have to worry about chill temps where you're at, but do you recommend any sites to reference low temperatures? Also, does anyone have recommendations for avocado varieties?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Moved to Tallahassee
« on: July 30, 2017, 09:29:35 AM »
I recently moved to Tallahassee and want to get an idea of what I can grow up here with/without protection. I plan to get a greenhouse eventually, but so far I have planted grumichama and cherry of the rio grande. I also plan to give Florida hass, guabiju, psidium spp., jaboticaba, passiflora nitida, and some banana varieties a chance. Any feedback on those choices or recommendations for additional plants that are possible?

I know i can grow persimmons, citrus, peaches, apples, pears and blueberries which I will also start growing at some point.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best dwarf banana varieties
« on: July 22, 2017, 09:49:09 PM »
Praying Hands is definitely not dwarf but it is one of the most beautiful bananas... majestic. It has wide leaves and mine is about 15'... another nice one that looks similar is pitogo. Getting away fdom dwarfs but pitogo is my favorite of all bananas.

Pitogo is the one that is shaped like golf balls?  How is the flavor?

Somewhat like praying hands/Saba but more of a tropical/subacid undertone to it. It also ripens nice and evenly

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best dwarf banana varieties
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:20:20 PM »
Praying Hands is definitely not dwarf but it is one of the most beautiful bananas... majestic. It has wide leaves and mine is about 15'... another nice one that looks similar is pitogo. Getting away fdom dwarfs but pitogo is my favorite of all bananas.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best dwarf banana varieties
« on: July 17, 2017, 09:09:44 PM »
Also can't go wrong with a FHIA-1 if you get a true one

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best dwarf banana varieties
« on: July 17, 2017, 09:08:34 PM »
Dwarf Brazilian is another good one. Dwarf Red if you're in a more tropical area.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop and Guava
« on: July 14, 2017, 05:55:39 PM »
I've made the tea but there is research that indicates that it induces Parkinson's. I bring water to a boil turn off the stove, drop the leaves and let it steep for 10 minutes. It has a pretty neutral taste with no need to add sugar or honey

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Is Alex (Squam) not selling mangoes this year?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jumbo Kesar - mango review
« on: June 23, 2017, 03:38:05 PM »
Grafted kesar http://bfy.tw/CXba

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Branches dying off on Mango tree
« on: June 22, 2017, 08:21:51 PM »
The green tape you have is too tight and it's girdling the tree. Not sure if that's what's causing your issue, but that will definitely harm the tree

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Anyone have a picture of a seedling? I think I have a bunch that sprouted after a really long time but I'm not sure

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