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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hybridizing Artocarpus
« on: January 18, 2021, 02:41:26 PM »
Is the Artocarpus lachucha as cold hardy?
Thatís the same as lakoocha and they will take low 20s (F) and I believe even down into the teens F

Are you sure they can take the low 20s F?  Kwai muk is supposed to be cold hardier than lakoocha and different websites say kwai muk is hardy down to 25F or 26F.
Does anyone know how kwai muk compares to mango or longan or some other mid-20s F fruit trees?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most Outrageously Delicious Canistel Ever
« on: January 18, 2021, 07:32:12 AM »
How cold hardy is canistel anyway?  Some websites say 23F some say 28F.
Is it cold hardier than mango, sapodilla or some other mid-20s F fruit tree?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: FmFruitforest- Guava Trees 2018 stats
« on: November 12, 2020, 12:49:02 PM »
I went to Excalibur once when I was in Lake Worth FL.  The worker there told me his favorite is the ONG or Ong guava.  Which ones are the tastiest for you?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: FmFruitforest- Guava Trees 2018 stats
« on: November 12, 2020, 03:28:03 AM »
White TW Pearl. Small tree in container produced large crunchy fruit.

King Kong. Low seeds counts and likely the best in my yard.

Emperor. New addition and yet to taste.

Topic white

I saw these Taiwan guava varieties on the website of a nursery in SoCal with broken English descriptions. 
Have always wondered how good they are.  How did each variety do this year?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: FmFruitforest- Guava Trees 2018 stats
« on: November 12, 2020, 03:18:52 AM »
Guavas planted in 2018 all in ground from 3 gallon.
Ruby x Supreme  Very Sweet, Excellent flavor. Smaller fruit. Tiny seeds. Produced 10 fruits

Mexican Cream. Sweet, great flavor, large apple size fruits, tiny seeds. Produced 3 fruits

Tropical White 

Tropical Pink Sweet, great taste, heavy producer, big fruit. Produced 35-40 guavas

African Gold gave one flower but set no fruit. Was the smallest tree.

Excalibur Red- Very Sweet, Excellent flavor, good producer. Smaller fruits. Produced 15 guavas

Kilo white, Very Sweet, Excellent flavor, large apple size fruits. Produced 5 guavas

Very nice guava collection!  How were each variety this year?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Santa Teresa lemon taste?
« on: October 20, 2020, 04:08:50 AM »
My Santa Teresa lemons are not much different from common lemons.  They ripen over a long period of time and can hang on the tree for many months without breaking down. 
This is a great trait because lemon trees don't usually fruit year round in Phoenix AZ like they do elsewhere.  They bloom in the spring and ripen in the winter.
My Meyer lemons all ripen within a month and starts to rot or dry up a month after that, so Santa Teresa is more useful here in Phoenix.

Never tasted any of them.  On the Akcay Sekeri, the University of California states: Flavor is good but not as good as navel orange

It's strange that UC would compare Akcay Sekeri to a navel orange instead of a valencia orange. 
It's not a peeling orange, it's a hard to peel and good for juicing orange.

How about the US Seedless Surprise(USDA 1-77-19 tangelo)?
Did it surprise you in a good way?

Has anyone grown or tasted these oranges?  How good are they?
I found bits of info on fruitmentor, UCR and other sites, but I would like to hear first hand experiences.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shiranui Mandarin Available
« on: October 01, 2020, 02:59:15 AM »
I have tasted xuegan sweet orange from China, available from Texas budwood bureau. My tree had 3 very good small fruit, very sweet and a rich tasting with no seeds. John Panzarella's tree had larger fruit that weren't so rich tasting. It is a winner IMHO.

Hi Mrtexas, please update us on the Xuegan orange from your tree.  Has it gotten better?  Size, taste and seediness compared to other sweet oranges?

« on: September 30, 2020, 05:16:50 AM »
In my yard, which is borderline zone 9a/9b, the chironja is more cold hardy than grapefruits / pummelos.  It may be close to oranges in cold hardiness.  It also takes the Phoenix sun and heat as well as oranges, which is better than grapefruits / pomelos.

I think Bell got the most praise.  Is Bell productive by itself without another variety?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bael fruit.
« on: September 18, 2020, 04:02:17 PM »
Have a bael tree growing. Getting to about the size it should start fruiting soon. It's an interesting and very unusual tasting fruit. Worth growing. But be forewarned, the tree is extremely thorny.
Did your bael fruit tree fruit yet Oscar?  Where is the origin?
Not yet, but haven't checked it in a while. Started it from seed. Forget the source. Might be from seeds i brought from India.
Do you have a long dry season for it to fruit?  According to
I'll be happy to graft it onto my small tree.  It should fruit here in Phoenix no problem  ;D
No long dry season here. We often don't even get a short dry season, and that might be a problem. Other areas in Hawaii, like Kona, would no doubl be a lot better for this fruit. Lost many seedlings in the beginning to slugs, which can be a big problem here due to consistent rainfall.

Is your bael tree evergreen or deciduous?

My Redlands is very vigorous has huge leaves twice the size of all my California white sapote varieties.
Which makes me wonder if the tree is also much bigger than other varieties. 
If so then I have to reconsider it's location.

Yeah I taped frost cloth around the base of my papaya plant, but got lazy with the Panama Berry because it's mainly for shade.
I should keep some hay around next winter.

My 15ft tall Panama Berry was killed to the ground by a 26F freeze.  Will it regrow from the roots?
If not I will need to replace it because it is used for providing afternoon shade and humidity for other trees in the Phoenix summer.

Arizona avocado expert talks to Jake Mace about Aravaipa. 
Skip to the 9:30 mark about how it tastes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Longan trees too close, what's next?
« on: January 12, 2020, 08:47:29 PM »
Longan and Lychee and probably many other fruit trees would produce bigger and sweeter fruit if grown close to a river.

Starfruits do well here in Phoenix too with a bit of afternoon shade.  I was surprised because the leaves and fruits are kind of delicate and some people only recommend them for containers here for whatever reason.

So Bell and B10 have less flavor than SK?

Do you like Bell, B10 or Sri Kembangan starfruit better? 
I only have space for one of these.  I like starfruit that has some flavor and sweetness. 
Sri Kembangan is good, but Kari is too soft for me.
I've not tried Bell or B-10.

Is Luc's Mexican Garcinia more cold hardy than Imbe?  How about compared to other tropicals?

Anyone else?  I would think that there has be larger Luc's growing in SoCal. 

I grafted one on an Imbe that is in the ground a few years ago, the Luc's is now 6 feet.

Thanks for saying that.  I've been waiting for someone to confirm in another thread that Luc's grafts on imbe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kwai Muk (Artocarpus sp.) Varieties
« on: December 26, 2019, 05:22:22 PM »
I have an isolated kwai muk tree that produces nice large fruits on its own and gets loaded with fruits.

And tasty too! Awesome.  Thank you for offering the scion wood.
Now I just have to find a seedling and see if Kwai Muk can survive in Phoenix.
Anyone here tried to grow Kwai Muk in Arizona or have any info on this?

Never heard of anyone selecting out choice varieties of kwai muk. I have one large tree that produces large fruits that are very tasty. Am willing to send scions to anyone interested. I just planted at a different location a whole row of kwai muk as windbreak. They were from seeds sourced from Florida some years ago from 3 different trees, so hopefully eventually i'll have more to select from and come up with different strains.

Were there other Kwai Muk trees to help pollinate your large fruited tree?  Or did it produce large fruits by self pollinating?
Some sources say cross pollination produces larger and more fruits.

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