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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great speaker for rare fruit clubs
« on: February 12, 2019, 06:22:25 PM »
So informative!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Ice Cream Bean
« on: February 05, 2019, 09:17:53 AM »
We have Inga vulpina grafted onto What we think is an Inga vera seedling - budwood was purchased from Oscar. Very pleased with our purchase!

Well, that's a bummer! I bought an Excalibur Red earlier this year based on the pictures and descriptions of it being a superior variety, on this forum.
For those of you who have tasted it, how would you rate it? I would be ok with the color not matching the description as long as the flavor was good.
Flavor of ours was similar to imported jackfruit - some sweetness with mild hints of cantaloupe and banana, but musty. The texture was crunchy, but flavor makes it unworthy of grafting imo.


:D Same experience here. Except mine was from budwood that came from the mother tree. Someone must be color blind.

That is terrible. I have an Excalibur Red in the ground and I expect fruit off it in  couple of years...I have already been burned once; the Bangkok Lemon I got from   Excalibur, which I later realized was a seedling and not a grafted one, turned out to be a soft fleshed variety.  The nursery is now talking up Timor Red, but they are yet to release it.

So disappointing. Our Bangkok Lemon seems to be the real one (delicious and crunchy) but our Excalibur Red clearly isnít- the fruit doesnít have a great flavor either. Our email to Excalibur about the problem was never returned.

If the mother tree has light flavored flesh, what tree did the fruit posted years ago (which looks red/Orange) come from that state itís Excalibr Red?


Got the Tamarind and Custard apple from Geo and Lisa sang the mango song for them but just the first word thank goodness

:) Made my day! My favorite part of the sale is meeting all of the other growers!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / 'Fe'i Aiuri' Bananas available
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:34:44 PM »
Tissue cultured 'Fe'i Aiuri' bananas available $33 shipped within the continental US. If interested, email Can offer discount if more than one plant is purchased. I also have some Pisang Ceylon available ($30 shipped). Plantlets are 6-9" tall.

The Manatee Rare Fruit Council's annual tree sale is Sunday, May 20th at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
There are over 20 vendors and typically around 5000 plants.
Admission is free

If you come, stop by and say hello. We would love to meet other fruit growers. Our booth is in the back, inside left corner (Sulcata Grove)

Not to be a PITA but do you know what varieties of White Sapote may be present?  Specifically looking for Bonita/Supersweet. 


I donít know. We are not personally bringing any. Wayne Clifton might be bringing some along with other vendors. I donít have a vendor list though.


Thanks.  I'll probably buy a couple trees.  Will there be any mango fruit available for sale?

Doubtful. Iíve seen White Sapotes for sale in years past, but not mangos - still early

Are there going to be any mangos for sale?
There should be many vendors with mango trees.

I'm really looking forward to this show! What are you most excited to bring to the show? Anything new and exciting?
Probably grafted purple passion fruit vines (these are doing great at our place and out producing the non grafted vines with no signs of crown rot so far). Also Feíi bananas, some Inga trees, a nicely branched Dream and grafted Jackfruit trees which look great right now.

The Manatee Rare Fruit Council's annual tree sale is Sunday, May 20th at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
There are over 20 vendors and typically around 5000 plants.
Admission is free

If you come, stop by and say hello. We would love to meet other fruit growers. Our booth is in the back, inside left corner (Sulcata Grove)

I'm looking for a few fruiting size finger lime plants to add to my collection. Anyone have one they can sell me in Florida or direct me to a nursery in Florida that has fruiting size ? Thanks.
I purchased mine at the Manatee Rare Fruit Councils tree sale. The next sale is May 20th at the Bradenton Area Convention Center if you donít find one before then.

We used to live in 9a. Loquats and Satsumas!!! I still drive up there each December to get some from our old neighbor. Satsumas donít do well where we live now. We also grew rabbiteye blueberries, figs, miracle fruit in a pot, raja puri bananas (on south side of house), low chill peaches and apples.

Sapodilla grows effortlessly for us - lots of fruit. Ross sapote too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango blooming now.
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:46:45 AM »
Our Eldon has flowers now. Our friend down the road has Harvest Moon blooming.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: tropical fruit growers on instagram
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:56:43 PM »
that last one isn't right, it goes to a model's page with only two photos.
Thanks! Should be correct now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / tropical fruit growers on instagram
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:02:28 PM »
We use instagram as a way to upload photos when our fruit trees bloom/fruit - so we can look.back to see how they do year to year. Anyone else post their fruit/fruit tree pictures to instagram? Would love to see what others are growing.

Our page is

Some pages which post lots of pictures of what they are growing:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not impressed with Ice Cream banana
« on: August 24, 2017, 11:31:31 PM »
Sounds like you let them get too ripe. When eaten at the proper time, the fruit is fluffy (not mushy) and delicious.

Hi. I'm in Sarasota, FLorida. Looking some trees to fill my new home. 3 gal is a plus.

Logan,Mulberry,Guava,Jack Fruit,Sapodilla,Sapote, Kaffir Lime.

Looking to buy

Thank you

I have 3 gallon mulberry, 3 and 7 Sapodilla (Alano, Molix, and Morena), Mamey (Viejo), Green sapote, White Sapote (younghans), and longan. Lots of other fruit trees and bananas too. We are in Sarasota near University/Tuttle and sell by appointment.

Our Coconut Cream and Lemon zest Mangos were fantastic this year. CC was probably the best.

Also good this year we're our Valencia Pride, Fruit punch, PPK, and NDM

Ice Cream an Dot had some fruits which were great and others which had a bit of an off putting taste.

Our Cogshall fruit had a very off taste this year. One of my daughters thought it tasted like the fluoride varnish the dentist put on her teeth once.

We still have some Lemon Zest, Ice Cream, and Sweet tart mangos on the trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not an Ice Cream banana?
« on: August 10, 2017, 10:07:22 AM »
Looks 100% like namwa, not blue java. Lucky you--blue java is a great banana, but namwa is a thousand times better.

That is where tastes are subjective.   I would rather have a perfectly ripe Blue Java over a perfectly ripe Namwa.

I agree! My youngest daughter won't even eat Namwa now after tasting many of the bananas we grow - she says they are boring.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not an Ice Cream banana?
« on: August 09, 2017, 06:56:03 PM »
If you ever want the real Blue Java, we are growing it in Sarasota. I find the fruit of Namwa is better for a longer period of time - keeps a nice texture. Blue Java has great, white, fluffy fruit when eaten at just the right time, but can get mushy when over ripe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting inga
« on: July 19, 2017, 07:41:54 AM »
My husband grafted an Inga vulpina scion (from Oscar) onto a two year old Inga vera seeking tree. Graft took and is growing well. It's certainly worth trying.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best dwarf banana varieties
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:38:53 PM »
That is exactly what I am hearing as far as size of both Rob!  And what you said about Praying hands, I have heard and read that also.  It seems to be a bit of a pain to separate the fruit cleanly unless you know otherwise. A very cool specimen to have in the yard, that is for sure.  I am literally amazed with the fruit quality of Nam Wah in a smoothie, I just can't see another banana beating it. I made sure to get two different sources of Blue Java, just in case.

Praying Hands separates quite easily for us. It is one of our favorite tasting bananas along with other in the Saba subgroup.  It definitely not dwarf. Our other favorites are in the Maoli-Popoulu subgroup.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best dwarf banana varieties
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:33:36 PM »

I think people abuse the word dwarf.  Just cause it has dwarf doesn't mean its going to stay small, its all relative.  Yes, the dwarf Namwa can get to 10 feet with no problem but compared to its taller non-dwarf which can exceed 15 feet, its a "dwarf".  The same goes for the Reds.

As to Agristarts and tissue culture mixups, I have only seen the problem with Ice Cream and Dwarf Namwa (which after the hiatus in producing the Ice Cream, problem is supposedly fixed).  Other mixups could be nursery driven...

I have never had any of my dwarf bananas sport tall or grow over 6' or so. However, I have seen many tissue cultured dwarf namwas grow tall with a smaller psuedostem - very different growth pattern than dwarf namwas which are propagated by pups. The dwarves have psuedostems with a larger diameter. Agristarts Goldfinger is another known issue a few years ago. People now refer to that as American Goldfinger. Red Iholena is another one which swemed to have sported with the batch 18-24 months ago.

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