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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.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best dwarf banana varieties
« on: July 18, 2017, 07:39:31 AM »
The dwarf Bananas we have which do well are Raja Puri (dessert banana), Dwarf Orinoco (cooking banana or eaten really ripe out of hand), Dwarf Red (delicious dessert banana, but ours take 18-24 months to fruit), dwarf Namwa (dessert banana). With all of these, if you buy a tissue culture plant, don't expect a guarantee it will be dwarf or even the correct plant. There have been mix ups with tissue cultures - whether mixing up germplasm or mutations during propagation. Ours are all around 6'. The dwarf red and dwarf Namwa seem the most notorious for growing tall after tissue culturing. Our original plant material was pups from friends. Raja Puri tissue cultured plants have been mislabeled in the past, but maybe the issue has been corrected.

Thank you!

I am driving my daughter to the Palm Beach area to go diving Wednesday and would like to pick up some fruit and possibly some wholesale mango trees while I am over there. Any suggestions of places to visit and if an appointment is necessary?

Do you have a nursery or landscape license?

I am driving my daughter to the Palm Beach area to go diving Wednesday and would like to pick up some fruit and possibly some wholesale mango trees while I am over there. Any suggestions of places to visit and if an appointment is necessary?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana Identification
« on: May 19, 2017, 07:06:52 PM »
Bottom and top right ripe ones look like burro/dwarf Orinoco to me.. To the left of those, maybe Raja Puri. Did Rane list any of the possible varieties? You could email him a picture and he might be able to help more, knowing what he harvested.

Manatee Rare Fruit Council will be holding its annual Rare Fruit Tree Sale on Sunday, May 21st from 10am-4pm.
Same location - Bradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221.
There will be around 20 vendors again this year.

We plan to bring some Dream cherimoya, jackfruit, mangos, several species of Inga (ice cream bean), bananas, passion fruit, mamey, caimito, spineless naranjilla, green sapote, and some other stuff.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 'Sweet Song' Lychee
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:37:00 AM »
Wayne Clifton -  He will also be at the Sarasota rare fruit growers plant sale coming up. 

The tree sale where Wayne (and many other fruit tree vendors) will be is the Manatee Rare Fruit Council tree sale on Sunday May 21st. More info at

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Multiple rootstock grafting
« on: April 13, 2017, 09:43:38 PM »
My husband does a lot of in-arch grafting of multiple seedling rootstocks on his grafted jackfruit trees. It seems to help push the growth of the trees.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Three Ingas
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:08:56 AM »
Great photo. Thanks for posting Oscar!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Three Ingas
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:08:23 AM »
So which of the three taste the best and sweetest? Thanks for post

Out of the ones I have tasted, Inga edulis is my favorite. The pods are super long and the pulp is very moist and sweet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can I grow Inga Edulis in South Florida
« on: January 29, 2017, 10:15:31 AM »
I have yet to see anyone with a mature fruiting Inga edulis in FL - but several other Inga species mislabeled as such. I have some small seedlings of Inga edulis that have done fine so far without protection.

I have Natural Mystic and Purple Haze (as well as other magenta flesh varieties) in Sarasota.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question about effects of miracle fruit
« on: January 22, 2017, 08:55:51 AM »
If you are looking to reduce cane sugar intake and currently use sugar in smoothies, juices, or on fruit, it is a wonderful plant to have. I have a miracle fruit before my smoothies and before eating berries because they taste so much better afterwards. The best is making lemonade without any sugar - just fresh lemon juice and water. It tastes just like sugar filled lemon aid after one miracle fruit. I now make all my fruit juices without sugar - guanábana, mora, naranjilla.
They are easy to grow in a pot with peat moss and a little sand. Just water with rain water. I keep a shallow pan of water under mine. I add coffee grounds and compost from time to time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango flowers before xmas?!
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:06:24 PM »
A lot of ours are blooming here in Sarasota. Last year, I think ours started  blooming late January or early february.

We just picked some Passiflora edulis up from Fruitscapes last weekend. We have several varieties growing here too.

I had babaco growing well for about 6 months and then it died. Both Babaco and Tamarillo have done great until July and then both died. If I were to try them again, I would have them in the shade. The Tamarillo fruited but died before they ripened. The Babaco flowered, but then died.

We have fruit trees available in north Sarasota (ripe passion fruit too). We are free tomorrow (Sunday) if you would like to stop by.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passion fruit in Florida?
« on: July 16, 2016, 08:58:35 PM »
I have a small amount available in north Sarasota. You can send me a PM or email if interested.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Dwarf Namwah banana
« on: July 07, 2016, 07:24:20 AM »
I only have one small dwarf namwa (plenty of the taller ones). Once mine pups you are welcome to have one.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Inga Edulis seeds...
« on: July 05, 2016, 02:55:02 AM »
The seeds I purchased from you earlier are doing great. All germinated and are growing very well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Avocado Choice For SW Florida
« on: June 20, 2016, 07:28:25 PM »
Anyone familiar with Jose Antonio?

Heard the workers at the USDA down the road from Fairchild eat this before all others at the germ plasm repository.
The fruit is wonderful! Probably the best avocado I have tasted, but I have not tasted a wide variety of cultivars.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana tree question
« on: June 15, 2016, 03:00:44 PM »
The shortest ones we grow are dwarf red (nicest looking, slower to fruit), Raja Puri (very prolific), Dwarf Orincoco (great multiuse banana - can be cooked green, yellow, or eaten out of hand when very ripe). Dwarf namwa is another great banana, but I suggest getting that one from another member as many dwarfs that came from tissue culture end up as taller namwa.

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