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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Successful Fruit Growers in Vegas?
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:55:26 AM »
Looking at some land in Henderson, and curious if anyone is having success with tropical fruits there, and if so, what?
Showing as a 9b, but also seeing reports of occasional snow.  So, I'm a little confused.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Miami - Need a temporary tree arrangement
« on: June 21, 2017, 01:56:41 AM »
Title pretty much says it.

I have about 50+ potted trees that I need to store on someone's property for a month or two while we get moved.  I have nowhere to put them, and cannot leave them where I am any longer.

I want to do this locally, so Homestead (preferably) or somewhere in South Miami.

I don't mind paying a reasonable amount for this favor, or letting you take all the scions, fruit and seeds you like--or both.

But I need to make this happen and fast. Very fast.

Thanks to my forum family for any assistance on this matter.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / UF Best
« on: May 29, 2017, 12:42:52 PM »
I can't say enough good things about this peach.

UF outdid themselves on this creation.

As I stated in another thread, I put the quality of flavor and texture of this guy in the neighborhood of Zaiger interspecifics.

I'm thoroughly impressed, and I don't often get that with a fruit.

By the way, my fruits have been left uncovered/unprotected, and not a single pest touching them.

Only disadvantage is it is clingstone, but worth every bite.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Teen Mangos
« on: April 28, 2017, 06:43:03 PM »
or, Mangosteen.   Whichever you want to call them.  :P

Anyhow, I found this ping pong ball floating in the tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Wonderful Halos
« on: April 10, 2017, 12:17:43 PM »
Anyone know what actual variety of citrus Wonderful is distributing?

They are labeled as Wonderful Halos Mandarins.  Seedless, sweet and easy peel.

Not sure if the variety is simply "Halos" or something else.

They are, actually, really good.  I was impressed by them, and they have flavor of some of my better varieties but without the seeds.

Wondering if this is a tree we can acquire, or if this is exclusive to the Wonderful company.  :)

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Miami / Homestead Nurseries
« on: April 10, 2017, 12:14:14 PM »
Can anyone tell me which nurseries in Miami/Homestead are carrying the Tropic line of Peaches/Nectarines on FGRS?

I have been everywhere I can think of down here and no one is carrying them, or completely out.

I think some farmers are buying them all up due to the citrus losses.  Haven't seen any HD or Lowe's carrying them either.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona IDs
« on: March 27, 2017, 12:04:02 AM »
Who wants to give it a shot?

Lots of seeds available btw.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Identification - Tropical 5-Lobed
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:14:22 PM »
Ok, found a random and odd seed on the ground in Homestead last year.   A year later, it's nearly 36 inches in a pot and became this 5-lobed leaf plant.  Looks similar to an umbrella plant, but isn't.  Can't seem to get a positive ID, but it is fast growing and I've seen larger versions floating around.

Any ideas?  Probably something quite simple.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Excalibur Visit - Finally
« on: December 09, 2016, 09:51:28 AM »
I am finally getting the time to visit Excalibur today.

I was told before that someone there would give me a tour of this lovely place.

I'm going to spend some $$.  ;)

Who should I ask for?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Double Sigh ;(
« on: May 15, 2015, 04:03:22 AM »
"Amber"osia alert with a side of "Ut oh."

The trained eyes will know what is going on here.

Anyone find a way to save a tree once at this stage?

First time I've seen this species attacked in this fashion.  Grr.

I usually throw a tree away at the first sign, but would rather not this one if I can help it.  Ideas?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / The Official "Blueberry Tree" thread.
« on: April 18, 2015, 06:03:19 PM »
Per the other blueberry discussion threads we've had, I have determined to begin a write up on a one of a kind highbush blueberry that grows prolifically in the deep south, and does so with very dense, and tall trunks.

I will consolidate the primary details here and update the thread accordingly during a full season from flowering to fruition.  Meanwhile, I will be air layering some branches to begin the propagation process.

Those who may not yet know, this variety was a southern private family-grown heirloom for a couple centuries and never released to the public.  This is the only known one remaining in existence, and it is our collective goal here to remedy that.

As time progresses, I will monitor every detail of this blueberry, and those who are interested, I'll be making new plants available.  In addition, we will come up with a common name for us to use in the trade.


Hardiness Growing Zones & Participants in the Blueberry "Tree" Project:

Many growing zone slots available.  Looking for more interested in trying this out.


8a:  Droshi
8b:  Isaac-1
9a:  Tropicalnut
9b:  Starch; SocalKoop; Tropheus76; ClayMango
10a:  Fyliu; JonathonForester; cfinley; barath
10b:  Gunnar429; Grandmotherbear
11b:  From the sea
12a:  Hydro


13a:  Caesar

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Ambrosia Beetle Attack. :(
« on: April 09, 2015, 04:32:41 AM »
Looks like one of my Tomcot Apricots are covered at the graft region with the hollowed cores.

Healthy branches lost leaves and died back already.  Would've been easily missed if I hadn't noticed the protruding burrows.  Guessing I have to remove this.specimen completely as there doesn't seem to be a cure.

Anyone else faced this monster?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Odd disease/pest/fungus on fruit tree
« on: April 07, 2015, 01:57:47 PM »
Ok, I have an Anna Apple that has been covered this year in tiny orange-red dots from the rootstock to the highest twig.

I've never seen this.  Looks like some tiny version of rust, but not rust.

Some of the branches are dying back.  It flowered heavier this year than I've ever seen, and dropped 100% of its fruit.

I think it is toast, but need to know if this is contagious and if I should quickly dispose of it?

By the way, black two-stabbed lady beetles (Chilocorus) have been feeding on the orange dots.


Ok, so some of my Indian friends have discovered my fruit orchard and insist I grow for them the "Raz Jamun," a.k.a. the Sweet Jambolan.

I honestly know nothing about this fruit and never even tried one.

They explained to me that there are astringent varieties and sweet ones.

The one they want me to grow is larger and sweet.  Appears black/purple with a dimple.

First of all, I want to know which one is the best variety.  Then if someone knows, the tolerances, pollination requirements, hardiness and most importantly, where to find one?

I understand their roots can be destructive, so I plan to grow it where they can't be.  Are they able to be kept smaller with vigorous pruning without reducing crops?

Thanks for the advice!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Identify the Unknown
« on: March 31, 2015, 02:01:28 PM »
Sorry, no pics, but wait, there's more.  Don't leave yet!

Long ago before the time of digital cameras in our pockets, there was this bush growing near Wrights Ferry Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.

Every year it produced giant round fruit that looked like Breadfruit.  I have no clue whether or not it was edible and never tried one.  However, the local hillbillies gave it assorted names like "the pineapple tree," "hillbilly handgrenade fruit," "prickly pawpaw," etc.

It is obviously not breadfruit since the leaves were small and they get snow there.  It is obviously cold tolerant.

The bush was cut down many years ago.  Wasn't any more than 8' height.

Really wish I knew what it was.  I only have childhood memories of it.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Steps to securing fruit Patent
« on: March 13, 2015, 07:25:42 PM »
Ok, so we've established that the Heirloom highbush blueberry variety I have may be one of a kind--and also seems to be what many people want--especially in Florida where highbush has its issues.

I am willing to start air layering this for all of you, but I want to protect it.

I don't really know the steps involved in doing so, and hopefully you can help me patent it properly and honor the name of the man who saved it from death after WW2.

I want to give the variety a name and make sure it is secured.  Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Self Watering Container
« on: March 10, 2015, 02:30:44 AM »
So I am curious if anyone has used the SWC pots showing up everywhere?

Will this work for our tropicals?

Since drainage is so important, I'm a bit concerned about how it works.

Citrus General Discussion / Cold tolerant lime
« on: March 08, 2015, 04:25:23 PM »
So, I am looking for a cold tolerant lime variety that can handle the short dips to 25f we occasionally get.

My mangos even did well, and only got some pan dmg, but 2 yrs in a row I lost lime.  Persian lime and key lime bit the dust.

These guys must be super cold sensitive.

Let me know if there is a lime with better cold tolerance--other than a limequat, which i already have.

If there isn't one, then looks like my orchard has a new position available... and will need an alternate arrangement for that spot   ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grewia asiatica 'Sherbet Berry'
« on: March 07, 2015, 04:31:23 AM »
Ok folks.  My nursery got this oddity in.  I know zero about it, so of course I quickly snatched it up.

Based on what I read, it is also called a Phalsa Berry and apparently has great health qualities from eating it.

Can anyone tell me about this tree and the best route for caring for it?  Almost looks like a grape... tree.  Looking forward to seeing what it does.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Apples going crazy
« on: March 05, 2015, 12:48:12 AM »
Sometimes a tough winter is good.  The anna apples apparently got more chill hours than they're used to.

One of my Anna is sporting 32 branches of solid blooms this year!

I'm going to go out on a limb here (not literally), and say it looks like fruit has set and a harvest is underway.  Bases are all swelling.

The ein shemers and golden dorsetts have only made leaves thus far though.  The fuji and granny smiths still look dormant.  Starting to wonder if I shouldn't have gone all Anna, lol.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Citrus Leaves - White ... stuff?
« on: March 04, 2015, 07:09:27 PM »
Need help identifying this white stuff.

I installed citrus on my mother's property awhile back, and she sent me these photos wanting to know what this white stuff is.  No, it's not a web.  It is a Rio Red Grapefruit tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Potting the Tropicals
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:22:36 PM »
Ok, I have ordered some fruit trees to grow near the front of my office in pots.

I'd like to know the most ideal way to set them up in potted scenarios since I'm accustomed to putting my plants in the ground.  I plan to keep them under 12'.

I have a Mango NDM, Avocado mex, indian almond, and a carambola k.

I would like to know the best size and type of pots, soil mixtures and fertilizers that should be used here.  As well as when ferts should be applied.

I need the pots to be lightweight as possible since these will get moved in and out of the office everyday.

The trees will be destined to stay in the pots permanently and I already grow the varieties in my orchard (except gor the indian almond--which ive never grown), so I'm not concerned with future in ground needs.  Just the perfect, ongoing potted arrangement.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Non-fruiting Loquat
« on: February 23, 2015, 06:06:01 AM »
Ok, so my Wolfe has been in the ground for a few years now.

This beautiful evergreen is bountiful.  Hot and humid summer, cold snaps in winter, sandy soils, floods, aphids, etc.  Nothing phased it.
The guy is growing 6+ feet per year, and is perfectly symmetrical in branching without having ever been touched by a pruning.  Stands about 16' as of now.

Problem is, it makes no flowers for fruit.

Are loquats supposed to be topped to force fruiting like some other trees?  I understand a seed grown loquat takes 10 years or better, but this is the Wolfe variety, so I would assume it was grafted to a rootstock and should have fruited by now.

It is a beautiful tree.  I don't want to cut him unless I got to.

Please advise.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Elberta Peach Rootstock
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:51:46 AM »
Ok, about 20 years ago there were four Elberta Peaches planted on this property before I later turned it into a fruit orchard.

The lawn googans in times past weedeated around the bases of them and three ultimately died, and one carried on--albiet from the base.

I started taking care of this giant 20' wild bush, and with proper pruning and maintenance, turned it into a nice looking 15' tree with a rounded canopy.

Last year it produced tons of flowers and peach-like fruits that never got any larger than a nut before falling off.  This spring, little seedlings popped up all over the property.

Wanting to give this beast a second chance, I watched it more carefully this year, taking note of all of the fruits.  I have come to realize that this Elberta Peach is no longer a peach at all, but rather an Almond Tree.

I am assuming the Rootstock is what was saved and therefore an almond tree was used to grow the Elberta Peaach.

Question is, what rootstock?  Would have been used on Elberta Peaches 20 years ago.  I am curious for one, if they are edible?  If not, I wonder if this vigorous tree could be used to add a ton of scions to and order to grow a mix of peach and nectarine varieties I'd otherwise not have room for.  If so, then, well, we have an almond tree--which is welcomed I suppose (except for the seedlings spouting everywhere).

Thanks in advance!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango, Avocado and Papaya Seedlings!
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:48:05 AM »
Decided to take some photos of my up and coming seedlings.

The mangos are store bought varieties--so unsure what they came from and don't really care.  They might be from Kietts since that is what the fruit resembled. I ultimately just want them for the plants.  The first is untopped and the second one was pinched at 6 inches and is going bushy.

The sproutlings are my annual papaya babies from my mother tree.  Maybe 3 will survive from that cluster.

The avocado, pinched at 8 inches, has finally popped it's recovery bud and is getting ready to branch.


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