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Thatís awesome :)

There have been a couple of finger lime crosses here. Finger limes are ok, but I think some of the crosses are/will be next level. Donít think any of them involved key lime, yours look very different.

Hereís some info

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How good does Carambola taste?
« on: October 15, 2018, 02:41:30 AM »
Good enough for me to plant one, but not good enough for me to plant two haha. I like it cut up and put in a water infuser thing I occasionally use.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tamarind in CA?
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:37:21 AM »
I would have thought it would do fine. In the past hey were used as street trees here, many are still around. No water and they fruit well.

I used to work for the AG dept. in the pest prevention program. There are occasional rare individual fruit flies caught in the traps put out, for example back in 1984 my co-worker caught a Queensland fruit fly in San Diego.

You reeeeeeeeeaaaally donít want them! I wouldnít get a single guava/peach/any other soft fruit without bagging.

I had both face a -3C (26F) morning here this year and established trees survived ok but were damaged. Small/newly planted mangos were killed and I lost all mango and most avo flowers. Anything that was protected was fine, I should have been prepared and done more of it. If my trees were older and my orchard less open, I think they would have been ok (as evidenced by others in my area).

That temp is a once in a decade (really more) type thing that only lasted about 2 hours. The day was still warm (24C/75F). We normally donít get below 0C (32F) here.

If it was a yearly occurance, and especially if it was more than once a year, I donít think I would continue to grow the frost sensitive trees bar a few favourites that would get long term protection.

Do they eat macadamia? I know rats donít really but no squirrels here. I imagine they would have a go.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I am taking out my citrus trees in Miami.
« on: September 26, 2018, 02:56:16 AM »
I donít know a lot about greening but do not all citrus get it? Mandarins less so?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The guessing game.
« on: September 25, 2018, 04:07:23 PM »
I would also have said PM. Hilary white is a sport of pinks mammoth. Not familiar with the other types. To be different Iíll say Hilary white even though it is usually more even than PM :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cheap banana brace ideas?
« on: September 24, 2018, 07:48:47 PM »
I just cut and keep forked branches when clearing. Work well  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Medium Height Banana Plants
« on: September 24, 2018, 07:29:32 PM »
I grow namwah, blue java, ducasse, red dacca and pacific plantain.

Of those namwah is the most cold tolerant. Blue java consistently out produces it though many people state the opposite for elsewhere. Blue java is only 10ft here. Namwah is only about 8, Rob is growing some big namwah!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: plucking sapodillas
« on: September 16, 2018, 04:23:36 PM »
Cool. I have seen the milk bottle pickers too.

Love the sapodilla on the verge :) Mangos ended up on mine.

I have often wondered, how big is your property Mike?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Erdon Lee Lychee Availability in Australia
« on: September 09, 2018, 06:22:43 AM »
I reckon so.

I got an Erdon Lee.. Lychees do well here so will make space for it :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starapples in the park
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:51:43 PM »
No FF in starapples in QLD

Great to hear :) I had avoided them thinking there were prone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starapples in the park
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:33:13 PM »
Look great Mike.

Do star apples cop it from fruit fly?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Erdon Lee Lychee Availability in Australia
« on: September 08, 2018, 04:40:23 PM »
Ulfr do you know much about the quality of fruit that Red Ball produces? I believe they get to a reasonable size as well

I have heard it is good but yet to try them for myself. It was an impulse purchase when the first lot were released.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Erdon Lee Lychee Availability in Australia
« on: September 08, 2018, 04:57:55 AM »
Ulfr, what nursery did you see them in?
Iíve tried them before and they tasted amazing!!

They had a few, would be from Fitzroy. Considering going back tomorrow but there is enough for both of us They wanted less than daleys was recently selling them for, but still pricey.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Erdon Lee Lychee Availability in Australia
« on: September 08, 2018, 02:19:22 AM »
These have been available for a few months now and saw one in a general nursery for the first time today. Tempting but donít think I can justify the room for a third lychee (others are red ball and wai chee). Anyone able to comment on flavour?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Salathiel, confirmation of the variety
« on: September 07, 2018, 04:39:53 PM »
Looks interesting Jose, Iíll let Mike respond because I donít know enough to confirm.

Just for interest keep an eye out for some emerging varieties that are in Australia.

I have red ball here. Do you know anything about it Mike? I only know the general description you see around.

The coin used is 31.65mm (1.246 inches) diameter for those interested.

Edit: saw a erdon lee at the nursery today. Tempting, but donít think I can justify the space for a third lychee. They are just bigger right?

Really cool to see :) thanks.

What are the spacings they use?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Quickest producers from seed?
« on: August 18, 2018, 06:18:58 PM »
Jackfruit is quick too. Mine are flowering at 3 years and thatís with cutting back every year.

Edit: maybe not in your climate. Mulberry for sure.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lyndall Canistel
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:57:26 PM »
Great review Rob :)

Might be a contender for my future multi graft here.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Macadamia tree ?
« on: August 14, 2018, 12:36:54 AM »
Not sure there are any real dwarf macadamias. A16 is a popular smaller cultivar here (there are a few others).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Who grow Durian in South Florida?
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:04:55 PM »
That looks a lot like a jackfruit/other Artocarpus  ???

The good news is you have a much better chance with it :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marang in California or Florida
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:00:48 PM »
While the temps can vary from year to year, month to month, I'm looking at the yearly average and it appears the temps are very close w the exception of precipitation. Our average for July is 88/65 this year it been extremely warm our High/low 94/70.

Hi JF.
Gold Coast (where Rob actually lives) is a different climate to Brisbane. Change your location Rob  :P

If you look them up you will see that Brisbane is actually hotter on average for both lows and highs. How those averages happen though is very different as the coast here is much more stable (like most places). That cold event that Rob mentioned, while unusual, went below 0C (32F) here (just outside Bris) and I had ice in the ground in open areas. It would have killed a marang. In fact it killed one of my grafted jacks and a small mango that were too small to take it :( I am kicking myself for not protecting them more, it was unexpected.

Looking up La Habra, it is colder than Gold Coast and Brisbane, but if itís a very stable 10b like GC than you would at least have a better chance than me! I wonder how the minimums compare as that would be a better comparison.

Would be keen to hear how the experiment goes :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mango varieties for high rainfall
« on: August 07, 2018, 08:08:10 AM »
The KP anomaly cannot easily be explained and neither can the fact that Floridian mangoes like keitt, kent and a whole lot of others are held in such low regard in Australia are very rarely sold commercially.and taste poor to most consumers.KP is held in high regard in SE Asia where they are exported to and premium prices are paid yet in the US they are considered inferior even to NMD and Maha Chanok.This has been discussed many times on the forum without resolution.

Yeah Iíve never really got that. I figured that the Florida varieties must have just been that much better. Having now eaten an assortment of the older Florida varieties (Keit, Kent, Palmer etc) I too prefer KP. Climate or part of being brought up on them? I am keen to try some of the newer next level/Zill mangos when they start producing here.

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