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I think it will be just find.  You could always put tree wound on it.  I'd let the nursery know and see what they say.  At least you will have informed them right away in case things do go south down the road.  But I agree with Simon, the tree looks healthy and should recover on its own.  It's a nice looking tree by-the-way.  Good luck.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia madronos finally blooming
« on: June 04, 2020, 07:55:45 AM »
Blooms have not opened just yet.  As for setting fruit?  According to Dr. Doom himself, Brandon  :'(, it is unlikely there will be any fruit set this first year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia madronos finally blooming
« on: June 03, 2020, 06:36:43 PM »
madronos are round and bright yellow with prickly skin.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia madronos finally blooming
« on: May 29, 2020, 09:54:28 AM »
12-13 feet tall.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia madronos finally blooming
« on: May 28, 2020, 04:05:35 PM »
Damn Brandon!  Stomp on my dreams man!!  LOL!  Plant is at least 13.  It's planted directly into the ground inside the greenhouse.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia madronos finally blooming
« on: May 28, 2020, 09:43:16 AM »
It's been a long wait, but it's finally happening.  Spotted many more of these buds on several branches.  Pretty excited!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please Help Me Plant my Mangosteen
« on: May 15, 2020, 08:37:10 AM »
Needs acidic soil...low PH.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Garcinia Mangostana
« on: May 06, 2020, 06:36:11 PM »
Mangosteen has been grafted on other garcinias, but they have not done well long term.  The countries that grow and graft them, do so on mangosteen rootstock for better success.  This doesn't mean that you shouldn't take the chance though.

If I were to do this all over again, I would keep some seedlings to grow out and have some separate ones to attempt your grafts.  You might just find that the seedling won the race after all.  Hawaiian Tropicals have nice sized seedlings and these would be a good place to start.  These would also give you several years head start over growing your own from seed.  You can order scions from Oscar I'm sure once you mastered keeping the seedlings alive.  Anyways...just my two cents.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mangosteen
« on: April 28, 2020, 05:58:55 PM »
There is a guy in Naples that has an in-ground durian that is flowering.  You can probably do mangosteen.  There is a lady in Miami that has a fruiting mangosteen and pulasan.  Never count yourself out.  Push it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best Garcinia?
« on: April 06, 2020, 07:13:52 PM »
Gamboge is very tart.  Achachairu is awesome.  Bacupari is a name used to describe many fruits in South America.  Achachairu is probably available from many sources by now, but will take a long time to fruit in a greenhouse.

Pellet to the nads should slow down their poaching.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pedalai flower after 6 years
« on: March 27, 2020, 12:08:28 PM »
That's pretty awesome!  What part of Thailand are you in?

Best tool is still a grafting knife.  Most of those "tools" are marketing hype and fall well short of doing the job you want.  You will never see the top grafters from any country use anything other than a grafting knife...some may use razor blade.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Some Mangosteens cant take the heat
« on: November 03, 2019, 01:03:02 PM »
Still a damn fine looking tree!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit- Bangkok Lemon Seedling
« on: September 21, 2019, 08:01:43 PM »
I've been to your don't have to "try" to grow anything!  Always a great job!

I have several extra figs for sale.  All were grown from cuttings this year and most are already producing figs.  These are 3 of the best and most sought after figs and smaller plants are going for over $100+ online at Figbid and such.

I-258:  $75

Smith:  $75

Col de Dam Blanc:  $50 - $65

Surinam Cherry seedlings:  $10

Sour Tamarind:  $15

Passion Fruit:  $5 - $10

White Sapote:  $15
Recently grafted and pushing new growth.  Varieties include:  Selk, Redlands, Suebelle, Santa Cruz

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Greenhouse Cherimoya needs taming
« on: September 13, 2019, 08:07:57 AM »
This is one of the largest trees in the greenhouse and has certainly become a project.  Probably around 8 years old or more.  4 varieties grafted onto it...Pierce, Honey Hart, Mcpherson, Behl.  The tree is a poster child for fertilizing with too much nitrogen...crazy non-stop growth, very little fruiting, usually small fruit that drop early.  Was a real challenge getting to blooms in the upper canopy when I could find them in all of the foliage.  So I decided to knock it back to a more manageable height.  This will allow more sun to hit other plants as well.  I started off with close to 30 fruit developing and ended with a dismal 6...2 small ones have already dropped.  In my zeal to lop off branches, I unfortunately cut one that still had a big Honey Hart hanging on.  These last 4 have been the biggest fruit to date.  Still 3 on the tree.  Any further nitrogen given will be in ultra low amounts.  Hopefully will make a difference next year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget won't give up
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:24:11 PM »
gnappi...funny you mention that.  I noticed that every time I cleared a spot in the greenhouse to plant something, I normally ran into feeder roots from the jack...didn't matter how far from it I was!  Nothing serious though so far.  I'll start to worry if I see my basement walls start to buckle!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget won't give up
« on: August 21, 2019, 07:06:20 PM »
Yes...all my stuff is in a greenhouse here with most being planted directly into the ground.

This is a current pic.  Difficult to get a clear, straight on shot due to the madronos and cherimoya close by.  Might be 5+ feet diameter.  I keep it pruned in order to get the branches to strengthen up as much as possible since I don't have any wind inside there to help with that.  The Jack Frost has been sending out male blooms but the Cristela is clearly outgrowing the JF.  Before being cut down, the Gold Nugget was very large as you can see by the size of the trunk in the first pic.  It was always at the height of the GH in back at 13+ feet.  It was my bad not doing the proper research on this variety and not paying attention to the flesh characteristics.  Not a complete waste of time since it's given me one hell-of-a rootstock to push the new varieties.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget won't give up
« on: August 21, 2019, 04:24:49 PM »
The fruit tasted sweet and fine.  However, Gold Nugget is a soft fleshed variety and the "mouth feel"/texture was just off-putting.  My wife said she would never eat it again and I really couldn't blame her.  It is also a piss-poor performer.  This is the first time it has fruited since 2014.  I've heard others complain about this as well.  So I cut it down except for a few low branches that I grafted onto.  Cristela and an orange-fleshed variety that was from a seedling tree of Brandon...which we've name Jack Frost.  Both crunchy flesh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Gold Nugget won't give up
« on: August 21, 2019, 02:57:49 PM »
I cut this tree down few years ago and grafted a couple better varieties onto it, yet the original plant throw out a couple fruit.  Starting to get a little size to them.  Maybe snow will be coming down by the time they are ready!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / New shirts have arrived
« on: August 17, 2019, 01:55:16 PM »
New colors and complete sizes.
Here are a few:


Rambutan found here in our Asian markets are usually pretty fresh and good.  Unfortunately, the ones found in our local grocery stores are normally black or nearly black to the point where you can barely see it was once red.  No one is going to pick up a package of black fruit to try for the first time.  Sad.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:14:00 AM »
Just recently received a bunch of Young's in the mail and they are just marginally better than what we can get from the grocery store.

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