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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with avocado tree pest
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:01:05 PM »
The weevils seem to key in on stressed plants and will eat most anything, Lychee, mango, longan seem more vulnerable. If there is enough around they like to eat the damage is cosmetic and most trees recover or struggle on.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Problem with my soursop
« on: May 18, 2019, 08:56:27 PM »
  It looks like mealy bug .
Yes, mealy bug very common on soursop and usually they are being farmed by ants.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Unusual crested pineapple
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:36:45 PM »
This pineapple was grown from a grocery store top I believe it is an ordinary Dole Gold variety.
If my count is correct there are 12 individual rosettes on top of this fruit.
I'm not sure if it happened from a curse, nuclear radiation or alien influence but it sure is strange.


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I have the same problem with a sweetheart
Only my tree hasn't flushed in 2 1/2 years?
I cut 10 mangos off it the past 2 years so it would grow and it's not even 3 feet
and won't flush??? I would guess your two trees are developing roots now?
That sounds very suspicious. I have 10 of this variety (Sweet Tart) and they are among the more vigorous upright growers, as mentioned previously by others.
One year has seen 4-5 flushes and growth above 4 feet from a 3 gallon. Tall enough I harvested scions. Maybe there is a defect in the root system?
 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chokanan Mango Queries
« on: May 15, 2019, 07:39:54 PM »
I enjoy the flavor of Choc Anon. Very slight fiber allows it to fall from the tree dead ripe without damage. The taste is mild and sweet but has a pleasant something about it but when many other mangoes are coming on the difference in taste is nice. If I had one to choose from Choc Anon wouldn't be my first I would choose Carrie then the citrus flavored types, then maybe a Choc Anon.

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Thai eggplant id
« on: May 13, 2019, 06:18:34 AM »
I have come to love eggplant more and more. The taste is partly varietal but is strongly influenced by growing condition and ripeness.
They always bet more bitter with age and unless you enjoy that are better young.
The small fruited types usually bear in clusters compared to the larger fruited types. Very reliable and productive is Ping Tung, a long variety. Some of the Japanese varieties are extremely productive when grown well.
The Indian varieties are very tasty to me. If you haven't tried eggplant baked cut in half lengthwise brush with oil and seasoned salt then slow bake.
https://www.seedsofindia.com/category/Eggplant-19

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu question
« on: May 11, 2019, 10:11:11 PM »
Hey guys

Has anyone ever had a single achachairu seed (or any garcinia for that matter) push two main shoots before? This was definitely a single seed but it has two plants emerging.


microsoft backgammon

I had several do that too. I left them together so far the past 9 months.

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This vine wants to grow to a 2-4" trunk diameter so if you want to see it's potential put in ground with sufficient space above. I have 3 large pine trees which have 3 vines each and get hundreds of fruit.
I also suggest planting several plants known to attract bumblebees as pollinators. This plant has worked well for me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoUWjRdlTjQ

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: red mombin not leafing out
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:09:27 PM »
BTW, I recently took a picture of a Red Mombin variety of exceptional size, about twice as big as the average fruit. It also has an nipple shaped appendage. Jocote de pezón.



Those look about the average size to me. Do they get much larger than that? Any pics of the fully ripe fruit?
These are very young, only 1/2 full. Once ripe and full they are about twice. I'll get back with a picture when they are ready.

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Good opportunity for practice grafts. Those volunteers are usually well rooted and normally get wasted.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: red mombin not leafing out
« on: May 09, 2019, 07:35:38 AM »
BTW, I recently took a picture of a Red Mombin variety of exceptional size, about twice as big as the average fruit. It also has an nipple shaped appendage. Jocote de pezón.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola not setting fruit
« on: May 08, 2019, 07:56:07 AM »
I have a 3 foot carambola that had quite healthy.  Bought it as a self fruitful plant and it has flowered every spring and fall with tons of flowers, but no fruit.  Any suggestions?
It sounds like the tree is more than two years old yet is only at 3 feet. That is fairly slow has it spent much time in a pot?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: red mombin not leafing out
« on: May 07, 2019, 07:07:17 PM »
Put that tree in the ground. It is deciduous and normally sheds leaves in dry season then flowers, fruits, and then leafs out.
It is native to southern Mexico and south and is used to a dry winter season then a rainy season in summer. If you give it a chance it is very tough tree usually planted by sticking whole branch cuttings up to 2" in diameter in the ground. You don't have to baby this tree I planted a 2" cutting six feet long 18" into the ground and it grew. I've seen it do that many times, whole rows of them.

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Become acclimated and dress with evaporative clothing, take breaks for cooling and hydration this chart helps monitor hydration.

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I believe there are bananas that will grow outdoors in zone 8 if you cut them back and cover them in winter. I’m pretty sure I’ve read about people doing this.

Rot is a big problem keeping them in ground over winter. I'm on a Facebook banana forum and see many trying but usually have to start over with just suckers surviving. If you try in these marginal climates maybe covering the whole root zone to keep them very dry might help. Basjo does well I got fruit in zone 6 but frost eventually killed the inedible bunch.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamey criollo
« on: May 02, 2019, 05:55:43 PM »
What is  Mamey criollo?

Criollo or corriente means seedlings
I asked a Cuban friend and he said the word Criollo generally means something or someone native born in Cuba(Mamey is the national fruit.), so in this case it is just a native unnamed variety from a seedling. Growing Mamey is an exercise in patience, if you could get a grafted tree it would be faster to fruit you may wait 7 years or more for a seedling to bear. That may be your only option overseas.

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The wood vineagar has been analyzed and found to be:
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The principal components of pyroligneous acid are acetic acid, acetone and methanol.

Minor but not inconsequential are levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAH) mainly in the heavy tars which could be a health concern.

I think open burning might release the PAH to atmosphere compared to retorts.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:26:58 PM »
Try catching the lizards using the lizard leash method.  We use it for our smaller lizards out here. Obviously the bigger lizards will just bust through the blade of grass. 

https://imgur.com/gallery/CcyJ4
yes, they eat lizards frequently in Vietnam I've seen how they use the noose they seem unaware of a thin line on a long pole.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkcOpPRfeug

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Tropical Fruits in Aruba
« on: April 30, 2019, 06:06:39 PM »
Go for sugar apple(Annona squamosa) and Soursop(Annona muricata) first then if enough room custard apple(Annona reticulata) and other annonas.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pitomba planter question
« on: April 29, 2019, 07:18:33 AM »
That is a very big planter box and being bottomless I expect the roots will have no need to break through.  ???

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zill's Black Suriname Cherry
« on: April 27, 2019, 01:00:03 PM »
The mockingbirds and cardinals eat at the surinam cherries in my yard.
Lots of cardinals migrating through right now in FL.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ross sapote grown from seed
« on: April 26, 2019, 07:45:03 AM »
A few months ago I bought some Ross fruit from forum member 'Shot'. The seeds are up and I put one of four in ground. He told me you may wait 10 years from seed. His source was Whitman's specimen. The fruit was great.

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sounds like it should grow like a weed in any soil.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Tropical Fruits in Aruba
« on: April 24, 2019, 07:12:53 PM »
I've been to Aruba but many long years ago, 1973. Yes, it is fully tropical but very dry and windy. Windbreaks and water conservation seems like some good ideas. Making use of cactus or even specializing in cacti or other dry land fruits might be the way to go.

I don't know if Joe Simcox ever fulfilled his project but he was planning something in Aruba and it sounded good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amjTI-HCwF0

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: April 22, 2019, 08:17:49 AM »
Regarding alternate bearing, I found this in depth discussion of the problem and possible strategies.

This stands out:

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Alternate (biennial) and irregular bearing are encoded in the avocado genome. Millions of years of evolution in montane highland tropical to subtropical (Guatemalan and Mexican 'races' or subspecies) and lowland tropical rainforests (West Indian 'race' or subspecies) probably resulted in occasional mast fruiting.......Alternate and irregular bearing are embedded in the avocado genome through evolutionary adaptation to montane cloud forest environments in Mexico and Central America.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268396291_Alternate_bearing_in_avocado_an_overview

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