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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Eugenia victoriana seeds in USA
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:10:55 AM »
Hi,

I want to purchase seeds of Eugenia victoriana (Sundrops) in the USA; if anyone
has, please let me know.

Thanks,
Jo

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interesting Pineapple shoot
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:59:53 PM »
Thanks for the info.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Interesting Pineapple shoot
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:15:36 PM »
I have 50 plus pineapple plants and just got something new: one of my plants have a shoot, however it is not a normal looking round flower/shoot. It looks to be elongated and seems to have 5or six parts in one.

My fruit trees are almost all organically grown and since I have gone this way I same to be getting a few surprises from nature: I had a male papaya tree change to female and yield papayas on stems about 18 inches of the tree (they were delicious with only about 4 seeds each), I had a dragon fruit morphed to the dragon vine (tasted the same as normal ones) and now this!

If anyone has any ideas as to what pineapple type fruit I will end up with, please let me know.

Thanks
Jo


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Curious pineapple
« on: February 25, 2018, 08:18:07 PM »
Hi,

I have 50 plus pineapple plants and got something new: one of the plants have a shoot, however it is not a normal looking round flower/shoot. It looks to be elongated and seems to have 5 in one. I searched the site and found your post of the pineapple you bought in the market back in 2015 and wondered if that is what I am getting?

My fruit trees are almost all organically grown and since I have gone this way I same to be getting a few surprises from nature: I had a male papaya tree change to female and yield papayas on stems about 18 inches of the tree (they were delicious with only about 4 seeds each), I had a dragon fruit morphed to the dragon vine (tasted the same as normal ones) and now this!

if anyone has any ideas as to what I will end up with, please let me know.

Thanks
Jo



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The picture looks like what we call Cuban oregano. There is also another variety that the edge of the leaf is white.

See the below link which has an article you can check to see if it is the same thing.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/cuban-oregano/growing-cuban-oregano.htm

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar Apple variety big red ?
« on: January 10, 2018, 01:55:08 PM »
I have several trees myself that the fruit actually starts out as green colour when they are small, then slowing turn purple about mid way of development, then finally more red when they are ripe. Maybe some of your trees are doing the same thing?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Matoa (Pometia Pinnata)
« on: December 20, 2017, 09:24:36 AM »
Believe it or not, my purple matoa plants look like they may actually grow. I know it is still early and anything could happen but as the seed shell broke off all of them at varying stages, I was very doubtful of even seeing leaves. The larger seedling now has two small leaves and was the last to lose its seed case (it broke off last week as well) and the two smaller ones that are just stems (see the two red arrows) are at least still green. I am hoping that I will be able to save at least one of them, if not all three.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Matoa (Pometia Pinnata)
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:50:34 PM »
I live in the Cayman Islands.

My friend is claiming the fruits are larger than I indicated; he has 5 fruiting trees. The two oldest trees are almost five years old and are about 15 ft tall.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Matoa (Pometia Pinnata)
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:22:59 PM »
Here are some pictures from a fruit I had when I first got the seedlings from my friend.
I have spoken to him and he has promised to call me when fruits are ready which will be around the end of January to mid February.
I will use another item in the picture to show scale and will measure.







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Matoa (Pometia Pinnata)
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:29:30 AM »
The purple matoa fruit that Cherimoya posted, I think are the same as the seeds that I wrote about in my original post. At least his pictures matches those pictures of the fruits for the seeds I bought.

Believe it or not, the stem from the roots of my two seeds that broke off before the embryonic leaves could pop out are still green showing signs of life. While one seed is still attached to the roots, it does not look like that seed pocket for that will open anytime soon. I am wondering if this is a tree that could possibly continue to grow from the roots?

Mike T,
I think that I may have some variation of your white whale. I have 11 trees right now and I am hoping they will bear within the next year.
I received the seedlings from a friend and his fruits are not quite the baseball size but about or slightly bigger than a golf ball; they have a very thin green skin which on the inside has a little bit of a rind almost like you would find on a tangerine, the flesh is thick and they are very delicious. They are much better than longans or lychees for sure. His trees are currently with blossoms and fruit twice per year. The seedlings grow really fast and his has fruited after just 2 years. See the attached picture of one of my 15 month old trees.



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I have many issues with the green iguana.

I find the green iguanas are the worst of any critter even with my agouti problems (agouti is a rodent which is locally called a rabbit as it has similar tendencies) the aqouti  love to half eat the fruit and dig out all of my cassava roots and eat them; what makes the iguanas worse than the agouti is that not only do they eat my fruit but most times they eat most of the blossoms/flowers so the fruit does not even have a chance to set. They also love to eat the leaves on my soursop and sweetsop trees. In the case of the papaya tree, I find that they usually eat the bud out of the tree and that usually kills the tree. With my pumpkin and watermelon, the iguanas eat the blossoms and then just bite of the baby pumpkins/watermelon and leave them on the ground to agitate me!

I don't like killing animals but iguanas are the exception; they do not have any local predators and multiply at a very fast rate : as much as 70 young per hatching period so I have no choice but to kill them whenever I am able to catch them: they move very fast and can be aggressive. I have had a female try to attack our Yorkshire Terrier.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Want: Eugenia victoriana : sundrops
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:09:32 PM »
Does anyone have sun drop seeds / eugenia victoriana in USA?

Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Unusual fruiting of Papaya
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:17:44 PM »
Thanks. I will let you know how the papayas turn out.

Note that they are a pretty decent size already and are only about 2 and 1/2 months old so they still have a while to go. I am hoping for them to be of a good size and quality. I will measure and weight them as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Unusual fruiting of Papaya
« on: December 03, 2017, 07:59:26 PM »
Thanks. Appreciate the info.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Matoa (Pometia Pinnata)
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:14:11 AM »
Was hoping that was not the case. I guess I will leave them and hope for the miracle.....

Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Matoa (Pometia Pinnata)
« on: December 01, 2017, 08:24:55 AM »
I actually have seeds from this fruit; planted 4 seeds all in the same pot since the 28th of August 2017 and I have yet for them to actually sprout. I dug up the seeds thinking that they were rotted as the seeds each rested half out of the soil and half in. I found that each seed had a very large tap root (actually broke the seed off of two of the roots in the process but left them planted anyhow thinking that with some miracle they may still grow leaves) and wonder if this is normal for them to take so long to sprout?

Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Unusual fruiting of Papaya
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:48:16 PM »
Will do.

Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Unusual fruiting of Papaya
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:00:42 PM »
Was not aware that they change sex.

Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Unusual fruiting of Papaya
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:31:23 PM »
Hi,

I received some papaya seeds from a friend and planted them. The seeds were from a papaya she had bought from the grocery store and she thought it was super sweet, very little seeds and had thick meat.

Attached is a photo of the plant now fruiting, however it is the first time that I have seen papayas fruit on a stem  away from the truck of the plant. Each stem is between 12 to 18 inches from the truck, then the papaya.

Additionally, if you look at the long stem blossoms in the picture, this is what I am accustom to seeing on a male papaya tree, but of course on a male tree there are never any papayas.

Any ideas? Maybe this type of fruiting is normal for a specific type of papaya? If so, what type could it be?

Looking forward to your feedback.



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Hey Blueero,

You may want to check www.plantogram.com

They are a little pricey, but they are in USA and they are known for great service and quality of plants.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lakeland Florida project
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:18:02 PM »
Everything is looking great. Great work!

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I have 3 fruiting trees; I too find that some fruits are really sweet with a nice plum like texture while others are bland with a watery taste; what is really puzzling is that this happens even with fruits picked at the same time.
The good tasting ones do pay off for the 'bad' ones.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: BBQ with tropical wood
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:50:13 PM »
Hi,

Seagrape wood is amazing! We use it for grilled steaks as well as smoked meat and it gives the most amazing flavor!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hard to find trees wish list
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:09:38 AM »
I am located in the Cayman Islands.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hard to find trees wish list
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:08:00 PM »
Hi,

I recently started a tropical fruit farm as well and find that I have similar issues as you.

I thought that atemoyas would have been easy to find but that has not been the case at all.

I can't seem to find a supplier in Florida that exports.


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