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There has been a shortage of sapodilla trees for roughly 3 years now. Before then, you could find really nice, 2+ year old trees for 25$ on the retail market. You may get lucky and eventually find a tree that someone has been sitting on for a while, but chances are slim.

My experience with grafting those babies is that it takes roughly 2 years before a grafted sapodilla is fully rooted out in a 3 gallon pot, which is approximately double the time it takes for a mango tree. They are frustratingly slow growers at first. Once they lay down some roots, they grow nicely.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question about my Jackfruit Tree
« on: February 17, 2012, 04:45:09 PM »
Doesn't look like it. This year, many jacks are fruiting earlier than last year. Perhaps this is due to the mild winter?

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Hasya are in very short supply right now. Also, sapodillas grow at a snail's pace when young.

4529
yep - same problem with mine.

Yeah, I was unaware that anyone was grafting g. intermedia.  I would be interested to know if anyone has any seedling selections that represent any imporvement over the fruits that are readily available.  All the ones I have seen have been virtually identical with some variance on size only.  Flesh to seed ratio has been poor in all that I have encountered. The flavor is decent, but too tart for my taste.

Harry

4530
Sheehan, how come they are grafting the garcinia intermedia? They only take about 3 years to begin production. Do they have a cultivar that's actually sweet?

4531
Ditto for mine. About 10% new growth, the rest flowers.

JF in La Habra --for what it is worth my Glenn is also putting forth new growth unlike my other mangoes and panicles too...Maybe it is a habit of the Glenn.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mahachanok Mango
« on: February 17, 2012, 11:19:33 AM »
HAHAHAHAHAHA

4533
I'd just get them from PR. Montosogardens is phenomenal, and the prices are very reasonable. I got my achiacharu from them - very nice trees.

4534
Thanks, guys!

4535
I've never had it.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mahachanok Mango
« on: February 16, 2012, 08:12:13 PM »
:-) I'm not so sure about that ... The NDM is a ridiculously delicious mango. It consistently makes the list of curator's choice mangoes at Fairchild. Brix on those babies is in the 20-21 range. Noel rates it as one of his personal favorites.

To be honest -- having a strong North American palate bias myself -- the first couple of crops from my NDM tree didn't impress me that much. It was a mango that grew on me - an acquired taste if you will.

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It wasn't from a video, just personal communication with Julian. The report you mention also says that the viejo had the least brix of all tested, so it backs up what Julian had told me. Those UF reports aren't always very reliable :-(.

That's interesting, Alexi. That's what Julian Lara said about the viejo - that it wasn't as sweet as the others.

Yikes! It's 37$ to download a copy of the study.

What video did Julian talk about viejo?  ???  Anways, UF rates the taste of viejo as excellent, so I guess it should have some sweetness to it.  :)

4538
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Pouterias, any advice?
« on: February 16, 2012, 03:32:55 PM »
Practice makes perfect :-)

4539
That's interesting, Alexi. That's what Julian Lara said about the viejo - that it wasn't as sweet as the others.

Yikes! It's 37$ to download a copy of the study.

4540
Carambola trees adapt pretty well to shady conditions. In order for the tree to fruit well it does need some sun, though probably not a lot.

4541
Zands, I think you're thinking of the University of Hawaii article indicating that phosphorus helps root growth.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Ilama (Annona diversifolia)
« on: February 14, 2012, 03:41:28 PM »
Ed, how is your fairchild doing?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: PlantOGram Woo hoo!
« on: February 14, 2012, 03:03:36 PM »
HAHAHAHA Usually the neighbors are happy to have free trees in exchange for sharing fruit and budwood, especially if your neighbors are mostly of north american descent and prefer processed food, burgers, and french fries over fresh fruit :-).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: PlantOGram Woo hoo!
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:42:39 PM »
I think PI is sold out. To be honest, if you're hunting for a male spanish lime tree, plantogram is the place. My tree was over 5 feet tall and very, very nice looking. It's basically a 7 gallon sized tree.

I was going to try shield budding the male onto my female. We'll see ...

Yah - you can graft the male to the female plant (technically speaking). Grafting the spanish lime is not easy though. If you get 10-15% take, you're doing very well.

The other option is to offer the neighbor a free, attractive shade tree (a male spanish lime :-).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: PlantOGram Woo hoo!
« on: February 14, 2012, 01:56:03 PM »
Yah, I highly doubt he grafted it :-). Pine Island did have grafted male trees for a time. They had been selling them at one of the fruit council meetings up north. My guess is that they originated at Pine Island. Where PI got them is anybody's guess. Pretty mysterious little tree... But now I can finally have a mate for my female :-).

That brings about another question. Where did he get the tree? I thought he used to just buy trees from other sources and then sell them. That would mean he probably bought that spanish lime grafted somewhere and then resold it. If he is doing the grafting himself that is impressive. Unless he tells you the source, I would be concerned about the sex of that spanish lime.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: PlantOGram Woo hoo!
« on: February 14, 2012, 01:11:16 PM »
It's grafted.

How sure is he that it is a male spanish lime? Air layered or grafted?

4547
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: PlantOGram Woo hoo!
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:42:27 PM »
I got a male spanish lime :-).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: PlantOGram Woo hoo!
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:20:45 PM »
:-) Well - the other other 100 or so trees he carries are much, much cheaper (I didn't buy a Maha Chanok :-). The Maha Chanok is not available anywhere wholesale, so he's paying full retail price for them. If it was me, I'd either do without the MC or, if I absolutely had to have it, sheepishly ask for a discount :-)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / PlantOGram Woo hoo!
« on: February 14, 2012, 11:14:11 AM »
OK Fruit Cowboys - For those of you who rely on mail order to get high quality fruit trees, PlantOGram is your source. I just purchased a tree yesterday -- and the darn thing came at 9:30am this morning. (That's less than 24 hours for the math-challenged!) The tree is over 5 feet tall and super healthy in a 3gal! I even got my free surinam cherry :-).

For local sourcing (here in Broward), I'll hook you guys up. But for mail order, Mickey is the man!

4550
a garcinia? My garcinia intermedia doesn't mind shade.

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