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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help find the lost soursop variety!
« on: February 03, 2012, 11:16:42 AM »
A couple of years back, I tracked this cultivar down to a grower in California. He wanted more than I could afford for the budwood, so I declined the offer :-). He was growing it in a greenhouse.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is This a Sick Mango Tree?
« on: February 02, 2012, 02:08:14 PM »
Ditto. Decent looking mango tree. Leave it be.

Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting / Topworking mature trees
« on: February 02, 2012, 11:10:31 AM »
I haven't had success doing it that way. If you wait for it to sprout, success is in the near-100% range.

Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting / Topworking mature trees
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:35:48 PM »
:-) It's a much better idea to top-work an unwanted tree rather than yank it and replant. You can also top-work with more than one cultivar. I'm currently top-working a ~5 year old carrie to Sweet Tart + Harvest Moon. I'll post the pic's as it develops.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Proper Spacing of Fruit Trees
« on: February 01, 2012, 08:01:44 PM »
My rule of thumb is at least 15 feet for medium sized trees (eg, mangos) and at least 10 feet for smaller trees (eg, sugar apple).

Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic Gardening of Tropical Fruit
« on: February 01, 2012, 07:54:23 PM »
The lazy man's way to do it is:
  • Get the tree trimmer to dump off a load of mulched trimmings in your driveway
  • Pay someone to wheelbarrow it through the garden a few inches thick
  • Let nature (millipedes) do the composting for you
For the garden scraps, just find a corner of the yard that's not too visible and chuck them there :-). The possums will eat some, but they will readily poop it back out for you in a more 'composted' state :-).

I used to have one of those giant compostumblers, but I sold it because I was too lazy to work it. It also generated about 1/100th of the compost I needed.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this Lancetilla or rootstock?
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:17:57 PM »
Foliage looks lancetillian to me. Looks very similar to mine.

Jeff

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Yep, you're correct. I use keyplex as a foliar spray. Without it, ph-sensitive trees like the carambola just plain won't prosper here. Even with multiple keyplex applications, my trees still have a noticeable deficiency, but it's no where near as bad as if I don' t use it.

Jeff

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Pantin is a fabulous mamey, but I actually like the pace better than the pantin. Interestingly, Julian Lara also said he likes pace better. Pantin has better coloration, but the pace has a better flavor in my opinion.

The pace also has some other benefits over the pantin:
  • It's precocious (no waiting 7 years for first crop!)
  • It's very productive
  • It's cold tolerant
  • It bears outside of mango season! (you don't want all your fruit maturing in the same 2 or 3 months of the year)
My pantin is currently 6 years old and has yet to set a crop :-(. Granted my soil is on the high-ph side, and it doesn't look exceedingly happy. But, even if it sets a fruit this year, I still have an 18 month wait from fruit to harvest.

The one drawback with the pace that I've noticed is that they are easy to kill with too much water.

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Depends on cultivar. The precocious cultivars (eg, pace, magana) will bear sooner. The inverted root graft is said to induce precocity as well.

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HAHAHAHAH

I went fruit exploring in PR with a bunch of men I met on the internet...

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I like Richard, but I don't think he would ever 'dis' a fruit named after his nursery :-). Going from experience on a mango tree with the same name, I would likely get a second opinion regarding the flavor before committing to a 7 year wait for fruit :-).

The #1 mamey breeder in the state has to be Lara Farms. They have decades worth of experience, acres worth of trees planted out, and 4 named selections. Pablo Lara is an icon in the mamey community. You'd do well to chat with Pablo if you're wanting to learn more about good mamey cultivars. He's usually around in the mornings.

I think the Viejo is supposed to be an excellent cultivar.

Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: PC mango already pushing inflo's
« on: January 29, 2012, 05:07:37 PM »
Yee haww! :-)

Jeff

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Passion fruit. The first couple sets of leaves look like that. Then it starts developing more of a maple leaf look to it.

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They will flower in a 15 gallon pot, but getting them to hold fruit is another story :-). The trick with the mamey and green sapote is patience. But patience pays off pretty handsomely in this case, because those fruits are stinkin yummy!

Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Har's Services
« on: January 28, 2012, 09:41:55 PM »
Har is a walking encyclopedia of horticulture. He grew up in the Amazon, then worked for 30+ years in field. I'm not sure if there is anyone more knowledgeable than him. Har gets my absolute highest recommendation. I might even hire him myself :-).

Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kai Maprang (Gandaria)....Flowering!!
« on: January 28, 2012, 01:06:18 PM »
That rocks! Wonder if maprang can be grafted to mango roostock?

Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Missing Manual
« on: January 27, 2012, 10:39:44 PM »
For those of you who want to spruce up your posts with html-ish markup, here's the list of supported bulletin board codes.

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From what I was told, the big draw of the Lorito is the red flesh color. It bears in summer. Can't remember if it is precocious. I believe it's from the yucatan.

Regarding the Excalibur, when I asked one of the more knowledgeable workers about it (I think his name was Wilson), he said that it was an 'OK' cultivar.

Jeff


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen Trees
« on: January 26, 2012, 02:50:19 PM »
Ohh goodness. What size trees are we talking about? That's pretty nutty. If they're nutty enough to steal copper wire from live light poles, then I guess anything is possible.

Jeff

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:-) It must be about 12 or 13 feet tall. I'll try to take a picture of the tree tomorrow. I hacked off the top once already.

I don't thin the fruits - I'm too lazy :-). The raccoons do a great job of 'thinning' the fruit for me though... :-(

Jeff

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My makok is going on 7 years old. Mine has been an incredibly prolific producer. It bears in clusters, with 3 to 5 fruits per terminal. If you thin the fruit, they are bigger and taste better.

It's not uncommon for a makok to bear fruit at only 1 foot tall in a 1 gallon pot.





Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bolivian Mangosteen / Lemon Drop Mangosteen
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:55:54 PM »
Any of you garcinia wizards know if Bolivian Mangosteen can be grafted to Lemon Drop Mangosteen??

Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: jobe
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:35:06 PM »
Yep, they are very fert sensitive. Use a good osmocote/dynamite product.

Jeff

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what species you've airlayered?
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:03:44 AM »
I think the mamoncillo must be layered from large limbs, which has detrimental effect to the tree.

Jeff

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