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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pine Island Vendors
« on: June 11, 2016, 05:36:38 PM »
Turn right on Cubles Dr, then right at the handmade sign. Cubles is before you get to Fruitscapes. The sign on the gate will indicate if they are opened or closed.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pine Island Vendors
« on: June 11, 2016, 03:07:55 PM »
Fruitscapes had green ChokAnon and Paynter had green dropped mangos - didn't notice the variety.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: West Coast Weather
« on: June 07, 2016, 09:34:10 AM »
We lost all of our Mallika mangos, a some Lemon Zest, and our Ele Ele banana with fruit on it collapsed. Our guanabana tree was partially uprooted along with a huge plumeria - both in a normally protected spot, but the wind direction must have been just right. No flooding, but our lot is around 20' above the lots a block west. Thankful we still have mangos..hoping they don't split.

What do you know about propagation of phalsa?  I have one plant grown from seed that was planted out a few months ago. It's got several stems to about 4', reminds me a bit of mulberry appearance but no flowers yet.

Have you pruned/trimmed it? Ours flowers after we prune it in the spring. I am not sure if ours was grown from seed or not. It was around 8" when we received it. It flowered the first year.

WOW. Sherbet berry flavor is DELIGHTFUL!

Someone asked me on another thread to report back in when I had tasted them (I forget who, and I forget what thread - maybe it was the Spring fruiting/flowering thread?). Unfortunately, I did not end up with nearly as many berries as I had flowers this first round, despite attempts at hand pollination, but I did get maybe 15 berries total. I have been waiting what seems like forever for them to ripen, but every day I check they have not even turned red yet. That is still true for most, but on closer inspection, I found one soft, dark purple berry ready to be picked today!

Thanks for the taste report! The Phalsa berries I have tried did not taste good (to me). I wonder how easy these are to graft? Any chance you allow visitors or would ship some budwood some time?

Last year our Mauritius, Sweetheart, and Brewster were ripe at the same time. The trees are only about 3 years old, but we both preferred the taste of the Mauritius. They were all good, but the Mauritius seemed to have more complexity of flavor to us. Hopefully soon we can taste them again.

It is very uncommon, in my experience, to have Brewster fully mature and ripe the same time as Mauritius. You are saying that they are all grown at the same location? I wasn't there to see/taste the fruit so I have to rely on your assessment of maturity/ripeness.  I must confess some skepticism about the Brewsters reaching their full potential at the same time as Mauritius.  How many fruits are we talking about in the harvest/tasting?  Were any of the Brewster fruit allowed to stay on the tree longer to see if they would improve in flavor overall eating quality? What was the time of the year (if you can specify the date of the tasting)......maybe your Mauritius were late?
They were all in our back yard and all turned red within a week of each other. We thought it was unusual too. The trees are very young and we only had around 10 fruits on each tree. They were all red in color, but perhaps the Brewster would have improved with more time (though I doubt the fruits would have lasted much longer with birds and other wildlife. This year, it looks like the Mauritius will ripen before the Brewster.

Last year our Mauritius, Sweetheart, and Brewster were ripe at the same time. The trees are only about 3 years old, but we both preferred the taste of the Mauritius. They were all good, but the Mauritius seemed to have more complexity of flavor to us. Hopefully soon we can taste them again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: is this po pyu kalay salvageable?
« on: May 24, 2016, 02:57:41 PM »
You could try to in-arch a seedling above the sap area if the tree is no longer growing well.

Fruiting/Blooming in our yard:

Harvest Moon
Valencia Pride
Lemon Zest (loaded with little fruit)
Southern Blush
Peach Cobbler
Pina Colada
Maha Chanok
Nam Doc Mai
Coconut Cream
(Eldon, Fruit Punch, and Sweet Tart were flowering but we removed the flowers early on)

No Mai Tze
(still no blooms on our Ohia)

Silas Wood

Pitogo - fruit almost ready
Dare from GRIN - not true Dare, something in the Pome family
Dwarf Orinoco
Raja Puri - fruit almost ready

Passion Fruit
Possum Purple
Sulcata Red
Panama Red

Ooh La La (Super Haas)

Black Mission

Ross Sapote
Miracle Fruit - always covered in flowers/fruit
Longan - Big Jim
Loquat - Bradenton with mature fruit
All Spice
Yerba Mate in full bloom
Painters Red Wax Jambu blooming but will remove flowers
White Sapote - Redlands
Key Lime
Naranjilla - ripe fruit
Several grocery store pineapple tops with fruit
Easy Peel Sugar Apple
Florida Sweet Barbados Cherry
Jamaican Cherry
Sunshine Blue Blueberries
Lots of Strawberries

I see you grow pitogo.  Please keep us posted when you get the chance to try it.  What type of strawberries are you growing?

The Pitogo bananas were smaller than normal. We had heard that often the first plant will not produce edible fruit. Thankfully, we ended up with 3 hands. The fruit was very sweet and a great, soft texture. Was not sub-acid (not a huge fan of bananas that taste like apples). Hoping for a bigger raceme on the next one.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: MRFC Rare Fruit Tree Sale
« on: May 23, 2016, 11:06:09 PM »
Geo- no I bought an NS-2 from a stand near the front. They brought 10 and there was one left  when I passed the booth again in line.
There was a super nice guy who had his hand on our last Borneo Red. When someone else said they wanted it he took the last Bangkok Lemon instead. Lots of great people at the sale.

I brought some Pitogo bananas for people to sample...that lasted under 30 seconds I think.

We are Selling our 7 gallon mangos and avocados at a big discount -  email or message. We are in north Sarasota. Still looking for a few banana cultivars if anyone is interested in trading.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: MRFC Rare Fruit Tree Sale
« on: May 23, 2016, 10:53:27 PM »
We put the pomegranates in less than a year ago. I think it will be another year or two.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: MRFC Rare Fruit Tree Sale
« on: May 23, 2016, 03:12:06 PM »
-I only found a single vendor with named jakfruit. Everyone else that I saw only had leggy seedlings from a tree in some park which I found kind of weird. By the time I found him he only had three left and one was grabbed right after I grabbed one

Did you buy our Bangkok Lemon? I wasn't able to put faces to screen names.

Next year, we plan to bring more grafted jackfruit trees. Those sold out quickly. Like Adam, we plan to bring fewer large trees next year. 

It was so much fun being able to talk with other people who love growing fruit!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Quararibea cordata HUGE
« on: May 21, 2016, 10:29:55 AM »
If anyone in S FL. have extra seedling from me could you please give or sell to "geosulcata". He/she is very passionate about this fruit and messaged me too late when I was out of seeds.  I know there must be extra seedling because all of my seeds sprouted.

Next month I'm going back to the same place in Peruvian Amazon. Hopefully I will bring back the same strain. Not big size but quality is what matters.

Thank you! I will gladly pay for a seedling and pick up from anyone living in FL. Am willing to trade as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Our Fruitcation to Homestead
« on: May 20, 2016, 09:21:11 PM »
We are planning another Anniversary Fruitcation to Homestead next month. Any one have suggestions of other fruit places to visit? Has anyone been to Grimal Grove in the Keys?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Quararibea cordata HUGE
« on: May 20, 2016, 09:07:03 PM »
You should keep this in personal messages, It might give people the wrong impression. Dada is a great seller and his seeds are always in great condition, you have to know that when you order certain seeds you take the chances of them rotting, If your going to order highly perishable seeds you have to make sure to get the fastest shipping, otherwise they will rot in the few weeks in the mail. In the future make sure when your ordering seeds from anywhere international that the seeds will at least last a month or 2 just in case it takes longer to arrive, unless you want to risk it.
Because I am not the only person who has had a problem with transactions with this seller, I feel it is important to share on the forum. I received no response to my emails to Dada until I responded to one of his new sale posts.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Quararibea cordata HUGE
« on: May 20, 2016, 11:56:47 AM »
I have many customers who have received and who are happy. There is no guarantee whatsoever and I am not responsible if seeds do not arrive in good condition. Especially Duguetia seeds are viable only short time. However I am willing to send you seeds again!

I did not order Duguetia seeds. The chupa chupa seeds were completely rotten and covered in mold.

I saw the foto. Sorry about that. But please dont send these comments on the new seed announcements that I post!!!! Thanks for ur understanding!!! If u like I can send u other seeds

Thank you for finally responding.

Did you receive my email about the chupa chupa seeds? They were all covered in mold and rotten. The borojo seeds were covered in mold as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 3640 Banana Flower 5-17-2016
« on: May 18, 2016, 06:12:22 PM »
Nice! The one you sent me is doing great!

Great talk! Thank you for recording and posting the link here.

Ours had spider mites. I cut off all of the leaves and ends of the branches then spayed with an organic oil spray. Threw the leaves in the trash can. Within a week, my tree had all new, healthy leaves. I saw spider mites on the rollinias at local nurseries as well.


The sale is just one week away! Several vendors are bringing more unusual trees not listed on the flyer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting plantain variety
« on: May 11, 2016, 09:32:41 PM »
For eating out of hand and cooking, I prefer Saba over Hua Moa. Saba is excellent dried too. It is a VERY tall plant though.

IMG_9057 by SulcataGrove, on Flickr

IMG_2880 by SulcataGrove, on Flickr

My favorite all time is Maqueno, but I have not seen it available in the US. Some say it is Maia Maoli which Going Bananas has listed on their site but has not had available when I check.
I have someone holding a Maqueno for me in Ecuador. I need to figure out where to get a phyto down there and fly back through an airport that is more likely to not automatically destroy the corm.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tamarillo care
« on: May 11, 2016, 05:20:53 PM »
I think similar is true of the related plants: naranjilla and cocona, both of which i've also grown and fruited fine here.

What were your thoughts/opinions of these 2 fruits?  Thanks.
 Naranjilla grows well and fruits readily in Sarasota.

There is someone that sells Inga vulpina on eBay from time to time (high price and I think in the US) I haven't seen seeds available. I have been looking for this too - flowers have nice pink/red stamens.

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