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« Reply #925 on: March 28, 2014, 04:25:56 PM »
 :D What a great Forum!  Much thanks to those who built it!
Hi!  I am Fred in North San Diego County, California.  I am a retired anthropologist who for his entire life loved to (try to) grow things, but never really looked into the details as to how best to do it.  Just stick a seed in the ground, add some water and see what happens has always been my basic modus operandi.  But now, here I am sitting on this nice piece of retirement home property in a part of the world where they say you can grow almost "anything."  So it is time to get serious, and I am hoping I can get help from the myriad experts who are frequenting this forum to help in the process.  I have dreams of satisfying the yearnings of my childhood taste bud memory cells trained from a five year stay in Kailua Oahu where we could literally pick mangos, guavas, and papayas in our yard, along with a whole lot of other things whose names I don't remember, but hope to rediscover.  We bought the retirement property fifteen years ago and began planting trees immediately with the idea in mind that when we were ready to build the house and move onto the property we would already have a bunch of mature fruit trees growing.  The plan has sort of worked; many trees survived my well-intentioned, but poorly trained planting and tending methods, and are currently thriving and producing well; quite a few others are alive, but struggling.  And quite a few others just didn't make it.

Thriving (more or less): 

6 varieties of plum, 2 peach, 3 apricot, 1 pluot, 1 nectarine, 2 asian pear, 3 apple, 2 pomegranate, 2 persimmon
Lots of varieties of citrus -- oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruits, citrons, kumquat
1 lychee, 1 longan, 3 cherimoya, 1 atemoya, 2 jujube, 5 guava, 1 feijoa, 2 mango, 1 curry leaf tree, 2 white sapote, 1 rose apple
2 walnut, 2 almond, 1 pecan, 1 macademia

Struggling, alive but not happy:

tamarind, bananas, jaboticaba, sapodilla, pawpaw, plus a couple of hundred hass avocados that are not happy because we cannot afford to give them as much water as they need (this place used to be an avocado ranch; previous owners went out of business because water became too expensive).

Recent Plantings:

Wax jambu, Pakistani mulberry, Persian lime, Rangoon lime, Kaffir lime, Turnbull pear

I look forward to interacting with all of you on the forum.  Hope you won't mind putting up with my quirky writing style, and sense of humor.
BTW, I've recently gotten heavily into permaculture.  I'm hoping there are other permaculture enthusiasts in the group.

Thanks, Fred  :D






Sincerely devoted to Permaculture as probably the only way to save our species.

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Re: Introduce Yourself
« Reply #926 on: March 28, 2014, 04:39:24 PM »
Welcome, Fred! 

Sounds like you are in a great spot and have some great ambitions. Best of luck!

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« Reply #927 on: March 29, 2014, 06:50:37 PM »
Thanks for the kind welcome, HMHausman, T Tracker & others.  I really enjoy reading the posts and conversations here.  I look forward to learning more!  HMHausman thank you for the open invite & T. Tracker, so glad I found a fellow proficient-consumer! lol. I have a feeling that many others here share that talent!!   8)
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« Reply #928 on: April 02, 2014, 06:09:36 PM »
Hi,
My name is Luis.
Im from the south of Portugal and im a passion fruit producer (in the beginning).
I have some experience in other agriculture products.

Im interested in all of themes about tropical fruits.
Congratulations for this frum.

Regards,
Luis

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« Reply #929 on: April 03, 2014, 04:32:20 AM »
Hi,
My name is Luis.
Im from the south of Portugal and im a passion fruit producer (in the beginning).
I have some experience in other agriculture products.

Im interested in all of themes about tropical fruits.
Congratulations for this frum.

Regards,
Luis
Hi Luis! I'm Luis too... Good to have more portuguese people here! What do you produce?  ;)

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« Reply #930 on: April 03, 2014, 09:17:58 AM »
Hello,everyone.
Myname is Jie.I live in Zhanghua of Taiwan.I plant many Fruit trees in my garden.Such as mango mangosteen achacha  jaboticaba cambuca Mamey apple and so on.
I like reading, listening music, gardening and Chinese boxing.
I am not good in English.If you do not care,everyone is wecomed to discuess about fruits.
Here is my garden.

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« Reply #931 on: April 03, 2014, 03:25:33 PM »
Hello,everyone.
Myname is Jie.I live in Zhanghua of Taiwan.I plant many Fruit trees in my garden.Such as mango mangosteen achacha  jaboticaba cambuca Mamey apple and so on.
I like reading, listening music, gardening and Chinese boxing.
I am not good in English.If you do not care,everyone is wecomed to discuess about fruits.
Here is my garden.



Welcome, Jie!  Good luck with your fruit trees! We have a few other members in Taiwan.

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« Reply #932 on: April 06, 2014, 07:39:36 AM »
Hello,
Greetings from Sabah, Malaysia. Am practicing planting, with special interest in
Avocado,
Jackfruit,
Fig,
Pomagranate,
Soursop,
Hoping to learn more and share our happiness in planting.
Happy Planting.

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« Reply #933 on: April 06, 2014, 12:53:01 PM »
Hi - I am Keith in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I have been trying to grow unusual fruits in pots while living in a condo for 21 years. I finally bought a house with a big yard and have planted 9 kinds of fruit trees. Lychee, Atemoya, Sugar Apple, Dragon fruit, Mulberry, Avocado, White Sapote, Pedalai, and Canistel. I also have a small greenhouse which I am hoping to grow a few ultra-tropical. Does anyone know where I can get Mangosteen trees OVER two feet in height ? I recently got ripped off by a Hawaii nursery that promised 2-3 foot trees, sent 8 inch ones that were almost dead and will not even respond to my emails. He only accepted personal checks so I can't get refunded through a credit card company.
I am growing Lychee, Anonas, Dragon fruit, Mulberry, White Sapote, Canistel, Avocado, etc in my new yard.

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« Reply #934 on: April 07, 2014, 05:08:42 AM »
Hello Everyone!

My name is Sunny George. Currently I live in Kerala, India. I was in Miami, FL for several years. I am the Director of Research in fruit crops research institute called Homegrown Nursery and Farms. We produce planting materials of tropical fruit crops such as Rambutan, Pulasan, Mangosteen, Durain, Jackfruit, Mango etc. We give consultancy for setting up orchards for these crops. I am interested in growing exotic fruit crops. Thank You!

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« Reply #935 on: April 07, 2014, 05:15:49 AM »
Hi Keith, Sorry to hear about your Mangosteen plant. I am happy to send you fresh Mangosteen seeds in June, if you need.

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« Reply #936 on: April 07, 2014, 10:48:11 AM »
My name is Carl and I have a small farm in Grenada, W.I. I grow Soursops, Sapodillas,cinnamon and Cashew nuts.
I am happy to be here as a newbie and gain as much knowledge ,
Hoping to attend July conference and meet you.

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« Reply #937 on: April 07, 2014, 02:46:57 PM »
Good evening (time-zone dependent), everyone.  I figured it's about time to finally say hello to the group.  My wife and I are fairly new to fruit as a hobby but we've been slowly building up our plant collection.  We lived in San Diego for about six months but recently drove across the country to North Carolina with four pets and a trunk full of plants.  We have some white sapotes and kei apples from Exotica in Vista, CA, two types of Garcinias and some cacaos from Montoso, some quenepas and miracle fruits from seeds we brought from a trip to Puerto Rico, and a few other miscellaneous plants.

We want to add more Garcinias and some Annonas to our collection and are also interested in Eugenias and Joboticabas.  Some of the rare things that pop up on these forums seem quite interesting so I'm sure I'll be in touch with a few of you soon.  We definitely need to plan a trip to Florida to visit Bender's, Flying Fox, and Pine Island.  We hope to make it down there sometime this Spring.

Since we live in a temperate area, we'll have to get a few Pawpaw cultivars, some persimmons, and more.  We're buying a house with two acres so we should have plenty of room for plants both inside and out of the greenhouse.  I look forward to getting to know the lot of you soon.  Have a good one!

Keith

If you're interested in annonas and you will have a greenhouse, I recommend the Fernandez custard apples (A. reticulate), and I heard san Pablo is also amazing!  I also hear good things about Big Red sugar apple. 
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« Reply #938 on: April 10, 2014, 10:15:50 AM »
Hi Jeff.  I intend to buy a Big Red or two from Adam when they become available.  I'll also look into the reticulatas as I hear they're delicious.  Thanks for the info!

Keith

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« Reply #939 on: April 10, 2014, 03:06:04 PM »
Hi Sunny George, Ishani, Raymon, Carl, Jie, Joa, Lilly, Stuart - gosh
and all the other newly joined forum members.  Like HMHaussman said,
it's been awhile since I was in here too, so WELCOME ALL and all the
ones I forgot to mention.

Please feel free to post pictures of plants or your places to  show everyone
what your doing if you feel like it.  These guys are pretty smart in this place,
and just remember - no question is too SIMPLE to ask!!!!!  We all started at
the same place.

I'm a desert dweller in Southern California, and actually, am still looking for
anyone who might be growing this stuff out where I live.....it does get lonely
out here playing in the sand alone..... ;)

Anyway - good luck to all!!!!!!

Gary

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« Reply #940 on: April 10, 2014, 05:47:13 PM »
Hi folks!
My name is Joe and I am new to this forum. I found a link to it on the Citrus Growers Forum and really love the diverse array of threads and how cordial and respectful everyone is!I feel like I've already learned a ton in the past week or two.

I live at about 9,000 feet up in the Rockies outside of Boulder, Colorado. Needless to say everything even remotely tropical that I grow is containerized. I mainly grow citrus but also have a handful of other tropicals. I put up a rough list of what I'm growing at the moment on my profile yesterday. I am by no means an expert on growing containerized tropical fruit trees but do have a bit of experience growing plants out of their proper zones, so if anyone ever has a question regarding that or citrus please do feel free to ask!

Thanks everyone for putting together such a great forum,

Joe

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« Reply #941 on: April 14, 2014, 12:59:43 AM »
Welcome to the forum.

My parents still live in montana and I'm always throwing crazy suggestions their way.
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« Reply #942 on: April 14, 2014, 07:19:23 AM »
Hello everyone, I am arriving from the Citrus Growers Forum. Let me introduce myself. I primarily grow citrus, but have a few other "tropical" things (at least for zone 6B Massachusetts  ;D) that I'm growing. Over the years I've killed a my share of Mango, Lychee, and Avocado trees....  I currently have around 25 different varieties of citrus. Four of these trees are planted outside in my coastal Massachusetts yard.  I will be adding two or three more trees outside this season.  These trees receive varying degrees of protection in the winter.  I also am growing a few of the more hardy varieties of Pomegranate out in my yard and have six or seven fig varieties, two of which are outside.



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« Reply #943 on: April 14, 2014, 11:24:12 AM »
Hi everyone!

I am very fortunate to have recently moved to the Florida Keys, to live out my dream of growing every tropical fruit I can manage. I was a decent gardener where I used to live in the NE, but I never got to try my hand at very much.  So now that I can grow nearly any tropical fruit I want to, I'm going a bit crazy with it! My list is ever growing, but at this point I have about 100 tropical fruit plants total, roughly 50 different kinds. I have been regularly searching the internet for help with all these plants, and regularly find pages of this forum, as well as the GardenWeb forum. I didn't realize how many other fruit freaks like me were out there! So I've joined both, to feel a bit more sane, and to get advice for whatever issues may crop up over time with my many tropical plants. I grow only organic, and have to always be careful about preserving the fragile ecosystem here in the Keys (which is also right next to the Everglades), so I expect to have a few more difficulties thrown my way because of that. I want to be prepared so I don't lose all my plants before I know what's happening!

I also grow tropical vegetables, so I'm happy to see there is a forum for that also here.

I look forward to getting to know everybody, and learning from what you all have to share.

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« Reply #944 on: April 14, 2014, 11:44:23 AM »
Hi everyone!

I am very fortunate to have recently moved to the Florida Keys, to live out my dream of growing every tropical fruit I can manage. I was a decent gardener where I used to live in the NE, but I never got to try my hand at very much.  So now that I can grow nearly any tropical fruit I want to, I'm going a bit crazy with it! My list is ever growing, but at this point I have about 100 tropical fruit plants total, roughly 50 different kinds. I have been regularly searching the internet for help with all these plants, and regularly find pages of this forum, as well as the GardenWeb forum. I didn't realize how many other fruit freaks like me were out there! So I've joined both, to feel a bit more sane, and to get advice for whatever issues may crop up over time with my many tropical plants. I grow only organic, and have to always be careful about preserving the fragile ecosystem here in the Keys (which is also right next to the Everglades), so I expect to have a few more difficulties thrown my way because of that. I want to be prepared so I don't lose all my plants before I know what's happening!

I also grow tropical vegetables, so I'm happy to see there is a forum for that also here.

I look forward to getting to know everybody, and learning from what you all have to share.

Welcome!
One thing to consider if you want to get the thrill of your own fruits ASAP instead of waiting.........  Buy a few of your fruit trees in 15 gallon size. Even 7 gallon size. Just to get a quick start on some. If you have thousands to spare you can get much larger trees at Excalibur Nursery in Lake Worth and in Homestead.

Standard size is 3 gallons that most Florida fruit trees come in. Pine Island nursery in Homestead has a tremendous selection. There are others in Homestead like Lara farms

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« Reply #945 on: April 14, 2014, 11:50:13 AM »
Good evening (time-zone dependent), everyone.  I figured it's about time to finally say hello to the group.  My wife and I are fairly new to fruit as a hobby but we've been slowly building up our plant collection.  We lived in San Diego for about six months but recently drove across the country to North Carolina with four pets and a trunk full of plants.  We have some white sapotes and kei apples from Exotica in Vista, CA, two types of Garcinias and some cacaos from Montoso, some quenepas and miracle fruits from seeds we brought from a trip to Puerto Rico, and a few other miscellaneous plants.

We want to add more Garcinias and some Annonas to our collection and are also interested in Eugenias and Joboticabas.  Some of the rare things that pop up on these forums seem quite interesting so I'm sure I'll be in touch with a few of you soon.  We definitely need to plan a trip to Florida to visit Bender's, Flying Fox, and Pine Island.  We hope to make it down there sometime this Spring.

Since we live in a temperate area, we'll have to get a few Pawpaw cultivars, some persimmons, and more.  We're buying a house with two acres so we should have plenty of room for plants both inside and out of the greenhouse.  I look forward to getting to know the lot of you soon.  Have a good one!

Keith

Muscadines muscadines muscadines plus some vinifera suitable to NC. Bananas might grow and get knocked down each winter...but then come back. Loquat...maybe.

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« Reply #946 on: April 14, 2014, 01:00:33 PM »
Thank you Zands! Many of the trees I bought are 7-gal or 15-gal. I bought nearly everything I could in the largest size available. Many others are in 3-gallon but I bought them already fruiting because they're dwarf variety. Hopefully I won't have to wait much more than a year for the majority of the fruit - except of course the Mangosteen, which if it even survives will probably take some 5 years or so from now to fruit. Patience is a virtue, I guess. I bought a lot of native plants that are cheap here and should fruit easily, to help satisfy my cravings until the bigger harvests. Many of them have edible berries, and even if they're not the best fruit ever they're still things that few people anywhere have eaten. And, I am growing strawberries, various melons, etc. to supplement these early leaner times. :)

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« Reply #947 on: April 14, 2014, 01:37:16 PM »
veinte cohol banana is supposed to be good for fast fruiting for those where the season is shorter and winter temps drop low.  I have it, but can't say for sure , as mine are still small, and planted out a month or so ago.  Also, if you want bananas in GH, there are many that will stay short even at maturity.
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« Reply #948 on: April 14, 2014, 05:52:13 PM »
veinte cohol banana is supposed to be good for fast fruiting for those where the season is shorter and winter temps drop low.  I have it, but can't say for sure , as mine are still small, and planted out a month or so ago.  Also, if you want bananas in GH, there are many that will stay short even at maturity.

Sounds like  a good variety.
Banana lift off means that your banana matt is getting larger and stronger each year. For those whose have a winter that kills the banana down to the ground..... It could be in year 3 or 4 that your mat is string enough to push out a stalk and bananas
that will come to maturity either on stalk or via bagging it.

From what I have seen here about maximum banana nutrition, rotted horse manure will be helpful. Also just plain wood chips does great things for bananas. It has them pushing new roots into the wood chips. I have seen these roots when I removed the rotted wood chips to use in potting soil
Also choosing one or two prime stalks each year and cutting off the others.......Those in cold climates have a better chance of getting edible bananas

For my own Florida bananas I am not so disciplined but if I was going to try growing them in Georgia or north Carolina I would be

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« Reply #949 on: April 14, 2014, 05:56:10 PM »
Thank you Zands! Many of the trees I bought are 7-gal or 15-gal. I bought nearly everything I could in the largest size available. Many others are in 3-gallon but I bought them already fruiting because they're dwarf variety. Hopefully I won't have to wait much more than a year for the majority of the fruit - except of course the Mangosteen, which if it even survives will probably take some 5 years or so from now to fruit. Patience is a virtue, I guess. I bought a lot of native plants that are cheap here and should fruit easily, to help satisfy my cravings until the bigger harvests. Many of them have edible berries, and even if they're not the best fruit ever they're still things that few people anywhere have eaten. And, I am growing strawberries, various melons, etc. to supplement these early leaner times. :)

You have a good plan! Coming to fruition soon!
My Strawberry Guava is producing nice berry size red guava just starting right now. If you get Surinam cherry get the black one!  We have threads here on that.

 

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