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« Reply #950 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 #951 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 #952 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 #953 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 #954 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 #955 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 #956 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

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« Reply #957 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 #958 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 #959 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 #960 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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« Reply #961 on: April 15, 2014, 02:18:00 AM »
Overheard Don from going-bananas the other day at fairchild, saying that nematodes can be a problem here in FL...He recommended 2 feet of mulch!  FWIW, but i trust he knows his stuff regarding bananas
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« Reply #962 on: April 16, 2014, 10:13:09 AM »
Hello,

After a few years of reading the forum I have taken the next step and joined.  I live in Coral Springs, FL and have been an avid tropical fruit fan for about five years now.  I have purchased tropical fruit trees from Pine Island, Excalibur and Tropical Plants, and have had very good experiences with each of them.  Like most of the people in the forum, my most challenging decision is where to put the newest addition.  I have used this forum thoroughly in years past and found it my main source of research.  I enjoy growing tropical fruits and look forward to joining many discussions here on the forum.

Kind regards,
John

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« Reply #963 on: April 16, 2014, 02:12:17 PM »
welcome Johnny!  Glad you came out of the shadows!   ;D
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« Reply #964 on: April 16, 2014, 03:12:57 PM »
Overheard Don from going-bananas the other day at fairchild, saying that nematodes can be a problem here in FL...He recommended 2 feet of mulch!  FWIW, but i trust he knows his stuff regarding bananas

What is the problem? That nematodes attack bananas or that bananas spread them? I have never had any problems .... I have bananas of diff kinds none are tissue cultured

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« Reply #965 on: April 16, 2014, 03:16:42 PM »
Hello,

After a few years of reading the forum I have taken the next step and joined.  I live in Coral Springs, FL and have been an avid tropical fruit fan for about five years now.  I have purchased tropical fruit trees from Pine Island, Excalibur and Tropical Plants, and have had very good experiences with each of them.  Like most of the people in the forum, my most challenging decision is where to put the newest addition.  I have used this forum thoroughly in years past and found it my main source of research.  I enjoy growing tropical fruits and look forward to joining many discussions here on the forum.

Kind regards,
John

Welcome Johnny. I am sure you will enjoy it here. I live in Coral Springs as well, right behind Mullins Park. What all are you growing?

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« Reply #966 on: April 16, 2014, 03:55:09 PM »
Overheard Don from going-bananas the other day at fairchild, saying that nematodes can be a problem here in FL...He recommended 2 feet of mulch!  FWIW, but i trust he knows his stuff regarding bananas

What is the problem? That nematodes attack bananas or that bananas spread them? I have never had any problems .... I have bananas of diff kinds none are tissue cultured

Someone (I think it was Noel) was saying that their ______ type bananas were only half the size as they should be.  Don responded that nematodes can be a big problem, but probably only in certain cases.  You mulch pretty heavily so it wouldn't be a problem for you, but nonetheless, it is insight into the fact that you could even mulch them more to make them happy.  If it ain't broke, though, don't fix it. 
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« Reply #967 on: April 16, 2014, 04:23:48 PM »
Thanks for the welcome gunnar and mangokothiyan.

Mangokothiyan,

In ground, I have two red Grumichama, one Gefner Atemoya, three dwarf pomegranates, sugar-cane, two dwarf coconut palms, Pickering mango, Choc-anon mango, Sweetheart Lychee, Mauritius Lychee, Rhode Red orange, Mai-3 Jakfruit and several desert bananas.

In pots, I have several varieties of mangoes, lemons, figs, carambola, oranges, pineapple guava and my favorite...miracle fruit.

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« Reply #968 on: April 16, 2014, 05:20:36 PM »
Thanks for the welcome gunnar and mangokothiyan.

Mangokothiyan,

In ground, I have two red Grumichama, one Gefner Atemoya, three dwarf pomegranates, sugar-cane, two dwarf coconut palms, Pickering mango, Choc-anon mango, Sweetheart Lychee, Mauritius Lychee, Rhode Red orange, Mai-3 Jakfruit and several desert bananas.

In pots, I have several varieties of mangoes, lemons, figs, carambola, oranges, pineapple guava and my favorite...miracle fruit.

That is a lovely collection! Congrats..

I am more into mangoes - have about 12 diff varieties in the ground  - and also have two mamey sapote, three sapodilla, one coconut palm, june plum, Sweetheart Lychee, Mauritius Lychee, two moringa trees, a sugar apple and a Bangkok Lemon jackfruit. Would love to see your collection some day. I also have a banana from Njahlipoovan (it is from India, where I am from). Possibly the best I've ever had. Will gladly give you a pup if you want one.

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« Reply #969 on: April 17, 2014, 12:12:13 PM »
Mangokothiyan,

Thank you for the offer.  Your other non-mango trees are very impressive as well.  I am a huge mango fan myself, but not nearly as experienced as most of the people here in the forum.  The current collection in pots is Cogshall, Fairchild, Neelam and a pickering (my first tree).
I would love to hear more about your mango collection.  Which is you favorite?

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« Reply #970 on: April 17, 2014, 03:27:51 PM »
Coral Springs is taking over this forum. I move to change the title to Coral Springs Tropical Fruit Discussion. Do I have a second?

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« Reply #971 on: April 17, 2014, 04:28:58 PM »
New to the forum.  This is Tony from SoCal.  To be exact, I am in San Gabriel Valley.

Have anyone have any luck on growing Mangosteen & Rambutan in California?

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« Reply #972 on: April 17, 2014, 04:46:27 PM »
Mangokothiyan,

Thank you for the offer.  Your other non-mango trees are very impressive as well.  I am a huge mango fan myself, but not nearly as experienced as most of the people here in the forum.  The current collection in pots is Cogshall, Fairchild, Neelam and a pickering (my first tree).
I would love to hear more about your mango collection.  Which is you favorite?

I love the Carrie and  luckily for me, it looks like I will get a decent crop this year. I also love PPK (Lemon Meringue) but I told that it takes time before starting to produce well. I also have the Nam Doc Mai, two pickerings, a Keitt, Duncan, Bailey's Marvel, Mallika, Maha Chanok, Juicy peach, Sweet Tart and an Ugly Betty.  ST, UB and JP are small trees, just in the ground. I am most excited about my Kesar, which has little fruits on it for the first time. I am from India and I have heard great things about it; it is said to be as good or better than Alphonso. So keeping my fingers crossed. The Sweet Tart is said to be very good and productive too...

I have also topworked a mislabeled Glenn with Neelam, Choc Anon, Florigon and Brhm Kei Mea. I have Fairchild, ZillIndo-Chinese and Pim Saen Mun on my Bailey marvel. More mango trees than I need, but it is hard to stop. This is what the hobby does to you.

My favorite mango is something that does not produce well here - mulgoa. I had it when in India and it was like a slice of heaven. that good..




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« Reply #973 on: April 17, 2014, 04:48:25 PM »
New to the forum.  This is Tony from SoCal.  To be exact, I am in San Gabriel Valley.

Have anyone have any luck on growing Mangosteen & Rambutan in California?

I second it, wholeheartedly!! Not sure the others will agree though.

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« Reply #974 on: April 21, 2014, 01:43:22 AM »
Hey Mango "Kothiyan," Great efforts on Mango.

Probably you must have heard about "Nattumavu," We have an excellent variety called "Chakkara mavu. small fruits in bunches, great flavor. We have been producing its bud grafts in large scale. Available at "Homegrown Nursery and Farms" Kanjirapally, Kerala, India.

 

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