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« Reply #250 on: June 05, 2012, 09:05:56 PM »
My name is Frank , I live and have my entire life in Florida now Daytona but grew up in Tampa. I have about an acre but only a small part has been disignated for fruit trees by my wife. I have 3 differnent mulberries ( the reason I joined this forum) , 2 differnet guavas . starfruit tree , grapefruit , blood orange, fig , lemon, peach , nectarine, papayas , wild grapes that bear somewhat , lots of Maypop vines in the woods part of the property, few surinam cherry bushes , banana and plantain . I did have a large mango tree that bore great for one year after I had I nursed it  thru years of freezes then one freeze of a mild nature killed it in one night last year when I did not cover it and heat it as I had before .
I also like fishing , hunting , diving . I feed the trees what ever is left over from the hunting and fishing and compost what is left over from everything else.
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« Reply #251 on: June 06, 2012, 12:26:29 AM »
Hi everyone,

i am Samuel living in Reunion an overseas French department located in the south eastern part of the Indian Ocean.

I started to get consciously interested in tropical fruits at the age of 18 when i moved to Martinique (another overseas French department this time in the west indies) to take a 2 years technical degree in agriculture. Eversince i have been working in agriculture as a worker, a teacher and today as a farmer-manager. My main focuses have been ecologically sustainable ways of farming, vegetable seed production and tropical fruits.

I have been traveling in some parts of the tropical world which has made my interest into tropical fruits grow stronger. As i was saying above I have lived in the west Indies for few years, I travelled quite extensively in India and visited Thailand twice.

5 years ago we decided with my family to settle down in Reunion. The tricky part of that project is to access the land. Fortunately i had the opportunity to get a 2,5 acres plot at the beginning of this year. It is located at 350 m elevation on the southern coast oh the island. I also have a smaller plot at sea level in the same area.

For the past 5 years i have been sourcing and collecting vegetal material from the rarest tropical fruits that were introduced by some fellow fruit hobbyists. So It came to me naturally that i should first develop my farming activity as a nursery specializing in tropical rare fruits.

That's why i am very happy to participate in this forum, a wealth of information regarding what i would love to achieve.

Special Thanks to PJ and murahilin for doing this great job and to all of you for contributing.
« Last Edit: June 06, 2012, 01:24:08 AM by Tim »
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« Reply #252 on: June 06, 2012, 02:08:43 AM »
Hi Samuel, glad you finally made it over to this forum!
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« Reply #253 on: June 06, 2012, 04:11:21 AM »
Hi Samuel, glad you finally made it over to this forum!

Yes, good to see a fellow member from the yahoo forum here..!

edit: forgot to ask what is growing these days? And how was the durian season?
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« Reply #254 on: June 06, 2012, 04:23:09 AM »
Hi Frank and Samuel,

Welcome to the forum :)
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« Reply #255 on: June 06, 2012, 05:53:06 AM »
Welcome FrankA and Samuel it looks like you guys are a couple of seasoned fruit enthusiasts.
Samuel I imagine reunion and for that matter mauritius are almost the same latitude as the big island of hawaii and that place might be a good guide for you.

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« Reply #256 on: June 06, 2012, 06:27:36 AM »
Welcome FrankA and Samuel it looks like you guys are a couple of seasoned fruit enthusiasts.
Samuel I imagine reunion and for that matter mauritius are almost the same latitude as the big island of hawaii and that place might be a good guide for you.

Reunion and Mauritius would be much more like island of Kauai which is 22N. Big Island is 19N.
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« Reply #257 on: June 06, 2012, 07:49:55 AM »
A very warm welcome to our new members, Samuel, FrankA, Prasad,and  Natalie.  Glad to have you all here.  In this forum, pictures of your trees/plants are always most appreciated.  In fact, some members question the existance of some trees until we see pictoral evidence.  So for them, its, "seeing is believing."  And more importantly, seeing is enjoying.....so please, when you get a chance, do post some pictures of your trees or your fruit tree adventures.  Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #258 on: June 06, 2012, 09:10:46 AM »
Hi everyone,

i am Samuel living in Reunion an overseas French department located in the south eastern part of the Indian Ocean.

I started to get consciously interested in tropical fruits at the age of 18 when i moved to Martinique (another overseas French department this time in the west indies) to take a 2 years technical degree in agriculture. Eversince i have been working in agriculture as a worker, a teacher and today as a farmer-manager. My main focuses have been ecologically sustainable ways of farming, vegetable seed production and tropical fruits.

I have been traveling in some parts of the tropical world which has made my interest into tropical fruits grow stronger. As i was saying above I have lived in the west Indies for few years, I travelled quite extensively in India and visited Thailand twice.

5 years ago we decided with my family to settle down in Reunion. The tricky part of that project is to access the land. Fortunately i had the opportunity to get a 2,5 acres plot at the beginning of this year. It is located at 350 m elevation on the southern coast oh the island. I also have a smaller plot at sea level in the same area.

For the past 5 years i have been sourcing and collecting vegetal material from the rarest tropical fruits that were introduced by some fellow fruit hobbyists. So It came to me naturally that i should first develop my farming activity as a nursery specializing in tropical rare fruits.

That's why i am very happy to participate in this forum, a wealth of information regarding what i would love to achieve.

Special Thanks to PJ and murahilin for doing this great job and to all of you for contributing.


Welcome Samuel,
Maybe you can help answer this for me. Are there any mangos in Reunion that is similar to the Julie mango? I have been trying to find the origin of the Julie mango for a little while now and a few sources point to Reunion as the origin. Since you've lived in the West Indies you've likely had a chance the taste the Julie right?

Here is a link to my original post about it: http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=12.0

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« Reply #259 on: June 10, 2012, 10:07:52 AM »
I am a native Floridian, living in West Palm.  I like to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.  I am hoping to learn more about taking care of what I have, diagnosing problems, propagating and of course growing more. 
I prefer to grow organically.

I work as a paralegal and my husband is a knifemaker.   My other interests are plant medicine, self sufficiency and permaculture.

Glad to be here.  Thank you for the great reference material.

Anna


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« Reply #260 on: June 10, 2012, 12:57:50 PM »
I am a native Floridian, living in West Palm.  I like to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.  I am hoping to learn more about taking care of what I have, diagnosing problems, propagating and of course growing more. 
I prefer to grow organically.

I work as a paralegal and my husband is a knifemaker.   My other interests are plant medicine, self sufficiency and permaculture.

Glad to be here.  Thank you for the great reference material.

Anna

Welcome to the forum. What kind of knives does your husband make?

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« Reply #261 on: June 10, 2012, 03:03:09 PM »
He makes every day use knives, entertains custom orders, has done everything from art knives to kitchen knives.  Mostly working with carbon steel due to its edge holding capacity.   

www.rgblades.com

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« Reply #262 on: June 10, 2012, 04:02:26 PM »
AGardner with a name like that you should be a natural.With a business like that I bet you look sharp,have an edge and are a cut above the pack.
Welcome aboard I also grow many herbs and vegies as well as fruit trees.

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« Reply #263 on: June 10, 2012, 04:33:42 PM »
He makes every day use knives, entertains custom orders, has done everything from art knives to kitchen knives.  Mostly working with carbon steel due to its edge holding capacity.   

www.rgblades.com


I looked through the entire gallery. Those knives look awesome. What is the price range on those knives? What type of knife would he recommend for cuttings open fruits such as mangos? I currently have one of the long thing flip open fruit sampling knives but I may be interested in purchasing something more substantial and non flip. Too much stuff gets stuck in a folding knife and a solid one would likely be easier to keep clean.

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« Reply #264 on: June 10, 2012, 04:51:35 PM »
AGardner if you combined your hobby and the business you could have a range of fruit knives.A couple of weeks ago a friend gave me 2 specialist fruit knives.




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« Reply #265 on: June 11, 2012, 12:50:53 PM »
Hello all,

I fell in love with tropical fruits while living in Brazil for a couple years. I was an avid gardener throughout my time in college and now that I have my own little half acre here in Hollywood, FL, I am creating an edible landscape. I also love to eat and cook and I regularly run marathons so I can indulge these interests.

For my day job, I am a bankruptcy litigator in Fort Lauderdale. My family consists of my incredibly patient and understanding husband who picks up the slack while I root around the garden on the weekends, 2 teenage boys who help me farm with varying degrees of cooperation, a 1 year-old girl (who already has a toy wheelbarrow).

I love learning and I obsessively study my hobbies. This forum is an incredible resource and I am so grateful to the experts here. I look forward to our new landscape providing for our family and friends (forum members included).
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« Reply #266 on: June 12, 2012, 02:04:31 PM »
Hi Samuel, Frank, Prasad, Natalie, A Gardner - gosh simply can't keep up with the Fruit-Obsessed hordes
overruning this forum!    Kidding of course - the more the merrier....and.....the greater the chance of crossing paths somewhere at some time.

Samuel - I've been to Martinique - on my way to Dominca to visit my brother in the Peace Corps back in 1980 or thereabouts.  Beautiful islands, but of course did I know or CARE what a mango was back then - NO!!!!!!!!!!!   I was into God knows what back then...but here I am now wishing I could have asked a lot more questions and sampled more exotic  fruits while I was there....sigh.....


ANYWAY - WELCOME ONE AND ALL!

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« Reply #267 on: June 12, 2012, 08:41:59 PM »
He makes every day use knives, entertains custom orders, has done everything from art knives to kitchen knives.  Mostly working with carbon steel due to its edge holding capacity.   

www.rgblades.com


I looked through the entire gallery. Those knives look awesome. What is the price range on those knives? What type of knife would he recommend for cuttings open fruits such as mangos? I currently have one of the long thing flip open fruit sampling knives but I may be interested in purchasing something more substantial and non flip. Too much stuff gets stuck in a folding knife and a solid one would likely be easier to keep clean.


Prices range quite a bit, most have prices listed if you click on pic.   I personally like the small neck knives, the blade is a couple inches, easy to stick in your pocket.  If you don't mind something bigger to put on a belt there are alot to choose from.  Everyone has different opinions but the best is to see and feel in person, he usually has a table at the local gun show.

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« Reply #268 on: June 24, 2012, 01:46:30 PM »
Hi I'm new to the forum but born and raised in Mel beach I'm 31 and within the last 4-5 yrs have really become interested in tropical fruit trees A's well A's growing heirloom veggies.  So hi all and I look forward to sharing and learning from such an informed group of fruits.Hahaha

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« Reply #269 on: June 24, 2012, 05:01:03 PM »
Hi Anna, Katie and Zack,

Welcome to the forum...glad to have y'all aboard :)

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« Reply #270 on: July 01, 2012, 05:46:27 PM »
Hello everbody,
   My wife and I got hooked on mangoes a few years ago when our Glenn produced its first fruit. My only experience with mangoes up until then was with backyard Hadens brought in by co-workers. The Glenn was a pleasant surprise. Last year I bought a Malika, Poi Pu Kalay,Lancatilla,Carrie,NDM#4 and a Maha Chanok.
  The Carrie has 6 small fruit. We have lots of Papaya, some bananas/Plantains, orange, a few pineapple, and 2 Mamey Sapote from seed.
    I just found a guy on Craigslist selling many  different kinds mangoes from his house. This would be a great way to taste some of what we have planted so we paid him a visit yesterday. We picked up an Edwards, Jacarta,Bailys Marvel, Spirit of 76, Zill, Van Dyke, and a NDM. Turns out the guy bought the house from Gary Zill. Its in WPB. Didn't get a tour, but the property looked great, lots of mango trees! We're now having our our own mango taste test, and seeing how our Glenn stacks up.

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« Reply #271 on: July 02, 2012, 12:30:40 AM »
Hello everbody,
   My wife and I got hooked on mangoes a few years ago when our Glenn produced its first fruit. My only experience with mangoes up until then was with backyard Hadens brought in by co-workers. The Glenn was a pleasant surprise. Last year I bought a Malika, Poi Pu Kalay,Lancatilla,Carrie,NDM#4 and a Maha Chanok.
  The Carrie has 6 small fruit. We have lots of Papaya, some bananas/Plantains, orange, a few pineapple, and 2 Mamey Sapote from seed.
    I just found a guy on Craigslist selling many  different kinds mangoes from his house. This would be a great way to taste some of what we have planted so we paid him a visit yesterday. We picked up an Edwards, Jacarta,Bailys Marvel, Spirit of 76, Zill, Van Dyke, and a NDM. Turns out the guy bought the house from Gary Zill. Its in WPB. Didn't get a tour, but the property looked great, lots of mango trees! We're now having our our own mango taste test, and seeing how our Glenn stacks up.

Welcome,  I see you dove right in with the mango collection, nice selection you have.
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« Reply #272 on: July 03, 2012, 01:40:55 AM »
Hi everyone. I'm Xeno (pronounced Zee-no). I'm 24 years old and live in Ventura County, Ca. About a year ago I got the gardening bug and it's been going ok.

A list of fruit trees that I have:
Citrus:  Tango mandarin, Valencia, Washington navel, Cara Cara, Moro Blood, Tarocco Blood, Eureka Lemon, Thornless Mexican Key lime.
Stone: Anna Apple, Gordon Dorsett Apple, Mid Pride Peach, Arctic Star Nectarine, a 3 in 1 asian pear tree (forgot which varieties), Satsuma Plum, and Santa Rosa Plum).
Tropicals: Big Jim Loquat, white and pink skinned dragonfruit, Hak Ip lychee, Brewster lychee, Mauritius Lychee, Angel Red Pomegranate, 2 Wonderful pomegranates, Pink Satin pomegranate, and an unknown longan.
Etc: Heirloom tomatoes, Serrano peppers, Bhut Jolokia pepper, Brown Turkey Fig, Mission Fig, and Pepino Melon.

The majority of these are in pots. Wanting to get a Carrie mango, Timotayo mango, Black pearl Wax Jambu, Kajang starfruit, Giant Bangkok guava, Sapodilla, and a jaboticaba. Also would LOVE a jakfruit, just don't know where to put it. I'm here to gather information on how to grow near the coast. It's hard to find any info regarding growing tropicals in ventura county, even though I'm only like an hour drive north-west of LA county. I feel like I'm the only one growing tropical trees in my area!  ;D

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« Reply #273 on: July 03, 2012, 01:49:53 AM »
Hello everyone

I accidently found this forum yesterday. And it's like a gold mine. So much helpful & valuable information.

Gardening is brand new to me, I 've only started 6 months ago and am so in love with it. There will be so much I need to learn, especially with tropical fruit plants

Currently, I have:

1 longan
1 lychee
4 sugar apple
1 atemoya
1 june plum
3 guava
1 barbado cherry

@ Southern CA

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« Reply #274 on: July 03, 2012, 02:05:45 AM »
Hi VyVy, welcome! You have 4 sugar apples and no cherimoya? Don't worry. That can be fixed really soon. :) We have lots of good cherimoya around here.

You can also try attending a local CRFG meeting in your area for more in-person interactions if you aren't already. There are chapters in Riverside, San Diego, Orange County, South Bay, West LA, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, and I believe Santa Barbara as well.

 

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