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« Reply #725 on: August 14, 2013, 07:39:58 PM »
Welcome Triloba Tracker. I grew up in N GA and am quite familiar with pawpaws although I never found a really good one in the wild. It's hand to hand combat with the wildlife to get them when ripe. KSU has many cultivars - http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/
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« Reply #726 on: August 15, 2013, 08:46:27 AM »
Welcome Triloba Tracker. I grew up in N GA and am quite familiar with pawpaws although I never found a really good one in the wild. It's hand to hand combat with the wildlife to get them when ripe. KSU has many cultivars - http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/


Thanks!!  Yeah, I've heard similar things about how hard it is to beat the 'possums and such to the fruit.  I guess since I'm new at it, I haven't become jaded yet!  I did learn about the KSU pawpaw program and have spoken with them a little.  I would like to take a trip up there to see their operation and maybe get some trees.

I just love the feeling of foraging in the wild for fruit. ..it's such a cool feeling that nature is just handing out free, delicious, nutritious food!  Of course, cultivating food has its own rewards too.
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« Reply #727 on: August 15, 2013, 12:30:12 PM »
Congratulations, normally it's the other way around.  Very refreshing to hear kids getting hooked on tropical FRUITS rather than many other things, then converting parents to make great duos.

I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.
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« Reply #728 on: August 15, 2013, 07:52:53 PM »
Welcome Triloba Tracker. I grew up in N GA and am quite familiar with pawpaws although I never found a really good one in the wild. It's hand to hand combat with the wildlife to get them when ripe. KSU has many cultivars - http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/


Thanks!!  Yeah, I've heard similar things about how hard it is to beat the 'possums and such to the fruit.  I guess since I'm new at it, I haven't become jaded yet!  I did learn about the KSU pawpaw program and have spoken with them a little.  I would like to take a trip up there to see their operation and maybe get some trees.

I just love the feeling of foraging in the wild for fruit. ..it's such a cool feeling that nature is just handing out free, delicious, nutritious food! Of course, cultivating food has its own rewards too.


Before the onset of agriculture everything humans ate was handed out by nature.
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« Reply #729 on: August 16, 2013, 11:33:43 AM »
Before the onset of agriculture everything humans ate was handed out by nature.

So true!  With today's industrial agriculture machine, you have to sorta wonder if we've ruined it :)

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« Reply #730 on: August 16, 2013, 12:15:46 PM »
Before the onset of agriculture everything humans ate was handed out by nature.

So true!  With today's industrial agriculture machine, you have to sorta wonder if we've ruined it :)

well, we do have 7 billion people in need of food...

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« Reply #731 on: August 16, 2013, 04:17:00 PM »
Congratulations, normally it's the other way around.  Very refreshing to hear kids getting hooked on tropical FRUITS rather than many other things, then converting parents to make great duos.

I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.

Haha! I am also a teenager, but cannot seem to get my parents fully interested. Any suggestions, triloba tracker?

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« Reply #732 on: August 16, 2013, 04:32:02 PM »
Congratulations, normally it's the other way around.  Very refreshing to hear kids getting hooked on tropical FRUITS rather than many other things, then converting parents to make great duos.

I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.

Haha! I am also a teenager, but cannot seem to get my parents fully interested. Any suggestions, triloba tracker?
Ha!  Well, I will see if Henry can comment too, but my answer is: talk about rare fruit all the time, bug your parents to let you mail-order fruit, constantly beg to go to the nearest international grocery store, and start growing plants all over the house :):):):)

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« Reply #733 on: August 16, 2013, 04:58:49 PM »
Congratulations, normally it's the other way around.  Very refreshing to hear kids getting hooked on tropical FRUITS rather than many other things, then converting parents to make great duos.

I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.

Haha! I am also a teenager, but cannot seem to get my parents fully interested. Any suggestions, triloba tracker?
Ha!  Well, I will see if Henry can comment too, but my answer is: talk about rare fruit all the time, bug your parents to let you mail-order fruit, constantly beg to go to the nearest international grocery store, and start growing plants all over the house :):):):)

Hmm, i've been doing that and i can't get them to go nuts about fruit...

But my parents are pretty chill with it anyway so it's all right.

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« Reply #734 on: August 20, 2013, 03:41:40 PM »
Hello,
I live in Vancouver, BC Canada zone 8b.  I am very excited that I found this forum and am looking forward to all the helpful information that I will be gathering.  I am really into exotic/unusual tropical plants, especially if it is edible.....if you tell me I can't grow it here I will try just to prove you wrong :)
My current collection includes the following:
Julie mango (seed grown)
sapodilla (flowered last year)
chocolate sapote
soursop
sweetsop
dragon fruit
star apple
rose apple
babaco papaya (bearing fruit right now)
roselle
carob
Brazilian cherry
starfruit
blackberry jam
egg fruit
tropical almond
assorted citrus (lemon, lime, kumquat, mandarin)
These are all in pots in my various greenhouses or spending the summer outside.

I also have some unusual/uncommon fruits and trees planted in-ground:
medlar
persimmon
guavas (Chilean and pineapple)
pawpaw
avocado
loquat
sausage vine
magnolia vine (seed grown)
several varieties of kiwi and passion vine

I am really looking forward to all the knowledge and information I will be acquiring from all the knowledge people in this forum....thank you in advance  :)
FYI, I also have a thing for palms (7 varieties) and bananas (10 varieties)
...keep 'm growing!

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« Reply #735 on: August 20, 2013, 03:50:15 PM »
Welcome! That is a wonderful and inspiring list from Canada! I hope to hear more from you. Make a topic and post some pics! I also have avocado, one of my favorite fruit. Is yours grafted? Avocado trees are very popular over here, and most houses have a little tree from store-bought fruit, but almost nobody has a grafted tree, and even I have not grafted mine yet. I like your citrus list! I also have a few, but kumquat is not technically a citrus, but instead a fortunella. Good luck with that babaco!

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« Reply #736 on: August 20, 2013, 04:00:47 PM »
Welcome, Canadian Tropics! 

What size are your potted plants, and what can you tell us about your greenhouses?

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« Reply #737 on: August 21, 2013, 02:46:23 PM »

Thanks for the warm welcomes!

Welcome! That is a wonderful and inspiring list from Canada! I hope to hear more from you. Make a topic and post some pics! I also have avocado, one of my favorite fruit. Is yours grafted? Avocado trees are very popular over here, and most houses have a little tree from store-bought fruit, but almost nobody has a grafted tree, and even I have not grafted mine yet. I like your citrus list! I also have a few, but kumquat is not technically a citrus, but instead a fortunella. Good luck with that babaco!

Sanddollarmoon,
I would have to check the tag on my avocado but it is supposed to be a "cold hardy" Mexican variety and not from store bought fruit - picked it up from a local plant supplier who specializes in cold hardy tropicals.  This one is an experiment and is planted in-ground in a sheltered area......we'll see how it survives our winters.
As for the babaco, we are really excited to see the fruit getting bigger; about a dozen currently on the tree.

Welcome, Canadian Tropics! 

What size are your potted plants, and what can you tell us about your greenhouses?

Triloba Tracker,
My pots ranges from 1 gallons for my seedlings (such as the mangos and cashew - both seed grown) to 5 and 10 gallon depending upon the size of the plant (my seed grown, 7yr old crinum lily is over 5ft tall and won't stop flowering).  I also have a couple of trees in 35 gallon pots but these are all cold hardy varieties that live permanently on my decks and patio - such as the medlar, apricot and yellowhorn
As for my greenhouses, I have three:
1) 6x8ft polycarb where we currently grow melons and "unusual" edibles such as globe artichoke and ground cherries
2) 6x8ft double-walled polycarb that is heated during the winter - this is where the seedlings and tender tropical are kept
3) 16x9.5ft x7.5ft high hoop greenhouse - we decided to cover our vegetable garden so that I can start things earlier and keep them growing longer.  It also allows me to keep hardier but frost tender plants such as the citrus, tropical bananas and some of my palm trees during the winter months
And the plants that do not fit in these locations, or that require extra room or attention (such as the 7ft tall coffee tree and white bird of paradise) come into the house during the colder months.  Speaking of which I noticed the nights temps are down to about 13C (56F) which means I will be starting to move plants next weekend.....fun times    ;D

I will post some pictures soon.....

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« Reply #738 on: August 24, 2013, 12:48:55 AM »
Hi, I'm Tony.

I'm the webmaster for SoCalPlantBreeders.com
I'm also an avid tropical gardner as well.
I currently reside in Ventura California.

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« Reply #739 on: August 24, 2013, 04:02:14 PM »
Welcome, Tony.

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« Reply #740 on: August 24, 2013, 04:04:10 PM »
Hi, I'm Tony.

I'm the webmaster for SoCalPlantBreeders.com
I'm also an avid tropical gardner as well.
I currently reside in Ventura California.
Welcome!  ;D

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« Reply #741 on: August 25, 2013, 12:13:19 AM »
Hi Tracker, Sandollarmoon, Tony, and Canadian Tropics.  We have members in Canada, Colorado, New York, and other cold places growing frest tropical fruits in sunlamps and should provide a wealth of information.  I'm in South Florida, so many tropical fruit trees grow here pretty well.
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« Reply #742 on: August 25, 2013, 09:09:07 AM »
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I'm the webmaster for SoCalPlantBreeders.com
I'm also an avid tropical gardner as well.
I currently reside in Ventura California.
Welcome Tony. You will likely find some interesting information on tropicals you can grow in your area. Hardiness zones change quickly over physically short distances in CA. Are you in USDA 10a?
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« Reply #743 on: August 25, 2013, 09:22:14 AM »
My name is Jeff.  I grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Miami in 2007.  I just moved into a new house and had a baby boy (named Keegan) so I figured a healthy mini-orchard addiction would be perfect!  I have a small lot--maybe 1/5 of an acre....but I intend to make it a densely-packed fruit and veggie paradise.  I love the idea of self-sufficiency at least somewhat living off the land. 

Since I moved in on June 1st of this year, I have planted:

Jackfruit (Crunchy Lemon and Cristela)
Passionfruit (Purple Possum)
Pomegranate (Vietnamese Red)
Papaya (red lady and solo sunrise)
Banana (cavendish, goldfinger, double mahoi, raja pisang, Jamaican Red)
Jaboticaba (red and black)
Acerola/Barbados Cherry
Mulberry (white, everbearing, unknown)
Macadamia Nut (dana white)
Moringa
Caimito (purple and hippolito green)
Coconuts (yellow and green)
Pineapple Guava
Figs (brown Turkey, Black Mission, green one I cut from South beach garden)
Sugar Apple (Na Dai)
Atemoya (Gefner)
Grapes (Alachua, Burgundy Bunch, Noble)
Tropical Guava (Red ruby, Excalibur Variegated)
Soursop (already on-site when I moved)
Ackee
Katuk
carambola/starfruit (Lara)
Peaches (UF sun, Tropic snow)
Loquats (Big Jim, Yehudah)
Avocado (brogdon, oro negro)
Citrus (Persian lime, variegated lemon, meyer lemon improved, red navel, navel, orlando tangelo)
Pitaya/Dragonfruit (Dark star, purple haze, natural mystic, vietnamese jaina)
Blackberry (thornless)
Blueberry (varied--we'll see)
Mammee apple/Abrico
Hog Plum (technically neighbor's tree but hangs over my property)
Sapodilla (alano, Silas woods)

I may have missed some but I think that's it.  Suffice to say, I have "the bug" like many of you.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Harry, Rob, Lisa, Jeff Hagen, squam, sheehan, and others for your mango cultivar reviews as well as many other fruits.  Without you guys, I would've been in the dark and probably got a Tommy atkins and choc-anon--lol

Anyway, I look forward to interacting with you all as time goes on and I try to bring this mini-orchard up to speed.  BTW, what is oolitic limestone?  My soil here is sandy (some parts are always white in color, but most are a light gray--have hear people say it's sugar sand.  I know i can have it tested by UF extension but i like instant gratification.

Let the journey begin!!

~Jeff


Mango (lemon zest, coconut cream, nam doc mai #4, Maha Chanok, mallika, pickering, graham, rosigold, Neelam, fairchild, Glenn, angie,   madame francis (already existing--may graft onto it in later years)
~Jeff

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« Reply #744 on: August 25, 2013, 09:35:09 AM »
Good collection you have! Congratuations! ;D

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« Reply #745 on: August 25, 2013, 07:35:03 PM »
Nice list gunnar! I am amazed you were able to fit all those in. Do you prune often?
Grow mainly fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

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« Reply #746 on: August 27, 2013, 10:26:27 AM »
Hi All
Im very interested in tropical rare and exotic fruits.
i also like medicinal herbs and just about all edibles (im a vegetarian)
I liveb in the suburbs, but my backyard is full. mainly Papaya trees, but have guava, satsuma
and a few other adult treesd
but mostly i am still in the growing stages for lots of stuff
like Mamey, Baobob , Lychee, opuntia, dragonfruit,  cherimoya etc...  seedlings i have.

i keep a photobucket account of stuff here...
http://s98.photobucket.com/user/911review/library/?sort=3&page=1

I am outside of New Orleans, so it stays warm most of the year
and the winters are pretty mild. -  i think im in zone 10 (maybe 9a ?)
 not sure... i saw 2 different maps
one was hard to read.

i love to trade
and am looking for (especially) Marang/Terap - Cacao and Lucuma
or almost any exotic tropical fruit that will grow here.
(also medicinals)

Brad


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« Reply #747 on: August 27, 2013, 10:53:12 AM »
My name is Jeff.  I grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Miami in 2007.  I just moved into a new house and had a baby boy (named Keegan) so I figured a healthy mini-orchard addiction would be perfect!  I have a small lot--maybe 1/5 of an acre....but I intend to make it a densely-packed fruit and veggie paradise.  I love the idea of self-sufficiency at least somewhat living off the land. 


I may have missed some but I think that's it.  Suffice to say, I have "the bug" like many of you.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Harry, Rob, Lisa, Jeff Hagen, squam, sheehan, and others for your mango cultivar reviews as well as many other fruits.  Without you guys, I would've been in the dark and probably got a Tommy atkins and choc-anon--lol

Anyway, I look forward to interacting with you all as time goes on and I try to bring this mini-orchard up to speed.  BTW, what is oolitic limestone?  My soil here is sandy (some parts are always white in color, but most are a light gray--have hear people say it's sugar sand.  I know i can have it tested by UF extension but i like instant gratification.

Let the journey begin!!

~Jeff


Mango (lemon zest, coconut cream, nam doc mai #4, Maha Chanok, mallika, pickering, graham, rosigold, Neelam, fairchild, Glenn, angie,   madame francis (already existing--may graft onto it in later years)

BTW, what is oolitic limestone?


Dig down 8-12-20 inches. Do you you see chucks of old coral with embedded seashells which is the oolitic limestone?  Most likely you do not because you are close to ocean where Broward County was developed years ago by more modest means that what I have in Western Broward. Jeff(cookie monster) has the same problem I do. Our Western suburbs were dug up, drained, developed ~37 years ago by large earth moving equipment. Drainage canals were dug out, this soil+limestone was heaped up onto the land for the new subdivisions, and in the process the natural ancient soil profile was inverted. Leaving us with hi-ph soil with lots of oolitic if you dig down a bit. When you dig past the ~8" of topsoil that was graded onto the suburban development for St Augustine lawn grass to root into and thrive

So for me I have had my citrus trees do great until they start rooting downward into the lower hi-ph oolitic layers
Mangoes, avocados and others are not so affected by this hi-ph soil
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« Reply #748 on: August 27, 2013, 01:38:42 PM »
Hi All
Im very interested in tropical rare and exotic fruits.
i also like medicinal herbs and just about all edibles (im a vegetarian)
I liveb in the suburbs, but my backyard is full. mainly Papaya trees, but have guava, satsuma
and a few other adult treesd
but mostly i am still in the growing stages for lots of stuff
like Mamey, Baobob , Lychee, opuntia, dragonfruit,  cherimoya etc...  seedlings i have.

i keep a photobucket account of stuff here...
http://s98.photobucket.com/user/911review/library/?sort=3&page=1

I am outside of New Orleans, so it stays warm most of the year
and the winters are pretty mild. -  i think im in zone 10 (maybe 9a ?)
 not sure... i saw 2 different maps
one was hard to read.

i love to trade
and am looking for (especially) Marang/Terap - Cacao and Lucuma
or almost any exotic tropical fruit that will grow here.
(also medicinals)

Brad




Welcome to the forum Brad. Took a quick look at your photo bucket and wow , your papaya's look nice. If you're truly in zone 9 and they can survive fine like that, maybe my little tr hovey papaya, will make it this winter and hopefully fruit next spring/summer.

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Nice list gunnar! I am amazed you were able to fit all those in. Do you prune often?








I plan on pruning intensively...as i have seen from dave wilson nursery online.  Pepe also has some info on mini-grove culture on his site.  Not much pruning yet because things are just starting to take off.  I have planted a few multi-trees in one hole and pruned them accordingly upon planting so they wouldn't shade each other out. 
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