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« Reply #800 on: October 15, 2013, 05:52:28 PM »
Hi my name is Stephen I live on Big Pine Key, just wanted to introduce my self, lots of good info here!

Wow - how close are you to Adolf Grimal's old place?  And, welcome!

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« Reply #801 on: October 15, 2013, 08:08:24 PM »
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« Reply #802 on: October 18, 2013, 09:00:33 AM »
Hi, I just joined the other day.  My name is Carolyn, and I live in Boise Idaho.  We are USDA zone 6, but I have a 15x30 ft zone 12+ greenhouse in my back yard (ok, it sort of IS the back yard...). Costs more to heat than the house.
I have about 80 different species out there right now, and I am mostly interested in tropical fruit - I some cavendish banana (have had two crops so far, and am hoping for a third this year off these new plants), two different varieties of cacao (have not tried to pollinate them yet), coffee (lots of beans, learning how to roast them properly!), vanilla orchid, cinnamon, dragon fruit and a couple other varieties of blooming tropical cacti, lychee, several different citrus, date palm, jelly palm, coconut palm, a really weird fruiting conophor vine from Africa, and a bunch of other things.
I am ALWAYS looking to buy, sell or swap tropical fruit plants, seedlings and seeds! 

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« Reply #803 on: October 18, 2013, 09:16:35 AM »
Hi, I just joined the other day.  My name is Carolyn, and I live in Boise Idaho.  We are USDA zone 6, but I have a 15x30 ft zone 12+ greenhouse in my back yard (ok, it sort of IS the back yard...). Costs more to heat than the house.
I have about 80 different species out there right now, and I am mostly interested in tropical fruit - I some cavendish banana (have had two crops so far, and am hoping for a third this year off these new plants), two different varieties of cacao (have not tried to pollinate them yet), coffee (lots of beans, learning how to roast them properly!), vanilla orchid, cinnamon, dragon fruit and a couple other varieties of blooming tropical cacti, lychee, several different citrus, date palm, jelly palm, coconut palm, a really weird fruiting conophor vine from Africa, and a bunch of other things.
I am ALWAYS looking to buy, sell or swap tropical fruit plants, seedlings and seeds!

Hello and welcome! awesome collection youve got there!

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« Reply #804 on: October 18, 2013, 10:03:52 AM »
Hi, I just joined the other day.  My name is Carolyn, and I live in Boise Idaho.  We are USDA zone 6, but I have a 15x30 ft zone 12+ greenhouse in my back yard (ok, it sort of IS the back yard...). Costs more to heat than the house.
I have about 80 different species out there right now, and I am mostly interested in tropical fruit - I some cavendish banana (have had two crops so far, and am hoping for a third this year off these new plants), two different varieties of cacao (have not tried to pollinate them yet), coffee (lots of beans, learning how to roast them properly!), vanilla orchid, cinnamon, dragon fruit and a couple other varieties of blooming tropical cacti, lychee, several different citrus, date palm, jelly palm, coconut palm, a really weird fruiting conophor vine from Africa, and a bunch of other things.
I am ALWAYS looking to buy, sell or swap tropical fruit plants, seedlings and seeds!

Very nice!  I'm jealous!

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« Reply #805 on: October 18, 2013, 12:08:17 PM »
Hi, my name is Cassandra. I'm not in the greatest climate (zone 5B) for growing tropical fruit trees, but after I spent 6 weeks in Thailand last fall, I fell in love with a few! My favorites were longan. I planted a few seeds after I returned to the states and I now have three beautiful little longan trees. They seemed to do OK outside during the summer months, but I really think they prefer the indoors here because of some issues we have with high winds in their outdoor space. The other fruit I just love is jackfruit! I ended up receiving 32 seeds last month and thought, what the heck, I'll try planting. 31 out of the 32 have sprouted, and the most robust already have leaves on them. If they keep growing at this pace, the will soon be taller than my year-old longan!

Ideally, I would love to own a small greenhouse for them all, but that's just not possible in my location. I have all my trees on a large table in my room with a grow light suspended above them. I dunno how long this setup will last, depending on how tall the jackfruit get. I've brought in a heater, which I normally do for the winter, so this room should be at a minimum in the 70's.

I am here mainly because I have never grown anything tropical beyond these guys and I need all the pointers I can get.

Nice to meet you all!




P.S. Yes, I even have a Thai pepper plant in the mix now too. :)
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« Reply #806 on: October 18, 2013, 12:53:27 PM »
Nice to have you on the forum, Cassandra! I have never tried longan, but have a small seedling, your love of them makes me wish I had kept more! Good luck with the jackfruit (another fruit I have not tried), I hope they all do well! Jackfruit are fast growers, so I have heard, and can begin flowering after barely a year.

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« Reply #807 on: October 18, 2013, 01:28:25 PM »
Nice to have you on the forum, Cassandra! I have never tried longan, but have a small seedling, your love of them makes me wish I had kept more! Good luck with the jackfruit (another fruit I have not tried), I hope they all do well! Jackfruit are fast growers, so I have heard, and can begin flowering after barely a year.

 
Patrick, I was first introduced to them while staying in a small village up in the northeastern region. I don't know why, but once I started eating them, I just couldn't stop. I think I bought out all the fruit the local market had, which was maybe a few pounds (I suspect that they were at the tail end of their season). Then I bought another large bag of them at Suvarnabhumi airport on my way out of the country. They were my sustaining food for the flight home, since I ended up with last picks for my choice of "airline meals". Some folks say it's sort of a coconuty flavor. I don't actually think so. They are unique. And as for jackfruit... have you ever had Juicy Fruit Gum? I've been told that jackfruit is where it gets its flavor from! Folks in Thailand don't typically let their fruits ripen (case in point, green papaya salad is a favorite dish over there). When I had jackfruit there, it was yellow and OK, but the flavor sort of reminded me of a banana. Then when I got back to the states, I found a huge chunk of jackfruit at a local Asian market, and the edible pieces had a deep orange color. I brought it home, and that was that. Favorite tropical fruit #2. My other favorite I have not attempted to grow here yet; mangosteen. Fresh, it's awesome. Aged... well, trying to cut through the shell/skin once it's browned is like trying to saw through a log. And unfortunately all the mangosteen I've found locally is the tough stuff. 

I'm glad to hear that jackfruit grow so fast. I don't know what species of jackfruit I ended up with. The seed retailer just said the fruit is deep orange, sweet, thick and crunchy, with very little fibery membrane, and supposedly it's also "latexless". I personally didn't mind the latex. I actually thought it'd be cool to utilize the latex into materials for making art.

Good luck with your longan seedling! :) I hope you get some fruit from it.
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« Reply #808 on: October 18, 2013, 01:39:53 PM »
Nice to have you on the forum, Cassandra! I have never tried longan, but have a small seedling, your love of them makes me wish I had kept more! Good luck with the jackfruit (another fruit I have not tried), I hope they all do well! Jackfruit are fast growers, so I have heard, and can begin flowering after barely a year.

 
Patrick, I was first introduced to them while staying in a small village up in the northeastern region. I don't know why, but once I started eating them, I just couldn't stop. I think I bought out all the fruit the local market had, which was maybe a few pounds (I suspect that they were at the tail end of their season). Then I bought another large bag of them at Suvarnabhumi airport on my way out of the country. They were my sustaining food for the flight home, since I ended up with last picks for my choice of "airline meals". Some folks say it's sort of a coconuty flavor. I don't actually think so. They are unique. And as for jackfruit... have you ever had Juicy Fruit Gum? I've been told that jackfruit is where it gets its flavor from! Folks in Thailand don't typically let their fruits ripen (case in point, green papaya salad is a favorite dish over there). When I had jackfruit there, it was yellow and OK, but the flavor sort of reminded me of a banana. Then when I got back to the states, I found a huge chunk of jackfruit at a local Asian market, and the edible pieces had a deep orange color. I brought it home, and that was that. Favorite tropical fruit #2. My other favorite I have not attempted to grow here yet; mangosteen. Fresh, it's awesome. Aged... well, trying to cut through the shell/skin once it's browned is like trying to saw through a log. And unfortunately all the mangosteen I've found locally is the tough stuff. 

I'm glad to hear that jackfruit grow so fast. I don't know what species of jackfruit I ended up with. The seed retailer just said the fruit is deep orange, sweet, thick and crunchy, with very little fibery membrane, and supposedly it's also "latexless". I personally didn't mind the latex. I actually thought it'd be cool to utilize the latex into materials for making art.

Good luck with your longan seedling! :) I hope you get some fruit from it.

Welcome, Cassandra!  You sound about like me. . .we have a tropical fruit plant collection but nowhere to really house them.  We are getting a grow tent/light setup underway right now so hopefully they'll last thru the winter.
I also love jackfruit and have had similar experience with it - fresh/local stuff I had in South FL wasn't as good as the deep golden, super sweet stuff from the asian market in Nashville.

Patrick - you need to come to Nashville (or maybe Knoxville) so you can try Jackfruit!

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« Reply #810 on: October 18, 2013, 01:54:39 PM »
Welcome, Cassandra!  You sound about like me. . .we have a tropical fruit plant collection but nowhere to really house them.  We are getting a grow tent/light setup underway right now so hopefully they'll last thru the winter.
I also love jackfruit and have had similar experience with it - fresh/local stuff I had in South FL wasn't as good as the deep golden, super sweet stuff from the asian market in Nashville.

Indoor gardening in small spaces... Fun times! ;) I actually rather love having green in my room during the winter. All that white fluffy stuff and bare-leafed trees are depressing.

I'm not sure why fresh local stuff isn't tasting all that great. I wonder if that's a Cultivar/type issue, or just a matter of the fruit not being ripe enough. Maybe a little of both?
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« Reply #811 on: October 18, 2013, 02:04:57 PM »
Indoor gardening in small spaces... Fun times! ;) I actually rather love having green in my room during the winter. All that white fluffy stuff and bare-leafed trees are depressing.

I'm not sure why fresh local stuff isn't tasting all that great. I wonder if that's a Cultivar/type issue, or just a matter of the fruit not being ripe enough. Maybe a little of both?

It's just a cultivar issue . ... most of the world seems to prefer crunchy jackfruit, but I prefer softer.

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« Reply #812 on: October 18, 2013, 11:26:05 PM »
Hi, my name is Cassandra. I'm not in the greatest climate (zone 5B) for growing tropical fruit trees, but after I spent 6 weeks in Thailand last fall, I fell in love with a few! My favorites were longan. I planted a few seeds after I returned to the states and I now have three beautiful little longan trees. They seemed to do OK outside during the summer months, but I really think they prefer the indoors here because of some issues we have with high winds in their outdoor space. The other fruit I just love is jackfruit! I ended up receiving 32 seeds last month and thought, what the heck, I'll try planting. 31 out of the 32 have sprouted, and the most robust already have leaves on them. If they keep growing at this pace, the will soon be taller than my year-old longan!

Ideally, I would love to own a small greenhouse for them all, but that's just not possible in my location. I have all my trees on a large table in my room with a grow light suspended above them. I dunno how long this setup will last, depending on how tall the jackfruit get. I've brought in a heater, which I normally do for the winter, so this room should be at a minimum in the 70's.

I am here mainly because I have never grown anything tropical beyond these guys and I need all the pointers I can get.

Nice to meet you all!




P.S. Yes, I even have a Thai pepper plant in the mix now too. :)

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« Reply #813 on: October 18, 2013, 11:28:28 PM »
Hi Cassandra!
Yippee!  Another crazy gal trying to grow tropicals in snow-land!

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« Reply #814 on: October 22, 2013, 03:51:57 PM »
Hi, new guy here
I live in London, UK but we have a house in Montego Bay, Jamaica
We have finished building a Wall/Veranda and had gates fitted and
now its time to do the garden... I know very little about gardening

On a recent visit I planted a Julie and an East Indian Mango tree
these seem to be the only ones available there, after browsing and reading
about all the other types of Mango I now want some more! I would like to get
a Pickering, Nam Doc Mai, Mallicka and Maha Chanok. The more I look into this
it seems that I am going to have to come to Miami to buy these in person and
then travel onward to Jamaica... 

So your problem is getting plants into Florida mine will be getting them out!

I have LOTS of questions if anyone could help me please

I look forward to mine time here... thanks

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« Reply #815 on: October 23, 2013, 08:44:19 PM »
Valar,

Welcome to the forum! Sounds like your home in Jamaica is going to look amazing when your finished (tropical fruit paradise in the future).
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« Reply #816 on: November 11, 2013, 02:13:05 PM »
Welcome newcomers.  This forum is a great place to share ideas and learn different solutions to problems.  I noticed a number of you guys are from areas that are not very tropical.  Several of the posters have said they have green houses though.  I have done a lot of research with mangoes and can give you some suggestions that may help.  I have adapted a lot of ideas from other parts of the world to use with mangoes.  I have also used ideas for different crops to use on mangoes to advantage.  My first piece of advice is: think outside the box as the saying goes.  What works for me with mangoes may just work with your favorite plant or tree variety.  I have grown mangoes that are monster trees in the tropics just fine in containers so I can cross pollinate varieties because I need to move the mango trees around.  I use 15 gallon containers to grow and fruit mango trees.  If you have a dolly you can move them around, like into your greenhouse in Winter and out into your yard in Summer for instance. 
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« Reply #817 on: November 11, 2013, 11:10:48 PM »
My name is Warren and I live in La Palma, CA. 
I am new to this forum and thought I would say hello...although I have read many of your mango posts throughout the last year.
I am an Electrical Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. 
As a hobby, I am interested in growing mango trees.  All but one of my mango trees are in pots.  I have a 15 year old in-ground Glenn (what I believe to be a Glenn) and a potted 15gal Carrie, 5 gal Timotayo, 5 gal Keitt, 5 gal Manila (for grafting), and a 15 gal multi-grafted Alphonso/Valencia Pride/Glenn on a Haden seedling. 
I'm also very interested in MangoProfessor's new line of cold hardy mangos, but do not have any yet.
I've also been practicing the art of grafting over the last year, but have yet to be successful after several attempts.
I've lost several mango trees over the last few winters and am hoping to learn a lot from you all and have fun at my revitalized hobby. 
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« Reply #818 on: November 12, 2013, 12:48:27 PM »
I'm Carlo live in Oakland ca but have house and newly planted x 2yrs. 3acre orchard in haiku Maui at 900ft. Planted wind breaks and about 56 dwarf apple bananas and approx. 50 fruit trees incl variety citrus, mangoes, longan, sapotes, avos, sapodillas, cherries, and egg fruit. My 6 ft rollinia suddenly wholey died. I was off island x8 wks and recently turned off irrigation cuz water bill too high but also windy here times. I'm sad! But happy to be part of this forum! Oh and dragon fruit!





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« Reply #819 on: November 14, 2013, 12:20:54 PM »
My name is Saksith and I live in Thailand. I can speak Eng little.
I am interested in rare fruits.
In my country have a lot of local fruits ( mango, mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit and... ). Every where have these friuts and I think it looks like apple or berry fruits in USA  so I try to looking for rare tropical fruits that look tasty  and sweet taste.
Now I m also interested in Inga edulis ( Ice cream bean) seeds. I think this forum is amazing. nice to see eveyone, Thank.






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« Reply #820 on: November 14, 2013, 12:29:08 PM »
My name is Saksith and I live in Thailand. I can speak Eng little.
I am interested in rare fruits.
In my country have a lot of local fruits ( mango, mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit and... ). Every where have these friuts and I think it looks like apple or berry fruits in USA  so I try to looking for rare tropical fruits that look tasty  and sweet taste.
Now I m also interested in Inga edulis ( Ice cream bean) seeds. I think this forum is amazing. nice to see eveyone, Thank.

Welcome to the forum Saksith.  I find some irony in your introductory post.  There you have all the tropical fruits that we all crave and covet....and you are looking for Ice Cream Bean, something I stopped growing long ago because of its inferiority to almost all fruits that I can grow or have access to.  I assume that you have never had Ice Cream Bean and so your quest is in full swing.  Best of luck in your quest.  If you find it and try it and think it is going to taste like Ice Cream, you will be disappointed.  If you want a nitrogen fixing tree with a nice growth habit and fruit that has edible cottony flesh with a mild sweetness, then you may actually appreciate Ice Cream Bean.
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« Reply #821 on: November 14, 2013, 01:37:50 PM »
My name is Saksith and I live in Thailand. I can speak Eng little.
I am interested in rare fruits.
In my country have a lot of local fruits ( mango, mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit and... ). Every where have these friuts and I think it looks like apple or berry fruits in USA  so I try to looking for rare tropical fruits that look tasty  and sweet taste.
Now I m also interested in Inga edulis ( Ice cream bean) seeds. I think this forum is amazing. nice to see eveyone, Thank.

Welcome to the forum Saksith.  I find some irony in your introductory post.  There you have all the tropical fruits that we all crave and covet....and you are looking for Ice Cream Bean, something I stopped growing long ago because of its inferiority to almost all fruits that I can grow or have access to.  I assume that you have never had Ice Cream Bean and so your quest is in full swing.  Best of luck in your quest.  If you find it and try it and think it is going to taste like Ice Cream, you will be disappointed.  If you want a nitrogen fixing tree with a nice growth habit and fruit that has edible cottony flesh with a mild sweetness, then you may actually appreciate Ice Cream Bean.

Hello, HMHausman.  I think nobody understand my Eng. I like your information very much. I m really crazy before now.  After I read  your suggestion it make my craving decreased. May be I will stop agonize to find them .  Thank you very much.

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« Reply #822 on: November 14, 2013, 01:46:12 PM »
No problem.  Happy to be of assistance.  Most of us on the forum have some measure of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when it comes to fruits and fruit trees.  We recognize this and embrace it. We have all had our "had to have" trees and plants for whatever reason that our brains conjured up triggering the mad rush to find our "had to have" plant material. Over the years of desiring, seeking and finding I have found much material that, in retrospect, did not warrant the time, mental energy and especially money that I put into the effort of locating and obtaining the sought after material. But, I always enjoyed the quest. 

Oh....have to run.  One of my friends is calling me about a new mango cultivar that I just have to have.   :)
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« Reply #823 on: November 14, 2013, 02:02:14 PM »
No problem.  Happy to be of assistance.  Most of us on the forum have some measure of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when it comes to fruits and fruit trees.  We recognize this and embrace it. We have all had our "had to have" trees and plants for whatever reason that our brains conjured up triggering the mad rush to find our "had to have" plant material. Over the years of desiring, seeking and finding I have found much material that, in retrospect, did not warrant the time, mental energy and especially money that I put into the effort of locating and obtaining the sought after material. But, I always enjoyed the quest. 

Oh....have to run.  One of my friends is calling me about a new mango cultivar that I just have to have.   :)

I don't totally understand but I feel funny. If you need new mango cultivar or other fruits  I may be support you. Where we can talk in this forum?   

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« Reply #824 on: November 14, 2013, 02:38:15 PM »
Sawadee saksithsmile and welcome. I am sure you are interested in good tropical fruit not yet in Thailand and are trying to find out which fruit are nice. You can swap local sala,durian like laplae, mankut, maprang, noina.Look at jaboticaba,Eugenia,Garcinia,annona and many others from South America.

 

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