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What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« on: January 13, 2013, 12:06:43 PM »
So my best friend wants to plant a new tree in his big back yard, and he wants a shade tree and doesn't care about fruit. (How we remain friends is a bit of a mystery...)

Anyway, I selfishly see this as an opportunity to install another tasty fruit tree in a friendly yard here in Aruba.

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1) tree must grow quickly, turning into a large shade tree.

2) his yard is basically solid limestone (he lives right on the water), so the tree will be planted in a hole made gouged into the rock.

Anybody have any opinions on this one? I was thinking about a Valencia Pride mango, but am worried that the smallish area for rooting might hold the tree back...


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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2013, 12:26:00 PM »
Muntingia calabura grows fast, but dies fast to...has soft wood as well, that breaks easily...it can tolerate a wide range of well drained soils, but not water logged sites. Not sure about salinity sensitivity.
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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2013, 12:42:33 PM »
Valencia pride mango


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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2013, 12:59:38 PM »
Any reason to worry about the lack of root space for a VP? Would it stunt the tree? I think he would have a hole bored that would be around 2 meters in diameter.

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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2013, 01:15:41 PM »
If the stone is porous / cracked,  the roots will find the way and you should have no problem with VP.

If it really is solid, your going to have problem with drainage either way.  and a major concern will be with root rot unless you use a tree that likes wet feet. 

what I am trying to say that if the stone is solid and you just make a hole in it, your in essence making a big underground container with poor drainage, when it rains, that "container" will just turn to wet sludge. 

Some parts around here in the DR are like that.  in some areas at construction sites i have seen that the  is limestone is solid, at others its broken up and has lots of holes /cracks.
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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2013, 01:17:44 PM »
I hear ya - it must be somewhat porous though, since he has two small mongrel mango trees (I know, I know) growing in other holes that seem to do fine.

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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2013, 01:48:53 PM »
Yeah, I'd vote for VP Mango, too...

Agressively delicious... ;D



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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2013, 01:58:22 PM »
Yeah, I'd vote for VP Mango, too...

Agressively delicious... ;D



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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2013, 02:00:52 PM »
Well this was easy! Thanks for backing me up, everybody. VP it is!

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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2013, 02:17:48 PM »
Any reason to worry about the lack of root space for a VP? Would it stunt the tree? I think he would have a hole bored that would be around 2 meters in diameter.

Most mangos grow like crazy in Florida but may not be the case in hot & dry climates like yours. Remember that we average 65 inches per year. This year my town had over 100 inches of rain!
 
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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2013, 02:54:44 PM »
what about that new mango, juliette?  isn't it like a larger Julie tree?

and doesn't Julie like seaside conditions?

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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2013, 03:44:50 PM »
Go for the VP.  beside being a good mango, and fast growing, its also pretty much disease free.  and has good form. ( tall roundish canopy )
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Re: What is the fastest-growing tropical fruit tree?
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2013, 04:06:54 PM »
My Jackfruit seedling went from seed to 6 feet tall in one year (would have been taller-Ive been pruning)

 

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