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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passiflora maliformis
« on: July 15, 2024, 09:14:47 PM »
It needs cross pollination from my experience. Taste great like sweet lime. I hand pollinated with edulis and the fruit set. The fruit had several viable seeds which I have grown out.




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I wouldn't use water method just a well aerated moist medium and bottom heat. Transition from pure water to soil is hard for most cuttings. Rockwool might work well for rooting, have not tried yet.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona dioca
« on: July 13, 2024, 12:07:27 AM »

 I have a couple seedlings and a grafted tree on cherimoya flowering. Ive also grafted them on montana. They usually shed pollen around 10:30p here but I havent had flowers timed properly.




Mikesid,

You going to be selling scions again?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona dioca
« on: July 13, 2024, 12:03:53 AM »
I have a flowering one, it has not set fruit as far as I know (may need manual pollination). I am not near the plant most of the year. It doesn't get very tall about 3ft off the ground. Thrives on neglect and no added irrigation in Florida.

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It may not be a self fertile variety. I grew many passiflora edulis to maturity from seed. One of the plants was not self fertile it had over a hundred flowers and only set fruit from the flower I manually pollinated.

While other seedlings I had were self fertile and set many fruits even at a younger age.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: July 01, 2024, 11:45:10 PM »
Looks like Arbutus unedo, if you find a good one not a bad fruit. Its more mealy texture and drier though.

I am positive its Yangmei

Whoa, interesting eloicious, where did you find that? Certainly is Myrica due to the fact it doesn't have the orange bark indicative of Arbutus spp.

I am a bit hesitant to share the location publicly, people might go there and be crazy- PM me

Given the green state of the fruit I am guess it might be a (very) late season cultivar

I thought Texas and mature tree fruit looks like can be Arbutus unedo (since yang mei is such a rare tree still). Congrats on the find, graft it up if you can get permission.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: July 01, 2024, 04:04:31 PM »
Looks like Arbutus unedo, if you find a good one not a bad fruit. Its more mealy texture and drier though.

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Babaco! My cuttings have fruited in 6-9 months.

Carolyn
are they worth it with limited space?

I think they are a great blender/juicer fruit especially if you mix with other fruits or sugar cane. It's productive for sq ft. with amount of fruit. It's B tier fruit, that can make a good juice base.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 30, 2024, 01:44:39 AM »
I have tasted both the Eastern Giant and Sweet Violet. Eastern Giant definitely tastes better to my taste buds. Sweet violet is not a bad fruit but I do detect a slight soapiness.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 26, 2024, 08:06:48 PM »
Once ordered, about how long do these take to get delivered?

Thanks,
Bill

Next day, I ordered 2 times a few boxes. Good service from weee.

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Kevin does a great job packing. Highly recommend seller.

Topaz I ordered came in great condition. Now looking forward to future fruits.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: everyones top five mangos
« on: June 25, 2024, 03:56:33 PM »
Kesar
Lemon Zest
Pina Colada
Coconut Cream
Keitt (hard to beat for late season)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone in SoCal growing Mamey??
« on: June 25, 2024, 01:31:14 PM »
Other options besides mamey when you can do green sapote or moist lucuma.

Mamey, jackfruit, and coconut do much better in Florida with humid heat and warmer nights from what I have seen and hear from growers. The size of the fruit and the duration it takes to ripen probably the main reasons.

There are some very large productive lucuma in town, that one is no worries. I have a green sapote seedling at my office in the same zone as the mamey and lucuma, and it is growing nicely with little input. I will consider tacking on green sapote to the mamey if it continues to grow. Sure, it doesn't grow like it would in FL, but it is doing better than expected for SoCal.

I have some trees that are doing better than expected. I skipped over Jackfruit, Mango, Mamey, and others due to the limited space and prioritizing potential future fruit producing.

I do have a soursop tree that is doing well, I have higher hopes since the fruit size is close to a extra large cherimoya.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone in SoCal growing Mamey??
« on: June 25, 2024, 01:17:15 PM »
Other options besides mamey when you can do green sapote or moist lucuma.

Mamey, jackfruit, and coconut do much better in Florida with humid heat and warmer nights from what I have seen and hear from growers. The size of the fruit and the duration it takes to ripen probably the main reasons.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: African Red Peach. Nauclea latifolia
« on: June 21, 2024, 01:31:45 AM »
Hi Nullzero, (or anyone else on this tread)
If you ever find yourself with an extra rooted cutting, I'd love to pick one up from you. I overwatered mine this winter and it died. :(

I only have 1 rooted, 1 year old tree with me right now. My mother tree I am not going to take cuttings from until the fall most likely.

I will sell and or root the cuttings I get in the fall.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: African Red Peach. Nauclea latifolia
« on: June 20, 2024, 08:50:05 PM »
It needs to get larger, even when ripe I believe it maintains some firmness. Unfortunately, I was never able to catch fruit at ripeness yet.

I would check out this YouTube video to get an idea what it looks like.

https://youtu.be/ifI9Lvtg7cY?si

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: African Red Peach. Nauclea latifolia
« on: June 20, 2024, 04:56:22 PM »
It seems my 'fruit' is actually the flower. Here is what it looks like today.


Yeah the closed flowers can look like developing fruits. Once it's pollinated will get solid greenish again. Slowly swell up and start to turn reddish when it's getting closer to ripeness.

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Your going to want white rocks not black around the tree. Reflect the sun back onto the canopy.

The afternoon sun hits the side of my home and reflects heat and light on shady parts of the yard.

Also you may want to look into grafting another rootstock together for vigor and girth of main trunk.

I have option to grow mangoes in CA and FL. I chose to skip using space because FL mangoes are just so much better and productive when compared to growing in CA.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: African Red Peach. Nauclea latifolia
« on: June 19, 2024, 02:57:21 PM »
Thanks, this is the first fruit I noticed-- so 3 months to ripen.  Unfortunatly, it grew through a 15 gallon pot before I could plant it and it grows so fast that I can't move it now.  It is close to other trees and a walking path, so I keep cutting it back, but it doesn't seem to care. It needed no cover over winter. The tree/bush is pretty with large leaves and I haven't noticed it bothered by insects or disease.  So far a really easy keeper of a tree. Now, if the fruit is good tasting I will have won the tropical/subtropical fruit tree lottery!  Only caveat is it grows wide rather than tall.
Do you know how it is propagated?

Yes I actively propagate it when I have the time to go over and take cuttings. I grew mine out from seeds from Ghana, collector got it from a market. I have to check the year I germinated it. I have a fairly good success rate with rooting it. I use clonex, bottom heat, and a good draining moist mix. There is a youtube video with a taste test of the fruit from a couple years back. In video claimed the fruit tasted sweet with some beet flavor was interesting and pretty good.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: African Red Peach. Nauclea latifolia
« on: June 19, 2024, 02:59:36 AM »
It does really well in Florida, unfortunately I have never tasted fruit off the tree. I always miss it by a few weeks or the critters end up eating the ripe fruit before I come in town. Thrives in Florida savannah type climate no irrigation needed once its tapped into groundwater.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: African Red Peach. Nauclea latifolia
« on: June 18, 2024, 04:01:42 PM »
Just noticed this fruit and wondered how long until it is ripe.



Needs to get Maroon/Red color, it ripens usually around September or so (at least my plant does).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hatano Farm Opuntia
« on: June 16, 2024, 11:38:48 PM »
Very nice, I would be interested in the yellow flowered Opuntia tomentosa if you have it available in the future.

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The one that huertasurbanas sells seeds of is good. My friend has grown it out to fruiting and it is way better than whatever has been floating around in the US for a while. Its worthy to grow for its fruit I have been told.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia grafting
« on: June 04, 2024, 06:15:16 PM »
Keep lemondrop rootstock. Luc garcinia takes to lemondrop.

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ok, can sell cuttings tomorrow.

Ok sounds good.

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