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Were there still leaves on the tree while it was maturing?
I found the custard apple that ripen in May not as good as the ones that ripen in the March or Feb

Don't leave us in suspense....

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: May 14, 2024, 06:14:26 PM »
Just wanted to mark the calendar.
Finally getting some mangos now.
Only manilita so far. Around 1 a day for three days.
Usually I start getting a few in April.

I have a cac mango and an oro negro blocking my big Western window.

I find it looks nice having trees with open canopies next to the windows.

Mine fruited around 6-7 ft in partial shade.
Though i had one that was 12ft under a mango tree that never fruited, I cut it down

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Honey Kiss, first time fruiting
« on: May 02, 2024, 04:57:32 PM »
I'm a bit concerned the weight of 5 or 6 full size fruits will break the branch. 😯

Congrats on the first time fruiting it.
As Simon said, they do tend to fruit in clusters,
The fruit are on the smaller side so it might not be an issue.
When they get bigger use a prop stick to support the branch if you are worried

There were some past threads on the forum that discussed shade-tolerant fruit, I believe people mention loquat amongst them.
I have seen both fruits in partial shade in south florida, I can't tell you have good the fruits were though.

Just make sure you buy some organza bags from the loquats, they tend to get worm-infested

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Scarlet Guava.
« on: May 02, 2024, 04:46:13 PM »
One came ripe today and I let it sit in my kitchen so I could enjoy the aroma for a couple of days before eating it.

What a disappointment it was, it had zero sweetness and was only made edible by putting the pulp in a blender and adding sugar.

I'm hoping that as it matures the fruits will improve... fingers crossed.

Sad to hear it was disappointing Gary, hopefully as the tree gets bigger it sweetens up.
Please keep us updated on the progress.

I finally got another ruby supreme. After spending the last ten years or so growing and tasting all these fancy tropical fruits not many top a good guava in my book

I haven't been following the erinose mite might over the past few months, has there been any progress or cures?
Between a lack of cold during the winter and the mites, most people I know have given up on the tree.
One of my favorite fruits, its a shame

June plum, fig, and mulberries have a dormant-like season in South Florida so they might not look great during a few months of the year.

As Maria in Brevard mentioned June plums can be difficult to eat but there are better varieties out there (Just not common in the nursery trade)

I have two Starapples in the front yard and they are beautiful trees. Not much theft, it seems not many know about it.
I only get comments from people from the West Indies.

Mammae Americana is also a great choice, looks like a magnolia but with dark green leaves.
It seems to grow like a Christmas tree naturally but it should branch out okay with pruning.

I agree with Loquat as a nice front yard tree but be prepared to bag them if you don't want worm-infested fruits.

Grumichama and Jaboticaba are a bit slower than the rest (but look nice), so prepare for a wait if you want a proper tree

A sweet Tamarind or even inga tree might work too

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My rolinia may not be a rolinia
« on: April 27, 2024, 12:06:49 PM »
I agree^

Malay apple is a nice-looking exotic tree.
When it flowers, it litters the floor with vibrant pink petals.

Sapodilla is also nice too.

So, is cambucá one of those plants that when it's small grows very slowly
and then at some point suddenly takes off and grows lots faster?

Is it self-fertile or do you need more than one plant to get a good fruit set?

Paul M.

For me they've been pretty vigorous compared to other plinias, I can go from seed to a full 1g size in about a year.
As for the self compatibility I haven't really known plinias to have an issue with it but I mostly know mangos and annonas so I maybe be mistaken.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zill 40-26 Fruit
« on: April 17, 2024, 09:32:07 PM »

  My tree was planted as a 1g last year and is trying to hold 5 fruit. I just pulled them off. I think its too early to decide how it will behave. Also, the tree appears to grow compact and slow from what Ive seen at Tropical Acres... so could work in a tight area or a pot probably longer term.

I've had it multi grafted on one of my trees for around 4 years now.
From what I've seen, slower than a Pickering.
Flowers easy but doesn't hold fruit that well. At least this far west.
I'm having similar experiences with my pina colada

I had a freshly up potted 7g in full sun. Seemed to be pretty happy before I sold it.

From my yard I've used peach, mulberry, Jackfruit, avocado, cacao and starapple.
Starapple seems to make the food a little mouth numbing so I stopped.

I just need to get a better wood curing setup but so far everything has been mild compared to good old oak

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mini Mango Hedge
« on: March 02, 2024, 09:35:39 AM »
It can probably work but 11ft will get cramped in a few years.
Even with the lower vigor trees thing grow really fast here.
My Angie is around 15ft with yearly pruning.

I'm having a problem 7 years later with planting things (12ft) too close.
Keeping trees high density is a lot of work its not easy to have a functional and maintainable yard with this method.

Very doable at scale in a grass field with full sun to promote dense growth

Wait for it to break dormancy.
They don't look great this time is year.
One early summer comes around it should look a lot better.
If it doesn't than I feel your pain. We have some pest in north Broward that makes sugar apple very hard to grow now.
Atemoyas seem less effected

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Star apple varieties?
« on: March 01, 2024, 06:50:24 AM »
I have the standard purple and Hipolito growing and have tasted Haitian, Hipolito, Jaco Beach, the standard green that they sell here and Lara's and A-1.

To me, Jaco Beach and Hipolito were the best tasting, but the greens tend to ripen a month later so I guess they have more time to develop sweetness on the tree.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Free calastro atemoya scions
« on: February 13, 2024, 06:54:12 PM »
I'm starting to graft some of my rootstock and I clipped a lot more branches from the mother tree then I need.
Since these are already clipped this is for local pick up only.
Probably going to have some tropic sun scions too

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Smallest Mango Fruit Variety
« on: January 26, 2024, 02:37:20 PM »
Thai everbearing is the size of a chicken egg normally.
Underrated, very good. Also low vigor

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: annonas cross compability
« on: January 07, 2024, 05:00:02 PM »
Cherimiya can cross with Muricata as per:

This guy thought he’d heard Duguetia could cross with other Annona:

Don’t forget about possible A.macroprophyllata (Ilama) hybrids?

As far as I know cherimoya doesn't cross with soursop.
What that forum member appeared to be selling was annona Montana.

The main named ones in the Florida trade are large and red/purple on the outside.
So this probably isn't one of the main ones from here

I planted mine in 2018 and it is around 10ft tall now.
Has been giving me around 30 large fruits every year.
I only prune it to shape it, never trim the top

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Foliar Feeding Micronutrients
« on: December 15, 2023, 05:04:48 PM »
Recommendations how often for mangoes?
Is it better to  go weaker and more often?

Starting off weaker is better for various reasons.
From what I remember the uptake of nutrients happens a lot better in the new tender leaves.
I mostly use it for non mango trees. If I need it at all.

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