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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lychee exploded!
« on: May 15, 2024, 11:26:36 PM »
After many years waiting for them my sweetheart finally came through with a bumper crop here in So. Flo.

Anyone else?
 


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I have a Carambola, a Glenn Mango and Bangcock lemon jack, and Jabo  on my west side, all do well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sigh, new leaves on Guava curling
« on: May 04, 2024, 08:39:53 AM »
I unfurl the leaves, and do not find pests, and the new leaves are dying and have holes in them.

They're well hydrated, I've sprayed them with all seasons horticultural oil and clipped off the growth.

Anyone have an idea what pest could be causing this and might suggest corrective action?

PS: I recently used imidacloprid but that takes time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Zero latex jackfruit
« on: May 04, 2024, 08:34:43 AM »
Here's my zero latex fave :-)


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Scarlet Guava.
« on: May 04, 2024, 08:20:52 AM »
Gary, can you post a photo of your fruit if you took a picture?

Here is the last one I have. It fell from the tree and is still a bit green.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Taiwan Trip
« on: May 03, 2024, 08:01:57 AM »
I was in Taipei for a couple of months and never got to leave the city :-(  The night markets have lots of fruit but unfortunately for you that late in the year fruit may be limited.

One thing for sure in the summer fruits and veg are OUTSTANDING in flavor. Especially the Asian pears and Lychee.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Scarlet Guava.
« on: May 03, 2024, 07:56:43 AM »
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'm starting to believe that, my last ruby supreme went in a storm years ago and I've been disappointed in Alahabad, Mexican cream, now this Scarlet but not the Ruby Supreme.

My Ruby is blooming for the first time, the problem is I do not know if it's REALLY a ruby supreme. Based on my last few experiences buying from big box stores Guava growers seem to have lost track on how to segregate varieties.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Scarlet Guava.
« on: May 03, 2024, 07:51:57 AM »
Gary, can you post a photo of your fruit if you took a picture?

Surprisingly enough I did not take a pic, but there is a second fruit on the tree that will ripen in a few days and I'll take a pic of that one.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Scarlet Guava.
« on: May 02, 2024, 01:33:40 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.

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Let's see... front yard, no fence get ready for trespassers and thieves.

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I have a Julie seedling (now known as a Juicy Lucy) which is disease free unlike her parent, produces gobs of sweet fruit and even though I'd not consider it a compact grower it's manageable and needs no special care like the Julie may need.

Every graft that I gave away has been fruiting for years and owner's have not complained.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamey Sapote looking quite ill
« on: April 27, 2024, 06:12:34 PM »
I did not suspect root rot, I looked at the roots and they seemed OK. It died back arbitrarily and no given season, spring back till I finally gave in and chopped the bark off at the base to make sure it died.


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My Kari is anything but compact, but I like the shade so I leave it be.

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I happen to be a candy corn addict but like lemon meringue I only eat both once a year... well maybe lemon meringue once every 2-3 years. Would I like a tree that tastes like either? no way.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My rollinia may not be a rollinia
« on: April 27, 2024, 06:00:39 PM »
If I had more on my tree I'd give you one. I "may" open one up tomorrow in my yard if you're nearby call me.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Scarlet Guava.
« on: April 27, 2024, 04:04:54 PM »
Thanks, I HOPE these growers are not willynilly renaming known cultivars. Recently I also bought a Guava labeled "Pink". We'll see.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My rollinia may not be a rollinia
« on: April 27, 2024, 03:51:21 PM »
I haven't paid much attention to the flowers on my Rollinia but they look like sugar apple flowers to me.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Scarlet Guava.
« on: April 27, 2024, 03:48:53 PM »
I went to the Rare Fruit and Veg sale today in south west Broward (thx for the heads up Alex) and I stumbled on a Guava cultivar called "Scarlet" I asked a worker there what it was and she said they didn't know more than it's a new variety.

I could find very little online about it other than a video I located from Cali or Viet Nam? The fruit in the vid coincidentally has the same ID label as the one I bought which now has 2 large and 2 small fruits on it.

The fruit in the video is fairly large!  Anyone in here have one or know anything about it? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki2F1UJkqsk

As a side note, many of the trees there were sad looking, full of rust, not trimmed, growing mish mash entwined together and it was much too crowded for my likes. Maybe I'll try going later in the day tomorrow or on Sunday the next time I go there.


 

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I leave all my fruit trees to do what nature intends for them to do.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to unwrap graft polyfilm?
« on: April 21, 2024, 08:56:57 AM »
My only grafting experiences are mango and lemon and on those I left the parafilm on till the scion started to  push new growth.

I'm less worried about issues under the film than a good graft breaking in the wind without the tape.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Musa velutina luck?
« on: April 17, 2024, 01:11:20 PM »
Way back I ordered some Musa velutina pink banana seeds and since I had no experience with planting banana seeds all failed to germinate.

Today I received another batch with very specific instructions on how to get them to germinate and my fingers are crossed.

I know they're seedy, but I wonder if anyone has tried selecting from less seedy fruits to get fewer seeds across several generations?

Anyway, has anyone in So. Flo. or other warm climate successfully grown these? Comments? Suggestions?




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamey Sapote looking quite ill
« on: April 17, 2024, 09:34:14 AM »
Mine got to 6 foot or so and branches died back, came back and continued this cycle for a few years till it died.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help. About my mango
« on: April 17, 2024, 09:27:42 AM »
A watched pot never boils.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Slugs
« on: April 16, 2024, 08:50:42 PM »
I've heard that coffee grounds can help. I don't drink coffee, but maybe I'll buy a cheap coffee maker just for my garden.

If you go to any restaurant or coffee joint I'm sure they'll give you all the used coffee grinds you can fit in a dump truck!

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Lychee, longan, persimmon, pineapple guava, muscadine grapes, maybe peach selected for Fla also.


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