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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Terrible season
« on: May 15, 2022, 06:11:20 AM »
My Mango, lychee and annona are having their worst season ever while my sapodilla and canistel are and have been consistent producers.

Anyone else having similar issues? Suspected causes?


I have some Kampong Mauve sugar apple seeds, potted Sugar apple seedlings (4"-6" tall) as well as some in ground (you'll need a pots and soil to did them up) lemon drop mangosteen seedlings and Noble muscadine grape seeds also, and maybe a couple of Fairchild #2 seedlings.

Oh, scions of my several annona (Geffner, Kampong mauve, sugar apple, purple custard apple, San Pablo) are here for the taking too.

Again, free, in person, local pickup only in North Broward So. Flo. No shipping, don't ask :-)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Kampong Mauve
« on: August 11, 2021, 01:26:26 PM »
Last year I got a couple of tiny fruits, but this is my first decent crop from my little tree... maybe a dozen fruits on it. I have to say, they're  not what some might call "top tier" but they are quite flavorful if not quite as sweet as a few other annonna  I have but juicier, no doubt both issues likely due to the copious amounts of rain recently.

I'm already looking forward to next year when the little five foot tree grows a bit more can support more fruit.

Anyone else with a Mauve that's in a similar taste envelope?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone have quenepa?
« on: May 24, 2021, 09:30:44 PM »
A friend who has been in Puerto Rico had some of my Sweetheart Lychees and she said quenepa is very similar. I've only seen pix and do not know anyone growing them.

This year my lemon drop has a bumper crop. Their flesh to seed ratio is poor, and eating them out of hand is not so rewarding, so I use them primarily to flavor water (one of my few beverages) using a garlic press to extract the juice.

Come and take as many as you like. PM me for info.

PS. The tree has scads of volunteers, also free for the taking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New bees in my yard
« on: May 21, 2021, 12:54:31 PM »
I've been wanting bees to visit my yard for years, and since yesterday a hive started in an overturned pot on the ground next to my lychee. The pix of "good" bees don't appear to match, but the africanized pix I saw do.

I have inadvertently been within two feet of them while picking lychee and they seem to ignore me.

So, Q's.

1. Are these africanized bees?
2. If so can I use bee / wasp killer to remove them?
3. If not africanized should I just leave them alone? My dog runs around the yard and I'd be concerned that she might get interested in them and get attacked.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Wild tomato help, zone10
« on: May 18, 2021, 12:44:27 AM »
I have never grown tomatoes in Florida, but one appeared a couple of months ago out of nowhere in my yard. I suspect a bird or other animal passed a seed in its scat.

This vine tomato is growing for a while now, it has grown like a weed and I have had to tie it up to limbs on the lychee it sits under to support its rather heavy weight.

So far 5 tomatoes have set, but I pulled the largest today (about 1.5" to 2" across) as it had a translucent spot about the size of a quarter on one side (it was not touching anything else) and the pulp had turned watery. Is this some indication of a problem with the vine, or is this normal fruit attrition?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Funny Juicy Lucy mango
« on: May 11, 2021, 04:07:55 PM »
Almost every year my Julie seedling gives me an odd fruit. First there was the nose, now it's a big behind!  I have to spend more time looking at the fruits on this tree :-) Anyone else have funny fruit pix?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango second crop
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:13:48 PM »
I've rarely had a second crop but I'm delighted when I do... it spreads the season out longer. This year (4/30) my Madame Francis started a second bloom when the first is only a couple of weeks from ripening. Anyone else getting a second mango bloom?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pugging a Mamey?
« on: April 09, 2021, 11:18:00 PM »
I have a 7' tall (4" caliper) Mamey in ground 10 years bought as a 7 gallon. It's one of the few trees I've had that languishes on but I still have had patience with it waiting for it to get on with it. The upper branches have always experienced a growth flush, and stem die back soon afterward, so it remains small.

Currently the upper branches are not sending out new growth and existing leaves are yellowing and withering.

OTOH, today I saw that it's pushing all sorts of new growth on the trunk at four to five feet from the soil while upper branches are all losing leaves and the upper stems are dying. Is it time to pull it, or pug it? Is "pugging" even possible to do without killing it? If I chop it off, should I first wait for the new growth to push out fully before decapitating it?

I have a bunch of 3"-5" Lemon drop mangosteen seedling / volunteers which I am going to  pull from beneath the parent tree soon. If anyone wants some or all bring a shovel, pots and soil and take all you want. Local North Broward Florida only, no shipping, sorry.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Lula avo scions wanted to buy
« on: April 07, 2021, 03:40:52 PM »
I have a Lula seedling that I'd like to graft some Lula budwood onto. PM me if you have anything in So. Flo.


My tree is giving up the last of this years crop and I have a few fruits for LOCAL So. Flo members who can pick them up.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wtb Beverly scions
« on: April 07, 2021, 02:55:45 PM »
I have a Lancitilla that has not thrived in over 6 years in ground. It grows like a weed but has produced only 1 fruit that rotted on the tree.  I "pugged" it and am looking for scions of a Beverly or another green (preferably late season) when ripe mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit fly in loquats
« on: April 04, 2021, 10:25:09 AM »
This year I had my first nice loquat crop and every fruit had larvae in it. My neighbors across the street had a nice crop and not one fruit was infected.

The only possible difference I observed in them is my tree is semi shaded and the neighbors tree is in full sin. Has anyone seen a correlation regarding amount of sunlight in fruitfly infestation?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf papaya experiment
« on: March 27, 2021, 06:26:08 AM »
I got interested in smaller papaya plants because the L-A-R-G-E samples I've had were a pain to pick fruit from as they grew very tall. When it came time to take them down they were a seriously big mess. The one redeeming aspect is the fruits were very good without any hint of the typical rancid smell, or vomit overtones in the flavor.

So, I noted a few small stature samples from a batch of seedlings I planted, and picking the smallest tree from every generation yielded truly dwarf (by humongous size comparison to the original parent) trees. These fruited three to four feet from the ground, and stayed petite (no more than 7-8 feet) while keeping a base caliper less than six inches in diameter. I'm on my third and possibly last generation of attempts to get reasonably edible fruit.

Each successive generation yielded fewer, smaller fruits with fewer seeds, and on this third generation, the fruit are insipid AND none of the very few seeds that were in the fruit have germinated so far.  Surprisingly the squirrels seem to like them more than other fruits I'd prefer they not eat :-)

This is so disappointing as I had high hopes for these samples. Has anyone else done anything like this? 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / New(ish) Rollinia
« on: March 19, 2021, 07:37:28 AM »
My Rollinia (unknown cultivar) was put in ground 2 years ago as a 7 foot stick and has grown almost none.  I read they are fast growers and fruit early, and this one is not living up to the former but has to the latter.

During dry spells I water infrequently say every two weeks, and fertilize every few months. I have surprisingly good soil for south Florida so none of my other trees (several annona) have issues. What say you rollinia owners on my water / fertilizer regimen?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Any surprises this year?
« on: February 17, 2021, 09:16:35 PM »
My Sweetheart has exploded in bloom after a few years of shy blooming. The Mauritius bought in a 3 gallon pot and put in ground ten years ago is in its first bloom and is trying desperately to catch up to the sweetheart. The purple custard apple having been a stingy bloomer In ground 5 years (from a 7+ gal pot)  has over 30 fruits in size from ping pong balls to softballs. The fairchild #2 gave up a huge crop and has slowed to a drizzle and while some of the mango bloomed and dropped everything, at least the Carrie has set a bunch, I hope they hold on.

On the down side... The two Caimito have bloomed a few years in a row and nothing else and the Excalibur Mamey (bought in a 7 or 10 gallon pot) is still devoid of blooms after 10 years in ground. It's getting pulled if it does not bloom by the fall.  The soursop is in ground 7 years and had ONE fruit pollinate last fall, the tree rats got it.

So, anyone else have good (or bad) news?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Femal papaya tree seed viability
« on: December 08, 2020, 11:32:31 AM »
My female trees sometimes have a few seeds inside them. I've tried to grow a dozen or so, and have yet to have any germinate. Are seeds from female trees viable?

One of my papaya is giving up the sweetest fruit I've ever had in a papaya. The fruit is golden yellow, and juicy the tree is as yet manageable in size but I suspect it will ultimately be a big fellow. 

Seeds in any quantity for South Florida residents to pick up only, sorry no traveling or Mail. PM me for info, those who know me call or text.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rollinia Q's
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:35:31 PM »
Last February I bought a Rollinia which was about 6' tall with a 1" caliper at the base of the trunk at the time. It's very healthy and happy in the sunny spot I put it in which was "vacated" by my Gold Nugget Jak.

At this time, it's filled out nicely and attained another foot or so and the trunk is fattening up nicely. Everything I've read states that they can fruit REALLY fast. That begs the question, at what size are they mature enough to fruit?

Given the original size of my seedling I would "guess" it was at least 2-3 years old when I got it and even after its growth spurt here I can't see it (and I do not expect it to) fruiting for another 4-6 years. So how realistic are claims I've read that they can fruit in as little as 2 1/2 years?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / backyard composting
« on: October 08, 2020, 12:01:44 PM »
I had a 50+ gallon rain barrel that was scheduled to go to recycling then I thought I'd punch a bunch of holes in it and compost my GF's and neighbors kitchen debris.

With it nearly full (not completely composted yet) I'm thinking that with the "recipe" I found online (1/3 garbage, 1/3 leaves and such, and 1/3 soil) I'm beginning to rethink the whole deal.

I did not have any soil lying about so I went and bought nearly a dozen cheap bags of "top soil" for the 1/3 soil part, and have used my leaf litter (depriving some of my trees of mulch) for the other 1/3 to mix with the garbage. Yes, I'll eventually wind up with nearly 50 gallons of compost but realistically I could just as well have bought a few 50 pound bags of Black Cow composted manure and not have wasted the effort.

Yeah, I saved the dump from getting our 15 gallons or so of garbage but once this experiment is done, I'm thinking of going the black cow route.

Has anyone else started composting and made it a LONG term endeavor? Your reasons for continuing to do it, aside from save the planet issue.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Selecting papaya for dwarfism?
« on: September 16, 2020, 11:05:34 PM »
I've been growing papaya from a few sources, killing the males and allowing the only the hermaphrodite and female plants to fruit. After about 50 plants I have two that have fruited less than three feet from the ground.

My question is has anyone here taken this on through several generations to see if dwarfism can be bred / predicted / selected?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Stinging insect
« on: September 07, 2020, 09:08:58 AM »
Over two week I was stung in my palm by an insect I have never seen before. It was long, black, 3/4 of an inch long and 1/4 inch wide and wingless with a stinger at the rear 

The sting was like notning I ever experienced from a bee or wasp. It was like an electric shock followed by extreme itching for over a week  Any Ideas what it may have been?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Growing sugar apple from seed
« on: August 05, 2020, 01:51:12 AM »
I've tried to grow sugar apples from seed without success. Do the seeds need to be scarified before they will sprout?

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