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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya ripening
« on: April 24, 2023, 11:30:55 PM »
A friend and I found red atemoya. I've never eaten it and it was slightly soft, but based on taste and what I know about cherimoya (the only one I have experience with) it wasn't quite ready yet. Is there any way to ripen after cutting?

Citrus General Discussion / Breeding citrus what affects things
« on: April 23, 2023, 01:30:47 PM »
When breeding citrus what affects the offspring you get? Does it nature a difference which is the mother or father plant? Like if you cross a kumquat with a mandarin would it take more characteristics from the mother or father?

I Royale want a mandarin with a kumquat peel. Yum yum

The one without the label said tabafresh gold pineapple.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Red jackfruit
« on: March 30, 2023, 03:22:55 AM »
Is there anywhere online where I can buy the fruit and have it shipped to me?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best native type persimmon
« on: March 27, 2023, 02:49:30 AM »
Based on reading so far I think what I'm looking for is a variety from the Jerry Lehman collection. I tried a native persimmon at a rest stop on the Florida pan handle and found it far superior compared to the few Asian types I've tried. The downsides were small fruit and lots of seed taking up most of the room. That said are there any improved native varieties that are bigger and/or less seedy? Or perhaps a hybrid that takes after the native in taste and the Asian in size and seed amounts?

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Kumquat seeds
« on: March 21, 2023, 04:08:18 AM »
Looks like kumquat will be very hard to get here for a while (like years). As such I want to experiment with seed grown. Particularly looking for seeds from Meiwa. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Amla root system?
« on: March 08, 2023, 09:04:06 AM »
What type of root system does amla have? I have Indian and Chinese and need to relocate them. I also found out there is a sewer line very close to the surface and I have 3 citrus planted near it, so they need to be moved and I need to plan for different plants over there. Suggestions are welcome.

Does anyone have leads on this one? Or experience growing it? Based on reading it sounds worth trying in Houston.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best tools to test soil
« on: February 11, 2023, 10:43:35 AM »
I'm especially looking for a way to measure pH, but I'd be happy to get a few more tools for testing soil if they are worth having. I have a large need I'm going to plant with blueberries and I'll need to keep an eye on the pH, that's how I got started looking at ways to test soil.

Citrus General Discussion / I need help determining a mandarin variety
« on: January 01, 2023, 05:06:09 AM »
A friend in Lafayette has the best Satsuma mandarins I have ever had. The trees are quite large. He bought them from Home Depot at least a couple of decades ago. They are very sweet and the fruit is ready in January. The skin completely separates from the fruit when ripe. It is definitely able to survive freezes.

Anyone have any idea what variety this could be? Or another worth trying? There are so many varieties at my local nurseries I don't even know where to begin to try to get the same one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is aquajem on ebay legit?
« on: December 11, 2022, 06:13:30 PM »
Is the seller aquajem on ebay legit? Has anyone confirmed they got what they paid for?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Iso Indian juicy jujube
« on: December 11, 2022, 01:08:32 PM »
My grandpa was talking about eating them when he lived in India and now I want to try a plant. Thank you!

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Iso Indian juicy jujube
« on: December 10, 2022, 09:53:36 PM »
Just as the title says. Anyone have any Indian varieties or juicy Chinese?

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Best Chewing Sugarcane
« on: November 22, 2022, 03:46:24 AM »
I only plan to chew it, so I want a couple of the best varieties. I picked up Hilo Buddha and Vietnamese Black so far. I also bought a stick of the one pictured and wonder if it's the same as the one I bought as Vietnamese Black. It sure looks the same. I was also eyeballing blue ribbon, but not sure if it's the same as purple ribbon and someone just got cookie names confused.

Anyone have experience with several types and can give input?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / When to take plants in?
« on: November 10, 2022, 03:24:09 AM »
Temps are going to be dropping this weekend in the Houston area. So I have some plants that I'm not sure can take 40F. It's above freezing, but...

First I have sugar apple and native persimmon sprouting.
I also have some young Nance that are a few months old. I have jaboticaba both big and small. There's also an ice cream bean. Oh and syzgium that are still young. A few Eugenia too.

What do you guys think?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's this mango?
« on: October 15, 2022, 05:49:40 AM »
It's an Asian delicacy (like $14 for just the one mango). It's large although I'm told there is a smaller version with a different season. You peel it, then eat the flesh while it's crunchy and green. It was very good and I would love to grow it. Anyone know which variety it is? I saved the lima bean looking seed to try growing, but since it's green I'm not sure if it's too immature to grow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where to go in the Tampa area
« on: August 25, 2022, 07:22:26 PM »
I'm in Florida in the St. Pete and Tampa area for an amount unknown amount of time. Are there any good places to get exotic fruits or plants?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Plant id
« on: August 25, 2022, 07:20:15 PM »
I'm staying at an airbnb in St. Pete, Florida and these bushes are planted around the AC. I've tried the berries and they are sweet. I'd like to know what they are because I might want to bring seeds home. The last pic is the smere it left on my shirt when I spit a seed on my shirt.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Crispy Pink Guava
« on: August 12, 2022, 04:05:46 AM »
I picked one up because the name was odd, but can't find any info on it. Does anyone know anything about this guava?

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / What potato am I eating?
« on: July 21, 2022, 12:09:53 AM »
I wanted to try a few types of sweet potatoes to decide which one I want to grow. I thought this was purple sweet potato, but it has a dry, starchy, and nutty taste. It's also not sweet at all. What am I eating?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 02, 2022, 03:34:14 PM »
I can't eat the usual Cavendish due to allergies, but I can eat other bananas.

First I'm looking for a banana I tried years ago that to me tasted like sweet pumpkin. Do any of you have thoughts on which one it was?

Next I would like to know what variety the red ones in stores are.

Finally this is the lineup I have planned so far. What do you guys think and can it be improved?
Ice cream
Misi Luki
Pisang Ceylon

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Rasberries that can grow in zone 9?
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:52:19 PM »
I'm looking for some options. I'm planning to try Candy, Anne yellow, and Bababerry. I'm also looking at salmon berry, olallieberry, thimbleberry, mysore, and boysenberry. I came across the below thread, but am not sure if I can get any of those wonderful sounding typical Australian varieties here.

What do you guys think are my best options for Houston?

What variety combination would make for the longest season in these tasty tasty fruits.

Also do any of you have favorite loquat recipes?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to choose soursop and mamey sapote
« on: June 16, 2022, 10:54:45 PM »
Are all of these soursop over ripe? I've never had it and my go to for this info's phone died. I'm also wanting to know how to choose mamey sapote.

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