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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB cherapu, keledang seeds
« on: March 23, 2023, 12:18:57 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kwai Muk (Artocarpus parvus) Varieties
« on: March 22, 2023, 09:16:38 PM »
Getting some cool colors on new growth:

Yes!  it seems the new growth is a gradient of magenta to green, like the sheen of an oil spill.  Nothing like other artocarpus I have seen so far.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamey and Green Sapote review
« on: March 22, 2023, 09:14:30 PM »
I am actually happy to hear that there is little difference between the types of mamey, as it prevents me from feeling like I am missing out on some different types.  I had a couple mamey sapote fruits (unknown cultivar) and I liked them alot, and I am growing a green sapote based on it being "almost the same but a little better".

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / RE: Seeds
« on: March 22, 2023, 01:17:55 PM »
pm sent

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen Advice Thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 08:45:04 PM »
Ah, gotcha.  You had my doubting my container

I had never heard of SugarBelle.  Looks to be a patented variety.  I'm also curious how it compares to Minneola.  "Very vigorous" isn't a good thing for me, though.   

Some of the best citrus I've had were Minneola tangelos (bought at the grocery store), however they are very inconsistent.  The ones I have grown myself so far have been soft and watery, and most of the store bought ones were same.  However, I am not giving up on them yet, I just grafted a Minneola onto flying dragon dwarfing rootstock as the nursery-bought one I had was far too vigorous.  I am going to give Minneola 3-4 years and see if I can get the amazing fruit I once tried, and if not I will probably ditch it. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen Advice Thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 07:56:47 PM »
That looks line a comparatively huge container, is the intent to minimize repotting?  Last time I repotted a mangosteen seedling I was surprised how little root volume it had, I probably could have waited another year or two before it got root bound

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nordman Seedless Nagami Kumquat
« on: March 20, 2023, 06:24:51 PM »
Yup!  I wouldn't rip up a perfectly good tree if you're happy with it, I just mean for anybody starting new Nordmann is the way to go.

I certainly believe you, this particular type sounds interesting to me also.  I started noting my the seeds/scion/plants I acquire as "from so-and-so" as I suspect there will be a lot of variability once things come to fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: grafting question
« on: March 20, 2023, 05:48:31 PM »
here's example of zip tie + bag

this one the scion already had parafilm, but if it doesn't I don't bother adding it

When I visited Excalibur and got a suebell it was labelled as such.  So were most of the trees I saw there.  I'm sure they have some disorder but it wasn't like the whole place was without labels and they are going from memory. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: grafting question
« on: March 20, 2023, 04:25:32 PM »
my method is to use a few small zip ties to hold the graft union tight, then put a plastic baggie over the whole thing.  I don't use buddy tape/parafilm anymore. 

This method works for me because I struggle to get the film and other tape wrapped tightly, often I am grafting a bunch of branches onto one rootstock and there are thorns or other branches in the way that makes wrapping difficult.  I really like zip ties instead, they hold very tight.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nordman Seedless Nagami Kumquat
« on: March 20, 2023, 11:58:37 AM »
They taste identical to me.  I see zero reason to grow plain seeded Nagami unless you are using it as a breeding parent. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Root stock for Ross Sapote graft
« on: March 19, 2023, 10:20:15 PM »
There was recently some discussion in buy/sell/trade about lucuma rootstock options and from this thread it sounds like lucuma, canistel, mamey, ross all close enough to be graft compatible.  Good to hear, I had grafted some excess lucuma scion onto a ross sapote seedling, and I still have some more I might graft onto my canistel.

I believe I have the "excalibur red hybrid" though it was simply labelled red lime.  And yes it is dark orange rather than red, even the description says "as red as a honeybell tangelo" which isn't red at all

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia bloomed for the first time
« on: March 19, 2023, 01:19:43 AM »
I planted mine in ground in my greenhouse to give it a try, fully expecting to cut it down if it isn't amazing.  I hear mixed things about it.  I've got other annonas, I will probably only keep one or two in the end.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: white pummelo identification
« on: March 19, 2023, 12:09:44 AM »
If it is from Taiwan, it could be 文旦柚子,Wendan pomelo.  It is the most grow pomelo in Taiwan.

It wasn't labelled with country of origin, or might have said China, I forget now.  The shape looks a bit off, but the flesh and peel looks exactly right.  This seems a likely candidate, thank you.  Unfortunately, I've never seen this variety for sale in the US

Red lime has sour orange taste, it isn't anything like a typical lime.  It tastes like a rangpur&kumquat hybrid

I do, no HLB in Pennsylvania.  Are you in NE USA, or EU?

The grocery store types eureka and lisbon are nice and productive.  Limequats are good if you are looking for single serve juice to squeeze into a drink. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia bloomed for the first time
« on: March 17, 2023, 08:22:02 PM »
I am interested if these are self fruitful or need pollination.  Mine also bloomed for first time last year, but only a few blooms and no fruit set. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga flowering already
« on: March 16, 2023, 02:07:05 PM »
It is greenhoused in winter so climate isn't an issue.  Mine is in a 25gal container and is about 7ft tall, trunk diameter is about 1.5in

Citrus General Discussion / Re: soil wetting agents
« on: March 16, 2023, 01:49:08 PM »
You are absolutely right that soaking the containers in a tub of water solves the problem, but I have a *lot* of containers, it would take all day to do them one at a time :)

I can't speak from experience, but my recollection from various threads on this topic is the most common rootstocks are cherimoya and pond apple.  There's a table of known compatibility somewhere if you search the forum, though it isn't very complete.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: soil wetting agents
« on: March 16, 2023, 11:41:46 AM »
To be clear, I am not looking for a wetting agent to retain water, but one to cause water to flow more freely through the container to avoid hidden dry pockets. 

I know that soil mix is the best way to handle this, but I'm thinking of wetting agents as an additional safeguard. 

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