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Not a tropical tree, but I found structural peaches as part of a bird nest when picking today.

My miracle berries are finicky.  They seem to like shade and burnt leaves are common.  My first one I put in full sun and it seemed happy for a year or more, making tons of berries, then it turned yellow and mostly died. 

I had planted a bunch of the seeds from its berries and one I had given to a relative who kept it in a sunny kitchen window in New Jersey, and it looked awesome - healthy and green.  Way better than the seedlings I kept in my greenhouse.  I have since been keeping them in full shade or morning sun only and they look better.  My original tree is still alive but its seedlings are gaining on it.  It seems to never have fully recovered from the dieback a year or two ago.

I keep them in peat-heavy soil with a bit of sulfur added.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I finally fruited Lychee in TN!
« on: July 17, 2024, 02:15:16 PM »
How cold does the soil get in winter in your greenhouse?  I had always assumed an insulated foundation would be a requirement for northern growers.  I know you are quite a bit south from me but doesn't the ground freeze?  That is impressive to see lychee thriving, I'm really happy for you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First imbe flowers
« on: July 17, 2024, 01:43:01 PM »
Well I am not sure of the female flower is still receptive but I tried transferring pollen.  No worry, not expecting fruit now but is very nice to see both flowers on same tree. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First imbe flowers
« on: July 17, 2024, 08:56:50 AM »
The other flower opened, this one looks different... male?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I finally fruited Lychee in TN!
« on: July 16, 2024, 03:17:57 PM »

I planted my two container lychees in the ground in my greenhouse as a hail mary as they were on the decline.  Hoping to better results in ground.  Glad you proved it is possible

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: dead?
« on: July 16, 2024, 09:50:53 AM »
I didn't know Facebook groups were becoming barren.  I have never had Facebook and over time I have noticed that much of the users on the Citrus section have disappeared, I assumed it was to Facebook.  I came here from the old citrus growers forum migration so it is a bit sad to see.

Maybe they are going to Reddit subforums?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First imbe flowers
« on: July 15, 2024, 07:43:42 PM »
First flower opened.  Ants are really interested in it

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bees in our Cherilata tree.
« on: July 14, 2024, 05:20:10 PM »
Wow, you aren't kidding.  Free bees!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First soursop fruit, when to pick?
« on: July 14, 2024, 02:11:17 PM »
Thanks.  The tree is pretty tall, about 9ft tall and 6ft wide with about 3in diameter trunk.  It is planted in ground in my greenhouse.  It was already four ft tall when I got it a few years ago so I am not sure exactly how old it is.

The skin seems to be lightening but it is still very firm and spikes are sturdy.  I will keep checking

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: container inga rootball
« on: July 14, 2024, 11:34:05 AM »
I am big fan of root pruning, but if you go that aggressive don't you need to water almost continuously?  I guess with drippers it is possible.

JackedFruit my greenhouse minimum temperature is 55F, which would be very expensive if I wasn't fortunately enough to have piped natural gas heat which is very cheap.  I know most of PA is oil heat which costs a fortune and electric is nearly as bad.

I have a ton of garcinias growing and they are very happy so it is certainly possible but they probably require a minimum temperature in the 40s at least for the common garcinias.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: container inga rootball
« on: July 14, 2024, 10:26:29 AM »
It is sometimes hard to let go of a tree that I grew for years from seed and is looking beautiful and healthy, but I try to remember the feel of despair I get when winter comes and my greenhouse is totally packed and I have to start culling anyway.  It is easier to get rid of them early when I'm in the right mood and excited about some other new prospect.

I documented the airlayer effort here:

Here is how it looks today:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: marcotting vs rooting question
« on: July 14, 2024, 10:23:53 AM »
The new tree has been in 90+F degree heat in full sun for weeks now and is happy and growing.  I will call this a success, I am glad it survived the early cut.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: container inga rootball
« on: July 13, 2024, 09:28:26 PM »
I think I would have to root prune it constantly to stay in a 20gal and also water constantly.  I was hesitant to head a seedling as I assume it can restart juvenility and all the growth is high up.  The trunk is pretty massive too, it just does not seem suited for a 20gal.  I only put it in the 35gal for the season outside, knowing I would toss it before winter.  The 35gal is just too big to be hauling in and out of my greenhouse.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First imbe flowers
« on: July 13, 2024, 09:21:41 PM »
I am not sure exactly how old mine are as I got them from different sources.  The flowering one was from a forum member and mentioned to bea hermaphrodite type but I am not sure if that is a heritable thing or just luck with these.  My next largest one is nearly as big and so it may flower soon also.

I'll post a picture when the flowers open

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: container inga rootball
« on: July 13, 2024, 03:30:58 PM »
I'd try to grow inga laurina for us.
It's dwarf and the fruits are on par or better than other species I've tried.
I am not a fan of inga in general tho, but I do have a small seedling I can send you if you don't have one yet Brian.
It makes small yellow fruits which are really pretty.

I'd love to try a dwarf inga if you've got a spare one. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: container inga rootball
« on: July 13, 2024, 03:29:13 PM »
xesoteryc, that one is an air-layer and so should fruit at a much smaller size.  Hopefully you can prune it to stay small enough.   My large tree was a seedling so I had to wait for it to mature before I could prune it much and by then it was already huge. 

I am thinking I will do a perpetual clone like I do with tomatoes... when the parent starts getting too big start a new clone and trash the parent, and repeat the cycle every so many years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing tips for the tamarind tree
« on: July 12, 2024, 11:00:01 AM »
My tamarind tree from Indian store tamarind paste seeds is flowering!  I was going to toss it because I heard it would need to get huge to fruit, but today I noticed it has flowers.  They look like orchid flowers, neat.

It is in a two or three gallon container, about 4ft tall.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: container inga rootball
« on: July 11, 2024, 09:48:27 PM »
Yeah I got a few fruits from it last season.  I was hoping it would have set more by now but at this rate it has no chance of maturing fruits by winter so I chopped it early.  I am hopeful that the airlayer will fruit at a much smaller size, as others have seen

Tropical Fruit Discussion / container inga rootball
« on: July 11, 2024, 02:21:01 PM »
Wow this was in a 20gal until April I put it in a 35gal.  Look at that root growth!  I don't think these are viable in containers long term.  This is the end for this one, it has been replaced by an airlayer-child to conserve space.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First imbe flowers
« on: July 11, 2024, 08:57:01 AM »
My largest imbe seedling is flowering for the first time at about 2-3ft tall in a half gal container.  I doubt these will result in fruit, but maybe next year.  I know they can be hermaphrodite or dioecious.

And a young praying mantis hanging out on it too

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Hong Kong kumquat seedlings flowering
« on: July 10, 2024, 08:58:35 PM »
I am not sure what my soil composition is anymore as I mix all the repotted tree soil back in.  I lost a lot of seedlings I think that is just a normal thing for citrus.  Of the seeds that sprouted more than half died off the first season and I lost a few more over time.  I really only want one healthy plant though so no big deal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First soursop fruit, when to pick?
« on: July 10, 2024, 08:18:14 PM »
Thanks!  I'll keep an eye out

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First soursop fruit, when to pick?
« on: July 10, 2024, 07:49:52 PM »
My soursop tree finally set a fruit.  It isn't all that large so I am not sure if it is just a small fruit or if it is still expanding.  It is firm and has no smell yet.  Can I just wait for it to become soft or fall off the tree?  Or it needs to be picked hard and counter ripened?

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