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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help saving my mango tree
« on: December 07, 2023, 07:17:34 PM »
Looks kind of funky. Probably best to post pics and issues in this thread:

Best of luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: December 07, 2023, 10:04:00 AM »
We hit a low of 54.3 F overnight, 57 or so the previous evening. Beautiful sunny day now, currently 69 with a light breeze. So glad I have an outdoor office =)

The sudden cold fronts, and then back to warm, will hopefully get these mango trees going. I'm predicting another good to very good mango season in 2024.


I also tried to find plants or seedlings of Illicium verum and searched everywhere online w/o success. (The only places that were offering plants were in the UK and in India, too far to gamble on shipping from.)

There are plenty places offering seeds of this species though and they, many of them, mention that this is a fast-growing species which enjoys the dappled shade of an understory situation.

Since it is a fast-grower, as many sites mentioned, then maybe we should just settle for planting some seeds and growing it from scratch.

If I find any plants available though I'll let you know....


Paul M.

Thanks Paul, will be in touch with you if I come across any, as well. Ordered some pods, will try seeds, but not expecting much. Fun to hunt plants, but this one is tougher to find than anticipated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hand Pollination - passiflora decaisneana
« on: December 06, 2023, 10:29:14 AM »
Last night, I re-tried one of these fruit and was blown away. It is exceptionally good. While I liked the fruit sampled in the past, this one was on another level. Though it has some flavor similarities to p. edulis, the sour is turned down (but not off), with added banana and melon flavors that blend nicely. Good. level of sweetness, needed nothing. Even my wife, who doesn't like passion fruit, enjoyed it and didn't make a funny face. I ate a lot of the seeds, which chewed up easily enough, but were a little more work than edulis. Gonna baby my vine now, need more of these fruits!

..any ideas on where I can find this plant? The few sites that have it listed are all sold out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Eats Papaya Leafs?
« on: December 04, 2023, 06:29:56 PM »

Does anyone know if the leaves they were using in the video to wrap fish is piper auritum (Hoja Santa)? If not, what are they?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Eats Papaya Leafs?
« on: December 04, 2023, 06:16:01 PM »
Probably have both hornworms and giant grasshoppers munching on papaya leafs, which then become like papaya salad wraps with worms and hoppers for these fat iguanas. Thinking of trying one myself.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Check out this guys YouTube Channel!
« on: December 04, 2023, 06:12:55 PM »
That was a lot of fun! Many of those jabos are beautiful specimens, like bonsai but with a regular sized pot. Thanks for sharing and for making a great vid!

Patrick is the person to contact, the pj.... handle

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Seeking Star Anise Plant: Illicium Verum
« on: December 03, 2023, 04:17:39 PM »
Hello All, hope everyone is having a nice Sunday, Can anyone help me out with a plant, cuttings, or viable seeds of edible star anise?

Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Eats Papaya Leafs?
« on: December 03, 2023, 08:24:28 AM »
Great video Muni! Thanks for posting that. We have papaya and passionflower infused iguanas reading for eating, along with mango infused squirrels. Rats might have a touch of banana flavor, lol.

Hornworms are another possibility MadFarm, I agree. Have seen them out here before, but it's been a while since I spied one.

Lol! I was scheduling a car to rent when taking a trip, and they had a "mystery sedan" and other similar options. Fruit of Mystery sounds good to me, and safer than car of mystery. Still waiting on Fruit of Misery to flower.

Cherimoya tastes better, with more palatable texture. We who grow guanabana wish we could grow and fruit cherimoya. If you live in CA, messing with guanabana for fun makes sense, but you have way better options for fruit.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Eats Papaya Leafs?
« on: December 01, 2023, 03:20:26 PM »
While you don't want continued leaf/plant damage, if you can wait 'til a nice cold snap comes along –one when the iguanas tend to fall out of the trees– then you could plan to police your area for the fallen of same said before the day warms up. (The smaller ones should be more susceptible to the cold.)

But eliminating them from your yard isn't a permanent soution but rather a stopgap one, because like with squirrels, nature abhors a vacuum and next season you'll surely have some new iguanas moving back into the now 'unclaimed territory' that you will have ccreated.


Paul M.

Thank you, that's a great idea and will hopefully work for at least a few. It's so thick up in some of these trees, they wouldn't fall all the way down unless perched on a lower branch. Going to try traps baited with papaya, mango, and hibiscus.

Have caught a few, when they get around the pool. The trick is to chase them into the pool. Then, follow them until they come up for air, and grab behind the head (and base of the tail) asap. Helps if you have something ready to put them in. Otherwise, you gotta an angry green clawed demon thrashing and whipping you, and no plan.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Eats Papaya Leafs?
« on: December 01, 2023, 11:05:58 AM »
Hey Dan! Thanks for your insights and validation. They are certainly here, in various sizes. Adding to my problem, my yard has trees packed in, with some taller trees, and canopies touching. The iguanas come down from above, so blocking their ascent won't help much at all.

I see raptors daily in my yard. Hawks, kestrels, owls, and buzzards; even an occasional osprey stops by. Hope they tell their friends, it's "all you can eat" over here for them too.

Gonna work on my iguana trapping teks. Any suggestions are appreciated. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What Eats Papaya Leaves?
« on: December 01, 2023, 10:42:03 AM »
Noticed significant damage to several papaya plants; something is munching hard. Wondering what might be doing this, any ideas?

...I'm thinking iguana, but have never seen them eating papaya leafs, and the leaf stems don't seem damaged from the likes of a heavy lizard. They are notorious devourers of passion flowers, and are unwelcome in these parts for that alone. Time for a recon mission with the drones, see what's lurking up there.

Usually starting some kind of seeds year round, but our climate is not typical of forum members. It's still a good idea to get a jump on Spring.

Just got a bunch of passiflora and pepper seeds, time to do some soaking and sowing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rosigold v. Dwarf Hawaiian?
« on: November 27, 2023, 07:08:53 PM »
They both are good mangoes, and I will happily eat RGs and DHs while waiting for the primo choices. DH is better to me, and RGs start to get boring after a while.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade tolerant Mango Variety
« on: November 27, 2023, 02:45:05 PM »
The best Sweet Tarts and Coco Creams I've had were shade grown. Just weren't that many.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Check out this guys YouTube Channel!
« on: November 26, 2023, 02:00:14 PM »
Glad to see you posting about your growing and fruit adventures, and love of chickens. Always great to see what other people are doing, and you have something special going on up there. Following

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade tolerant Mango Variety
« on: November 26, 2023, 01:55:15 PM »
I have a few mangoes growing in partial to moderate shade. They are very healthy, but fruit production has been low. Maybe, as they get older and taller, things will improve. Curious to hear what cultivars produce well in shade.

I have a hard time not overwatering bananas in pots. Might be a good idea to pop it in the ground, with fresh and well draining media.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kishus Are Doing Well This Year!
« on: November 26, 2023, 11:26:56 AM »
Candy tree! Well done, she's a beauty.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving !!!
« on: November 23, 2023, 10:29:23 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving Kaz and TFF!!! Very grateful for all the sharing of knowledge and plant material, ya'll brighten my days and yard.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: November 23, 2023, 10:27:48 AM »
Those fruit from the choc anon were like a mix between a lemon meringue/ coconut cream. Really caught me off guard how great they were. Easily better than coconut cream. They had some ataulfo mangos at Sam's last week that were actually palatable and ripened up correctly so I went back and got another box which is almost gone now 😆

You are making me crave mangoes bad, even with all the Thanksgiving delights on the way. Mix bw LM and CC!?!? So jealous!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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