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hmmm, sounds like the same guy. I've got some kind of palm trees growing around here, who knows what they are.

maybe it won't be fun to try this one out

mine is no longer in ground, dug it up and put a Kesar mango in its' place. once in a pot, it started flowering.

Mine has fruit on it now. A little bit bigger than a golf ball. Not expecting much, but will be fun to try this one out.

I grabbed a couple of Fijian Dwar/Samoan coconut trees from someone from the South Florida Palm Society who was helping with a membership drive at the USDA research center. think they were $25 each. You might want to try contacting them to see if you can have one shipped, or if they can direct you to someone who can. Pretty sure these are the real deal. Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Onion Taste?
« on: June 12, 2017, 10:15:14 AM »
maybe this is a genetic thing; some people can taste the onion flavor in Emperor lychees, and some cannot. I smell a dissertation for someone, and onions.

This could become a very interesting thread...

mimosa pudica - sensitive plant: plant that actually responds to touch by closing leaves and small twigs retracting. Most people have never seen this before, and are really intrigued.

ashitaba - tomorrow leaf: medicinal herb/vegetable

borojoa : medicinal tropical fruit

raisin tree : jujube relative that develops swollen stems that are sweet and taste something like raisins. Ended up giving this tree to a friend who lives farther north, as I believe it is better suited to a cooler, less tropical climate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mammee apple
« on: June 10, 2017, 05:14:49 PM »
Had one at the Kampong in Coconut Grove (Miami) a few years back; it was surprisingly good. Made me want to grow it.

There is so much variability in fruit, who knows. My mom says she can't stand mangoes. Who knows what bad mango experience she had in the past, she won't talk about it. But she hasn't tried a mango since. I'm convinced she really likes some mangoes and does not know it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia hand pollination video
« on: June 09, 2017, 08:31:50 PM »
That is really helpful, thank you for posting. Have only 3 fruits on my rollinia, out of over a hundred flowers. Wish I had seen your video sooner. Next time!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mammee apple
« on: June 09, 2017, 08:21:06 PM »
delicious fruit, enjoy!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 09, 2017, 05:27:23 PM »
Maybe instead of building more oil pipelines, we could work on better managing rainwater. Move that excess rainwater to where it is needed. Metric tons of freshwater have been pouring off my roof, ...just today. Wish I could share it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jujube
« on: June 09, 2017, 05:22:13 PM »
PIN and Top have "thornless" varieties, which means tiny thorns. The PIN variety is tasty, green fruit, fresh and crispy. Haven't got fruit off the Top variety yet (flowering now), but think it is supposed to be red. You can find plants and seeds of other varieties on eBay. There are online nurseries that sell named varieties, but I think most of these do better in colder areas and may need other varieties close by to set fruit. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 09, 2017, 03:42:03 PM »
another 6 inches here since my last post. And here it comes again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 07, 2017, 07:42:18 AM »
Rain gauge is up to 5 inches, since late last week.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 07, 2017, 12:06:24 AM »
It's been pretty wet down this way for over a week now, but it seems worse up towards Broward and beyond. Most of my plants seem to be loving it, but worried about ripening mangoes. Dragon fruit aren't as happy as they seemed. Good luck everyone!

Any scions available?

that was fun, thanks for the link

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mangosteen seedlings just arrived
« on: June 05, 2017, 09:15:51 PM »
Yea I think I'm going to pull them out , Doesn't look like your seeds .

Thanks for the Picture!


You are welcome. I had to eat one to take those pics for you. It was worth it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mangosteen seedlings just arrived
« on: June 05, 2017, 08:05:04 PM »
Here are some pics from today.


Mangosteen seeds

It is difficult to completely clean them, as the fruit flesh is full of fibers around the seed. The color and texture appear different than what you have.

What would you recommend grafting onto? I have lemon drop and seashore that are large enough.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mangosteen seedlings just arrived
« on: June 04, 2017, 10:34:19 AM »
Pretty little trees, congratulations! I'm giving one a go too, still quite small.

Just picked up some mangosteen fruits from the farmers market. Delicious! Really hope I can fruit this one.

cool little trees, thank you very much!
All but one seed sprouted and I'll only be planting the most vigorous of the bunch. So if anyone in the area wants to pick one up let me know.

Neem tree leaves, stems, bark, roots, and oil are good for keeping the bugs away, and may eradicate some of them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What soils do you all use?
« on: May 30, 2017, 09:00:50 PM »
I like mixing Fox Farms' Happy Frog or Ocean Forest with good ole home dirt, and extra perlite.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Molix or Morena
« on: May 20, 2017, 10:03:32 AM »
Silas Woods is notoriously a good producer. Mine is 5+ feet or so, and has a 2 decent sized fruit growing and more flowers. Yet to taste one, but all accounts thus far rank it highly. Fruit are on the small size.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: "Mango Baller" Problems
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:07:39 PM »
This is the best dehydrator I have found. been making jerky for decades, have been through a few.

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