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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: February 01, 2024, 04:16:36 PM »
Thankfully, have not felt the need to spray anything except micros around here, and that's been a while. Hit a couple of pepper plants with neem, but mangoes stay clean enough without help.

Sugar Loaf is going pretty hard.

Edward has that "can do" attitude!

Sweet Tart is blooming mostly on the lower half.

Mmm4 is blooming on the lower 1/2 as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia discussion thread
« on: January 28, 2024, 11:31:07 AM »
Thanks Timbo!

Here's a shot of one of our butterfly garden areas, with garcinias mixed in:




2 Lucs

Found I can squeeze more trees in if integrated into the landscape, as my wife doesn't want an orchard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia discussion thread
« on: January 27, 2024, 03:56:03 PM »
Here's some of the smaller ones, sunnin' it up:

These are shaded now, but get full sun later in the day:

How does the ube taste? Would it do okay down this way?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cuttings - an ethical question
« on: January 26, 2024, 03:32:11 PM »
The seedling may be a more appropriate gift than cuttings, if orthodox.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia discussion thread
« on: January 26, 2024, 11:21:21 AM »
All my garciinias get some direct sun, even small seedlings. They also get shade at different times of the day, and lots of water. They can tolerate more sun, if getting enough water.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Smallest Mango Fruit Variety
« on: January 26, 2024, 11:17:55 AM »
Mangifera altissima produces small fruits, as does m. casturi and maprang. Not actual mangoes, but related.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passion Fruit germination tips?
« on: January 25, 2024, 12:39:42 PM »
I just soak overnight in warm water, and then put in peat moss and keep from drying out. Have soaked in orange juice before too. Warmth and some sunlight on the substrate. Easy in SoFL =)

In your area, a seed starting dome to keep humidity high, heating pad maybe, and a light would be my route.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: January 22, 2024, 11:10:53 AM »
Looks like things are getting going, great pics everyone.

Can't tell for sure, but casturi is pushing a lil something, hope its flowers. Tree took a year or 2 off, time for some funky fruits!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How Brad grew his avocado grove
« on: January 21, 2024, 07:57:39 PM »
Was in partial shock when he just chopped the whole damn tree down.

Really like the use of avocado leaves wrapped to protect the young grafts. Reminded me of a Cuban cigar.

Loved seeing the progressed grafts. Gave me closure and alleviated my initial shock and plant anxiety.

Great video and amazing orchard!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Any interesting grape varieties ?
« on: January 21, 2024, 04:26:19 PM »
Anyone tried what they are selling at Publix as Gummy Berries? Very good flavored purple grape; smaller size fruit.

Great news everyone! Buds be poppin' on the largest of the cherapu trees I acquired; the one that dropped all leaves. Was left with a stick; patience is paying off.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ?!!!
« on: January 21, 2024, 12:37:52 PM »
Mangosteen is unique, and both delicious and pleasant to eat. Does not remind me of citrus, except the look of the fruit segments (in a way).

Garcinia praniana (cherapu) has been noted to taste like tangerines. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sapodilla taste
« on: January 21, 2024, 11:36:34 AM »
Could've been over ripe.

They are a good fruit, grow and produce easily here, with few problems. I want to learn how to use them better. The typical flavor types quickly become boring out of hand, but are great in smoothies with other tasty fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interest in Jackfruit on TFF
« on: January 19, 2024, 07:17:32 PM »
Growing a seedling and 2 hybrid seedlings. I just don't post about them. Jak seedling is from a farmers market fruit that was crispy and tasty. 5 - 6 years old, I think(?).  14 feet our so, with plenty of male flowers. Waiting for 1st fruit still.

Also growing kwai muk, lakoocha, breadfruit, and mulberries.

Lots of passion for jaks and the family here.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: ISO Thai Jujube
« on: January 19, 2024, 08:09:45 AM »
Check out Mike at TreesNMore.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: January 16, 2024, 10:41:49 PM »
That's great news Bovine! I know you work hard to acquire and care for all of your trees; hopefully, it pays off more and more each year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: January 16, 2024, 08:49:04 PM »
They're back! And since it was so much fun last time, lets do it again!

Preliminary signs point to a very good mango season, in our garden. Sugar Loaf is busting with flowers at different stages. Edward is a bit behind, but is getting going. Sweet Tart, Orange Sherbet, Ceci Love, Guava, Kesar, mmm4, and even Coco Cream are starting to push.

Weve had several nights in the high 40s (F) here, and even more in the 50s.

Here's some pics of SL.

...also, non-FL growers are welcome to post their experiences (and especially pics) here. Just seems like we have a unique situation and season here in FL, and wonder about trends and changes. 

My favorite container plant (right now) is eugenia minutiflora. It is the prettiest of all my eugenias, even e. labisia. If it tastes nearly as good as reported, will love it even more.

Red jabo is a good idea.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Suruga Persimmon - Southwest Florida?
« on: January 11, 2024, 11:40:16 AM »

Got a tree from them a couple of years ago. It was healthy and quite nice. Flowered, but didn't hold fruit. Then a dry spell killed it. Think it would do well here, should be good in your area.

I agree. Occasionally selling stuff is just my way of trying to convince my wife that all this madness is worth it, and actually just funds another garden purchase.

Have talked with nursery owners here in the Miami area. Most of them stick to their "bread and butter" and don't offer much beyond what sells easily. Even PIN is quite limited in what they offer. No one has it all. Even those who sell rarities also sell some staples. It's a weird market. Like the restaurant business, hard to stay profitable. Hats off to those that are.

I like supporting growers like Bellamy and Anderson, who offer rarer stuff (seedlings and seeds). TAF too!! Hope they are profitable, and continue for long times...

Look at Wangoes and wild mangoes. Some are bound to be better for your climate. But which ones....?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Marang+ Willughbeia anguistifolia
« on: January 09, 2024, 06:04:53 PM »
willughbeia anguitifolia added.

did you get to taste the fruit lance?

Same question! More info on this plant and fruit please.

It is also possible my e. reinwardtiana is actually a Fruit of Mystery, as a volunteer seedling popped up in a pot from online vendor, and I just assumed it was cedar bay cherry. The mystery thickens.

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