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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Scions for sale
« on: July 14, 2016, 09:47:23 AM »
I apologize for not getting on here sooner and getting back to people.  I have had a rough couple months that resulted in a decent hospital stay due to pneumonia, lack of internet access, and a family issue that needed resolving. 

I will be working through my PM messages this week, and doing whatever I can to make it right with those who placed orders with me, and to get caught back up now that my life is getting back to normal.   

Again, my apologies.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: papaya fruitflies
« on: May 27, 2016, 02:18:36 PM »
I use strips of red clothing or red yarn. The red strips makes the fruit fly think that it is something bad, and they won't get near the fruit. When I lived in west pines, my papayas would get attacked and they will always have worms. I tied some medium sized strips of red yarn to the stems of the fruit (they hang over the fruit) and to the leaf stems. After doing that, the papayas stayed clean.  When my improved hawaiian solo sunrise papayas begin fruiting, I'll try that method again to see if it works again.
do you have a pic?

Very impressive greenman, its good to see so many plants are growing so nice for you. A couple questions: does your Mexican Cream Guava get fruit fly? I just bought a small one a couple weeks ago but I remember my grandmother's tree used to have little worms in the fruit, it hasn't put out guavas in 10+ years or so though so not sure if that would still be the case. Does your LSU Purple Fig have fruits that are holding? I bought that exact variety last summer, its in a 12 or 13 gallon container and was putting out some figs but after the last bout of rain we had when I checked the tree all were gone. Lastly, do you know if mulberries need frost to fruit reliably and well? I'd like to get one if not, and I've seen them in stores but don't think I've ever seen one grown by anyone here so not sure if they can be. Again, great yard!

mulberry doesn't need frost, that's for sure.  The dwarf everbearing type grows readily from cuttings and fruits even when young.  I found LSU Purple to be the best fig I have tasted yet (over Brown Turkey, VdB)

How about Kathy (K-3), Pina Colada or Springfield?

I didn't think Kathy was available  ???

I like to add more mangos to my collection, which one shuld I buy?
kent,valencia pride,dot,sweet tart,harvest moon,Neelam,ugly betty, southern blush?
#1 is flavor & fiberless that I seek. I don't care about size or fruit bearing. All I care about is flavor.  I want something better than alphonso.

already added to my cart is edward.  got room for one.  Any advice of which of the above to choose?
Kent--good old time mango, but you can do better.
VP:  grows ridiculously fast...very difficult to maintain as a small tree
Dot:  Great mango--has some disease issues but that shouldn't be a problem for you in CA
ST:  The best mango I have had...Everyone needs to plant a ST.
HM:  too many issues with fruit set
Neelam:  you can do better for flavor than Neelam
UB:  Excellent sweet taste...worth consdering (along with Dot)
SB:  excellent mango flavor, worth considering, but not as good IMHO as Dot, ST, or Ugly Betty

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Harvest Moon mango questions
« on: May 24, 2016, 09:22:47 PM »
That mango needs to be referred to as "Day-yum!!!" instead of Harvest Moon...Looks like a small watermelon in that pic

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Harvest Moon mango questions
« on: May 24, 2016, 12:39:14 AM »
That is a nice looking tree and the fruits are huge. Great work. Maybe i can add this to my LZ/PeachC/Dupuis too.
But the fruits will definitely get some unwanted attention

If you dont include Pineapple pleasure, you're a fool  ;)

add grumichama to the flowering list... 8)

Looking for Hawaiian type  avocados, red or purple skinned San Miguel or Malama
1-3 gal sizes also Abiu, fig, dragon fruit, Pitomba, Pit sapodilla trees  grape vines,
Be willing to ship to miami 33166 pm if you have any
Hey I'm also interested in fragrant flowering trees and exotics.

Have all that are n bold.  One of these days we will get it together and make the order happen.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: garcinia dulcis seeds
« on: May 21, 2016, 11:03:16 AM »
Hi Joshua, your seeds arrive in great conditions after over 4 months in transit! (dated on Jan7by Australia post office) you're a Champ!! Very good packing, thanks alot!
9 out of 10 have sprouted for me.  Easy but slow to germinate

Looking for taste review of the fruit...also size of the tree, and potential in lowland subtropics.

Also interested in reports on sarawakensis (pingan), anisophyllus (mentawak)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jakfruit problem
« on: May 20, 2016, 01:38:19 PM »
are you sure they are female flowers?  Males look like baby fruit and will dry up and fall off...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: buying peach scions
« on: May 19, 2016, 02:31:41 PM »
I have flordaprince, UF sun, tropic beauty, and flordagrande. Pm me if interested if interested

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrcia sphaerocarpa
« on: May 19, 2016, 12:53:50 PM »
I am not familiar with that plant, so can't comment directly to the thread topic.

However, if you are interested in plants that combat diabetes, there are many to choose from, that are cheap, and easy to grow and propagate. For instance, both Gynura Procumbens and bitter melon are known to combat diabetes, and both should be easy for you to get in Hawaii. Hibiscus is another plant that works against diabetes - of which you have many in HI, of course. There are certainly many fruits that are helpful with this, but there are even more tropical vegetables that are helpful, and are easier to grow in large quantities quickly and cheaply without taking as much space as fruit trees. Just thought I would add this in case you, or someone else reading, was unaware and could benefit from this information.

Hit me up if you need cuttings of Gynura procumbens or any other tropical perennial vegetables.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Litsea garciae
« on: May 19, 2016, 08:59:06 AM »
Alright ;D Im excited to get some of those seeds from you, Keep me posted when their available. I have 4 of the pink type growing, seeds origin from borneo. Do you know where the white type were originally sourced?

Have you tried the red and white type side by side for comparison?

The fresher the scions, the better your chance of success. Also, if you are new to grafting, you may want to put on 2-3 grafts of each variety for every one you want to take. I prefer to graft the same day I take the scions whenever possible.


Thanks Simon,
I'm still getting the hang of grafting so I guess to increase my chances i'll do it today.

I have 2 scions of LZ, Peach Cobbler, and Dupuis.
Only 3 shoots though, so i'll veneer or bark graft the rest.
As Jeff said previously, be careful when wrapping the grafts as the new growth can snap off rather easily.  I remember being happy last summer that it seemed like I finally got the hang of it only to realize that the mother tree and scion were grafted together...and in my hand, no longer connected to the tree  ::) :-[ :o

I am also planning to plant 2 to 4 mangos next spring.  My new house is about a mile from the east side of Lake Apopka.  I see both juvenile and adult sized mango trees throughout the Ocoee, Winter Garden, and Oakland neighborhoods, so cold damage looks to be pretty minimal in my area.  Would the above mentioned cultivars all have good disease resistance?  I am not overly concerned with stretching the season, but it would be nice.

I currently have a 7 gallon Sweet Tart, a 3 gallon Pina Colada and a 3 gallon Fruit Punch at my old house on the coast.  Was looking to pick up a Pickering, and possibly trade out for a better disease resistance.

Looks like you have the cream of the crop selection for mangos.
I haven't heard any negatives about the disease resistance for any of the ones you've mentioned. Not quite sure about Pina Colada though.

For those of you who have ate a lot the the new zills, is it easy to comfortable binge on say.. sweat tart?
I don't know first hand but i could imagine that if a fruit is super flavorful i couldn't eat a bunch in one sitting with out feeling sick.
Any truth to this?

I find it hard to eat a lot of fruit punch....I haven't tried but I bet I could eat ST until they were gone...but that is why Cac and MC are good additions to this list (and potentially seacrest as well--though I don't know it's disease resistance) as they are intensely flavored, but in a way that allows for gorging

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for a Maprang tree
« on: May 17, 2016, 11:42:25 PM »
Does anyone have mayong chid scions?

Oscar does IIRC

New seeds : Cupui and Bacuri. Longkong seeds are back in stock (limited quantity)

My longkong arrived just starting to sprout...well packed as always.  I recommend Richard for seeds!

The coc/cac/cat that I've had have more of a complex flavor (distantly similar to Maha Chanok) when eaten at the right stage.

Like the sweet tart and Maha Chanok, the cac has a "coca cola" smelling sap.

FWIW, the flavor is balanced (not just sweet like many Asian mangoes) and has a tropical taste that is hard to describe yet hard to beat--Finishes sweet and smooth.  They are also a good size, seem to have good production and good disease resistance

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grating healing time on jaboticaba
« on: May 17, 2016, 12:20:43 PM »
i grafted my jabos 1.5 months ago and i was wondering how long does it take for you to figure out if your graft took or not.

Has new growth emerged from the scion?

I thinks there's a misspelling on the Cac mango. Cat is the Vietnamese one: means "sand". At least it should be spelled Cat but pronounced, it sounds like Cac. So the "sand mango" not the "meowing mango" lol

Even more confusing, Coc (I'm assuming is Vietnamese) usually refers to dwarf/regular Ambarella. But it must taste better.

"Cac" may actually be synonymous with "Xoi Cat Chu". When you google photos of Cat Chu in Vietnam, they do look very similar to the mango we know as Cac.

I was under the impression that you were growing all 3 Vietnamese mangoes (Cac, Cat Chu, and Cat Hoa Loc).  Have you seen the resemblance of Cac and Cat Chu in your groves?

also called E. involucrata

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant and Bug ID
« on: May 17, 2016, 09:49:24 AM »
I believe that is, indeed, Pond apple.  Can't help on the other pics.  Color of the weed in #2 reminded me of firebush, but the leaves look very different so I am not sure.

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