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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruiting mature Jaboticaba
« on: Today at 03:48:27 PM »
Heavy watering of jabos and Sabara in particular will not hurt the tree. it can easily handle periods of flooding.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sea weed
« on: Today at 01:18:40 PM »
Adding kelp to livestock feed reduces flatulence. Seaweed good for many things.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen Advice Thread
« on: Today at 12:22:07 AM »
Thanks cbss, shot, and Seanny!

My tree gets a lot of shade. There are several trees hanging over it. Gets some direct light, mostly midday. The rest of the day is dappled.

I think it needs consistent water. Doesn't like getting dry.

Gonna feed it and water it and take good care of it now and see what it does.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Plants for sale
« on: March 21, 2023, 08:39:21 PM »
Lots of stuff from Lance growing around here, lol!

Nice eugenia selection. E. caipora is a really beautiful plant, love it! 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen Advice Thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 08:33:19 PM »
Will hit with iron shot, thanks! What is "138 iron?"

It is actually in ground. The root saver pot pieces were to keep the mound in place. I dug a hole into limestone, lined it and painted with copper paint, and then filled with sand and dirt and stuff. Tried to give it a lot of lower ph substrate to work with.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen Thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 06:42:42 PM »
Here's an update on my mangosteen project:

It's been a few years, and I've largely neglected this project. Occasional watering, and some experimentation with fert, but not much. Dry winter has wreaked havoc, and tree was looking like crap.

So I started watering and hit it with some good ole Oscmocote.

She's bouncing back!

Lots of new growth

Very motivated to start babying it.  New growth has triggered hope.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweetest Carambola Variety
« on: March 20, 2023, 12:00:09 PM »
Kari is a great, nearly nonstop producer for us. One of the easiest trees I've grown, dont do anything to it. Beautiful tree. As stated, the very ripe orange fruits are quite sweet. I like them at this stage, as well as earlier when they are less sweet and quite refreshing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Macro Fruitography and Zoom Shots
« on: March 20, 2023, 09:09:01 AM »
Amazing pics of paradise Janet! You have a great eye.

Gotta post some anole pics too. We have several kinds here, including the bright green natives.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Macro Fruitography and Zoom Shots
« on: March 19, 2023, 03:06:44 PM »
Your black pepper pic reminds me of when I brought a coworker a piper nigrum plant, and told them it was a "black pepper vine."

They were confused, and started they had never seen a "black pepper."

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Macro Fruitography and Zoom Shots
« on: March 19, 2023, 02:45:51 PM »
Awesome photos! I need to get a macro lens, and I need to actually start using my digital camera. The cellphone is just too convenient though, when out working in the yard:

roblack, when I sent my friend pics of my first Passionflowers, he asked if they were real. After confirming they were, he dubbed them the Drag Queens of Flowers. I thought it a fitting epithet.

LOL! Hey flip!!

They are over the top =)

You can get a really cool macro for iPhone and Galaxy here, this is what I'm using (w/ iPhone 11 Pro Max):

...super cool pics, really like the frogs. So glad we have better doors and windows now, they used to keep me up when it rained at night.

And what's going on there!? Bug Battle Royale?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Macro Fruitography and Zoom Shots
« on: March 19, 2023, 12:46:11 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: March 18, 2023, 06:57:21 PM »
Good to get detailed info like that sumognat. You should have a nice summer.

Happy to have found some guava and at least 1 m4 still holding. Trees are young and plenty to back them up, but really want these to start pumping out primo mangoes.

Anyone seeing flowers/frutis on m. casturi? Mine has been just sitting there for 2 years now. Not even the extended dry period (drought?) here in South Florida has triggered flowering this year. Gonna put a tv near it playing The Bachelor nonstop to see if that stresses it into flowering. Something has to work, or the axe. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Macro Fruitography
« on: March 18, 2023, 05:15:08 PM »
Whoa Kaz! Those shots are sweet!! Really love the little hummers. Trying to catch a decent shot of the ones around here, they are too fast. There has to be a nest nearby.

Zoom and macro together seems like a natural match.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Macro Fruitography and Zoom Shots
« on: March 18, 2023, 04:10:05 PM »
What's up All!

Having fun with macro shots of fruit trees and stuff, and wanted to share:

Clicking on pics and zooming in you can see more detail.

Gulf fritillary munching on p. nitida; I can't go for that, no can do!

Moved to monster passion vine, have at it.

Prickly pear flowers

Maprang leaf

Some pineapple

Share your macro shots of what you're growing =)

Glad my ST tree is holding fruit, phew! =)

Pretty young, but growing fast. 10+ feet and in-ground about 2 years or so (from a 3g). 1st time it has flowered/fruited. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: March 17, 2023, 11:00:51 AM »
Nice fruit set Bov!

My Lil Gem cracks me up; tree is only 13.5 inches, and the inflorescence alone is 14.5 inches. Lil mangoes on it too. LOL!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling: some plants
« on: March 16, 2023, 07:43:28 PM »
Those Jorco de Bico garcinias you sent have been growing like crazy, especially the bigger one. They just got here in January. So far, might be fastest growing garcinia I've come across.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB 7 Gallon Cecilove Tree
« on: March 15, 2023, 09:01:14 PM »
I did some Ceci Love grafts less than 2 years ago (August 2021), on an established Glenn. 2 branches took, and each have fruit this year.

Recommended you graft it yourself, onto a 7 g+

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: March 15, 2023, 07:30:52 PM »
Was just dreaming of ripened mangoes, and wondering who has some already. Super jealous!

Blowing up these Ceci Love fruit pics only increases my anticipation:

Lovely grafted Garnet CORG arrived today. Exquisitely packed, healthy and in bloom. So happy, thank you very much Kevin!

...and the passiflora cuttings look good and viable, really appreciate it.

Partial flowering and subsequent fruitlets on m4 (small tree), guava (medium), orange sherbet (medium), and coco cream appear to have dried up, or just dropped. Not sure if any are left.

Glenn, sugarloaf, Cecil love, sweet tart, edward are looking good right now, although ST and ed are small trees with only a few fruits each.

Have a pair of Luc's growing within 2 - 3 feet of each other, and they seem quite happy together. Have other garcinias almost that close, all seem fine. I would rather have diversity with small to medium yields vs. optimal harvest from just a few trees. Also, I think it does help with fruit production, having multiple trees. Many garcinias are self-fertile, but often when mature. Younger trees like to party.

Yeah, that is weird.

Growing one tree there, nearly 8 years in ground, partial sun, lots of pods for years. Probably had 40 - 50 pods or more at one time last flowering, at different stages.

Have to chop most of the tree down every year, and it just grows back. Indestructible, drought tolerant, and productive. Needs no care here, except pruning. 

Beautiful Garnets Kev! The new growth and buds building are quite ornamental. One of the prettiest eugenias.

How does the flavor and fruit in general of Garnet compare to Nelita?

When you say only a "few" beans, how many bean pods per tree are you talking about?

Are they in ground? Also, how much sun do they get?

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