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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Trees with high ornamental value
« on: November 24, 2022, 12:44:20 AM »
Scarlet beauty Plum
Cherry of rio grande
Ponkan mandarin

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of citrus was the best to taste?
« on: November 12, 2022, 11:05:54 PM »
I recently ordered a Page mandarin citrus tree because of its reputation as being one of the best tasting mandarin varieties. We shall see.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of citrus was the best to taste?
« on: November 10, 2022, 03:37:14 PM »
I can't find anywhere online to buy a Seedless surprise grapefruit tree. Sounds like something I would love to grow.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of citrus was the best to taste?
« on: November 09, 2022, 09:28:08 PM »
Orlando tangelo is my favorite citrus. Very sweet and tangy and juicy.  The juice from the Orlando is incredible. My coworkers would fight over the juice I took to work.

I have one Ivy Gourd plant in a pot. I bought it off ebay out of curiosity. Do I need to bring the plant indoors when the temp is 32 and under. I live a few miles west of Gainesville Fl. zone 8b

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Identify this citrus tree
« on: October 11, 2022, 12:55:13 AM »
I am pretty sure its not a sour orange because I would not buy that variety. I usually keep the tags on my citrus for identification but it I must have worn off. Its very cold hardy variety.

Citrus General Discussion / Identify this citrus tree
« on: September 30, 2022, 12:49:13 PM »
Does this look variety look familiar to anyone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: amazing mango
« on: September 26, 2022, 03:30:43 PM »
Wow that is amazing mango fruit. Huge.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: How to keep citrus alive in winter? Zone 8b/7
« on: September 26, 2022, 03:28:55 PM »
You can search weather history here for my area

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: How to keep citrus alive in winter? Zone 8b/7
« on: September 26, 2022, 12:45:01 AM »
 I live in zone8b and I never bring my citrus inside. I have several varieties of citrus in the ground. They survive the cold really well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Ruby guava
« on: September 25, 2022, 05:29:04 PM »
Thanks for the review

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado variety identification
« on: September 23, 2022, 08:34:43 PM »
I bought a grafted avocado plant from a local nursery out here in Ludhiana, India. The nursery couldn’t tell me the variety and only labeled iit ‘grafted avocado’. It’s pretty and very healthy plant. Avocado plantation is very rare in India, this is the first avocado plant I’ve seen in my life, couldn’t resist taking it home.
Recently my avocado has grown some new leaves, I’ve posted photos of the both old and new leaves.

I thought avocado trees were common in India

Mexican Race Avocados, the more cold hardy type, have Anise scented leaves. Hybrid varieties can have some anise scent too.
You may be able to screen seedlings for Mexican ancestry ?
It may or may not be directly linked to cold tolerance, but it could be an interesting marker to watch out for ?

You could probably try Chipotle grill for avocado pits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's your favorite fruiting shrub?
« on: September 19, 2022, 11:39:31 PM »
I didn't protect it in 2020, but did protect it in 2021 when it was colder. I still had some tip dieback with protection

What did you use for cold protection. Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's your favorite fruiting shrub?
« on: September 19, 2022, 04:06:34 PM »
For me, barely in zone 9a, it's been Acerola (Barbados cherry) because of it's near continuous fruiting and flowering, quick fruit maturation time, and so far it's been pest free. Fruits flush from completely green to completely red in just a few days, which gives me at least a competitive chance to get the fruit before the critters do. It took just a couple of years for it to go from tiny tissue culture plant to big fruiting bush. It's not my favorite fruit in the garden, but it's good and the continuous production makes it a real joy.

Does your Barbados cherry die back in the winter. I live close to you in High Springs zone 8b. I planted a Barbados cherry last year in the summer. It died to the ground in the winter, but grew back in the summer. It never set flowers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Id this plant
« on: August 25, 2022, 05:20:27 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Id this plant
« on: August 25, 2022, 04:58:57 PM »
Some wild plant growing in the wood line on my property.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grow pots for dwarf citrus
« on: August 25, 2022, 10:24:00 AM »
bought these at Lowes: 16*14
They have a large selection of pots. Am I missing something?

Those are nice pots and the price is reasonable. Good find

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Almond bush
« on: August 02, 2022, 08:54:23 PM »
Ended up buying 3 plants in 3 gallon pots for 15 each at a local nursery. My wife loves the smell and wants to go back and buy more.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Almond bush
« on: July 31, 2022, 04:56:23 PM »
Maybe I check the Nurseries in Gainesville. Maybe even Home Depot. If none i'll see if anyone here has cuttings. Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sweet Almond bush
« on: July 31, 2022, 04:12:03 PM »
Is anyone growing this in your landscape. I just found out about it today. Where is the best places to buy it. I looked on Etsy but shipping was too expensive.

Recipes / Tangelo Turkey Rice
« on: June 26, 2022, 12:52:19 AM »
1 cup rice
2 cups cooked turkey
1/2 cup tangelo juice
1/2 cup butter
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 cups mushrooms, chopped
1 cup thinly sliced tangelo peel
 1/2 tsp Paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Combine stock, 1 cup tangelo juice, bring to a boil. Add rice, simmer until tender. Melt butter in a skillet brown, saute onions, tangelo peel, mushrooms, paprika until lightly browned, salt and pepper. Add turkey and tangelo juice. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Serve with vegetables.

We put a man on the moon in the 60's and can't develop a cold tolerant mango. Nature is tough.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can someone ID this plant for me
« on: April 15, 2022, 07:51:04 PM »
I neighbor gave me this plant before moving out of state. Have no idea what is it and if I want to keep it. Thanks

Like the old saying goes the first year they sleep, the 2nd yr they creep, the 3rd yr they leap.

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