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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: May 15, 2023, 12:23:28 PM »
Interestingly the cold and rainy winter really worked for me. I usually have issues with pitanga leafing and flowering too early and getting destroyed by frost or rain. They are not so happy but are coming back. My big vermillion lived in greenhouse as did the Regina. You can probably tell which those are.

Great pics.  Thanks.  None of my pitanga trees are flowering, but they are pushing new leaf growth.  Is it the same with you? 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado Fruit mix box
« on: May 14, 2023, 10:41:38 PM »
Avocados arrived fast and in great shape.  Looking forward to trying them.  Thanks Brad.

I store mine in a cup of room temperature water, uncovered, and leave it on my kitchen counter.  Iíve stored them for 2 months like this with no problems.  I wouldnít refrigerate them.  Might be too cold in there for them.

I've had a "Gold Nugget" growing very big in the ground here in Chula Vista. The only problem is we are too cold all winter for the fruit to size up and ripen properly. The fruit get about football size, but then soften up in spring and drop without fully ripening. There are other places where some varieties do fine in the County. I'm looking for a variety that doesn't need to get very big to ripen properly.

Wow Mark.  I think you just convinced me to dig out the jackfruit seedling trees I planted in my front yard.  Theyíre about 5 years old, about 7 feet tall.  Iím 6 miles from the ocean.  My dream is to harvest a nice big jackfruit in my home yard. Oh wellÖ

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fruit and scions
« on: March 22, 2023, 05:12:48 PM »
PM sent

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Vernon White Sapote Scions
« on: March 01, 2023, 12:53:16 PM »
Iím selling scions of the excellent Vernon White Sapote.  Multiple sizes and thickness available.  Just let me know what you prefer.  $5 each (minimum order of 4).  Shipping is $9.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Free CCPP Budwoods Local pickup only
« on: January 05, 2023, 04:14:32 PM »
Still available?

Thereís a Brazilian variety called ĎEspadaí that produces heavily near the equator of Brazil (temps rarely go below 60).  When I was there, locals would rave about it, and many said it was their favorite mango.  Apparently itís polyembryonic since lots of places had seedlings planted all over, and the fruit looked the same on all the trees.  I thought it was a pretty good mango too.  Might be worth growing in South Florida given the lack of cold there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: December 26, 2022, 11:13:50 AM »
Does the aroma of the crushed leaves indicate the resin flavor intensity? I had 2 pitangas with one that had very resinous smelling leaves and the other with no leaf smell. The resinous leaf died, and I still have the non-resinous smelling one. Neither fruited, though I am expecting fruit from the one I have this year.

I believe it does, at least in my experience.  Some of my seedlings have really strong, resinous tasting fruit, and similarly their leaves also have a powerful resinous smell when crushed.  My sweet tasting Pitanga fruits have leaves with just a whiff of resin, not much.  The Zill Darkís leaves have little to no resin smell at all, and thatís the sweetest Pitanga Iíve tasted so far. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: December 15, 2022, 11:00:35 AM »

 I fruited a couple 'Regina' seedlings. I got seeds from MiguelPt several years ago. They are best uniflora I've had. No resinous flavor at all and sweet. Mine hasnt had a lot of flowers but I just popped it in the ground so maybe it will improve flowering. I'll try to remember to get a brix on next fruit.

That fruit looks great.  How long did your seedlings take to begin fruiting?  Iíve heard of the Regina before.  Hope Miguel still sends seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: December 15, 2022, 10:54:17 AM »
The Zill dark looks pretty tasty, although I find the petrol taste unique and somewhat addicting.  I have a Lolita seedling that is about 3-4 years old and pumps out a ton of fruit.   I noticed the darker (riper?) they get, the less gasoline aftertaste is detectable. The fruit will hang until it turns purple and starts to shrivel a bit. At that point itís like a super sweet tart cherry with no aftertaste.  Here are some pictures of the Lolita fruit at different stages. Small but delicious!

Wow itís really encouraging to hear youíre getting lots of fruit from a 3 to 4 year old seedling.  Is yours in the ground or in a container?  Iíve planted a bunch of Surinam Cherry seedlings all over my place.  Theyíre around 2 years old or less. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: November 26, 2022, 08:44:57 PM »
I like this thread a lot so Iíll keep it going.  I finally got to try the Zill Dark Surinam Cherry.  I grafted this variety onto a seedling I got from Exotica Nursery.  Grafts were done in April 2021, and the fruits ripened up in September 2022.  Tree is still young (about 3 feet tall) but I still got about 8 fruits.  These were delicious, juicy, and addictive.  No gasoline aftertaste at all.  Definitely a keeper.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: November 22, 2022, 02:50:08 PM »
Achetadomestica is probably the best seller on this forum. His scions and seeds are always top notch.

I would plant a Reed or a Nabal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree flooded for 2 weeks
« on: October 25, 2022, 08:31:51 PM »
Mango trees in Bangladesh and parts of India get flooded every year during the monsoon season there.  The trees seem to handle it just fine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reed seeds question ❓
« on: October 17, 2022, 11:34:03 AM »
I have a Reed seedling that flowered at 4 years old.  I should've let it hold a fruit, but I topworked it to a few different varieties.  Oh well.  I've also noticed Reed seedlings do grow very well in general.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: October 17, 2022, 11:30:48 AM »
This is a sweet tart seedling that looks a tastes just like sweet tarts.  These mangos are so good.  It's 4 or 5 years old.  It was a tree Simon planted here.  It made a lot of fruit this year and they are awesome tasting and the tree sets big clusters of fruit.  The tree is sagging from all the fruit is the only downer.

Beautiful fruit.  That's really awesome Brad.  Thanks for sharing. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: surinam cherry problem
« on: October 16, 2022, 10:45:55 PM »
Ditto that. Looks like some kind of mite. My Surinam Cherry trees are a magnet for mites, but you can easily wipe them off of spray them off.  It doesnít affect the tree much overall.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB: Local Avocados
« on: October 12, 2022, 10:42:58 PM »
Any folks in the LA area with extra avocados on their trees? My trees are tapped for the year, and the ones at the store suck. Iíll gladly buy or trade with you. I have a bunch of homegrown Fuyu Persimmons ripening up and a few homegrown Suebelle and Vernon White Sapotes. PM me.  Thanks!

Thanks! Good luck with the grafting  8)

Hello Mason yes seeds that Simon sourced over the course of several years.  They are not all planted at the same time.  I think we planted seedlings in 2018-2021.

Awesome. Please let us know how the fruit taste.

I went to look at the mango trees that Simon and I planted the last few years.  They are starting to grow well now.  Ive been busy with other things and have not done anything for them for over 2 years now.  Just automatic sprinklers.  I did cut the panicles off most of them this winter to let them grow more before fruiting but missed a few. 

Beautiful fruit. Congrats.  Are they seedling trees?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / For Sale: Vernon White Sapote Scion Wood
« on: September 21, 2022, 08:47:40 PM »
Iíll be trimming my tree back soon. Some very nice graft-able buds on it at the moment. Scions are $4 each. Shipping is $8. Thanks.

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