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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - best snacking fruits for kids
« on: January 24, 2023, 07:29:58 PM »
Blackberries. My daughter and husband are them all before they were ripe and I could eat them.
Phlox paniculata. Not a fruit, but they have a nice taste.
Marigolds. Also boy a fruit, but tasty.
Cucumber berries. Pick them and pop them in your mouth while passing by or pickle them. Very tasty.
Mutinga Calabera. I didn't get to eat many because my daughter enjoyed them so much.
Kumquat. My daughter and husband were fighting over the ready ones. I can only imagine what they'll be like once I find and plant a Meiwa.
Okra. You can pluck it and eat it raw. It might produce year round for you depending on your temperatures. You can have beans vine up it as a bonus.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Where to buy boxes?
« on: January 19, 2023, 11:47:22 AM »
Reach out to your neighbors and ask them to save Amazon boxes

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Legally allowing trees to be cut down for fire breaks and controlled burns would help the fires.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: All this rain in California
« on: January 17, 2023, 10:54:44 AM »
It would be nice if more places got serious about water treatment, so water could go through several cycles in a city before moving down stream. Maybe if enough is put into the project the Colorado River and its delta can be grand once again.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pineapple slips
« on: January 14, 2023, 03:07:35 PM »
I call the next pack

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with locked account
« on: January 14, 2023, 03:06:26 PM »
I created this account because that happened with my last one, and presumably I'll need to create another account if I get locked out of this one, since the password reset emails never go through. It would be nice to fix that feature, though!

None of the other email features work for me either (email notifications, for example).
I haven't had a password issue, but the email features don't work for me either.

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What about setting up a World fair and have a real fruit tasting!
Then it all will be settled!

Jet fresh fruit from all the world.
Durian
Mango
Lychee
Citrus
Jackfruit

FIFA TFF World Cup 2030

Crystal Palace, 1853


Nectarine, apricot, pluot, and sweet cherries deserve a place in the world champion fruit taste test. I know with certainly they're light years better than citrus. Mango not sure. As with any fruit it's all about growing condition and peak ripness. Getting all the best together at once will never happen.
There are hybrids coming out that are fantastic. I'm really excited to get to eat them again when they come back to HEB

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A good sweet green mango is my favorite.

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Your Cara Cara should have had a variety/rootstock tag on it when you purchased it.
It should be trifoliate like the rest, but it is super slow growing.

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PT is  trifoliate  BUY it.
Oh, then what does p stand for?

Additionally, "FD" is Flying Dragon, which is a dwarfed variety of poncirus trifoliata. So both are poncirus, it's just PT is straight-species and FD is a varietal.
Thanks for the clarification. I suspected FD was flying dragon, the dwarfing root stock, but didn't know it's also trifoliate. Is there a way to tell if a plant accidentally got put on dwarfing rootstock? I wonder about my Cara cara

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Generally you can harvest Early St. Anne from September to mid October, Miho and Brown Select from October to November, and Owari from late November/December to first freeze.
Perfect. I'll plan to get all of them 😊 thank you!

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The other candidate that would've been readily available at that location two decades ago would be Brown Select. But you said it ripened in January, so it was likely Owari.

You've mentioned having room for more. I'd try to spread out the harvest periods with something like Miho and Early St. Anne.
Thank you. Yeah I would love to have a long harvest. So you're thinking Owari, Brown, Miho, and Early St. Anne would give me the best harvest?

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Um, I am in Houston as well and had a large grapefruit and blood orange diagnosed with HLB by Texas A&M a couple of years ago.  Harris County is in the quarantine zone for greening and while the trees you buy may not have the disease the Asian psyllid is here and can infect your tree as it did mine.
Thanks for the info. That's really heart breaking to hear.

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PT is  trifoliate  BUY it.
Oh, then what does p stand for?

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Your owari must be on the right rootstock for great flavor.  The tree also must age a good few years before it will produce excellent fruit.  It should do well on PT or FD.  Seville sour is great if it is compatible.
Thanks. When I go next I'll see what they are on. Most of what I see here is on trifoliate.

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Probably an Owari, but not sure.
Thank you. That's one I was thinking to get, so I'll pick one up and try it out. I've got room for a couple of types, so hopefully others chime in with guesses.

Hi Rispa,

If you don't mind my asking, where are you going to get one and do you have any concerns about buying a tree infected with HLB?
I have no concerns because I'm getting mine from a local nursery. So far as I'm aware the disease isn't here yet. They have about 10 varieties in spring, so there's a good chance they'll have any varieties people suggest here.

There are two nurseries, JRN and JRN2 that are my go toes. There is another farther away with good varieties called Arbor Gate. Nature's Grower Nursery has less variety, but sometimes gets oddball varieties of other plants, so I'll check them out too. There might be one or two more nurseries with checking out, but those that I listed always have what I'm looking for and more.

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Probably an Owari, but not sure.
Thank you. That's one I was thinking to get, so I'll pick one up and try it out. I've got room for a couple of types, so hopefully others chime in with guesses.

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Citrus General Discussion / I need help determining a mandarin variety
« on: January 01, 2023, 05:06:09 AM »
A friend in Lafayette has the best Satsuma mandarins I have ever had. The trees are quite large. He bought them from Home Depot at least a couple of decades ago. They are very sweet and the fruit is ready in January. The skin completely separates from the fruit when ripe. It is definitely able to survive freezes.

Anyone have any idea what variety this could be? Or another worth trying? There are so many varieties at my local nurseries I don't even know where to begin to try to get the same one.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: happy new year
« on: January 01, 2023, 04:55:10 AM »
Happy new year!

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Why are you buying them from someone instead of buying them from the store? Hong Kong Market and Heb have them. If you want to grow them they have been treated to not sprout, so you have to deal with that. I'm trialing a vitamin c (ascorbic acid) bath before planting.

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I had issues with some really nice tasting and textured white skin, purple flesh sweet potatoes going to must. That's when I found that out. My first try at elephant garlic was a mess too. Here are pics of the difference between the two elephant garlic pots.




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Did you figure out how to manage tubors treated to not sprout? I'm really hoping I did it right this time by soaking them in water with ascorbic acid added (vitamin c capsules). The elephant garlic is definitely growing and very obviously doing well compared to the one I just soaked in water. No sign of growth from the purple and white sweet potatoes though.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: At my wits end with these two citrus trees
« on: December 28, 2022, 01:36:00 AM »
There's some hope for a cure. I wonder if you grafted a resistant plant onto an infected one of it might pass on immunity. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-australian-finger-lime-could-save-american-citrus-180975434/

Another idea. Plant Melaleuca alternifolia and calendula very close by since their oils are antibacterial and see if the trees absorb some of the oil and if it helps.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pink pineapple experience
« on: December 28, 2022, 01:29:38 AM »
I got one recently for the same reason. It was not so good that I fussed with trying to save the top, but it was a nice pineapple.
I do have the seeds in water though to grow them in case I win the lottery and get a spectacular and pink fruit

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