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If you find yard strawberry I think you're better off experimenting with creating a bigger version of them through breeding. I have the one that isn't sweet growing wild in my Houston yard, so that one is definitely heat tolerant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Favorite banana?
« on: March 22, 2023, 01:07:33 PM »
And don't forget about Gros Michel "Highgate", the dwarf form of Gros Michel.  It is stoute rarely falls over and produces bananas with the Gros Michel type taste to them.  But they are cold sensitive.
Does Gros Michel taste different than Cavendish?  What's it like?
I've never tried it, but I hear it tastes like artificial banana flavor

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Noble Juicy Crunch Tangerine
« on: March 22, 2023, 02:16:39 AM »
I tried this for the first time today. It's available at Food Town in Houston. Since it's from Florida should I avoid putting peels in the compost? I absolutely don't want citrus greening.

I have the same question

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sea weed
« on: March 21, 2023, 08:28:44 PM »
If you go first thing in the morning when tide is going out you can collect critters from the seaweed for aquariums. Like sargasm fish, seahorses, and starfish. You can do the same after storms

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Kumquat seeds
« on: March 21, 2023, 04:08:18 AM »
Looks like kumquat will be very hard to get here for a while (like years). As such I want to experiment with seed grown. Particularly looking for seeds from Meiwa. Thanks.

Cuttings received. Thank you!

I'll be watching for your update

How were the cocktails ?
Any different to using regular Lemon or Lime ?
I hear it has flavour elements of both.
Sounds interesting.

It was ok, I like citrus with sparkling water and a nice blanco tequila. Usually in a 1:1 of juice to tequila. The flavour was ok, the half ounce of tequila was the most dissapointing. I much prefer a red or persian lime flavour wise, also I can usually get 2 oz of juice per fruit.
How does the red lime taste?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Favorite banana?
« on: March 18, 2023, 05:42:23 AM »
Since there are so many banana lovers here, have any of you tried one with a pumpkin is flavor? I had one once and loved it and have been trying to track down what it was since. It was grown in Florida.

Hey Rispa, there's 'Hua Moa' which is a plantain/banana that has pale orange flesh when ripe.

It maybe could be perceived as pumpkiny (is that a word?) in taste but the Cubans in south Florida like to use 'Hua Moa' to make fried plantains which are delish! 

But if you go looking for 'Hua Moa' in any of the latino community's grocery stores or markets in Miami or here in Tampa be aware that the spanish name here for 'Hua Moa' fruit is 'Hawaiana'.


Paul M.

Sweet! Thank you! I'll try to track it down in Houston 😁

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Favorite banana?
« on: March 17, 2023, 09:00:13 PM »
Since there are so many banana lovers here, have any of you tried one with a pumpkin is flavor? I had one once and loved it and have been trying to track down what it was since. It was grown in Florida.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling: some plants
« on: March 16, 2023, 10:20:25 PM »
Is that the purple mangosteen you see in stores?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: variegated eugenia uniflora
« on: March 16, 2023, 10:18:35 PM »
That's very 😎

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: "Passiflora-quadrangularis Challenge"
« on: March 13, 2023, 10:43:38 PM »
I was on the fence, but this is a nice push lol. I may not have the spot I want ready, but I'll find a place.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Amla root system?
« on: March 09, 2023, 04:17:27 PM »
Honestly I would suggest calling your local Building/Engineering/Env. Health department and requesting that info, whoever regulates that for you there. Its all public information and should guide your decision.
Unfortunately, there is no national standard for these types of systems (To my knowledge), so I cant really be more helpful. When I worked in Env. Health in IL, septic and city sewer diagrams I reviewed varied in depth, material, size, etc. and it all depends on site condition factors such as soil permeability, soil composition, distance to groundwater, slope, flood hazard, etc. Of course, budget plays a role in that as well.

Papaya would probably be a decent shallow rooted option, or its relatives. But yeah regarding citrus, I think it just depends whats in the ground and how deep it is. I want to assume youre fine for a city line, but if problems come in the future dont blame me! lol.
Thank you for steering me in the right direction. I'll see what I can discover.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Amla root system?
« on: March 09, 2023, 05:49:27 AM »
Amla has a fat taproot, so as long as you preserve that im sure the plants will be healthy. Its pretty hardy for poor growing conditions.

When you say sewer line, is it a city sewer line or a septic field line? if city, is it a larger sewer line or the one connected to your home? The city line materials, especially modern ones, are generally sturdy enough that most plants wont be an issue. Depending on the material of the line (if known) and soil conditions, citrus planted nearby may be fine, perhaps consider a cherry as they are shallow-rooted.

If youre talking septic, based on my own experience and understanding from working in that field, dont plant near it or on it. In addition to many potential health risks, the costs to repair/replace septic systems is bonkers.

Finally, my personal suggestion for something with shallow roots in your zone would be either Yauopon holly (Ilex vomitoria), beautiful plant with leaves that can be prepared for a great tea, or Southern Bayberry (Myrica cerifera), in addition to smelling good, would be awesome to graft some Yangmei in the next few years as scions become more readily available.
It's a city one. I thought the sewer lines were deeper, but apparently my friend who planted the Citrus hit it, so it's a shallow one. What soil conditions do you need to know? We have clay here. Do you know what materials I should ask about? I can probably call my local MUD that info.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm considering papaya (last year store fruit was terrible, so I need to plant some) too. There are definitely options, but I would need to shift my plans around and prefer to not need to. The Citrus would be kept small, so I can cover it during winter, so I'm debating trying it anyhow.

They're trying from seed because real cardamom rhizomes are nearly impossible to find in the US. I'm working on getting the real plants -- I'll have some baby ones for sale in about 5 weeks, and in about 6 months I'll have more mature plants. (Importing those from Kerala, India)
Ooh I'll be watching for your ad.

If you manage to get more I would like to purchase one

Thai/Indian jujube would be best to grow in Australia. Just ate one off one of our trees; crunchy, refreshing, and lightly sweet. As mentioned, all the Chinese ones need cold to flower. Would be growing them if I could.
Have you had success making more? I would really like to try growing this variety.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Amla root system?
« on: March 08, 2023, 09:04:06 AM »
What type of root system does amla have? I have Indian and Chinese and need to relocate them. I also found out there is a sewer line very close to the surface and I have 3 citrus planted near it, so they need to be moved and I need to plan for different plants over there. Suggestions are welcome.

There is a scion swap today that may help you with the connections you might need to find it. I think I remember someone saying there was a guava by a beer place of your want to go for testing taste

Does anyone have leads on this one? Or experience growing it? Based on reading it sounds worth trying in Houston.

We ate quite a few Eugenia caipora. Underripe had a slight bitterness around the skin and firm tart flesh. As they ripen it got juicier and the tartness became Mild with a black pepper type spice to it.  Not quite black pepper but a “spice” I can’t quite put my finger on.
Do you need more than one for fruit?

How does Eugenia caipora taste? The nickname intrigues me.

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