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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: wax jambu
« on: August 21, 2022, 04:59:44 PM »
Wax apple is light sweet, crunchy, and lightly astringent, and must be protected from the sun.

There are a few varieties out there:

Thai jumbo
red diamond
black pearl
green diamond
red rocket
black kingkong.
What's the difference between the varieties?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Plum cherry cross (pluerry)
« on: August 21, 2022, 04:16:50 AM »
These were super fantastic. There were tons of other cool crosses available at my local Heb and more this last time I went. I'm saving all the seeds from the best tasting fruits and will grow them and hope for a couple of cool ones. There was one I got last shopping trip that looks like a Granny Smith apple and tastes like a Granny Smith crossed with a plum. I suspect all those fruits will be just as tasty and I'll save all the seeds. It's been so fun collecting cool plants and planting this year.


Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: new thoughts on breeding hardier citrus
« on: August 18, 2022, 07:47:07 AM »
A friend got two Satsuma mandarin from Home Depot like a decade ago. They are really really great and definitely cold hardy. He's in Lafayette, Louisiana and gets at least one freeze a year and they still do well. The best dang oranges I've ever had too. I asked him to air layer some for me, but he said it's too much work. I may try getting some scions and graft, then air layer the graft. There are so many Satsuma and no info on how they compare, so I'd prefer to. Grow one I already know is amazing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Crispy Pink Guava
« on: August 15, 2022, 04:07:51 AM »
I have a Barbie Pink that is very tender when ripe... turns yellow on the exterior and very pink inside.


I saw some, but read that they weren't too flavorful, so I passed on buying one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Crispy Pink Guava
« on: August 14, 2022, 04:03:25 AM »
The trend in my area

Thai Ruby Seedless expensive.
Taiwan Ruby Seedless less expensive.

Both are crispy.
Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A theft on the horizon
« on: August 13, 2022, 04:35:35 PM »
I would enlist the kids to help with chores in exchange for some fruit. I would also start some plants for them and if they stick around and keep helping pay them a little and give them their own plants to put in their yards, so I'm future years they start getting their own fruit 😊

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Crispy Pink Guava
« on: August 13, 2022, 04:32:51 PM »
I would be okay with that. I like the crunch of a firm guava and the seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Crispy Pink Guava
« on: August 12, 2022, 04:05:46 AM »
I picked one up because the name was odd, but can't find any info on it. Does anyone know anything about this guava?

I'm planning to experiment with mysore rasberry, ItSaul Dinner Rasberry, Caroline Reed, sweet repeat, and any on this site that say they are zoned for 9

Reach out to me in March and I can get some from the Houston area.

I have one from my friends neighborhood that fruits late and long. I'm still rooting the cuttings, but if they take ill have extra.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry varieties
« on: July 27, 2022, 10:05:53 AM »
Thank you  :)

I haven't been able to taste fruit of all varieties yet, but of most in my collection.

My favorite so far is the variety "Saharanpur".
They are incredibly sweet and have no acidity, the aroma is very reminiscent of peach and Greengages, especially the cultivar "Große Grüne Reneklode".

But most mulberries have a very good taste for me, the diversity in taste is a very nice thing.
Than you for your response. If I see either in the states I'll have to get them

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry varieties
« on: July 26, 2022, 07:29:29 PM »
What an incredible collection. Have you been able to taste fruit on most of them now? What's your favorites?

How is the Purple Sweet Potato ? Is that Purple Skin, White flesh or Purple Skin, Yellow Flesh ?
I like those types with chestnut flavour.
The Japanese Satsuma Imo is one of the best of those.
There is also the Okinawa Sweet Potato. That has Purple skin and bright purple flesh.

Do you have seeds for either type you recommend?

This one isn't nutty to me but the ube was. It's not as sweet as traditional orange sweet potato. It has a nice texture as though I mashed in butter or cream. It's got more additional flavor, but I don't know how to describe it. It has brown skin with a deep purple interior. I hope the leaves are pretty good. I have grown the Japanese white from the store in a bed at my old house and it took over, so I started using the leaves and they were fantastic.

I went back and the tag said philipino purple yam. It looks like the tub or from this article, so I guess it's a type of ube.

I'm really glad I went back. I also found the purple sweet potato that I was missing and trying to find. I will set one up growing in a pot and bring my mom a pot and one to grow too. I'm very excited about it.

Not really knowing what a garcinia tree is.  Is it a mangosteen ?
I am in Houston.
Praying you have a good move.  If you have mangosteen, I could not grow them here.
We finally parted.
I do have lots of fruit trees.
Apples, certain varieties, do well here and don't freeze.
We are hot, hot, hot.
Lots of oranges, lemons and kumquats. 
Don't think you can find kumquats anymore. 
Have to try my hand sometime with cloning
Just too hot now.  Carol
You can still find kumquat and this fall there will be more in stock. The big freeze plus power outages killed a bunch of stock plus there was an influx of supply. If you want some now call Arbor Gate and Nature's Grower Nursery. Both had Meiwa last I saw.

What was your experience with mangosteen? Did they not flower?

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / What potato am I eating?
« on: July 21, 2022, 12:09:53 AM »
I wanted to try a few types of sweet potatoes to decide which one I want to grow. I thought this was purple sweet potato, but it has a dry, starchy, and nutty taste. It's also not sweet at all. What am I eating?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 16, 2022, 05:18:18 AM »
Oh wow those are beautiful birds!
Yeah, and they have a lovely sound too. Melodic even.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 13, 2022, 11:34:38 PM »
Thanks, it's a photo of one of my Canary Winged Parakeets.

Awesome! They are great birds 😊 do you breed them?

Not any more. I just have a few pair of breeders that I keep as pets in flight cages.  :)
I've thought about keeping them, but like with most birds haven't. I have a focus on red rumps and I don't e that changing unless I win the lottery and buy acreage.

What type are they?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 10, 2022, 03:42:58 AM »
I have now tried Thai bananas and they are indeed great. They aren't the mystery pumpkin one, but definitely a great one to eat. I have however decided to hold off because the grocery store near me always has them available and I would rather put my space to use for bananas I can't buy in store 😉

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 10, 2022, 03:40:33 AM »
Thanks, it's a photo of one of my Canary Winged Parakeets.

Awesome! They are great birds 😊 do you breed them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 07, 2022, 01:40:00 PM »
You're welcome. By the way I love your profile pic

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Botanical Garden Optimization
« on: July 07, 2022, 06:56:57 AM »
Have any of you visited this one? A brilliant and famous bird person now works there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Botanical Garden Optimization
« on: July 05, 2022, 07:21:29 AM »
You might have better luck taking the director of your local garden out to eat some cool exotic fruits

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