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 . . . . or are they actually different species?

They look very much the same but one (which one?) has an elongated fruit and the other's fruit is more round.

Some (the elongated ones?) are sweeter and others (the rounded ones?) are more sour.

Are there enough structural differences in the plants / leaves / flowers / fruit / etc. to warrant considering these to be two separate species?

Was hoping that some of our TFF members who are growing this/these variants might weigh in with their sage observations.

Paul M.
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Looking for a reasonably priced ($12 or under), rooted 'flavicarpa' as a companion/pollinator for my existing 'flavicarpa'.

Something in a one gallon pot and about 10-inches tall would be OK.

Even cuttings might be OK if they would survive being mailed during 90º weather.

PM me, please.

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay . . . .
« on: May 17, 2023, 01:00:17 AM »
 . . . I'm chortling in my joy — cuz my biribá is blooming, for the first time with perhaps a dozen flowers that have just opened on it!!!

My biribá (Rollinia deliciosa) is closing on five years old, is about six feet tall with a 2-inch diameter trunk, so for a first-bloom event I am holding out the hope that it may set and hold at least one or two fruit this first time 'round.

Fingers X-ed!

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Just tasted my first pitangatubas . . .
« on: May 04, 2023, 02:13:23 AM »
My oldest pitangatuba, obtained from Adam S. three years ago, has finally set some fruit.  Here in Tampa this past week we had some windy weather and several ripe fruit blew off the bush.

I found them on the ground next to the bush late the next day; there were three.  One was small with no seed and fairly fibrous.  The middlesized one was yellow just verging onto orange and was probably on the overripe side.  The third one was large, about 1-in. in diameter.  These were round and not the elongated fruits sometimes seen.

They were not particularly sour, but had enough sweetness to balance the sourness, and a nice aromatic flavor and aftertaste which only vaguely suggested the flavor of pitangas.  I will have to try a few more to have a better idea for how to describe the flavor, but I found it to be pleasant.  It seems like allowing the fruits to ripen for a day after picking them (or having had them fall of into your hand when you touch them) lets them get a little sweeter.

Now I have two big seeds to plant.  Can anyone please advise me how long pitangatuba seeds are viable after being removed from the fruit?  Do they need to be kept damp?

Cheers!

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Another 'Pickering' problem . . .
« on: April 08, 2023, 01:29:08 PM »
I bought a 'Pickering' grafted in a 1 gallon pot last October (2022) from an established nursery in south Florida.  It reacted to the late December cold snap here in Tampa by gradually dropping all its leaves and then slowly dying back to the understock.  There has been no further activity from this one, not even from the understock which is still green.

So I went ahead and ordered another 'Pickering' from the same nursery, also in a 1 gallon pot.  It came in late February, looks perfectly healthy, but is just sitting, inactive, hasn't made any effort at flushing new leaves now since I received it.  I has been very sparingly watered and only once fertilized with a tiny splash of very weak diluted Jack's fertilizer. It gets full sun for half a day.

Any thoughts about this particular mango cultivar and why it continues sitting inactive for me? 

Any suggestions welcomed!

Paul M.
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After reading several of the Kwai Muk threads plus the most recent one wondering about varieties of Kwai Muk (Artocarpus parvus) and at least one comment about the flavor of the fruits from different individuals, I'm prompted to ask if anything is known about whether culture and/or feeding of this species affects the fruits' flavor.  And even possibly the climate or soil in which the tree is being grown . . .  Or could it even be simply how ripe the fruit is when consumed?

This may be a longshot bevy of questions but still, someone may know something since there are now more folks trying to grow this species.

Just curious . . . .

Paul M.
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Is anyone on the TFF here growing this batwing leafed, yellow flowered passion vine?

My vine grew well all summer and I was hoping to get it to set some fruit because I am curious to taste it since I can find no reports on the flavor of the smallish fruits.  So far no fruit set.

But now the leaves are getting a yellowish cast to them and I'm not sure why exactly.  It may be a deficiency or possibly it wants more fertilizer.  It gets watered regullarly and receives half a day's sun, then shade in the afternoon.

I'm hoping that one of our TTF members maybe can offer me some suggestions for how they are succeeding with this fairly recently discovered species.

Any & all suggestions welcomed....

TIA

Paul M.
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Gentle TFF Members,

I have one fruit hanging on my 'Gefner' right now in late October.  It had two fruits eariler this season but, sadly, my neighbor broke one off while asking me about it.

The remaining one is approximately 3-inches+ in diameter and I am wondering when it should be ripe.

What is the best way to tell?  I'm unsure what to look for to be able to know since this is the first time this tree has set any fruit.  It's in a 5-gallon pot; does that make any difference?

Any/all suggestions would be appreciated.

TIA

Paul M.
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I'm having a serious problem with squirrels, and likely rats too, with them ravaging my avocados, mangoes, and other fruit even before they ripen, such that I have not gotten any of my crop for myself these last two seasons.

I have seen how effective the Goodnature A18 squirrel destroyer is, but only their model A24 (mouse & rat traps) are available in the US.  (I know this because I've checked online everywhere I can think of without success.)

Can any of our TFF members explain why this A18 squirrel destroyer is not allowed into the US. It seems like an effective, humane control for these ravaging rodents.

Or maybe someone has found a way of getting the A18 into the US –short of traveling to the UK or Australia and bringing one back in their personal luggage.

Fingers X-ed!

Paul M.
Tampa – Zone 9b
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Got to wondering whether selecting material (seeds or plants) of Annona macroprophyllata from the upper elevations of its natural habitat range would provide material which would be better suited to tolerating our cool winter temperatures here in Florida (9b).

Are there any TFF members growing such 'upper elevation' ilamas in central Florida who may have noticed better cold tolerance of theirs?

Or maybe member Raul in México will chime in here with some info since he collects seeds of this species in the wild.

¡Pura Tertulia!

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Night Length and Tropical Fruit Species . . .
« on: September 01, 2022, 02:19:44 AM »
Never seen this discussed on here so I'll ask . . . .

For those of you city-dwelling TFF members living and growing in urban areas of the tropics and sub-tropics:

Do you find that fruit species you are growing which are normally native to tropical areas that receive mostly even amounts of day and night during the annual cycle in their native lands, do these species seem to grow, flower, and fruit even though they may be exposed to a nearby street light that burns all night year round?  Which sepcies in your experience?

And then the converse:  Which species seem to have their growing, flowering, fruiting cycle ineterrupted by nearby street lights?

Just wondering about this and whether street lights may be a problem with some of the Eugenias and Garcinias that I'm growing here in Tampa.

TIA

Paul M.
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Could someone please point me toward a Florida nursery that is offering Kwai Muk in say, 3 gallon pots, and that is willing to ship?  So far my searching comes up 'out-of-stock' everywhere.  Not lookng for a tiny seedling and would prefer to pay somewhat less than $100.

Wanting to try growing this here in 9b.

Fingers X-ed.

TIA

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sexing Melicoccus bijugatus (Spanish Lime)
« on: August 02, 2022, 02:12:29 PM »
Is there any easy  way to sex Melicoccus bijugatus to tell whether it is male, female, or bisexual.

I understand this species tends to be dioecious but that some individuals do produce perfect flowers.

I suspect there may be some way to tell without having to wait for a tree to mature enough to produce flowers.

Cheers!

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are abius heavy feeders?
« on: July 19, 2022, 09:45:32 PM »
I bought six seeds from a TFF member in Venice, FL two years ago.  Four sprouted right away and grew like gangbusters.

Two feet tall and transplanted into 3 gal pots early last year they continued to grow well until our several cold nights in January this year (2022).

Three of the four stopped growing after those coldest days (33ºF here in Tampa) and their leaves slowly began to yellow and all fell off by February's end.  The liviing one that remains is limplng along and still has its leaves but they are half the length of last year's growth and this one remaing abiu is just sitting there.

Is this somethng cultural like are they heavy feeders or do they need to have a certain pH level to thrive?
It's getting watered weekly and gets partial sun (1/2 a day).

Any suggestions for getting this abiu to resume growing would be welcomed.

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passiflora citrina question . . .
« on: July 07, 2022, 02:29:45 PM »
Anyone on TFF growing P. citrina I'm wondering if you have been able to fruit this species.

Mine flowers abundantly but hasn't set any fruit to date, so I have ordered another individual in hopes that that will make a difference.

And if you have fruited it is the seed/pulp at all tasty? (I know there's not much in those small fruit.)  I can't find anything online about the value or taste of the fruit.

Fingers X-ed!

Paul M.
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Who of y'all are growing ilamas in Florida zone 9b?

Do they need or appreciate hilling if your soil isn't sandy and well draining?

As far as cold tolerance of this particular Anona (32º - 30ºF.), are they more tolerant of the cold while they're leafless?

Have you noticed any needed cultural differences between the white-fleshed and pink-fleshed varieties?

Do yours seem to like one sort of fertilizer more than another type?

Just trying to get a handle on growing this particular Annona before I take the plunge.

Regards & TIA,

Paul M.
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I keep wondering whether those of us who buy plants on eBay and pay via PayPal have any recourse against being charged sales tax on food plants, fruit trees, etc.?

I realize this is possibly different in other US states but, generally speaking, tax is not charged in grocery stores for non-prepared food items.  But at least here in Florida food plants are included on an official state list of non-taxable items.

But the real question is: How to get online business entities like PayPal, eBay, Amazon, etc. to recognize this and vacate the business of charging us sales tax on fruit trees, culinary herbs, vegetables, seeds (for vegetables), etc.

Any ideas?

Paul M.
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Recently someone mentioned a video which was a tour of a south Florida yard with many types of Annonaceae growing in it.  The tour was given by the owner of the property whose name was I think Bob, who appears to be Hispanic or Asian.  He was extremely knowledgeable about all the Anonnas he's growing.

I intended to bookmark the video but apparently did not and now cannnot locate the thread that the link was posted in, search as I tried.

Can someone point me to the post with the link in it please?  It went up within the last month in one of the TFF posts.  I'll be sure to bookmark it this time!

Fingers X-ed  &  TIA

Paul M.
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I get that it's probably squirrels that are stripping the way immature fruits off my MEXICOLA GRANDE tree.

But what would take a hard green half-grown mango?  The cultivar is ICE CREAM and both this and last year my half-grown fruits vanished well before they were ripe.  I doubt it's humans that swiped them since the fruit was not visible from the street and the fruit didn't just fall off because it was nowhere to be found.

Could it be 'possums?  Don't think it would be racoons because I have not seen any around here in a long time.

In any event it's a mystery to me.

Regards,

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sexing Garcinia livingstonei . . . .
« on: May 17, 2022, 10:50:04 PM »
Can someone refer me to a source show me how to sex Imbe, please?

I have a number of seedlings whch have taken several years to start growing after I received them and planted them.  Now that they are finally growing they will soon need to be planted up or put into the ground.

Having read somewhere that G. livingstonei is dioecious I'd like to pair up for planting together whichever ones are male and female Imbe seedlings for better cropping, ultimately.

So, can someone please point me in the right direction to help me understand how to tell the difference between the sexes with Imbe?

Regards,

Paul M.
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Gentle TFF Members,


In observance of National Limerick Day* today, here's
something I wrote for our TFF members' amusement:


There's tastier fruits than the litchi,
And many of those are just peachy,
. . Plus there's many a time,
. .That I've tasted key lime,
But I've never tried an ogeechee!


CHEERS!

Paul M.
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* National Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12th and commemorates the birthday
of Edward Lear (1812–1888), the English writer of nonsense poetry and limericks.
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I'd like to try Passiflora laurifolia and am looking for someone who might have some cuttings to offer.

And I would also be interested in cuttings from different plants (individuals) if this species is not self-fertile.

Cheers!

Paul M.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / PINK PINEAPPLES - PROMO PIECE . . . .
« on: February 27, 2022, 11:43:42 AM »
Gentle TFF Members,

Here is a link to an article about Del Monte's new pink pineapples that I found in the TicoTimes, an online Costarrican Newspaper and which I thought some of our TFF members might be interested to read:

The Del Monte Pink Pineapples of Costa Rica

https://ticotimes.net/2022/02/21/the-del-monte-pink-pineapples-of-costa-rica

Granted it is a promo for these 'new' pink piñas, but there are a few bits of interesting infromation on them in the article that I had not heard about before.

¡Pura Vida!

Paul M.
Zone 9b
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Gentle TFF Mango Aficionados, with the recent threads about mango bloomspike initiation I am moved to ask:

Generally speaking, is there much diference between the inception time of flowering for mangoes in zone 9b vs zone 10?

Or would the flowerspikke initiation be more related to the particular cultivar of mango that's involved?

I ask because I've only had my 4 mango cultivars* for one season now and haven't been able to find anything related to my question on here or online.

Comments appreciated!

Paul M.
Tampa, FL
Zone 9b
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* BEVERLY, FAIRCHILD, ICE CREAM, IRWIN
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Gentle TFF Members,

Since there always seems to be a lot of discussion about mango cultivars on this group I was hoping to get some feedback from the members about any mango cultivars which are considered dwarf or semi-dwarf trees and which would be suitable for zone 9b.

I have these four cultivars now:

Beverly
Faiechild
Ice Cream
Irwin's

Are these decent choices for dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties?

What other cultivars would you recommend which are touted as dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties?   (Someone already suggested Pickering.)

I plan to keep my manngo cultivars pruned to about eight feet max.

TIA

Paul M.
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