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My 'Hana Fuyu' pushed new growth mid March. My 'Hudson'/ 'South Florida' started pushing growth in early March. It never looked this good (soil amendments and dependable irrigation).  It's currently holding 2 flowers. Scratch the bark gently. If green its alive. Just still sleeping.

PM sent.

I ordered some cutting recently and wasn't able to properly process them after a week they've been delivered. Luckily the seller wrapped em in damp paper towels and used rubber bands so they clung to the cuttings. They sprouted but more impressively- rooted(!) in the packaging. Long healthy fibrous roots. So as long they cutting are damp and don't dry they should be viable.

Thats great news. How tall is it and the caliper of the trunk?

LZ no blooms. Tog Bi Con...partial (80%).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ripening Green Sapote
« on: February 13, 2023, 04:49:17 AM »
wait for them to get soft and skin start wrinkling.

They did exactly that on their own. Counter top ripened and uncovered. Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ripening Green Sapote
« on: February 13, 2023, 04:41:29 AM »
A bunch of them started to soften up allot yesterday evening compared to when I received them on Thursday. Pictured is the softest. The skin got wrinkly and looked like a boiled whole egg that was shelled and then fried. It fit nicely in the hand and was easy to cut. Smelled like a ripe mamey sapote- though the flesh looked slightly paler. First scoop, it was extremely sweet. Super sweet with a smooth flesh. No other flavors noted. It tasted like mamey sapotes I've had before that I thoroughly enjoyed. I ate half of the fruit and was pleased to find that the smooth flesh was consistent throughout. No unripened areas encountered or tasted. I attempted a brix reading using my 'economy' refractometer, but it would not register (> 300). Overall, I'm very pleased with this fruit and think it would suffice as a mamey sapote substitute for my usda zone 9b FL (still have to frost protect).
Fruitguy (thank you) mentioned some great pluses I see with the this fruit.
1. The size is perfect for an individual serving. The fruit was intense for me. I could only eat half  ;D .
2. The ripening indicator. Green Sapote skin gets some orange patches when its ripening- a big plus versus scraping the skin of the mamey sapote.

A couple more fruit to go :). Thank you Lara Farms. Seemed like they picked it at an optimal stage and time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ripening Green Sapote
« on: February 11, 2023, 03:43:21 PM »
Nice, did you purchase from their online website ? I always wanted to try one green sapote, I also like the mamey sapote so I'm growing it.

I did. I happened to check the website and it was available. I ordered immediately.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ripening Green Sapote
« on: February 11, 2023, 12:42:45 PM »
So I ordered some green sapote fruit (5lbs) from Lara Farms and I was expecting 2 or 3 but got like 11 lol. They are about tennis ball size. I've been wanting to try this fruit forever as most accounts contrasting them to mamey sapote....tasters of both prefer green sapote (and I fine mamey sapote delicious). So my question is what's the best way to counter ripen them? Covered/uncovered but breathable? The fruit I received have some patches of orange (ripe?) with green but are hard to the touch.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat ripening in February ?
« on: February 07, 2023, 04:05:18 AM »
I got it from TopTropicals (I know, they have a little reputation  ::) ;D).
All I can do off of is their description.

'Loquat, Japanese Plum. New grafted cultivar from Mediterranean. Very hardy fruit tree, easy to grow, drought tolerant, fast growing. Fruit are very large size, yellow orange skin with yellow flesh, very sweet with no acid taste.'

This would be the 2nd season I've got fruit from my small tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat ripening in February ?
« on: February 05, 2023, 03:07:59 PM »
'Yehuda' and 'Turkey' now. (FL 9B)

Burn some woody trash near enough (and long enough) so the smoke wafts through the canopy but the heat made isn't too intense to scorch the leaves. My dad does this to get off season fruit- apparently a common practice in the PI. Flowers in 1-3 weeks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit trees I gave up on
« on: January 03, 2023, 08:16:18 AM »
Red or pink guavas for me. I've grown em most of whats available in FL and they are not as sweet as I'd like to be worth growing- plus I get that vomit vibes when eating it lol. I enjoy the asian white types wayyy more as they are firm when ripe and the fruit size is almost double. There is a white 'pear shaped' type that I really love but its production is sparse. Starwberry guava (Psidium cattleyanum) is where it's at. Beautiful lush ornamental tree, evergreen in my zone, with delicious bit sized fruits that are enjoyable at various stages of ripening.

Im in 9B. The first morning of the cold it stayed at 33 degrees. The following morning it was 34. The only extensive leaf damage was my in ground  sour sop (covered with 2x blankets AND under a giant Oak tree canopy). 60 % of the leaves burned. Some covered mango tree got partial leaf burn while the non damage even the ones with new growth. 2 uncovered in ground damage. Even my banana trees at different locations on the property had minimal damage. Coconut....minimal scorch/ blade discoloration on the fronds.

Old thread but information related to loquat var 'Pupello'.

I have a plant obtain from JF&E that's been in the ground maybe over 1.5 years. First time it held fruits till they ripened orange. Tasted very sweet- almost syrupy, with no acidic component. "Sweet tangerine or citrus" flavors I got with other cvs didn't come to mind when I tasted these last week. Just syrup. Fruits were on the small side though. Tree is barely 3 ft tall.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: December 11, 2022, 06:38:01 AM »
Noticed today that my Myrciaria glazioviana is flowering for the first time :D. Its in a half way filled 15gal pot, all shade, and about 2.5 ft tall. I got it from Adam 3-4 yrs ago. My Stringipes is also flowering. 1.5ft  foot tall in a 7gal pot full shade. So excited. :D.

Stringipes been flowering again. Can't believe it's over a year already. Looks like some flowers has set fruit. No care. Just shade and automated, daily, overhead watering.

Another year again. Stringipes at it again in December. Never seen it get to this stage. *fingers crossed*

^^^ Good nursery. Bought from her a couple of  times. Very responsive on FB messenger.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your absolute favorite FL fruit tree
« on: November 08, 2022, 06:59:39 PM »
The mulberry tree.

Tice or Shangri LA. Foraging through the overhead canopy within arms reach, stuffing your mouth with hands full of fruit that are black, ripe and sweet, till you can't eat no more- but you can do it all over later in the day or again tomorrow...that's one of my best fruit eating experiences. Just hope your soil isn't pure sugar sand, void of nutrients and nematode infested.

Keep em. They are salvageable and will bounce right back if given shade at that young stage. I have 2 in ground with irrigation, not getting any direct sunlight that were burnt to the ground from back to back days of frost this year from 3 ft tall. I thought they were dead but they bounced right back at almost 1.5 feet with wide dark green leaves.

Plant arrived safe. Great communication and packaging :).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hog Plum Not Leafing Out
« on: August 04, 2022, 08:02:28 AM »
How much direct sunlight do they get? Give it some dilute (~ 1/10 strength) liquid fert with micros and observe for a month. I transplanted a large yellow type trunk that was severely root pruned to a new location and it took 4-5 months before it  leafed out. Is the bark still green when scraped? Potting up might induce some vigor.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nastiest mango varieties?
« on: July 26, 2022, 06:24:14 AM »
I had a fruiting 'Cushman' mango tree in Broward and I found them to be classic flavored and delicious with a 'peachy' mouth feel. The large fruit shape, no fiber and roundish size added more to novel of this mango for me though its growth habit was difficult to train. Brix was in the 19 and low 20's. I'd venture to add 'Dominican' mango as one I'll never try again. Eating it all I thought was this mango is junk (no offense).  :)

Psidium cattleyanum. I have a 12ft tree that's into it's second week of fruit ripening right now. It did not even flinch with the back to back sub 25 degrees F my FL 9B zone in early February 2022. Everything else that was exposed was fried unless during that time it was dormant. These are so flavorful and easy to eat! One or two seeds can be big versus the bunch so be careful when chewing. But most of all the skin isn't as off putting to me like Psidium guajava. Just get a handful and pop em in your mouth like peanut M&Ms.

In my experience with potted Jabos, they love soaking feet. Place that in a tray where the non chlorinated water can keep roots wet 24/7. Keep changing the water if mosquitos are a problem in your area. You're gonna have to keep it like that for weeks and hopefully new leaves push. In the shade! I've revived Red, Grimal and Blue jabos this way. Blue are the sloooowest to bounce back.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: only one
« on: July 14, 2022, 11:38:23 AM »
Julie :D.

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