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yall are no fun : P ;D where's the heated debate

OK, I'll start the fight: a Publix-bound boiled Haden

But I will say that no one ever complains about the FRUIT of a Lemon Zest ... the tree on the other hand, that's a debate. ;)

Does anyone have californica or cerifera plants they can spare
will trade cool plants. Even can trade biqi yangmei cuttings/scions
Please? Also have some cool jaboticabas and eugenias and jabo scions and whatever you got.

Won't be able to ship anything until after the 9th, but if you still can't source any by then, I can sell/trade you for a couple of my gallon sized plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Some of my cold protection prep
« on: December 23, 2022, 09:55:48 PM »
Best of luck to everyone!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: After 9 years - Lucs is about to ripen
« on: November 27, 2022, 08:54:50 PM »
Sent you a PM Keith


Hey, Joe. PM didn't go through. try again?

Hey, ed. Don't know how many you need, but if it is only a few, I'd head to your nearest grocery and pick a couple up in the produce section. In my experience, both store bought ginger and turmeric will grow for you. Buy them now, plant them in early spring, harvest a year from now.
Might be easier.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: After 9 years - Lucs is about to ripen
« on: November 24, 2022, 11:51:28 AM »
Third year blooming and number of blooms is in the 2 dozen range, and even more thankfully, all seem to be hermaphroditic! So any Luc's folks who have a majority of unisex flowers, hold out some hope.

In related news, willing to trade a scion of this fruiting Luc's for a healthy stick or two of butterscotch sapodilla.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cherimoyas
« on: November 11, 2022, 02:32:49 PM »
pm sent

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Hurricane - 🙏
« on: September 29, 2022, 12:31:53 PM »
yeah, I know we have many members on here from SW Florida. Pine Island took a direct hit. Berto, PinIslander and everyone else, hope to hear back from you soon. Let us know you are safe.

This was an insane hit. The video coming out reminds me of Andrew, but with more water. We have years of cleanup and rebuilding ahead.
Be safe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Young Mango Tree Second Pruning [Zill O-15]
« on: September 15, 2022, 09:39:39 PM »
My understanding is that first, the new vegetative growth that emerges in late summer early fall will be sufficiently hardened off to protect against early cold nights and desiccating winds (we had one as early as December last year, although rare). And second, once hardened, subsequent and sustained cold snaps will encourage terminal ends to produce more flowering panicles from strong healthy growth that can support more fruit weight.

I also like to heavily prune the inside of the canopy as we enter this really wet season in August-October to improve airflow and minimize fungus issues.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Young Mango Tree Second Pruning [Zill O-15]
« on: September 14, 2022, 08:59:35 PM »
Rule of thumb: always do your pruning as quickly after fruit harvest as in the summer as possible unless you are a very early season variety). You don't say where you are located, but even in South Florida I would not do any pruning in October. If you are further north, with a shorter growing season, I would stop pruning by September 1st.

Hey, Joe. Wanted to let you know that 2 of my three seeds (d. stenantha) have germinated well, I'm waiting on one slow poke.

Also, a minor detail, but it may affect folks looking for your product: you have the spelling as "stenatha" in several places on your website and Etsy. However, I THINK the spelling is "stenantha" (with a second "n"). I could be wrong but you may want to verify it.

They are tough trees but damn they grow slow

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Psidium Longipetiolatum
« on: September 08, 2022, 10:03:04 PM »
I have a couple 7 gallon trees but can't ship them at this size. If you happen to swing to the southern part of the state, let me know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b (south florida) perennial staple foods
« on: September 04, 2022, 12:20:03 PM »

Is anyone selling these fruits? will pay good $$ for them!

Abiu and Imbe season are generally over for local S. Florida . But Skhan is right - if money is not really an issue Miami fruit gets them from somewhere (although blackberry fruit might be a harder source)

I processed a bunch and still have a good 10-20 lbs or more on the tree. $4lb 2.5lb minimum
Alano fruit average about 3-6oz each. 2.5lbs is about 7-10 fruit. You can email me at if PM doesn't go through.

Sorry, no shipping. Last two shipments of these practically melted in transit with this heat.

The only way I can eat pitangatuba is after miracle fruit. :p

same. That and Araza.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 30, 2022, 12:00:35 AM »

Thanks so much for responding!  It's great to find someone living in the same area, who is growing in the same conditions.  :)

I think I meant flower drop.  I think you are right, that the rainfall caused the flower drop; I think it rained around the time the flowers opened.  I haven't had much issues with fruit drop, but it seems bugs can get into the fruit during the summer.

I may just go ahead and take one VW out and replace it with the SD and Neon cuttings.  Neon is very similar to SD.

Do you have issues with your DF yellowing in the summer?  I have mine planted in the ground, which I know probably keeps a bit more moisture than what is ideal.

My Halley's Comet is in full sun does get a bit yellow and sunburns. But my Sugar Dragon and Dark star grow on the same trellis and don't get it. So I have always chalked that up to varieties handling sun exposure differently. My VW is not in full sun all day, so I can't really compare them.

That said, give these guys all the water they can take in summer. They can take a surprising amount of water.

Hi, Nina
So I am near you and have a LZ tree that is probably 7-8 years old in full sun. I don't really baby any of my trees with much of anything other than a good pruning regimen (keep the top of the canopy open for air flow to minimize disease). Early fruit are usually clean, as the season goes on they do get hit with the dark anthracnose streaks, but not in a harmful way - just cosmetic.

Tree is vigorous and the fruit is top tier in taste and it is my top producer. In my limited experience, I have encountered no jelly seed and no anthracnose that got bad enough to need me to cut away parts of the fruit.

So I say go for it, especially if you can offer it full sun and keep it away from our canal water around here which I am sure contributes to more pathogen exposure. My trees closer to the canal seem to be perpetually hit by fungal issues, squirrels, and my incredulous looks of disappointment.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 27, 2022, 03:33:03 PM »
Is Vietnamese White prone to fruit drop?

I live in SE FL (near the Everglades) and have 2 Vietnamese white on trellises and fruit drop/flower pollination is about 50%.  It can get a bit of rust in cool, rainy weather, too, but it's manageable to to treat with a bit of copper spray.

I have a cutting of Sugar Dragon and Neon that I am debating replacing them with.  Should I just bite the bullet and replace the 2 above with them?

Fruit drop or flower drop? I have never seen fruit drop with VW and I am in your neck of the woods. What I have seen, on many varieties including VW, is flower drop after failure to pollinate. Typically this for me happens if we get any rain during the 12 hour bloom window.

That said, sugar dragon is bullet proof. No problems is full sun, handles drought quite well, tasty productive fruit, albeit quite small. No experience with neon.

Don't mean to hijack the thread, but if anyone is selling scions from an established tree of this variety, I'm interested as well.

Just ordered - website looks awesome, offerings are broad, and prices are fair - especially considering your Grand Opening bonus!
Looking forward to watching you new business grow!

Sold out 20lbs of fruit. That was quick!
Thank you Dave and Daniel for cleaning me out.

I am harvesting the last of my LZ fruit today 7/19. Any forum members in the SW Ranches/Weston/Pem. Pines area looking for decently priced RIPE LZ fruit, come pick them up today. I am done shipping in this heat!

$4lb today only. Fruit average 12-14oz each.

Email me for address in SW Ranches because PM service is very hit and miss on the forum lately.
PayPal, Venmo, or cash.

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