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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Delicious Papaya varieties
« on: February 04, 2023, 04:20:32 PM »

I also can only tolerate that variety but do you know anyone who fruited a seedling already? I wonder how the offsprings will taste like.
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I dont think I have the contact info of anyone who I shared plants with locally lol. But they should be fruiting within the next 3-4 months so maybe ill hear back from someone. I expect good things.

Rob good luck! Hope the variety works for ya.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Delicious Papaya varieties
« on: February 03, 2023, 07:07:14 PM »
Red Lady is a very good for papaya, just decent overall as fruits go.

Papaya is best eaten green as a marinated veggie, imo.

Open minded to a ripened papaya that will change my perspective, waiting on one now.

Rob, ill go to whole foods right now and get you a Royal Star papaya. Those are delicious, normally the fruit tastes like vomit to me.
I've encouraged people to try growing those cause its just a great hybrid all around, works well eaten green too.

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Oaks are not native here in Australia, and not that common except in parks in cities. I am more inland and not sure I have seen any here.
Any advice as to what species are used for greening protection ?
Think the experiment was with Live Oak, anybody growing Citrus with other species ?
Spanish Cork Oak may grow here, or maybe American Oak species "Out of the South and Texas Too" ?

In my vicinity (Southeast FL), 99% of oaks I have seen are Southern Live Oak, Laurel Oak, Water Oak, and hybrids of them all. Not a recommendation for or against using any particular oak species to try and curb citrus greening. Should just choose the best one for your growing zone/climate.
Aside from that, I personally believe almost every oak species is gorgeous and should be planted for that reason alone, as long as they don't cause a nuisance. My favorites throughout the US are Post Oak, Southern Live Oak, Southern Red Oak, Swamp White Oak, and Swamp Chestnut Oak.

I replaced the citrus with a citrus mango 😆 🤣 😂.....orange sherbet. Good luck competing with that flavor sour orange.

As much as I love my yuzu and finger lime, they'd be replaced in a minute with a Lemon Zest mango if there was a dwarf version that would survive the same size pot.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Delicious Papaya varieties
« on: February 03, 2023, 02:56:26 PM »
Hey iffy,

Papaya plants are cheap and grow like weeds, no need to start from a cutting unless you need a specific cultivar/plant to clone.
Lots are available online as well. Would probably just need 2-3 to ensure fruit is produced. What zone does your friends mother live in? North FL is too cold for papaya.

You could also consider bananas, there's a ton of varieties and they're fun-looking tropical plants. Some are more cold hardy too.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Winter Sale! 20% off!
« on: February 03, 2023, 08:30:57 AM »
Thank you for the great selection and prices Kam!

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Sucks about the oak tree thing, suppose everyone just wants to be hopeful lol.

I agree with ya timbogrow, if you cant fight the bug on a manageable scale, scale down. And it looks like that scale goes all the way down to each individual tree cause spraying the groves doesn't do jack. But thats likely never going to happen, and citrus greening is in like 7+ states and US territories, so its never going away no matter how strictly they regulate imports in the state.

Dont forget to give credit to every big box store selling the citrus trees like candy. Its nice to get a good deal on some things, but like so many people have no idea what theyre getting into and just buy a citrus tree and plant it without background research. Probably hard for people in this forum to grasp that concept haha. Seriously though, I have met so many people that have citrus trees around here that dont amend soil, fertilize, or spray ever, just cause Florida = Oranges.

If its never going away, I say why not try on a small scale. Pick from the plants mentioned in this thread and avoid those recommended against. Keep it sheltered, netted, and overall healthy and in a few years maybe itll be worth it. Or maybe it wont. Your choice!

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Kumquats and fingerlimes do best from what I know.

My exact experience. May just be my luck, but my Japanese Yuzu (C. junos) is thriving; wont fruit for a year or two though.
Even though the variegated centennial kumquat had good bug resistance, I still replaced it with a container starfruit. Much easier to deal with.

As far as planting by oaks, supposedly best way to fight citrus greening. Has to be planted in the ground though, some sort of symbiosis in the soil or something idk. Likely will still require sprays.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 1000th Post Giveaway!
« on: January 31, 2023, 10:54:12 PM »
2/26 at 5:00pm

should've bought some campechianus when I had the chance!

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BUMP

Still looking for these varieties! Mainly sold out online. Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - best snacking fruits for kids
« on: January 31, 2023, 02:24:36 PM »
my introduction to plants as a kid was honeysuckle, I'll never forget trying it and finding it unbelievable that it really tasted sweet like honey
I think a lot of species are invasive though

Honeysuckle has a better cousin, the Honeyberry/Haskap. Normally hardy zone 3-8, makes a blueberry-like fruit. Native to Siberia/Japan I believe, and not considered invasive. Florida (Zone 9+) trials going on for a few cultivars, a couple of which I bought and will receive sometime this Spring (Strawberry Sensation, Boreal Beauty).
Might be worth a try for something new, especially an easily manageable shrub.

I agree with every other suggestion posted in this thread too. If you need a purple passion vine, I'm digging mine up to replace with giant granadilla; let me know if you want to pick it up im in Broward.

Thanks for the offer. That'd be great, but I'm not going to be planting it until it warms up. Are you getting your giant granadilla from tree amigos? They had some in stock not too long ago.

I purchased my giant granadilla awhile ago, just some cuttings, fast grower. I've been hacking away at it though taking cuttings to trade and share. Currently have a few going now, if you need one or two (given that they root in the next couple weeks). I didnt see anything at tree amigos.

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Awesome skhan, ill check back in during March.

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Hey all,

With Caimito coming into season now/soon, was hoping somebody in SE FL had a few to sell. Located in Ft. Lauderdale so nearby would be awesome.
Grateful for everyone offering on Etsy and Facebook but the prices are a bit high.

Thanks!

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You get 3 for $16. Tell me where you found other clips? I can't find anything this quality or anything remotely similar. Lol must've not searched google enough...
Ey bro aliexpress got 10,000 grafting clips for 5 dollars, free shipping!!!

For real though, excited to see what yall push out in the upcoming months. I just wish I had plants ready to graft atm.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cleantalk blocking searches?
« on: January 24, 2023, 09:33:11 AM »
Maybe try clearing your internet browser's cache and cookies. Sometimes site filters act up for me and that does the trick.

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My understanding is that it does not want to be container-bound, its a big tree.

Hope to see it in Asian supermarkets around here soon, nothing as of two days ago when I was shopping. Don't have personal interest in growing but I'd love to try that fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - best snacking fruits for kids
« on: January 23, 2023, 02:46:19 PM »
my introduction to plants as a kid was honeysuckle, I'll never forget trying it and finding it unbelievable that it really tasted sweet like honey
I think a lot of species are invasive though

Honeysuckle has a better cousin, the Honeyberry/Haskap. Normally hardy zone 3-8, makes a blueberry-like fruit. Native to Siberia/Japan I believe, and not considered invasive. Florida (Zone 9+) trials going on for a few cultivars, a couple of which I bought and will receive sometime this Spring (Strawberry Sensation, Boreal Beauty).
Might be worth a try for something new, especially an easily manageable shrub.

I agree with every other suggestion posted in this thread too. If you need a purple passion vine, I'm digging mine up to replace with giant granadilla; let me know if you want to pick it up im in Broward.

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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for paw paw trees
« on: January 22, 2023, 08:50:13 PM »
After researching a while back, the best options I found for anything zone 8+ are Susquehanna or Sunflower. My grafted Susquehanna is doing good in 10, for now.

Or you could plant a ton of seeds and see which best survive your climate, then use those to graft or grow to maturity. Doing that as well here.

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Myrica rubra is an obligate N fixer and uses a species Frankia bacteria to create its own N inside on nodules in their roots, Iím not sure that it is wise to remove all root nodules because it would prevent the plants from producing their own nitrogen. The lose of their symbiotic bacteria might slow down the trees growth. Iím sure mixing in a microrhyzel  mix might help the plants but removing all the nitrogen nodules might be hard on the plant. Here is an article about their nodule formation but there are a few articles about it
http://www.lykxyj.com/en/article/id/19940311

At the same time, tons of complaints about previous orders spreading RKN in people's yards and growing spaces, so some pruning and quarantine can go a long way. I cant afford for my small yard to get infested, ill be buying probably from someone here in a few years.
The formation and texture of nitrogen-fixing nodules is different enough than galls formed by RKN, so its potentially easy to identify if you have an issue. Even if you killed off most of the nodules, like you said there's plenty of soil amendments that can help them boune back. I would err on the side of caution.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: SOLD
« on: January 20, 2023, 11:21:54 PM »
Very hype! best of luck Eric. hope both annonas thrive.

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I have plenty of flies in my yard lol welcome to take them. But for real, I'd say you can attract them without stinking the place up with fish. My closed compost bin works well, I occasionally open it.
My compost is also really hot, which I think helps; I've loaded it this past year with everything including some meat and fish (I know thats not recommended but it balances out fine).

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Looks like i missed this thread. If you've still got an extra or two D, i'd be glad to take em.

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I can only imagine what my fiancee would do to me if I spent 3K+ on a tree lol.

Revivalroots- if that is your tree, that is awesome.
Hot yangmei market, make that moolah $$$  8)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Where to buy boxes?
« on: January 18, 2023, 09:46:56 PM »
You can try going around and finding them, but an alternative if you need that specific size:

https://www.amazon.com/Partners-Brand-P2466-Corrugated-Boxes/dp/B01D3BH8AM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=N47JJ0L586NW&keywords=24x6x6%2Bshipping%2Bbox&qid=1674096230&sprefix=24x6x6%2Bshipping%2Bbox%2Caps%2C99&sr=8-1&th=1

25-pack of 24x6x6 for $27.99, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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