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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Looking for kampong mauve
« on: August 07, 2022, 02:54:11 PM »
Anyone know who has them for sale in so. Fla?

My gf ADORES my fruit and I would like to get one for her.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 27, 2022, 12:18:46 AM »
EVERYTHING is bland here. My Pickering had zero fruit, the Madame Francis had four, my Julie seedling had a LOT but tasted like dust.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Terrible season
« on: May 15, 2022, 01:33:14 PM »
My mangos and canistel are having a horrible season owing to freezes. Thank goodness for Pickerings, though.

gnappi, do you have *any* mangos producing/producing well?

Actually only my "Juicy Lucy (a Julie seedling) WAS doing pretty good until many of them (pool ball sized) fell to the ground orange and pink which is generally the color they are when ripening full size.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Terrible season
« on: May 15, 2022, 06:11:20 AM »
My Mango, lychee and annona are having their worst season ever while my sapodilla and canistel are and have been consistent producers.

Anyone else having similar issues? Suspected causes?


Some trees are hard to kill, if it isn't dead...  maybe graft on it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I can't taste fruit
« on: January 27, 2022, 03:24:25 AM »
Losing my sense of smell and taste was my strongest motivator to avoid getting COVID and to get vaccinated. >>SNIP<<

WOW!!! Death wasn't enough of a motivator? Now THAT's a fruit lover!!!

I'm vaccinated against everything BUT COVID :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South/Central Florida Cold Fronts
« on: January 27, 2022, 03:22:10 AM »
When I moved into Coral Springs it was a hot week and one of the first things I did after moving in was to make an outdoor "above ground" fire pit / fireplace. I'm not sorry I did... it reminds me of the country home we had "up north" with a fireplace. :-) 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garden
« on: October 27, 2021, 01:55:38 PM »
Good going. That's exactly how my back yard (except the patio) shaped out... totally shaded!  Even on the hottest day in summer it's 20+ degrees cooler.

I bought a "bistro" table, some armchairs (with cup holders) and ran a 12 volt line from my solar array for DC lights, a charge station for my phone, blue tooth speakers and two fans. I topped it off with ground orchids and bird feeders.

Let your imagination go wild!!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New(ish) Rollinia
« on: October 27, 2021, 01:17:35 PM »
Well, as mentioned I have increased the watering and it's shot up nicely, so much so I removed the sturdy stick which was keeping it from flopping over. It always produces dozens of flowers which have not set any fruit yet. No problem, I'm patient.

Thanks all.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starfruit- Anyone Growing It ?
« on: October 27, 2021, 01:10:00 PM »
Carambola are great producers, and anywhere lemon or orange is used in a recipe carambola can make a very good substitute. The juice on ripe fruit is great provided you take off any green tips, and also I skin and core them too before juicing. A bit home made of sugar syrup added and you're off to a great AM drink.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Strawberry guava not looking good.
« on: September 02, 2021, 02:21:49 PM »
My lemon and strawberry guava do really well in their semi shaded location. After acclimation to the location they manage to fruit a LOT without any supplemental watering from me. Maybe too much water?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: September 02, 2021, 02:19:34 PM »

I have a Julie seedling which I got from the owner of the Julie parent tree. The owner planted the seed in a half wooden staved barrel and with the barrel rotting she pulled the 6' seedling from the ground and snapped the tap root. I got it home in 2012 and gave it a lot of care until it settled in and could survive without the tap root.

1) It is it Polyembryonic or Monoembryonic?

2) How long did it take the seedling to fruit(include location)?
After planting ~5 years.

3) Growth habits of the tree, especially compared to maternal parent tree
Medium size, I've never trimmed it. When I picked my seedling up, the parent was 15+ years old and was not much (if any) larger than mine is now.

4) Track production of the tree as it grows
She (Now called Juicy Lucy) produces so much fruit I have to abort some of it to keep branches from snapping. Over the years production increases proportionally to its size

5) If itís a Polyembryonic seedling:

Notes on the tree and fruit

Fruit: They are smallish  (likely helped due to it bearing so much fruit) , have a typical Julie nose (a few have GINORMOUS noses), the fruits are a vibrant pink and orange when ripe and they are sweet and mostly fiberless.

Tree: Medium growth habit, spreading more than vertical. NO typical fungal issues as with Julie parent.  I have grafted this one several  times, so far all report it to be extremely prolific, and the fruit matches those of my Juicy Lucy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sapodilla
« on: August 15, 2021, 03:36:28 PM »
My Makok is the only sap I know of in my area and it sets fruit every year. After sugar apple they are my gf's fave fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kampong Mauve
« on: August 15, 2021, 03:34:18 PM »
My km was labeled at the nursery I have no idea if it was a seedling or if grafted what the root stock was.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kampong Mauve
« on: August 14, 2021, 11:05:34 PM »
This year so far is an increase in fruit. No rose petal flavor and all have been nice and sweet.

Fairchild seedlings gone. The rest still available.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking to buy sugar apple fruit.
« on: August 11, 2021, 01:39:32 PM »
Looking to try some sugar apples or any sweet fruit, will be first time for me since Iíve never had any before, thanks.

What continent, country, district, state are you in? Many like me won't ship and for those that do it your location R-E-A-L-L-Y helps.

I have some Kampong Mauve sugar apple seeds, potted Sugar apple seedlings (4"-6" tall) as well as some in ground (you'll need a pots and soil to did them up) lemon drop mangosteen seedlings and Noble muscadine grape seeds also, and maybe a couple of Fairchild #2 seedlings.

Oh, scions of my several annona (Geffner, Kampong mauve, sugar apple, purple custard apple, San Pablo) are here for the taking too.

Again, free, in person, local pickup only in North Broward So. Flo. No shipping, don't ask :-)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Kampong Mauve
« on: August 11, 2021, 01:26:26 PM »
Last year I got a couple of tiny fruits, but this is my first decent crop from my little tree... maybe a dozen fruits on it. I have to say, they're  not what some might call "top tier" but they are quite flavorful if not quite as sweet as a few other annonna  I have but juicier, no doubt both issues likely due to the copious amounts of rain recently.

I'm already looking forward to next year when the little five foot tree grows a bit more can support more fruit.

Anyone else with a Mauve that's in a similar taste envelope?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Purple guava rot ☠️
« on: August 04, 2021, 02:46:24 AM »
Other than the horrid  appearance, how did it taste? :-) Just kidding... Outwardly it looks like a sort of fungus I've never seen before, inside it looks like fruit fly damage but I don't see any larvae. Weird.

Perhaps when the fruit outgrew the mesh the skin was damaged allowing it to rot? Was it only on that one fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana Help
« on: August 03, 2021, 05:15:25 PM »
Sorry, I can't give you localized but generalized advice on what's worked for me.

I've been growing bananas for over 12 years, and at one point or another I've had great success with over a dozen varieties. Right now I only have three varieties a Zebrina Roho (Musa Sumatrana Rojo x Gran Nain cross) and two dwarf types like a dwarf cavendish.

What I've found is bananas like water, moderate amounts of fertilizer and decent well drained mulched soil. Other than that I've always considered them rather low maintenance. Not long ago I had one korm die when I experimented with an increased regimen of fertilizer. Anyway, mine have always been grown in partial sun and do well, while cuttings I've given to friends who have them in full sun don't do as well. Too little water? No fertilizer? poor care in general? I don't know.

Y'all may want to scoot over to, those folks are a wellspring of info on bananas many likely closer to you than Florida.

Yup, the one I had was sickly, and the fruits stayed white and got a fungus. I wish I had the advice you had... I pulled it long ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do you fight papaya fruit fly?
« on: July 22, 2021, 05:51:02 AM »
This year Papaya have not been infested with fruit fly here but in the past, nylon mesh bags did not work. Wax paper did until the fruit outgrew the bag and the paper split, then the fruit fly got them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fiberless mango ?
« on: July 22, 2021, 05:47:04 AM »
Carrie, I love them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carrie Mango Tree Top Work Project
« on: July 22, 2021, 05:44:51 AM »
Years ago I grafted Carrie onto an East Indian and it took over eventually killing the EI and others I tried to graft onto it never survived. I don't know if Carrie is known for being aggressive sucking the life out of every other cultivar but I'd not let a nurse branch live.

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