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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are these seedlings Bael Fruit?
« on: March 21, 2023, 02:50:06 PM »
I've looked at leaves online but don't feel confident I've made a match. Seeds were from Fruit & Spice Park, but I planted so many different things and lost labels in the storm. Is anyone growing Bael Fruit? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Catalina Avocado flowering question
« on: February 13, 2023, 07:39:13 PM »
Is this the start of Avocado flowers? It seems to be an insane amount. I just got the tree at the end of summer, so I'm guessing it shouldn't be allowed to hold fruit. Is the process the same as Mangos--let the fruit get pea sized then strip off? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can a Mango Tree change it's mind?
« on: December 31, 2022, 06:46:45 PM »
Weird question that I hope I can articulate. I searched for an answer on the interwebs, but couldn't find one.

Most of my mature Mango trees looked like they were going to have a flush of growth going into last week's cold weather. As a lot of trees did indeed push new growth just prior to the cold, I'm guessing the swelling buds on the mature trees are (were?) going to be new leaves. But since we had the cold, could the tree "change its mind" and convert new leaves into flower panicles? Is this what Mixed Bloom is?

Just a question that came to me as I wandered the yard hoping all mature trees bloom.


What type are these? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / When to pick Noni?
« on: December 13, 2022, 03:56:05 PM »
What do you look for when picking your Noni?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What to do with all these Barbados Cherries?!
« on: November 28, 2022, 01:49:12 PM »
I suddenly have a lot of Barbados Cherries and wondered if anyone had any suggestions as to what to do with all the fruits. They're tasty right off the tree but I can't keep up. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is anyone growing Mammee Apple?
« on: November 23, 2022, 06:59:00 AM »
Is anyone growing Mammee Apple? I have a couple seedlings I plan on putting in the ground next spring. I've gathered it's cold sensitive, though read on Pine Island Nursery's website that its damage temp is 30.

Any insight as to container culture?

We've had the fruit on a couple occasions at the Fruit & Spice Park and it was an immediate favorite. I'm hoping to grow my very own.

Any insight on growing this tree would be much appreciated, especially zone-pushing and container-growing perspectives.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / What Do Coconut Cream Mango Leaves Smell Like?
« on: November 15, 2022, 08:18:33 PM »
I have a Coconut Cream seedling whose leaves don't smell like a Coconut Cream mango. The leaves have kind of an "off" Indian-type (aka piney) smell. It makes me nervous the fruit won't be good. What do real Coconut Cream leaves smell like?

On a side note, I've gotten the widest range of leaf smells from my Sugarloaf seedlings. Some seedling leaves smell like pineapple-type mangos, some like Indochinese-type mangos, some like Indian-type mangos.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Should I paint this Kwai Muk's trunk?
« on: October 29, 2022, 07:50:00 PM »
My seedling Kwai Muk I got from NoFo Groves took a beating in Hurricane Ian. It was actually knocked over, but because it was recently planted, didn't suffer root damage. It's starting to put out new growth, but the trunk is pretty bare and sees a lot of sunlight. Should I paint it with 1/2 white flat latex and 1/2 water to protect it from sunburn? Thanks!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Any idea as to what kind of Persimmon?
« on: October 18, 2022, 04:07:02 PM »
These are from Citrus County, FL. I'm guessing Hachiya or Saijo? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Any hope for leaning banana?
« on: October 14, 2022, 08:02:49 PM »
This banana plant was knocked over in the storm and I noticed it was making bananas.

Do I try and upright it, do I put a support/stake under it, do I just let it be, or . . . ? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Post-Hurricane Blues
« on: October 10, 2022, 09:28:19 PM »
Still assessing damage here. Was in direct path. During the first part of the storm, I saw a Papaya had fallen. I went out and cut down my remaining 3 Waimanalo Papayas in hopes they will survive via side shoots.

During the Eye, I went out and assessed damages up till then and charged my phone in my car. The second part of the storm was much worse than the first.

My garden observations at this point:

Seedling Mangos fared far better than the grafted Mangos. All were recovering from freeze damage and severe pruning post freezes, and the grafted ones had lost a lot of limbs and leaves in the storm. My biggest grafted tree (~7' Pickering) was blown over. It's leaning on a PVC stake now in hopes it will be able to get a grip again one day.

Grafted Trompo Canistel (~6' tall) did really well.

Jackfruits did horrible. Expecting to lose a bunch. Had some smaller ones that were somehow protected, so there's hope I'll one day produce a Jackfruit.

A couple exposed Sugar Apples had a serious lean to them. I've straightened them out as best I could. Still have to straighten up the Soursops.

My two Barbados Cherries were knocked over. I've since uprighted them.

Loquats held on but were treated to standing water for a few days.

Asian and Native Persimmons did really well, though they got naked.

Mulberries are leaning. Native Red Mulberry was pushed over, but I've got it upright again.

All Eugenia species did well. The only one to lose limbs was the grafted Zill's Dark. The native Eugenia axillaris all look as though they're thinking, "Hurricane? What hurricane?"

Star of the show, but not a fruit tree, is my biggest Silk Floss Tree (~8' tall). Though she lost her leaves, she has no lean and looks strong as ever. Beautiful tree.

All the smaller (less than 2') seedlings did well (Sapodillas, Cinnamon Apples, Natal Plums, Black Sapote).

I'm curious to know how others' gardens fared.

It was a horrible storm and I'm sickened and saddened by what so many went through and must recover from.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Various Seedlings--local only SWFL
« on: August 30, 2022, 10:29:16 AM »
Seedlings, local pick up in SW Florida (Charlotte County and surrounding area). These are ~1 gal plants

$5 offerings
Cattley Guava (red)
Black Sapote

$10 offerings
Abiu (just hatched)
Caimito (green from Lara Farms)


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Fingersop seeds
« on: July 26, 2022, 11:21:01 AM »
[These are no more]

Meiogyne cylindrocarpa seeds, seven in number.

$25 PayPal friends and family shipped to US lower 48, California (and Arizona?) at own risk.

If not paying via friends and family, price is $27 shipped.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Root prune to control size?
« on: July 23, 2022, 06:02:55 AM »
Does anyone root prune when they prune in order to control size?

My mango trees have bounced back quite remarkably post freeze, which I'm attributing to their root system. So I got to thinking, would root pruning help keep a vigorous tree in check when done in conjunction with pruning above ground?

Not sure how easy/convenient it could be done, but just a thought I had when considering the rebound my mango trees had after a seriously severe pruning . . .

I have five seedling Annonas producing this year. I lost track of the source for each, but the seeds were mostly Sugar Apple, but also Atemoya.

On two of my trees, which are located side-by-side, I noticed a purple-hued fruit, and recently discovered a greenish-colored fruit emerging. Here's the first set:

In the second photo, you can see both the green fruit (to the right) and the purple one to the left.

The tree right next to it also has two different colored fruits, though the purple is super tiny:

Is this normal?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit & Spice Is Really Nice
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:57:05 PM »
We finally visited Fruit & Spice Park today. Not much to try, but having an opportunity to try Mammee Apple was soooo worth the visit. What an amazing fruit. Hopefully the seed germinates (I nicked it with my knife and it gave up some latex).

The only mango we got to try was Sri Lanka and it was yummy. It's a small fruit and had fiber, but was sweet in the classic sense and reminded me of a sweet mango pie my girlfriend recently made. We liked the fruit very much.

Also tried Wax Jambu (very refreshing), Seashore Mangosteen (very tart out of hand but it would be great in a cocktail), White Sapote (very bland), and we smelled a Bael Fruit, which smelled fantastic.

A fun time was had by all.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Will the real Chokanan please stand up?
« on: June 15, 2022, 08:10:14 PM »
Chris mentioned in a recent Truly Tropical video that what we know as Chokanan is actually a seedling version of the original, which is larger and tastes different. Has anyone had an "original" and if so, how was it? (Thanks to the generosity of Orkine, I was able to graft Chokanan onto my Ice Cream tree😊)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cacao seedling help
« on: May 29, 2022, 08:48:51 PM »
My cacao seedlings are hanging onto their seed casings. Do I leave them be or cut them off (and if so, what's the recommended approach?)? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Flacourtia inermis Flowering
« on: May 21, 2022, 09:15:03 PM »
I bought the seeds from tradewinds as Flacourtia jangomas, but a forum member IDed it as F. inermis. I believe it's dioecious, and only have this one tree. Well, it completely defoliated after the freezes, and I started hacking it back and placed a Silk Floss Seedling at its feet that will hopefully eventually fill up the space. As an aside, the Silk Floss is named Bob Floss.

Anyhoo, I left part of the F. inermis up to have its defoliated limbs help give Bob Floss some filtered light till he grows into a Happy Tree, and low and behold, the branches started leafing out and now there are flowers.

I am not sure It'll fruit, and wanted to know if anyone has had the fruit and if the tree might be worth keeping? I've read the fruit can be astringent and sour and not sweet, and if that's the case, I will feel less guilty about hacking it back.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Adansonia rubrostipa (fony) GONE
« on: May 21, 2022, 11:35:39 AM »

Seeds came from tradewinds. Plants are a couple years old and just leafed out from winter dormancy. 4 available

$30 each

Local sales only! I *do* travel to Bonita Springs/Naples area often, occasionally to Tampa area, and plan on a trip or two to Florida's east coast during mango season, so if any if these interest you, there's a chance we can meet up.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Seedlings for sale DONE FOR NOW
« on: May 21, 2022, 11:21:57 AM »
Done for Now

Any leads? has Suruga, but I'd like to get any feedback on them if possible before I order from them, and I'd rather find someplace closer to home to get the trees

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Painter Rollinia Seeds CLOSED
« on: April 10, 2022, 09:11:07 PM »
Here we have Rollinia seeds from a Painter Rollinia, by far the best Rollinia I've ever tasted.

And the fruit? OMG the fruit was HUGE. I don't have a scale, so I don't know if the fruit was 5 pounds or 50, but it was HUGE! Look at it on a pie plate! You've had pie before, haven't you? Pies are big! This Rollinia was HUGE! I like using pie plates instead of regular dishes because they're kinda like a hybrid between a dish and a bowl, eh? Like, you could eat a steak out of a pie plate or you could eat soup. I've done both. Unreal!

But we're not here to discuss the virtues of pie plates. We are here to discuss that Rollinia. You've probably noticed by now I've been speaking about the Rollinia in the past tense. That's because we ate it!

So now we have seeds I'd like to offer.

10 seeds for $25 shipped to the lower 48 minus California, as I'm not certified to ship seeds there. If I could I would. Only selling in lots of 10.

If you're interested in seeds and you're in the Punta Gorda to Bonita Springs north Naples area, I can meet up with you somewhere thereabouts.

If we meet locally, the seeds are $20 for 10.

I'd like to sell these all this week. 9 lots available.


I've never watched the Oscars but heard the viewership is down. I'm guessing it's because everyone's watching fruit videos now?

If there were fruit video Oscars, who would win? Would stars like Har and Alex be considered supporting actors as opposed to leads?

Would anyone get slapped?

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