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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mango seeds for sale
« on: June 28, 2023, 12:11:57 PM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mango seeds for sale
« on: June 28, 2023, 11:37:12 AM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Mango seeds for sale
« on: June 28, 2023, 11:09:52 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mango/s 2023
« on: June 27, 2023, 09:19:40 PM »
So far this year the top tier is:

Brite Bite

There is a large group of second and third tier mangoes.

The Dupuis I got from Verna Zill last week takes top honors. Fortunately, she surprised me, and pulled out a handful of Brite Bites. Those two are pretty unique, I canít place those within any of the standard flavor classes.

The Cac I bought from Alex and Becky @ TAF were phenomenal.


White Pirie smokes those other two taste wise, itís easily a top 10 mango most years, top 5 last year for me. Ice Cream is unique but not even top 25. Lil Gem is very good, but not top 10.

When I was at UF, getting my Hort Science undergrad, the most interesting watermelon research (to me) was grafting seedless watermelon cultivars to squash rootstocks. Grafting to Cucurbita maxima Duchesne ◊ Cucurbita moschata Duchesne was studied as well as grafting to Cucurbita moschata. Both helped limit root and crown diseases. Research was done at a few of the big watermelon producers fields on west coast of Florida.

I just came across Talinum paniculatum, common names are Fame Flower, and Jewel of Opar. The leaves taste just like the baby spinach I buy at Publix. Itís native to South and North America.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: AKME Gardens
« on: April 10, 2023, 04:50:12 PM »
Guys a conman

OFDSurfer, I was at your place 7 or so years ago, to drop off some 3 gallon Luc's garcinias. I remember you having jackfruit, is your tree still doing well? I've got friends that just moved to Indialantic and were wondering what tropical fruit they could grow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweetest Carambola Variety
« on: March 19, 2023, 11:37:40 PM »

Mine is in full shade under several mature live oaks, and is 12 feet tall and produces fruit 6-8 months out of the year.  I'm 15 minutes west of Orlando, in Winter Garden/Ocoee and winter temps haven't affected it all.  Each year the crop load gets larger, and the fruit also gets insect probing, but no larva in the fruit so far.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Traveling to Costa Rica HELP
« on: March 19, 2023, 11:22:46 PM »
Hey Peter, am I able to eat pulasan at your farm?  You told me a few years back that August was the time to visit, to be able to eat the largest selection of fruits, including durian. Did I remember that correctly?  If so, I need to take some time away from visiting Puerto Jimenez and Guanacaste to head over your way. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Favorite banana?
« on: March 19, 2023, 11:10:13 PM »
Dwarf Orinoco, Dwarf Red, Dwarf Namwa, FHIA 1, 2, 3, and 18, 1780, Mysore, Blue Java, Dwarf Iholene, Dwarf Brazilian, Apple, Pear, and Patupi/Kokopo are all good banana cultivars

There's some others, just can't remember right now

I bought mine as a large 7 gallon tree in 2012 from Lukas Nursery in Orlando. I planted it out as a large 25 gallon tree in 2017, and saw a few flowers last year for the first time.  This year it flowered heavily, and I've harvested close to 200 fruit.  I'm guessing the birds have gotten around a hundred and there are at least another hundred still on the tree.  So, I figure mine is minimum 15 years old but more likely 16-17 years old.  Its currently around 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sicana odorifera seeds for sale
« on: March 04, 2023, 11:16:53 AM »
Seeds are gone.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sicana odorifera seeds for sale
« on: March 02, 2023, 01:37:39 PM »
If any one is curious, the fruit was grown in Puerto Rico, not in Ocoee, where I am located.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Sicana odorifera seeds for sale
« on: March 02, 2023, 12:58:43 PM »
I have Sicana odorifera (cassabanana) seeds for sale, $5 for ten seeds plus postage ( plan to send in small padded envelope). The fruit was harvested yesterday.

Text me @ 407-506-4394.

And you wonder how the Erinose mite got into FLÖ.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lakatan banana
« on: January 15, 2023, 02:12:52 PM »
Agristarts propagates these from tissue culture

I'm on the southeast corner of Lake Apopka, 15 minutes west of Orlando, on the border of northern Winter Garden and Ocoee.  My yard was 31 first night, 30 the second night, and both nights were fortunately fairly windy.  Those temps were at daybreak and lasted only a few hours.

All in ground mangos and one in ground Alano sap have no damage.  Some mangos are in the 5-6 foot height range some in the 10-12 foot height range.  Brought the entire potted collection inside the garage, except some 25 gallon sized mangos, figs, and sugar apples. No damage on any of the exposed 25's, just standard annona winter leaf loss.  25 gallon dwarf ambarella, stored in the garage is dropping all leaves, and will need 4 fruit bunches pruned away.  Banana collection had full foliar burn on specimens planted in full sun, ones under live oak canopy had no foliar burn.

Next door neighbor lost soursops, pigeon peas, and had extensive leaf loss on adult sized acerola and mangos.  All the leaf loss was on the lower canopies, most likely coinciding with sprinkler coverage during late afternoon yard irrigation each day.  I was curious to see how the wet lower canopies handled 30 degree temps. Not a good idea.

I am in Central Florida and down to the last 10 - 15 available spots in my yard, and would like to fill one of those spots with the Zill's HPP Buttercream mango. Just curious about its growth habit?  I haven't been able to find much searching the forum and Google.

Does it fit the within the common growth habit descriptions such as:

low/medium vigor spreading
medium vigor upright
high vigor upright or spreading


I took his class in 2012 while working on my B.S. in Horticulture Science.

They have onsite housing that was only $200 for the six week long class.  I highly advise staying onsite, as you can walk the grounds anytime.  There are a couple of non tagged old growth longan trees that you can eat from towards the end of class when the crop comes in.

Just call and talk to the program assistant at TREC to see about availability.

I figured I ate around $3k worth of fruit during my six weeks there.

I highly recommend that class, and he accepts just about anyone,  transient students as well.

Thanks for all your pics and info!! Many of us appreciate seeing these rare plants endemic to DR.

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