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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help I.D. garcinia seedling
« on: June 25, 2022, 06:00:11 PM »
Thinking the same.

What makes you think its not g.intermedia?

g. intermedia or g. brasiliensis?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GuavaKing on ebay - Scam?
« on: June 25, 2022, 04:18:06 PM »
I only deal with questionable sellers when there is something that is dearly sought and cannot be found elsewhere, and when willing to accept total loss of $.

Depends on how tall / how big the space, but a solid selection of eugenia planted in a ring would be a consideration of mine.

I have a mound of mulberry trees. Doing something similar with eugenias, but more spread out. Several smaller trees vs one medium-large tree?

What's the flavor report on this mulberry?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit tree scions
« on: June 23, 2022, 10:39:52 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

pm sent

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: large Luc's Garcinia
« on: June 22, 2022, 04:48:42 PM »
Thanks but Rare Fruit Council here recommends "South Florida" variety for my zone. Ed

"South Florida" variety? Not sure what you mean by that. Some people are popping names on their Luc's, and I'm sure there's some variation, but unless trees are grafted, it is not likely the same tree in all respects.   

Coffee and its relatives do well in the shade. Not sure what is best for productivity in particular climates.

Carambola does well in partial shade for me, and fruits heavily year round.

Yehuda loquat is said to do well in shade. Mine is in the shade. Looks happy, but no flowers yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is a black sapote tree worth having?
« on: June 21, 2022, 12:12:15 PM »
Not sure about your climate, but would be considering jujube, mulberry, annonas, jabos, persimmon, cados, and garcinias (lemon drop, etc.) over black sapote, for winter fruits within limited space.

Plant arrived the other day, looking nice. Thanks!

Some of those sops look to be potentially okay to me. They aren't always pretty on the outside; does not necessarily mean they are bad. The spikes wither and darken, and then the skin starts to darken as the fruit softens.

Picked up a Wango 4 today in box of goodies. Will post pics later. This one looks different.

Great info, thanks!

Noticed this link:

Looks like my kind of fun. Just a little ride up the road...

From the little I know about epigenetics, probably best to develop cold tolerant varieties in cooler regions. Expression of certain genes can be turned up or down, depending on environmental factors, from one generation to the next. Exposing parentage to increasingly cooler weather prior to breeding could help over successive generations.

Perhaps we should seek the higher altitude mango/relative varieties? ...if cold tolerance is sought

Wondering which of the Florida pawpaw relatives taste good and are worth growing for fruit. Any recommendations?

Are they saying, based on diagram, that only flowers A and B can receive pollen, and all flowers A - D can provide pollen?

P. decaisneana has yet to flower for me, but I find passion vines take a while, often a couple of years, before setting and holding fruit. Used to think p. laurifolia needed another pollinator, but pretty sure it just needed time.

They seem quite promising, based on the few sampled so far.

Any idea how these will do in the high heat and humidity of SoFL?

Satya, I recommend you look at p. nitida, p. laurifolia, p. decaisneana, and p. cerasina. I've tried PL and PD, they both were sweet and floral without acidity.

Panama Passion aka Panama Red is the least sour of the regular (p. edulis?) varieties I've tried. So good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papayas don't thrive
« on: June 15, 2022, 01:47:40 PM »
Papaya can be tough to repot and plant; roots tend to be sensitive. Might just need some time to recover, or not. Best papaya plants for me tend to be from seeds that sprouted out of the ground.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: June 15, 2022, 01:43:34 PM »
Kid found this munching on fallen papaya, and hiding in firebush. "They're sooo cute." Cute demon. Nipples too, so must have babies around. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: June 15, 2022, 01:39:11 PM »
I'm a nature lover, but STOMP EM!

No, haven't tried grasshoppers or crickets yet, but would go with other varieties.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: June 14, 2022, 07:55:13 PM »
Those grasshoppers are evil! They will multiply, and eat everything without prejudice. They tear up our ornamentals, like crinum lily. Lizards and birds won't touch them, must be noxious. Have never tried one.

Holly Tone appears to work well with jabos, and might be particularly helpful when planting in more alkaline soil.

I would research more before using, but this has helped with stopping mosquitoes from hatching in our bromeliads:

Great vid PI. Did not know about the white spots turning yellow then brown. Thanks!

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