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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which is better, Rambutan or Longan?
« on: November 15, 2022, 01:32:14 PM »
Yeah, another for longan here.

What does this have to do with Mango? :-)

Seriously, down here in Florida I think that persimmon could use a boost in popularity

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What causes rot inside mango fruit?
« on: November 12, 2022, 10:58:29 PM »
Look here, there may be something

I had tried everything in my yard before buying except Rollinia. I got that tree on a visit to a mango grower and the tree was so nicely formed and the others he had were train wrecks I got it just on its reputed taste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Your worst trees that give volunteer seedlings
« on: November 01, 2022, 01:24:47 PM »
A few trees became a nuisance with volunteers growing in huge amounts under them. I may  not have planted them if I had known this.

Fairchild #2 canistel... I miss a lot of drops and the seeds quickly establish themselves in the mulched understory. The fruit is worth keeping the tree as is my Julie seedling "Juicy Lucy" whose seeds erupt into seedlings easily in mulch.

I've pulled Coffee due to the hundreds of seedlings it produced, and my lemon drop mangosteen is on the list to go.

Any other noteworthy trees which need a lot of seedling removal work? 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Off topic firestarter
« on: October 22, 2022, 02:16:14 PM »
Yeah, melaleuca are now getting wiped out by the state.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop observations
« on: October 22, 2022, 02:11:13 PM »
My soursop is in ground 8 years, flowers a LOT and only one fruit so far. Grrr!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing passion fruit up a tree
« on: October 21, 2022, 11:20:47 AM »
I had one that was in an earthen bottom pot. I wired the south side of the house and it got HUGE! The house looked like an old English country home and the dense vine kept the house a bit cooler too. Unfortunately AFAIK they do not live long and mine declined in  few years and died.

I was able to pick the fruit easily, though on a tree it may be a problem.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Off topic firestarter
« on: October 18, 2022, 05:13:13 PM »
Over the summer I store trimmed branches to use as kindling. Most fruit trees are not as good as pine wood scraps but this summer I pruned my lemon drop mangosteen heavily and the wood (even small branches) is outstanding kindling.  It burns fast, hot and unlike most fruit woods instead of going instantly to ash it turns into hot red coal like material which lasts a longer time than any other kindling I have used.

If you have  mangosteen and a fireplace or firepit keep your trimmings instead of chucking them out.

For rats I have a threefold approach.

1. Once my dog has an eye on them hiding stationary in the tree I shoot them from the tree with a pellet rifle.
2. After they get smart to the tree and shoot method they use the canopy to run away, then I use rat traps baited with slim Jim sausages. They CANNOT resist slim Jim sausage.
3. Once the parents are gone I switch over to mouse traps for the smaller ones which can evade the larger rat traps.
The next year I start the cycle all over again. 

Squirrels are a different story. My pellet rifle is too weak to kill them but once they get stung by it a couple of times, they pretty much stay away.

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 its 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.

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