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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado variety identification
« on: September 23, 2022, 05:48:13 PM »
The nursery couldn't tell you, but we can? ???  It looks like an avocado tree.  ;D

You could probably try Chipotle grill for avocado pits.
They must have a lot of Chipotle Grills in Hungary!  Do they call them Chipotle Hungarian Grill?  Goulash burritos, anyone? ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Japanese Persimmons
« on: September 22, 2022, 09:32:47 AM »
I think that, as long as they've reached full size and full color, they should ripen ok.  I know that birds love to peck at them.  (I don't think they need ethylene gas. ???)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Flora Farms - A Slice of Heaven in Cabo
« on: September 19, 2022, 09:20:09 AM »
It looks like a very cool place.  Aside from TJ and Mexicali, I think of Baja as what SoCal would be minus about 30 million people and all the freeways and cars!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting Fruit Trees Near Queen Palm Tree
« on: September 18, 2022, 10:00:03 AM »
"Climb across" or grow under?  What exactly is your concern?  I'd say remove as many roots as you can and plant what you want.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruiting Shade Tree - Worth it?
« on: September 18, 2022, 09:55:11 AM »
Consider a pecan tree spaced up to 20í from your house on the south side. They grow into stately shad trees, provide delicious nuts, and are deciduous so in the winter they allow sun to warm your buns. Idk if you can grow persimmons there, but same attributes but in a smaller tree closer to the house
Pecan trees are beautiful trees, but they don't grow in South Florida.  And the persimmons that do well here are very small trees.

You should put Hawaii in your subject title so that Hawaiian members will notice and respond.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Beverly mango yay or nay?
« on: September 15, 2022, 08:31:28 PM »
I remember seeing one of Fruitful Trees YouTube videos with Alex from tropical acres talking about recommend late season cultivars. He indicated he is on the fence about Beverly with respect to disease resistance. I have a tree but itís still has not fruited yet. Hopefully next year.
It might be going the way of Keitt.  I guess it could be a Top 50 mango.  Definitely not a Top 20 mango.

Hello All,
I am curious if any of you have ever grafted two different species of avocado onto one rootstock for the purpose of having one tree produce avocados year round. I want to experiment with this but I cannot find too much information regarding this type of thing online. Also which species of avocado grows well in the summer in Hawaii?
You certainly could graft two different varieties of avocado onto one rootstock.  However, there's only one species of avocado, Persea americana (but it's generally said there are three races: Mexican, Guatemalan, and West Indian).

Thus far I have had good growth on my two Lychee trees in 2022, Mauritius and Bruster. I planted my trees in the ground in 2020 so I do not expect any fruit until 2025. 

They are attractive specimens so I am glad they are in the ground with full sun.


Brewster Lychee Tree (9-9-22)

Mauritius Lychee Tree
Yes, nice trees.  Good luck with them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White sapote varieties
« on: September 14, 2022, 12:47:56 PM »
Awesome!  Thank you!  Will have to get a membership & start stalking the white sapote trees around that time lol.
FYI: I called them, and they said membership is $25 per year for an individual.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tasting Loquats For 2022 Season
« on: September 14, 2022, 09:44:33 AM »
It's to difficult to list the best tasting since everyone's taste is different, some like it sweet and tart, others like it very sweet only.

But I will post some group taste tests I did, and also a preliminary brix reading for the ones I had time to take the readings. Next year I should be able to update the brix table and hope to get a reading from most of my varieties if they all have fruits next summer (78 varieties).
But if the topic is "Best Tasting Loquats,"  shouldn't we at least get someone's opinion? :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chopping down the losers videos
« on: September 13, 2022, 03:36:21 PM »
Brad's Chainsaw Massacre.  I hope all the top-working goes smoothly.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Different New Mango Leaves
« on: September 12, 2022, 10:07:54 AM »
Thanks for the concerns about my house's foundations.  Unfortunately I live in a senior community, and we only own four feet from our house (although there is ample common space and I'd love to have my trees 10 or 12 feet from my house). The current HOA board is a nasty group that loathes fruit trees.  I intend to keep my trees at 10 feet tall and see what happens.

An improved Peach Cobbler?  That would be a coup!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Different New Mango Leaves
« on: September 11, 2022, 10:30:01 AM »
The leaves on my seedling Orange Sherbet continue to puzzle me.  The brown color.

A few lemon drop, papaya, guava, carambola, small saps, peppers, some nanners are ripening, and an avocado is darkening early.
Which avocado?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: It's September 1st, where are your Mangos?
« on: September 10, 2022, 04:27:11 PM »
While watching football, one of the boys came inside after finding another hidden ripe Sweet Tart. This time it was on a different tree in a heavily leafed spot where the birds had not pecked it luckily....

So if you want to be lucky Sweet Tart is a nice late season variety since multiple blooms can occur.
Speaking of lucky, I didn't expect Texas to pull it off, but it was an exciting ending! :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: It's September 1st, where are your Mangos?
« on: September 10, 2022, 09:17:00 AM »
I picked out all the kietts yesterday. To much squirrel damage
My friend no longer has Keitts left on his tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overhyped avocados
« on: September 09, 2022, 04:02:55 PM »
What they should do is stop with their obsession with black avocado skins and sell what actually tastes good.  But no, that would make too much sense.   ::)
Mango lovers are so lucky to have had Gary Zill select not for looks but for superior flavor instead! ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White sapote varieties
« on: September 09, 2022, 01:07:48 PM »
Does Fruit & Spice park let you take fruit out of the park?  Since I live near there it may make sense to get a membership and then just go and collect fruit, not sure if they would let me take it out though
If i'm not mistaken, the rule is that you can pick up and eat fruit that you find on the ground.  So eating it on the premises only.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White sapote varieties
« on: September 09, 2022, 12:55:21 PM »

Do you have most of the varieties listed from CRFG page?  If so, I need to start more seeds.  ;D

On the Lara Farms website, Julian notes that Campbell was the best he ever tasted.  Was this collected by Dr. Richard Campbell?  The grafted plant I received was really small, so I want to make a backup before I plant it out at the farm.

In a YouTube video not too long ago, I believe that Julian said he discovered this unnamed white sapote tree with excellent fruit at TREC (UF) in Homestead so he named it in honor of Dr. Carl Campbell, Richard's father, who was associated with TREC for many years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: It's September 1st, where are your Mangos?
« on: September 09, 2022, 12:48:19 PM »
My very lucky friend in Coral Springs still has plenty of Keitts left on his tree. He was kind enough to give me one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: aravaipa avocado
« on: September 09, 2022, 10:30:28 AM »
Not a premium variety, are they?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White sapote varieties
« on: September 09, 2022, 10:28:42 AM »
F&S Park must let legitimate people take scion wood, but I wouldn't be passed smuggling a little out from a big tree! ;)  (I'm glad this topic has had legs.)

borrowing sounds better then smuggling?
There you go!

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