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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Excalibur Red Jackfuit
« on: March 25, 2012, 08:26:15 PM »
Interesting.  I was at Excalibur last Thursday, and the sales guy said he didn't have Excalibur Red available yet.  Maybe he figured I didn't want to spend $100 on one tree, which is true.  Instead I purchased a Miguel avocado, an Alano sapodilla, a Beverly mango, a Neelam mango, a Mahachanok mango, and a Hak Ip lychee.  The first two were in great condition.  The Mahachanok was about six inches tall--very immature--and the graft didn't look so nice, but I wanted to have it so I paid the $35.  The lychee and other 2 mangos weren't in the best condition.  The sales guy wasn't too friendly or enthusiastic about his job. :(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: March 24, 2012, 08:24:07 AM »
Which animals eat the fruit?  I assume squirrels, raccoons, and birds.  What are the best ways to deter them?  Does anything work besides keeping dogs (and cats) in the yard to scare them off?

What is OSH? ???

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya taste-testing
« on: March 17, 2012, 05:46:59 PM »
Mango is king of fruits, but cherimoya is queen.  Florida's got California beat on mangos, but they've got their cherimoyas, which we can't grow.  Someday there will be a really great, world-class atemoya!  (I'm hoping. ;D)

Can we move this topic to the main forum?  I think it's important for all to know about, as this critter could damage all our fruit trees and plants in FL.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Places to visit in South Florida
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:19:10 PM »
The arboretum in Deerfield isn't getting much care these days.  Some of the trees are looking neglected and sad.  I think the person who started it has passed away many years ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Julie Mango in South Florida
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:11:53 PM »
Important information, Jeff.  Thanks! :)

I hope we get a chance to try the Australian cultivars, KJ Pinks and TropicSun! ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ground Coffee, not coffee grounds
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:21:58 PM »
I don't see how it could hurt if you use it straight.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: can persimons taste good
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:11:27 PM »
Add me to the list of persimmon  fans!  I however much prefer the non-astringent types that you eat like an apple.  I just adore the crunchy, sugary sweet goodness of a tree ripe Fuyu or Nishimura. I keep thinking about putting a tree in, but I do not know how the do in my current climate (they did great great in eastern SD county but I do not think we get the warmth near the coast).  I could never develop the taste for the astringent varieties, I just can't get past the slimy, mucous  needed texture no matter how good the flavor is.


I don't think they need a whole lot of warmth.  My sister has a tree (Hachiya) which is doing well, and she lives about a mile from San Francisco Bay north of Berkeley.  It almost never gets warm there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atemoya Most Like Cherimoya
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:14:49 PM »
When are the Australian varieties, KJ Pinks and Tropic Sun, coming to Florida?  How can this be facilitated?  We gotta try 'em!!!

I have cards printed to promote the site at the sale so get ready for some "which is the best" questioning!

Meaning? ???

Is there something we might wear to identify ourselves as members of this forum?  Like a sticky name badge?  Would that be cool (or dumb)? 8) or :P

Does anyone know which nurseries usually participate in this sale?  Are tree prices discounted at all, or are prices generally standard? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: can persimons taste good
« on: February 29, 2012, 07:24:12 PM »
Count me in with the persimmon-lovers!  They have a unique flavor and consistency, and are super-sweet.  I've eaten mostly Hachiyas, grown in CA--definitely a top-tier fruit in my book.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting fruit trees in groups
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:19:31 AM »
Here's what I know (which isn't very much ???).  Dave Wilson Nursery in CA recommends as part of intensive home fruit gardening planting 3 or 4 varieties of their deciduous fruit trees in one big hole several inches apart, and then pruning each to remain the same size and growing away from the trunks to the outside.  I've seen other nurseries recommend doing the same with avocado trees.  I don't see why this couldn't be done with mango trees, as well, as long as they're cultivars that share similar growth habits, e.g., compactness or dwarfness.  I'll admit that I've haven't tried this myself yet.  And there's also the idea of a fruit hedge with trees that respond to that type of intensive pruning.

gorgeous tree and very nice first crop. and i love how much more space you have to plant trees

Yah!  Ya gotta get crackin' and plant some more trees!

Thanks, y'all!  Some good recommendations. ;D

Yes, I was thinking sapodilla.  What does caimito look like in mature form?  Jackfruit are beautiful when young.  How do they get as they grow?  I'm not opposed to regular pruning.

Which tropical fruit trees are the most attractive as far as shape and structure and leaves? :-*  But not necessarily large, spreading shade trees.  If you wanted to plant some attractive trees in your front yard with ornamental value but not those with the most tempting (to fruit thieves!) fruits, like mangoes and lychees, what would you choose? 

The folks that run Pine Island Nursery still have me steamed over the name change of the patented 'Young' mango.  Now that they have the facts, they refuse to call it by the correct name.  Talking about a marketing ploy!

Besides, did anyone ever ask Tim Tebow if he wanted a mango named after him?  A football player with a fruit variety named after him?  That seems very weird and inappropriate! ;)  Also, I was under the impression that it was the University of Florida (IFAS T.R.E.C.?) that was behind the name change as Tebow was their star athlete, and PIN and the other nurseries have just gone along with it.  If it were a worthwhile but forgotten mango variety, I can see some good in it.  But yeah, let's go back to calling it YOUNG now.

Shortage of Sapodilla? who knew? ???
The Palm Beach Rare fruit society has its huge plant sale in November: Maybe someone will have a bigger Hasya.

Make that March the Fairgrounds in WPB.  9AM sharp! ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kaimana Lychee
« on: February 18, 2012, 07:06:02 PM »
Beautiful Tree!  Yo guys are so lucky out there... Just a quick drive to Pine Island

It's not that easy. Pine Island is 90 miles south of me. I have a hard time justifying driving down there (time and expense) to buy one $35 fruit tree. Maybe I'll make a combined trip in a few months during one of the Mango festivals. Same applies to others in this forum....that Pine Island nursery is far away in another county

I know what you're saying!  With the price of gas these days. :P

The USDA is the variety.  The Fruit & Spice park got it from the USDA.  Richard got it from the park.  It's best characteristics are that of is a smaller, more compact tree, later ripening (probably the latest), ad very good to outstanding flavor.

Smaller, more compact tree is good!  I love white sapotes from my days in L.A.  Used to find them growing in some of the old neighborhoods.  It was like discovering a treasure!  What would latest ripening mean?  What's their season?  (PIN says May-July for white sapotes.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado Varieties of Southern California
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:11:54 AM »
Yeah, wonder how the Hawaiian avocados would do in Florida! ???  Are any of them smaller trees?  (Come to find out from the old forum that Lindas are no longer grown in FL due to internal browning in storage.)  I would imagine that Richard Campbell and Fairchild has them all.

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