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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Almond bush
« on: July 31, 2022, 04:45:09 PM »
Yes, I have one. Iíve never seen so many bugs on a single plant before. There are probably 50 species of bees and wasps on mine in the morning when the blooms are going. I can find them at my local nursery but they propagate easily from cuttings so they should be readily available from someone here or on Etsy. They are easy to take care of and can handle a drought. I rooted a cutting last year and gave it to my parents in Jacksonville where it survived the winter and is thriving.

As someone old enough to remember what home grown Florida citrus tasted like before greening and who is currently on travel in LA (and had an organic Valencia orange from Whole Foods a couple hours ago), I can say that the home grown Florida Valencia was a bit more juicy but I bet an orange picked ripe off the tree in California would be equal. Itís been so long since Iíve had citrus, it brought back some memories.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What bananas should I plant?
« on: July 02, 2022, 07:07:32 PM »
I love Namwah. A quick google search says it has a bit of a red delicious apple, melon, and jackfruit taste. To me, Namwah is sweeter than cavendish but also has a good sub acid component. Itís a dense fruit too. Very tasty.

The nice thing about Namwah is that they grow big racks being fed with only yard waste and compost where other varieties want lots of fertilizer. While they do have thick stalks, I lost a monster rack to wind last year so they may still need propping. Mine sends out the flower at 8-9 feet

In nature, the fruits fall and rot or get eaten which leaves the seed sitting flat on top of the ground. You  can cover it with a little soil to minimize seed-stealing pressure from squirrels  but 4-6Ē is way too deep.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:39:52 PM »
My Purple Haze flowered for the first time last week. As this is my only flowering dragon fruit (and only flower on the plant), I brought out a paint brush and went to town. Iím not expecting anything but I still have a glimmer of hope that it is self fertile.

Best to get a plant or cutting, they root pretty easy.

Is there a certain size or time of year to take the cuttings?  Iíve tried many times to root cuttings from mine but none have ever taken. A humidity chamber helps the, stay green for a while longer but they just never send out roots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: WHAT STEALS GREEN MANGOES???
« on: May 27, 2022, 04:38:06 PM »
I have the same problem. Only 6 mangos on my 2nd-year-fruiting tree this year and all but one were taken down this past week. They were sitting under the tree with a small bite mark on them. The one left hanging has a bite mark too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Strigipes 3 for 3
« on: May 15, 2022, 10:05:46 PM »
I bought 3 Myrciaria Strigipes seeds from Bellamy Trees last fall with the hopes of getting 2 to successfully germinate and grow so I could keep one and give the other to a coworker who trades plants and seeds with me. I put them in peat moss and Agripro dry to give them the best chance of taking off. Over the winter, all 3 sent down roots and two started growing a stem in February:

The 3rd had a great root system but just didnít send out a stem. I let it be. In the mean time, the other two kept growing and now look like this:

Lo and behold, I look at #3 and itís finally growing above ground. Over 6 months after it was planted:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most Cold Hardy Dragonfruit?
« on: May 14, 2022, 05:16:55 PM »
I gave my parents some cuttings of Purple Haze and Voodoo Child and they made it through upper 20ís in north Florida just fine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Major mango bloom
« on: March 22, 2022, 08:20:19 PM »
This has been an interesting bloom season. My Cogshall had some leaf burn from the cold but only on outer leaves, maybe 20-30% of the tree. The south side is now in full bloom. The north side pushed leaves recently and no bloom.

I have a Wonderful that has been in the ground for 4-5 years and growing great in Florida 10a but it has never flowered.  I'm in an area near the coast where it rains quite a bit less than other areas and its in very well draining soil and near full sun.  I had decided to give it until this year to do something before replacing it with something more suited to this climate.  It's pushing new leaves and no flowers now...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat varieties
« on: March 15, 2022, 07:32:53 PM »
Champagne is good. It has a nice sour/tart taste until fully ripe and then itís very sweet. It does have a pretty large seed compared to the amount of flesh, though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What Type of Jackfruit at Publix?
« on: March 12, 2022, 04:30:16 PM »
Since learning what a Jackfruit was, Iíve kept an eye out at my local Publix to give one a try. This weekend, I finally saw one that actually looked and felt ripe without starting to rot. It came in at just under 14 lbs and had surprisingly little latex. After cutting in half and taking out the center latexy portion, I was easily able to flip it inside out and start separating the flesh from the seeds (which was actually the most laborious part of the whole operation). I filled up two gallon ziplock bags with what I didnít eat and stuck them in the freezer.

This was yellow fleshed and tasted like sweet juicy fruit bubble gum. It had less juice than I was expecting and not mushy. From reading about the different varieties, I assume this is one of the crunchy varieties. Does anyone know what the typical commercial varieties are?  It came from Coast Tropical, product of Mexico.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lara farms = awesome
« on: February 25, 2022, 09:09:52 PM »
I just ordered a mango and avocado from Julian. Much closer and cheaper to ship  8). Looking forward to getting them in the ground. Those mangos look great and not pot bound.

Iím not sure my PM went through but Iím looking for some Sabara Jaboticaba seeds. Do you still have any available?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Namwa Height Question
« on: February 20, 2022, 01:54:03 PM »
pineislander, These are in all-day sun so light is not an issue and I only let sword suckers grow.  I haven't been as diligent with pruning off suckers as I was a couple years ago but all pseudostems seem to send off flowers at a similar height.  Depth of planting and rising of the mat could have something to do with it.  I'm on a small lot with a steep slope to a drainage canal at the back of my property so they're planted towards the top of the slope which also makes it very hard to brace them if they're tipping towards the canal.  In terms of pruning maidens, do you mean lopping them off at a certain height so they can't reach their final height before flowering?

I've found another spot that's on flat ground and started a pup so at least that will be a location that I can easily brace. 

SouthBayHapaJoe, I'm a few miles from the coast so the sea breeze does really reduce the summer downpours that they get 5 miles further inland.  I've been extremely happy with the production considering I really only feed them yard waste or their own suckers.  There was a video by Matt Reese who mentioned that the Namwa is able to produce heavily on only mulch and I can attest to that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Namwa Height Question
« on: February 19, 2022, 09:17:41 PM »
Hmm. My racks are double the size of the one in SouthBayHapaJoeís photo.

Most recent rack that was blown over a couple months after this photo was taken:

This rack made it to fully ripen:

First rack ever (from the tissue culture baby):

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf Namwa Height Question
« on: February 19, 2022, 06:40:19 PM »
My ďdwarfĒ Namwa has been a favorite ever since it produced its first 50+ lb rack after 15 months in the ground. It seems to send out the flower when itís at the -10ft range and Iíve lost two racks due to wind (which is surprising with the massive girth of the pseudo stems). Iíve seen videos where they are flowering at what seems like 6í and Iíve been starting to wonder if I actually have a tall Namwa. I believe this one was mail order from Florida Hill nursery. Is it possible that I have a tall variety or do those get really tall?  Is there a trick to getting them to flower at a lower height?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bombay-esque Mango Flavor
« on: February 13, 2022, 10:12:17 PM »
Thank you Alex!  Iman Passand and White Piri sound like promising candidates as well.

How large would Sunrise get after 5Ö10 years if I stay on top of tipping and pruning?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bombay-esque Mango Flavor
« on: February 13, 2022, 05:49:49 PM »
Thanks. Iíll have to PM him if he doesnít jump in.

Cogshall happened when I planted a seedling from a grocery store mango and grafted a few different varieties onto it. Cogshall was on the branch that took off and became the main leader. I still have a tiny fruit punch graft on that tree which pushed once and then stopped. FP has 2 leaves on it now and it hasnít done anything for 3 years  :(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bombay-esque Mango Flavor
« on: February 13, 2022, 02:55:10 PM »
Thanks for the info on Sunrise.  I hadn't heard of that variety before.  It definitely sounds like a good option.

I believe my coworker's mother-in-law has the Bombay tree.  I think he's mentioned that it isn't the most healthy/productive tree which aligns with what I've read about it in Florida.  I'll double check with him before going to Sunrise route vs. asking for some scions.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bombay-esque Mango Flavor
« on: February 13, 2022, 09:24:29 AM »
Iím ready to fill the 3rd and final spot in my yard for a mango tree. I already have a PPK and Cogshall and now Iím looking for that powerful spicy Indian flavor. The first ďrealĒ mango I ever tasted was a Bombay and I still remember how my entire hallway at work smelled like Bombay when my coworker brought it to me. Iíve heard Bombay doesnít do very well in Florida. Iím a couple miles inland at the north end of 10a in Sebastian. What are my options for this type of flavor? Carrie?  Thanks!

Let them rest. They will push new growth when it warms up and then you will see if any branches need trimmed back. My newly planted PPK lost most of its leaves last year and then it made its first heavy growth flush a month after that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Boca Cempedak
« on: February 03, 2022, 10:21:55 AM »
That sounds like a Cempejack.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do you get bananas to fruit?
« on: December 15, 2021, 06:37:41 PM »
Matt Reese (Whatís Ripening on YouTube) had a good video recently talking about various banana varieties. He mentioned Namwa is the only one that produces good racks with nothing but mulch. I can definitely back up this statement. Besides peeing on it a couple times, I have gotten 50+lb racks with nothing but cuttings from around the yard on my Namwa while Gros Michel is literally sitting right next to the compost bin and has made pitiful racks.

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