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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do you get bananas to fruit?
« on: December 12, 2021, 08:17:25 PM »
It's usually recommended to only keep a few pseudo stems.  On that is fruiting, one that is mid-size, and one small pup. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Overwintering Small Cempejack in a Pot
« on: December 04, 2021, 09:18:49 PM »
I have an 8" tall Cempepack seedling in a 4x14" tree pot.  It does not look like the tap root has made it to the bottom of the pot yet.  Will the tap root continue growing through the winter while it's not growing much above ground?  I'd like to keep it in a pot so I can better protect it this first winter as opposed to planting it out this late in the season.

If the tap root does get through the current pot, I'm thinking of getting some 4" PVC drain pipe to use as a makeshift extra deep tree pot.  Does anybody see an issue with this? If the tap root will continue to grow through the winter, should I transplant it now while the weather is still pretty nice?  Thanks!

I’m interested in this as well. I have a seedling Cempedak and Cempejack. Hoping one of them will survive my winters. I’ve seen a post about a Cempedak that handled 32f under a light cover so frost didn’t hit the leafs. Definitely planning on keeping them heavily pruned with my small yard. My neighbor put in a jackfruit maybe four years ago and it’s 30’ tall now and taking up a third of his back yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Whatís Wrong With My Lemon Meringue Tree?
« on: November 15, 2021, 09:23:08 PM »
Iíve had a PPK in the ground for about the same amount of time and itís flushed exactly twice. Once in spring after the frost got most of its leafs and once again in summer. Iíve grafted it onto another more mature Cogshall and the scions have flushed 2 times as well. The Cogshall flushed several times during this time. It just seems like PPK is not a very vigorous.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starfruit- Anyone Growing It ?
« on: October 27, 2021, 07:43:51 PM »
The different varieties will vary not only in sweetness but also in flavor. Iíve had some carambola that have an orange taste and others that have a lemon/lime taste. I have a Sri Kembangan that is too young to fruit growing in my yard. Its supposed to have a lemon/lime taste. None of the varieties that I have tried give the immediate flavor explosion of citrus but the good ones have a slightly watered down citrusy taste.

One other thing that I have to say about carambola is that they have a toxin in them that is dangerous to anyone with kidney problems. Itís not an issue for most people as our kidneys filter it out and they do have lots of good vitamins and minerals but itís something to know just in case.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: One Seed Loquat Fruit
« on: May 09, 2021, 06:05:19 PM »
My Champagne has only one seed.

One of the videos from agroforestry academy mentioned that the strongest trees grow from seeds that have a curl coming out of the seed. Seeds donít plant themselves vertically so a mango seed laying on the ground will crack on a side and the roots and stem come out of the same point. Roots curl down and stem curls up.

I helped my father select and avocado a month ago which looked to be about 6 months old and grafted the month before. Everyone is buying fruit trees so they are coming to nurseries very young.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No mango in Florida this year. bummer.
« on: March 17, 2021, 08:09:31 PM »
No issues on the east coast in Sebastian. Cogshall and PPK flowered and set fruit just fine. It hurt to remove the bloom from PPK but I just grafted it 6 months ago so it is not ready to bear.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon drop mangosteen ?
« on: February 17, 2021, 07:27:09 PM »
I have a superior lemon drop seedling and the leaf looks similar to the 2nd photo.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting Out Carambola Seedling
« on: February 16, 2021, 07:51:40 PM »
Thanks for the info.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Planting Out Carambola Seedling
« on: February 15, 2021, 07:18:07 PM »
I started a couple carambola seeds in 6Ē pots last year. At what point should I move them out of the pots and into their final spots in the yard?  They will be going into an understory location with morning sun. Can they go out in their current 4-6Ē range or should I wait until theyíre taller? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What To Do With Bananas After Cold
« on: February 13, 2021, 03:32:29 PM »
Well thatís easy. Iíll keep the bunches on and wait for them to ripen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What To Do With Bananas After Cold
« on: February 12, 2021, 11:03:42 AM »
I have 3 banana clumps and all of them made bunches late last year. After the frost from a couple weeks ago, Iím looking for advice on what to do with them.

The Namwa was earliest to fruit and the bananas in the bunch are green and plump. This has always been the healthiest clump and while most of the outer leafs are brown, there are still a good amount of green from inner leafs and from the shorter pups. Iím planning on leaving this one to ripen unless there is another recommendation.

The Grand Nain is in worse shape. This is actually the first time itís fruited and it was planted almost 3 years ago. The bananas in the bunch are not fully plump yet. There is a green leaf on the pup and also some emerging pups.

The Gros Michel grew quick and fruited in 9 months but seemed to only hold onto 8 or so leafs. It wasnít looking great before the frost and now the mother has little green on its leafs. The pups are pushing out green leafs. The bananas on this bunch are still thin.

Should I leave the bunches hanging or would it be better to remove them and let that energy go to the next one to fruit?  Will a fruit ripen if only pups in the clump have green leafs?

An Etsy seller has one. Pete at Greendreams also sells them online.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sowexotic Nursery Experiences?
« on: February 11, 2021, 06:28:52 PM »
Iíve ordered from them once and didnít have any issues. They do have some unique things you canít find elsewhere.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Polar vortex heading to FL next week?
« on: February 04, 2021, 07:40:10 PM »
I'm not sure how cold it went down to at my place this morning in Sebastian but my phone said 33.  I'm glad I covered my mango because I think it went a little lower than that.  All 3 of my bananas have racks hanging and the leafs were ice.  The covered mango looks good except for a few leafs on a branch that was touching the covering.  My Barbados cherry looks fine but it was protected by a banana.  Everything else is more cold hardy and I'm not worried.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Polar vortex heading to FL next week?
« on: February 01, 2021, 09:29:18 PM »
For me, TWC says 37, 34, and 35 degrees. WU says 37, 33, 35. At what point do I need to worry about my smallish mangos? Tuesday night has 10+ mph winds but Wednesday is supposedly down to 5mph.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: January 30, 2021, 06:07:52 PM »
This will hopefully be my first year with mangos. I have a seedling from a grocery store mango thatís been in the ground since 2017. In November 2019, I grafted Cogshall and Fruit Punch on it (and a couple others that didnít take. Cogshall took off and is 95% of the tree while Fruit Punch grew 4Ē and then stopped.  Cogshall has all of its 10 or so growing tips going to bloom and Fruit Punch has its single growing tip in bloom. In 2020, I bought a 2nd tree - a grafted PPK which I put in the ground but not before taking a scion from it to graft onto my frankenmango. Call it mango insurance. The scion took, flushed a couple times, and looks like itís heading to bloom now as well. The tree I took that scion came from has not done a thing since I planted it  :-\. I plan on keeping a few Cogshallís on the tree but taking anything else off.  Iím already looking forward to 2022 season.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Propagating Acerola Cherry
« on: January 16, 2021, 08:13:11 PM »
Hmm interesting. I’ll have to try some thicker pieces once it starts putting out fresh growth in spring. I don’t think I’ve tried pieces larger than 3/16” diameter. Should air layers also be made during warmer months or could I make them now in winter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Propagating Acerola Cherry
« on: January 16, 2021, 02:41:07 PM »
Hi everyone. I have an acerola cherry thatís been in the ground for a couple years. Iíve read a lot of posts and watched many videos where people show how easy it is to propagate. Iíve tried just about everything and canít seem to get mine to root.  Iíve tried woody material and fresh growth, rooting hormone and no hormone, put some in a humidity chamber and left some out, and tried cutting the leaves in half to limit moisture loss.  They stayed green for a couple months in a humidity chamber but eventually died with no hint of root growth. The ones that werenít in a chamber didnít make it more than a couple weeks before drying out. What am I doing wrong?

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