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Tropical Fruit Discussion / My First Successful Mamey Graft!
« on: December 16, 2023, 02:09:33 PM »
I've tried grafting mamey scions onto new branches of my older mamey trees to make a cocktail tree a few times, tried grafting a couple of larger seedlings by doing a side-cleft graft with no leaves (wrapped in parafilm) like a mango a couple of times with no luck. Recently, I have tried doing a cleft graft using a scion with leaves on it and covering the plant and pot with a moisture bag to create a mini green house affect and it worked! I had a 2 year old Pace mamey that had an extra branch that I did not want, plus I had a young vigorous Viejo seedling with a thick stem, so I thought "why not give it a try". Grafted it, and a couple of weeks later, I noticed fresh sap leaking from the stem, which was a good sign. But, it started forming clusters of suckers from the base of the seedling. I left it as is, thinking that I will trim them off when I remove the bag when the scion begins pushing leaves. Unfortunately, it began dropping it's leaves. That is when I cut a small hole in the bag and snipped off the suckers with a pair of scissors and taped it back up.  A week later, it began pushing new leaves and I removed the bag. Only one leaf stayed on the scion. It took a total of 3 weeks. Here are pictures from a week ago and now a week later. I am not planning on selling it.

One week later.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vidal Redondo Mamey
« on: September 23, 2023, 08:39:27 PM »
Bought this cool specimen at Lara Farms last weekend and planted it. Looking forward to tasting it in 3 to 5 years.  :)

My list of mamey cultivars have been growing lately. Currently have Pantin, Viejo, Pace, Cepeda Especial, and the newly planted Vidal Redondo. Might add a "Papa" mamey later on or Whitman Green Sapote. For now, been enjoying some Viejo fruits. Last year my tree did the same thing. Ripened a crop in September into October, then a second wave in December-January, and a few fruit in February.

The Pace:

Cepeda Especial (small one on the left) next to a Viejo seedling (just an experimental seedling that is likely a viejo x pantin cross):

Pantin that was recently trimmed:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pantin Mamey Ripening in May?
« on: May 27, 2023, 06:07:15 PM »
Has anyone had a pantin mamey tree ripen fruit in May, instead of late June into August? There is another cultivar called "Florida" that is supposed to be similar to Pantin, but ripens in May/June, so I am wondering if I have a Florida cultivar instead. I have some pictures of the tree and fruit. The fruit is rich, sweet, pasty (not watery) and the pulp is a pink-orange/salmon color (does not get red/pink).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Unknown Seedling (Abiu?)
« on: April 21, 2023, 01:55:50 PM »
Hello everyone,

I've had this interesting looking plant growing in my backyard for a couple of years and it had been whacked with a weed-eater once. It looks different compared to all the other weeds/wild plants that are growing around. It was planted by some random animal. It kinda looks like an Abiu based on the pictures that I've seen, but I'm not sure. I would greatly appreciate any input as to what this plant is.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropicalgrower's 04/18/2023 Yard Update
« on: April 18, 2023, 02:32:09 PM »
Pantin Mamey holding it's first set of fruit to maturity since planting it as a 7 gallon tree in November of 2012.

Viejo Mamey planted in 2014 as a 3 gallon.

Gary Mango, originally Nam Doc Mai #4 tree.

Coconut Cream Mango.

Carrie Mango.

Grafted Miami Soursop, nothing much to look at, but should sprout back to life soon.

Grafted Hipolito Caimito:

Tikal Sapodilla.

Alano Sapodilla (much more dwarfish).

Sugar Apple coming out of dormancy. Background bananas are mysore and manzano (or namwah).

1 year old Pace Mamey.

Ross Sapote.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Variegated Tikal Sapodilla
« on: April 01, 2023, 01:42:42 PM »
Just a cool finding I discovered in my Tikal sapodilla tree. That small branch always produced variegated leaves for the past few years, but did not grow as much as the other regular branches, probably due to it's location in the middle of the canopy. I am planning on air layering it during my vacation as an experiment.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Viejo Mamey Sapote Pics.
« on: December 21, 2021, 02:00:34 PM »
My Viejo mamey fruits are ripening on schedule based on UF's mamey cultivar chart (December). It is not a very sweet mamey, but it does have medium sweetness plus great flavor and velvety texture. I really enjoy them. Now, if only my 9 year old grafted pantin can hold fruit to maturity, that would be great. lol I have now been fertilizing it regularly for the past year and it now has a record amount of flowers and pea sized fruitlets. Lets see if I can enjoy them in August of 2023. One thing about the Viejo is that the fruit does not seem take as long from flower to mature fruit. The mamey fruits I am harvesting and eating now were from the fall/winter bloom of 2020, so it took more or less 13 months. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Question About Tree Paint
« on: July 16, 2021, 03:28:12 PM »
Hello fellow tropical fruit enthusiasts. I have severely trimmed half of my coconut cream and lemon zest for top working and I am planning on using IV organics white tree paint. Can the tree sprout new growth through the paint? I would like to make sure that the paint doesn't prevent any new growth from popping out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical Fruit Kelp Foliar Spray Schedule
« on: November 14, 2020, 08:32:32 PM »
Hello fellow fruit enthusiasts. It has been a while since I've been here. I had just applied a kelp foliar spray with a bit of fulvic acid mixed into it to my tropical fruit trees. According to the Kelp I bought (Clean Kelp from Bloom City), I should use the product every 4 to 7 days for plants. But for my fruit trees (mango, mamey sapote, sweetsop, sapodilla, bananas) how often should I spray them? 

Thank you for your help  :)

Hello fellow tropical fruit enthusiasts. :)

I've just discovered a cool looking seedling that is pretty close to my fence line. I'm wondering if this is a surinam cherry or something else. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mamey Sapote Bark Disease?
« on: March 09, 2019, 04:22:35 PM »
Hello fellow tropical fruit enthusiasts. I am having these weird issues with my mamey sapote trees that seems to be affecting the bark and even the small fruits. It seems that the fruits just pop off in clean chunks (no bite or scratch marks anywhere) and I'm also having portions of the bark in some spots bubbling upward and peeling off. Both the pantin and the viejo exhibits this problem. I used to have an 8 year old pace mamey tree that never held fruit until maturity, but I lost a whole crop of grape sized fruits to this weird problem. That tree got the axe treatment since it was very finicky compared to my other mamey trees (used to get much more easily drought stressed).  I wonder if this just some typical random issue or is this some sort of a fungal disease or mineral deficiency. Both trees are growing very vigorously and the leaves look healthy. Here are some pics of the pantin and the last pic is an affected fruit:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ripening Viejo Mamey
« on: May 01, 2018, 11:37:45 AM »
Hello everyone. I have a Viejo mamey that is beginning to mature on the tree. When I lightly scratch the surface on one side of the fruit, the pulp is a orange-red color, but when I scratch the other side of the fruit, it is still green. This was a couple of days ago. How long will it take for the whole fruit to transform and be ready to pick?

Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pantin Mamey Height Reduction.
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:59:27 AM »
Hello fellow fruit tree enthusiasts. I've been thinking of cutting back my grafted pantin mamey tree. In the picture, there are two possible cutting locations that I'm thinking about in order to make the tree more bushy and more wind resistant. This tree went through Hurricane Irma at this current size (90 mph gusts) like a champ and it still has plenty of space between the tree and the power lines. I would like to eliminate the chance of having to use an extremely tall ladder to harvest the fruit when the tree finally decides to produce fruit and maybe make the tree more productive. It seems to only produce isolated clusters of flowers and a small set of baby fruit in a few areas of the tree. The tree was planted as a 7 gallon tree back in the fall of 2012 so it has been a bit more than 7 years. The tree grows like a weed and it seems to be an upright vertical grower. The number 2 mark in the picture was the height of the tree back in 2012. I will be using a product called Tree bandage to seal the wound. I would like to read some of your opinions on this matter. Here are the three options:
1.) Leave the tree alone.
2.) Cut it at the number 2 mark.
3.) Cut it at the number 1 mark.

You probably need to zoom in to clearly see the marks I made.

Hello everyone. I am posting this for my cousin who lives in Cape Coral. His property does not border a canal and it seems that he has sandy soil. He has an avocado tree and a mango tree that seems to be struggling. If anyone has any suggestions on what it could be the cause, I would greatly appreciate it. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 12/30/16 Tropicalgrower89's Small Yard Update.
« on: December 30, 2016, 04:22:04 PM »
Viejo Mamey:

Pace Mamey:

Pantin Mamey:

Fernandez Chirimoya and Thai Lessard Sugar Apple:

Unknown banana sold as manzano banana on ebay (weird combo of cavendish and manzano in flavor. Maybe a hybrid.)

Carrie Mango:

Coconut Cream Mango:

Glenn Mango:

Lemon Zest Mango:

Improved Hawaiian Sunrise Solo Papaya Trees (Pickering mango in the second photo):

Ruby Supreme 10-30 Guava:

Hasya and Tikal (largest):

Sapodilla Triangle (smallest is Alano):

Nam Doc Mai #4 Mango:

Overall Yard View:

Mysore Banana:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cuban Dwarf Red Banana Harvest and Question.
« on: August 11, 2016, 04:32:29 PM »
Hello fellow tropical fruit enthusiasts. I've just harvest my first rack of Cuban dwarf bananas today and I'm wondering, what would they look like when they are ready to eat?

Thank you,


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mixing Chelated Iron with Epsom Salt
« on: May 02, 2016, 12:32:41 PM »
Hello everyone,

I've been applying sequestrene 330  chelated iron to my mamey sapote trees and I have a bag of epsom salt which I have not been using.  Can I mix epsom salt (magnesium) with the chelated iron for future soil drenches? If I can how much?
I am using 5 gallons worth of water (5 gallon bucket) for the soil drench.

Thank you,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropicalgrower89 Yard Update 4/30/15
« on: April 30, 2015, 11:04:52 PM »
Alano Sapodilla:

Carrie Mango:

About a 3 to 4 fruits.

Coconut cream mango with fruits from two different bloom sets:

Cuban Red Dwarf Banana:

Guanbana (Soursop):

Hasya Sapodilla:

Glenn Mango and Pantin Mamey Sapote:

Newly Planted Ruby Supreme Guava:

Manzano Banana right before it was planted:

Lemon Zest Mango:

Nam Doc Mai #4 Mango:

Lemon Zest and NDM #4:

Pace Mamey with some Sir Lankan Weevil leaf damage:

Tikal Sapodilla:

Pickering Mango:

Different views of the yard:


Valencia Pride Mango:

Viejo Mamey Sapote:

Ciruela Cubana (I guess it is red mombin):

The San Fernandez Custard apple is just a twig that is barely noticeable in the pics, but the buds are beginning to break out.

Hello everyone. I've tried to grow a 10-30 ruby supreme, but it didn't grow at all and began to slowly decline until it died completely a little more than a year ago, even though I watered it well. It was constantly covered in sooty mold.  I'm really not concerned about worms since I'll be covering the small young fruits with organza bags and red yarn. Should I give ruby supreme another try or look for another cultivar?
Any cultivar suggestions would be appreciated. I want to exclude any crunchy varieties.  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / December Sweetsop :-)
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:53:06 PM »
From my three year old thai lessard seedling. It produced a couple last year, but they were left on the tree too long causing them to split.  This is a second crop that the tree produced this year.  There are still a couple left on the tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Alano Sapodilla Tasting
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:31:38 PM »
I stopped by Bender's Tropical Grove and bought a couple of mamey sapote fruits and some alano (along with OX and Tikal) sapodilla. I tasted a very ripe alano sapodilla today and it's the first time in my life that I ate a sapodilla. All I can say was "oh my God". I'm hooked now. It had a nice mamey and brown sugar flavor with a bit of a sweet flan after taste. I LOVED it!! I have to get an alano tree... The fruit was also seedless and on the small side.  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mamey Disease or Nutrition Defiency
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:55:47 PM »
It seems that I have bad luck with pace mamey trees. This tree was doing well for two years and grew very quickly. Last year it began to show slight die back on one branch and mild amounts weird leaf growth. Then I began to fertilize it and I applied a nice layer of brown mulch. It seemed to have recovered nicely. It produced a nice amount of flowers and it set a lot of fruit. Unfortunately the tree aborted all of them, but I didn't think nothing of it since the tree is only 3 years old. After the first new flush this year a swarm of cuban maybeetles devoured my tree and it was forced to push out more growth. This time the leaves are smaller, not as green and have a weird canoe shape.
 The older pace mamey showed similar symptoms before just dying back until it's death for no reason. I just gave it everything I had yesterday and hope for the best. I gave it ferriplus 138 chelated iron, a light sprinkle of epsom salt around the tree and a nice amount of lesco 8-10-10 slow release palm/tropical fertilizer which I applied evenly around the tree. I just wanted to know if it's some sort of a deficiency or disease.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ate My First Guanabana. :)
« on: May 18, 2014, 07:20:02 PM »
My mom noticed that the largest of the six guanabana fruits that are growing on my tree fell on the ground this morning dead-ripe. My dad quickly went to the back yard and picked it up. The fruit was nice and soft. My mom ate a slice of the guanabana and she loved it. The flesh has a lot of cotton like your typical guanabana and it was very creamy and juicy at the same time. In fact, it's kinda like eating genip (mamoncillo). It was very sweet, yet it also had a bit of acidity to it. Nice flavor, kinda reminiscent of passion fruit.

My mom collecting the rest of the pulp to make batido de guanabana (guanabana shake).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Well-Water Quality Test
« on: March 19, 2014, 04:10:41 PM »
Hello everyone. Is there is a nearby place where I can take a sample of my sprinkler well water to be tested? I would like to know if I'm watering my trees with poor quality water or not. My location is pembroke pines, fl 33024.

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