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Burn some woody trash near enough (and long enough) so the smoke wafts through the canopy but the heat made isn't too intense to scorch the leaves. My dad does this to get off season fruit- apparently a common practice in the PI. Flowers in 1-3 weeks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit trees I gave up on
« on: January 03, 2023, 08:16:18 AM »
Red or pink guavas for me. I've grown em most of whats available in FL and they are not as sweet as I'd like to be worth growing- plus I get that vomit vibes when eating it lol. I enjoy the asian white types wayyy more as they are firm when ripe and the fruit size is almost double. There is a white 'pear shaped' type that I really love but its production is sparse. Starwberry guava (Psidium cattleyanum) is where it's at. Beautiful lush ornamental tree, evergreen in my zone, with delicious bit sized fruits that are enjoyable at various stages of ripening.

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Im in 9B. The first morning of the cold it stayed at 33 degrees. The following morning it was 34. The only extensive leaf damage was my in ground  sour sop (covered with 2x blankets AND under a giant Oak tree canopy). 60 % of the leaves burned. Some covered mango tree got partial leaf burn while the non covered....no damage even the ones with new growth. 2 uncovered in ground caimitos....no damage. Even my banana trees at different locations on the property had minimal damage. Coconut....minimal scorch/ blade discoloration on the fronds.

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Old thread but information related to loquat var 'Pupello'.

I have a plant obtain from JF&E that's been in the ground maybe over 1.5 years. First time it held fruits till they ripened orange. Tasted very sweet- almost syrupy, with no acidic component. "Sweet tangerine or citrus" flavors I got with other cvs didn't come to mind when I tasted these last week. Just syrup. Fruits were on the small side though. Tree is barely 3 ft tall.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: December 11, 2022, 06:38:01 AM »
Noticed today that my Myrciaria glazioviana is flowering for the first time :D. Its in a half way filled 15gal pot, all shade, and about 2.5 ft tall. I got it from Adam 3-4 yrs ago. My Stringipes is also flowering. 1.5ft  foot tall in a 7gal pot full shade. So excited. :D.

Stringipes been flowering again. Can't believe it's over a year already. Looks like some flowers has set fruit. No care. Just shade and automated, daily, overhead watering.

Another year again. Stringipes at it again in December. Never seen it get to this stage. *fingers crossed*


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^^^ Good nursery. Bought from her a couple of  times. Very responsive on FB messenger.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your absolute favorite FL fruit tree
« on: November 08, 2022, 06:59:39 PM »
The mulberry tree.

Tice or Shangri LA. Foraging through the overhead canopy within arms reach, stuffing your mouth with hands full of fruit that are black, ripe and sweet, till you can't eat no more- but you can do it all over later in the day or again tomorrow...that's one of my best fruit eating experiences. Just hope your soil isn't pure sugar sand, void of nutrients and nematode infested.

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Keep em. They are salvageable and will bounce right back if given shade at that young stage. I have 2 in ground with irrigation, not getting any direct sunlight that were burnt to the ground from back to back days of frost this year from 3 ft tall. I thought they were dead but they bounced right back at almost 1.5 feet with wide dark green leaves.

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Plant arrived safe. Great communication and packaging :).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hog Plum Not Leafing Out
« on: August 04, 2022, 08:02:28 AM »
How much direct sunlight do they get? Give it some dilute (~ 1/10 strength) liquid fert with micros and observe for a month. I transplanted a large yellow type trunk that was severely root pruned to a new location and it took 4-5 months before it  leafed out. Is the bark still green when scraped? Potting up might induce some vigor.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nastiest mango varieties?
« on: July 26, 2022, 06:24:14 AM »
I had a fruiting 'Cushman' mango tree in Broward and I found them to be classic flavored and delicious with a 'peachy' mouth feel. The large fruit shape, no fiber and roundish size added more to novel of this mango for me though its growth habit was difficult to train. Brix was in the 19 and low 20's. I'd venture to add 'Dominican' mango as one I'll never try again. Eating it all I thought was this mango is junk (no offense).  :)

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Psidium cattleyanum. I have a 12ft tree that's into it's second week of fruit ripening right now. It did not even flinch with the back to back sub 25 degrees F my FL 9B zone in early February 2022. Everything else that was exposed was fried unless during that time it was dormant. These are so flavorful and easy to eat! One or two seeds can be big versus the bunch so be careful when chewing. But most of all the skin isn't as off putting to me like Psidium guajava. Just get a handful and pop em in your mouth like peanut M&Ms.

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In my experience with potted Jabos, they love soaking feet. Place that in a tray where the non chlorinated water can keep roots wet 24/7. Keep changing the water if mosquitos are a problem in your area. You're gonna have to keep it like that for weeks and hopefully new leaves push. In the shade! I've revived Red, Grimal and Blue jabos this way. Blue are the sloooowest to bounce back.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: only one
« on: July 14, 2022, 11:38:23 AM »
Julie :D.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Harvest Moon Mango
« on: July 13, 2022, 10:12:01 PM »
Report back on how it was :D .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: WHAT STEALS GREEN MANGOES???
« on: May 27, 2022, 05:11:46 PM »
Coons. They will tear up green mangoes. Especially young ones. Squirrels nibble in the areas where there is a hint of ripening.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry Thread.
« on: May 11, 2022, 07:21:21 AM »
"Everbearing" mulberry (or what its labelled as and most proliferant in the FL nursery trade) is probably my least favorite. I've been enjoying fruit from a "Dwarf Mulberry" I bought from Walmart for $10 some 5 years ago. The fruit really seems to come of age as the tree though they are 1/6 the size of a "Tice" or "Shangri LA" (sp?). Small fruit but very sweet (rasin/currant flavor) with branches loaded with 3-4 fruit per 2" of length. The tree remains small as well at 8ft with a weeping habit.


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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Loquat Seeds For Sale???
« on: April 21, 2022, 01:35:18 PM »
I'm interested as well.

The fruits I got from you last season were amazing and got me interested in Loquats immediately.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Loquat ???
« on: April 10, 2022, 07:41:38 PM »
I've had var. "Barbie" and var. "Turkey" with no seeds in some fruit whose size looked normal for the variety. Same with them also having smaller seeds than usual.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat varieties
« on: April 02, 2022, 12:05:04 PM »
Had an opportunity to taste some fruit from var. "Oliver". They were school bus orange ripe. Very sweet and carroty with an average brix of 19. Though fruits were on the small size, they were delicious. var. "Barbie" has continued to impress me. Juicy, citrusy, and sweet- akin to eating Trinidad "Portugals" (citrus deliciosa). The fruits are big too.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat varieties
« on: March 15, 2022, 07:40:33 AM »
Wild Flamingo Nursery in Broward (Orange Rd parallel to Griffin Rd, 1 mile west of Flamingo Rd). It's under new management, but I know they got most if not all of their trees from Hopkins Nursery.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat varieties
« on: March 14, 2022, 10:00:27 PM »
I recently got a hold of 2x 7 gal size loquat trees var. "Ray's Fav". They had fruit of them of different stages of ripe. I tasted the deep orange fleshed ones first....and oh my- delicious. First bite was very sweet with the overwhelming tone of coconut :O first followed by carrots. It was delicious. Caveat...the plants were in pots for a while with a bit of dry soil. But damn...they were delicious!

Among my young in ground trees that are holding fruit, var. "Barbie" are the first to flower and set allot of fruit in my area. Been enjoying ripe fruit of different stages the past 3 days and they are satisfying. Sweet...lemony...very juicy...the size of a med/large egg.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Winter is coming to central Florida
« on: January 26, 2022, 12:25:25 PM »
I'm in Lake Placid. Yeah....this winter sucks. 29 and 32 F expected sat / sunday. 1-2 punch KO. But its not as traumatic for me as the Frost of 2021. Bananas, papayas, sour sop, jackfruit, suriman cherries are gonna look shitty in the cold weather regardless. Young Jacks will die if exposed. If you have large oak trees on your property...start planning to plant under the canopy especially on the south and west side facing areas. Learned allot from 2021 Frost event, and so far it's paying off. Planted, so far, 12 of my fav mango cvs. there beginning in October and its looking great despite the frost/ ice we had sunday/monday. Loquats, grumichima, and barbados cherries are doing great even though they're exposed. Longans and Lychees are exposed- longans took more of a beating but both are alive. Guavas are gonna look crappy like last year after this sunday.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: November 27, 2021, 11:19:34 AM »
Noticed today that my Myrciaria glazioviana is flowering for the first time :D. Its in a half way filled 15gal pot, all shade, and about 2.5 ft tall. I got it from Adam 3-4 yrs ago. My Stringipes is also flowering. 1.5ft  foot tall in a 7gal pot full shade. So excited. :D.

Stringipes been flowering again. Can't believe it's over a year already. Looks like some flowers has set fruit. No care. Just shade and automated, daily, overhead watering.

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