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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya
« on: December 01, 2023, 06:41:13 PM »
I'll most likely just leave it to its own since nobody in my family really like them. But good to know all that info about them. There one loaded with larger fruit out back i just let the animals chew em up lol. At least until I get a dehydrator. Can anyone confirm that dehydrating will actually remove the garbage can flavor? The dehydrated ones in store bought trail mix were always good and this year I'll need a good way to preserve the harvests.

You will not end up with anything like the store bought Papaya chunks if you simply slice and dry in a home dehydrator. There is a lot of sugar and dye in those things. Actually, I have never been able to produce anything at all like the store bought stuff. What I made (with no added sugar) would be best descrribed as papaya hard tack, and I started with a good papaya! If anyone has had success with this you are welcome to comment. Pineapple is exactly the opposite--the home dried blows the commercial product away with rich full candy flavor and no added sugar.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - berries for cereal
« on: November 30, 2023, 11:03:00 PM »
Downy Rose Myrtle is another good berry for 10b. Unfortunately, it was too easy to grow and got labeled as an invasive. You might be able to locate a wild stand and help reduce the invasive tendencies by harvesting the fruit.  ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - berries for cereal
« on: November 30, 2023, 10:44:45 PM »
Physalis peruviana was the first one that came to mind ("Golden Berries"). They fruit fast and are nematode resistant as a bonus. Physalis won't fruit much over the summer in my experience. Mulberries and Mysore raspberries are good options, too. Mysore is a good berry. Its main problem is that it does not have the typical raspberry taste. I think it suffers greatly from being compared to its relatives. The other problem is the huge thorns.

Actually, just about any fruit can be cubed into cereal. Bananas, dragonfruit, and mango are great. Frozen mango cubes defrosted in a bowl of cereal are a real treat and can be pulled out of the freezer year round.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Battle of the Soapberries
« on: November 27, 2023, 08:04:26 PM »
I have eaten the best Pulasan,Rambutans fresh off the tree all of the rest mentioned above even alupag off seedlings of Adolf Grimal tree at my grove.Lychee smokes them all you have a fruit with more than a thousand years of selection most will never get to try all the best selections of lychee proper.

I agree. The best lychees are the best. 8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade tolerant Mango Variety
« on: November 25, 2023, 10:08:34 PM »
This is probably not what you wanted to hear, but have you thought about planting something other than a mango there? A mango gets pretty hard to pick/prune over 12'. Pineapples would grow great in that spot and taste just as good as mangoes when they are home grown.


Apparently spell check does not know what Jackbean is and changed it to "MacLean." I didn't notice until just now. Jackbean is not a long term perennial, but it will live well over a year, fixes more nitrogen than cowpeas, does well without irrigation, and gets big enough to shade out low growing weeds weeds like Richardia (aka Florida snow).

I sort of doubt that tHD uses much or any fertilizer because the plants that they sell they are
just brokering, so that amounts to plants in and out, asap!

Form what I've seen at times it seems that they aren't even watering their plant stock regularly.

Just my 2˘ worth . . .

Paul M.

You are correct. The plants only get watered when the employees of the nursery that sells to HD come by and water them. Costa Farms does the ornamentals I believe. I don't know if they also handle the fruiting plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving !!!
« on: November 23, 2023, 09:24:07 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Looking for commercial citrus growers
« on: November 21, 2023, 10:00:57 PM »
I don't think you will find many commercial citrus growers on the forum. But, I supose its possible. Here is a link to get you started.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Vertical Mulched - Mallika
« on: November 21, 2023, 07:15:25 PM »
Is that part of the yard always in that much shade?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pitomba Planting Location
« on: November 21, 2023, 05:59:57 PM »
I have seen Pitanga (Suriname Cherry) which is closely related to Pitomab growing wild in many parts of Highlands County. I have not grown Pitomba but assume it has similar requirements--just a little more finicky from what I hear. In purely wild settings I only see Pitanga in shaded areas and along the edges of wooded areas. They will live in full shade, but fruit production is probably reduced. I would plant just under the edge where they can get good exposure to full morning sun but still have canopy directly overhead. You could try one in full sun, but it might get burnt by frost.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What's wrong with this key lime tree?
« on: November 21, 2023, 02:28:02 PM »
Other than the thrip damage, the tree looks great with no visible HLB at this time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Thai giant jujube
« on: November 20, 2023, 09:59:00 PM »
I grafted mine on a few branches of Lee and Lang early this year.  One graft is currently has green fruits. I don't know what will happen, since the rootstocks, Lee and Lang are starting dormancy.

I used to eat this in my childhood.  The fruits are big and crunchy; I mean you can hear the crispy sound when you byte.  They are of mild to medium sweetness.

Its good to know they are graft compatible from a first hand source. I don't think you will have any trouble from the rootstock going dormant. Flying Dragon is used as rootstock for evergreen citrus all the time with no issue.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Thread
« on: November 20, 2023, 09:46:01 PM »
I have a sweetheart that has been in ground in east Orange county(FL) since 2012. Its one of my original trees I planted after Bob from Green Jungle(RIP) gave me some fruit from his trees. I was hooked. My tree is about 15 feet high and about 10 wide. Never had any cold or frost issues while nearby longons, which are supposedly more cold hardy, froze. I have also never even had a flowering. Really flipping annoying for one of my most otherwise successful trees. My Texas plum at least blooms.

Sorry to hear your Sweet Heart is not reliable. What plum do you have from Texas that blooms in 9b? Maybe it just needs a pollinator?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Luu bang Jackfruit?
« on: November 19, 2023, 08:21:13 PM »
Could it have something to do with Lubang Island in the Philippines? Its the only connection I could think of.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Thread
« on: November 19, 2023, 05:56:56 PM »
John, lots of lychee trees here in central Florida are still doing fine. We were the center of commercial lychee production for 30-40 years before the major freezes of the 50s, 70s, and 80s. Many of those old Brewster trees had excellent crops this past year. So far, most of the really old trees have escaped major mite damage.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How Long Do Macadamia Nuts Remain Edible?
« on: November 19, 2023, 08:14:02 AM »
The only issue that I have ever had is the oil in the nut going rancid. You will know for sure if you taste one that has gone rancid. Actually, the only rancid ones I ever had were from the store. The home grown ones never lasted that long.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 5 Month Old Mango Trees Health Check
« on: November 19, 2023, 08:07:20 AM »
I see normal roots for a mango that size--no root rot. Root rot cases have almost none of the little feeder roots that show up in your picture and often have obvious fungal growth.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquats seedlings dying
« on: November 19, 2023, 08:03:32 AM »
Now that I see the picture, I agree that it looks like root rot. Citrus nurseries use very fast draining soil.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquats seedlings dieing
« on: November 18, 2023, 09:55:09 PM »
Maybe its a light issue. I imagine things are a bit dark in Germany this time of year, especially in doors.

I'm not sure there is much that you can do to stop it now. I've had this happen a lot when frosts burn the leaves off. The biggest problem is that there are no leaves to fill and sweeten the bananas. My advice is to thin the bunch down to just a hand or two as it blooms. That way all the energy can go into those few fruits. I ended up cooking mine that were like this green when I saw that they weren't sizing any more. They were fine for that purpose.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: November 14, 2023, 06:06:58 PM »
Anyone else getting rain? Got  rain Saturday started out late got heavier than downpour in the early Am. Today I've had a steady rain most of the day.. Reminds me of the late 80s when we had these lite steady rains all day most of the winter. I remember well. My Father had sod business. It was my job to get the trucks in and out of the field pushing with a forklift. Also has been quite windy

Do squirrels prefer acorns over mangoes???

Not sure about acorns over mangoes, but they definitely prefer macadamias over lychee.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ruby longan doesn’t fruit in California?
« on: November 14, 2023, 06:05:04 PM »
Had my first bunch this year their flavor was very good,judging ripeness was tricky they had to go from Crimson to Burgundy to be properly ripe then their size was 1.5 -1.7 inch and flavor complex tropical longan  and good sweetness.Seed was large but fruit was to so still good flesh ratio on the down side not manny fruit set per panicle.

1.5-1.7 inch fruit! I can deal with light fruit set if they get that big!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ruby longan doesn’t fruit in California?
« on: November 13, 2023, 10:08:54 PM »
If they bloom in June, there should be no issue ripening fruit in Florida.

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