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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sudden lychee death ?
« on: August 23, 2022, 05:40:24 PM »
I had a 20 year old lychee just dry up and die within a week.

It produced emperor fruits every other year. Seemed ok other than getting shaded out by other trees.
Other lychee nearby look ok. Never watered, never fertilized. We were in a hot and dry spell this summer then two weekends ago got 7 inches of rain. Iím not too disappointed as got a lot of fruit trees. Any ideas? 

I just noticed one of my bush has about 300 near-ripe Miracle fruit. 

A bumper crop.  I eat them one-by-one when I can but what to do with the hundreds of others?

Just looking for tricks-of-the-trade when you have too many fruit.  I've been growing miracle fruit for about 20 years but never know what to do with excess fruit.  They volunteer around the house in a couple years later I discover 100's of fruit on a new bush.  Pretty bush with the red berries.

But, what to do with all the fruit?   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Peanut Butter Fruit
« on: September 24, 2021, 12:39:29 PM »
I've had this in the ground for two years and just ate the first two fruits. I like it.  It does have a hint of peanut butter flavor. 

I read it's a tropical.  I hope I can successfully grow this further North up here in the frozen tundra (joking of course) of East Central Florida.

Peanut Butter Fruit w/avocado Toast.  Limited time only!   

Florida court says state should pay in citrus fight
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 15, 2019, 09:40:06 PM »
I've been growing mango and multi variety for a long time.  I just recently tasted some tebow mango and have to say that is probably the best tasting mango I have ever had.  I understand the 'young' variety was renamed tebow.  But, regardless it is a very sweet and fiberless mango that is a very pretty fruit when ripe.  The tree is slow growing and stays within bounds.     

I did a forum search and didn't want to bump up older threads.  Just wanted to mention late July 2017, my Diamond River has just started flowering.   Strange time I think, but this variety seems strange. In previous forum discussions some people don't like this variety and dismiss it.  However, they concede that it does produces fruit when others don't. NOt trying to rub it in but inform there is a spot for this variety if you got space and want a consistent producer.   The past month has seen a two week and very hot drought, then flooding rains for the past week (about 3 inches a day in severe thunderstorms)  And, it has been Super warm 90F+ every day.   

None of my other longan (kohala, biew Kiew, Sri champoo) even flowered this year.  But, keeping an eye on them if they respond to the summer weather also.   

Hoping to score some late season longan this year!    In previous years my diamond river has produced early, mid, and late. sometimes 2nd crops.  Strange tree.  It is in full sun, never hand watered or fertilized.   Been in the ground about ten years.  about 15 feet tall.    It has a pretty weeping habit.   My Kohala and Sri Champoo tower over the diamond river and are going to get hat racked soon as they are too tall. 

Blabbing Below:
Also to report on my other tropical fruit trees.  I had tons of Glenn mango.  About 300 fruit on my tree.  Season is over. Early fruit quality was washed out however later on they improved and tasted like canned syrupy peach.    Rosigolds, pickering, also produced a lot.  Rosigold was really tasty this year.  this same rosigold gave me fruit in Dec/Jan also but only a few fruit.   Had my first Pitomba.  bought a bush in April, planted it, and it fruited.  Tasty fruit, glad I got one. Kinda like loquat/apricot flavor.    My Jaboticaba flowered and fruited 5 times since January this year. Tons of fruit this year.  It has been a wet year (with periods of drought) but I hand water my jaboticaba with rain water only and they are close to the house and I never let them dry out.  What a rewarding tree.  Takes forever to get to fruiting age but they are ornamental trees to by the time.   I'm thinking since last year's Hurricane Matthew tilted all my larger Jaboticaba  that it may have stressed the trees into heavy flowering.  My Jaboticaba are over 20 years old and have fruited the past ten years or so.   Lychee: My tall Mauritius produced about 200 pounds of fruit.  The other variety didn't even flower this year.  However, they are in partial shade and the mauritius in full sun and about 30 feet tall.  sorry for the blabbing, I can type fast (sometimes faster than I can think).   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jak fruit? Brevard Rare Fruit Tree Sale
« on: April 18, 2017, 10:31:55 AM »
I'm looking to add a Jak Fruit.   They do grow this far North.  A couple friend's trees are loaded right now with fruit.   What is best variety to grow?   Dwarf (if possible)?  Small fruit (if possible). Also, do they fruit in partial shade?  I'm limited on my full sun spots and must compete with everything else. 

The Member Sale of the Brevard Rare Fruit annual tree sale is Friday.  So, whatever variety the vendor Pine Island Nursery (PIN) brings are my options.   PIN website has been down for a long time. Thus, don't know the variety but will be attending the meeting on Thursday for the list.

Thanks in advance.

Citrus General Discussion / Ate my first tangerine of the season.
« on: November 22, 2016, 11:21:53 AM »
Yeah, for citrus season starting up. (at least for me in C.Florida).

Ate my first Dancy this morning.  Although still a little early it was sweet. Also, since early the seeds weren't fully developed and were edible.  no bitterness to the seeds.   

We have had two cold fronts move through Central Florida the past two weeks and I think that has helped early ripening of my dancy.  Love this time of year in Florida!   


I was in Austin, Texas this past weekend (SXSW) and visited Whole Foods.  Saw those three tangerines that I had to try.  Signs said they were all from California.   

Ruby Tango: Red Flesh, easy peeling, no seeds.  Taste was really sweet. Almost too sweet. But, really good. Interesting variety.  4 dollars a pound=expensive....
Gold Nugget: Very easy peeling, taste was really great. I would say the best out of the three.  Seedless.
Honey: had seeds, easy to peel. Great taste. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this jak ripe and ready to pick?
« on: July 11, 2015, 09:17:15 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grape for Florida Tari's Burgundy
« on: April 07, 2015, 10:12:55 AM »
I've tried a few different variety and they all seem to croak eventually. However the Tari's Burgundy has survived and flourishing. I got around 5 pounds of fruit last summer and my vine has developing fruit now. It taste pretty good.  Anyone have any tips on growing grape?  How do I propagate this one?  Lots of info out there of course but my neighbors want this variety.  How do I propagate Tari's burgandy? Thnx

AP 12:35 p.m. EST February 9, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to spend $30 million fighting citrus greening, the disease that has decimated Florida's most famous fruit crops.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that the funding will be split between long-term research and shorter-term measures.

Vilsak says $23 million will fund research on lasting solutions at four universities. Those schools are the University of Florida; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Riverside; and Kansas State University.

Another $7 million will fund specific projects. One project lowers pH levels in irrigation water and soil to strengthen root systems in citrus trees.

Another project tests rootstock that has been shown to tolerate the disease.

The disease has caused Florida orange production to drop by more than half in the past decade.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Emperor lychee are green but ripe
« on: July 04, 2014, 09:59:47 AM »

My emperors remained green this year but they taste really good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Spider web completly covers lychee trunk
« on: June 03, 2014, 03:06:03 PM »
Any idea what insect does this? And is it good or bad?

Event offers more than 3,000 different trees for sale

There is no guarantee that growing your own fruit trees will make you live longer and healthier, but consider Norman "Toppy" Feil, who at 89 years of age is still nimble enough to spend his days tending to the 18 acres of fruit trees he owns in North Merritt Island.

"They keep me busy," says Feil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Florida Gopher Tortoise eating a mango video
« on: August 03, 2013, 07:29:02 AM »
This Gopher Tortoise is wild and just walks up and starts eating a falling mango. Neither the dogs or cats pay much mind.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this a fruit tree?
« on: June 01, 2013, 08:11:30 AM »
Friend bought a property and I came over to ID the trees.  I first thought this was citrus, then black sapote, then annona, then I saw the fruit and I backed off and said IDK.

Any help? thanks.

BTFC Meeting (Matt Snow)
7.00pm to 9.30pm Wed Mar 27th

Matthew (Matt) Snow is the President of the Miami Rare Fruit Council International. He will give a Lecture about "Growing and Fruiting Longan's"

more info:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sweet Cliff lychee
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:05:17 AM »
Currently eating some lychee for breakfast.  Yummy!

Article in local rag:

Outdoor Spaces: Tropical fruit trees reward labors
Club coaches how to reap flavorful bounty

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ...Rat Bastards...
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:40:56 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Guavaberry or Rumberry
« on: May 25, 2012, 11:16:52 AM »
Google on one of those names to get the scientific name or more info.  Anyone growing this tree?  I have a couple in the yard but have never had the fruit.  Is it worth it? 

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