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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Pulasan Season Just Started
« on: May 04, 2018, 01:14:13 PM »
Among my favourite fruits. For me pulasan taste better than rambutan...

I think the only people that prefer rambutan are the ones that havenít had a good pulasan.

Enjoy the photo...cheers

It's a Bombay mango. Height is about 6.5 feet from the ground. If pugging is recommended, about what height?

Since it's a Bombay, I would pug it about 3 ft tall then top work it with a good variety.


Iíve tried this a few times. I either donít have the timing right or just donít like them this way. Reminded me of the texture of ice cream beans and the taste wasnít impressive either.

Landscaping companies or locally owned nurseries (if you can actually find one anymore) have always worked for me. The one near me charges $1 a pot and has stacks and stacks of them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cold protection tropicals
« on: January 07, 2018, 09:27:09 PM »
I use tarps with a space heater under it. Worked well for my 15ft lychee tree last week. The tips of the branches that are in contact with the tarp still get damaged but no real significant damage to the tree as a a whole.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Winter weather far so good
« on: December 28, 2017, 12:21:02 PM »
Looking good for me so far up in Ocala. Lychees are popping bloom spikes all over. Hopefully Iíll dodge a hard freeze this year since they are way to big to try to cover at this point. Only bad thing about this year is the Sri Lankan weevils have made it up here  so my lychees that have always looked flawless now have the ugly chewed up leaves.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya prices skyrocketing
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:16:55 PM »
I wish I could get some at any price down here in FL

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafted Durian Cultivars in Florida
« on: November 19, 2017, 02:35:29 PM »
Youíre not going to find any named varieties in Fl. In Puerto Rico there are grafted trees but finding out which variety they are is pretty impossible. Especially after the hurricane, who knows how many even still exist. Budwood from Hawaii is pretty much a waste of time and money. By the time it arrives to Florida it is trash even with express mail.

I bought a named variety from Frankieís in Hawaii a couple years ago. Paid an insane price and it was sickly and almost dead on arrival. Died within a couple weeks. I have a nice healthy grafted tree from PR but it is not a named variety and still very small. Hawaii is basically the only source in the US for a true named variety.Best bet would be to find a forum member in Hawaii and pay them to buy one and ship it. The other issue though is finding them grown in a medium that can be shipped without being bare rooted. Frankieís actually shipped in the pot but the tree was crap.  2 days in the mail bare root and your tree that cost a few hundred dollars only has a small chance of recovering. I have bare rooted a couple that survived but that was only when immediately repotting them.

Good luck. If you do manage to find a source Iíd be interested in splitting shipping cost with you to grab another grafted one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Any one growing Reed avocado in FL.
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:29:30 PM »
I just recently grabbed a small tree and grafted onto one of my established Mexican trees. Seems like most grafts took. Curious what the flavor is like in Fl. Iím assuming they either donít grow well here or the fruit doesnít taste good in FL or they would be widely planted here. Anyone have a Reed in Florida that is producing fruit?

Just ordered my first box for the 2017 season.


Thanks for the heads up. Just order mine too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit marcotting air layering
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:04:23 PM »
If you are unfamiliar with grafting I would just do an approach graft. Pretty tough to mess up.

These people need food and water. That should have happened already. Of course electricity is going to take months in some areas but the basic necessities should be able to be there already. American citizens should not be dying because they don't have water a week after a disaster. There is a medical ship in port in VA right now that should be heading to the island. Instead all we hear about in the news is whether or not football players are standing during the national anthem.

Please pm prices if you can help. Thanks.

I don't understand why it is taking so long to get food and water down there. I also don't understand why medical ships aren't headed there. More people will die in the conditions on that island right now then died in the initial storm. Just a sad situation

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cat 5 Hurricane Maria
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:24:07 AM »
Have to wonder if a point will come when some of these islands will become uninhabitable.

Assuming it pushes above the graft, I'd just train one new shoot as the central leader. Same as if it was a new graft.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:23:43 PM »
I saw the guys who take care of my trees today and they told me about a field in Homestead at least 10 miles from the ocean that was loaded with all kinds of fish from the ocean including large grouper that were sucked up by the hurricane and tossed inland.

I think they were screwing with you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:14:39 PM »
Still no power here. One tree at the end of the block is being held up by the power line. My street is the only one in the neighborhood without power. Power company basically said it is only affecting 14 homes so fuck off. We are at the end of the list to get fixed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 11, 2017, 02:22:49 AM »
Lost power at 2:00am. The suck begins

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:29:19 PM »
Lastest model looks pretty much to be the worst case scenario for S FL. Good luck everyone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 06, 2017, 11:51:58 AM »
I am suddenly seeing quite a few tracks from various weather local agencies saying the storm track will be taking a massive right turn. Will likely still impact Miami but will be jumping out into the Atlantic and pulling a Mathew and either hugging the east coast up to GA and the Carolinas(one has it hitting the GA/SC border and heading into Tennessee) or curling out into the Atlantic.

That's what I alway expected. Of course I still spent $200 getting my generator going that I haven't touched since 2004 and buying enough gas to run it for 3-4 days but hopefully none of it will be needed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rambutan vs. Pulisan
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:11:55 PM »
I imagine it would bar pretty easy to take material from Malaysia to Thailand.  I wonder if pulusan can graft to rambutan...
No, pulasan is not compatible with rambutan. But pulasan can be grafted onto bulala (Nephelium phillipensis) which is a lot more vigorous and hardier than pulasan.

Will you have bulala seed in stock any time soon? I have two grafted and 2 airlayered pulasan and want to try grafting some more but my pulasan seedlings grow painfully slow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu fruits for first time
« on: August 11, 2017, 10:22:35 AM »
The only thing I don't like about the achachairu is the aborted seeds that most have in addition to the large viable seed. I'm fine with the one big seed but most that I have tried also have two smaller aborted seeds that makes it harder to eat the fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu fruits for first time
« on: August 08, 2017, 12:42:20 AM »
Thanks for the report Oscar, your fruits look huge. Hopefully someone in SoCal can fruit this here so I can try the fruit, hint hint to anyone growing this in the neighborhood! I've read so much and seen some of the Aussie commercials so I hope I'm pleasantly surprised with the taste of this fruit when my tree finally fruits.

Oscar, on a scale of 1-10, with Purple Mangosteen being about an 8, how sweet would you say a fully ripe Achachairu is? Thanks,


Really, the taste of mangosteen and achachairu is so different they can't be compared. Achachairu have a very unique  flavor that is different from every other garcinia I have tried. From people I have let  try fruit that I brought back from Puerto Rico over the years, mangosteen is more universally liked and achachairu usually has a few people that don't like them. I like them about as much as mangosteen but I prefer madrono to achachairu. I also just got to try magnifolia a couple weeks ago and they are definitely a few notches below the others (assuming the fruit I tried was at its peak).

Need a few seedlings for use as rootstock. Please pm if you can help.

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