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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Coffin Grafting Method ?
« on: September 22, 2023, 12:05:58 PM »
Yes, per my experience, that's similar in terms of how to make the cuts and remove the bark. Great find! PS I heard back from the person I did the grave-and-coffin grafts for, and two more popped. The ones we are waiting on are still green. This was my first time ever using this technique after having failed a couple times with side veneer. Very grateful for this technique.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Rare Fruit Books For Sale
« on: September 21, 2023, 06:53:57 AM »
Pm sent for Tropical Forests and Their Crops

Agreed, Galatians522! I picked this one yesterday:

And noticed this one getting started:

I planted some seeds from a seeded watermelon I got from Walmart and just put a couple seedlings out. There's new growth on them, so we'll see how long they last.

Not the sweetest melon, perhaps owing to lack of rain and fertilizer (?). Still nice to have something from the garden.

Had to share with the girls.

Just picked another one I discovered while mowing the lawn the other day. Hopefully got it at the right stage.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: American persimmon
« on: September 14, 2023, 06:24:35 PM »
Hi, Mike, are you selling the fruit or seeds?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New mulberry graft fruiting -- remove fruit?
« on: September 06, 2023, 09:39:40 AM »
Thanks! Should I remove the fruit now or wait till they mature a little more?

Very happy with how well the grafting has gone!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New mulberry graft fruiting -- remove fruit?
« on: September 05, 2023, 08:00:00 PM »
Was fortunate enough to score mulberry scions from Kaz (sc4001992). Some of the grafts are already beginning to push, including Red Himalayan and this Black Pakistan:

As this is a new graft, I'm guessing I shouldn't let it hold these fruit? When should the fruit be removed? And when is it safe to let it hold fruit? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seedlings Bael and Wampeeeee
« on: September 05, 2023, 06:39:10 PM »
umass2006, I do not know. I've had Bael fruit from Fruit & Spice Park and liked it, and the description of the tree's heat, cold, and drought tolerance makes it seem good for my location. Got seeds from tradewinds and have a couple planted out in the yard, so would like to sell the extras. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Seedlings Bael and Wampeeeee
« on: September 05, 2023, 06:11:18 PM »
Have a couple 1gal pots with multiple Bael seedlings in each.

Also have some Wampi seedlings.

$5 for a pot o' Bael
$2 a Wampi

Local pickup in Punta Gorda or Bonita Springs. I don't ship plants

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Coffin Grafting Method ?
« on: September 05, 2023, 04:43:17 PM »
If it helps, the point of contact was not green (which is not deep enough). The point of contact in the "grave" was cream colored. It was nuts how perfect it was. So nice and smooth, like buttah.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Coffin Grafting Method ?
« on: September 05, 2023, 04:40:31 PM »
Dang it, I don't know the exact depth. Just pressed in with my grafting knife till it felt "right", if that makes sense. I just referenced sapote's images when attempting this. If a video gets made, however, you should make it, owing to your excellence in video production!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Coffin Grafting Method ?
« on: September 05, 2023, 04:14:47 PM »
Hi, edzone9, I've only tried this once recently, but was successful. Your cut scion looks good, but the cut in the rootstock doesn't look right. The vertical and horizontal lines should be more straight, and the ultimate grave should be deeper. Hopefully others chime in, but those are my observations. Good luck and keep us posted!

Thank you, sapote, for this technique!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: "Stopper" (Eugenia) species taste
« on: September 03, 2023, 04:50:46 PM »
Here is one of the fruiting Simpson's Stoppers in my yard:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: natal plum first tasting
« on: September 03, 2023, 04:16:05 PM »

Finally getting a large crop off of one of my seedling Natal Plums. Seeds were from tradewinds years ago. Other, smaller bushes are starting to fruit, as well. Fruit is good, as described above (though I'm thinking more of a tart cherry as opposed to cranberry). No visible latex, but taste finishes with a slight astringency. If it didn't have that astringency, the fruit would obviously be so much better.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: "Stopper" (Eugenia) species taste
« on: September 03, 2023, 04:03:35 PM »
Tried some Simpson's Stopper fruits for the second time in my yard. They have a tarragon taste to them. There's an aftertaste that's not pleasant but doesn't last long. The birds are getting the ripest fruits.

Still waiting to taste the White Stopper fruit. Hopefully soon

Thank you! Will update when we cut into it :)

Galatians522, does this one look ready? The sun may have washed out the belly pic, but it's not so yellow. Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: For Sale: Mulberry- CLOSED
« on: August 25, 2023, 05:00:43 PM »
Scions received, THANK YOU, Kaz!

Thanks again, 1rainman and Galatians522. Very frustrating.


Well, that didn't work.

Hmmmm . . .

I'm guessing drought then a lot of rain caused it to blow up like a balloon? Or did I leave it on too long?

It was full of air and the rind collapsed like a deflated kickball.

At least there's one more still on the vine.

Kaz, can the Australian Green and White Pakistan be grafted to Thai Dwarf and/or Dwarf Everbearing? Thanks!

Thank you, brian and Jaboticaba45!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Iguanas
« on: August 17, 2023, 06:58:02 PM »
As a huge herptile fan, I appreciate achetadomestica's advice to plant alternatives for them to eat. I've read that they'll eat papaya leaves and I'm guessing papayas too, but for all the iguanas I've seen at my girlfriend's place in Bonita Springs, they haven't done any damage to her papaya plants or fruits?

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