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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can you grow Marang in Florida?
« on: June 22, 2023, 12:13:43 PM »
I see a lot of you have some years old Pedalai, Marang, Keledang etc in ground in FLORIDA! and ready to flower, but some photos will really help and motivate, not that i don't believe you!-) Sadly my Hawaiian Pedalai died at 10ft tall this past winter at about 40F. Trying a Marang now also from HI, 4 ft tall still in pot..
Breadfruit is 20ft tall and been producing, Kwai Muk also 20ft tall and fruiting now for the first time after 7 years of being in the ground, excited to try it out.

Thank you much for the update! Those are truly wild temperatures knowing this specie’s native climate range…but again those are prolly your selected X-th generation  (Survival of the fittest).

For a random question now: What size pot would I be able to keep a camu camu indefinetely, or at least for the longest time, 15Gal, 25Gal? I read they only grow 10 to 15 feet tall usually

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Cambuca (Plinia edulis) tree!
« on: June 23, 2021, 03:37:57 PM »
Pretty excited to get the first fruit on this guy, there was a second one on the tree which split but tasted relatively similar.
I've had this Cambucazeiro in mostly full sun for the past few years with of duck water from the kiddie pool next to it and also the fish pond overflow. He's in a 25 gal pot but in ground, I need to dig it out sometime when I feel amped up and check the root status. He is at least 8 years old now and standing 8 ft tall.

Happy days

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South Florida is anything fruiting now..?
« on: January 04, 2021, 02:10:25 PM »
mucho Canistels!! started with FC2 and soon Bruce

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overrated Tropical Fruits
« on: October 19, 2020, 02:03:28 PM »
This thread is on a very subjective and personal level. Its content helps with nothing other than some fruit gossip and soap opera.
Just received intel, the fruit mentioned they don't like you just as much as you don't like them!

to grow more papayas!

My chickens saw the video and mentioned they would love them some biriba!
Let us know when you have some precocious starters available.

Have some trees at same time as flushing leaf growth also flowering very heavily. But looks like most of the flowers are males.

Looks very happy though! Hopefully your other trees will produce a more balanced flower ratio.
How old are they now more or less, just guessing the pictured one is about 6ft tall?

yeah, to eat the seeds, they very good for digestion!

Flowers have started opening. Over 100 female flowers have opened and only 2 males. Hoping the headlines I have been seeing about a single donor fathering dozens can apply. I have also observed that sex can be determined by the shape before the flower opens. Males are round and females are an upside-down pear shape. I see ants on the flowers. If the wind is not blowing, I can smell the flowers. I am not a smell the flowers type of guy but it reminds me of gardenias.   

Beautiful and Educational!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Jabos For Fall Eating - Photos!
« on: October 08, 2020, 01:31:07 AM »
Looking good for Alabama!
Is it potted, do you protect it winter time?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting Abiu seeds . . .
« on: October 03, 2020, 12:28:53 PM »
<1 inch deep / Horizontally


Here is a pic of new flowers and a fruit from a prior flowering a few months ago. I think the fruit will abort as it has not really grown.

I don't love the lichens on that bark, have you tried anything or even rub it off

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is breadfruit worth growing?
« on: September 29, 2020, 04:22:25 PM »
If you got it from a local nursery, it is most likely maafala. That is the most common variety available in FL.

I wouldn't bet but I would really hope so! as Ma'afala is somewhat more compact tree,  not a 60ft giant, even though I wouldn't mind the shade over my house that is kind of close to, unless hurricane comes and then he gets a haircut.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant LauLau experience
« on: September 29, 2020, 04:15:04 PM »
Yeah, I have tried it, somewhat sour and slightly astringent. This variety was not elongated but rather oval.
Check out the video I took on it in late July. At least it is not same season as the Malay Apple which is around March here in SFL, so you don't get doule flooded with fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is breadfruit worth growing?
« on: September 29, 2020, 03:38:35 PM »
Main goal I planted mine in a somewhat protected area, 3 years ago, is for the ripe/over-ripe desert fruit which is creamy, sweet and tastes like a (bread/rice) pudding.
It is now about 15ft x 15ft and I'm hoping for a next year's crop. I will also need to learn how to prune it for fruit production.
Only thing, I wish I knew the variety..

Never tasted Mocambo, i have a few seedlings in pots, but now you made me wonder if should even bother, although I know taste is very subjective...and what's tasty for me may not be for others..
I had fresh Cupuassu on the other hand and it is pretty fantastic(for my taste buds)! Also have these seedlings and will pursue 100%.
As a reference on funky fruits I do like Durian, Araza Boi and not so much Noni :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my Abiu plant ok?
« on: September 24, 2020, 01:02:20 PM »
Check out this recent post for a Florida reference, I have my 3 seedlings in part shade (shading from each other and neighboring trees),  sand soil - no limestone, plenty chop-drop and watered Every day
This is first year I picked 4-5 fruits off of each tree.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu - what am I doing wrong ?
« on: September 14, 2020, 09:44:13 PM »
They are somewhat picky in Florida because of both soil and temperature (too low but also too high), I have broken a few seedlings to learn their habit but I've learnt to keep them shaded for the first couple of years especially afternoon shade! I have three of them in ground and still they are partially shaded from neighboring trees, also water that sandy soil quite often if not every day to keep moisture constant till they really establish, and plenty of organic matter, chop and drop and manure around the area. In full limestone i wouldn't get my hopes anywhere unless you can hammer out a giant hole and make it into a pot like.
Finally got them fruiting this year for the first time!


I doubt you completely killed the tree so quickly with the warm-hot water, he is most likely in a shock, but only time will tell ...for now you have to close your eyes and wait for the new flush of leaves in a month or two, if nothing happens for the next 3-4 months then start thinking seriously about a loss.

They both have more or less the same cold tolerance, problem is Mangosteen is 10x more picky about the soil and Humid South Florida it will not put any growth in the winter months (Dec - Mar) when it gets "dry" (50% vs 90%) and temps dip below 70F every day/night. Even Soursop is deciduous here losing most or all of its leaves in those months.

Seashore is a totally different animal than Purple in terms of requirements! We have plenty of Seashore Mangosteen trees fruiting here in SFL, yet only one individual (Bill Whitman) supposedly fruited a Purple Mangosteen tree outdoors in the entire continental USA.

I have a seashore mangosteen approaching 7 ft. (that looks shitty) and has been in the same place for the last couple years...coincidentally next to my two miracle fruit trees and my dwarf betel nut tree. I'm off work for a while so I'm going to get some serious nutrition going on for these babies.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia bark disease
« on: October 08, 2019, 01:03:20 PM »
How old were they when they died? I would have sprayed the bark with a copper solution if you believe it was a fungus rather than insects.

I flood my two rollinias every day and they look very good...12ft tall in 2 years from seed and already flowered, both being shaded by neighbor trees. Should fruit first time next year.

I had 5 rollinia's die in the wet season.....don't know why.
I've had two rollinia trees and both died from a bark problem.  There isn't a visible fungus on the surface, but rather the bark eventually erodes away to reveal a 1/8 inch deep hollowed area.  No evidence of insect activity so it's probably a fungus.  Strange that something is attacking under what looks like a healthy bark outer skin.  It seems to occur on the side of the trunk that gets the most sun, but they didn't get full sun, rather only a few hours per day.  The trees grow and fruit vigorously here.  No problems except for this disease.  Ever seen this anyone?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pedalai looks like a giant rambutan
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:53:52 PM »
I've had the chance to see those, they have a few in 45gal for $450 but they look super pitiful and not healthy at all:(  big giant cracks on the trunk and lots of dead wood, maybe one or two branches that are  better looking on a 10ft tree. Problem is they keep them out in the open and full sun to burn alive or get the chills in winter.
Meanwhile I'll be babying my couple of seedlings and grow them as ornamentals at least, not expecting any fruit really:)

I saw they have pedalai in the offer at Excalibur. Have anyone bought from them? Are they grafted?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget won't give up
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:18:15 PM »
Gold Nugget is in season now at F&S Park and I had a chance to try it. This one I had was very crunchy with giant 3 inch arils, not super sweet but nice fruity flavor...maybe one of the best I ever had (I cannot stand soft fleshed ones))!! Small Fruit about 10lbs perfect for 2-3 hungry people in one sitting. Tree was about 10ft tall and loaded with prolly 15 jack fruit all at different sizes and stages.
Still waiting for my 7 year old seedling to fruit at home, hopefully it is similar!

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