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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant and Bug ID
« on: May 17, 2016, 01:36:54 PM »

Yessir, I see 5-10 of them every morning stuck in my water barrels by a light source. My cats swat/kill them too. However, I have not noticed any damage from them to any of my plants/trees over the past couple years. I've never even seen them on my plants (weevils on the other hand...). Maybe they feast on the yearly acacia or carrotwood tree in my neighbors yard when they aren't aimlessly flying into my sliding doors at night.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant and Bug ID
« on: May 17, 2016, 01:18:08 PM »
The bug is a june beetle. They're all over my cement slab/sliding glass door area at night time. They haven't been nearly as much of a pest as the Weevil at least for me

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Tree Names
« on: May 17, 2016, 10:23:53 AM »
Doesn't sound like naturelover was lying to customers or anything in bad taste. From what I'm reading, he actually did them a good service by steering them away from the Haden  ;D and towards better varieties that would work for their needs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help identifying Garcinias
« on: May 13, 2016, 02:08:24 PM »
I see a couple Imbe's for sure. Not sure about the rest

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: how long can soursop stand flooding
« on: May 12, 2016, 04:38:15 PM »
I was originally thinking bananas, but if i can get a few trees there instead that would be nice.

Didn't want put jabos and other tress with small fruits there because that part of my yard is often neglected so a lot of the fruit would drop and go to waist.

Don't think i can grow mangsteen here

Well, you can grow it. Getting it to fruit is another story. There is a backyard grower in Bokeelia, FL who has a tree that has been in the ground for years now and supposedly looks good but no luck on flowers/fruits as of yet. I have not actually seen this tree with my own eyes but Steve at Fruitscapes has.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is anyone bagging fruit
« on: May 11, 2016, 01:45:27 PM »
I've been using organza bags (can find them online or at stores, think I got mine at Michaels store). They work great. No birds messing with them, no bugs getting in them or through them. Water, air, and sun pass right through them. I've been bagging everything for two years (except mangoes and papaya which have not been attacked). My grumichama's were getting stripped by mockingbirds until I bagged em.

There are different size organza bags you can buy for different size fruits.

You could also make your own bags with other material.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia hombroniana
« on: May 11, 2016, 10:31:24 AM »
I am pretty sure it could be used as Mangosteen rootstock, but I am not an expert in that so I'm sure others could weigh in. It is one of the reasons though (among several) that I have my eye on this plant.

To be clear, does one need 2 or more plants to ensure fruit? Thanks for any replies to this.

Yes, need male and female

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia hombroniana
« on: May 10, 2016, 03:49:37 PM »
Never tasted it but have heard they are dioecious, so try to get a few.  They are also called pokok beruas, probably native to Malaysia and are said to be sour.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Ilama tree
« on: May 10, 2016, 02:22:36 PM »
Thanks cbss_davie. I had a discussion with Robert on that very topic (diversifolia vs. reticulata) regarding his using the name "Alama".

@Onur, nevermind on Robert is Here then. Good luck buddy

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: May 10, 2016, 12:40:14 PM »
Hello all!
My name is Derek and I have a growing collection of fruit trees in South FL.  I grew up down here and I enjoy growing and eating tropical and subtropical fruits and herbs/veggies. I've lurked on this forum for years and have finally decided to join the fun.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Ilama tree
« on: May 10, 2016, 09:50:17 AM »
I remember Robert (Robert is Here) told me he sold one of the nearby nurseries a boatload of Red Ilama just to mash them up for the seeds. Forgive me, I do not remember the name of the nursery. You could call and ask him who that nursery was as whoever it was should have a bunch of seedlings available eventually. Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pouteria species.
« on: May 09, 2016, 04:22:12 PM »
Did you try the p. campechiana and p. lucuma at a ripe stage? Not sure what variety of p. campechiana you had but I found another a good use for p. campechiana for those that don't like to eat it out of hand - blend some of the flesh with coconut milk, vanilla ice cream and a pinch of cinnamon. This beverage alone makes p. campechiana worth growing :).

Might want to try Pouteria viridis (green sapote)

Hey all, I'm in S. FL and am looking to buy a Mexican Mangosteen (Luc's) tree.  Anybody have for sale? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What on earth is a baobab?
« on: May 06, 2016, 01:31:46 PM »
There are a few good sized Baobab trees growing at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral, FL.  They are all healthy and quite a sight to see.

Amazing little jabo... congrats and thanks for sharing (and keep us updated)!!

 :o  Wouldn't use Glyphosate on my worst enemy.

They were genetically engineering food crops to be resistant to glyphosate, so it could be sprayed directly on the crops to control weeds without damaging the crops.

The genetic engineering = making glyphosate actually part of the plant genetics. Very, very, very bad idea.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Spring fruit updates
« on: May 05, 2016, 09:18:31 AM »
Yeah, the lychee trees (at least in my area) are kinda sketchy this year. Some look good, others not so much. Still better than a couple/few years ago. Safe to say we won't be seeing as good a season as the previous though. Canistels look good, Saps look good, mangoes could be better (previous season was great) but still will have a decent mango season.  Would love to see a photo of your lemon drop garcinia in action. All the best

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