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I might have a few available soon. My pineapple annona, which by many accounts is a. glabra, has a nice fruit going on it, maybe more. Not sure how many seeds per fruit these usually have, or how long till it is ripe (currently around baseball size), but if you are interested will keep you in mind and let you know. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia ID
« on: June 28, 2017, 10:34:44 AM »
Looks a lot like a garcinia in ways. The leaves also look similar to clusia. Interesting for sure

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain = Washed Out Mango Flavor?
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:22:57 PM »
Our mangoes are tasting good down this way. If they are watered down, I cannot tell. We've had a lot of rain over the last few weeks, but the drainage is good and even the dragon fruit are looking good now. Hope everyone's mangoes sweeten up!

I'm a little farther south, but am having good preliminary results with Homestead soursop and rollinia. Both were put in-ground Jan 2016 (5 - 7 gals), and are producing fruit now. Gefner atemoya is growing well, but no fruit yet. I agree, sugar apples are good, but other anonna taste better. Too many seeds in sugar apples.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Father's Day
« on: June 18, 2017, 08:15:38 PM »
Happy Father's Day everyone! Wow, that is a tasty pic.

Found a 5 - 6 lb guanabana lying on the ground today, was able to salvage about 2/3 of my first Homestead soursop. Very good, was surprised it was this good for the 1st fruit from this tree. A nice treat, just wish had picked it yesterday.

Don't spray it with anything except maybe water. Since it has recently been repotted, do not fertilize for a month or more while the roots are growing. Then hit it with something light, like worm casings. Keep it in a shaded spot with dappled might be making it worse by doing too much.

hmmm, sounds like the same guy. I've got some kind of palm trees growing around here, who knows what they are.

maybe it won't be fun to try this one out

mine is no longer in ground, dug it up and put a Kesar mango in its' place. once in a pot, it started flowering.

Mine has fruit on it now. A little bit bigger than a golf ball. Not expecting much, but will be fun to try this one out.

I grabbed a couple of Fijian Dwar/Samoan coconut trees from someone from the South Florida Palm Society who was helping with a membership drive at the USDA research center. think they were $25 each. You might want to try contacting them to see if you can have one shipped, or if they can direct you to someone who can. Pretty sure these are the real deal. Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Onion Taste?
« on: June 12, 2017, 10:15:14 AM »
maybe this is a genetic thing; some people can taste the onion flavor in Emperor lychees, and some cannot. I smell a dissertation for someone, and onions.

This could become a very interesting thread...

mimosa pudica - sensitive plant: plant that actually responds to touch by closing leaves and small twigs retracting. Most people have never seen this before, and are really intrigued.

ashitaba - tomorrow leaf: medicinal herb/vegetable

borojoa : medicinal tropical fruit

raisin tree : jujube relative that develops swollen stems that are sweet and taste something like raisins. Ended up giving this tree to a friend who lives farther north, as I believe it is better suited to a cooler, less tropical climate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mammee apple
« on: June 10, 2017, 05:14:49 PM »
Had one at the Kampong in Coconut Grove (Miami) a few years back; it was surprisingly good. Made me want to grow it.

There is so much variability in fruit, who knows. My mom says she can't stand mangoes. Who knows what bad mango experience she had in the past, she won't talk about it. But she hasn't tried a mango since. I'm convinced she really likes some mangoes and does not know it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia hand pollination video
« on: June 09, 2017, 08:31:50 PM »
That is really helpful, thank you for posting. Have only 3 fruits on my rollinia, out of over a hundred flowers. Wish I had seen your video sooner. Next time!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mammee apple
« on: June 09, 2017, 08:21:06 PM »
delicious fruit, enjoy!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 09, 2017, 05:27:23 PM »
Maybe instead of building more oil pipelines, we could work on better managing rainwater. Move that excess rainwater to where it is needed. Metric tons of freshwater have been pouring off my roof, ...just today. Wish I could share it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jujube
« on: June 09, 2017, 05:22:13 PM »
PIN and Top have "thornless" varieties, which means tiny thorns. The PIN variety is tasty, green fruit, fresh and crispy. Haven't got fruit off the Top variety yet (flowering now), but think it is supposed to be red. You can find plants and seeds of other varieties on eBay. There are online nurseries that sell named varieties, but I think most of these do better in colder areas and may need other varieties close by to set fruit. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 09, 2017, 03:42:03 PM »
another 6 inches here since my last post. And here it comes again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 07, 2017, 07:42:18 AM »
Rain gauge is up to 5 inches, since late last week.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 07, 2017, 12:06:24 AM »
It's been pretty wet down this way for over a week now, but it seems worse up towards Broward and beyond. Most of my plants seem to be loving it, but worried about ripening mangoes. Dragon fruit aren't as happy as they seemed. Good luck everyone!

Any scions available?

that was fun, thanks for the link

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mangosteen seedlings just arrived
« on: June 05, 2017, 09:15:51 PM »
Yea I think I'm going to pull them out , Doesn't look like your seeds .

Thanks for the Picture!


You are welcome. I had to eat one to take those pics for you. It was worth it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mangosteen seedlings just arrived
« on: June 05, 2017, 08:05:04 PM »
Here are some pics from today.


Mangosteen seeds

It is difficult to completely clean them, as the fruit flesh is full of fibers around the seed. The color and texture appear different than what you have.

What would you recommend grafting onto? I have lemon drop and seashore that are large enough.

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