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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rare pineapples
« on: March 31, 2017, 03:13:56 PM »
funny, just picked up white jade, fl special, and sugar loaf the other day from an eBay vendor. 2 little plants of each. looking forward to growing these, but am also interested in other good varieties. will be following along

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Uses for Starfruit and Sapodilla
« on: March 27, 2017, 12:24:48 PM »
My friend makes huge batches of carambola chutney. Trying to get some!

even if it is viable, it may have been epigenetically effected in some negative way so as to pass on the early dropping trait. Why not grow a mango tree from a healthy, fully developed, and tasty fruit? Then again, maybe you got a Wayne Gretzky super fruit on your hands, never know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atemoya Pollinator
« on: March 24, 2017, 09:51:15 AM »
I think any critter that travels in and out of flowers has the potential to be a pollinator. That might not be all it is though.

I would repot it. Fat, but not much else too it yet. The roots have probably been developing, and it will likely respond well to repotting. If that doesn't work, cut away.

Growing the Florida everbearing (either from PIN or Top), and it has been great thus far. In ground over a year now, constantly fruiting. Fruits are sour until they turn totally black; then they are almost entirely sweet. Like awesome blackberries without large seed hulls to chew through.

Just cut it all down to about 6 feet, and it started flowering more aggressively. Seems like you could chop it down small every year, keep it manageable, and reap delicious berries. Not planning on letting it get big.

Have been told by someone with several varieties that the best flavor is from the Illinois everbearing. Unfortunately, after I gave away all my extra cuttings, then mine bit the dust.

Robert Is Here in Florida City, a little south of Miami, tends to have nice tropical fruit from local farmers. Pine Island Nursery sells fruit trees and sometimes fruit, best to call ahead. There are lots of fruit stands down in the Redlands and Homestead area, just gotta ride around and get lucky. The Pinecrest Gardens farmer's market on Sundays (9 - 2) usually has some pretty good stuff too. Might be worth driving up north a little, Mike at Treesnmore has some really nice plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Borojo seed germination
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:07:57 AM »
I grabbed 3 little borojoa trees off Ebay. They are doing well, new growth and adjusted well to repotting. Seems to be a slow grower, so starting from seed is probably going to take a while even if you can germinate. Seeds probably need to be fresh.

that pic is hilarious. looked photoshopped at first

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Suggestions for container fruits
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:39:51 AM »
Miracle fruit, Ponderosa lemon tree, and piper nigrum vine are jamming in containers, producing nicely over and over. Also have a Sabara jabo that is growing very well and beautiful in a container, but has not yet flowered. Araza tree seems much happier in a container than it was in-ground. Oh, and my noni fruit tree is in a container, with a tap root going down through a hole and into the ground. Tree fruits like crazy.

Any other ideas? I've called Romney Farms several times, never an answer. Emailed them and my email was returned. Need new leads.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 500+ Mango Varieties - Open house 2/25/2017
« on: February 21, 2017, 12:20:09 PM »
Go and make a contact. Maybe they will arrange a private tour for you during mango season ;)

Everywhere! Serenoa repens Might not be the tastiest though :P

Saw palmetto, eh? Sounds like it will bring me as much happiness as my noni tree has. The wonderful aroma and flavor of rotten cheese

I reccomend you butia eriosphata. I love thst friit. I don t have no seed, no seedlings, no tree. It grows in Rio de Janeiro

do you have b. eriosphata? looks interesting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 500+ Mango Varieties - Open house 2/25/2017
« on: February 20, 2017, 09:06:02 PM »
If it is the same thing I went to a year or so ago, then it is a little open house of sorts. A few vendors were selling various edible plants, orchids, ornamentals, and some other rare plants. Little bit of food. They were offering tours around the facility, not just the mango trees.

Thanks Brad. Time for another trip down to Homestead.

Hello All. I'm looking for acai and dwarf coconut trees. Any leads in the South Florida/Miami area? Willing to order with shipping if any knows of good sellers elsewhere. Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Biriba Stripping Advice
« on: February 18, 2017, 04:34:25 PM »
Mine recently dropped all of its leaves, and now is covered in new growth and flowers.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling fruit Trees
« on: February 17, 2017, 03:38:02 PM »
Big "THANK YOU!" to Mike of TreesNMore. Wow, really love the new trees he helped me out with. Beautiful Coconut Cream mango (large 3 gal), 2 Kesar mangos, Abiu, Garcinia Hombriana, Garcinia Intermedia, Luc's Garcinia, and a nice miracle fruit. Healthy plants and excellent deal. Easy communication, lots of information, and top notch customer service. Much gratitude!

Coconut Cream

Kesar Mango Trees

Garcinia Hombriana/ Seashore Mangosteen

Garcinia Intermedia/ Lemon Drop Mangosteen


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:50:54 PM »
Glenn mango has 2nd round of flowers busting out now. Already has egg sized fruit from earlier flowers.

Rollina/biriba is covered in flowers. Dropped all leaves, and now every branch is covered in new growth and most are starting to show small flowers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango festival question
« on: February 15, 2017, 11:39:41 AM »
25th Annual Fairchild Mango Fest Sat July 1 and Sun the 2nd, 2017

It's worth going, even if it isn't what it used to be. Fairchild is nice on a bad day. They do sell trees from the Fairchild farm, and they've offered local mangoes every year I've gone. Missed it last year, but would surprised if there are no local and Fairchild grown mangoes.

Willing to travel north for more mango festivities as well!

Fruit and Spice Park hosts Mango Mania and Redlands Summer Fruit Festival on June 10. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Olosapo
« on: February 14, 2017, 10:46:17 AM »
check out user "wonderfruit" as he has posted them for sale in the past. I have bought a few saplings from him recently. generous and good shipper.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Theory on Avocados
« on: February 12, 2017, 05:10:26 PM »
Here is mine after 1 year in the ground. Was one foot+ when planted.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Theory on Avocados
« on: February 12, 2017, 11:05:52 AM »
Picked up an Oro Negro from PIN about a year-and-a-half ago. They were out of 3 gal, and I talked them into selling me a 1 gallon. Has worked out great. Since it has been in the ground, has grown to about 5.5 feet in 1 year. Bet it would have outgrown most 3 gallons planted at the same time.

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