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Tropical Fruit Discussion / First cacao fruit
« on: July 29, 2023, 09:36:02 AM »
Seems the bugs did their job and pollinated this one. Woohoo

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 28, 2023, 10:03:05 PM »
Reason I ask is I'm going to make a trailer for a 50 or so gallon tank I can tow behind the lawnmower and use to do soil drenches of liquid fertilizer. I was thinking a gallon/tree would be ok for now. After testing the 15gallon spray trailer im sure this will save me time and effort. I was contemplating getting the 4 gal battery powered backpack sprayer and it was the same price (100$) as a 15gal tank with pump and 15' sprayer hose and wand so I went with the larger. Had an extra car battery to run the pump so I got a battery box from wallmart for 12$. The 4gal sprayer isnt large enough for my property without filling it several times and backpacking it around in the dark. Here's the spray trailer, worked super good! Added a hole in the lid, a small section of garden hose, pre-filter, and a quick connect so I don't have to stand holding the hose.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Fruit tree sale
« on: July 20, 2023, 07:38:39 AM »
I have some fruit trees for sale if anyone is interested. Here is the list. No shipping, sorry. If you would like to trade we might be able to work something out. Thank you!
Grumichama 5gal pots-4qty-60$ech
Rainforest plum 3gal-6qty-30$ech or all for $160
Malabar chestnut 5gal-5qty-25$ech or all for 100$
Star apple 3gal-1qty/5gal-1qty 25$ech
Eugenia myrcianthes 1gal-2qty- 25$ech
Big chanar tree 1gal-8qty-25$ech or all for $175
Sweet heart lychee 15gal-1qty-$150
Soursop 45gal-1qty-150$
Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Grumichama-4' (ready for larger pot)

Rainforest plum (not sure why they call it a plum)

Eugenia myrcianthes (comes with weeds in pot)

Star apple (stunning foliage)

Big chanar tree (gorgeous peeling bark)

Sweetheart lychee & behind is Soursop (yumyum)

Malabar chestnut (aka money tree )

 I'll have the add up for a month and then I'm just going to plant whatever is left in the ground or give to my neighbors.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Earliest fruiting sugar apple seedling
« on: July 18, 2023, 04:17:37 PM »
This was a 1/20 tree I had ordered the seeds in August of 2021. It did flower at about a foot tall last year so I kept it separated and a few others. 1 other is flowering but not setting fruit. I've not tried hand pollination either, shocked it's holding 2 fruit. Just more waiting and observing until judgment day comes.

So we started growing this from a fruit bought at publix about 1.5 years ago. Was pampered in the greenhouse for the several months through winter and became a bit much without a trellis. This one I just let go wild and climb the tree. Definitely the most vigorous of all the seedlings I planted.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Choc anon flowering
« on: June 24, 2023, 06:36:38 PM »
Seems like it was labeled properly from the nursery since its flowering so much later than any other tree I have. I'm doubtful it will hold fruit since it's only pushing 5'. Still an exciting sight to see.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Smallest pot size for fruiting Pitaya
« on: June 17, 2023, 08:51:21 PM »
I have a buddy that's super excited to start growing these on his patio but has limited space. I assume a 10gal pot would work for 1 cutting and make the trellis 4' instead of 5'6". Has anyone grown them in this small of a pot and gotten some fruit? Thanks for sharing your experience.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / No-climb rat 🐀 grow platforms
« on: May 30, 2023, 07:30:33 AM »
Good morning all. I made some of these racks to keep the rats from eating the emerging seedling. They work great! I'm just to the point where I'm done collecting the seeds and moving onto larger pots. I'm not looking to profit off them and willing to trade for some cool plant(s). I have 3 available now and 1 in use for the next year. They are made for tree pots and 3.5" pot grow trays. Thanks for looking. Have a nice day!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bait fish for fertilizer
« on: May 21, 2023, 01:36:04 PM »
So while I was doing some fishing this morning I wondered if cast netting a bunch of small bait fish, rinsing the salts off them and then burying them about 1' under the soil would be a good idea or a bad idea. Only the trees in-ground. Anyone done this before?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Watering for flowering Pitaya
« on: May 06, 2023, 07:39:45 PM »
Just wondering what the water requirements are for flowering dragonfruit to set fruit? I have them on a drip line controlled by a manual valve. Typically 2 days a week is what I do, leaving it on for several hours after forgetting then turning it off. I will be adding a controller and some solenoids for the different zones soon. Thanks for any tips anyone has.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Inga flowering already
« on: March 14, 2023, 07:06:08 AM »
Good morning! So this tree is from a batch of seeds I ordered 2.5 years ago from fruit lovers. The tree is fairly small, only 1" diameter trunk x 6'height x 6' wide. It really surprised me seeing these on there as I have an inga about 3x the size and 3.5 yrs old that hasn't flowered yet and numerous others that havnt flowered.  If it holds any fruit in the years to come and they taste good I'll grow the seeds and graft it to them and offer them here for others to enjoy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Plant purchasing mistakes
« on: January 29, 2023, 10:45:34 AM »
First off there have only been great people offering products and everything on the forum has been amazing and consistently easy/friendly. Ebay has been good to me, not 1 bad experience over years and years. But there really is a bad egg out there and it stinks of bad ethics. Let me introduce to you my worst purchase ever. (Let me know if I'm wrong, that plant doesn't have the opposit leaf growth as a maprang should have)
 Persea Americana Puerto Rico-etsy
Sells mango trees labeled as "gandaria" mango.
The definition of gandaria is a bouea macrophylla. I tried using translate from Spanish but it kept telling me the bouea macrophylla was gandaria. I tried giving the benefit of the doubt but now the small price for me will hopefully make everyone aware of the scam. The seller responds to my accusation of the plant not being a "gandaria" by saying "what did you expect, its a small mango"'s not very funny but for f-s sake I expected a gandaria lol not a small mango. Grrrrrrr, this shop has to be the most despicable place to purchase a plant. That was my rookie mistake about 8 months ago.
Got any plant purchasing mistakes?? Go ahead and spill the beans........
Have a great day everyone and don't make these mistakes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Campechiana sapodilla
« on: October 25, 2022, 04:30:16 PM »
Was doing a delivery this morning up in ft myers and stopped by echo. Always a pleasure going there. I got this sapodilla that I can't find any info on. Says sapodilla campechiana and was the last one. The graft looks real nice.
Anyone have any experience with this variety that could give any info of the fruit. Thanks in advance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Multi rootstock grafting
« on: September 13, 2022, 06:35:24 AM »
Good morning all, I am wondering if anyone has made a multi rootstock tree they could share some of the experience. Observed it growing much quicker? Do the  differing genetics in the rootstock help with nutrient uptake? I have lots of seedlings I've been collecting of mango, longan, sapodilla, garcinias, eugenias, and loquats for some experimenting.
If anyone has a picture of a mature multigrafted rootstock tree I'd really appreciate seeing its splendor. I suppose if nobody does I will keep a log and some pictures when the time comes to share the experience amongst the community. Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for prickly pear pads
« on: July 27, 2022, 09:33:26 AM »
I am looking for some good tasting and nice size fruit producing tuna fruit cactus pads. Please send me a message with offers for trade locally or purchase through mail. Thanks all!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help I.D. garcinia seedling
« on: June 24, 2022, 03:46:11 PM »
I got seeds for garcinia intermedia a while back and it's definitely not intermedia. Thanks fellas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Solanum glaucescens (cuatomate)
« on: June 21, 2022, 05:11:21 PM »
Is cuatomate self pollinating? I have a couple plants that get loaded with flowers but never any fruit. They are going on their 2nd summer now. There's a picture of the one that stole my hat.

I planted these about a year ago and the Vietnamese white has some flower buds forming. Is there a way to tell when the flower will open so I don't miss my chance to pollinate the open flower? I see some ants on there and going to do a spray of neem oil, soap and seaweed extract to help fight any aphids plus give some nutrients. Thanks for any tips to help increase chances of fruit set and plant health.

Hi all, I have some Abiu trees I'd like to trade for other fruit trees in the Naples/Collier area. Send a PM if interested. Sorry but not interested in doing any shipping of plants. I'd rather not take a risk in them getting damaged or arriving in rough shape. Thanks for looking!

I have a small lancitilla mango tree not producing yet. My buddy says his tree gets splitting every year from the heavy rains and seems it's common with this mango. I'm wondering if anyone has tried tarpping the ground around the tree to try to block the water from soaking the root system or tried any other measures to get around this problem. Worst case I just top work the tree into another variety. Thanks fellas!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting onto large mango tree.
« on: December 01, 2021, 07:48:05 PM »
I've started grafting onto a large mango tree that is about 1' diameter. It was a very shy producer of mangos that didn't have a great taste so I chopped it down about 4 months far I've gotten honey kiss and lemon zest grafted to it and just ordered some pina colada scions. I'll post some pictures tomorrow if I get done working before sunset. Just wondering if anyone has done a cocktail trail and gets all the scions to produce fruit. It's more or less an experiment since I have a bunch of grafted trees already. Just started grafting and it is very fun. Thanks for anyone's experience!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rapoza mango nutrient deficiency?
« on: October 27, 2021, 05:50:12 PM »
I've tried to find some pictures to help me identify what it's deficient of and could find anything. It's been about a month since I gave it 3 tablespoons of vigo citrus avocado fertilizer. There's a bit of grass close to it so maybe I just didn't give it enough. It says on florida growing site November and December to not fertilize so I'm hesitant on giving it more food. Any help getting it back on track would be appreciated. Thanks all

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Solanum glaucescens cuatomate cold hardiness
« on: August 28, 2021, 08:30:23 AM »
There is very little info on the web for this plant and wondering if anyone has grown this in south Florida? I ordered some seeds a while back and just up potted to bigger pots. Thanks for any info!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Irrigating with well water
« on: August 13, 2021, 07:38:43 AM »
I included a picture of my redlands white sapote. It's really the only plant that has chlorosis. The drip line hasn't been used for a couple months. Using the well water here in southwest florida has a ph of 8 here. I do have a drip line installed and would like to find a solution to the bicarbonate buildup. So far doing research I've found gypsum and elemental sulfur can be used to buffer the ph by amending the soil on a regular basis. Does anyone use a water de scaler like the limetron so that the bicarbonate can leach out easier? Install a water treatment acid injector? Both descaler and acid injector? Maybe it's best I just convert the driplines to rainwater and plumb in my gutters to multiple collection tanks and re-plumb the irrigation main? Would be nice if there was a method involving less work and more effectiveness. Just trying to find a solution before rainy season ends and I start using it again. Thank for your help in this topic.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help I.D. fruit tree.
« on: August 03, 2021, 06:39:03 PM »
I was told this was an araza fruit (eugenia stipitata) tree when I purchased it back in December. It just doesn't seem like the leaves are the same when I find the pictures online of an Araza fruit tree. Thanks for the help.

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