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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: when to pick this M4 (with pics)
« on: June 09, 2022, 09:50:28 AM »
That looks pretty close. M-4 doesn't really get raised shoulders and they don't color up. I wait for dieback to spread up the panicles from where they attach to the fruit. You could gently touch the mango with your hand or picker and see if it easily falls off.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wild Mangoes & Wangoes
« on: June 08, 2022, 05:13:07 PM »
Have you gotten to try Mangifera lalijiwa yet Rob?

Definitely not a Sweet Tart.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrels eat unripe mangoes
« on: June 05, 2022, 06:14:33 PM »
Bait and trap them or shoot them or get used to them taking part of your crop.

Every lychee growing area around the world that this mite has spread and gained a foothold they have stayed permanently if not eradicated immediately at the source. They were in Florida many years ago but were eradicated immediately at the source and didn't spread around the state. This time the mite spread throughout all of Pine Island and the island nursery trees and fruit were sold to various locations around the state before quarantine went into effect. Even if the department is willing to treat commercial groves there are other groves and homeowners trees they aren't treating. I think it's here to stay. Typical treatment is to spray sulfur each growth flush at proper intervals as the leaves mature.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where are these pest coming from?
« on: June 04, 2022, 10:32:40 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Origen of "Butterscotch" Sapodilla?
« on: May 27, 2022, 12:07:19 PM »
Gary Zill cut one open in the office and gave me and his staff a taste. We were all drooling! Truly a special sapodilla.

Orange Sherbet seems to be the most disease resistant of the three, very productive and the fruit is great quality.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frank's garcinia
« on: May 13, 2022, 10:54:08 PM »
I have one, about 8ft tall. Leaves and growth habit look somewhat similar to G.macrophylla but leaves are a bit smaller and fruit looks different. He sold the plants for years labeled as G.brasiliensis but they're definitely not.

Once you pollinate it may be a good idea to put a screen or other similar material around the hybridized flowers to ensure no other pollen gets to those flowers.

Hybrids generally have good vigor. In Miami you could just give them a season of growing and then graft them when they're getting close to pushing again. That way if your graft fails you still have a decent sized hybrid stock that will grow again.

Never seen fruit fly infest lemon drop mangosteen here but sometimes stink bugs cause cosmetic damage to the skin. Inside is always fine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What kind of sugar cane is this?
« on: April 29, 2022, 01:51:15 PM »
There are a few different purpleish varieties, most all are descendants of the old variety "Purple Ribbon". I have one that looks similar.

Leave it alone and see how it looks mid rainy season. Fertilizer granules from the nursery container it came in wouldn't have hurt the tree, I wouldn't have dug it up and replanted because of that. Will probably look fine once you start getting some consistent rains. Orange sherbet is a great mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Id mystery plant?
« on: April 16, 2022, 04:21:55 PM »
It's not mamoncillo

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: After 9 years - Lucs is about to ripen
« on: April 13, 2022, 03:50:08 PM »
Squirrels don't go after any garcinias here so I wouldn't worry about them. Actually haven't had any pests going after them. Let it hang on the tree a little longer next time and it won't be as sour.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When/where to top soursop
« on: April 09, 2022, 05:30:35 PM »
You could do it at any one of those points. I'd probably cut it at B and I wouldn't wait until it's already pushing the limits.

I got this plant towards the end of the last rainy season here, planted it in the ground and it took drought and strong winds all dry season with almost no problems, just a couple lost leaves. It's starting to put out new growth now and I was wondering when they flower? Not the season or the month, just an idea like as they're starting to put on new growth or as the new leaves mature or after the new leaves mature.

I'm guessing this is either G. intermedia, brasiliensis or humilis, it was described as the "bigger Jorco", the smaller one is most likely intermedia but it's never fruited so I don't know for sure.

I have a few of these, Sadhu sold them as "Jocomico" but he said it was the same species as the bigger "Jorco". Elongated, skinnier leaves and elongated fruit compared to the common Lemondrop. Still waiting on them to flower, same size as yours. Probably needs a few more years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia candolleana
« on: March 29, 2022, 07:53:02 PM »
I loved the taste. My favorite Eugenia. I should have kept some of them, sold them all. I'll be ordering more seeds!

Yeah, Betel nut palms

I doubt it will hold on to fruit in that kind of shape but I'd remove it if it tries. Let it recover and fill out into a nice tree again.

Nothing too complicated. Fill out a form, have an inspection, pay the fee.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherilata taste test.
« on: March 18, 2022, 05:36:23 PM »
Time will tell but am hearing reports that pond apple as the rootstock for cherilata isn't as good as reticulata rootstock. Flavor and coloring have been affected negatively compared to when grafted onto reticulata.

Try to get an 'Azadi'. Most pomegranates that do well in Florida are ideally for juicing.

I think that getting a decent yield requires planting the seed within 2-5 days from removal from the fruit, similar to mangosteen.
yeah I have been trying to get some cherapu plants or seeds for years but they are never available.  Oscar/Fruitlovers had seeds once but I couldn't get any to germinate.

I will try to source some female scions as a backup plan. With Luc's, I managed to beat the odds and am 5 for 5 female. I am not sure how well any other species will work for a rootstock long term.  I have some seashore mangosteen, madruno, achachairu, and Luc's in 3 gals. I have not had much luck with grafting unless I graft to the central leader and cut back the rootstock. Grafts take but the growth is super slow or non-existent after a push or two and the scion gets overtaken by the rootstock. 

I could mail you some female flowers and it would probably work. I wonder if you could store/preserve the pollen and for how long it'd be viable. Edit: nevermind, morning brain fog. You'll need female flowers to be pollinated not male to be pollinated

I can eventually get you some female scions from ny tree if you can't find elsewhere. You could just graft the female onto the male tree. Seashore mangosteen should work too. John Painter is experimenting grafting cherapu onto many different garcinia species so should know more about compatibility in the coming years.

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