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Thai/Indian jujube would be best to grow in Australia. Just ate one off one of our trees; crunchy, refreshing, and lightly sweet. As mentioned, all the Chinese ones need cold to flower. Would be growing them if I could.

Thanks Joe! Gotta watch the rest, have really enjoyed the video and like what you are doing. Now go out there and find more stuff we didn't know we needed in our gardens. =)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango parent relationship graph?
« on: January 15, 2023, 11:54:30 AM »
Most welcome Carlo!

Great reads Joe and Tru, enjoyed them both. Science and world history are coming together in the form of modern mangoes.

This makes me even more excited about wild mangoes and wangos, and adding genetic diversity through crosses with modern mangoes.

Forecast was correct, hit 39F on the dot last night/this morning. 

Best of luck everyone!

Brought in breadfruit, all small garcinias, and all small eugenias for protection tonight. Low of 47F this morning, 39F forecast overnight.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango parent relationship graph?
« on: January 14, 2023, 02:43:26 PM »
I agree, it's not perfect or completely accurate. It's a start. George asked for feedback, and has edited accordingly in the past. Needs more work.

Show me something better.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit Question
« on: January 14, 2023, 02:02:12 PM »
Jak will not do well indoors. Too difficult. Not saying it can't be done. Just not worth it for most, if anyone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: January 14, 2023, 01:16:59 PM »
Seems Sugarloaf is an easy flowerer. Ours is covered in blooms, noticed now that I have more closely inspected. Roughly 40 - 50% of tips show blooms at the moment.

Glenn still quiet here too.

Just noticed blooms on guava mango (Sein Ta Lone) today. Super excited, as first flowering for this tree and its a beloved mango. Tree is well over 10 feet, in ground a couple of years, and the blooming branch tips are pretty thin.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: January 13, 2023, 10:01:03 PM »
2 branches of CL, with multiple smaller branches, were grafted summer 2021, or maybe 2020. lol, not entirely sure at the moment. Mature enough to hold some fruit, but wouldn't let it get crazy yet.

Sugar Loaf is a nice little tree about 8 feet or so. In ground a couple of years, planted as a 5 gallon (again, not entirely sure. Could've been a 3g). It has flowered and fruited, but yet to get ripe fruits. Animals beat me to the only holdouts last year.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling: some plants
« on: January 13, 2023, 09:52:10 PM »
Lovely healthy plants arrived today. Thank you very much for hooking me up again! =)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 2023 Mango Season
« on: January 13, 2023, 05:36:05 PM »
Hello mango growers!

Curious about flowering and productivity around Florida and abroad. Especially interested in sharing info on new varieties, in addition to experiences with classics as many of our climates are shifting.

Currently seeing flowers on Sugar Loaf and Ceci Love.

Sugar Loaf

Will traverse the jungle to check on other varieties.

After a crappy season last year, hopeful for even a decent year.

Please share your experiences and let us know what is flowering.

Thank you Alex and John. I really like this mango, and think it is a must have, at least in my yard. Chopping and planting.

How vigorous is Lil Gem?

Thanks elandybarr. I checked their site, no p. nitida or much of a selection at the moment.

SDPirate, having similar experience here in 10b on the East Coast. Repotted a few weeks ago, and she's been cooking along. Didn't seem fazed at all by the recent cold spells. And another one is on the way.

Brought inside for a few quick shots:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit trees I gave up on
« on: January 11, 2023, 03:28:26 PM »
...macadamia tree. Squirrels went nuts for the nuts, and didn't seem to like the only spot for it.

Little Gem is a very good mango. Ate lots of them last year, and they were mid to late season. A winner.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most Difficult to Grow Trees
« on: January 09, 2023, 01:53:27 PM »
Garcinia mangostana is challenging. Did most of the work getting the hole ready. Now it just does its thing. Seems to be holding its own, but hasn't grown much lately. Winter is a slow to dormant time for them, here.

Citrus. Too many pests. Kumquats have been easy though.

Abiu. Died.

Not a tree, but cilantro doesn't do well for me. Too hot during the summer. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Miami area adventures
« on: January 07, 2023, 10:27:53 AM »
If you venture down into the Keys, Fish House is a cool place to enjoy fresh seafood. Upper end of the Keys, in Largo. Wouldn't drive down there just for that (have before), but if you are down there, great food in a fun nautical atmosphere.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Miami area adventures
« on: January 06, 2023, 06:32:53 PM »
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens

Not much fruit, but much beauty:

Frost Museum

No such thing. Depends...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: eugenia < garcinia ?
« on: January 06, 2023, 03:09:47 PM »
We have a great site. We just paid up to keep it add free and doing what it does. My vote is to keep TFF as is. Would be cool to see other sites like this pop up, perhaps with some of the ideas ya'll are talking about. Go for it!

Beautiful jabos Dustin!

Big thanks to D's Fruit Trees. Just delivered 45g Edward mango and Ma'afla breadfruit tree. Very happy to add these to our garden.

Several transactions with Dustin, all have been great. Coffee plant is covered in ripe beans too =)

Thanks Alex for the great info, and again John for this thread.

Got a nice sized Edward coming tomorrow. Have always loved this mango, and need a more consistent producer to rely on. Chop goes the guanabana tree.

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