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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit tree identification
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:31:19 AM »
Hi Bob,

I believe that's a Rukam (Flacourtia rukam).

I have a small seedling.

   I think you nailed it! I googled pics for rukam and that looks like the fruit I ate, thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit tree identification
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:23:06 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit tree identification
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:09:58 AM »
I was given a fruit at the Fruit and Spice park to taste and after eating it I kept the seeds to plant (of course!) I planted them and now have a healthy plant, but do not have the slightest clue what it is. The fruit was the size lf a grape and and the color was between red and purple. And yes I did call the park and ask but to no avail.

I have a jaboticaba in the ground and three that I keep in pots.  In March 2012 the jaboticaba that is in the ground was 39" tall, in November 2012 it was 56" tall and since November it has barely grown. I use spent mushroom compost around the tree because it retains water very well and water it enough to keep it constantly wet. The only fertilizer I use on this particular tree has been rabbit manure and composted chicken manure. It seems as if it is impossible to over water these as long as they are actively growing. The tree was originally 20" tall when it went into the ground in March 2011. Pic taken in June 25,  2012

I decided to brave the rain and post a current pic of my keitt blooms this was taken just a moment ago.

Nice pics, Hmhausman. I have a Keitt mango tree and it started blooming in December. I am attaching a pic of my Keitt's blooms taken on Dec 15. Is this normal? Is it possible to get two crops a year? I am located in Orlando and am just curious.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: January 04, 2013, 03:58:24 PM »
My name is Bob and I am from Tennessee but have lived in Orlando Florida for 12 years. I have been interested in tropical fruits for about 5 years now. I have always enjoyed vegetable gardening and plants in general but have come to focus on fruits. I am obsessed with pushing the zone limits and when not wandering around the yard in warm weather I can be found indoors trying to get the latest batch of seeds to sprout under lights along with my potted tropical fruits. I also utilize the indoors grow lights to excelerate my plants past a few seasons. Many of my fruit trees are started from seed that I have obtained from trips. I have about 20 potted trees and about 40 in the yard, I say "about" because the winter weather may change that number. My list includes jaboticabas, canistels,  keitt mango, rollinia, sugar apple, jamblon(white flesh), genipe, longans, caimito, bananas, inga edulis, passiflora quadrangularis, cherimoyas, starfruits, papayas, passiflora edulis, asimina trilobas, and several other fruit trees that I have not been able to identify through other enthusiasts or online. The seeds I am starting this winter are rollinia deliciosa, morinda citrifolia, musa x  sikkimensis, lycopersicon melanocarpa, and cyphomandra betacea. Occasionally I may try to slip in tropical vegetable posts.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Winter Park Rollinia 5 free seeds
« on: January 03, 2013, 10:25:58 PM »
I am glad to know someone has fruited a rollinia in winter park. I live in down town Orlando and started a seed in Dec  2011 that I picked off the ground at the Fruit and Spice Park. The seed took a while to germinate and started out growing slowly, currently it is indoors under a 400w mh because of outside temp fluctuations. How old is your plant, is it in a pot or in the ground, and any other info would be great since our grow environment is similar. Thank you.

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