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Mangosteen and G.xanthochymus doesn't sound like a match made in heaven to me.

True that much thinner and longer pedicel is typical of chempas and that the presence/absence of a collar is another difference between jacks and chempas. I think I would be leaning toward a chempajack for the pictured fruit than a pure chempa. Chempajacks often have the flesh more like a chempa, low on latex but no collar and skin more like a jack but its more complicated than that.

I might venture an opinion. Many of the ones we assume to be pure chempas have a bit of jack in the family tree. The skin is sometimes just like a jack and there is a lot a variation in just how hairy the new growth is and how big the fruit are, and even how sweet or savoury or how yellowish fruit are.

Do you think the Berry variety has chempedak genetics?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zill selling mangos this year?
« on: June 03, 2024, 06:12:52 PM »
Tropical acres was a disappointment. I agree either Zillís is a necessary stop to make the roundtrip from CA worth it. It sounds like OPís already made the rounds and done the research. Though itís true some people fall off the turnip truck at robert was here and think theyíve found heaven.
Whether Zills is selling mangos or not,
they are known to pick them really underipe (mature green)
I would suggest doing more research and maybe hit places like Tropical Acres etc.
When I got some from Zills, a few did not ripen and they just rotted.

Why was Tropical Acres a disappointment?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zill selling mangos this year?
« on: June 03, 2024, 06:12:11 PM »
I'm planning a trip to Florida but just heard from a friend of a friend that he's not selling to the public this year. Is that true?

I've got to get this sorted out before I buy my plane tickets.

Gary or Walter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee...Mauritius
« on: May 31, 2024, 10:45:36 PM »

Back in 2011 when I planted that Lychee tree, there were very few Lychee trees for sale in my pretty small town... just a couple of Nurseries, Home Depot and Lowe's and they sold only Mauritius at the time I wanted to plant one. I initially wanted a Sweetheart Variety but Miami was the closest nursery that sold them at the time and I didn't feel like the almost 6 hours round trip I don't have any more space and don't want to start over planting a small tree  :-\...

The tree back in 2011 when I planted it...

Protected it from wind for at least the first 3 years...

I think you made a good choice with Mauritius. I like it more than most other cultivars Iíve had because it has more flavor and is not just sweet. Emperor might be the only cultivar that I like more than Mauritius.

Awesome! Congrats!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB - Dwarf Fiji Coconut
« on: May 27, 2024, 08:29:44 PM »
Hi - I am looking for Dwarf Fiji Coconut in SW FL. Let me know if you have one or see anywhere for sale?

Are you growing them for the looks or the coconut water?

Iíve had the water from multiple different Fiji Dwarf trees and it sucks.

Plant a different variety if it is for the water or jelly.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: coconut palm stopped blooming
« on: May 27, 2024, 08:27:26 PM »
You say ďthis coconut palmĒ but there are 2 trees. The fact they are planted so close together may be part of issue. I would chop one down and the let the other have the space it wants

The nursery I bought it from described it as being a relatively rare naturally occurring dual trunk coconut palm vs two being planted together.    However I'm far from an expert and while the nursery has a good reputation they could still have it wrong also. 

Anyway, what I do know is it was blooming regularly until that cold snap in the mid 30's (I did bundle the trunk and crown with a blanket).  I have heard that non-fatal cold snaps like this can lead to fruiting issues but I'm curious what the long term prospects are from anyone that has run into this issue.

That looks like two trees as a result of two seeds to me. What evidence did they show you that would support their single tree with a dual trunk claim?

Have you been regularly fertilizing the trees?

Itís not Malay Apple. Not sure what it is though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Tart Mango
« on: May 07, 2024, 09:00:37 AM »
Hi again. 

So, I've now planted my Sweet Tart, on a mound per the recommendation of the UF mango care page that someone helpfully posted ( I also made sure to keep the root flare above the soil.  The tree was in the middle of growing a bunch of new leaves at the top, and those continue to mature.  However, most of the lowest leaves along the trunk (growing straight from the trunk versus having formed into branches) have turned yellow, starting from the very bottom, and working its way up.  I'm removing them as that occurs (or they just fall off of course).  As a reminder, this was a 15 gal, so it's not a tiny tree.  Happy to post a photo if helpful.

This has me a bit freaked out since I cannot find a clear answer as to whether this means too much or too little water (or something else...?).  I've been giving it a good watering every other day (not raining here at all), and did not amend the soil, both per that same UF page.  Any thoughts appreciated!

Can you post a picture of your tree and a close up of the base? Thanks.

The question of the most cold tolerant durians has been asked many times and the probability of success in Florida and So Cal. Soils are also a factor in Florida. Durio macrantha and D. kinabaluensis are the best contenders in the genus it would seem due to the altitudes they come from and with the former known performance. For zibethinus itself the 2 Laplaes which are perhaps the world most desirable varieties but not completely seedless. Red Prawn D 175 is also a genuine hope. It appears to suffer less below say 7c than dozens of other varieties pushed towards their limits. Pomoho monthong which is not a genuine monthong has shown a bit of fortitude also.

You've just reminded me about my search for D. macrantha seeds from about a decade ago. I wonder if anyone in the US was ever able to get seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Zero latex jackfruit
« on: May 03, 2024, 07:52:13 PM »
Great pics. You should definitely start propagating it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Email Function Working
« on: April 18, 2024, 01:15:31 PM »
I noticed that some of the emails went to my spam folder. So you might want to whitelist emails from the forum domain to ensure donít go to your spam folders as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Email Function Working
« on: April 17, 2024, 05:03:25 PM »
Thanks to Patrick and CookieMonster, the email function works again on the forum. Now everyone should get email alerts when they get a PM or other forum email.

If there's something else not working, please let us know in this thread so we can try to it fixed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zill Mango advice for wet tropics Qld
« on: April 02, 2024, 06:11:54 PM »
I think I should ban all the Australians who blaspheme the GOAT.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ripped Off?
« on: March 31, 2024, 01:20:38 PM »
Can you post some more pics of a side view of the entire plant?

Approach grafting is way of grafting rambutans, but I canít really tell from those pics.

Hello, is it still available? I'm interested

This is also a bot/spammer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What time of year to plant trees 9B
« on: March 25, 2024, 04:44:00 PM »
if you haven't already done so, you should check out the videos of florida natural farming in vero beach.  seems like he plants trees pretty much throughout the year, and he never irrigates them.  one thing he always does is that he thoroughly removes the medium from the roots before he plants the trees.  i can't personally vouch for this but he swears by it.  usually he plants trees next to a wide variety of other plants, such as bananas, gingers, nitrogen fixers and so on.  they all benefit from each other.  i can personally vouch for companion planting.
Planting different types of plants together is a great way, but I'm a bit confused about how to care for them. If planted along the coast, does salt water have any effect on the growth of these plants? Do they experience a struggle for survival?

I think this user might also be a bot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gardening
« on: March 25, 2024, 02:58:03 PM »
What happens with these, as moderator can u just remove? There is a cbd post as well on this forum.

Yes, I can remove them. The bots are getting harder to detect. At first it used to be very clear it was a bot, but now they make posts that are somewhat related to the forum subject area.

The bots also now wait a few weeks before making their first post as well, hoping to go unnoticed and look more natural.

I will delete this post and the bots account in the next few days. I am just leaving this up here so people can see what the new spammers/bots look like.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gardening
« on: March 24, 2024, 01:04:41 PM »
What are some low-maintenance indoor plants suitable for beginners?

I think this is either a bot or a spammer. A generic question with a website link in their profile.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Buxton Spice
« on: March 18, 2024, 04:34:26 PM »
Hit up the nurseries in Pine Island...Fruitscapes should have some...
Quite a drive to the east coast

Are you just guessing that those nurseries would have a Buxton Spice mango or do you actually know that they do?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Buxton Spice
« on: March 18, 2024, 04:33:59 PM »
Hello, Iím in SW FL, and looking for Buxton Spice mango trees to purchase. Can anyone recommend a place?


Tropical Acres Farms can probably graft one for you as well if you can't find it at Excalibur. They also sell the fruit during mango season.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Self Fertile Sapodilla
« on: March 10, 2024, 12:17:39 PM »
Iíd recommend the Excalibur sapodilla variety. My mom has one and it produces tons of good quality fruit every year without another sapodilla nearby.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: San Pablo seedling for trade
« on: March 02, 2024, 03:36:11 PM »
Never received. Still available.

PM sent

It was a spammer who made a fake message claiming to send a PM. The account had a link to an online game.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Skinned Pineapple with high brix?
« on: March 01, 2024, 09:22:20 PM »
Apparently my first reply didnt make it over sorry

Mark Dellerman is local farmer with a small farm here in Wabasso, FL.  He's getting national notoriety and is affectionately titled The Pineapple Man here in the County.  All he grows is Dellerman pineapple. 

So if you are pulling over to his roadside, once-a-year weekend, sale - you're getting his fruit.  2 other small businesses carry his fruit in season:  AKOHO, a bakery next to his farm in Wabasso - and Sturgis Lumber in Vero: both have some bins of fruit as well.  He personally restocks those, so again - you're getting Dellerman Gold fruit.

The problem is:  The fruit goes fast.  The big fruit is often sold out within days.  I will post on the forum when he is ready to sell.  Other than the crowns of his fruit, there is no other way to get his material.  Hey may offer up slips... but I've never asked. 

On the fruit, some of the fruit have good coconut flavor.  Others have a hint.  All have good vanilla highlights and are incredibly aromatic.  I try to buy 12 a year and taste them.  Strongest coconut fruit crowns go in pots, the others get tossed.   

And to answer your question exactly ... the tops are planted - yes.  If you taste the fruit and screen for best taste... you get great plants.

I offer a dozen or so slips and crowns a year at the end of the season - and surprisingly to me, the requests for Dellerman Gold material surpasses even Antigua Black.  Which says a lot about Mark Dellerman's work. 

Bottom line, that would be the way to get the plants - from his yearly sale.  Again, I will post the harvest date when he announces it.

I thought not all the fruit were Dellerman Gold and some were MD-2. Is that not the case?

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