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Pickering sounds like a good option, and Edward is a very good mango. Don't know as much about growth habit of Edward, but solid mango and seems to produce well.

Me too, we all are.

Jak flowers look like little fruits. Male flowers form first, and on branches, females later from the trunk.

Question for Nate and others:

Is now a good time to graft from the last trees ordered?

Only have 1 WuSu alive from last order, and the green shoots are droopy and some have wilted and dried out. Seems the roots are not that healthy, and this plant continues to struggle. Wondering if it is a good idea to see if it will graft onto m. cerifeira now, or if I should wait.

I agree, sounds pretty hi tech without the need. Cool that you are thinking about finding the best way, just not needed with many plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Reviews
« on: May 22, 2022, 02:22:03 PM »
Happy Anniversary Joe!!

Waiting on all those to ripen as well. The Julie from yesterday was probably a day overripened. Still, was able to appreciate much of it.

Maybe its because I know there aren't as many mangoes around this year; seems like everything tastes better. Able to appreciate different flavor profiles more, and definitely less picky.


You are probably seeing male flowers develop, then dry and drop.


When you say taste is similar to e. uniflora, does that mean it tastes like a really good Surinam cherry, or like the common ones that have the harsh aftertaste?

A very fond memory I have, devouring OS's poolside at a resort in Key Largo. Everyone was eating their fried food and sandwiches, but staring at the smiling caveman dripping mango juice all about. Heavenly.

Having said that, I've had an LZ or 2 that were simply astounding and more complex than OS.

So, I have an OS tree, an NDM with a large part that is OS, and a seedling LZ. Will probably add LZ grafts this summer.

Fruitwise, a perfect LZ beats a perfect OS, but not by much. Most LZ's I've had were not "perfect."

OS has less problems with disease, and is easier to manage.

Suruga is out of stock for now, but might be worth getting on wait list.

Suruga has awakened, but not seeing any flowers yet. Flowered last year, couldn't tell if it set or not, flower cores eventually dried up.

Here are 2 of the 3 seedlings from Nate:

Just repotted them. They are tough as nails, not like the bareroot trees from China. The other seedling is planted in ground next to Biqi. Not as pretty as the 2 in pots, but doing well enough.

Seems yangmei can do better in pots than I thought.


The mangifera species I've been posting about (mempalam) is not mangifera pentadra. Just received fruits of m. pentandra, and was told that mempalam is a yet to be named species. Will post pics and give review on m. pentandra shortly.

Here is the fruit, not yet ready for consumption:

WuSu has been wilty, and An Hai seems to have lost its buds and died off. Any idea what's going on here Simon?

Order from Colombo with confidence. Same with TomekK.

Hello. Does not appear to be flowering, and even if it was, much too weak to hold fruit. Save your $, don't buy mango pollen.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: New MB Grafts
« on: May 02, 2022, 12:52:45 PM »
Beautiful sight indeed! You have 2 choice varieties there. Nice job.

I'm growing a few, but think muscadine is the only one that is likely to do well in SoFL.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persimmon dormancy
« on: May 01, 2022, 02:40:01 PM »
If it's stressed or not getting enough sunlight, may be behind schedule. Ours was a bit late, was overly dry and is shaded. Now it's pushing.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pawpaw in 9B
« on: May 01, 2022, 02:07:53 PM »
Also interested in FL asiminas. A friend is growing only native species, and is seeking, as am I (I grow whatever).

Interesting. Will try, thanks for posting!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangifera Pentandra (Mempalam)?
« on: May 01, 2022, 01:21:39 PM »
Do you think this may be considered a wetland mango like foetida and kasturi?

I'm not sure, but think it comes from Sarawak. Local climate is warm and humid, with drier spell during winter. My guess is it likes hot and humid. Grown locally here (Miami area), so seems to do well with our climate. Poor mango season this year, but seeing lots of these.

I will ask my source and see what they know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangifera Pentandra (Mempalam)?
« on: May 01, 2022, 10:54:17 AM »
Thanks fliptop!

Sampled fruit #3 this morning. Approached from a strictly juice standpoint. The fruit was small, pretty soft, and green (others had yellow/orange in them when ripe). Put the squeeze on each half, and collected a couple of ounces of light orangish juice. The fiber hung on to the skin, but broke up easily. Was nice to add some fiber to the juice as their was some pulp hanging on with juice and flavor. Couple of strings between the teeth, totally worth it.

Tastewise, this one was more sour than the previous 2, and less pronounced resin/spice. It reminded me of a good mango - orange juice blend. Quite sweet and tart, needed nothing added. Could drink this everyday.

I'm definitely growing these seeds out, and will add a tree or scions to our collection.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Odds & Sods - Plants For Sale
« on: April 30, 2022, 04:21:06 PM »
Thanks for the info Kev.

Haven't noted a vanilla flavor in mine. It has a berry flavor that leaves a pleasant aftertaste, just mild. The fruits are a dry and mealy when underripe, but when fully ripe are a little moist. So it seems there is some variability.

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