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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help ID this plant
« on: January 15, 2024, 08:01:17 PM »
Got this plant and 2 others from a friend a few years ago

I placed it in a safe spot and forgot about it.  I happened on it a year or so ago and it had rooted out of the pot so I left it where it was.

Now I need to figure out what it is (no flowers or fruits yet)


The trunk in case it helps in IDing the plant.

I have a couple of spare cuttings of Godzilla and Townsend pink dragon fruit.
$10 a piece plus $10 shipping.

So 2 of each shipped for $50 within the continental USA and if you want one of each shipped, that would be $30.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruiting hunucma
« on: December 12, 2023, 12:30:57 AM »
I saw a small fruit on my grafted hunucma, it had flowered earlier in the years and there appeared to be no fruit set.  Apparently one did set.  It is tiny and will likely drop off but there it is for now.

Has anyone fruited hunucma in Florida and what care if any would maximize the chances of the fruit maturing.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / ended
« on: November 18, 2023, 07:17:50 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rabbit discourager
« on: November 11, 2023, 01:05:42 PM »
There are tons of rabbit in my area and around this time of year I often see young plants with the back completely stripped or in some cases gnawed in half.

It has been terrible the last few days and i  have lost at least 6 seedlings (they particularly love Chempajack they eat those to a stump).  They have gone after mango, gnawed a few in half and removed the bark of an in ground 2 year old plant.  In the past they never went after anything that big.

In cases where I wrapped or protected the plant they must have tiptoed and did the damage above the cage.

If there something I can spray on the plants to keep the rabbits away?

Interested in any suggestions other than making them rabbit stew or trapping and relocating There are way too many).

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Atemoya seedling seeds
« on: September 09, 2023, 08:27:08 PM »
I planted what I believe were AP (African Pride) seeds a few years ago.
One in particular was very different.  The leaves were a little different from the others and its growth was vigorous.  I kept it and fruited it.  The fruit looks like AP.  When I picked it and brought it indoors it cracked and softened in a few days.  I really liked the taste, preferred it to Birula which ripened at the same time.

I will be able to share scions next year.  I have some seeds this year and am happy to send some to anyone who wants a few (10 or 12).  You pay shipping, the seeds are free.
By the way I have a few seeds from the Birula ask if you want a few added to the order.  I will add till I run out.

A friend took this pictures of her Sapodilla.  Can you identify the variety the fruit?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango allergies - home remedies?
« on: May 30, 2023, 09:37:54 PM »
A friend of mine appears to be allergic to mango.  He got some sap on his arm and broke out in a rash.  Do you know a home remedy that may relieve the itchiness?

I was under a sweet tart tree and saw a flash of yellow.  It was too small to be a ripened fruit.  On close inspection it was a see hanging from the tree.  Then I saw another.  Something had eaten all the fruit off the seed and the fruit did not fall off the tree.  In the last couple of days I have watched the same thing happening to three more fruit.  Slowly being eaten from the op down while still on the tree.  I had never observed this before, have you seen this and what is the culprit.
I have no clue what an eat the entire fruit without breaking the fruit off the tree.

I added some pictures.  Some completely eaten and a couple in progress.  Whatever it is has targeted one tree and does come back to finish fruits it starts eating.



I have tried to manage my lychees this past year plus with the mite.  Cut back the tree spayed sulfur repeatedly when there was new growth but fell off the wagon a few months ago.  A friend was visiting a month or so ago and spotted a branch with the tell tale signs.  I removed it and resumes spraying.  While checking the tree today I saw several branches with the tell tale bumps.   I intend to take down the entire canopy and am contemplating just removing the two trees that have the mite.  I have a couple more trees some distance away, I am watching them carefully and hope they stay mite free.

Are there any developments in the search for a good way of managing this pest?  or will I have to keep spraying sulfur every time I see new growth?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help save my Pim Sen Mun
« on: May 28, 2023, 09:30:37 PM »
I have a Pim Sen Mun that had done very well. Fruits well, grows vigorously nice tree.  The problem is I have do not like the fruit much.  I tried it green and I must be doing something wrong (it tasted so so, nothing to rave about).  I tried it ripe and it was full or dark fibers. 

Please let me know if there is a best time to pick this to get its best flavor.  Perhaps green and let ripen, or just coloring on the tree ....

Also if you like this green, what it the key to enjoying it. 

All suggestions welcome.

If I can't get to love the Pim Sen Mun, I could use the space.

As you all know mango season in Florida in many areas is looking to be a huge success.  I have many trees holding fruit that had not held much in the past and some of my regular producers are holding more fruit than I have seen in past seasons.  Great blessings, yes?

I was out this morning and heard a loud crack.  I didn't know where it came from but was within minutes, informed by the spouse that a branch just fell off one of my mango trees.

I checked and and it wasn't one, but two, and they were small branches but major trunks; laden with mango.  Both had failed at the exact same point and were laying on the ground (though still attached to the tree.  I will cut them off later today. 

I have paid attention to several branches, watching them, and gaging if they could hold the weight, these two were not on my radar.  They were thick branches that should not break under the weight,  What I didn't factor was torque.  Both branches came off the main leader at the same location (it was a single branch that had split into two branches a long time ago and both had grown well) and were being twisted away from each other (not pulled down).  Well, they split.  For the engineers in the room, you might want to think in terms of tensile strength, compressive strength, bending, stiffness, modulus of rupture and elasticity and so on.  For the rest of us , think a force applied across the grain or along the grain.  Had this been the weight pulling down (bending - force perpendicular to the grain), I bet these branches laugh all the way through the season holing on to all the mango.  This force unfortunately was applied along the grain, this is how you split wood because it is easier once you get it started.  The torque essentially pulled the branches apart, starting from where they had split to two branches back in the day. 

So I seem to not be distraught, I am not.  It is a lot of mango to loose but think, perhaps nature was doing what I should have done, pruned the tree and thinned the fruit, so the rest of the fruits will be better.   Now I just need to clean the wound and take care of the rest of the tree, I just wasn't planning to remove about a quarter of the canopy on that one tree..


How can I tell if Seacrest/Triplesec is mature and ready to pick?
Does it turn yellow when ripe inland or does that only happen close to the coast?

I planted some annona seeds (mixed) that included some AP from a forum member.

I intended on using them for rootstock but one in particular was glorious in how it grew and I set it aside to grow it out.  Nice healthy large leaves, rapid growth, I was curious to see if it would fruit. 

It did this past year.  It was the first fruit, it was relatively decent size for a first fruit and looked somewhat like an African Pride in look but in my opinion tasted better.  I have no clue if the first year performance will be replicated and don't want to wait to find out how this will perform under different conditions.

I will like to get some scions out there so people can join this experiment.

If you are interested, I will send you 4 scions, different thickness (pencil thickness or less).  I want to limit this to Continental US (preferably FL and CA).  The scions are free to you (pay shipping if you want to but you don't have to,) only requirement is that you keep an eye on how the plant does and you post update to this thread. 

Oh yes, please don't name it, we can call it LB1 for now if you need a moniker.

I have cut and prepped the scions and will be ready to ship as soon as tomorrow.

So the chill from late December and this past week has started the mango flowering in my yard, Yay!.  There is only one problem, I can't find one fly in my yard.  This would usually be a very pleasing condition but I could use some good mango pollinators right now (or perhaps in two weeks).

I am starting to think I have to go get some fish carcass to strategically place in my yard (so I wont smell it unless the wind blows in the wrong direction).

I expect I will just wait and see if they arrive with the mature panicles.

For those of you in south Florida, what pollinator(s) are you seeing?  Is the temperature right to have decent pollination?  Any strategies or hints on attracting mango pollinators?

By the way, I do have some bees buzzing around and one or two may stray on to a mango but the flies in the past are the major mango pollinators in my yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / All this rain in California
« on: January 13, 2023, 11:10:56 PM »
Hope you are all doing OK

Is this atmospheric river a drought buster?  Looking for a silver lining.

Follow up to my post "How cold will it get in your part of Florida in the next week" 

I believe my low was 37 (though it might have been a degree colder.)  I don't know for how long.  It was about 41 for the lows by the third night and progressively warmer since.

Most plants  that I left outdoor did OK.  Mango all look fine so far, avocado also.  Jaboticaba also look just fine.  Guava too early to tell, atemoya and sugar apples were looking scraggly before the cols and continue to look the same.

Seeing some leaf turning brown on Soursop (one variety that in the past showed some cold tolerance again appears unimpacted).  Ice Cream beans also had some leaves turning brown.   

Jupiter Florida in northern Palm Beach County, is supposed to see low in the 30s and 40s.  A cold start to the winter and the coldest Christmas in a while.

What are you expecting and what are your plans for protecting your plants (or not)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Does anyone need foxtail palm seeds
« on: November 27, 2022, 03:07:07 PM »
I have a number of foxtail palms that are flowering fruiting dropping fruits and germinating if not cleared quickly enough.
It is a weed and it takes some work getting rid of of the fruits under the tree.
Today, the tree has flowers with bees visiting, small fruits, larger fruits and mature fruits about ready to start coloring up. 
Wish my mango would hold fruit like that.  :)

If anyone is interested I will be happy to have them be useful somewhere instead of ending up on my curb for the landfill.

Is there anything these seeds are useful for or could be used for?  Would be a shame to be tossing these if someone can use it or there is a beneficial use for it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can you please help ID this plant
« on: October 21, 2022, 09:27:12 PM »
I have this plant growing out of a pot in which I planted a couple of annonas.

I don't know what it is and don't know if I should report to preserve it or toss so it doesn't outcompete the annona.


I have a few scions of K3 that I will be happy to ship to you on Monday but you pay shipping.
Shipping and handling (by USPS priority mail) is $10 only to US destinations please.

If you are interested PM me. 

These scions are thick (sharpie size on average) so consider your root stock before asking.

You will get 4 or 6 scions (depending on how many requests I get)

I know you are likely doing more important things than grafting mango right now.
However, if you are up to grafting PSM or K3, I will ship a couple of scions free (Including shipping on me) to a couple of people in Lee County Florida.  Cost to you, time to send me a PM with a name and address.

Let me know if you want only PSM or only K3 or both.  Ask on behalf of a friend if they are too busy to be on the forum and you can talk to them to confirm they have something to graft to. 

I have a few spares and will be happy to share.   Offer ends on Sunday night so I can ship Monday.

This was my initial post, look at the new (next post) one below.

What should I call this?

My Beverly mango has been totally confused this year.  It flowered and set very few fruits but that was not totally unexpected because it did well last year and tends to take a year off (at least in my assessment).
What has been strange is that every month this year I have found one or two flower panicles on this tree. 

I cut off some branches that were low hanging and some that were shading out a graft I put on a part of the tree and when I moved the branches to the road side, guess what, either a late flower or and early flower. 

Any suggestions on how to make it calm down until January or February when it can flower all it wants and try to set fruit?



To those who will be trying this, good luck and hope in a few years you are talking about the fruit.

Had a Hog Plum tree knocked over by wind (fringe of Ian) and I am stumping it (will try to upright the stump to see if it survives.)

I have lots of cuttings for anyone who want some.  It is free but you have to come get it or pay for shipping.
I understand thick cutting an inch or more across work best so I am making a few of those but if you tell me what you want (up to 2 or 3 inch thickness) I may be able to save you some before these end up by the roadside enroute to the dump.
US addresses only please - cant do international shipping with these.  No one will be happy.

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