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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« on: January 12, 2022, 06:14:37 PM »
Sounds like making stock from bones.

Why do you need to peel the outside layer, is it bitter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow strawberry guava: sun vs shade
« on: December 20, 2021, 06:12:43 PM »
I heard someone else say cooler temps help the flavor. Maybe that's the key, since your shaded ones produce in late fall instead of late summer.

Mine is under a house eave probably half sun. This year, the early ones were bland and late ones were good. Think I picked the last one a week ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Processing butia/jelly palm juice
« on: December 01, 2021, 05:06:23 PM »
This year I ended up with 13 lb of jelly palm fruit. I froze it, then thawed and tossed in the food processor to make seed removal easy (last year with a smaller crop I used a knife to peel off flesh). Followed just for the juice part, but I repeatedly kept having to strain out pureed pulp that settled to the bottom.

Any easier way to process given the large seed? Do any juicers work? It crossed my mind an apple press on the food processed pulp might work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Land purchasing and search discussion
« on: October 15, 2021, 02:14:29 PM »
This link should get you to the map tool

Thanks. That's the wrong district, but I found the correct one. There is one giant generic permit for Vero Beach, and a whole lot of wells around me since we don't have city water pipes. Looking at the completed permits, now I have an idea how deep the well will be.

Is p. decaisneana supposed to be self fertile? I have pollinated 6-8 flowers so far and none have set fruit.

Hi Val,

Congratulation you succeeded to root the cuttings.   Yes, it is self fertile.  You were not the first person to ask me this question.  Fruits mostly will drop if the vine is in container.  You have to put it in ground.  If the vine is the ground and not strong, fruit will not be set.


Thanks for responding. It's in the ground but perhaps a bit small still. I'll keep trying.

Is p. decaisneana supposed to be self fertile? I have pollinated 6-8 flowers so far and none have set fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Blueberries in FL
« on: August 19, 2021, 02:30:09 PM »
How are you failing? Do they die or do you not get fruit? Curious because I'm moving near you (Vero) and want to continue growing blueberries.

In CA I don't bother putting them in the ground, the soil is wrong. As other people said there are Florida varieties, some of which I have here thriving in peat/pumice mix in half wine barrels. Add sulfur once a year and acid fertilizer as needed, I don't adjust my water pH (it's 7.5-7.8 ).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit party
« on: August 12, 2021, 11:08:52 PM »
Do dragonfruit freeze well?

I picked my first blacktail mountain watermelon today, it was bordering on too sweet. I almost brought it to the party but didn't think it was quite ready.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Land purchasing and search discussion
« on: August 09, 2021, 03:54:26 PM »
Thanks guys. I do want my well(s) to be permitted so I might ask for more details when I get there. I'm buying 5 acres on a former citrus grove in Vero Beach and I close at the end of the month.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Land purchasing and search discussion
« on: August 05, 2021, 10:32:54 PM »
a home well is not a irrigation well

What's the difference? Diameter? I'm building a house in Florida and want to be set up for irrigating a couple acres.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit party
« on: August 05, 2021, 05:14:46 PM »
I'll be bringing stone fruit, melons, papaya, and maybe blueberries.

Are you bringing blueberries just because you think you need to show proof of Vaccinium?

I refuse to do that ever.

In truth I'm not sure if they're done for the year. Still some berries on the plants but not ripening, I'll check tomorrow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit party
« on: August 04, 2021, 02:00:20 PM »
I'll be bringing stone fruit, melons, papaya, and maybe blueberries.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Illama germination
« on: August 02, 2021, 01:42:56 PM »
I had given up on the seeds I planted in November, in a greenhouse. Started watering again once I saw this thread - and I have a sprout, finally. 8 months.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 23, 2021, 08:02:18 PM »
I have two mature, fruiting dragonfruit in 15 gallon pots, but I imagine you can get by with a 5 or 7 gal.

I'd be surprised if your numbers are quite that high, gophers don't like each other. I only have two at a time on my half acre unless they are breeding.

It helps to collapse any tunnels you find, too. Not only is it a highway for future gophers, it can route your irrigation away from trees.

Almost none here thanks to a hawk and a cat.

  (How do low-chill FL peaches do in SoCal?)
I've been told they don't taste great, by the coast anyway, due to May gray/June gloom. Later peaches ripen better.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango LZ seedless
« on: June 22, 2021, 07:07:31 PM »
Funny I asked a friend to save a particular mango seed, when I picked it up today there was no embryo in it, just the casing. First time I've seen that. Fruit was great however by her account.

Good book about Fairchild and the plant material he sent back.

I will around on the 13th if anyone can recommend fruit stands, besides the places already mentioned?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wanted mango seedS
« on: June 04, 2021, 01:19:43 PM »
How long do seeds keep before you have to plant them? Assuming they are cleaned of all pulp.

99 ranch has yangmei flavored chips right now. I've never tried the fruit so now I have some idea what it tastes like.

Yep, no papayas right now. It's a great nursery but their inventory is tight this year just like everyone. Normally they have about 9000 varieties of pepper and tomato and it was down to slim pickings. The Nata was 5 gal, nice looking tree, and they had quite a few other varieties too. Don't remember the cost but it was reasonable and they gave a discount to anyone attending the annual CRFG meeting.

Yeah, I bought my Nata cherimoya from them. As of yesterday they have two types of coffee, a couple dragonfruit plants and that's it for subtropicals. Plenty of stone fruit, grapes, poms, I forget what else for deciduous fruit. They do ship small plants within California.

I bet they are denser than an in-ground orchard would be, that would account for the extra yield. California figured out the best way to improve avocado yields was to decrease the spacing between trees.

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