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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya video
« on: November 15, 2022, 05:11:31 PM »
Nice shorts - great work!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Colder than normal winter in Florida 22/23?
« on: November 14, 2022, 04:03:29 PM »
A friend at the National Weather Service who works with NHC running forecast modeling seems to think there will be increasingly powerful winter storms in the Pacific next 2 years…which in-turn will cycle unusually deep Arctic air further south.  These polar vortices may bring freezes further south. My friend at Indrio who grows citrus welcomes a good cold snap to get the citrus flowering on time, but is weary of freezes in central Florida.

Me: I wont bet on politics or weather these days. ;) Tarps and heaters ready regardless.

Best Spineless for taste:

1 Dellerman Gold
2 Cayenne Hilo
3 An MD2 cultivar I brought in from Lajas PR. Vanilla flavor, big plants.
3 Smooth Cayenne - USDA ARS orig cultivar
4 Giant Paun - the one you sent is amazing.

Still waiting on the whites to push fruit. 3 years now.

Yup the spiny guys are tough to work with. Between them and the fire ants that live in the pots …miserable. I moved the Bracteatus tribe to a remote location because they are the worst.

Brad - Sarawak is spiny, so assuming its different.  The Paun you sent me aligns closer with ‘Kew’ which is smooth and according to the reading I’ve dug into - references to both are interchanged. The Paun is one of my wife’s faves. Just a little tart to go with the sweet.  As soon as those plantlets get established - you got it. 👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida coconut belt
« on: October 26, 2022, 05:16:44 PM »
Not what you asked, but …

Sebastian - May-Pan at 6 years.

If you need young trees let me know. Happy to share.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hilo Farmer's Market shopping trip
« on: October 26, 2022, 05:11:42 PM »
Nice!!!  Bucket list trip 👍

Jacks Classic 20-20-20.

1/2 recommended mix: 1/2 tablespoon per gallon of water sprayed to foliage monthly in season.

I’ve tried 10-10-10, Osmocote 14-14-14, organics like gardentone etc. Based on overall plant growth (top side, roots, fruit) this works for me.  Keeps disease at bay.  I flush potted plants occasionally to change out medium and inspect roots. Happy with performance. 

Other growers will undoubtably have their formulas that work as well. 😊 👍

It's almost November and we made it through the wet season. 

We here in East Central Florida were fortunate enough to have Hurricane Ian's worst rain go to our north, but we had weeks of heavy rain before the event.  So it was soggy-root season and the plants started to show the warning signs of pythium root rot.  One of the countermeasures I took earlier this summer was to dig 6" below the pots and place crushed stone to assist in drainage.  Soil was also amended with plenty of pebble and perlite to aid in drainage.  Leaf 'white spot' at this point is on the decline... so good signs.  As usual practice, going forward until spring... the foliar feeding gets cut back by half.  And the mild fungicide (Captan) inoculation is complete as well.  Looking forward to dormant season and then the increase in basil ratoons/slips and flowering.  I just hope we can get through winter without a freeze warning.  Frost is shelter in place with blankets and, ...if required, ...Christmas lights under the blankets to keep the plants warm.  But a freeze warrants all 50 pots going into shelter, which is a back-breaker.  The good news is we're close enough to the Atlantic that cold fronts aren't normally very intense. LOL just jinxed myself.

Here are some shots from the collection as last year's slips are maturing and new items are in the ground and thriving.  Exeption: Manzana, which has had some trouble getting from tissue culture plantlet to first year plant.  Suspect: Phytophthora.  The 2 plants are in the infirmary (j/k) ... out of the direct sunlight and sheltered... and improving after pest and fungus treatments.  I caught it early. 

Sarawak is inbound and will hopefully be in the collection shortly. 

Cheers all,

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for pineapple pups
« on: August 05, 2022, 10:16:00 PM »
I have 4 red spanish, 1 smooth cayenne, 2 Sawit.  If your interested just shoot me a msg.

In Sebastian FL.

Here's my last update on Pineapple.  Please reach out if you're interested however - I'll sell until all is gone. 

$10 each slip/pup.  Customer pays postage. 

Please contact me before you place an order to make sure someone hasn't cleaned out what I have.  Also, I'll need your zip or address to estimate postage. 

Thanks to all who've participated, I've sent you tracking info in your TFF messages.

Abacaxi 4
Smooth Cayenne 5
Sawit 5
Cheesepine 6 (Big slips)
Cayenne Hilo 2 (Big slips as well)
White Jade 1
Brazilian Red 5
Red Spanish 6
Dellerman Gold (Coconut MD2 hybrid) Sold OUT
Queen Natal Sold OUT

Thanks Everyone.  Happy Growing. 

Sebastian Pineapple Ranch:  Propagation of Rare and Interesting Pineapple

Hello everyone.  Orders from 7/18 and morning of 7/19 cleared and members emailed with confirmation.

Totals available updated for those still interested:

Abacaxi: 6
Smooth Cayenne 5
Sawit: 8
Cayenne Hilo: 3
White Jade Sold out
Queen Natal: Sold out
Dellerman Gold (coconut tasting MD2 hybrid) Sold Out

Brazilian Red: 7
Red Spanish: 9

All plant material healthy, viable pups and slips. 
All cultivars from reliable growers or USDA ARS Hilo Office
$10 per plant slip or pup, the buyer also pays shipping.  $10 goes towards offsetting the growing costs.
PLEASE email to confirm quantities are still available before placing your order to prevent confusion/so that I can meet expectations. :)

Sebastian Pineapple Ranch Mission Statement:  Provide growers with interesting pineapple germplasam - propagation of rare pineapple cultivars.

Thank you all.


Hi everyone -
Fruiting is done for the year and I have some pineapple material I'm selling to cover growing costs here at the Sebastian Pineapple Ranch. 

As usual, $10.00 a slip or pup - customer pays shipping/postage.  Consider 2 in case one doesn't take.

I try to provide healthy, well established material from confirmed Pineapple cultivars.  Sources are trusted growers or the USDA ARS Hilo Office. 

NOTE: I have limited quantities that I will list: To manage expectations and avoid confusion, Please CONFIRM I still have material before placing your order.

I ship USPS Priority domestically.  If you want material shipped offshore - we need to discuss carrier, cost, liability if items get picked up by customs.

Here's what I have in the form of slips and pups:
Dellerman Gold MD2 Cultivar: Sold Out
Queen Natal: Sold Out
Abacaxi - Nice variant: 7
Smooth Cayenne: 7
Sawit: 7
Cheesepine: 7
Cayenne Hilo - GREAT plant!: 6
White Jade (this cultivar looks a lot like Monte Lirio): 4
Brazilian Red (bractatus cultivar: Large Plants - beautiful): 7
Red Spanish (This plant produced a large fruit with 11 large pups): 11

Thanks everyone - Happy Growing!

Very cool mini pineapple. 👍

Some images from the garden for those who enjoy pineapple.  Temps are getting warmer and the growing process is kicking back in.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Oro Negro vs. Sir Prize Avocado
« on: April 01, 2022, 11:47:41 AM »
My oro negro at 12 months after graft. Enjoys Sebastian FL climate. Crossed with a hass in backyard.


Han, the variegated pineapple slips showed up in great shape - perfectly packed.  They actually grew a little on the ride over.  Thanks again.  Appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sharing Pic For Pineapple Fanatics…
« on: March 22, 2022, 01:26:55 PM »
Sugarloaf/White Jade?  Very cool.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado poll
« on: March 21, 2022, 07:14:20 PM »
Brad -
Oro Negro seems to be the chefs fave here. The one I planted last year crosses with a Hass in backyard. Oro has excellent flavor IMO.  I also have Hardee Red and Lula.  Good flavor from those.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sharing Pic For Pineapple Fanatics…
« on: March 21, 2022, 11:47:16 AM »
Make that ‘fasciation.’  Devil is always in the details 🤔🤨

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sharing Pic For Pineapple Fanatics…
« on: March 21, 2022, 11:42:28 AM »
Apparently the academic term for fruit that has genetic abnormalities is ‘fascination fruit.’  Had no idea.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sharing Pic For Pineapple Fanatics…
« on: March 18, 2022, 03:58:50 PM »
I think this is the largest Pineapple fruit i’ve ever come across. Granted, … its freaky looking. LOL

Thought I’d share.  I believe this was in Malaysia.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Paun Pineapple - Pics
« on: March 18, 2022, 03:43:23 PM »
I used four, small bamboo garden sticks and just reinforced the stem. Paun has a short, beefy stem, so it didn't need too much help.

The fruit was a winner with my wife… she liked the extra tart zing. Great pineapple... better than expected.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Giant Paun Pineapple - Pics
« on: March 17, 2022, 04:16:16 PM »
The first pick of the season. Giant Paun.

Tip of the hat to Brad Spaugh - thanks again.

I thought I'd upload some images of the garden as it stands.  2 strong cold fronts and an unusually wet winter and all plants including the small starters (Cabazona, Monte Lirio, Pernambuco) from USDA have survived.  No casualties, but some of the larger plants had some crushed leaves due to the tarps that had to be deployed on the nights where frost was imminent.  This winter also spawned some disease and mold - so all plants received a light dose of Captan. 2 or 3 lost some root mass due to wet feet.  I'm pleased by the number of fruiting plants.  The images in order I tried to upload:  Pineapple sign from trip to Puerto Rico Pineapple Express/Lajas) to study commercial growing, Red Spanish pups, Sawit, Smooth Cayenne, Abacaxi, Dellerman Gold, Queen Natal pups, Maisie Wonder Cat, Queen Natal 1, Queen Natal 2, Abacaxi, Antigua Black (USDA recipient 8 months), Cayenalisa (Florida, Puerto Rico at 6 months), MD2, MD2, Josepine, Cheesepine, Cayenne Hilo, Cheesepine, MD2, MD2, Red Spanish pups, Smooth Cayenne, Sawit Slips, Dellerman Gold (Sebastian, FL), Brazilian Red, Brazilian Red, Kuai White Sugaloaf (Hole in the Mountain Farm).


Hi Han - sent 2 PMs about red pineapple. If still available (4) please send me an invoice with shipping.

Thanks Han -


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