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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Need banana experts
« on: October 14, 2023, 05:55:15 AM »
I have a half dozen dwarf bananas and have great success with them. I have a Zebrina Rojo which is in ground well over two years and has given me nothing but problems.

First let me say it's between two dwarf cavendish (within a few feet) and is given the same care as the others which have no issues. Now the leaves on the Rojo come out gang busters but eventually the newest one will stop growing out and the next one to come out will get strangled by the failing immature leaf. This before a flag leaf erupts. Eventually this plant dies and more pups erupt from the ground which eventually die.

I've tried increasing / decreasing water to it as well as increasing fertilizing it (using Excalibur's fertilizer) to no avail. Funny years ago I had a couple of other Rojo which did well. What to do? Move the plant or new shoots to start a new corm? Could it be missing something that the other plants are not needing? Any advice will be appreciated.

The Rojo is an attractive plant and want it if for no other reason than to add some eye candy to the yard.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Rollinia seeds "FREE"
« on: August 28, 2023, 04:33:46 PM »
For a 2 1/2 year in ground tree my Rollinia (unknown cultivar) is having a good year with nearly a dozen fruits in various stages of development with several more in bloom :-) My tree has increased production since its first crop last year with 2 fruits and is either self fertile, or some unknown insect is pollinating it.

As it happens I picked my first fruit today and anyone who wants to PICK UP seeds in north Broward can have them. As usual EVERY year I offer seeds free and it does NOT mean I will pack and ship them... no way, no how. First come first served, PM me for address / phone though many here already know where I live :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID odd fruit
« on: August 06, 2023, 11:10:29 PM »
Yesterday I was up in Palm Beach County and a street seller was selling bags of this little green fruit that she called "Hermacito" They bear a striking resemblance to Lemon Drop Mangosteen in several ways except obviously its green versus yellow color.

Size, the same thick outer shell as LDM, fruit meat held tightly onto the large seed (thought the meat is stringy) and is "challenging" to eat but it's tart and sweet. It's flavor has citrus overtones also.

Does anyone have info on this one?   Google was of no help despite trying several spelling variations.  PS, I've saved seeds since I KNOW if this is in any  way interesting I'll get requests for them :-)

I need a dozen or so scions. Anyone locally have them? Sell / trade it's all good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Attracting pollinators
« on: June 08, 2023, 12:15:13 PM »
I'm thinking of planting some sunflowers and wildflowers in my yard. I do not have grass but I do have a creeping peanut.

Any ideas on interplanting among what I have?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Commercial guava grower questions
« on: June 01, 2023, 07:26:17 PM »
I have a "ruby supreme" guava from a big box store in ground a couple of months and it's happy and growing like a weed at over 7' tall from a 5' twig.

My q is about the tag on it which says 4-2022. Is that tbe date they potted it for sale or the date it was put out in tbe field or something else?

This is the first year I had seeds germinate.

Free for pickup in north Broward. No shipping.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / I picked my first Rollinia today
« on: April 20, 2023, 06:04:02 PM »
To prevent squirrels, rats, recoon, birds and possum from getting at it before I did, I picked it but left the second one on the tree covered in a white waxed paper bag.

Saturday I will take the second one.

It's been a L-O-N-G four months :-)

Anyway the tree has erupted in flowers and we are looking forward to more in the August time frame.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jaboticaba season
« on: March 31, 2023, 01:13:34 PM »
Wowser! The fruit from my tree is pretty small this year likely due to the dry winter, and they're not as plentiful as past years but sweeettt?  This bush has never produced fruit this sweet.

Has anyone else in so. Flo had a similar experience with their Jabo?


Citrus General Discussion / Grafted lemon Q's
« on: March 26, 2023, 09:08:13 AM »
Last winter I grafted an unknown lemon cutting from a big box store to an unknown seedling fron a grocery store for my girlfriend and her granddaughter.

By the time I got to the seedling it was already pretty big and 1/3 of an inch thick, so the graft is pretty high up.

The graft took perfectly and the scion has pushed a lot of growth upwards of 10" already. My Q's are:

1. I know the rootstock from the seedling will continue to push growth but since I do not need nurse branches should we keep cutting them off or leave them be?

2. If we leave them I suspect it would be several years to fruit and but... can the rootstock kill the graft?

3.Since the scion is growing so agressively, at best to worst when can my GF expect fruit?

Note it's in a large ceramic coated clay type pot.

PS, can I graft another variety like tangerine on the scion or rootstock and not endanger either?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Fairchild #2 seedlings free to take
« on: March 02, 2023, 09:19:57 AM »
I'm in S.E Florifa (North Broward) and I have a few seedlings in ground  and before I pull them out I'd like to offer any locals with a shovel and pot to come and take them. If you're lucky there may be some fruit ready to take also.

PM for info.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Still no flies or bees
« on: February 25, 2023, 11:25:02 AM »
Even though my yard is exploding in mango blooms, I haven't seen ANY. In past years, I could find my dog's poop within minutes with the swarm of flies covering it but today? none. I can now  leave my sliding patio door open when I go out for a minute and in the past I could not!  My GF is over 25 miles north of me and she has the same situation.

Are the cities spraying excessively for mosquito control? If not what's going on?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Free Fairchild #2 Canistel
« on: February 07, 2023, 06:13:51 PM »
The last fruit of the season are available for pick up in Coral Springs So. Flo.

No shipping, first come... Y'knoe.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Trying guava... again!
« on: January 31, 2023, 10:35:36 PM »
I had a great papaya tree die of old age and in it's sunny spot I put a 5' tall Ruby Red guava. I've had bad luck with guava they always got inundated with scale and the fruits have had fruit fly.

This one is in a spot right near my back door so I can pay more attention to it and hopefully catch problems before they get out of hand. I have a good supply of mesh bags and horticultural oil to battle with.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cleantalk blocking searches?
« on: January 24, 2023, 09:15:58 AM »
I was able to use the search function this morning, and then poof this popup appeared and search is now disabled for me.  Does anyone know what's up with this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit trees I gave up on
« on: December 30, 2022, 01:16:15 PM »
This coming spring I plan on making room in my yard for as yet undetermined varieties. 

Slated for the axe are:

Excalibur Mamey. After 12 years of die back and no fruit, this one goes for sure.
White Sapote. After three years of performance like the Mamey I pulled it.
Peaches. Even though I have gotten fruit and the two I have are healthy, the crops after 9 and 11 years have not been large enough to justify the space.
The soursop was completely cleaned of foliage by this last cold snap, it's been (putting it mildly) a shy bearer and as of now its only use was adding leaf litter and shade to the yard :-)

I may once again try guava. I've had great luck with large number of fruit, but had serious fruit fly issues. This time I'll try bagging the fruits much earlier.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pink pineapple experience
« on: December 27, 2022, 11:46:57 PM »
I found them at a local market and even at $8 I figured I'd give it a try. Boy, was it a letdown! Even though it was fully ripe both my GF and myself wouldn't even finish the whole fruit and it went into a tupperware with sugar water for a few days to tone down the acidic "flavor"

I read that Del Monte is snipping the tops off before shipping them to keep backyard growers from growing their own gene spliced samples, I have news for them, I do not WANT any! :-)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Canistel question
« on: December 13, 2022, 03:55:25 PM »
I have a Fairchild #2 and I always pick them ripe and I would like to send some to Connecticut. How ripe or what stage of  ripeness can I pick them to ship?

I figure to send them after the first of the year but since I never tried ripening them off the tree I do not know if they will ripen once picked? Right now they are fully colored but still hard as a rock.

The title says it all. A few years ago I bought a bare root chocolate (Diospyros nigra) and it was DOA. I tried to revive it but no dice.

So, I understand the Diospyros nigra is a USDA 7,8,9,10 and 11 and I'd like one, but only if withing driving range of south Florida. Does anyone know of someone who has them in stock?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / How to NOT advertise fruit
« on: December 06, 2022, 05:43:41 PM »
I L-O-V-E persimmons, I mean as much as any top tier fruit I've tried but the Cali persimmon industry does themselves no favor with the horribly incorrect and misleading package verbiage...

"Sweet Honey Flavor, Ready to eat NOW" 

Imagine Chiquita putting THAT on their GREEN, hard, immature bananas? 

No, these persimmon will not be ready for weeks until they get squishy like an over ripe tomato, after that? WOW!!!  :-)  Egads, the persimmons in the pic will be astringent and destroy any possibility of persimmon growers gaining a repeat buyer! 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rollinia
« on: December 02, 2022, 02:34:12 AM »
I planted a Rollinia three years ago as a healthy tree bought in a recently re-potted 7 gallon.  It has thrived, and unlike some I've seen mine has a canopy that is dense, and dark green with a 4-5" thick trunk and is between 12 and 15 feet tall. It has bloomed since the first full year in ground and every year since going in the ground, and set a few fruits which turned black and fell off. I have a well and it gets sufficient water, and fertilized with Excalibur's stuff.

Is this fruit drop a matter of the tree still being immature and my expecting fruit sooner? Or, an I missing something in its care.

Citrus General Discussion / How long for a lemon graft to die?
« on: December 02, 2022, 02:11:41 AM »
My GF's granddaughter sent her a small lemon seedling which she wanted to see fruit sooner than the (unknown cultivar) seedling would. So, she went to Lowes and snipped off a Meyer cutting (bad girl) and asked me to graft it onto the seedling. I used a cleft and the tree and scion were perfectly matched in thickness. It's been two weeks and the cutting is still as green as when I grafted it and the tree stem has sprouted several new branches under the graft, and I have not uncovered the scion yet.

My Q's.

1. I've grafted Mango before and know when a graft took or not but since the scion is still bright green I do not know if it should wither and die if the graft did not take.

2. Should I clip the new branches that have erupted under the graft to send more resources to the grafted scion?

3. Assuming the graft took, when should I remove the wrap from the scion? After new growth sprouts?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Your worst trees that give volunteer seedlings
« on: November 01, 2022, 01:24:47 PM »
A few trees became a nuisance with volunteers growing in huge amounts under them. I may  not have planted them if I had known this.

Fairchild #2 canistel... I miss a lot of drops and the seeds quickly establish themselves in the mulched understory. The fruit is worth keeping the tree as is my Julie seedling "Juicy Lucy" whose seeds erupt into seedlings easily in mulch.

I've pulled Coffee due to the hundreds of seedlings it produced, and my lemon drop mangosteen is on the list to go.

Any other noteworthy trees which need a lot of seedling removal work? 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Off topic firestarter
« on: October 18, 2022, 05:13:13 PM »
Over the summer I store trimmed branches to use as kindling. Most fruit trees are not as good as pine wood scraps but this summer I pruned my lemon drop mangosteen heavily and the wood (even small branches) is outstanding kindling.  It burns fast, hot and unlike most fruit woods instead of going instantly to ash it turns into hot red coal like material which lasts a longer time than any other kindling I have used.

If you have  mangosteen and a fireplace or firepit keep your trimmings instead of chucking them out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Looking for kampong mauve
« on: August 07, 2022, 02:54:11 PM »
Anyone know who has them for sale in so. Fla?

My gf ADORES my fruit and I would like to get one for her.

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