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Mulberries always look like crap this time of year. Shorter days messes with them, but they are actually okay and bounce back when the days get longer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia
« on: December 02, 2022, 06:41:29 PM »
Has to be a maturity issue. Your tree has some growing up and learning to do. Either this summer or next, you should have some fruits coming in.  Probably will get 2 crops per year when she starts rollinia-ing.

Are Sweet Sensation and Florida Sensation the same thing? My lackluster search did not reveal the answer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia
« on: December 02, 2022, 11:06:24 AM »
Recent fruits have dried up when small on ours for some reason. Not sure if it is holding anything or not.

It's been really dry here, with periodic spells of heaving rain. For example, weeks of little to no rain, then 5.55 inches in one day, and another 2 inches overnight (a few weeks ago). Dryness might help with flowering, but think it needs more water to develop and hold fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia
« on: December 02, 2022, 09:42:18 AM »
Sounds like you are on the right track. Ours took several years (4 - 5) after planting in ground to start producing decent crops. Planted as a 7 gallon. I think you are on the verge. Fert seemed to help ours (+had a compost bin leaking onto the roots), but think it was also maturity.

Just called Knaus Berry Farm, they only grow Florida Sensation strawberries. They sell plants, but won't have any till beginning of next season (Nov 2023).

What varieties do the famers in Homestead grow? That might be our best bet for now.

I've had zero luck with strawberries so far.

40 yard roots!! Cool read, thx

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First flowers of Macleania smithiana
« on: November 28, 2022, 08:21:18 PM »
She's a beauty for sure! Nice job.

Great to see you around Digi

Wow, December is upon us.


Is it time to send payment yet?

Wangoes. They are new and very few people have tried them. I am convinced that locked within their genome lies some useful code for our future fruits.

Not directed at people on this forum, but mangoes are largely under appreciated in the USA. Especially up north. Funny though, most people here in South Florida have never had a really good mango. Opinions vary greatly, but my belief is there is a mango flavor profile that suits everyone, if they just find it. Mangoes are indeed an underrated fruit.

Or clean them (take seed out) and freeze. Throw them in blender and make stuff when you are ready. Those are too good to let go to waste, but I know processing fruit can be a royal pita.

Cleaning guanabana before it goes bad is a chore for me, and I gotta get ALL the seeds out.

Have been freezing peppers before they go bad; seeds and all. They are surprisingly good when the time comes to use them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Trees with high ornamental value
« on: November 27, 2022, 06:30:16 PM »
Seems there is a wide range of what we consider "ornamental" and beautiful, which is itself beautiful.

How plants are grouped together and their background and landscaping all make a difference. Time of year as and conditions as well.

Re rollinia, it is a beautiful tree that can be trimmed to create a nice umbrella canopy. It is pleasant and cool underneath.

Thanks Stomata! Let's do a trade in the near future. My plant is not quite ready for cuttings, but soon.

Thanks Benjamin. I have a few p. laurifolia plants. One of them is over 60 feet. Grows up and down a large pongam tree. Was sold to me as nitida, but has revealed itself to be otherwise. Will post a pic soon, the stalk on this thing is nuts.

I have a young Nitida but mine is way young.  Not sure if self pollinating but I hope it is because I only have the one plant.  It is a quick grower though and develops roots super fast so I suppose will know by next year or 2 if self fertile.  I am basically treating it like a regular passionfruit and it is doing great.

Let's trade plant material when ours get older.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Trees with high ornamental value
« on: November 23, 2022, 11:07:53 AM »
jabos, carambola, caimito

Hello Everyone!

Looking for p. nitida. I have a plant, and have some sprouts that may or may not make it (snail attack).

As I don't know if 2 plants are need for pollination/fruit (does anyone know if p. nitida is self fertile?), looking for another plant.

Willing to buy or even trade. Not sure my plant is big enough for cuttings yet, but would be willing to trade material with another nitida owner. Have other material for trade.

Thanks for all info and leads.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling fresh kwai muk seeds - usa
« on: November 21, 2022, 08:05:14 PM »
Thanks for the info and explanation monkeyfish. I agree with you, sounds like a lot of trouble and not worth it.

What is your take on the flavor of kwai muk?

That is not passiflora laurifolia. No idea what it is.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling fresh kwai muk seeds - usa
« on: November 19, 2022, 04:22:28 PM »
I'd love to order some fresh fruit as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seashore mangosteen in California?
« on: November 18, 2022, 04:26:09 PM »
Seashore is actually one of the faster growing garcinias. Ours has really taken off, and dwarfs all the other family members we grow. Seems pretty tough too.

Your main issue might be humidity. A greenhouse would be best.

If you start with a reasonably sized tree, who knows how long to fruiting. From seed, will take a long time, but could be a fun experiment. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pine Bark Mulch and Tropical Fruit Trees
« on: November 17, 2022, 09:53:31 PM »
Termites eat plant material. Not pine bark nuggets fault termites are around and are always hungry. Most other mulch is termite fodder as well. If it's not, might not be good for your plants (if toxic to termites). 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pine Bark Mulch and Tropical Fruit Trees
« on: November 17, 2022, 07:41:45 PM »
Pine bark mulch is mostly what I use. Love it.

I drink a lot of kombucha made from fruits. Currently drinking Gamboge (yellow mangosteen). Past flavors include dragon passion fruit, mango passion fruit, bignay, lychee, jaboticaba, and cacao. Low alcohol content, and tastes way better than beer, wine, or liquor. Kegs are the way to go.


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