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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is a black sapote tree worth having?
« on: June 24, 2022, 10:56:57 AM »
What's black sapote taste like to me. It tastes like a dried asian persimmon with the texture of a well cooked moist variety sweet potato. It has a prune/molasses flavor. I would bet that black sapote bread made with the same spices as ginger bread would be delicious.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Monster Abiu
« on: June 23, 2022, 12:29:26 PM »
I, as Senior and Grand Exalted Bishop of Fruit declare you unrighteous and that fruit as an abomination!! The only way to cleanse your sins is to send me at least 3 of those wicked fruit (phyto certificate included) so I can extract their decadent flesh. YOU HAVE BEEN SO JUDGED!! NOW REPENT!!!!!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: CORG Comparison
« on: June 06, 2022, 08:16:00 PM »
I have several but none have ever fruited. I suspect the one I got from Kevin Jones might Fruit first. I have some that I bought a few years ago in florida with one inch trunks that haven't done anything. Go figure.
You have a picture or instructions how to do that? I would most definitely give it a try.

I bent branches over and tied them to the pot to widen it up and that set off a massive flowering episode, might be worth a shot. My trunk is about 1" as well now.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: CORG Comparison
« on: June 06, 2022, 07:56:12 PM »
I have several but none have ever fruited. I suspect the one I got from Kevin Jones might Fruit first. I have some that I bought a few years ago in florida with one inch trunks that haven't done anything. Go figure.

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Are there any official varieties? One of mine is like tree and it is sending out buds. The other two are "bushy" and super spiny but no buds. What gives?

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Mine do that in the winter. Mine are in pots. How warm is it there now? I had some die back in the winter. The guys may be right about the soil temps and wet feet. I will update my winter protocol.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba defoliated
« on: June 05, 2022, 03:57:30 PM »
Well, one of my defoliated Jabos has come back. That's almost a year defoliated crazy right?

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Thanks everybody for the advice.

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I'm still in the may "they might maybe they might not stage". Looks like lots of potentials on the 2 Nikita's gifts. Not much on the Rossyankas and most of them have dropped. Are the buds only supposed to be on the new growth?

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Got it!

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Texas persimmons are either make or female. The male flowers look like a bell. They hang. The female flowers are up turned. How old are they? D
They are about 4 years old. They have grown really slowly. The one with the two fruit is a bout 3 feet tall.


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What could this be ?? Its on the new growth only so in teory it should be a mobile element thats missing ,right ?
Stranje thing is that right next to the strawberry guava i have a lemon guava which doesnt have this problem at all.
Any clues ? And thanks !




I have the same problem. I think I will hot them with some Iron.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: WHAT STEALS GREEN MANGOES???
« on: May 28, 2022, 07:42:03 AM »
Green peaches and green tomatoes verified in NC. I hate squirrels!!

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa in NJ zone 7a
« on: May 27, 2022, 09:21:18 PM »
Nope. I figured the bees or the wind would do it. They are planted in a circle 2 feet apart.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Diospyros texana dioecious. Maybe not.
« on: May 27, 2022, 07:42:09 PM »
I have four texas persimmons planted in my persimmon patch. I assume the two that flowered are females. This is the first year they have flowered. One of them is holding two fruits. The only other persimmons around are my two Nikita's gifts and my two Rossyeankas. Any guess on how this happened?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa in NJ zone 7a
« on: May 27, 2022, 07:35:26 PM »
I have 5 outside in 7b. They have been in the ground 4 years. They have flowered since year two. Maybe this year they will produce some fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tomatoes reseeding in zone 6-7
« on: May 27, 2022, 07:30:10 PM »
Yep. We call them volunteers around here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: WHAT STEALS GREEN MANGOES???
« on: May 27, 2022, 02:26:58 PM »
You mean besides people?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu finally producing
« on: May 25, 2022, 05:20:38 PM »
I have a seedling abiu that has started flowering last year and is again this year.  It has produced hundreds of flowers but so far none have progressed to any fruit stage.  It may simply be too soon, not sure what is normal.  Where I am there are no other abius around to cross-pollinate.
How old is it? Mine are about a year old so I am curious as to when I can expect to get something.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu finally producing
« on: May 25, 2022, 07:40:59 AM »
I have four. Two seedlings from Everglades and two from Mike. I have never tasted one. It's one of those trees that I have been trying and failing with for years. Hopefully this round I will succeed. I really would like to get a named cultivar. I'm surprised they are not available in the US. Who's ready for a group buy from Australia?!?!?!?!?! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Trip Report!! Jack and the BeanStalk
« on: May 13, 2022, 10:10:15 AM »
East Coast-
Jack and the BeanStalk
The property
This a small property with a large variety of tropical and subtropicals. They also carry some citrus.
The staff
The staff is was two ladies  and an older gentleman who spoke "ok" English so with my "ok" spanish I was able to converse.
The website
It's pretty basic and sparse. They seem to make an effort to update their inventory but you have to download a pdf so it is not up to the minute accurate but at least they are trying. They also respond to emails so that is plus.
Prices
Prices there are on par with with the upper end of Florida prices and I would say maybe a little pricey; Almost like West cost pricing a few years ago. 3 gals for >$45 is becoming the new normal. Theirs were $55 and small. When I was there most of their inventory was above 7 gal and up especially for what I call hard to find. Caimito's were in short supply and what they had looked healthy but was in 15 gals for $190 and only the greens were available. They had some healthy wax jambus in 7 gal but they were $90. I still bought two but it stung. Yes, the inflation has hit and it sucks.
Quality
On par with most other sellers in terms of size and health. Some of the plants were a little burned. I suspect this is because they don't have everything under shade cloth.

I met the owner and he was a nice guy. Even though his prices were a little high IMO he did cut me a deal so I basically got one 3gal plant for free.  I heard about the place from a youtuber named Paul. This guy is a great resource for places to go but he is single-handedly running down the inventory for everything  :D :D :D The owner said a few days after Paul posted the video he was swamped. It's about 20 min off of I-95 Near West Palm beach if I am not mistaken.

BTW
I was at Lara's bright and early. The gate was closed 10 minutes after opening time so I called. Julian answered the phone. After a short convo I found out he was sold out of almost everything. I was looking for: caimitos, custard apples.... Hopefully he will have more inventory soon. Call before you travel

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Ruby Longan
« on: May 12, 2022, 03:20:07 PM »
Where are you guys getting your plants? I have not seen either Florida Honey or Sakip in the trade.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persimmon dormancy
« on: May 12, 2022, 03:17:16 PM »
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In the past i had bought a chocolate variety persimmon bareroot. Planted it in a pot and waited prolly till the middle to end of june for it to wake up. I remember my other persimmons were leafed out when i had enough and threw the bareroot chocolate . I also remember that the stem was probably still green just above the graft when i disposed it.


Update, the coffee cake which I cut back (to a stick), now leafing out. The chocolate which initially look more promising (only trim 1/2 branches), shows no sign of leafing. Maybe chocolate variety doesn't take transplant well?

Alekhan. In the future I would recommend purchasing plants from someone local or in your state. Just fruits and exotics so far has not done wrong. I used to buy a lot of bare root stuff. The anxiety waiting to see if I bought a dud was just too much ;D ;D

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I'm not commercial so.. it's a cost but it doesn't really hit my bottom line too hard.

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