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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sooty Mold, Pests, and Treatments
« on: February 20, 2024, 09:16:49 AM »
For mealy bugs and spider mites I use LADA imidicloprid drench and LUCID abamectin spray. I use liquids, both are ROTAM brand. Abamectin is a really good insecticide/miticide.

Fungus gnats are dead easy to get rid of. They are related to mosquitoes, so I put mosquito dunks in my greenhouse pond, wait two days, then use the water to water my plants. Kills the fungus gnat larvae in the soil.


Would it be fine if I apply the LADA imidicloprid drench via foliar application?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sooty Mold, Bad Insects, and Treatments
« on: February 18, 2024, 03:35:49 PM »
Imidacloprid works great for some scale but not mealybugs for whatever reason.  Hort oil or soap spray works for a bit but it seems you can never exterminate them.  At least, not in my greenhouse.  Outdoors they are preyed upon and that keeps the populations small enough to control.

I use soil drench and sprayed imidacloprid.  It kills bees so don't use it anytime is is blooming or will soon.

Is there a particular formulation or brand that you'd recommend ? (Thank You for the Reply)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sooty Mold, Pests, and Treatments
« on: February 17, 2024, 07:21:03 PM »
Good Evening, I am posting a thread for friends to join in and share their advice or experience with insects such as, Aphids, Mealybugs, Whiteflies, etc.. That are causing sooty mold on our Fruit Trees. This is a perpetual problem that I would like to try to figure out the best solution to manage. At this point I am way past using "neem" as it never works or lasts. I am reading about imidacloprid insecticide, does anyone have any experience with this and if it is worth a try, via soil drench or foliar spray. Ideas, Thoughts, Concerns?

I think it's likely to be Syzygium cumini. I think one or two people have fruited it, maybe Hunter Sims or Kelly Gabrisch?  I haven't committed to planting mine out because it just seems like a pretty mediocre species IMO.

I have fruited it out, bought the same seeds from tradewinds fruit, it is different from standard Jamun, Its fruits are more circular in shape compared to the Jamun's Oval, The BB is slightly sweeter but also slightly more astringent. Definitely very very close in taste to Jamun. Cold Hardiness seems the same and does well in Central Florida. Worth growing as a novelty if you have the space, If not. Stick with Jamun as the Jamun fruits are larger and have more meat on them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia Hand Pollination Support Request
« on: September 28, 2023, 05:06:35 PM »
You gotta collect female pollen, usually at night, and separate from all other plant material. Put in sealed small container with desiccant pack, and keep in fridge til the following night or next couple of nights. Then use paint brush to pollinate female flowers.  All flowers start off female, then turn male.

You can break off a wing/petal of the flower to better get inside of female flowers, which should only be barely open. If a flower has fully opened, it is male.

Is the Desiccant pack an absolutely necessary step?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rollinia Hand Pollination Support Request
« on: September 28, 2023, 02:42:08 PM »
Howdy, Ive got a 20 ft tall Rollinia that flowers non stop and has only ever made one fruit, I am going to resort to doing some hand pollination and am seedling any tips, graphics, information and photos as possible. Any tips would be huge. Thanks friends!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favourite tropical fruit?
« on: September 24, 2023, 10:22:14 AM »
White Sapote

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Kepel Seedlings and more for sale
« on: September 13, 2023, 09:11:14 AM »
Howdy, see the link to my Etsy Shop, I've got a decent selection of rare tropicals. I ship out on Monday's, and to all of the Continental US.

See Kepel Seedlings at the link Provided.

Got my monkey orange today.  Nice size, was wrapped professionally,  plant arrived in perfect.  An overall excellent buying experience for anyone interested in his selection.
By the way, is monkey orange self fertile?

Great to hear! I do believe the Monkey Orange is self fertile, as the tree I harvested the seeds from does not have any other trees nearby.

Just bought a strychnos tree from you.  Looking forward to it.  If you ever air layer a female kei apple, I'll definitely buy one from you as well.

not sure if you reached out to seller yet but did he ship to AZ?

Yes, I am Certified to ship to AZ

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Kepel Apple seeds for sale
« on: August 28, 2023, 07:41:47 PM »
I have seedlings for sale as well if anyone is interested.

on the higher price side but still reasonable in my opinion as the seeds took about 10 months to sprout up, also had to have them imported from indonesia.

picture shown is of a kepel on the smaller side. I like to under promise and over deliver, seedlings are slightly larger than image shown.

Thesims, looks like a great Etsy shop. Are all of the scions from fruiting trees? I couldn’t tell by reading the description. Thanks!

Yes I will make more clear in descriptions, But every cutting I sell is from a already fruited tree. Thanks

Have you rooted the cinnamon cuttings before?  What kind of success rates are you getting?  Also, do you sell fresh seeds or small seedlings?

I have rooted them using clonex, they are more difficult than most but do able if you have good shade, high humidity, and never let the soil dry out.

Hello Friends! I have an etsy shop for those who are unaware. I can ship to the Continental US including CA and AZ, I ship on monday's.
I have a decent selection of Seedlings, Scions, and occasionally some rare air layers. Please give my etsy a follow and I hope you'll consider placing an order. Read my reviews, Happy Shoppers!

I will have air layers for sale in a few months when they are ready, will be on my etsy store.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Should I Cut my Inga Laurina Air Layers?
« on: April 29, 2023, 01:48:09 PM »
I did them about a month ago, this is what the air layers are looking like at the moment, not sure if its quite time to cut them yet. Should I give it another week or so? or would I be fine to try and cut some now to pot up? Cheers 4/29/2023

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: April 29, 2023, 01:41:31 PM »
Out of the 45 ish trees I got from the December Group Order, 7 are looking like they have a fighting Chance. We will see

Does anyone have any recommendations for a seller who may have Olosapo Seeds?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green Sapote Tree
« on: April 21, 2023, 08:03:03 AM »

I got a green sapote cultivar from a really nice grower in South's called Whitman...I suppose old Willy Whitman had it....notorious for getting the best of the best if he could....I've also heard there was a study done on the brix level, of the fruits of this cultivar "whitman", and it was off the meat rack sweet!!!

I am willing to share budwood at a later date, but my two trees need to grow a little before I cut maybe ready to distribute budwood in August of this year, fruit Gods willing...

How is your green sapote doing? Has it fruited for you ?

Top 10:
Coconut Cream
Guava Mango (Guamango)
Orange Sherbet
Rosigold (tasted like floral roses to me)
Lemon Zest
Nam Doc Mai
PPK (lemon meringue)
And believe it or not I like the shitty fibrous turpetine mango

Creme Brulee (I want to know more about this variety and haven't tasted it)
Casturi Mango

I don't have a shortage of planting space so I did a couple less desirable varieties.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: CUSTOM TROPICAL PLANT SIGNS
« on: April 18, 2023, 11:43:30 AM »
Just Sent an Email!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / M-4 VS Sugarloaf Mango
« on: April 18, 2023, 11:30:41 AM »
I always thought these were the same mango variety, a local nursery is offering m4 and sugarloaf as different trees, does anyone here have experience growing them, how do the taste compare? And Ultimately which do you prefer?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rare Ficus species
« on: April 13, 2023, 12:06:05 PM »
I have Ficus Sycomorus, probably one of the only few in Florida, its a small tree about 3ft tall but could probably swing a couple cutting for you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Illegal or Not?? Mango Scions
« on: March 02, 2023, 11:01:18 PM »
Hello, would it be illegal to sell scions (not plants) of a patented variety of mango such as those of Zills nurseries (coco creme, etc...)


Not in the Clear yet, but these look promising!

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