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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pruning Young Multi-trunk Jabos - Help
« on: November 20, 2023, 05:21:11 PM »
Awesome thank you both! Sounds like a plan to leave them all and create a jabo goblet :) I never would've thought of that. Thanks again!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pruning Young Multi-trunk Jabos - Help
« on: November 20, 2023, 11:50:55 AM »
Can anyone advise how best to prune a young multi-trunk jaboticaba? I have several different varieties that have sprouted multiple trunks after their summer growth spurt, they're about a year old.

Red lantern pics below. Do I remove all but 1 trunk? Keep the primary 2 or 3? The trunks are fused together at the base. Thanks in advance!


Best of luck! Hope you're able to save the tree. I'll guess 786


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Free Yangmei Giveaway
« on: November 07, 2023, 07:43:33 AM »
34 or 41

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fuyu Persimmon Tree- Broke In Half
« on: November 06, 2023, 12:58:36 PM »
Amazing! I'll guess 469

One of the red hybrid jabos I bought last year also just fruited, such a nice surprise!! Very happy with everything I've purchased from Kevin, it was helpful seeing reviews from other forum members.

The Nelita I bought last year from Kevin just fruited, exciting to get fruit so quickly. Thanks again!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fall fruiting grapes in Central FL
« on: October 06, 2023, 08:23:12 AM »
Hi, can anyone recommend late season grape varieties for Central FL that fruit in fall? e.g. Granny Val, Late Fry?

Looking for a replacement for Southern Home grapes which haven't done well. Thanks in advance!

My favorite things that I'm growing now

1. Mango
2. Figs
3. Jaboticaba
4. Loquat
5. Persimmon

I don't bother growing the tropical peaches, none of the low chill stone fruits taste anywhere near how good the regular ones I could grow living in California are. I sure miss real peaches.

I thought the same about tropical peaches until trying Florida Glo white peaches this spring. Excellent! The flavor may have been influenced by the colder winter though, looking forward to trying them again next spring.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question on Miracle Fruit Tree
« on: July 25, 2023, 07:32:41 AM »
My understanding is you can root cuttings (source:, though I haven't tried this.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wow, that's a big Jaboticaba tree!
« on: May 30, 2023, 04:52:32 PM »
Neat picture. I knew they got big in Brazil, but thought they'd stay smaller in FL. This one in FL though is huge, should've planted mine somewhere else! There was a recent YouTube video about this sabara jabo, they think it's about 70 years old,

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: pitomba
« on: May 11, 2023, 07:53:04 AM »
Hi, do you ever sell the fruit? I'd love to be able to try these sometime (and your other orange fruit). USPS shipping usually takes only a day or two within FL when I've bought plants before locally. Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: FREE: Fruiting Sabara scions
« on: April 29, 2023, 12:26:16 PM »

Looks like Planting Justice also offers Kanko but currently out of stock, plus they serve a great purpose:

Glad you mentioned this, I ordered a Strawberry, Avri, and Japanese raisin tree. Good luck with your search!

Fuyu is flowering here, yes they typically flower after the new spring growth flush.

Ichi-ki-kei-jiro is still half dormant, seems unusually late this year. I don't know about Chocolate, but would probably give it more time. You can always test by bending a small branch or scratching the bark. If it's flexible or green underneath, you should be fine.

Thank you so much for the extras!! Hoping they all take.

They fruit in clumps in the ground here too. There's about 8 fruit in approx 8'x8' area. They also came through 3 consecutive nights of freezing temps in upper 20's/low 30's in Dec, and weren't set back too much. Good luck with your greenhouse growing!


Around here, they can fruit prolifically in the ground in part shade. I haven't noticed as many fruit on the ones growing vertically up trees, but they're mostly grown as ornamental landscape plants, rather than for fruit production.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat ripening in February ?
« on: February 05, 2023, 05:06:24 PM »
A few Gold Nugget have ripened here. Most were set back by the Dec freeze.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various seedling jaboticaba for sale
« on: February 05, 2023, 12:26:46 PM »
Sent you a PM. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: February 05, 2023, 08:52:45 AM »

Rosigold is way ahead of the game. Luckily didn't get affected by the cold spells. Hopefully we're done with cold this season.

yoski this looks great. Did you protect it during the Dec freeze/do you find this variety fairly easy to grow?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: Peluche Loquat
« on: January 29, 2023, 05:39:26 PM »
I have shippable size and scions available for reasonable price.

Do you by chance still have any scions available? Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabuticaba soil mixes used
« on: January 26, 2023, 07:35:06 AM »
you harvest them when you can twist it off right?

You can twist them off too early if it's an astringent type and they haven't softened enough. At least with mine, they should be slightly soft before picking for best flavor. They'll also soften after picking but the flavor isn't as good in my opinion. Curious about others experiences...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabuticaba soil mixes used
« on: January 26, 2023, 07:24:05 AM »
Also when do I eat it?

I ate my scarlettes when they were red, heavy, chunky, juicy and big.  ;D  For black varieties, it should be totally black, I guess...
I was tempted to wait till it fell off the tree. Would it be spoiled by then?

I wouldn't wait! They may go bad.

What's the variety? If it's an astringent type (e.g. Sabara, Grimal, coronata, grandiflora) then you need to wait until it's deep color and slightly soft, otherwise it'll taste awful.

If it's a non-astringent variety (e.g. red jabo, trunciflora, phitrantha, anomaly) then should be fine to eat early.

Flying Fox Fruits had a youtube video about this that was really helpful to understand. I'd been harvesting Sabara too early and they were nasty. With Sabara, it needs to be almost black and have some give (not hard).

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