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If I remember correctly, Bobby B. hypothesizes in a truly tropical video that the male trees have more pointed leaves and the female leaves are more round.

You remember correctly. He does indeed say that. Considering the size and scope of his Garcinia collection, I certainly trust his expertise on the matter. It means that I have a male Imbe. Of course, even with one plant I (or anyone else with only a male plant) could get lucky and get some fruit. Adam Shafran has only one Imbe, a male, that also produces a small number of female flowers. If I remember correctly from one of his many videos, he talked about how it is common for male Imbes to produce a small number of female flowers but that female plants never produce male flowers.

Will the females still set fruit with no male pollination?

Got lots of capulins around me. I'll offer up some seeds when the time comes. Should be here shortly.

Awesome!  Would be interested too whenever you set that up, thanks!

Any info you have about the trees appreciated.  Iíve heard they vary a fair bit in how good they are, but Iíve never had one, so have no clue.

Wondering same.  Never see any for sale or even seeds.

Great question!  Would love to know also as I only have one growing right now. 

Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Iím trying to get things together and get some stuff to fruit in the coming years.

Hereís what the greenhouse currently looks like if anyones interested.
All the other plants are outside though.
Like mentioned there were setbacks, but in the end, itís just making me a better grower.

Right now it looks like you have lots of space in your greenhouse.  You will quickly find your trees doubling and tripling in size and suddently space is a concern.  And you will find your wheelbarrow falling apart and you find yourself buying a Jackson :)

Lol!  The struggle is real.

Funny how quickly things escalate in this hobby, right?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenias
« on: May 08, 2022, 08:32:43 AM »
Is ligustrina any good?  Seems like it fruits a ton, but tiny fruits.  Also interesting in picking up some more eugenias. I grow a few of the more common ones you listed and also our natives here in FL.

People seem to like patrisii.  Anyone grow repanda?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wampee Seeds available
« on: May 07, 2022, 03:56:54 PM »
My pink wampee held up well in our mild winter last year. It didnít freeze here though

Thanx for the reply, Hammer, that's good to know. 

But hope to also hear from a few of our Florida TFF members in zone 9b who are growing wampee.


Paul M.

Iíve got a pink wampee also, it is a different species.  It did fine outside in FL 10A last couple years, it has grown incredibly slowly tho I admit Iíve not given it much of any attention.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wampee Seeds available
« on: May 07, 2022, 02:58:49 PM »
Iíd be interested if you get more, thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava mango
« on: May 06, 2022, 08:35:16 AM »
Guava mango
Pineapple mango
Coconut mango
What is next?
Mango mango? Nah, i guess that would be too boring.  ;)
More seriously, how come only mangoes can impersonate other fruits? I've yet to hear of:
Mango guava
Mango pineapple
Mango coconut

Well said. And let's not forget the one that tastes like Minneola Tangeloes, the one that tastes like Turpentine, and of course the one that tastes like some dude named Thomas Atkins.

Lol!!  That was killer.

Holy moly, the entire Zill family has a graftable flavor profile.

Interesting!  I got in on this order as well.

Iím no wiz at describing flavor, but to me was like citrusy and peachy.  Def tasted fair bit of flavorful acidity. 

Not much to eat, but pretty tasty.

100% on mucilaginous also and idk if you soaked seeds after to plant or anything, but I did and any flesh left on the seed swelled up and held consistency of jello almost.  Pretty interesting. 

Some of my annona seedling leaves died from frost this year in ZONE 10 A, itís gonna be incredibly difficult to grow annona up north

Annonas tend to be deciduous and drop all leaves in winter. This is normal for 9 or 10. Maybe in 11a or above they are evergreen?

True story!
My neighbor threw away his 3gal potted sugar apple when the leaves dropped.  I picked it up before the trash man got it and let him know theyíre deciduous, tried to give it back to him, but he said to just keep it.  Now itís flowering.  I suppose Iíll share the fruit if I get any. 

How tricky to graft are those calycina?  I have about 0 experience, but I have a knife and some grafting tape. 

Heís awesome, got some stuff from him a while back.

In the future, this is best posted as a response to his original sales post as you will both show others that the seller is high quality as well as bump their post if theyíre still actively shipping which helps em out a lil. 

Gotcha, was hoping for seeds.  I'll check back, thank you.

Received my fruit from abimael today-

legend as far as packing and providing

Any advice as far as knowing when it is ripe/best to eat?

Got mine today also and also looking fantastic!  That was my exact same question just messaged him. 

Wasnít sure if best to shelf them for a bit till they color change a little more?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: April 24, 2022, 08:04:34 PM »
Got my seeds/cuttings + extras quickly and looking good.  Mike is awesome.
Thanks again!


my PMs haven't been going thru, if you don't see it let me know, but I would like 1 of these shipped to FL if you still have.  Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Filling the March/April fruit gap
« on: April 20, 2022, 12:36:27 PM »
I'll add Syzygium species such as Wax Jambu potentially. 

I believe it might be possible to get some varieties of Mamey at that time as well?

The FL native jujube is super rare, I have seen it at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales.  Could always ask them for more info about it, but I would seriously doubt you'll have an easy time if even be able to locate a nursery grown plant and definitely don't mess if you're lucky enough to find a wild one.  May be worth asking though.  I understood the same, that they were questionably edible, could be just uncertainty.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: English ebook of Frutas No Brasil Book
« on: April 20, 2022, 11:15:39 AM »
I was only able to find on apple books also.

I spent some time scrolling through it and honestly wonder if a lot of the fruits profiled are anything more than just interesting trail forage.  I know there are exceptions, but some days I just wonder how many of these unknown or little known fruits are hot trash vs. hidden gems, I'm sure plenty can relate.

That Garnet always produce fruits that large. How is taste and production?
Those are huge.  Starting some CORG seeds soon, but may need to pickup some small trees at plant sale this weekend if I can find em for that.

Not familiar with this one, is it a type of Pandanus?

It's a duguetia I believe, In the Annonaceae family. Apparently, this duguetia has a good amount of pulp and is one of the more tasty ones out there.

Wow, thanks for info.  Looks pretty awesome.

Rainforest Plum still available?

Not familiar with this one, is it a type of Pandanus?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: SEEDS
« on: April 14, 2022, 06:46:05 PM »
Sent PM, interested in small set of CORG seeds and few others. 

I donít think my PMs have been going thru tho.  Havenít been getting responses from anyone on last few Iíve sent over last couple months. 

Ah, missed that, glad it was 32, youíre off to a good start, best luck. 

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