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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 20, 2018, 12:55:44 AM »
fruitfool

i got it from jene's many years ago as an atemoya, but personally i think its a sugar apple.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 19, 2018, 04:08:47 AM »
Brad, the olan is flowering for the first time (grafted to mature stump) so I don't know taste. I have only found a paragraph on it on line. My friend however who is in another area was not that impressed, but we shall see. He was hoping for it to be regular producer.
ronald

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kanku123/28193973133/in/dateposted/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What’s bloomin?
« on: December 30, 2017, 09:30:45 AM »



Seriously weird year so far, not a single one of my mangos: coco cream, lemon zest, seedling ivory, ice cream, Maha chanok, NDM, sweet tart have bloomed yet but my sweet heart lychee has, nuts right?!?

-Joep450

lovely start to your sweet heart.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jamaican Pineapple Fruit Called Ripley?
« on: December 26, 2017, 09:41:52 PM »
As I said they have become rather rare, at least in my area. sometimes we go through an entire season without seeing any being sold. Definitely not in supermarkets as their shelf life is not as good as larger firmer varieties.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jamaican Pineapple Fruit Called Ripley?
« on: December 25, 2017, 05:16:09 AM »
 VERY SWEET, MY FAVOURITE PINEAPPLE. OF A SOFTER CONSISTENCY,  BECAUSE OF THIS IT IS GETTING RARER AS IT DOES NOT SHIP WELL COMPARED TO NEWER VARIETIES. IT ALSO IS A RELATIVELY SMALL FRUIT.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: abui air layering
« on: January 02, 2017, 06:00:43 AM »
Have air layered in the past and trees still doing well but agree that grafted ones were much more vigorous and heathy.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Bloom Jamaica (Florida?)
« on: January 02, 2017, 05:55:52 AM »
Hi. Where in Jamaica was tree? Are both pitures of same tree? If so tree looks small for 30 years old. (Judging by minivan beside it)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: achachairu - new leaves blanched
« on: November 07, 2015, 04:44:17 PM »
Hi. My opinion is that achachairu even though having very light colouring on new growth, yours seem much too white instead of light pinkish bronze colour.

achachairu by ronald lyn, on Flickr

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Jani as far as local cultivars it seems that Mauritius is by far the dominant lychee on the island.  Most of the 'newer' ones are  relatively  young.
As it pertains to longans I only  ownly know of diamond river fruiting at sea level. (Without treatment that is)

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Good info Jani. I think we all know here that we are borderline as it goes to the optimum lychee climate. Both in temperatures and fall rains coming at the wrong times. So we need alot to go just right.
girdling for me can still be a hit or miss exploit especially if we don't have a cool winter.  (for me low 60s with an ocational dip below 60 in the nights)
However compared to ungirdled trees there is a definite improvement in production. 
Other threes in the area flower with without girdling but personally I have been more consistent with it.
On a fifteen ft tree that has done well I would expect between 100 and 200lbs. Larger trees much more.
Brewsters are looking the best I have seen them girdled or not, I only have two of those trees, all the others are Mauritius.

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Hello everyone.  All I can say is that here in Jamaica I have practiced girdling for over 15 years. No it is not some miracle solution to the flowering puzzle but personally I do find it helps.
However I still need the weather to cooperate with some cool temperatures.
I think all we can do is do our best to get them in a dormant state for winter and hope for chill hours.
My update-flowering continues to look the best that I have ever had. And hoping that translates to lots of great fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee crop 2015, boom or bust?
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:00:04 PM »

Nice healthy looking panicles, what variety is it?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lychee chlorosis?
« on: December 28, 2014, 12:39:01 PM »
Murahilin, That is correct, flowering is possible here without girdling but results in my experience are much more reliable with it.

Oscar, thanks, that was my line of thinking. As I have never used micronutrients was just thinking of starting a program for the 2014 - 15 year, hoping that that would somehow help.

Doglips, Misting may be possible with a single tree but I have two acres to deal with.

Thanks for your input everybody.

(Of note we had 6 to 8 weeks of hard regular rains in October to mid november then back to dry conditions)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lychee chlorosis?
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:46:27 PM »
Simon I agree. But what I can't figure is why it is when the sun is at its least harshest and why only at that particular time of year. So is there  nutrients that would make them more resistant to this if it is sunburn is what I'm asking.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / lychee chlorosis?
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:31:54 PM »
I have seen some of my lychee trees exhibit some leaves which looks like either chlorosis or simple sunburn. The leaves are predominantly on limbs that have been girdled and mostly on the side of the tree getting the most direct sunlight at this time of year.
                              100_2605 by kanku123, on Flickr                              
The trees all looked perfect until late november just about when flowering was expected. I was wondering if a late micronutrient spray would help this situation. Of course there are little to no flower buds on these areas.
                              100_2605 by kanku123, on Flickr                              

I must say that I have had this much worse in the past and this year it is actually at a manageable level, but I'm already planning for next year. :) Any thoughts?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee crop 2015, boom or bust?
« on: December 25, 2014, 04:47:50 AM »
 I'm about as far away from the beach as you can get,  :) over 2000 feet above sea level in the town of Mandeville. Here are a few more pics for the 'hardcore' lychee fanatics. :)

                              100_2598 by kanku123, on Flickr      

most of that early flowers came out with a mixture of leaves and bloom. The leaves have fallen luckily. a little hard to see from photo.   

                              100_2594 by kanku123, on Flickr      

This is between 15 and 25 feet up in the canopy.                                                      

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee crop 2015, boom or bust?
« on: December 24, 2014, 06:34:24 PM »
In jamaica the usual time for floral initiation is mid december to mid january, however i sometimes have an early bloom from November. This is usually a small portion of maybe a single tree. This is true this year also with a large mauritius flowering from mid november.

   dec 24 2014 by kanku123, on Flickr

dec 24 2014 2 by kanku123, on Flickr

The other trees are in much later and varying stages of flowering.

dec 24 2014 3 by kanku123, on Flickr

I too am curious on the olan lychee which I got from a friend. It has fruited for him but I am  yet to taste the fruit. This is a picture of it approach grafted to a tree I am top working.

olan graft dec 2014 by kanku123, on Flickr


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone is growing Ortanique?
« on: November 23, 2014, 07:08:23 AM »
The ortanique's origin is not far from where i am in Jamaica. There is a huge variation in quality in the fruit in Jamaica depending on where it is planted. Most  groves with the better quality are at some elevation. https://www.flickr.com/photos/kanku123/2938706748/

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Well I didn't have to wait till this afternoon to post pictures as a friend who I had given a few took them for me. Not exactly how we fruit fanatics would have taken them but gives a good look at the internal quality.




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Thanks Greenthumb.



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Ok will do that tomorrow, my phone takes lousy pictures. The tree is a seedling and most fruit have just one seed, never more than two.

Being very anxious with the early fruit (from years back) I obviously picked them too early as these are so much sweeter and juicier. here is a picture from a few years ago,




in no way represents current fruit, will post pic in the afternoon tomorrow.

As far as the latex goes it's hard for me to say as I have never tasted any other abius, but I find it acceptable. Definitely no worse than a nice star apple.

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I am in the hills (Mandeville) of Jamaica

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / pictures of part of my first "big" abiu crop
« on: November 01, 2014, 10:31:14 PM »
Well big for me anyway, as the most I had gotten in all the previous years was 2. This time I am just stoked to have almost 50 fruits for the season, almost all of them between 9 and 12 ounces, with one getting to a full pound.









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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing lychees in Jamiaca
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:31:44 PM »
hello all. Its been a while since I have been on and of course I couldn't help seeing this thread.
 Just picked the last of my maurishous crop here in the hills of Jamaica today. In our town it has been a good year with many trees giving better than average yields. (even though that's not saying much as I think only a small percentage fruit yearly)
In my experience here only over 1500 ft elevation do you stand any chance of having good flowering. Well that was what I thought until we heard of a tree bearing close to the capital city of Kingston. A friend checked it out and confirmed that indeed there was this 'freak' of nature. Well being the compulsive lychee farmers we didn't rest until we got a few air layers of this tree. The hope is that if it bears in Kingston then it should be even more consistent in Mandeville, Or so I hope.



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