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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Calamansi wont fruit
« on: Today at 11:04:34 AM »
I'm not sure how long they typically take to fruit from seed but I don't think there is any cultivation trick you can do to force flowering. 

These are really common to find growing from cuttings, you could get a cutting grown one or graft some mature wood from one onto yours if you are impatient.

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Good to hear they come so true.

I have a grafted Bruce canistel in my greenhouse that I hope will fruit next year.  I tried canistel in Hawaii once and loved it.  Also have a Ross sapote seedling in a container but I have never tried the fruit.  How long did yours take to fruit from seed?   

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I received mine nearly a month ago and they still look great, for anyone who was worried about bareroot shipping

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: flies pollinate cherimoya?
« on: April 14, 2021, 04:07:57 PM »
Thanks.  Yeah I just want fruit.  Didn't want to risk fruit aborting because of wrong-species gene or something if that was even possible.  I am used to citrus where I don't have to worry about pollination.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: flies pollinate cherimoya?
« on: April 14, 2021, 02:36:18 PM »
My cherimoya is an El Bumpo that is grafted.  I planted in the ground in my greenhouse last year and it has been very healthy.

I just noticed that my grafted Geffner atemoya (still in a container) is flowering also.  Should I hand pollinate this one also?   And any reason to intentionally mix - or disallow mixing - of the pollen between the two trees?  I recall reading that atemoya won't pollinate cherimoya, but also that the El Bumpo cultivar might be half atemoya?  Maybe I'm over thinking it

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my green sapote leaves are definitely fuzzy on the underside, if that helps

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: flies pollinate cherimoya?
« on: April 13, 2021, 07:53:25 PM »
Last year I only had a few blooms but this time I see like thirty so hopefully I will get at least a couple fruit if I do it right.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: flies pollinate cherimoya?
« on: April 13, 2021, 07:25:51 PM »
Yeah hand pollinating is fine I just didn't realize before how short the flowers are open and how quickly the pollen expires ... hours it sounds like.  And not a whole lot of pollen per flower

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: flies pollinate cherimoya?
« on: April 13, 2021, 10:05:21 AM »
Thanks.   I don't have many bees right now so it would be nice if the flies are helping out.

I finally started reading more into cherimoya pollination, sounds like hand-pollination is the norm not the exception?  I guess I'll have to keep it up.  It is more complex than I initially though with the delayed pollen and short receptive period.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / flies pollinate cherimoya?
« on: April 12, 2021, 10:00:32 PM »
I went to try paintbrush-pollinating my cherimoya flowers and when I approached them a few small flies flew out.  Are they normally pollinated by flies?  Bees? 

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my grafted green sapote is young, but its leaves are pointier than the one in your photo. 


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: is this a Eugenia?
« on: April 11, 2021, 11:45:12 PM »
I found a picture of new growth - definitelty ardisa.  Thanks guys



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I'd like to see a eureka/libson-like lemon that fruits year round, and some more kumquat varieties, and a decent finger lime.  At this point I don't think the orange or mandarins can really be improved upon, the best varieties are amazing and making them sweeter isn't necessary.

Your site doesn't render properly for me, but my browser is goofy.

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hmm... my "mexican cream" was pink inside.  I guess it was mislabelled, now I have to go figure out what it actually is.

Were did you get it from? While researching on it there were multiple mentions of people haveing miss labeled  pink guavas they bought as mexican cream from the big box stores like home depo ect

Exactly that... a Home Depot or Lowes.  In Florida, I believe.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: hilariously under-potted annona
« on: April 11, 2021, 08:15:16 PM »
Yes it is quite nice looking, but I can't imagine how much it would cost to build, heat, and maintain a single-pane glass structure like that.  It usually has a lot of dirt and algae on the glass, though it is possible they prefer this for the shade it provides.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: hilariously under-potted annona
« on: April 11, 2021, 07:26:03 PM »
this is Otts Exotic Plants in Schwenksville, PA

Their sales are mostly typical nursery flowers but they also have a ~50ft tall greenhouse with old tropical trees up to the ceiling they use for photo ops.  They have a bunch of weird old unlabelled trees in containers that appear to have been aggressively harvested for rooted cuttings they sell.  I don't think they are big fruit growers as many of their fruit trees look painfully neglected. 


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: hilariously under-potted annona
« on: April 11, 2021, 06:58:30 PM »
How much money??  :-D

This shop has a ton of trees in tiny pots like this and they are always moving them around. I am almost positive that this one is NOT attached to the ground in any way.  I didn't try moving it, though, but there are probably fifty other similar trees like this there and many are on wooden tables.   Most are citrus or plumeria, though, this is the first annona I've noticed there.

Thanks for identifying.  I had only seen more mature soursop fruits and they tended to be more bean-shaped than simply round like this.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: is this a Eugenia?
« on: April 11, 2021, 06:54:34 PM »
Nate I think you may be right, the berries look exactly right for those.  Says ornamental, invasive, not known for any edible use.  Oh well.  Glad I didn't try to buy it :)

I can't find any pictures of new leaf growth for this... my picture definitely shows the reddish new leaves I see on eugenias and garcinias.  My only syzygium doesn't look much like this, not sure about others.

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hmm... my "mexican cream" was pink inside.  I guess it was mislabelled, now I have to go figure out what it actually is.

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A local plant store regularly has rooted lemon cuttings for sale.  Today I noticed they are selling what appear to be rooted cuttings of varieties I didn't know were able to root.  I'm not 100% sure these are cuttings, and I guess it is possible these are just doomed twigs that haven't actually taken root if the seller is being dishonest.  The algae growing around the base of the limequat suggests it isn't freshly cut.

kaffir


calomondin


unknown limequat

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / hilariously under-potted annona
« on: April 11, 2021, 05:32:05 PM »
How is this thing fruiting?  This shop constantly surprises me with the trees they have fruiting in containers that are a tenth of the volume of what I would expect is required.  Many look leggy and unhealthy but they are alive - and fruiting.

Also, any idea what species this is? 



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / is this a Eugenia?
« on: April 11, 2021, 05:23:10 PM »
I saw this tree at a local plant store and it has no label.  The leaves look similar to eugenia or garcinia to me.  It has a few small berries.   Looking online a bit it looks very much like allspice but not exactly... the allspice berries I see in photos look to change directly from green to purple while this has red transition, and the fruit stems look slightly different.  If it is something worthwhile I might go back and see if it is for sale, they were too busy today.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Fertilizers do YOU use!
« on: April 11, 2021, 10:30:03 AM »
...  I paid $110 for 50# shipped from A.M. Leonard. Free shipping deal.  https://www.amleo.com/osmocote-fertilizer-15-9-12-slow-release-8-to-9-months-50lb-bag/p/159128


Thanks.  Good to know I can just order this if Oscocote deals go away.   I am using a water soluble fertilizer for my in-ground trees, but I have a ton of containers that all get Osmocote so I go through about 10lbs a season.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Fertilizers do YOU use!
« on: April 10, 2021, 11:59:04 AM »
Do you know the approximate bulk price of that stuff per pound?  When amazon has it on sale you can find the 8lb bags of osmocote plus for around $15... about $2/lb

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Time to start beekeeping!

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