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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sandoricum koetjape / santol
« on: November 10, 2021, 11:24:35 AM »
yeah,that is Bunchosia

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID this solanum fruit???
« on: October 13, 2021, 10:50:20 AM »
soda apple

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard in Tampa
« on: September 25, 2021, 10:31:33 AM »
Garcinia aristata

Got this in May of 2010 as a rescue from a house that was getting sinkhole repair.  No time to pre-dig, no time to prep. House was about 1 mile from mine, long time collector, who also sold the house and was moving west.  Tree had the top frozen off in January 2010, it was tucked under the eaves and between a mango tree. Was loaded with fruit.  It was about 8 ft tall after the weather had pruned it. It is about 12ft tall or so now, suffered no dieback from the move and is in a cozy spot between the Bombax and a mango. It does fruit.

All my plants are packed in, winner takes all approach, so photography is tough!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard in Tampa
« on: September 25, 2021, 10:20:11 AM »
Brad, thanks. 

Ben, here in Tampa, 20 years of growth can be gone in one night.  Close to the house, south side is about the only place to be able to get size on something like jackfruit here.  Unless one is close to the water somewhere. I tried several other jackfruit in various spots of the yard.  Either not enough sun, or when small the more frequent cold winters took them out.  Since 2010, have only had damage once (2018), so starting one after that may have been a lot more successful.  But in my experience, plants grow better the more inconvenient the growing site is.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard in Tampa
« on: September 25, 2021, 10:00:07 AM »

Decent crop this year.  First year it made fruit was 2009, in the winter for some dumb reason, then it froze to waist high or so in January 2010.

2016 it started to fruit again, and since then has fruited every year. Uneven pollination in many fruit, lots of rag, but still decent amount of the good stuff in some fruit.  There have been a good number of perfect fruit too, 15lbs has been the largest.  This tree was grown from seed, parent was the good old NS-1.

Tree has to be 35ft tall. Not too bad for Tampa. Was told I would never get fruit, that ticked me off, so I grew it out of spite.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peanut Butter Fruit
« on: September 25, 2021, 09:36:05 AM »
I have had a Bunchosia in a protected part of the yard for 2 decades.  It really has too much shade where it is, but pretty sure I forgot about in 2010 and it got no protection that year.  Don't remember absolute lows, but in 2010 a Mauritius lychee was killed to the ground, Kohala longan killed to ground (grew back as an octopus tree), jackfruit (protected) killed to like waist high, also now an octopus tree.

So I would say in the right spot, 30 is probably (assuming no frost) safe, and like many others, 28 is the magic number (difference between some dieback and she gone)

And the tree for sure is stunted, it is a leggy and sparse, but does make a few fruit now and then, which are good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard in Tampa
« on: September 22, 2021, 02:32:54 PM »
i didn't realize that was a bot. He seemed so concerned.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard in Tampa
« on: September 19, 2021, 11:23:44 AM »
Excuse me, but aren't your trees in the third photo planted too close to the house? If they start actively growing, they could damage the foundation, which could lead to cracks. Mold can appear in those cracks.
Ah yes.  So what product do you recommend?  You forgot to provide a link.

The trees are fairly close, however in 20 years anything burrowing under the foundation has not been an issue. I also have trees planted too closely to the septic system, but as of yet, nothing a shovel hasn't been able to correct.  Most of my plants are borderline climate-wise for my area.  The close planting to both the house and other trees has a notable advantage when real winter comes.  And, the trees have been actively growing for 20 years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 1st Lisa
« on: August 26, 2021, 08:16:06 AM »
Is Lisa the same as 48-26 sold by Zills, about a million years ago?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this jackfruit?
« on: August 20, 2021, 10:34:35 AM »
That is some kind of Ficus species.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard in Tampa
« on: May 06, 2021, 02:43:43 PM »

Garcinia xanthochymus

jackfruit trunk, 2010 damage

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard in Tampa
« on: May 06, 2021, 02:34:34 PM »
New to forum, sorry for crumby pics. The first one is a shot of my Bombax ceiba I planted in 2000.  It does make a few pods. Not really a fruit tree, but shows how long I have been at this location. Was planted the day I closed on this house.

Second is a shot from the roof. Inga grumichama and jackfruit on the left. And an inga in the middle.

Trunk of jacfruit, deformed by the winter of 2010.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My Yard in Tampa
« on: May 06, 2021, 02:31:25 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: May 06, 2021, 01:50:09 PM »
My name is Alan, I live in Tampa.  I have been in zone denial for 30 years.  I grow jackfruit, jujube, inga, grumichama, spondias, some garcinias. Of course, lychees and logans.  I will have to post some pictures soon. Most of my plants have been in ground nearly 20 years.

I have gotten fruit on everything, but 2010 smashed the jackfruit so it didn't really start to fruit till 2016.  It had fruit on it 2010 when it froze, big letdown!  Winter fruit are weird.

I also grow a few palms and whatnots.

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