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beicadad, are you sure this doesn't require you to keep the plants for 2 years in quarantine at your place? I've had a permit before that required that I keep the imported plants whatever they are for 2 years before they could be moved out of my house. That was 7-8 years ago and I never renewed the permit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is this Annona fruit?
« on: March 19, 2021, 08:58:52 PM »
I've heard of wild cherimoya but have never seen one. The skin of this fruit does look like that of a moya.
Pix of leaves, tree, inside of fruit would help unless the aim of the photo owner is to create a Annona Loch Ness monster photo.

Hey Kevin, got the Nelita seedlings today in excellent condition. Nice size, thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona Showdown big eyes vs pink ilama
« on: March 10, 2021, 11:18:40 PM »
Hey Mike, don't you think Big Eyes could be a Sugarlata? I couldn't help thinking it is. I know the Taiwanese, Australians, and Indians have been experimenting heavily with Sugar Apple x Reticulata at one time and probably still do. If you look at India's NMK-1, which is known to be a Sugarlata according to some insiders, you could see some resemblance.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: scions/cuttings
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:09:36 PM »
achetadomestica, PM sent, hope it made it to you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Lansiums have flowers
« on: February 04, 2021, 04:37:35 PM »
Nice going, Mike! Centuries ago, I spent a whole school year in Manila and that was when I contracted the Lansium Crazyium tropical disease. These are by far my #1 fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cot-N-Candy Aprium Cuttings
« on: January 25, 2021, 04:22:07 PM »
Does it need a plum or something to pollinate in order to fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherilata taste test.
« on: January 14, 2021, 07:54:23 PM »
Looks delicious. From the cut up pix, seeds count looks Ok to me even with this small specimen. For me, it's the seed to flesh ratio that counts not the seeds count by itsef.
Also, cherilata is a type, not a name.


Note: Maybe the breeder, Shot, should now give it a name?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Papaya Propagation
« on: December 03, 2020, 03:43:34 PM »
Papaya trees have buds with each leaf. You could take a nice bud and try to chip bud it onto another papaya tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar apple trees sick what is this.
« on: October 31, 2020, 09:55:52 PM »
Spary neem oil, the one from Bonide is excellent.

I opted for the express shipping and order arrived in 1 day in perfect condition. Fruits are fresh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Custard Apple and Bernie's Tamarind
« on: October 17, 2020, 12:10:59 AM »
A yellow soursop? Now that is worth a hunt even if it doesn't taste good.
Very nice find, Mike!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting 101
« on: October 12, 2020, 10:30:00 PM »
I'd listen to Rob's advice. If possible, practice on the graft you really intend to do. It makes no sens to practice on grafting avocado which is somewhat easy when you really intent to graft mango (hard to graft). it is even silly to practice grafting mango when really you intent to graft lychee.
Grafting is not just the cutting. It englobes the understanding of the nature of the rootstock and the scion.

But if you're objective here is to find a cutter, then a utility knife like a box cutter, retractable at desired length, would do just fine. I've tried the most expensive grafting knives endorsed by so called "pros", believe me, they're all snake oil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Just got Java Plums
« on: September 30, 2020, 02:57:58 PM »
1st pic was at 10:30 AM and last pic was at 6 PM

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Just got Java Plums
« on: September 30, 2020, 02:20:24 PM »
Unless you have a farm where you could plant the Jamun away from all structures, keeping them in large pots is the only option as their roots are quite destructive and the juice from fallen fruits could stain permanently. People also report that the juice could also be corrosive to metal.
In Florida, you could find trees along highways and even at Disney around Animal Kingdom park for example. So quite invasive.

However, they are quite popular in India and SE Asia and I'm quite fond of them. I grew up with these so I'm a bit biased here. The fruit has astringency taste only if not picked completely ripe. You tongue will turn deep purple after eating a few of them. I bought a grafted tree of about 5 ft tall and it fruited a year after. It's a big size fruit variety but I don't know the variety name. The taste is cherry with a bit of tart and a little astringency if not completely ripe.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Annona Muricata & Annona Guanabana
« on: September 25, 2020, 02:52:17 PM »
There is no Annona Guanabana. Guanabana is just a popular name in South America for A. Muricata aka Soursop.

Two weeks and 1/2 to germinate. No GA3, just tip filing and bottom heat.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing sugar apple from seed
« on: September 11, 2020, 01:33:48 PM »
This works for me all the time and fast, even for the bigger seeds like those of A. Salzmannii.

These seeds are super fresh, I bought them from Berto based on Mike's assessments. Two weeks in a ziploc and on a heat mat, the seeds are already starting to open up. I should see the tip of the roots in about 3 days from now and that's when they go to a seedling pot.

Thanks again, Berto, for sharing this variety.

Those are flowers alright. Wow! at 2 months old???

Which variety is that A. Reticulata?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Espalier Cherimoya
« on: August 22, 2020, 07:25:27 PM »
Hey, I've been wanting to do this for some time now but could never get to it. Here is a video from a pro grower in Australia, a video I saved for when that day comes...

I use the picker posted above called clip n pick.  It only works on fruit with long stems like avocado and mangos.

The pool cleaning pole clicks right into it.

Brad, where did you get your pool cleaning pole, model#?

Mike T., now that you're BACK to a noob status, you're unstoppable!!! How did you convinced Sheehan to do that? :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too Late To Start Sugar Apple Seeds?
« on: August 11, 2020, 01:50:17 PM »
Thanks for this information. When filing the tip of the seeds, does it matter which end and can I file too much?

Once they’ve germinated, any suggestions on what medium to pot them in?


The tip is where there is an opening, that's where the root will come out. And yes, you could file too much and scrape out the inside. Just file enough to remove the outer layer. If you see white material, you filed too much. :)

The medium to use for planting is up to you, SA is not picky but it prefers soil that is on the dry side. I personally use mostly coco coir even though it's a bit more work as you need to compensate every now and then with Cal/Mag/Iron. It's low Ph and that's what most plants prefer.

And Congrats for the nice fruit!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too Late To Start Sugar Apple Seeds?
« on: August 09, 2020, 01:23:59 AM »
Use a small nail file and remove a tiny bit off the tip of the seed, just a bit so humidity could seep in. Then soak in water overnight if seeds are fresh, longer if not. Paper towel wit ziploc and bottom heat is a combo that works wonder.

The real trick is the filing of the tip of the seeds and keep the paper towel WET. Keeping the paper moist is usually not enough and could even encourage mold if seeds are not properly cleaned. I find that keeping the paper dripping wet is best.

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