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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ONG Lychee Longan hybrid?
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:43:52 PM »
Is this the seedless lychee that is available in China and Australia?  Or is this a variety that Quang discovered on his own through growing seeds?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Lychee Season
« on: June 06, 2021, 05:18:06 PM »
Kaimana and Sweetheart are early.

Emperor is late.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Lychee Season
« on: June 03, 2021, 12:05:58 PM »
I have had decent luck using bird scare (reflective) tape. 

Hi Clint,

Hope youíre doing well.  Thanks for posting the video!  My 6 foot tree flowered this year but dropped all of the flowers. 

Iím looking forward to the follow up video. 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Tree Spacing (Advice/Resources)
« on: June 01, 2021, 03:31:03 PM »
I spaced all of my trees in my yard at approximately 15 feet apart.  I have jackfruit, lychee, avocado, Longan, etc.

That was 8 years ago.

I wish I had spaced them 20 feet apart.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Lychee Season
« on: May 28, 2021, 08:07:06 AM »

By just seeing one fruit the shape looks like Kaimana. And also Kaimana is ripening right now

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling: plants for sale
« on: May 18, 2021, 01:20:29 PM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling: plants for sale
« on: May 18, 2021, 07:07:42 AM »
Hello Abimael

Do you have any abiu seeds available?


Hi Squam

I noticed you said ďused toĒ.  Did none of the white sapote varieties impress you?  Which was the best of the varieties that you have tasted?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finally a giant Megalanthus
« on: November 27, 2020, 08:34:55 AM »
Congrats Simon!  That is so exciting! 

My Honey KIss Mango tree has leaf tip burn from the cheap store fertilizer I used. 

The tree is 4 years in the ground and 6í tall. 

Is osmocote a good alternative?  I was thinking I need to go to something with more slow release nitrogen. 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Sapote - Dry?
« on: August 01, 2020, 09:51:55 PM »
The underripeness makes sense.  I let it get soft like a ripe avocado, but I didn't wait for the skin to turn black on the outside.  It was still green.

Thanks everyone!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Black Sapote - Dry?
« on: August 01, 2020, 09:47:20 AM »
My Maher Black Sapote just fruited for the first time this year.  It's about a 4 year old tree.  It made a few dozen fruits.  They are upwards of 2 pounds each.  I just picked one fruit when it got lighter green colored and developed some small black spots on it.  When I ate the fruit, it tasted drier than I remember black sapote fruit tasting. 

Is the the dryness something specific to the Maher variety, or is this something that happens with younger Black Sapote trees?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Productive Jackfruit Varieties
« on: June 17, 2020, 10:39:51 PM »
Red Morning is also a heavy producer of delicious fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrels
« on: May 22, 2020, 02:43:10 PM »
I use Havahart 2 door medium traps.  Size for rabbits and squirrels.  Baited with peanut butter. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: April 24, 2020, 10:57:31 PM »
Can anyone explain to me why dragon fruit farms often grow their dragon fruit in containers vs in the ground?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 lychee crop good or not?
« on: April 21, 2020, 10:47:14 PM »
In Sarasota, itís a great year for lychees. 

FZS / Sweetheart / Hak Ip = great fruit set
Mauritius = great fruit set
Emperor = excellent fruit set, heaviest of my varieties
Kaimana = decent (medium) fruit set
Ohia = nothing


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Gas powered hedge trimmer on a pole?
« on: August 29, 2019, 09:11:40 PM »
I am at the point where several of my trees are 12 feet tall or higher. I am just wondering if it would be more efficient to use a gas powered hedge trimmer on a pole instead of trimming by hand on my ladder. Has anyone found this method to be more efficient or not?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Preserving Lychees?
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:13:50 PM »
You can put them whole in the freezer.  You donít need to peel them. 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Central Florida food forest ideas.
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:09:15 AM »
LSU purple fig should do fine. Supposedly nematode resistant.  Mine has done very well in the ground for the last few years.


Silas woods has a much slower growth habit.  5 year in ground tree is 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide.

My Alamo tree has been in the ground 5 years and is 15 feet wide and 12 feet tall.  Not a dwarf tree.

Here in southwest Florida, Silas woods is a very heavy producer. Alamo produces well but not as heavy as Silas woods.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Let the Lychee war begin...
« on: May 21, 2019, 09:50:27 PM »
 I take 1 foot long strips of holographic tape and tie it into knots on several places at the canopy of the tree.

 Then I put a havaheart trap below the base of the tree.

 Finally I use a scarecrow placed near the trees which I relocate every two days. This has kept the majority of my fruit intact on the trees this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Atemoya?
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:22:15 PM »
Fruitscapes has had Dream trees in the past.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Homestead fruit nurseries?
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:20:15 PM »
Lara Farms

Romney Farms (coconuts mostly)

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