Happenings in my garden

rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)May 6, 2010

My trees are finally getting old enough to start producing. It is fun going out every day and seeing what is new!

Here are some pictures of new happenings with my fruit trees lately:

My first rheedia edulis/garcinia intermedia (or who knows what else it is called!) fruit:

My abiu starting to grow fruit, not as many as last year.

Pitomba - my very 1st flowers

Rollinia - first time it fruited

Soursop getting ready!

A visitor

I had some jackfruits last month... maybe they were more ripe this year, as they were less sticky, and thus easier to cut/eat. But the smell still turns me off.

Loads of caimitos are ripe.

And the canistel are yellowing up.

Nispero "Prolific" is starting to develop more fruits from the zillion flowers it makes. I guess it is now mature enough.

The avocados are growing nicely (one is a seedling tree). The seedling fruit is earlier than my other tree,so it will extend my season a bit.

I tasted my first grumichama (only 1 fruit on the plant!). It was good, I will prune the bush back and hope for more next time.

I also had my first Surinam cherry from plant I grew from a different set of seeds. This one is MUCH better (larger and less astringent) than my other plant. I think the first Surinam cherry is going to be axed to make room for something else.

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hmhausman(FL 10B)

Beautiful! Thanks for the pics. I assume that Rollinia is a seedling. It looks very interesting. Don;t forget to post a full report when you get to try it. It doesn't look like that will be too long from now.


    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 2:08PM
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Your trees look absolutely beautiful. I've read in several places that the fruit quality of many trees isn't as good the first few years and may get better and better once it has several years of fruiting under its belt.

Do you have any Lychees, Longans or Mangoes growing?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 2:17PM
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ch3rri(z6 PA)

Soursop!!! That look so good. I have not eat fresh soursop for a long time. I only get the frozen one here.

Your visitor is very scary. Is he dangerous too?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 2:35PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Harry- yes, the rollinia is a seedling. It will be my first taste of a rollinia, and I hear good things about it, so I am excited.

Simon- no lychees- it is too hot here at my altitude. But I have rambutan that do well. Longans- I have only a seedlings tree...I may try a grafted one next time I find one. I have about 7-8 small named mango trees, but we had so much rain this year, every flowering was a wash out- it looks like I will be fruitless.

Cherri- soursops- I get one every few months. I like them well enough, just too many seeds! I have a few seedlings that are flowering this year, but none have held a fruit yet.
As far as I can tell from his white belly, the snake is a PR racer. They are a bit aggressive, and have venom, but it won't kill a person, but it supposedly hurts really bad! When angry, they swell out their neck and they have a little cobra-like cape. Pretty cool, but this guy did not want to show off. The one I saw yesterday was not so shy- I made sure I had a long stick to scare him away!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 3:19PM
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murahilin(10 fl)

Very nice pics. How many different rambutans do you have? Do you also have pulasan or mangosteen?

How is your cherry of the rio grande doing?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 3:36PM
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boson(Delray Beach,Florida)

Hi rayandgwenn,

Nice pictures. How many years did it take for your pitomba to flower for the first time? I grow pitomba too, so I am a little curious.


    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 3:44PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Thanks- I always have to wait until my husband can help me with posting the pictures... I am going to learn to do it by myself soon so I can show the progress of my "babies"!

Murahilin- I have only 1 nice sized (8 ft and nicely branched) R162 and a large (8ft) seedling (which I have to move, and if it makes the move, I will try to graft).
No pulasan, but I do have one mangosteen (now about 5 ft). It was grafted but has still not flowered. I think it gets too much shade. I will really push the bloom booster next winter/spring.
The COTRG is doing great, growing like wildfire, but no flowers/fruit yet. I may give it a hard pruning before it gets too hot (to make it more bushy) and see what happens. I am hoping to get flowers soon or next year.

Boson- I think I have had the pitomba about 4 years now. I got it as a 1ft tall seedling. It is a slow grower. It is maybe 2.5 ft tall bush now. It got a bit unhappy with a short dry spell....maybe that got it to bloom? I don't know. So far, those 3 flowers are the only ones I see.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 4:42PM
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caiden(HI, 11)

These are great pictures of your young fruit! I'm so glad, however, that there are no snakes where I live!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 9:04PM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

Very nice pics. Thanks for sharing. How big is your g. edulis?

Sherry Ballister from Viveroanones Nursery said she had some good sized seedling pulasans. Bryan Brunner may as well.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 6:59AM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Jay- the garcinia edulis is about 4-5 ft tall. It is interesting, it started flowering from the lower/oldest branches first and the flowers are now slowly moving up the bush.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 7:32AM
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everything looks so lush and happy, including the snake. It is nice to be reminded what our plants are supposed to look like and if lucky what the fruit should look like.
good luck and thanks for posting,

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 11:51AM
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great pics gwenn- dying to hear how the soursop is- my one try of a soursop was of a cellophane wrapped piece that was sitting out in the sun at Robert is Here in Florida. Obviously, it was disgusting. wondering if fresh from the tree is better.

how old is the mangosteen- would love to see pics

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 6:56PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Here is my mangosteen:

And the graft site, healed completely. It is hard to even see anymore, more of a kink in the tree:

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 3:23PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

I found the post when I first got it-

So it is now about 2.5 yrs that I have had it.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 3:28PM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

That's actually very nice and really unusual for a grafted mangosteen. Most seem to stay short and grow very slow. That's great for 2.5 years!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 6:25PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

The first year it did grow slowly, maybe 6 inches. Then the second year it grew about 6 inches every 6 months. This year it's last flush added another foot or so. So it's growth is picking up, almost doubling now.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 7:15PM
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Eggo(z10soCal LBC)

That mangosteen looks great! Please send over some fresh mangosteen fruits here in the next 5yrs, ok. hahah. just kidding!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 3:21AM
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Wow, that mangosteen is looking amazing. I bet you will have fruit soon. I really need to move to PR. If you hear of any Nuclear medicine jobs out there let me know. I am tired of staring at the stick that I call a mangosteen at my house. Mine has put on ONE set of leaves in 1 1/2 years of having it. I stuck it in the ground right next to my Jackfruit a few weeks ago. It's time for this thing to either grow or die.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 10:45AM
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