Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sugar Apples (Man Cau) Updates

Here is the latest update of my sugar apple trees and seedlings. They are doing very well with tons of flower on my Canadian sugar apple and one fruit on the Thai Lessard. My seed grown Canadian sugar apple have 4 fruits forming with more flowers. The best part is I didn't hand pollinate them. I think the bees or flies helped with the pollination. Now you'll be more surprised if you scroll down and look at the sugar apple seedlings. Some are over 2 ft tall and some still only 1-1 1/2 ft tall. Three are from Vietnam seeds and 3 from mauve sugar apple seeds from florida. The mauve sugar apple seedlings grow slower than the seeds from Vietnam. Can you see the flowers on the seedlings? All the seedlings have flowers on them! I think it might be because I've been feeding kool bloom fertilizer.:) The seedlings were planted on 9/08. So these seedlings will be two years old in September. Because my sugar apples are growing so well and my first fruit was great, I decided to plant more. I started some sugar apple seeds again in my mini greenhouse on May 22nd with a couple of cherimoya seeds. They are now 5-7 inches. I will have to transplant them soon. :)

Canadian Sugar Apple

Thai Lessard

Thai Lessard

Sugar apple seedlings

Flowers same size as mature tree.

more flowers. But have to remove all of the flowers since the seedlings are too small for fruit.

Newly planted seeds on 5/10.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Potted Haysa Sapodilla Update

My potted haysa sapodilla fruits are getting larger and some are huge compared to the makok sapodilla. I repotted the tree into a larger pot and more flowers blooming. There are a total of 12 fruits on the tree. The largest one is already 1 1/2 size of an xl egg. I'm not sure when the fruit is ready to pick. Maybe I'll wait until August to pick the few largest fruits. :) Check out the discussion tropical fruit forum here.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Figs Update

My fig trees are growing nicely and there are even figs on the trees. I constantly have to water my fig trees or they will wilt after a day without watering. I also feed my trees Kool Bloom fertilizer every other time I water. Pinching the tips of the branches after 6 leaves can induce branching and fruits. My trees are a lot fuller after pinching. I really can't wait to try some figs! :)

Ronde de Bordeaux

Ronde 1st fruit

Brooklyn Dark

Brooklyn Dark 1st fruits

Black Mission

Black Mission 1st fruit

Hardy Chicago

Dark Portuguese

Dark Portuguese fruits