grafting – Florida Fruit Geek

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    As I’ve acquired and planted out high-quality mulberry cultivars, I’ve found a major challenge in growing this fruit that’s been very little reported: many of the top quality varieties are extremely sensitive to root-knot nematodes. Parasitic root-knot nematodes (hereafter just referred to as “nematodes”) are tiny microscopic worms which are abundant in sandy Florida soils …

    My project to test out various Ficus species as potential nematode-resistant rootstocks for edible figs has made slow but steady progress in 2019. Root-knot nematodes are one of the biggest challenges in growing figs in Florida and other warm climate regions around the world. I am trying to acquire every Ficus species that’s reported to …

    If you’re a fruit geek like me, you sometimes wonder what kind of fruit trees you can successfully manage to graft together. Several years ago, I started wondering that question about two excellent fruits in the Ebenaceae plant family: American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) and its cousin chocolate pudding fruit, also called black sapote* (Diospyros nigra). …

    ‘Anna’ is an excellent carambola variety, and at the time I write this there are only three trees in the world of this cultivar, two of them in my greenhouse. This variety seems at least as good as the common commercially propagated varieties, and possibly a bit better. Here’s the story of how it came …

    My property here in North Florida has lots of wild plum trees that grow like weeds and make huge quantities of fruit, but the fruits on these wild trees are sour and unpleasant-tasting. For the last several years, I’ve been experimenting with a technique to convert them into sweet-fruited plum varieties: each spring, I graft …

    Time for a long-overdue update on my project to explore potentially nematode-resistant fig rootstocks. The project hasn’t progressed as fast as I would have liked, but I do have some potentially promising results with the Ficus species I rated as a “wildcard” in my first post on this topic: creeping fig, Ficus pumila. To recap, …

    Figs are a great fruit that’s mostly well-adapted to the south-eastern US, but they’ve got a major problem limiting them in our area: root-knot nematodes. Many of our soils are full of these microscopic parasitic worms that burrow into the roots of fig trees, sucking sap and impairing the roots’ ability to pull water and …

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    The Latest Posts I’ve ‘Liked’ on Other People’s Blogs:Fruits Listed by Plant Family  (Cashew Family):  Mangoes, cashew, mombins, jun plum, jocote, wani, etc

    (Custard-Apple Family):  Cherimoya, guanabana, custard-apple, sweetsop, sugar-apple, Rollinia, biriba, pawpaw, etc

    Apocynaceae – (Milkweed Family):  Carissa, Natal plum, mangaba, pitabu, sorva

    Arecaceae – (Palm Family):   Coconut, pejibaye, African oil palm, American oil palm, Butia palm, maraja palm, etc

    Burseraceae (Gumbo-Limbo Family):  Dabai, safou/butterfruit, pili nut

    Cactaceae (Cactus Family):  Prickly-pear, dragon fruit, pitaya, Peruvian apple-cactus

    Caricaceae (Papaya Family):  Papaya, babaco

    Chrysobalanaceae (Coco Plum family):  Coco Plum, sunsapote, egg nut

    Clusiaceae/Guttiferae (Mangosteen Family):  Mangosteen, mammee-apple, charichuela, imbe, bacuri, madrono, cherapu, etc

    (Ebony Family):  Asian persimmon, American persimmon, chocolate pudding fruit, etc

    Ericaceae (Heath family):  Blueberry, cranberry, sparkleberry

    Euphorbiaceae – (Euphorbia Family):

    – (Bean Family):

    Fagaceae (Oak family)

    Juglandaceae (Walnut Family)

    Lauraceae (Avocado Family)

    Malpighiaceae (Acerola Family)

    Meliaceae (Neem family)

    (Mulberry Family):  Mulberries, jackfruit, fig, breadfruit, marang, tarap, chempedak, African breadnut, Maya nut, che, etc

    Musaceae (Banana Family)

    (Myrtle Family):  Guava, Surinam cherry, pitomba, grumichama, jaboticaba, wax-apple, etc

    Olacaceae, (Olax family)

    Oleaceae, olive family

    Oxalidaceae (Oxalis Family):  Carambola/starfruit, bilimbi

    Passifloraceae, passionfruit family

    Protea Family (Proteaceae)

    Punicaceae, Pomegranate Family

    Rhamnaceae, Jujube family

    Rosaceae (Rose Family)

    Rutaceae (Citrus family)

    Sapindaceae, (Litchi Family)

    Sapotaceae (Sapote Family)

    Sterculiaceae, (Chocolate family)

    Vitaceae (Grape Family)

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