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TopTropicals Newsletter / 7 Aug 2020
Gold Carolina Reaper. Colorful Tecomarias. Carambola quick sale. Plant food for a Star Fruit.

Flowers of Joy

Amorphophallus   bulbifer

"Joy in not in things; it is in us".
- Richard Wagner -

In the photo: super rare Bauhinia madagascariensis - Red Butterfly Orchid Tree

All-time favorite Tecomarias!

In the photo: Tecomaria capensis - Red Cape Honeysuckle

A must for tropical plant collection
Fast growing
Colorful
Easy to grow

In the photo: Tecomaria capensis Apricot

In the photo: Tecomaria capensis Aurea - Yellow Cape Honeysuckle

Top Tropicals Golden Reaper

Gold Carolina Reaper pepper plants

by Mark Hooten, the Garden Doc

Because only people who are already well informed about SUPER HOT chili varieties are likely to be curious about these, there is no need for discussion about the history of what could be termed the "Hot Chili Wars"... Anyone reading this likely knows the chili variety which currently holds the official world's record for heat is a red one called 'Carolina Reaper'. They have a very unusual shape and texture.

Our distinct variety - Gold Carolina Reaper Pepper - originated from a batch of seeds of the regular red fruited 'Carolina Reaper' (received directly from the breeder). Out of the regular red fruited seedlings grew a plant producing truly brilliant orange-gold colored fruits. As this plant was much more healthy, vigorous, and productive than the normal red ones, (even producing considerably larger fruits and just as searingly hot), we segregated and isolated that one. Seeds from that specimen were then grown out to see the result, which, happily all came out exactly identical to and as vigorous as the original gold parent. Our plants have been grown from those.
We have very strong plants beginning to bud-up!

Healthy Plant Food

Q&A from Mr Booster

Plant food for a Star Fruit

Q: I have 2 Starfruit plants from you. One on the left is B10 has a lot of flowers but no fruit is developing. On the rite is Kenjeng. This one has no flowers at all. Both plants are growing very well. Plenty of sun and water. I am located in Boynton Beach Florida. So what to do?

A: Your trees on the pictures look very healthy, congratulations with a great care!
Starfruit, as well as other grafted fruit trees (like mango, avocado, etc) usually flower/fruit easily and readily while in pots in the nursery. Sometimes, once planted in the ground, they may reduce flowering or even stop flowering. What happened?
The answer is simple. In pots, we fertilize them on regular basis. In our nursery, we have fertilizer injector inline with irrigation system that dozes plant food with EVERY watering. In other nurseries, they may also use slow-release fertilizers, but it is still a regular routine to provide plant food to potted plants.
In the ground, especially in Florida poor soils, fruit trees may stop flowering or delay fruiting due to lack of nutrients, or dis-balance of elements in the ground. Without fertilizer, a tree may take extra time to develop bigger root system to reach out for necessary elements, and eventually will start fruiting anyway.
But we want it to fruit soon! The only way to fix the problem is to provide fertilizer on regular basis for a young tree. It is especially important during hot summer months when plant metabolism is fast due to high temperatures, plus nutrients may get washed away with frequent summer rains (like we have in Florida) even if you've added some fertilizer at time of planting.

You can use smart release fertilizer once a month during hot season, this one or similar:
Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster.

But the most effective way to get a tropical tree to flowering and fruiting, is frequent applications of liquid fertilizer. We use Sunshine Boosters with every watering on our plants. They work great even on hard cases and weak plants, and you see the difference in a matter of weeks, sometimes even days.
We recommend the following fertilizer that contains all necessary elements for young fruit trees: SUNSHINE C-Cibus - Crop Nutrition Booster

SUNSHINE C-Cibus - Crop Nutrition Booster from Garden Series, or Combo Total Feed Collection - all nutrients in just one bottle, for fruit trees and edibles.

Startfruit (Carambola) quick sale:
instant 15% OFF!

No min order. While supply lasts! Offer expires Monday 8/10


Averrhoa carambola var Arkin - Starfruit, grafted
3937 Averrhoa carambola var Arkin - Starfruit, grafted
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$52.00  
Sale: $44.20
Buy Averrhoa carambola var Arkin - Starfruit, grafted from Top   Tropicals

Averrhoa carambola var Bell - Starfruit, grafted
3528 Averrhoa carambola var Bell - Starfruit, grafted
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$52.00  
Sale: $44.20
Buy Averrhoa carambola var Bell - Starfruit, grafted from Top   Tropicals

Averrhoa carambola var Hart - Dwarf Starfruit, grafted
4297 Averrhoa carambola var Hart - Dwarf Starfruit, grafted
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot, grafted plants
$52.00  
Sale: $44.20
Buy Averrhoa carambola var Hart - Dwarf Starfruit, grafted from Top   Tropicals

Averrhoa carambola var Kari - Starfruit, grafted
1021 Averrhoa carambola var Kari - Starfruit, grafted
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot, grafted plants
$52.00  
Sale: $44.20
Buy Averrhoa carambola var Kari - Starfruit, grafted from Top   Tropicals

Averrhoa carambola var Possum Gold - Starfruit
4352 Averrhoa carambola var Possum Gold - Starfruit
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$52.00  
Sale: $44.20
Buy Averrhoa carambola var Possum Gold - Starfruit from Top Tropicals

Averrhoa carambola var Sri Kembangan - Starfruit
3915 Averrhoa carambola var Sri Kembangan - Starfruit
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$52.00  
Sale: $44.20
Buy Averrhoa carambola var Sri Kembangan - Starfruit from Top   Tropicals

HAPPY GARDENING!

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Phone: 239-689-5745

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