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I would take iguanas over rats,squirrels or deer any day. Reptiles eat way less fruit than any mammal or bird. Itís our lack of urban predators to even out the plant, grain and fruit eaters. Bring nativesnakes, owls and alligators back! Lol

I am biased I love reptiles and all sorts of animals.

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Nov 16 weekdays are quieter and I work Saturday😔

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Like wise my wife and I are down.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what kind of annon is this rollina?
« on: August 13, 2017, 03:26:35 PM »
Which El Palacio?? I just checked the one on 49th st in Hialeah..Sadly none. Also checked the yellow and green famers market...Nothing special there.

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Wow what a topic. I love reptiles just as much if not more than plants, no scratch that way more....

In any case basilisk lizards are mainly insectivores and you will never have a problem with them eating your greens down to the trunk. They are really neat and watching them run on there hind legs is so very fun to watch.

O slats and veils Chameleons are another controversial lizard living down here.. I have never seen one but I hear they live down in the avocado groves in homestead. Maybe the growers are trying a more natural approach to insect control?

Now spinytail and green iguanas do regularly eat greens in adult hood. But they are not like squirrels or birds that travel much faster and farther trying multiple fruits at a time >:( It's a double edge sword though yes they eat leaves and fruit but they also are heavy snail eaters. There was even a report on how many native tree snails they eat.

Freezes do kill off many of the non native wildlife but that is also making a more cold tolerant reptile that will be better equipped for the cold next time a freeze comes down.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grimal Grove April 2017
« on: April 17, 2017, 05:19:22 PM »
Thank you guys. There are opportunities for tasting and the Nuaga sapote is flowering right now, maybe in a few weeks.

The nursery is on the Oceanside of Big pine. It's attached to a hardware store. Scorpions are not bad at all the sting is even less painful than a bee! Now piss ants those are a hazard!!

The nursury and the grove itself is a work in progress... Those cisterns need to be filled up badly....Maybe the owner could contact monroe county fire department to do a public service and fill those massive cisterns. Adolf used a desert technique of huge sheets of plastic and rocks to pitch a upside down tent  over the cistern to catch water.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grimal Grove April 2017
« on: April 17, 2017, 03:13:08 PM »
Hello fruit members!

I made a short trip down to the lower keys to do some wildlife and tropical fruit exploring since I work for the fire department in Marathon it really gives me incentive to go explore that area. First thing I did was walk around the native big pine habitat. The harshest I have ever seen in Florida. Behind the grove is just straight caprock with these small pools of freshwater here and there.







I heard some rustling in the bushes and found a great little Florida keys rat snake! Elaphe guttata rosacea.


Upon some light flipping I found a very pretty bark scorpion with neat red legs Centruroides gracilis.


Now on wards to the grove itself.




























Here are the legendary cisterns Adolf blew out of the ground with dynamite. There was a pretty narly looking pachimascus beetle stuck in one of them...He wasn't very grateful and bit me as I released him.















































I must admit, seeing a Alupang really blew my shirt up!!









A really neat fruit that  kinda taste like bannana.




Biggest lychee tree I have ever seen!


This is not the whole place but you guys get the idea ;)

I will wrap this up with a trip to the humble little nursery, with a super friendly guy named Tim who talked with me for about a hour about fruits trees and how this place came to be. He also makes these neat little ukuleles.










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AlexRF: I will give the EPIN a shot and report my results back on the board.

Geosulcata: I agree a greenhouse is going to be necessary for the Garcinia...I am going to start with the button mangosteen and go further... I will need the rootstock apparently. I live in Hollywood but fortunately my parents live in Miami Shores a stones throw away from the Biscayne bay and hopefully when they are larger they may be able to live out there year round with minimal protection.

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Well here it goes my first post!
I was cruising on Top Tropicals website and found these hormones from Russia for sale. Has anyone used these for their plants? Especially the EPIN which claims to increase the hardiness of the plants. 

Reason being I have become very interested in the mangosteen species. First thing did was purchased the book "5 decades with tropical fruit tree" great book gave me so many ideas on what to do.

Cheers





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: June 03, 2015, 01:14:31 PM »
Haha all in good fun Gunnar429....I actually work for the HD right there off of 441 and Pembroke rd. I talk to Bal our garden guru about plants all day.

And From the sea...I have gone on trips down to the keys just to find rare roaches native and found only in the FL Keys! you guys have Giant cave roaches blattodea gianticus right there off of blimp rd! That and some really strangely marked coral snakes.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: June 02, 2015, 05:25:48 PM »
Hello everyone. I just recently got the bite to grow fruit trees after having them in my parents yard for years! Now i just bought a home and have a small piece of land to plant stuff. I currently have a Mulberry tree, Guava, Katuk, Native passion vine, and about 25 Papaya trees all under 5 ft tall.

I love plants and animals and have kept my fair share of....venomous snakes, fish, tarantulas, scorpions, monitor lizards....even roaches! as pets.

This is a really great forum and I have learned so much already!




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