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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Morning for Mangoes
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:07:39 PM »
Thanks Simon. I was thinking it was not at optimal ripeness. Will keep trying!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Morning for Mangoes
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:17:29 PM »
Tried my first lemon zest today. Wow, super lemony and sour for sure. Very good taste, sweetness was there. Texture was nice. Very good, but maybe overpowering on the lemon. Need to try more.

Thus far, manalitas are my favorite out of the mixed box. Seems like they are even sweeter today, with some other interesting flavors that can vary from fruit to fruit.

The first properly ripened Glenn came off our tree today. Small fruit. Perfect texture. Nice flavors, peachy. Smells great too. Not as sweet as the manalitas though.

Hasn't got to the point where I would want to eradicate squirrels. Drowning and baking in the sun seems rough, has to be a nicer way. Definitely get mad when they are ruining fruit. We used to have a huge avocado tree, and squirrels would get to them before we were able to enjoy a single fruit. Will never know what those avocados tasted like, we chopped the tree. Quite a few dents in our car hoods from when we first moved in and didn't realize we were parking in the avocado-squirrel drop zone. Can see trapping and relocating if my squirrel food offerings are no longer sufficient to keep them away from our edibles.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Morning for Mangoes
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:45:17 AM »
Dr. Ledesma emailed me back that Fairchild Farm no longer has a fruit stand. =(

Tried Nectar of Neptune and Florigon today.

These mangoes looked a lot alike. Taste was similar as well. FG was mild in flavor and smooth, NN definitely had more taste to it. NN had just a little tartness to it. Texture was great on both mangoes, no fiber noticed except tiny bit on the seed. NN had a more yellow flesh, while Florigon was darker/more orange. Like NN better.

While I've had Nam Doc Mai before, never tried green until this batch. Tart and crispy. Similar to the Chao Savoy in ways, but liked it better. They both are good (if you like tart and crispy), and could see mixing them up in a green papaya salad. My daughter liked green ndm slices with cinnamon, which was pretty good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Morning for Mangoes
« on: May 19, 2018, 11:25:08 AM »
Went to Fairchild farms?

No, but gotta try them out too. Mango Men.

To add to the reviews:

Manalita has a bit of an apricot flavor, and a tinge of piney-ness. It's nice. the fruit are a bit small, but not tiny.

Chao Savoy is weird and quite good to me. Recommended to eat it unripe. It's like a green apple mixed with a jujube mixed with a piney mango. Crisp texture. Tart, not very sweet. Not my favorite, but can see it growing on me because it is different and refreshing.

I called and asked to be added to the wait list at Hula Brothers, via voicemail message. No one called me back for a while, and then they contacted me (almost a year later) and said a tree was ready. It was nice sized (almost 3 foot) and appeared extremely healthy. No problem with transplanting. New branches growing from each section now, and looking happy.

Got another much smaller plant from an eBay seller. Cost more.

Recommend you find an established plant if you can. Doesn't seem to be fast growing, especially as a small plant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Morning for Mangoes
« on: May 19, 2018, 10:05:03 AM »
Yes, I will feed and give feedback! Saw a nice collection of Orange Essence growing, but not ready yet. Can't wait to try.

Forgot to add, Lemon Zest are in there too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Great Morning for Mangoes
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:50:12 AM »
Having a tough time waiting for ours to ripen, so took a little drive

Grabbed a nice selection of Florigon, Nectar of Neptune, Nam Doc Mai, Angie, Manalita, and Chao Savoy

Some of the selection that was available. There were quite a few crates of other mangoes as well.

Already tried a Manalita. Very good, low fiber, sweet and tangy. Going to be a good weekend.

Is kuini graft compatible with kasturi?

That's not cool!

Stock up a bird/squirrel feeder or 2 on the other side of your property, away from the mangoes. Keep it filled and hope they prefer seeds and nuts. Just replenished mine, as a squirrel was spotted hanging out near my mangoes and it made me uneasy to say the least.

I'm being nice to the cats that frequent my backyard, think they belong to the neighbors. Certainly seem to help. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: May 12, 2018, 10:39:10 AM »
A little Glenn dropped yesterday, almost ripe. Had good flavor in terms of mango and peach with a tad sour, but was a little light on the sweetness. Texture was wonderful, zero fiber. Best mango I've had this year, and it wasn't even ready.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: San Diego garden photos
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:51:58 PM »
Your trees and cacti are amazing! Something really special going on there.

Happy to hear you and your home are okay Oscar. Wishing you and all your family, friends, and neighbors well and that this tragedy soon comes to an end.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Well Water Treatment
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:07:09 AM »
How many gallons a day?  How many plants etc?  I got 2 x 400gpd RO filters running on mine for doing potted plants and misting.  I don't use that much but can if needed.  Could easily water a couple dozen trees with it.

Really no other way to remove hardness from the water.  You can filter out the dirt but to remove disolved solids RO is going to be the best (maybe only) option.  I sent Mark in TX the links to make the RO system, can repost here if you want it.  It's about 100$ for every 400gpd filter.   And that will probably use about 1200gpd or more of well water input and leave you 800gpd of harder waste water you need to do something with.

I put the waste water on an oak tree and holy cow the oak tree is growing out of control!

You can get TDS (total disolved solids) meters on amazon or ebay for around 10$.  That will give you a good idea how hard the water is.  Mine is 600ppm out of the ground and around 20ppm after RO treatment.

Not sure how many gallons. House and yard are on a little over a 1/3 acre lot. 30 in ground trees, a lot more if you count surinam cherries that create a privacy fence. Lots of potted plants outside that receive sprinkler water. And plenty o' grass.

We do have a beautiful oak. Pretty far away from the well pump though.

I have a tds meter, somewhere in the garage. Time for a journey to Narnia.

Yes, please post your RO setup Brad. Would like to see what you are doing and generate more ideas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Well Water Treatment
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:00:24 AM »
Thanks for all the replies. Not sure what I want to do yet.

Had heard that a sprinkler add-on could be used to supply chemicals that softened the water and was also good for the plants. Wondering if such a thing exists.

Used to do make a lot of RO/DI water for reeftanks, but on the scale that would be needed for irrigating my yard and trees, seems like a bit much.

Plants all seem happy and healthy enough. Might just leave as is, and move the sprinkler head that is hitting glass and causing spotting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:10:41 PM »
Unknown large jabo (delicious and small seeds)

Barbie Pink Guava, and some bugs

Rio Cherry fruiting already

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherry of rio grande
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:07:38 PM »
I believe this is fruit set =)

7 gallon pot, tree is probably 3.5 feet tall or so.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Well Water Treatment
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:52:35 AM »
Hello everyone.

Does anyone have advice on treating well water for a sprinkler system? I live in south florida with limestone soil, and think the well water is pretty hard and alkaline. Where the sprinkler hits a bit window, getting some spotting and residue on the glass that is difficult to remove. Also, want the plants to have best water possible. Any recommendations or suggestions?

Thanks, and apologies if this has been covered before. Couldn't find info in my searches, but not sure I am using the search engine effectively.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:30:45 AM »
That really bites! Sorry for your losses.

We place a lot of trust in the sellers and manufacturers of the products we buy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Durian Causes a Scare
« on: April 29, 2018, 07:42:40 AM »
Came across this article today:

Powerful fruit

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherry of rio grande
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:47:53 PM »
Picked up a Rio Cherry at the end of the summer, 17'. probably 3.5 - 4 feet tall.  it's in a 7 gallon pot, and is currently flowering and believe it is setting fruit. It gets lots of water.

What is the taste like on the orange and red kubal? Any other info on these plants?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: April 25, 2018, 09:57:54 AM »
Thanks Brandon. The fruit was good, but yeah, a little bland. Definitely worth eating. It was a bit snotty in places, so my daughter and I ate a bit and froze the rest for smoothies.

Have another nearly ripe fruit on the tree, still a few flowers, and several small fruits that recently set. Seems to be pollinating better now. I did not do any hand pollination on the recent fruits/flowers. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:45:17 AM »
Just picked a nice rollinia/biriba (yesterday). Have yet to try fruit from this tree. Have eaten what I think was frozen rollinia before, and it was good. Excited to finally try fresh, and get an idea if the fruit I'm growing is any good.

Does rollinia need to be totally yellow to eat? Picked on yesterday, and it is almost completely yellow with a few green streaks remaining. Should I wait till all yellow?

fresh picked


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sauropus androgynus - Sweet Leaf
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:23:40 PM »
Have been growing and eating katuk for a couple of years now. Mix it in salads and soups, or just nibble when out in the yard. Never eat more that a couple of grams or so. Little flowers are thick and stout. They taste nutty. Good in salads.

My plant is 6 - 7 feet tall or more, grows in partial sun, and seems drought tolerant. Must've grown roots through the fabric pot, because it looks nice even when it hasn't got water for a while.

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