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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New acquisition
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:04:22 AM »
 :o

My poor attempt at humor. Yes, it's a loquat.

I'm hoping it will be sweeter than the Oliver I planted 30 some years ago.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / New acquisition
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:01:05 AM »
In a break from tradition I've planted a tree that will never bear mangos.




I'm told that Angelino Loqu is a small but especially tasty mamey sapote.

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Thanks, Har. I see some fresh scratches on an otherwise healthy tree, so time to take action.

Also, I enjoy learning a bit of the science involved, even if it doesn't stick in my brain.  :o


The trunk does look scratched by cats, etc.  If it seems to be on-going, applying stinky sprays to trunk and soil might stop it.  Spraying trunk with fungices might give it a better chance to heal.

The leaves are deficient in pretty much everything, due to root starvation, from the downward movement of the sap through the phloem having been interrupted by the bark damage.

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I have a volunteer seedling tree that I have experimented on now and again.

It has looked terrible for a year or so, but my question is specifically about what appear to be scratch marks on the trunk, about 3 feet from the ground.
I would assume that it's some kind of physical damage, but don't know what would cause this.




The foliage looks bad in more ways than I can count.




Can insects or disease cause the scratch marks?  Or should I assume that the neighborhood cats have settled on this tree as their scratching post?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: November 01, 2017, 09:33:04 AM »


I forgot about peach cobbler after the theft but all the positive comments here about PC are getting to me.

It's pretty darn good and I'm glad I have it, but if I were stranded in Lake Worth with only Dot, Lemon Zest, and one of the ZINC family I think I could still lead a reasonably satisfying life.......

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 30, 2017, 02:01:49 PM »
Where I live the cyclists use the bike trails, but badly.

They go the wrong way on one-way streets, and ignore all traffic signs and signals.
They never look both ways at an intersection or entrance. I guess they keep their eyes forward,
and hope for the best.

Actually, those cyclists who use the sidewalks also do it badly.   :-\

But that said, I don't think you really need to replace your Peach Cobbler, Zands. Sure it's great, but how many wonderful mango trees does one family really need?

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I think that Alex and other commercial growers will be our sentinels as we learn how increased disease pressures affect various cultivars.

Have you considered Maha?  Not at all a traditional Florida mango, but I remember Alex saying that it has good disease resistance.

And finally, speaking of context, there was mango to be had last night at the tasting table of the Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council and it tasted marvelous to me, after having been mango-deficient these past weeks.  Guessing it was Keitt.    :)  :D  8)

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What issues did you have with Kent?

Flavor-wise I think it is at least as good as some of the proposed alternatives.

My Kent, grown in eastern Tamarac, was very productive. (Granted, that was twenty years ago.)

I'm surprised to see Alex recommend Marlys. The few I have had were bad tasting.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Thinning Sweet Tart ?
« on: October 13, 2017, 11:01:33 AM »
Ok, not exactly a timely question, but I'd like to hear from folks who have been growing Sweet Tart for several years.

Do you thin the clusters of fruit?  I have not, and the tree has not self-thinned. I have ended up with lots of mangos, ripening rather late (which is not a bad thing).  But the mangos have been quite small.  And when harvest is over, the tree looks a bit stressed.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 12, 2017, 09:07:43 AM »
Mark, you have chosen a pretty awesome variety of mango cultivars.

I don't necessarily think that you will regret adding Peach Cobbler. As far as I know it is doing well in Florida (at least mine is). I don't know whether your growing conditions are more like Florida or California.

JF, could you elaborate on PCs poor performance?

(Seanny, were you teasing us?  If not you should definitely look into Tommy Atkins mangoes from well, it doesn't really matter...........)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2017 SoCal mango tasting
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:36:24 AM »
Thanks, Simon. We're looking forward to the taste evaluations.

And kudos to all who worked hard and smart to put the day together.

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According to some old Roman dude, there is no disputing taste. So, yes, I would say that you may well find a mango to be too rich.

That hasn't happened to me yet with mangos, but I do find mamey sapote to be too rich for me to eat much of.

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I guess LZ is okay, if you like mangoes.    ;)

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Thanks for the tip on Excalibur.

And you're right, of course. If they follow you home you can keep them.
I predict many fine mangoes for you and yours.


I found a table full of Keitt at Excalibur today. 8/21 I also had a Pineapple Pleasure, Maha. Gary, Phoenix and a Cotton Candy tree follow me home.

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They had none when I stopped in last week.
I didn't think to ask if there would be any late-season mangoes coming in.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Is South Florida mango season over?
« on: August 19, 2017, 11:21:09 AM »
I have not had a chance to taste Cotton Candy and M-4 yet.
And I would have loved to taste Phoenix and  Kathy again.

Recent visits to my usual haunts were, alas, fruitless.

Did these have a good season?
Or ?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lime on mango for the win
« on: August 17, 2017, 10:04:12 AM »
Good to know. My lime tree is the only citrus that served the various diseases.

Also, in case you haven't tried it, mixing a sliced banana with a chopped mango is pretty darn good.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How were your mangos this year
« on: August 12, 2017, 12:26:52 PM »
I had mixed results. The early LZ, all 4 of them, were outstanding. The later crop was adequate and pretty darn good too, but a few suffered from some internal damage (bad spot that was not edible).

Dupuis Saigon bloomed profusely, but only carried two fruit to maturity. One was stolen by critters, the other was okay, not great.

Spirit of 76 produced more fruit than in past years. They were beautiful and taste ranged from very good to excellent.

Edgar (a large tree) produced very poorly. The fruit has been very good but not excellent.

PPK (a small tree) produced well for its size, from the first bloom, and did not bloom again. They fruit were excellent.  As happened last year, the tree now looks rather tired; perhaps I should have thinned it more than I did.

Sweet Tart produced and retained lots of fruit, for its modest size. They have been good to very good. I am definitely not yet an expert on when to pick and eat them, but the very mature ones did not have any off flavors.

Peach Cobbler, a small tree, produced well for its size. The fruit were very good. Most of the mangoes were fairly small, perhaps because they were clustered on only a couple branches. Again I may have eaten some of them too mature, but even those were tasty with no off flavors.

Dot, a mature tree, had an adequate crop, which were very good to excellent.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Zill grafts are really going crazy
« on: August 01, 2017, 01:38:33 PM »
Very nice, Mark.

You'll be knee-deep in deliciousness before you know it.    8)

God willing and the ocean don't rise........

Dan

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I agree that refrigeration can dull the taste, and I generally eat mangos at room temperature. But I think a highly-flavored mango can hold up well to being chilled, and be quite refreshing.

Kind of the way eating melted orange sherbet could be less inspiring than eating it frozen.

But then, when in Spain (or Italy) I am that ugly American who wants his Coke Zero ice cold.

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Before I left on vacation I put a ripe LZ from my tree in the fridge.

When I got home it still looked perfect, and was delicious.
So, N=1  does not make a consensus, and I wonder if others have found this to be true.

Keeping well as a ripe mango might add to its potential for commercial use.

Incidentally, ripe Dots also keep well in the fridge. Eventually they wrinkle, but the flavor is still great.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USDA Zill 40-26
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:26:28 AM »
Had a 40-26 this morning from my tree:

Verdict:
This mango tastes like Pina Colada. Phenomenal.

Ok, teasing us again, Alex, but we forgive you.
How does it compare in size to Pina Colada?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: LZ -- opposing viewpoints
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:24:56 AM »
Simon, I've often wondered whether parts of the canopy that get the most sun and air circulation produce the most fruit. I see just enough "exceptions" (perfect Dot mangos deep in the interior) to confuse me.

Dan

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / LZ -- opposing viewpoints
« on: June 11, 2017, 12:13:34 PM »
Below is the south side of my Lemon Zest. It set and has retained lots of fruit, from the second or third bloom.   So far so good.




The north side set a few fruit from the first bloom, which have been devoured, and not many from later blooms.  From this side it appears that the canopy is becoming more "open" in that some interior branches are losing their leaves.  >:(

I have seen some of what seems to be bacterial black spot on some leaves, but am hoping this is the "old" less harmful sort.





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