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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Your mango policy?
« on: June 24, 2018, 01:48:02 PM »
Mine is basically first come, first served. There is some telephone communication but with the no-shows and the unexpecteds who arrive without notice. Like this morning.....  I just want to move them
Mangoes are too perishable at their peak to let sit around.
So he who gets here first gets the pick of the crop.
I also allow people to pick off the tree...partly because they see hidden ripe ones that I do not. Most who come here are attuned with mango seeking-radar.

Oooppps ....Just had another unexpected (but he has been here often) come by 15 minutes ago. He found seven hidden ones just after another mango hunter left, who I thought scooped up everything that was good for today

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And Alex - Squam was right! I will try to find his prediction made back in January or February.
I am talking SE Florida counties
Manatee - Sarasota- St Petersberg - West Coast Florida mango trees must be early too.

I am getting lots of mango drops for the past week.
My estimate is SE Florida mangoes are three weeks earlier than the usual.

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I just want to praise the little mango that could. Large size seed, small size mango. No nice coloration such as reds, pinks, purples. A high seed to flesh ratio. But even with our heavy rains they are full flavor. My Carries taste good but bland enough for bsbullie to savor. Pickerings are bland with a few full taste ones. Those are my three that have gotten edible so far.

Fairchild has a good rep for fungus resistance and reliability...as in fruiting each year. Though I admit last year mine put out no fruit, the only time in 8 years.

Pina Colada and Fairchild are two manageable trees. Meaning they are not mad (vigorous) growers and can be kept  to smaller size. Both have fruits that thieves will tend to pass by as compared to mangoes that are red and large or have other nice coloration. Pinks and purples.

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Sighted at my local Aldi at McNab and University in Broward County... There were three all boxed up and ready to go out the door and they have been there for a while....

You might see same over stocking where you are. Aldi over ordered from MTD manufacturing. Obviously. You can go to yard machines/mtd website and I will bet you will see the one Aldi is carrying.

Briggs Stratton 140cc engine   500 series engine
Push  these are not self propelled
Originally at $159 a few weeks back now at $114

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / All About Fertilizing Mango Trees
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:41:19 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YznnrvmLfuE
All About Fertilizing Mango Trees  -- From Chris at Truly Tropical in Delray, Florida in Palm Beach County
29,426 views
Mangos in South Florida benefit from nutrients that are not naturally available in local soils. Of course there are many mango trees that look healthy and produce nice fruit without intervention, but providing additional nutrients can improve the health and productivity of your tree, and the quality of your fruit.

First, there is an overview of the macronutrients and micronutrients important to mango trees. Then, Mr. Har Mahdeem, a tropical fruit tree expert, discusses the different types of conventional and organic fertilizers available for mango trees. Mango trees at different ages and stages have different fertilizer requirements.

Finally, Chris talks about what fertilizers we use at Truly Tropical and how to properly apply fertilizer to your mango tree. Har Mahdeem has a consulting and tree care business in Palm Beach and Broward County. Among other things, he applies fertilizer to tropical fruit trees. To contact Har, call (561)-523-6599.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YznnrvmLfuE


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Chris at Truly Tropical tries to do this.
How can this be done successfully?  Get the mango tree to put out new leaves and branches where you want it to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDG0LKmDC3I#

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My store had both kinds but the way they were displayed.... They were not displayed side by side but in single file. So the box of anvil loppers hid the box of bypass loppers. So look carefully.   http://offers.kd2.org/en/us/aldi/pdlGj/

They also have two pruning shears for $4.00/  They are kind of weak but they use the kind of spring Felco pruners use https://www.amazon.com/Felco-291-Replacement-Springs-Pruners/dp/B0016AJCGQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1524094568&sr=1-4&keywords=pruning+shears+spring

So if you buy them you will have two springs in reserve. I already robbed one to put in my Felco

aldi circular on line >>>>  https://www.aldi.us/en/weekly-specials/our-weekly-ads/

Also axes and sledge hammers $9.99


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I watered my mango trees yesterday to help mitigate fruit drop offs
And today it's raining very hard to help my lawn which has been getting quite dry. Of course the mango trees will benefit too.

HOORAY!!! and hope all members in SE Florida are getting inundated this afternoon. SW FL too hopefully

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Temporary irrigation with pool vacuum hose
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:57:36 PM »
I am posting this in case the pool vacuum hose idea helps someone with any kind of irrigation. I have an old lawn sprinkler system I am reviving with some detective work. But until I get ir running I am using a Home Depot pool vacuum hose to water my lawn during the South Florida dry season. It is their own HDX  brand /35 feet long and $39.99/ and called heavy duty. https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-35-ft-x-1-5-in-Vacuum-Hose-69235/203796282  We shall find out how heavy duty it really  is.
This pool hose will fit into a 1 1/4 inch PVC pipe coupling. So this hose mates well with 1 1/4 inch PVC pipe
Meanwhile I can water my front lawn in ten minutes. Hitting the parched spots first. Hit some fruit trees too.

The water is pumped from my well so the only cost is electricity.










let it rip!









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Should be OK right?








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My mango bloom and panicles look decent this year. But is there a chance for more to emerge? Especially if we have a late cold snap.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango tree Christmas lights
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:11:04 AM »
Hung on a tree in my front yard.  Cold white LEDs. 20 meter string by 200 leds. I will probably order more for next year.









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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Growing fruit trees in pots
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:10:45 AM »
  • Would drilling 1/8 inch holes in the bottom of the pot help drainage and other problems? I am talking hundreds of 1/8 inch holes.
    For more benefits -- How about doing the same to the sides? For aeration and drainage.
  • Any real good and tested soil mixes for avocado and citrus?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango bloom one mile from my house.
« on: December 14, 2017, 08:50:43 AM »
This tree is next to an avocado tree that is propped up after the hurricane hit it. The mango tree was not affected. Also my guarana a few days ago.




















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Will 2018 be be better that 2017? My production was down and think many others had the same problem. Maybe this applied just to SE Florida and not SW Florida?
IOW
After a poor year are the mango trees inclined to make up for it the following year?
Or maybe 2017 was a normal year for you and I am all wet.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Two Florida avocados I bought today
« on: August 17, 2017, 06:21:22 PM »
I bought at Broward Meat and Fish. $1 each/ Last week the Florida avocados were 50˘  each there. Maybe this is bs but I was told to shake the avocado and if the seed rattles around a bit then it is good. Both these passed the test/

In photos is a 12" steel ruler









Broward Meat And Fish Company
8040 W McNab Rd, North Lauderdale, FL 33068

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Turmeric !
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:13:31 AM »
You can find turmeric roots at an India grocery store like Patel near me.
Bravo markets also carry it

Easy to grow
This should be a landscaping plant. Leaves look much nicer than ginger leaves and it grows easier at least for me. Just  shallow plant and throw wood chips on top. It broke through three inches wood chip for me.








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I was told the three sour sop types are--  (Soursop)
  • sweet
  • sweet-sour
  • sour
Can someone tell me the name of the variety (varieties) that is just sweet.      This is the type I am interested in getting. Also if you can recommend a sweet variety.     Thanks!

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At least for me and one other member. My last email notification was in December 2016. Thanks. Please fix it.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Good hand pruner by Fiskars
« on: July 14, 2017, 09:27:00 PM »
Two piece forged construction. I like the spring action instead of coiled steel. You have a really great pruner then good for backup. But I use as primary pruner along with another one by Felco

I bought recently from Walmart. $8.46 +Have them send to a nearby Walmart and you don't have to pay shipping.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Fiskars-Forged-Bypass-Pruner/19767419

Amazon has for $4 more
https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-9274-Forged-Bypass-Pruner/dp/B00A61EX56/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500081353&sr=8-1&keywords=Fiskars+Forged+Bypass+PruneR




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A 100-year-old tree stands in a Miami yard. Is it the ‘granddaddy of all Florida mangoes?’

My obsession started like so many obsessions do, with a question so sticky, so delicious, it was impossible to ignore: Is the tree that gave rise to the entire mango industry in the western hemisphere still alive more than 110 years later in a Coconut Grove yard?

This wouldn’t be just any mango tree; this tree is the first of its kind, “the granddaddy of all Florida mangoes,” as one person later told me. It was the result of the first time anyone in America had successfully crossed two species of unremarkable mangoes and luckily — improbably, revolutionarily — created a mango that made people swoon.

It was the first to ripen to a rosy blush, with a tropical piney scent. It was the first mango you could bite into without getting a mouthful of mango dental floss, and it was hearty enough to be shipped commercially all over the world. Yet it was so perfectly adapted to our ground, temperature and weather that many South Floridians unknowingly have grown up with this mango in our backyards.

It was a mango so good that 100 years ago, Florida horticulturalists — looking for a new fruit to grow here — would make this mango their ambassador to the world.

Spicy, flashy, easy to fall in love with at first sight (or first bite): You might call it the most Miami mango ever. And all of it came from a single tree.

And, like Miami, it was founded by a woman, the wife of a retired Army captain who planted the seed by his house, blocks from the home of Everglades defender Marjory Stoneman Douglas. He died before he saw it bear fruit, but his widow raised the tree and introduced the world to the mango she named for her late husband — the Haden.

I consulted with experts, read the 100-year-old texts of the widow, pored over a 60-year-old report that seem to pinpoint the tree and even spoke to descendants who had visited the tree (and one neighbor who remembers bringing the widow fresh-baked cookies and taking mangoes in return).

All of it led to a single, ancient Haden mango tree that grows twisted in the stifling saltwater breeze blowing in from Biscayne Bay.

Experts who have seen it (and climbed it to gather fruit) say this tree is easily 100 years old. It has withstood hurricanes, dodged disease and escaped the maw of development. And all of it thanks to mango lovers, tolerant homeowners and dumb luck.

But is this the tree?

I couldn’t stop thinking about it from the moment I came across that online photo.
‘It caused such a stir’

John and Florence Haden came to Miami, like so many before and after them, to reinvent themselves.

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/article158669284.html    (excerpt)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sunday morning mango tree
« on: May 14, 2017, 08:42:15 AM »
I was out for an errand and turned down a street that I figured would have a few mango trees. But I only saw this beauty. What kind of mangoes are these? I don't know but I can guess.

I like the organic termite and pest control truck down the block from this tree






















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Aldi's has lopper deals every spring. Also other garden items you might be interested at Aldi's this week.

Here is their on-line circular.....  http://weeklyads.aldi.us/Aldi/BrowseByPage    You will have to enter your zip code.
Last day of sale is next Tuesday but if they have loppers etc leftover then you will see them next week too

lopper info   http://weeklyads.aldi.us/Aldi/ListingDetail?ispartial=N&ReturnCircularPageFlag=Y&StoreID=2685824&ListingID=-2029689668

multi-purpose sprayer--  http://weeklyads.aldi.us/Aldi/ListingDetail?ispartial=N&ReturnCircularPageFlag=Y&StoreID=2685824&ListingID=-2029689678

cordless string trimmer and cordless leaf blower http://weeklyads.aldi.us/Aldi/ListingDetail?ispartial=N&ReturnCircularPageFlag=Y&StoreID=2685824&ListingID=-2029689551

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pineapple -- a tough crown
« on: March 20, 2017, 10:49:14 AM »
Hacked off a supermarket pineapple crown and left it in water for three weeks. I forgot about it. The center leaves where new leaves come from rotted away. I neglected it some more and now I see a comeback from the center with tiny new leaves spouting coming back.

So I would say these crowns are strong
To be planted soon!

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