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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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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/weekend-storm-to-unload-widespread-heavy-rain-in-western-us/70000459

Fill up those mango trees and reservoirs!

I think El Nino is still in semi-effect...we have more rain than usual here. Though not as much as last winter with a declared El Nino in the Pacific ocean.

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You will need 2-3 people to dig them out. Fewer if you want to try bare rooting them. HOA is going to destroy them anyway so if you want let me know

Craigslist advert>>>
https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/grd/5923939761.html

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Coc Mango tree must go / Yours for free
« on: December 10, 2016, 05:58:50 PM »
Coc Mango tree must go

HOA wants it removed and they might remove/kill it this week. Yours for free but will take some digging. I am busy digging out another tree so probably will not be able to help you dig. But will help getting it into your truck It is 8ft tall and trunk is four inch wide. In excellent health and has born fruit last two years. You will need a pickup truck or van to transport. I have some boards to make a ramp. Bring another digger will be ideal. You should probably take it out semi-bare rooted where some dirt is washed away w the garden hose. This is not a great time of year to move a tree but this tree is strong so should do OK.

I will take photos tomorrow and post them........If you make super firm commitment I might be able to delay the HOA removal until next weekend. I will list this Monday on Craigs list if no firm interest here.

I am in Tamarac zip 33321

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In previous years I bought their bypass and anvil loppers and am happy with them. They were non-geared. Bypass loppers are lighter weight and for lighter duty. I can move and snip quicker with them. It's good to have both types and I use both.
I suppose when they are geared you get extra leverage for cutting through thick hard branches.

Seen at Aldis at University and McNab in Broward country. If you are in Florida I am fairly sure you will find the loppers too in yr local Aldis.

Good thing about inexpensive loppers.......  I had no problem spray painting the handles red or orange right away so harder to misplace in the grass or bush. You gonna do this with your $65 super duper loppers?

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I won't do this if this will kill it but I need to move a mango tree 30-45ft. The trunk is 5 inches in diameter. It has been in the ground for 5 years. It is a sweet tart if you are curious.

Successfully digging up and moving its large root ball will be impossible. The soil covered root ball be too heavy to drag 30-45ft on a tarp. Lots of the dirt will fall off no matter what I do. And these dirt clump will tear roots when falling off.

So......... Would it make sense to hose off most of the soil clinging to the roots?
Do it carefully and gently so I don't tear too many roots. Then drag this bare rooted tree to its new hole and plant it. The new hole will have rich soil to sooth the traumatized root system. Yeah I know mangoes don't like rich soil but I have planted many in holes with half Home Depot black top soil that comes in a bag and they worked out.

Is this foolish or do you think it will work? No problem with the tree dying back for a few months before recovering.

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I cut off the top leaving an inch of pineapple flesh.
Put it in this blue plastic coffee container on the porch and with the rains we have been getting it was frequently drowned. I did not monitor the water level closely but poured off excess rainwater.
It sat in water for four weeks.

Removing the pineapple top from the water......look at the extensive root development. I then planted it in a 3 gallon bucket with compost, black soil and semi-rotted wood chips. The largest leaf is 8 inches and got there just sitting in water! I hope it has enough room in this bucket to grow a good size pineapple. Should I move it up to 7 gallon in a 6-9 months?

















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I have never tasted a Maha Chanok mango but am thinking of planting a tree. I know what Nam doc mai tastes like. How does Chanok taste in comparison? Is it sweeter? Does it have an extended season in South Florida? What is its season for ripeness?

Is it pretty reliable to produce each year?
Thanks!

***** any other spellings for this mango I should include in the title?

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Hi-
I like seeded!!!! 8)
The usual places I buy them seem to have given up for this year. They only carry seedless. Not a good year for seeded watermelons. Last I saw were beginning of July.

btw Take those watermelon rinds and juice them with a little lime and or ginger. Don't throw them out.

Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango acid vs sweet question
« on: July 12, 2016, 10:06:38 AM »
I got a neighborhood seedling mango that had dropped from the tree. Very colorful but firm. I cut it open and ate some. It had too much of the acid component and lacked desired sweetness. Not that it was anywhere close in acid to a lemon. But the flesh leaned towards yellow and was acidy as far as mangoes go.
I have eaten other mangoes from this tree and some were Glennish but sweeter. Admittedly, some were bland.

Question: If I had waited a few days to eat it, would this seedling mango have gotten sweeter off the tree?

Would the same pertain to most known mango varieties?

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location NW Broward County
will post photos on request
thick trunk

This variety developed by famous Lara Farms in Miami ---  https://www.bing.com/search?q=Lara+Farms+in+Miami&pc=MOZI&form=MOZCON

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In NW Broward County

I have some no name banana roots and pups...available for digging up. Charge is minimal. Maybe even zero
They produce good bananas. I need to thin them out. So If you want to establish a banana patch you can do it the slow way buy buying one or two potted banana plants....Or the fast way which is to dig out 8-10 banana roots (called corms) and plant at your place. These corms are large and store a lot of food for the banana stalk.

Variety unknown but probably Cavendish of some kind.             I do have some that produce red bananas.

PM me if interested....THANKS








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dripping with mangoes
« on: June 05, 2016, 07:46:47 AM »
I have other failed (no fruits) and half good trees this year but these four are dripping. Please post your dripping photos from this year, last year, it could be any year. It could be trees near La Habra such as JF has posted. Clustered mangoes are a thing of beauty and the weather this year seems to have produced more than usual plus produced more dropped mangoes. Dropped even late in the game.
I mowed the lawn yesterday as it got dark (to beat the heat) so have to finish mowing today. So tall grass in some photos and short in others.



Neelam



No name neighborhood mango that cookie monster grafted for me five years ago. Will be my earliest mango I think




Sweet tart about 14 ft tall




Same Sweet tart tree from another 180 degrees different view, about 14 ft tall. Nam Doc Mai on its left looks good from this angle but only has average production this year.




Gold nugget aka golden nugget about 17 ft tall bought at HD






Same No name neighborhood mango that cookie monster grafted but seen from the other side




Neelam again but from the opposite side


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This is for RichardN (lives near Orlando) who posted a lot here last summer. He is not near a computer and asked me to post

He used:
bonide copper soap liquid   ---used one ounce
sulfur  used  1tbsp
mixed into
one gallon of water

Richard sprayed three days ago and noticed leaves  falling today. Half the leaves fell off his lychee tree. Unknown variety.
Mango trees sprayed at the same time show no damage

Anyone have a diagnosis or a reason why? RichardN says thanks!

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Taste is not an issue. Blandness is OK if the tree is reliable.
Which mangoes trees have you observed to be reliable fruiters every year?
My nominations are:
Pickering
Fairchild
Gold Nugget sometimes called Golden Nugget
Sweet Tart  (must have more confirmation)

A second category is:
Which mango trees do you see bounce back and produce decent amounts of fruit the year after a severe pruning? Example: Severe pruning and cutback in 2015 and decent fruit production in 2016

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