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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango bloom one mile from my house.
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:37:18 AM »
Nice blooms onthat one part of the mango tree. Iíve never seen guarana before, do you make a drink with it? Thereís caffeine in the plant IIRC.

Simon

You use as much guarana powder as coffee.
To experiment w guarana buy 4-8oz on ebay. Amazon might be reasonable too? Guarana capsules are a total rip-off.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango bloom one mile from my house.
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:33:28 AM »
Lol, looked at the pictures before reading your description.  I was trying to figure out the words for how to break it to you that those were guaranŠ and that mangoes look nothing like that  ;)

AFAIK, they're processed just like coffee.  Remove the skin, thoroughly dry, dry roast (but don't burn), and grind in a coffee grinder.  If there's another way to eat it, I don't know about it.

I have bought guarana seed and ground it up in a Krupp's grinder. Did not bother roasting it. You simmer it in water and its about as strong as coffee. Black coffee tastes better but guarana's caffeine stimulation is smoother.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overmulching?
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:26:51 AM »
I have over mulched in soggy Florida. Really over doing will cut off O2 here. I have not done this so far but I do see thinner/minor tree roots growing upward into the mulch layer after many years.

In your dry climate it will be very difficult to deprive tree roots and soil of O2 via too much mulch. So get as much tree chips as you can. ALSO away from your trees, You can also pile it up and let it rot for a while like a compost pile.

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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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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Micro yard tour June 8th 2013
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:05:15 PM »
Beautiful yard Zands, I bet those trees are pretty large now. Your yard is very green and lush, mine has weeds growing everywhere. Time to motivate and clean up my yard:)

Simon

Thanks! Yes my fruit trees are larger.
Really its all a matter of South Florida's high rainfall instead of having to irrigate. It is much tougher and takes more smarts and dedication in your location which gets maybe 6 inches precipitation yearly. 

We do get dry spells.
Every few winters we get a 6 month spell of really minimal rain. This is when irrigation is needed or your lawn will get large spots of weeds and dried up no grass areas. Our ultra sandy soil will get dry lots sooner of course. I just had a new well pump for lawn sprinklers irrigation put in for next time this happens

More South Florida
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I received 2000 cubic yards of ground debris.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnaLWHgib5A&feature=youtu.be

Starting to spread it between mangoes.



That is one heck of a chip drop! Glad you got this hurricane byproduct instead of it being dumped in the everglades for all I know.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Micro yard tour June 8th 2013
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:47:14 AM »
Zand,
either you have a super green thumb or the weather is on your side.
Credit goes to the rain we get here. Your location gets    20.4 inch yearly and we get double or more. Landscaping crewing are busy year round cutting back hedges, bushes, lawns and more. I have all of those that need some serious trimming except my lawn which is ship shape.

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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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I took the top off eventually and cut the tree to a stump about 2 feet tall.

Its started to grow back out (in a tiny bush).
Should I select a few strong shoots and cut off the rest (thin it out) or should I let the tree self select?
Also, see the picture below.  Some of the leafs are curling at the end.  What could this be and should I do anything.



There  is no sense in sorting out that tree in November. Let it put out more leaves next spring before you do any selection or thinning.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:22:49 PM »
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:17:13 PM »
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?

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

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Grafting knife for under $6.00
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:09:47 PM »


Medium Duty Knife Excel #2
are your key words. This knife will hold the Schick injector blades. Personally verified.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Grafting knife for under $6.00
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:02:20 PM »
Excel knife that takes the Schick injector blades  https://www.amazon.com/excel-knife/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aexcel%20knife    I bought mine at ebay

Hi Zands,

There are two types of hobby knife collet chucks, 1/4" and 3/8". The shlick blades are 8mm, and appear will only fit in 3/8" collet. The standard hobby knife that I have is 1/4" collet (I have 2 or 3). So which model has a 3/8" collet?

Seems like this is the only one that calls out the sizes:
https://www.amazon.com/SE-813PK-16-Piece-Aluminum-Collet/dp/B0002BBYIE/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1509481953&sr=8-12&keywords=excel+knife

I may have to go with this one....

Hi
I looked into my ebay purchase history and this is what I bought a few months back. Here is the exact Excel I got via ebay and it takes Schick injector blades
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Medium-Duty-Knife-w-Cap-Card-Excel-Woodworking-Tool-EXL16002/400968529333?hash=item5d5b9635b5:g:0KUAAOSwMmBVuowz

This excel knife being sold by luvrc who is the same ebay seller I bought from on July 26 2017


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Grafting knife for under $6.00
« on: October 31, 2017, 04:31:31 PM »
Rehashing this topic. I ended up with the schick injector pack and somehow mistook that they were scalpel blade compatible.

Reading back through there is mention of knives that are no longer available.  The schick blades are much taller than hobby knife blades and won't fit in a standard hobby knife blade holder. The collet has to be pretty wide (almost 8mm). I cannot figure out which xacto hobby knife can accommodate these blades. Does anyone have an xacto knife part number?

The one Carlos uses in the video is super thick.

Schick blades:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FOVLEA/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1


Excel knife that takes the Schick injector blades  https://www.amazon.com/excel-knife/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aexcel%20knife    I bought mine at ebay

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 29, 2017, 01:46:02 PM »
Federal money has paid for (financed) so many stupid and unused  bicycle lanes where I live so anything is possible
Hey, ya never know.  People might get smart someday, and start riding bicycles!  There are a few of us in my neighborhood who do. 
It does improve quality of life.

Come on...are you really using the designated bicycle paths? I see loads of cyclists in packs of 20-50 riding the nicer tree lined streets on Saturday and Sunday. Designated bike paths mean nothing to them. They did this before the bike lanes were put in (make work projects if you ask me)  And they do it now in their spandex outfits/ I have nothing against them

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Blooms in October in Florida?
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:55:35 PM »
None of these mango early blooms pan out in the form of edible fruits but they add to the general mango excitement index so it's all good. You are seeing nature doing what it wants to do which is multiply, sink or swim. We are just onlookers.

And if you do get a fruit from very early blooms is it is unpalatable or too watery.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:47:20 PM »
My peach cobbler was stolen. I planted a three gallon peach cobbler and two weeks later I went to take a look but it was dug out and gone. Was planted 14ft from the road. Most baffling theft on my property. For sure the scum that took it was not able to grow it properly so it died. Rob gave it  infinite praise so this is why I bought one, a good specimen from Bender's Grove.

That just sucks.  I hate thieves and the only way I'd grow in most neighborhoods is behind a secured fence with perhaps a pet rottweiler or pit bull.  We're still old school here where many still don't lock their doors and most respect other's property.

BTW, didn't we have this "what in the hell are you doing planting outside in the open?" conversation either by email or posts?

A meaningful hedge or fence would carve into my property too much. My town Tamarac maintains a ten foot easement into my property where they are entitled to do anything but in realty prolly never will. But if larded up  with enough Federal money they could put in a sidewalk cutting into my property.
Federal money has paid for (financed) so many stupid and unused  bicycle lanes where I live so anything is possible

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:37:21 PM »
got more fresh ones from the ground a few left on the tree this seems to be a perfect commercial mango from Socal




Did you see what an enterprising Australian is doing with Maha Chanok mango (at least ten spellings on this mango so hard to track and trace it)   http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-07-12/mango-farm-planting-40000-extra-maha-bliss-trees/7558378

Anyone in USA who copies him can make millions. It's all in the marketing to bored city dwellers and bored suburbans w lots of disposable income.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 28, 2017, 09:55:58 AM »
It's one thing when they pick fruit you waited for years to try

But getting the whole tree makes you start all over

Landscapers with shovels on hand most likely suspects.

Plant another ahead of the rain and I hope you have better luck

Thanks for the inspiration. Maybe next spring I will buy a peach cobbler and culture it in a pot. I am out of room for planting trees. Then use my PC tree for scion wood in top grafting. Then sell it a few years later after I have gotten enough scions.

Is peach cobbler that good? I guess it is from reading comments here.

My HOA went crazy on me (but OK now) but I doubt they would dig up my newly planted tree. But being this is Floriduh anything can happen anywhere at anytime by anyone. This state is full of free lancers and free spirits. The wack jobs that used to infest California come here instead. And one of them dug up and took my peach cobbler.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 27, 2017, 09:04:39 PM »
Thanks. My Kathy seems like it does not want to grow at all but my Coconut Cream is doing great and the Pina Colada. I pugged my Peach Cobbler but deers kept eating it and eventually it died of stress. Question should I get rid of my Kathy that is ground planted and put my LZ in itís place. My LZ is in a 35 Gal container.

My peach cobbler was stolen. I planted a three gallon peach cobbler and two weeks later I went to take a look but it was dug out and gone. Was planted 14ft from the road. Most baffling theft on my property. For sure the scum that took it was not able to grow it properly so it died. Rob gave it  infinite praise so this is why I bought one, a good specimen from Bender's Grove.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 27, 2017, 08:52:23 PM »
Mahachinok a workhorse. I have about 10-12 left in the tree which start ripening in late July to November. I highly recommend this variety to socal growers for its fine quality and extended season.

Good looking fruits and  a great yield from your tree(s)! Mahachinok is a ramped up Nam Doc Mai? So it seems.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Thai black ginger
« on: October 16, 2017, 06:52:56 PM »
Has anyone tried to grow krachai dum or Thai black ginger Kaempferia parviflora
Or anyone used it? It's said to significantly increase hand grip strength and enhance sexual stimuli.

This black ginger looks to me like ordinary ginger that has been dried out a bit. It is scam but increasing you grip strength is for real so buy one of these////  Increase grip strength is good for your heart lungs and maybe your dick.

https://www.amazon.com/Kootek-Strengthener-Adjustable-Resistance-Exerciser/dp/B01780EY2Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1508194398&sr=8-3&keywords=GRIP+EXERCISE




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:34:01 PM »

My good friend Zands, while you are waiting we continue on until January.



Friend. Looks like October Maha Chanok

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 16, 2017, 02:21:12 PM »
The flesh around the skin is my favorite part. It tastes like it has the most flavor components, turpenes I suppose. If you get too close to the skin, there can be some sort of natural component in the skin that tickles the back of my throat and makes me want to cough.

The good thing about these flavor grenade type mangos is that a little bit goes a long way and in the case of Sweet Tart, the fruit grows in clusters and are often relatively small. The Sweet Tart variety can even hold a decent amount of fruit in a pot although it will need judicious pruning.

People that have a basement, balcony or small patio can grow this variety and the small mangos will go a long ways in terms of not needing a lot of flesh to be satisfied.

Simon

You get it about scraping the mango skin! Great sweet tart testimony and accounting.  Lets talk  May 2018 when mangoes are looking good here

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:39:29 AM »
Mark

Your persistence has been rewarded. Sweet tart and other mangoes easy to grow in S Florida but takes strategy and IQ to pull this off in Hill Country Texas yeah I have been to New Braunfels a while back for BBQ

Anyways.... For variation slice off the mango cheeks. Scoop out flesh with a spoon. Then scrape the skin as close as you can w a spoon. Nice exciting flavors can pop up close to the skin.  There/not there meaning variable results.

Real mango shit tests are chewing around the seed and scraping the skin w  a spoon.  Those are boundary aka transition areas. Doing a mango test by eating mango flesh is for children and amateurs. The connoisseur taste is close to seed and skin. All else is commentary.

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