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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The weeds love my mulch
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:17:57 PM »
Thanks, that explains why its aggressive where I mulched.
I do use the bedding in compost, aging it until it all breaks down.  I turn the heap and no weeds grow.
Looks like I will spend time watching and weeding. 
I will try the cardboard layer also but if i am importing seeds, I am thinking "Sisyphus."

Ditto, I got mine yesterday as well.

For the two people I offered to share with, check your PM or PM me.
Lets get these grafted ASAP.

Raul, check your pm.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Tart Budwood Graft
« on: April 21, 2018, 02:07:58 PM »
The middle on with the multiple branches, any reason you didn't split those into 3 or 4 separate grafts?
Good luck, hope they all take.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The weeds love my mulch
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:48:50 AM »
One last "pestilence".   :(
I also have old world climbing fern, lygodium  Its not bothering my fruit trees right now but it is on the lot.  I have been battling it for 10 years and is re-sprouts every-time.  Nothing truly kills it.  If a few leaves or pieces drop in areas I have cleared, it will come back.  Hope someone knows of something that I don't to eradicate this invasive.
I have been able to keep it at bay but it always reminds me it is there and waiting to take over.

Can you imagine if this were a great fruit tree that you can re-sprout from its leaves.  Too bad, nothing good comes that easy  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The weeds love my mulch
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:10:28 AM »
I did add mulch onto an established plant with some grass in the area mulched.  This weed though is not grass and was either not present or was out competed by the grass before mulching.  It starts at the edge of the mulch and grass and sends a strand or two over the mulch.  The it sends down root and the mulch and its off to the races. 
I will add photos or a mulch bed where I am winning, where it is about to start and where it has won (for now).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The weeds love my mulch
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:03:38 AM »
So I started mulching some of my trees late last year.
I still have several bare.  What I have noticed recently is this explosion of weed (or ground cover) on the mulched plants.  On one the density was such you could not see the mulch.  On the others I pick the weed once I see it. 
I took a 3 day trip a couple of weeks ago and when I returned I had to spend a good amount of time freeing my trees from what I see as competition.  Am I missing something?

Should I be removing these weeds?  Does it matter what they are?
If I had all my trees mulched it will be a full time job keeping the weeds off, is there a product to knock them back without harming the roots near the surface.
I am not doing organic and will use chemicals if i have to, but will like to keep the use of chemicals to a minimum.

Should I just bury the weeds under even more mulch?

I need all the information on mulching I can get because I am thinking this is the way to go with the other trees (no trunk damage from edger on my mulched trees  :) ) so please share your experience.

Modified to add pictures:

The weed is on the edge of the mulch, waiting to invade!

On the move

Close up view of a few I pulled.

Complete take over.  I mulched this little tree and didn't keep it up.  The weed has taken over what used to be mulch, mostly soil now.

Trying to get back my territory.  I pulled half of this mulch bed.  You can see the dying weeds on the pulled half.  They have nice white roots, very happy looking roots.  Just on the wrong plants.

I also have this weed which is also pretty aggressive.  It crawls along crowding out just about anything else.

One last fact in case it matters.  I get my mulch from a local nursery for free.  It is wood shavings or chips used for stable bedding.  It slightly aged but you can still see the dried horse business (#2).  Could this be seed source for importing new weeds.

If I end up with a couple of extra sticks, sat 2 or 3, anyone local to the palm beach area interested?
No guarantees I will have spares but if I do and there is someone in the Palm Beach or Jupiter area that is interested pm me.
Pm sent
Achetadomestica, check your PM.
Urgent and time sensitive.

Lots of rain in West Palm Beach and a fair amount up in Jupiter too.  I moved some mulch to see if it was saturate and unfortunately it was not.  The ground outside the mulched area is very wet though and not just at the surface but at least down to six inches or more.

Very pleased, except sulfur that I sprayed in the last few days must have been washed off and I got enough wind that knocked off a few fruits.  I hope the rest stay on,  Looking forwards to lots-a mangoes this year.

Thanks, I have a lot of drops to go then.   :)

I intend to irrigate and fertilize this year, a practice I heather-to had not done consistently.

I am also using fungicide and I can already tell the difference in cleaner fruit to this point.

I was gone for a few days and what had been a couple of flowers on one mango tree had become a full fledged late flowering on 3 trees.
I sprayed some sulfur as part of regime to keep powdery mildew at bay.  It rained about an hour later.  fairly heavy shower too and will likely have rain showers in the next day or two.
My question is, should I consider the current application a bust and spray as son as I get a good dry day or should I assume I got some benefit from this application and wait a little?

Also, the trees that flowered dropped a fair amount of fruits a couple the size of golf balls, most about the size of a grape.  Is this normal and what can I do to limit fruit drop.

Happy it rained, it had been bone dry for a while.  I think that may be more to blame for the fruit drop.  I wet the trees twice a week during the driest period, not sure if I let the irrigation run long enough though.

In case it matters, biggest culprit is a Choc-anon, about 12 feet tall.

If I end up with a couple of extra sticks, sat 2 or 3, anyone local to the palm beach area interested?
No guarantees I will have spares but if I do and there is someone in the Palm Beach or Jupiter area that is interested pm me.
Pm sent
Got it, we are good.

If I end up with a couple of extra sticks, sat 2 or 3, anyone local to the palm beach area interested?
No guarantees I will have spares but if I do and there is someone in the Palm Beach or Jupiter area that is interested pm me.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Garcinia seedling
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:38:42 PM »
I will be in Fort Myers for the kids sporting event this weekend.
Check PM

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Garcinia seedling
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:34:26 PM »
Luc's (mexican), Lemon drop mangosteen (Intermedia??)
Or any other you can talk me into.

SO I plant and love mangos.  I am trying atemoya and recently got interested in Garcinia (stuff I read on the forum).
I should be getting some seeds soon curtsy a generous forum member.  I am interested in getting a seedling or two though and Luc's is talked about a lot, also lemon drop.

So does anyone, preferably in Florida have seedlings to sell or trade?

PM me.

Use custard Apple as inter stock .
Thanks for the suggestion, it shows as compatible on the table.  May try that next if my current experiment fails.

I will need to find budwood for custard apple.  Perhaps that is easier to come by.

I am beginning to thinks some cherimoya may be graft compatible with pond apple, at least better than atemoya.

I did a thorough inspection of the trees and in addition to the Licia it appears boothe and white also appear to be growing.  Inca red did not take.


So I tried several atemoya and a few cherimoya varieties on my pond apple.
Just about all the atemoya have now failed.  Some put out leafs but I guess it was the energy left in JFs superb scion.  The leaves dried up.

I also tried some cherimoya and atemoya I got from another forum member and for now it looks like the Licia may be a take.  I want to test this to see if this is the interstock I am looking for.  Of course, that is assuming other things will take on Licia.

So wish me luck, I am looking for Licia scion to graft on.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Licia scion
« on: March 29, 2018, 11:07:54 PM »
Need licia cherimoya budwood

Seanny, the pots don't have a base.  It's a flat long panel curved back onto itself to form a cylinder open on both ends, a bottomless pot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where to get best deal on 0-0-50
« on: March 19, 2018, 09:06:26 PM »
I am interested in getting some Sulfate of Potash (Potassium Sulfate) for my mangoes.

I understand I want granular form and will use often but in small quantities.

Any recommendations on where to purchase some to get the best value.

Also, what quantity to buy, Amazon has 5 lb bags, 2 for $26 delivered.  I have a dozen or so mango trees.  Should I get a 50 lb bag or is 10 lb all I need?  Does it keep?

By the way, liking the discussion on the slow release fertilizer thread.  Didn't want to hijack with this question.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: On a lighter note - describing my soil
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:12:02 AM »
Perhaps a little context, I have a canal or ditch to the back of my house, when the water level is low in the canal it drains my site.  When the water level is high, due to management or flooding from upstream coming through, it wets my land.  Right now, the water level in the canal is very low.  After Irma (actually worse in the storm right after) it was high, high enough to actually spill over and fish were swimming on parts of the yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / On a lighter note - describing my soil
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:04:07 AM »
So I was watering the other day, its been very dry, and whatever I put on the ground just disappears.
As I watched a thought crossed my mind.
My soil is really well drained except when it is flooded.
I couldn't help but laugh at how strange that came out, well drained and flooded.
The more I thought about it the less absurd it sounded.
A low lying well drained soil could be flooded.
So can I describe my soil as well drained except when flooded?
Which strange soil descriptions have you seen?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: hog plum - mombin question
« on: March 18, 2018, 10:58:10 AM »
Not much flower this year yet. 
Possibly post Irma stress or just not time but one a few are starting to show.
Last year there were very many but no fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my carrie mango a goner?
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:02:22 PM »
Many years ago I was in exactly the same situation and actually cut back the tree with the intent of uprooting and replacing.  Some things came up and I did not get to it for a couple of weeks.  When I was ready to pull the tree I saw it had sprouted.  I let it bee and it grew into a fine tree.  It was essentially an unintended pug, induced by severe cold.

I say give it some time.

I believe shipping is per order not per seed.

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