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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grumichama in full bloom
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:55:48 AM »
That time of the year - went outside and smelled the flowers before I saw them. Looks like the whole tree (which we keep around 7') will soon be completely covered in flowers and fruit.



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At first I thought it was the iguanas that hang out in the area, but now I have no clue. I've wrapped them up in mesh fencing but every time they get a set of leaves on them they get wiped out. I am guessing it happens at night. Iguanas? Snails? Ninjas?




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MPK Mono-Potassium Phosphate 0-52-34. Not a ton of info out there about it, but I have read that it is used to control powdery mildew and obviously for foliar feeding. I mix a very small amount (less than 1 tbsp per 3 gallons) in with my foliar sprays - no way to physically observe what, if any, effect it actually has. I guess I'll find out if the whole family starts glowing after mango season this year.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are these abiu flowers?
« on: March 18, 2018, 08:11:00 PM »
For those in the know, are these abiu flowers? Been in the ground for a few years... I've seen these before but nothing came of them previously. Wondering if they're flowers.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit Punch baby mangoes... really red.
« on: March 18, 2018, 08:09:33 PM »
Thought this was kinda interesting. Of all the baby mangoes in the yard, the fruit punch seems to be super red comparatively speaking. First year of fruit punch fruiting.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / SaveMeJebus Yard Tour: 2018 Update
« on: February 25, 2018, 04:40:31 PM »
Figured since it's 1,000 degrees out I may as well get some work done today and snap some pictures while I'm at it. Here's the update for late February 2018.




A good chunk of the morning was spent saying goodbye to this Christmas loquat tree. In 4-5 years, it has never produced a single fruit. It makes tiny little shriveled up messes. Whole tree would be gone but chainsaw chain got dull halfway through the process. No waste though... straight to the chipper for you!




Fresh mulch!





Pineapple alley. Mix of pineapples - 3 or 4 Kauai sugarloaf, a couple white jade, and a couple store bought Doles.





Cogshall. Not a single fruit last year. Hopefully a few this year.



Miracle fruit. Got more use out of it when I used the juicer. Now that I use a blender for smoothees we don't really use these for anything.



Pink lemon. More of a novelty but we get a few lemons here and there.



Alano sapodilla. Made a few already.



More pineapples. Eleuthera.



Mallika mango.



Frankenstein. Har grafted some sweet tart and edgar on this seedling. Still waiting for flowering. Nada so far.



My workhorse Glenn mango.



young Kari starfruit. Still has some work to do before it catches up to its big brother.



I'm getting tired of these mother fu@#$% iguanas in my mother fu#$%^ papaya trees! Can't seem to keep them from destroying these young Hawaiian papayas. These are Sunrise. Every time they flush they get destroyed.



Fwang Tung starfruit. Not my cup of tea, but the wife loves them.



Nam Doc Mai



Sweetheart lychee. This one gets decimated by the weevils. Has some flowers. We'll see.



Hasya sapodilla. It's actually produced a few thus far.



Mauritius lychee. Loaded with flowers.



Jujube. Last weekend I chopped down the 13 foot monster jujube whose rootstock killed off the graft. It bloodied me up but I won the battle when I kicked the stump into the lake screaming "THIS IS SPARTA!"



Unhappy Edgar mango. I pugged it last year because it was super lanky. It just doesn't want to grow.



Fruit Punch mango. First year with fruit.



Cherry of the Rio Grande. Thus far a dud. It's high on the list of "replaceable."



Abiu from Noel. Thus far no fruit. The lobate scales are attacking it pretty hard.



Angie mango.



UF Sun peach. Disappointing year. Some flowers but it kept most of its leaves this year for some reason.



I want to say "Morena" sapodilla but not sure. This went where the old jujube was. Chainsawing the roots of the jujube is what dulled my blade.



Malay Apple. Been 3-4 years with no flowers. Hopefully some day.



Coconut Cream mango.



Sabara jaboticaba. I'm guessing a few more years until fruit.



Soursop waiting for a spot to open up somewhere.



Grimal jaboticaba. Also waiting for a spot.



Meyer lemon. Lots of flowers.



herb/veggie raised box # 1. This one has mint, basil, rosemary, arugula, carrots (just harvested them).



Some kind of mandarin bought from Excalibur. Japanese type name.



Raised garden box # 2. This one has arugula, lettuce (2 types), longevity spinach, new zealand spinach, kale, georgia collards, etc.



Sweet Tart mango. The only casualty of Irma was a sweet tart in this spot for about 5 months before Irma split it right at the graft.



Barbados Cherry.



Lemon Zest. YUM!



Tomato alley.



This Kari starfruit tree is planted atop a nuclear site. Just chopped it back after final harvest. It will be 15 feet again by summer. Amazing tree. Covered in loquat mulch.



Rosigold mango.



Tropic Beauty peach. Again, not a great year for peaches here.



Monroe avocado. Aborted all fruit last year. Hopefully this year it pulls through.



Biew Kiew longan.



Some dragonfruit



Don't tell the iguanas about these Hawaiian papayas. Rainbow.



Lacatan bananas. Very good.



Grumichama.



Yehuda loquat. Excellent. Got a lot this year. Fruit flies got a lot too.



Red jaboticaba. Definitely the one to get if you're not patient.



Pickering mango.



Another sweetheart lychee. The weevils haven't really found this out yet.



Monstera Deliciosa guarded by an attack lizard.

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Did not really pay attention this year. Lemon Zest put out a ton of flowers - tree fully loaded. Just today walking by noticed not too pretty of a sight - appears to be full of powdery mildew. I don't want to spray sulfur at this point as a lot of flowers are open/fragrant right now. Is there anything that can be done or just hold by breath and wait for the flowers to run their course?




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Getting one of these seedlings to grow is going to be difficult so long as my wife continues to prohibit me from murdering... uhh... I mean "humanely relocating to the bottom of the lake" the iguanas.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How far apart should papaya be planted?
« on: October 07, 2017, 07:03:17 PM »
Have some Hawaiian seedlings growing in 1 gallon pots. Plan is to put 2-3 in one area and 2-3 somewhere else. Any general guidance in spacing them? Space is getting scarce in my yard.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Ultimate in Lychee Tree Protection
« on: October 01, 2017, 07:32:13 PM »
Sri Lankan weevils and two-legged bandits beware... this tree has been claimed. Now renting to you for your tree protection (DISCLAIMER: Upkeep/maintenance is a little expensive and the landmines left around the yard are... not small).




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This was a young tree - started as 3 gallon and probably only in ground for a year. Irma had her way with it and caused the trunk to snap very low (looks like a few inches above the graft point). Should I just dig the roots out and put a new 3 gallon in, or should I see if it grows from where it is? Not sure what type of shape I can expect (assuming it grows) from such a low snap. Thoughts?






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Kauai sugarloaf pineapple... thumbs up
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:12:54 AM »
getting close to the end of our Hawaii trip. Picked up some sugarloaf pineapple at the local farmer's market. Delicious. Super sweet with low acidity. Does sugarloaf grow well in Florida?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hawaiian papayas >>>>>>>>> ALL other papayas
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:02:56 PM »
I have never had a papaya in Florida that didn't taste and smell like stinky ass. I had sworn off papaya and could not even see them without getting nauseated.

At the hotel here in the Big Island and they had Solo papaya cut up. When in Rome, right? Sweet and delicious... no musky smell/taste. Something I would actually eat/grow. Need to try the strawberry papaya now. heard that was also good.

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Ok maybe not a "dilemma" per se... more of a conundrum. We have a grand total of 2 lemon zest mangoes on the tree this year. Below is how they look today - a light shade of green. We leave for Hawaii on Tuesday and won't be back for 10 days. Do I pick these now (underripe) and hope they ripen by Monday or just leave them on the tree and hope they are still there/not overripe by the time we get back?





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We'll be there August 1 - 11, spending most of our time on the Big Island and Kauai. We're doing both Hilo and Kona sides on the Big Island and will have rental car on the islands, so hopefully there's a local market where we can pick some fruit up.

What's going to be a available?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / WTF... defective osprey?
« on: June 26, 2017, 04:00:07 PM »
I am sitting here inside the house watching an osprey on the ground by one of the mango trees. Less than two feet from this osprey is a squirrel on the ground happily chewing at a freshly-plucked mango, as calm as can be. The other osprey is chilling on my fence while two iguanas scurry around underneath him. Do I have defective birds of prey living at my house?

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It's been 3-4 years of this in ground. It flowers profusely pretty much all year, but to date it has given us ONE fruit - and that was on a branch that semi-snapped (likely due to a squirrel on PCP) so I think it was stressed into fruiting. It seems like quite a few people have issues with Hasya. I'm all for giving trees a chance, but if something like Morena is going to fruit profusely I'm inclined to swap them out at this point. What say you, fellow fruit freaks?







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wife has a cousin voming to visit who is vegetarian and apparently likes the stuff.

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Good news is the sri lankan weevils seem to be slowing down, bad news is the sapodilla tree is now covered in these bastards. All of them are chomping at the leaves. What are they and how do I destroy them?




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where to get sulfate of potash locally?
« on: March 03, 2017, 07:06:10 PM »
Any ideas? Looks like online it's around $70 for a 50lb bag. Wondering if any better locally.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Big Island / Kauai folks... tourist questions
« on: January 29, 2017, 09:27:09 AM »
Not really tropical fruit related (unless someone wants to give the family a tour of their fruit tree paradise), but we're trying to plan a trip to Big Island and Kauai in July or August this year. I've got points burning a hole in my pocket and the kids/wife really want to go.

Looking for suggestions from the local experts on places to see, things to do, where to eat - local knowledge is better than internet reviews. We'll probably be there for 7 - 10 days. Looks like we'll stay at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Big Island (seems to have a ton of stuff to do for the kids and my son loves water slides). No idea about Kauai at this point. Would love to gorge myself on fruit while there too, though I assume my wife/kids are more interested in volcanoes/beaches. Any suggestions appreciated.

If not appropriate for this forum, feel free to PM me. 

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No idea if this is normal or if something is going on with this tree. It seems healthy to me and appears to be sending out flowers, but want to know if these brown splotches all over are a problem.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are these cherimoya ripe?
« on: January 19, 2017, 06:19:59 PM »
Ordered from California, just arrived. Since we don't get these here and I had to pay a pretty penny for a box, I want to make sure I know when to cut in. I would classify these as still firm/hard - they really don't have any give like a ripe avocado would. Most in the box are still green, but these are getting brown so figured I'd ask.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Large jujubes + other assorted picks today
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:35:40 PM »
Decided to pull a few fruits off the trees in-between the crazy winds/storms that we're getting today. Winter is coming... and it's bringing with it 75 degree weather.

Some of the 1,000 or so jujubes on our tree are coming in rather large this year. No - I don't have Sheehan manlet hands. These are just big jujubes. Also some carambola and red jaboticaba which is loaded. Decided to hold off picking the massive meyer lemon (one and only) on the potted tree for now.








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Is this some kind of demon caterpillar here to take my soul? Kinda disgusting white mess popping up on numerous leaves. Never seen this one before. And yes, the tree is grossly overrun by aphid poop - I'm working on that though too lazy to do my old method of scrubbing each and every leaf with soapy water. Yesterday we released about 5000 ladybugs and 5000 lacewing eggs in the tree - won't do anything but at least made the kids happy to have bugs crawling all over them.






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