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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat - when is it ripe ?
« on: April 12, 2018, 05:01:14 PM »
Sweetest when they just turn orangish.

Agree - I usually eat them full yellow to a hint of orange. They don't usually last on the tree much longer than that between the fruit flies and the critters.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too Late for Mango Rebloom?
« on: April 12, 2018, 04:43:02 PM »
A few varieties have some blooms here or there, but my coconut cream is really loaded with flowers. That may not translate into a lot more fruit, but it's neat seeing it full of flowers when it already has a lot of fruit holding.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too Late for Mango Rebloom?
« on: March 31, 2018, 07:24:32 PM »
looks like coconut cream, glenn, lemon zest, and NDM are all flowering again. assuming the flowers translate into fruitlets it should be an extended harvest which is nice.

will hopefully do a better job with sulphur and MKP application to control the powdery mildew. lemon zest and NDM both got hit hard previously but are bith holding lots of fruit.

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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 / Re: SaveMeJebus Yard Tour: 2018 Update
« on: February 27, 2018, 05:18:55 AM »
Another option in that price range for chipper shredders is the American made Mackissic SC800. It uses a hammer mill, which is nice because the blades never go dull (it pulverizes stuff). The motor is a 6 or 8 HP briggs & strat (fairly powerful). The one thing that a hammermill struggles with is wet and fibrous debris eg, papaya trees, banana trees. But those typical decompose pretty quickly on their own. The nice thing is that you don't need to worry about destroying blades with rocks / dirt. I once dropped my felcos down the shredder chute. It destroyed the pruners, but the blades were fine.

For a little bit more, there is the commercial line (Merry Mac). I have this one, but with an upgraded Honda motor: https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200306955_200306955 I normally end up pruning about 30 trees per year, and it hasn't ever let me down.

If you check ebay, you can find some deals on them. I got mine for about 1/2 retail price. You'll even see units for sale from the 80's -- they last forever.

Thanks for the info! I never even thought about getting a chipper until I saw SaveMeJebus' photo. If I only had a chipper after Irma, I'd have enough mulch to last me a few years...



That's actually when I bought the chipper - a couple weeks after Irma. I got tired of the cul-de-sac absolutely covered in branches everywhere with no sign from the city that it was ever going to be cleaned out. I spent a few days attacking those piles and have since used it for every tree that I've pruned.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SaveMeJebus Yard Tour: 2018 Update
« on: February 26, 2018, 02:14:21 PM »
You do have a nice yard!! Can you please post a pic of one of your white jades? (For comparison)




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SaveMeJebus Yard Tour: 2018 Update
« on: February 26, 2018, 01:08:29 PM »
I'd like to get a small electric chipper like yours. Are you happy with it? Where'd you get it?


I'm happy with it, but it's not cheap. Because I'm lazy and prefer machines that start with the flip of a switch, I decided electric was the way to go. The problem is that the vast majority can't chip anything other than twigs. This one supposedly chips up to 2.5 inch branches (though I find anything that thick shuts it down). I've been very happy with it, but it's relatively higher voltage so you also need to have an outlet essentially dedicated to the chipper. I've blown a few fuses figuring that out. Given the amount of pruning we do, I just like the fact that I'm not sending this stuff to a garbage dump somewhere.

http://www.patriot-products-inc.com/P/30/WoodChipperLeafShredder15hpElectric

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SaveMeJebus Yard Tour: 2018 Update
« on: February 26, 2018, 05:06:55 AM »
Great tour.

Did my grafts grow well, or did the seedling branches re-dominate?

Al the grafts are growing well and tree is nice and healthy.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SaveMeJebus Yard Tour: 2018 Update
« on: February 25, 2018, 06:41:13 PM »
Everything looks healthy. You're either fertilizing or the soil there is reasonably nice (or a combo of both). The sabara jaboticaba has burnt leaf tips, which I think is a fungal issue. Mine used to do the same thing until I started hitting it with fungicide along with my mangoes. It might also want a little more minors (hard to tell with the lighting). It's not far away from fruiting though.

I see a lot of dollar weed. That's one of my most disliked weeds due to how difficult it is to pull out (you have to pick out every last rhizome). If you dig the plastic edging into the soil a few inches, you can stop it from entering. I ended up having to put plastic edging along the property line to prevent it from re-entering from the neighbor's yard.

It's probably a combo of fertilizing (granular + foliar sprays) and decent soil (until you get near the canal and then you need a prison chain gang to break up the coral). I'll hit the jaboticaba with some plant doctor and see if that does anything.

The dollar weed is the bane of my existence. I haven't hit the lawn with weed & feed in a year or so as I'm hesitant to do so when stuff is flowering. Not sure I want all that nitrogen and weed kill going down when I'm trying to get fruit. The result is the dollar weed is winning the battle. I wish there was an easy solution other than setting fire to the lawn.

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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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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: OK to start fertilizing in South Florida?
« on: February 10, 2018, 05:42:50 PM »
I put down a bag of 8-3-9 this morning. For young trees that are not yet fruiting, no real reason not to.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kauai White Sugarloaf Pineapples
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:33:37 AM »
I've been reading this pineapple tread today, you guys made me thinking of planting some myself!  :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoqDYcCDOTg

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Looks like lobate scale - depending on the level of infestation I've seen them do serious damage to the nutrition of a tree, going so far as to kill off branches that are heavily infested. There's really no 'organic' cure to them other than hitting the tree with soapy water and then scratching them off with your fingers (if the tree is small enough). I guess you could use a systemic pesticide but I try to avoid that as they only seem to attack fruiting trees in my yard.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What’s bloomin?
« on: December 30, 2017, 12:35:42 PM »
Oddly enough, it looks like my lemon zest is closest to blooming right now. most trees are showing signs but LZ is just about there.

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I can't stand figs, so an easy choice for me.

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We have plenty of rats and squirrels in addition to the iguanas. The lake is a natural habitat/shelter for the rats, so it's a constant battle during mango season with all the critters competing with each other.

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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 / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit from seed
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:56:44 PM »
not sure. I have a couple at home which I can take a picture of when we get back. dragon identification is not my forte.

Here is what Whole Foods is selling:




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit from seed
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:27:16 PM »
not sure. I have a couple at home which I can take a picture of when we get back. dragon identification is not my forte.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit from seed
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:16:35 PM »
On ebay. For example this seller
https://m.ebay.com/itm/Yellow-Dragon-Fruit-10-Fresh-Seeds-Yellow-Pitaya-Rare-Selenicereus-Megalanthus/170839119088?epid=1331401483&hash=item27c6ce14f0:g:pr4AAOxyuGFRyxhD
I don't know if there are cheaper offers

Not all Yellow Selenicereus Megalanthus is the same.

The current rage is the Giant Yellow Megalanthus from Ecuador.

If I was going to bother to grow yellow Megalanthus from seed...  I would try and get Giant Yellow Megalanthus seeds (rare).

What's the sweet yellow one that everyone raves about? And does it fruit in Florida? And is there a source anywhere for a cutting or two?

My lawn guys, in their infinite wisdom, decided to weed whack one of my dragons at the very base and killed it before I noticed.

The sweet one is Selenicereus Megalanthus.

But, not all Selenicereus Megalanthus are the same.

This South African video (very poor sound quality) talks about two yellow Megalanthus varieties.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWdWpoyL1HQ


This is the "giant" yellow Megalanthus from Ecuador that is showing up in the U.S.





People are buying this fruit from a tropical fruit seller in Houston, Texas.

that seems to be what we're getting in the local Whole Foods. Not super sweet, but a pleasant sweetness. The seeds are much more pronounced than other varieties, but I like them. Gives a little extra complexity.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit from seed
« on: November 19, 2017, 12:27:44 PM »
On ebay. For example this seller
https://m.ebay.com/itm/Yellow-Dragon-Fruit-10-Fresh-Seeds-Yellow-Pitaya-Rare-Selenicereus-Megalanthus/170839119088?epid=1331401483&hash=item27c6ce14f0:g:pr4AAOxyuGFRyxhD
I don't know if there are cheaper offers

Not all Yellow Selenicereus Megalanthus is the same.

The current rage is the Giant Yellow Megalanthus from Ecuador.

If I was going to bother to grow yellow Megalanthus from seed...  I would try and get Giant Yellow Megalanthus seeds (rare).

What's the sweet yellow one that everyone raves about? And does it fruit in Florida? And is there a source anywhere for a cutting or two?

My lawn guys, in their infinite wisdom, decided to weed whack one of my dragons at the very base and killed it before I noticed.

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