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Anyone in the FL 9B area noticing any frost damage yet with the cold weather the past few weeks? I know one night about 5-6 days ago my thermometer read 38F. Saw some crispy copper brown leaves about 8-12 inches off the ground on my Mallika, Bombay, Alampur and Orange Essence. My Raja Puri (?) banana is doing great compared to last year so far.  Planted some sugar canes near it that are 8-9ft tall. It currently has a flag out :).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Phoenix Mango Tree
« on: January 17, 2019, 06:10:14 PM »
I cant tell but did it snap at the graft?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2019 Mango season (Florida) flower stimuli
« on: December 18, 2018, 05:43:18 AM »
In bloom in 9b.

Ugly Betty
San Felipe x2
Son Pari

Container blooming:
Madame Blanc
Madame Francis

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I need more guavas in my life.
« on: December 09, 2018, 08:42:32 AM »
Harvested 2 "Peruvian" guavas from my tree for the first time.  Light pink white flesh with a size an XL egg.  Surprisingly sweet. I'd estimate brix to be about 12-13. Ripening fruit gets a scorched light brown coloration that ascends the yellow fruit from the base to the equator. Ripe skin was thin and edible. Emerged unscathed from the freeze last year in 9B.

1) Mango
2) Pommerac (Malay Apple)
3) Banana
4) Sapodilla
5) Governer Plum (Hog Plum)

Honourable mention: Portugal (Trinidad Clementine)

Wow. I can't believe I've been here over 6yrs now. My top 5 favorite fruits have definitely changed.

1) Mango (Sweet Tart)
2) Mulberries (Tice, FL Giant/Giant, Shangrila)
3) Jaboticaba (gorgeous, amazing, delicious. All hail the Red Jabotocaba)
4) Home grown bananas (Raja Puri)
5) Sapodillas

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Camu Camu forest (Myrciaria dubia)
« on: November 17, 2018, 05:54:34 AM »
Nothing wrong with being selective on what and how much information you want to divulge at this time or any. Your findings came at a cost to you. Thank you Greg for sharing about your forest. Looks really healthy.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry Thread.
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:02:00 AM »
Anyone growing mulberry seedlings? I've read that they will be different from the parent. I have a 3ft tall seedling from an Everbearing mulberry and two small seedlings from a Giant/FL Giant mulberry.

I too am interested in purchasing some grafter guavas as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What are these bugs and are they bad?
« on: November 07, 2018, 09:47:22 AM »
I've noticed this morning peak population of these bugs on my fruiting Black Star surinam cherry tree is 9B. They've been puncturing and disfiguring/ scarring the fruit. I've also noticed scarring on my red jaboticaba fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit identification
« on: October 29, 2018, 09:06:23 AM »
The pulp on seeds of the ripe fruit (as pictured) is fairly sweet. I suck em. The green mature fruit can be diced up and cooked to be eaten. But their small size makes it more tedious to do so than it's larger cousins. "Bun (burnt) karilee" is one of my favorite dishes using this fruit/veggie.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are these starfruit seedlings?
« on: October 28, 2018, 05:24:25 AM »
Sorry. Those are not starfruit seedlings (carambola).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Topworking cogshall
« on: October 16, 2018, 08:36:13 AM »
LZ is fantastic. But I give the edge to Sweet Tart. Just pure all-rounded excellence.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sabará jaboticaba loaded
« on: October 16, 2018, 08:31:35 AM »
That is just stunning and gorgeous. Whats good spacing for sabara trees? 30ft?

I agree. The first sight of any single banana ripe I pick the whole thing. Unless you want to deal with squirrels, possoms, rats, bats etc. They ripen just fine in the garage/indoors. I've noticed no difference in cutting  off the remnants of the flowers after banana set. If you do decide to cut it off, cut as far as possible from the closest hand (I've noticed creeping rot as the stalk dries out). Carefully cut the hands and allow em to "bleed". In most of the Caribbean Islands we let em soak in bucket of water till they stop bleed. The juices stain clothing badly so wear old clothes you don't mind losing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dr Earth soil mixes no longer in SoFla ?
« on: September 22, 2018, 10:28:36 AM »
I been to HomeDepots in Miami, Broward, Polk and Manatee county. Does HD still sell DR. Earth soil mixes in FL? Dr. Earth website shows only west coast and east coast for their soil mixes. Its a shame cause they were really good for my potted plant mix and the soil looked and smelled rich. My plants loved it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: need help identifying this plant
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:19:15 PM »
Friendly bump to help i d this plant. Here is another view

Do you think its a type of citrus or Jabo? Was Sourced from Adam.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / need help identifying this plant
« on: September 18, 2018, 07:37:04 PM »


pm sent

Kind of looks like maha now. The leaves are off though. Is there a graft union/line on the trees that you can see?

6 from a Cac and 5 from a Sweet Tart. Was able to separate 4 sprouts from each and they're about 3 ft - 5 ft tall now.

For me it depends on how many mango trees. Less than 10 trees you can easily protect during the "winter" with fencing stakes (3 per tree) and prefabricated frost plant/tree protectors. Irrigation is important as well for the dry season. Filters for drip irrigation is a must.

Thank you all for the suggestions. In reality I only have one full day in PR, so I may just have to settle for fruits instead.

I liked "Amy" mango when I was fortunate to have one in 2015. The seed sprouted (single) and has been inground for about 10-11 months now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this mammea Americana?
« on: August 18, 2018, 05:20:54 AM »
Thats it. Delicious fruit. The seed can take forever to sprout (6 months plus).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Any plant nurseries in Puerto Rico to visit?
« on: August 17, 2018, 09:12:50 PM »
I'll be there next week. Hoping there are suggestions.

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