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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID seedling ??
« on: Today at 06:52:49 PM »
1st one looks like peanut butter plant to me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Field of trees
« on: Today at 09:54:46 AM »
Lots of green, those trees look happy!

What other fun might you have with this bucket truck?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Site Outage
« on: July 16, 2018, 08:33:19 PM »
happy to contribute cash and/or plants to our cause. great idea

Red Lady and Kapoho Solo are good.

I would try grafting Kari and maybe another variety or 2 onto your tree. Mix it up, add diversity, and increase your chances.

Getting 2 crops a year from Kari here in SoFl area. Has flowered and fruited since 3.5 feet tall, while in a pot. Now is in ground and produces nicely with no other known carambola around. No special care. Fertilized it once or twice over the past 3 years. It does get plenty of water and full sun for more than 1/2 the day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 11:02:21 AM »
Finally tried Coconut Cream. Definitely my favorite this year. Wonderful mango, juicy and smooth texture, flavors were great and well balanced.

Maha Chanok is probably #2 for me. Must've been the right time, because it was amazing and complex. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Florida Mangoes for Sale
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:21:46 PM »
Received my box o mangoes on Tues. Very nicely packed, everything looked in tip top shape.

Just tried Guava. Definitely taste a guava flavor, especially close to the skin, but also throughout. Very good mango.

Waiting on coconut cream, orange sherbet, LZ, PC, and maha.

Very happy, will be ordering again. thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When To Prune Mulberry Tree?
« on: July 04, 2018, 06:59:59 PM »
Fl everbearing

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When To Prune Mulberry Tree?
« on: July 04, 2018, 05:17:18 PM »
today (8- 9 ft?):

before, was getting taller and way bushier. have trimmed several times over the last 2.5 years

Have been getting these large fat spiders that spin HUGE webs at night. Using bamboos poles to relocate them. More than once I've walked into a web, it sticks to me, and when I retreat the spider and web comes with me. Gets the heart pumping.

Don't ever recall being bit by a spider, glad they are out there eating mosquitos and other pests.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When To Prune Mulberry Tree?
« on: July 04, 2018, 02:48:24 PM »
I will try and post some pics, but not sure I have good before pics. Chopped mine down to about 7 or 8 feet tall, and probably 7 foot diameter or so. The idea is to keep the berries pickable. Too high is no good ime.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When To Prune Mulberry Tree?
« on: July 04, 2018, 08:54:09 AM »
It will probably trigger fruiting, so prune away. I cut mine down each time after it is done fruiting, and then the cycle starts all over again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« on: July 03, 2018, 07:32:14 PM »
gotta Ceci Love on the counter ripening. looking forward to the introduction.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« on: June 30, 2018, 11:07:54 AM »
The Edwards I've been eating from Squam are delicious. Pickering was good too. Still zeroing in on when to eat Sweet Tarts, but they are good and getting better. Tons of flavor, but tad bit chalky. A couple of the Glenns of our tree were tops, but most of them were just real good. My friend had tried Glenns from the market, and said they were nowhere near as good as ours.

Tried a Herbie today from Mango Men. It was surprisingly good. Sweet, juicy, and some complexity and little piney near the skin. Around the seed was especially tasty.

Have pina colada, orange sherbert, jehangir, fairchild, cogshall, and bolt ripening, so will report back. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango thief captured
« on: June 29, 2018, 09:41:47 PM »
probably will never have a tick problem with possums around.

Mine has been in ground for about 2+ years. Started as a 3 gal, 1 foot tall plant. Is 8 feet tall or so now, wide and bushy. Flowered this year, nice fruit set, and then eventually dropped them all. Think it might need more mulch and fertilizer. Would love some advice on ON as well.

that's awesome! a job well done, those are a bit out of their comfort zones.

please keep us posted along with more pics.

Inspection today revealed Maha Chanok and Venus are pushing as well, so all 3 varieties of grafted scions have taken. Woohoo!

...and then they snatch your pretty metal signs too! Make sure to hide those trail cams well.

Here's Sweet Tart pushing from recent grafts. Thanks Alex!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: June 24, 2018, 01:26:28 PM »
Sweet tart graft on Kesar appears to be taking.




Acai grown from seed


There should be a Ring (video doorbell) version for fruit tree owners, and things of the like. It has a motion sensor, and anytime anything moves within the designated zone, you get an alert to your phone and can turn on the mic to speak with/yell at someone. A battery powered version should work. Not cheap, but something like that could give you a chance to at least speak up and confront/record fruit bandits. You could even yell at the squirrels and raccoons.

Motion activated sprinklers can be fun too, but difficult to set in a way to assure that no innocents are doused. When mine was set up, I was usually the one that received the wrath of the sprinkler. Amazing how many times I forgot about it and paid the price.     

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: June 21, 2018, 01:40:14 PM »
Out of 95+ mangoes from my Glenn tree this season, about 9 have been lost to squirrels or some other critter (rodents, lizards, who knows). There are about 3 mangoes left on the tree ripening. They have been tasty for weeks now, no more washed out flavor as the rains have lessened.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen taproot help!
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:53:14 AM »
I've repotted mangosteen 3 or 4 times now, with no problems. Just keep it watered (don't let it totally dry out) and limit the direct sunshine and it should be fine.

Beautiful little tree! Good luck and please keep us posted.

I'm trying the same here in So FL. Growing it above ground in root saver pots, and will let it grow into the ground. My biggest worry is the limestone soil here, so want to elevate it as much as possible. As it hasn't grown through the pot bottom yet, considering digging a hole as deep and wide as possible and amending the soil.

How cold does it get in your location? Mine handled temps in the high 30's without noticeable stress. Starting with a more established tree should give you a better shot at success.

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