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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sapodilla choice
« on: April 12, 2018, 11:32:02 PM »
Makok should be your best choice. Silas Wood's fruits are tiny but the tree is a heavy producer, so the branches get overloaded and snap.

Yesss! It has been pouring in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the last couple of hours. Unfortunately the rain is not traveling to Dade county that was recently declared under severe drought and water restrictions are now in place.

BC don't take 5 years to start bearing fruits - at least not here in SoFL. I planted one that was 2 feet tall in the spring of 2015 and by October 2016 I was already picking my first fruits. Also, I may be wrong or I may not have seen enough BC trees, but I don't see a BC functioning properly as a hedge since no matter how much compact you keep them, they don't have a dense foliage to provide privacy.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Fiji Dwarf (Niu Leka)
« on: March 21, 2018, 11:40:29 PM »
Unfortunately, Dave Romney passed away not long ago, and his daughter sold the farm. The only reliable source that I know of right now in Florida is the USDA germplasm repository in Miami, but they only have unsprouted coconuts at the moment.

Thanks buddy!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Fiji Dwarf (Niu Leka)
« on: March 21, 2018, 04:09:51 PM »
Looking for a nursery or anyone selling Fiji Dwarf coconut trees or seeds anywhere in South Florida. I've been trying to contact Romney Farms, but their number is no longer in service. If you know a source, please share the info. Thanks a million!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to get best deal on 0-0-50
« on: March 21, 2018, 11:46:08 AM »
As far as Universal Supply in Broward  goes---  Universal Enterprises Supply Corp.  -they also have a website
Address: 2171 Blount Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33069
 Phone: (954) 979-0600

They have 50lbs of 0 0 52 Potassium Sulfate. This is quick dissolve and used by "the palm tree guys" to quote them. $32.50 per bag and they should usually have this in stock
I asked about the granular version. He said he would get back to me on what the minimum order of bags would be.

If I cannot get a minimum order going with members here then I will buy their quick dissolve powder that is typically used in irrigation systems.  And just toss a little bit on top of my mango tree's mulch every two weeks. And definitely wear a respirator when doing so.

Amazon respirators ...a  must use if dealing with tree trimmer's mulch which puts out mold spores when you handle it.

Looks like I was typing while your post got published  ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to get best deal on 0-0-50
« on: March 21, 2018, 11:44:22 AM »
Universal Enterprises Supply Corp in Pompano has 0-0-51 50lbs bags for around $30. I was there recently to get some Sequestrene 138 and their prices cannot be beat. Here is their website -->  - I always call them to make sure they have what I need in stock.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rats Started Eating My Papayas
« on: March 21, 2018, 10:55:11 AM »
Wow! Not good at all. I do have several papaya trees and sometimes the papayas over-ripe on the tree, so I should consider myself very lucky when it comes to critters eating my papayas. My problem is with squirrels eating my mangos, but somehow they're not interested at all in eating the papayas.
My house is next to a canal, so at night time I get huge frogs that come to hang around the house to eat whatever shows up that will fit in their mouth and I'm pretty sure that rats could be in their menu. Plus I do have a lot of garden snakes around the house as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango bloom
« on: February 05, 2018, 01:24:03 PM »
It can happen, mainly if you have removed a lot of the new foliage. Now, what's totally wrong is the mulch around the base of your tree.

Good to know she opened her own online store. I have ordered a few trees from her before -- the last one being a variegated guava tree that produces delicious fruits and are worm free. I talked to her a few years ago 'cause she mailed me a tree that according to the invoice inside de the box was destined to someone else -- she told me that I could keep the tree, but since the recipient was only a few miles from my home, I delivered the tree for her.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shipping mango tree
« on: January 22, 2018, 05:24:34 PM »
Most plants I have purchased online have been shipped to me via USPS in a triangular box and I would say that 99% of them have arrived in excellent shape.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chilly Florida AM
« on: January 18, 2018, 11:19:44 AM »
42 as well in central-west Broward - no visible damage on any of my fruit trees or any of the other tropical plants   8)  One thing to take into consideration is that the temperature only dropped to 42 for a couple of hours and when the sun was pretty much already out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Define "dappled shade"...
« on: January 18, 2018, 08:16:23 AM »
Dappled shade to me is like the shade a plant gets under the canopy of a palm tree. That is, the plant or just parts of the plant will be exposed to direct sunlight for a few seconds to a few a minutes max then back to the shade of the palm tree (depending on the wind speed and canopy cover of course,) so the plant has time to cool off. It's like an on/off switch between sunlight and shade or nature's auto sun/shade mode - once the plant is uncomfortable being hit directly by the sun's rays, it's switched to shade mode and after it cools off and it's ready for some extra direct light, it's switched to sunlight mode.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: *Short*-lived tropical fruit trees?
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:16:19 PM »
To add: Pineapples, Guavas, Acerola, Pitanga

I agree with Pineapples and I have never grown Pitanga, but where I'm from acerolas and guavas are not known as short-lived or near short-lived fruiting plants. My grandfather had an Acerola (known as cereza in Cuba) tree in his home's backyard located on the eastern part of Cuba, which he planted back in the 50s. The tree was huge, provided a very nice shade, nectar to the hummers and lots of fruits year-round - when I left the island back in 1996, the tree was still producing tasting cerezas, so do the math. In the same backyard there were two enormous guava trees that you had to shake in order to get the guavas down that were also over 30-years of age.

The fruits can be harvested after 3 years of planting, though, plants attain its peak bearing stage in 7-8 years of planting. Productivity increases up to 15 to 20 years and then stabilizes or declines but the plants can yield up to 40 years.

The plants start bearing at an early age of 2-3 years but they attain full bearing capacity at the age of 8-10 years. Fruit production starts to decline after 15 years, but like acerolas plants can yield up to 40 years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chilly Florida AM
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:27:16 PM »
38F in the early morning hours here.
No blooms yet so I guess thats good

Do you have your own thermometer or you just looked at your iphone? I'm in Weston and the lowest I saw in my own thermometer this morning was 42F at around 7:00AM. So, the 39F that the Weather Channel was predicting was off by 3F or perhaps the canal next to my house helped a little bit. By 8:00AM the thermometer was at 45F and by 9:00AM it was at 47F.

Actually, Coral Springs can be a degree or two cooler than Weston - interesting  ???

Unless you spent a pretty penny, most thermometers have a +/- error range of like 5 degrees. I'd trust (most) weather device stations much more. Go on wunderground and locate all the devices nearest your home and check those against your thermometer.

Ok, this is what was recorded for my city, so it looks like my thermometer was pretty close. The same was recorded for Coral Springs.

7:53 AM, Thu 4 January 2018   43   27   53%   30.16in   10mi   Unl   NNW 10mph   NA   Clear
6:53 AM, Thu 4 January 2018   41   28   60%   30.13in   10mi   Unl   NNW 7mph   NA   Clear
5:53 AM, Thu 4 January 2018   42   28   58%   30.1in   10mi   Unl   NW   7mph   NA   Clear
4:53 AM, Thu 4 January 2018   43   32   65%   30.09in   10mi   Unl   NNW 14mph   NA   Few Clouds

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chilly Florida AM
« on: January 04, 2018, 12:15:37 PM »
38F in the early morning hours here.
No blooms yet so I guess thats good

Do you have your own thermometer or you just looked at your iphone? I'm in Weston and the lowest I saw in my own thermometer this morning was 42F at around 7:00AM. So, the 39F that the Weather Channel was predicting was off by 3F or perhaps the canal next to my house helped a little bit. By 8:00AM the thermometer was at 45F and by 9:00AM it was at 47F.

Actually, Coral Springs can be a degree or two cooler than Weston - interesting  ???

Are you thinking about moving to the US, Kada?

If so, the summary seems to be:

Very frost-sensitive, heat/humidity-loving, very-salt-sensitive plants; hurricanes okay: Florida keys, particularly the western keys
Rather frost-sensitive, heat/humidity-loving, somewhat-salt-sensitive plants; hurricanes okay: Miami
Rather frost-sensitive, cooler weather/drier, somewhat-salt-sensitive plants; high land values and water shortages okay: coastal southwestern California
Somewhat frost-sensitive, seasonal mix of temperatures, low-humidity, salt-insensitive plants; water shortages okay: Yuma-area.
Occasional mild frost okay: Large chunks of coastal, lowlands-central, and southern/southeastern CA; southwestern Arizona; the southern end of the Texas coast; and central-to-south Florida.

Shouldn't it be "very-salt-tolerant plants" for Florida Keys instead of "very-salt-sensitive plants" ?

Define "never".  A 50% chance in a given winner?  A 1% chance?  A 0,01% chance?  A 0,0000000001% chance?

According to this map, the highest zone in the continental US (if you'd call them "continental") is Catalina and San Clemente islands, just off the coast of LA.  Zone 11a.  After that comes 10b: Coastal Los Angeles, the area just north of Yuma, and - although it's not really clear - maybe the Florida Keys (again, though, are coastal islands "continental"?  Your call!  :)  )

Fake News!

According to the same exact map [just use the interactive one:]
The highest Zone is none of those islands mentioned, the highest Zone in the continental U.S. is Key West (Zone 11b)
Miami Beach is in Zone 11a and most of Miami Dade county and part of Broward and Palm Beach county are in Zone 10b. It's also worth to mention that a lot of fruit and tropical trees need high humidity (A.K.A. Florida's climate)

The SE tip of Florida (excluding Miami Beach & the Keys) have seen freezing temps, but it's sooo sooo sooo rare and so fast that many tropicals have recovered from the damages.

If you're looking for a safe haven to plant tropical trees in the continental U.S., that has never seen a freeze, then Key West is the indisputable winner.

FYI: The lowest recorded temperature in Key West is 41 degrees on Jan. 13, 1981.

Happy 2018 to everyone!!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: most healthy fruit in world
« on: December 18, 2017, 10:47:12 PM »
"Does it contain more Vitamin C than camu camu (myrciaria dubia)?"

Of course not, myrciaria dubia contains up to 3000mg of vitamin C for every 100g of fruit. However, myrciaria dubia is no match to a green, unripe acerola cherry, which packs up to 4000mg of vitamin C for every 100g.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What are some flood tolerant trees?
« on: October 29, 2017, 12:33:44 PM »
Sapodilla has been a champion for me here in So Fla. They can be submitted to flood, drought, hurricanes, poor soil, you name it and still look amazingly green, pest free and fruit like crazy. 

Sounds like a great trip, but why not on a weekend? Some of us have to work to save money to buy fruit trees  ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mamey Sapote cultivars
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:32:10 PM »
What about "Papa"? I have this Cuban variety in my yard. Seems to be very slow/compact grower and from I have read and heard, it's an excellent Mamey Sapote.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Barbados Cherry can't set fruit
« on: September 25, 2017, 12:31:44 PM »

Mine started fruiting right before two years in the ground. What has been consistent with this tree is that it doesn't fruit during South Florida's summer heat if planted in full sun - it blooms but doesn't set fruits or the fruits come out misshaped or never reach maturity. Mine is blooming right now and I already see the pollinators hovering around (some sort of large bees. )  The inset picture was taking in October last year, so I'm expecting to start eating these delicious cherries soon. The season should last until May-June next year.

As a side note, my tree is located on the east side of the house, which was the side that received the most damage from hurricane Irma, but luckily this tree was intact - not a single broken branch. I'll post a picture later.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree blooming at the end of August
« on: September 23, 2017, 12:07:22 AM »
Well, the future came and with it came Irma and the little fruits got blown away   :-\  - the tree is still standing though  :)

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