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This has been my assumption for a while now. He has a facebook page if anyone has tried to contact him there. Or at least he had. If he doesn't respond soon, maybe I'll write him a letter.
Keith

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pre-Order Kwai Muk seeds!
« on: September 12, 2018, 09:33:11 PM »
Mike:
Is it possible to swing by and pick them up rather than have them shipped?
Keith

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: September 02, 2018, 12:03:16 PM »
I really hope I am wrong, but could be laurel wilt. Any sign of holes or frass in the brown wood (frass looks like sawdust "toothpicks" emerging from the wood).?

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Orkine, don't know how long you've been growing avocados so don't take this wrong but avocados drop/replace leaves several times a year. What you have may be nothing more than normal leaf senescence or may be a case of phytophora with all your rains.  I've sent off black avocados sticks to the U. of Florida tissue lab analysis services and those folks are excellent.  Also, there are quite a few products that nail phytophora as a soil drench and or leaf spray.  Magnabon CS2005 is one of them.  It's a systemic.  Frank Miele is from your neck of the woods and developed it.  It's also OMRI certified if you happen to roll that way.
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No offence taken Mark and rest assured, I will always take advice and feedback from experienced folks, even when not delivered as nicely as you do :)

This tree is one of two I had and used to be a Lula before I grafted it to Oro Negro (scions from Carlos) a few years ago.  I have seen it drop leaves but this looks different. It is over the entire tree with complete die back of limbs after the leaves drop.  The fruits are wrinkled and seem to be drying out.  Here are a few pictures.



This other one below, I fear may be the future of this tree.  It was a vigorous productive Monroe (at least so I thought) that was knocked down by two storms, propped back up both times, and it looked like it was coming back.  Then started deteriorating just the same way the Oro negro is now.  It is dead now and I will take a chain saw to it soon.  I will leave a stump in the off chance that I am wrong and it is not dead.




I am trying whatever I can to save the tree, sentimental reasons (first successful graft ever).  However, I am looking at the silver lining, if this dies, I will have space for one of the many plants in my seedling areas in need of a spot in the yard.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Galaxy Mango
« on: August 11, 2018, 11:55:32 PM »
Perhaps. Were you the one looking for Kesar?
I suppose Bender got a mislabled bunch. I can't identify the tree. The only thing is has in common with a Keitt seedling is its lanky growth habit.

Post back if your friend's tree ever fruits.
Keith

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Will milk be made available to us?

Excuse me, Dick, uh, Rob. You'll find out the answer to that question next mango season.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Galaxy Mango
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:31:59 PM »
So this year I got 8-10 fruit on my 5 year old, potted tree. I picked them early, middle, and let some drop. Not a one turned remotely dark. Mostly yellow, very round (and clean) fruit, with some green. Fairly fragrant, deep orange fiberless flesh. However, the last one ripened about 2 weeks ago. So definitely not late season - more mid. Taste was mediocre/good but deteriorated very quickly once completely ripened (drops). So not late season (I'm just harvesting my Keitts now).

In short, I think I got a mislabled plant (or else, Mike Bender did). Anyone else have a similar experience? Bender's grove used to source them direct from PIN. Bought it newly grafted in a 1 gal. I imagine we have other posters on here who have the same plant. I'd like to know your experiences.

BTW, its a 15-gallon for $50 if interested in pickup.
Keith

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Hi, Carlos.
I ordered from you last year and my seedlings are doing well. I noted that several posters have asked about pictures of both the fruit or in particular the grown plant. I too would love to see them. Also, do you intend to sell/trade cuttings any time soon?
Thanks,
Keith

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Zill adventure Tuesday
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:02:38 PM »
One more thing about the Sugarloaf mango.
I think that I have perceived of another quality of Sugarloaf that is rare and that is this....mango tasting is so damn dependent on where it is in its ripening cycle that from one day to the next you could go crazy over it or say itís nothing special or even dislike it. I think that Sugarloaf may stand out above the rest also because the window of ripening pleasure could be huge. And this is sooooo important because it stays green with the only ripening clue being touch. This quality will more than compensate for not giving clues to ripeness.

This sounds like the elusive "front yard by the sidewalk mango. Hiding in plain sight from the two-legged mango thieves...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: COTRG stem/limb die back?
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:19:59 AM »
I quit growing them just because of that. Have heard similar stories from others. No sure of the cause though.
Keith

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Kratom
« on: June 26, 2018, 01:42:16 PM »
Thanks for all of the responses guys. I placed an order with Brad. Still good to hear anyoneís experiences with the growing, propagating, harvesting if theyíd care to comment here.
Keith

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Kratom
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:58:31 PM »
I know itís not a fruiting plant, but I know many of us grow more than just tropical fruit. Curious if anyone grows this and if so what varieties? Iím interested in a trade or outright purchase. Looking for someone stateside, preferably Florida.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: High rainfall == Low brix?
« on: May 29, 2018, 09:34:10 PM »
Was commenting to my wife about this. She got all excited about the quantity after the cold snaps, but as soon as I saw all this precipitation I began to worry about the quality. Everything in my yard has been bland, even my Edwards. I have an absolutely loaded Glenn that I fear wonít be worth the headache to harvest.

Hope Iím wrong and the sun starts baking down the sugars...
Keith

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Thanks Alex. Received the budwood in great condition yesterday and grafted them on this afternoon.
Will check back with you on th PPK and Fruit Punch when they are ready.
Keith

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Alona is my fastest grower. It blooms year round but fruits start to ripen in June or July and it goes on till November. Silas Wood and Makok are both heavy producers


Thanks for the info guys, if Alano blooms year round would that mean it would fruit all year round? Sorry Iím a bit confused   ???

Alex, weíre in the same neighborhood, probably similar soil and weather conditions. My alano is in full bloom right now, but does often get a second or third bloom. Fruit stay on the tree a long time, and my tree is quite mature. That said, I only have a month or two out of the year where there is either no bloom or no fruit.

Great tasting, super sweet, grainy, small sized fruit.
Keith

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This new gives me some hope for my 2013s as well. Tallest is only 4ft tall but, this is some amazing news.

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Yep. Congrats!

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Thanks for the heads up. Where did you source yours? Was it a rooted plant or cutting?
Keith

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South Florida members:

Looking for a few good folks to go in on a combined shipping order.
I received the following email from Linda Nickerson regarding her variety of the Thompson s-8

ďWe can ship Sugar Dragon cuttings to Florida, but since I cut fairly large cuttings, they must go in a large, flat rate box, $25 for shipping and handling.  The cuttings are only $8 each, and I can get 15 - 20 per box, so it would be best if you could find someone to go in on some cuttings with you.  We have another variety that is delicious that you can't get anywhere else called Maria Rosa.  It is a pale pink, large, very sweet, and hardier than Delight., that you might be interested in.  We think Sugar Dragon is the only self fertile magenta-fleshed variety available on the market right now.Ē

So Iím thinking if we get at least 10 or more orders we can get these for about $10-$12 a cutting, shipped. Iím happy to make my home the pickup spot. I live in SW Ranches (just west of I-75 in central Broward).

 If you are interested, Pm me directly

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:51:09 AM »
South Florida people:
I emailed Linda Nickerson hoping to purchase a cutting or two of her s-8. She informed me that she ships only in large flat rate boxes ($25) plus $8 for a large cutting. Seems like it makes sense to order 10-20 cuttings if I go in with a few forum members.

If you are interested, check the buy and sell forum or PM me directly.
Keith

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cutting panicle on young mango trees
« on: March 05, 2018, 04:20:59 PM »
I like this plan. Iím going to experiment with you.
Keith

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Galaxy mango
« on: January 29, 2018, 10:56:44 PM »
I agree. Did the remaining fruit ever darken or ripen properly, johnnie?

I finally have a nice, first bloom on my 4.5 year old tree. Optimistic about fruit, but less so about itís end color now.
Keith

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Active hurricane season equals cold winter last bad storm 06 last good winter for florida

2011 was a the last good winter I recall, for South Florida at least. But I am cautiously excited that this winter will beat that 2011 summer in terms of productivity.

Blooming: Edward, Keitt, Coconut Cream, lemon zest, Angie, Glenn, and FINALLY my Galaxy.
Doing little or nothing: Rapoza, and only swelling buds on my new Coc and Sweet Tart

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While not a fruiting plant, I know there are collectors on here who might be interested in a trade with this beautiful flowering vine. Obviously looking for a domestic (stateside) trade to keep costs down.
Will consider another option other than mangosteen.

Might as well add, I can sell this vine as well $15 plus shipping for a 1 gallon bare rooted plant at least 24" tall

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Pm sent

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One mantra I've always tried to keep in ind, in life, in gardening: "the least flexible tree fares worst in the storm"
With that in mind, my hardest wooded trees (citrus, mainly my lime tree) got destroyed, while my mangoes faired very well. I event had some recently planted 3gallon mangos survive with nothing more than a lean. I watched two of my 10 foot mangoes push at 30 degree angles for hours and hold up virtually unscathed.

Also, my Avocados, due to their uneven distribution of weight (trunks often forking only inches about the ground) often struggled as well.
Kei

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