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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...

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.

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.

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

Yep. Congrats!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Pm sent

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.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Speakers in Florida - Tropical Fruits
« on: August 04, 2017, 12:09:22 AM »
The only downside to this: the fine people at Zill's high performance are gonna be pissed when they discover that Har has been the one "grating" all the damned trees.

Hi friends I show you my first and one fruit of my Annona reticulata from seed...this small tree have 2 years old and its in a pot...I hope and wait this fruit will ripe anyday :)

Mine are nearly 5 years old, have flowered and NOT fruited. I officially hate your tree :-) Seriously, congratulations!

Same here, Gary. Apparently our zone 10 has nothing on the real tropics.
Simply jealous,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Galaxy mango
« on: July 30, 2017, 10:47:28 PM »
Annual bump for the elusive galaxy mango pic thread. Lol
So, late seasons should be coloring up in the next few weeks. Anyone have any galaxy's on the way?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: four tree ID (mangoes)?
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:03:48 AM »
I don't have much to add except to say I have my doubts that any of those are Glenn or Edward as someone posted.

So I was looking to grow a bunch of climbing vines in 1-2 gallon pots but I need to keep them in tight groups due to space. Does anyone have suggestions regarding 1. A cheap yet effective support for the climber (a single bamboo stake?), and 2. Whether or not to simply keep pruning/pinching the top to maintain a bush shape until ready to sell/plant out.

My concern is that they will all begin wrapping around one another and make separation a nightmare later one.
Thanks, Keith

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 07, 2017, 07:13:41 PM »
In my 45+ years living here, I haven't seen it this nonstop. Especially if you look at the forecast through this weekend.  I agree with Zands: if we are not 18" now, we will be in the next 24 hours. Western Broward is one giant river...

I've heard / used "cola" before

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Galaxy mango
« on: April 12, 2017, 12:00:01 AM »
6ft tall, 25 gallon pot and not a single bloom on my one specimen. Not overly vigorous despite a consistent fertilization schedule. Anyone holdng fruitlets on this cultivar?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: vanilla bean
« on: April 05, 2017, 10:14:16 PM »
Congrats! I don't know the answer to your question, but I had a similar one just yesterday. I looked out on my jade vine to see that I have several fruit (seed pods) set after this springs bloom. I thought we didn't have the pollinator here in Florida, but perhaps we do.

Makes me wonder if other non-indiguneous pollinators are afoot in our area.
Anyhow, enjoy your vanilla!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best potting soil for mango trees?
« on: January 24, 2017, 11:44:12 PM »
I use Fafard 3B mix on all my mango trees in containers. Here are a couple of pictures of my Maha Chanok taken on December 22, 2016.

Bigalxx, who do you source the fafard from? I'm not too far from you and want to know who carries if locally.

What's the difference between Venus and Kathy?

And along those lines, I was wondering about the seasons for each of these new types. I imagine Seacrest by be a bit early-mid given its Edward parentage, but is Kathy late?

I'm at the point in my yard where I'm looking more to extend season. Is Kathy late like Venus?
Rob, any light you can shed here? Thanks.

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