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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gotta love all the Florida pests :(
« on: August 20, 2017, 04:47:06 PM »
for the record, tanglefoot is useless againat sri lankan weevils. I have not found a reliable method of controlling them, but haven't used the stuff Rob recommends. Other than finger crushing them of course....

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Kauai sugarloaf pineapple... thumbs up
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:12:54 AM »
getting close to the end of our Hawaii trip. Picked up some sugarloaf pineapple at the local farmer's market. Delicious. Super sweet with low acidity. Does sugarloaf grow well in Florida?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GMO Papaya/Solo Papayas in Florida
« on: August 07, 2017, 08:46:35 PM »
so does Solo not grow well in south florida? i'd like to plant a few  now that I'm a convert.

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I'm a believer!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hawaiian papayas >>>>>>>>> ALL other papayas
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:02:56 PM »
I have never had a papaya in Florida that didn't taste and smell like stinky ass. I had sworn off papaya and could not even see them without getting nauseated.

At the hotel here in the Big Island and they had Solo papaya cut up. When in Rome, right? Sweet and delicious... no musky smell/taste. Something I would actually eat/grow. Need to try the strawberry papaya now. heard that was also good.

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decided to leave them both in the clamshells. hopefully still there when we get back. i'll have to make up for it by eating mangoes in Hawaii.

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Ok maybe not a "dilemma" per se... more of a conundrum. We have a grand total of 2 lemon zest mangoes on the tree this year. Below is how they look today - a light shade of green. We leave for Hawaii on Tuesday and won't be back for 10 days. Do I pick these now (underripe) and hope they ripen by Monday or just leave them on the tree and hope they are still there/not overripe by the time we get back?





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We'll be there August 1 - 11, spending most of our time on the Big Island and Kauai. We're doing both Hilo and Kona sides on the Big Island and will have rental car on the islands, so hopefully there's a local market where we can pick some fruit up.

What's going to be a available?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango haul
« on: July 22, 2017, 01:25:11 PM »
Both Truly Tropical and the Zills do a terrible job updating on what varieties they have. While Truly Tropical does post daily updates, half of the varieties Joe picked up weren't on it. The Zills (down the street) haven't updated their Facebook since July 2016. Not a big deal if you live within a couple miles, but for people 40+ miles away it's a gamble to make that drive without having any real idea what varieties they have.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coconut Cream mango readiness
« on: June 27, 2017, 11:53:44 AM »
To provide a visual example... would you say this CC is ready for harvest? The shoulders are definitely yellow, though the majority of the mango is green. Only have 6 - 7 or so hanging on, so don't want to screw up with this first harvest from this tree.




Hard to tell for sure but that looks more like "sunburn" vs mango coloring up.  You may be able to pick it and have it rilen but I would wait if it were mine.

Oh, dont be surprised if its washed out with no teal flavir.  Coconut Cream will be easily affected by the excessive rains and washout.

The tree is planted by the canal and was literally underwater for 4 days, so I'm not expecting much here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coconut Cream mango readiness
« on: June 27, 2017, 10:37:46 AM »
To provide a visual example... would you say this CC is ready for harvest? The shoulders are definitely yellow, though the majority of the mango is green. Only have 6 - 7 or so hanging on, so don't want to screw up with this first harvest from this tree.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: WTF... defective osprey?
« on: June 26, 2017, 04:38:52 PM »
hmm... if that's true I need a source for squirrel-sized fish costumes.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / WTF... defective osprey?
« on: June 26, 2017, 04:00:07 PM »
I am sitting here inside the house watching an osprey on the ground by one of the mango trees. Less than two feet from this osprey is a squirrel on the ground happily chewing at a freshly-plucked mango, as calm as can be. The other osprey is chilling on my fence while two iguanas scurry around underneath him. Do I have defective birds of prey living at my house?

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As an update... despite the monsoons we've been having in June, it looks like every flower on the Hasya has dried up or fallen off - so another round of no fruit whatsoever. Looks like Hasya is converting to smoke wood this weekend.

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Is it normal for Angie mangoes to fall off the tree when they turn a little yellow but are still green, and then subsequently ripen fully off the tree?  None of my Angies attain anything close to full color ON THE TREE.  How about other Angie growers?  Does your fruit color up well on the tree, or fall off when still mostly green?

I just picked this Angie.




Ate the mango in this picture today (picked 3 days ago). Ughh learned an important lesson today about the ripeness I enjoy my Angie mangoes. It had some give today - not overly soft or mushy, but that Carrie throw-up-in-your-mouth distinctive flavor was definitely there and I was not happy about that. Ate a couple pieces and that was all I could handle (I knew I wasn't going to like it just cutting into the mango as the distinctive Carrie smell was there).

This is definitely a mango I enjoy ripe, but more on the firmer side. If I had eaten this a couple days ago it would have that tartness/chalkiness that I really like and none of the Carrie nightmare.

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Is it normal for Angie mangoes to fall off the tree when they turn a little yellow but are still green, and then subsequently ripen fully off the tree?  None of my Angies attain anything close to full color ON THE TREE.  How about other Angie growers?  Does your fruit color up well on the tree, or fall off when still mostly green?

I just picked this Angie.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can anyone identify this mango?
« on: June 13, 2017, 01:29:09 PM »
looks like Haden from the outside.

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To me the difference is night and day. Carrie is a mushy, disgusting mess. I removed a Carrie tree from the yard because the flavor was extremely offensive to me. I don't get any of that with Angie. It's a relatively compact tree and I find the fruit to be excellent. I try to eat them ripe but a little firm, and that results in a chalky/tartness that is very agreeable. Angie was my wife's favorite mango last year. I don't put it up there with ST, LZ, Edgar, etc., but it held its own.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First mango fruit of 2017
« on: June 09, 2017, 07:02:27 PM »
first Angie... which is a miracle considering the fruit was found untouched on the floor and this tree was underwater two days ago. Between the ducks and the family of iguanas in the backyard it's amazing nothing nibbled on it. Ate it on the firmer side and it was delicious. A little chalky/tart which I find best for angie (rather than allow it to get mushy).


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I just checked on my little 6 foot hasya (2.5 years in ground from 3 gal) and found that it has about a dozen little fruits. For the folks on this thread who have had production issues, do your trees set fruit and then jettison them early on?

mine flowers profusely but they don't set fruit. no idea why (other than possibly sri lankan weevils or other beetles developing a taste for flowers).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain...
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:18:06 PM »
I have about 10 - 15 trees planted by the canal. They are all underwater and there is no sign that the water level will come down any time soon. My guess is they are all goners at this point.

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my parents lived on the beach on the west coast of Florida for a number of years. They had 80 or so fruit trees planted out, albeit on the street side with the house blocking a lot of the salt spray. they had issues with the salt, but successfully grew/fruited plenty of mango, sapodilla, starfruit, papaya, figs, etc.

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I think saps like some nitrogen. The 8-3-9 would probably be good. Though saps are very drought tolerant, I think you'll want to keep it watered (2x per week) for top production. But I'm not 100% sure if that's the cause of low production on the Haysa. Worth a shot though.


My Hasya has hundreds of flowers on it right now, but no fruit. What  can I do to get the tree to produce? What is the best fertilizer for sapodillas?  I had 8-3-9 and  Har's 0-3-12.

My hasya is treated better than me. It gets water, fertilizer (foliar and granular), bedtime stories, etc., and I can't get a fruit unless a branch half-snaps under the weight of a squirrel.

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I just crush them with fingers. Their goo is a good moisturizer.

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This is probably the only method that really works on them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCbfMkh940Q

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