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Well if Johnny gets it to produce I hope he’ll share.  For me it’s just been an ornamental.

No joke. Get ready to sweat.

You can come dig mine up. It’s 4 years old and flowers like crazy. Sets some fruit and drops it. I want to replace it with a more productive variety. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tripod Ladder
« on: May 21, 2018, 10:13:24 AM »
I found a 16 ft tripod ladder in stock at House of Ladders in Ft Lauderdale but passed as it was $540. Lowe’s is carrying a 12 ft 4 legged ladder for around $230.  The same ladder is $30 to $40 more st Home Depot.  I think I’m going to buy the one from Lowes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tripod Ladder
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:28:14 PM »
Does anyone know where is a good place to buy this stay of ladder?  Obviously tall enough to be used in a grove with mature trees. Preferably in the Miami area.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:00:26 PM »
I had high hopes for my Pickering this year.  First year flowering, (year three in ground from 3 gal pot), about 6' x 6'.  In January it sent up pannicles on every branch.  She was loaded for a while. . .and then she started dropping fruit and hasn't stopped.   :(
Still some fruit left and I assume several will remain, but man, what a tease.
My Cogshall had about a 50% bloom this year, starting in late January.  Most fruits are holding on.

I think this is normal behavior for Pickering. Mine is 4 years old and about the same size as yours and set lots of fruit only to drop a lot of it. I’ll end up with 20 to 30 fruits I expect. Not bad for a tree this size. I think it’s just dropping the fruit to the point where it can sustain itself without damage. It did this last year also.

It brought much needed rain but we need more. It’s the first measurable rain I’ve had in over a month. And the moisture didn’t even penetrate the soil very deep.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too Late for Mango Rebloom?
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:52:58 AM »
My ndm, Kent, and rapoza are all pushing new flowers probably as a result of the cold March. I hope this gives me mangoes into September.

My gold nugget was maddeningly S-L-O-W too, but it's gone nutso fruiting the last two seasons! My Bangkok lemon is also being a challenge, it's in the ground four years and was bought as a fairly large tree. Today it's very large and not a single flower.

That’s not encouraging. My Bangkok lemon is 2 or 3 years old so I have a few years to go at least.  My amber was a bust but I have a new seedling from a Florida Amber in the ground now. I have several grafted jaks three to for years old that are just putting out male flowers. My only productive Jakarta was a seedling planted about the same time and has about 20 fruit currently. I won’t need to cull any as they only get to around 8 to 10 pounds which is a great size for a Jak in my opinion. Last year it produced around 6 fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Morning Jackfruit tasted
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:41:27 AM »
My 2 year old red morning and Excalibur red blew over in Irma. I staked them upright and they seem to be recovering. The Excalibur red gave a male flower this year but I’m probably a year or two away from getting fruit.

I think Noris Ledesma has been trying to propagate this at Fairchild farm unsuccessfully.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya question
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:31:04 PM »
Squeeze lime on top, a great combo.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my carrie mango a goner?
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:48:37 AM »
What do you think of Valcarrie?

Mine is setting fruit for the first time this year and it looks pretty heavy. I’m 10 miles inland and had a lot of fungus issues during warm wet February but the Valcarrie pannicles  have remained completely free of fungus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Fijian coconuts
« on: February 28, 2018, 02:16:08 PM »
I bought 4 at the broward rare fruit council tree sale a few years back.  They’re still a few years away from fruiting.  I don’t have background on them so I hope they’re legit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maha Chanok Advice
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:17:12 PM »
There are multiple variants of Kesar, which I think monoembryonic (I haven't ever examined the seeds). I have both Jumbo and regular, and the only difference I can note is size. Granted, I haven't gotten more than a handful of fruit from each tree.

That said, all MC here could be one and the same. I know NDM #4 is high variable in terms of stature. I've seen trees over a decade old that stand a mere 7 feet tall, and I've seen trees that grow into monsters. Perhaps there is some rootstock influence.

Do you know what version Excalibur sells? I bought my Kesar there.

What is your Maha grafted to? I think Harry’s origInal was from Thailand.

I have a “Jumbo” Kesar with budwood sourced from Fairchild. The fruit from this tree seems to be the same size as the “regular” Kesar, but the photos of the Jumbo looks like a significantly larger fruit with perhaps a more pronounced hook at the bottom. On the other hand, I had a Regular Kesar in Loxahatchee that came from you by way of Zill years ago that produced seemingly “Jumbo” sized Kesars. I topworked a Baptiste tree to that and transplanted it to West Palm where it’s growing now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit at whole foods
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:18:52 AM »
Unfortunately, Whole Foods has better produce than most other supermarkets (at least where I am). I can find decent produce in specialty markets but nothing beats local or homegrown obviously.

My friends at ship all over the USA except California. You can get what’s in season in Florida and they also get quality yellow dragonfruit, soursop, and cherimoya. If it’s not quality they won’t ship it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: If you like PINA COLADAS
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:02:30 AM »
Mine is loaded with flowers for the first time in its fourth season. Blooms from December were lost due to wet weather but it’s been dry and fairly breezy here since and the trees have been kept pretty free of moisture compared to last year so I’m hoping to try fruit from it this year as well as pineapple pleasure that has been blooming for a couple years but dropped all fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Adding minor elements ‘how to’ ?
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:58:52 AM »
It’s hard to overdo the soil drench here in the Redlands due to rocky alkaline soil.

Hey man, it was good to meet you briefly when I dropped off the amber jack to ya. Sorry I had to jet, but newborn at the house has a lot of my calendar time slots booked up these days. Hopefully we can get together and bullsh*t one of these days. We’re building the house 3 blocks south of Knausberry on the corner, so we’ll be neighbors

Sounds good. Drop me a pm anytime. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Adding minor elements ‘how to’ ?
« on: February 06, 2018, 01:19:54 PM »
It’s hard to overdo the soil drench here in the Redlands due to rocky alkaline soil.

The cold weather had even my most stubborn trees flowering but the burst of warm since has resulted in about half of new growth coming as flowers and the rest as leaves. Anyone else seeing this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:40:18 AM »
Taken yesterday from the canopy of a Mauritius. I had limb damage also from Irma and cut one back severely. The one in the picture lost about 1/3 of the canopy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Mango Festival
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:32:36 AM »
Noris is speaking tonight on avocados at the fruit and spice park monthly meeting. Maybe we can get some details.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:50:56 PM »
Mine are blooming.

My understanding is that the sparkling ones are the result of fermentation with beneficial probiotics similar to kombucha. I enjoy when I open one that is sparkling.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Longan toxicity??
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:46:42 PM »
My 8lb miniature pinscher eats longan fruits with no issues.

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