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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First mango fruit of 2017
« on: June 17, 2017, 08:47:35 AM »
It had an early bloom and later bloom. Here are a few more pictures on fruit still hanging. I don't have a reference for what it should look like but I got the tree from you so I trust it was labeled correctly. This morning I had a honey kiss followed by a Rosigold and the honey kiss is a much much better tasting mango by comparison. I haven't had enough yet to distinguish the honey aroma and these were the first two off the tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First mango fruit of 2017
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:55:02 PM »
Honey Kiss. Fruits are about .75 lbs and are very slow growing and not great looking. But the 2 year old tree is producing like a Rosigold and Pickering in terms of quantity.  Flavor and sweetness is excellent despite the appearance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can anyone identify this mango?
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:21:18 AM »
It's from a friends tree and she has no idea what it is. Fruits are about 1 to 1.5 lbs deep orange flesh and fiber free. Y

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First mango fruit of 2017
« on: June 01, 2017, 07:49:56 AM »
Rapoza. My 3 year old tree produced about 15 to 20. Size ranged from 1 to 1.5 lbs. They grow bright red on the tree and best flavor comes when picking at the first appearance of yellow.  I have about 5 left on the tree.

This one was 1lb 1oz.  Fiberless and quite sweet. Let it ripen too long and it will get mushy. This was at peak ripeness.  The seed is fairly thin and there was no fiber attached to it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sun Protective Clothing - Lifespan
« on: May 30, 2017, 05:36:10 PM »
You can buy long sleeve spf shirts in fishing clothing shops and in surf shops. I paddleboard frequently so I have a supply bought in paddleboard shops. They are lightweight and breathe and are very comfortable. Costco sells good hats to protect the head and ears but the nose may need some block applied.

All but one seed sprouted and I'll only be planting the most vigorous of the bunch. So if anyone in the area wants to pick one up let me know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting tool
« on: May 06, 2017, 09:01:30 AM »
This is being advertised as the best grafting tool in the world. It looks pretty slick. Has anyone used it?

I've seen free water testing kits in Home Depot before. I grabbed some but didn't complete them.

Try 3 sisters farm in homestead.

I planted around 12 varieties aver the last 2 to 3 years.  This includes a Fairchild first which has several small female fruits emerging last month for the first time. I also planted the sweet Fairchild.

A seedling sold as an ns1 j31 cross by a sale from the MRFC is loaded with fruit.

I have the orange crush variety planted and it's growing like jacks beanstalk with only a few male fruit.  I yanked the tangerine as it looked like Charlie browns Christmas tree.

I gave away my Amber due to its lack of growth.

Growing well but still too small to fruit are Excalibur red, red morning, Bangkok lemon, j30, j31, black gold, and golden nugget.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What would you replace Mallika with?
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:08:58 PM »
My honey kiss is flourishing. I planted it 2 years ago from a 3 gallon and it's 7 ft tall and bushy now. It's holding about 10 good size fruits from an early bloom and now is covered with flowers and bb sized mangoes from the second bloom. It's one of my best performing trees. 

My 3 yr old Mallika has hardly grown and will probably get yanked this year. I'll replace it with another Mallika since I really like the mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit punch tree update
« on: March 12, 2017, 03:33:42 PM »
Mine was planted mid year 2015 as a 3 gallon.  I'm hoping to get some fruit to maturity. It did not flower last year.

Hmm, yes, appears to be slow growing.  I planted Providence about the same time, and it's double that in size, BUT no blossoms so far.  Maybe I should have went with Fruit Punch.  Are they similar in flavor, and are their seasons about the same (late mid-seaon)?

Here's my providence planted as a 7 gallon in 2015. Lots of bb sized fruitlets formed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit punch tree update
« on: March 12, 2017, 01:26:49 PM »
Mine was planted mid year 2015 as a 3 gallon.  I'm hoping to get some fruit to maturity. It did not flower last year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Small mango lots o' fruits!
« on: March 01, 2017, 02:54:49 PM »
I'm not sure how big they are but I'm sure the tree will do it's own thinning out process. But if the tree is only a year old I wouldn't let it hold any.

How long will it take for seeds to sprout?  I planted them a couple weeks ago but nothing yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 500+ Mango Varieties - Open house 2/25/2017
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:29:52 PM »
Will there be plants/scions/fruit for sale?

You can get scions by request for any tree. But don't waste their time by asking for ones you can buy at a nursery.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit 10' up?
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:47:04 PM »
Funny I just saw the same thing on one of mine today. It's a sweet Fairchild bought at the jackfruit fest a few years back. It's growing straight up right even though I topped it last year. It's never fruited and has flowering activity at the very top.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How early does the "Zill" mango ripen?
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:35:06 PM »
I got my Dupuis from Lara.


Honey kiss planted 2 yrs ago from 3 gallon container.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guanabana "healing" powers...
« on: February 09, 2017, 04:45:39 PM »
I've heard that it has powerful anti cancer properties. I'm sure a Google search will yield lots of results.  But a largely frutarian diet in general without meat or dairy will prevent many chronic diseases that ail most people.

My honey kiss is growing much faster than my pickering.  I've had the honey kiss 2 years and it's around 7 ft tall.  I've had the pickering 3 years and it's 5 feet tall 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango festival question
« on: February 08, 2017, 04:32:55 PM »
The Fairchild Festival is likely going to decline significantly in quality with Richard having already left.

It already has. Last year the mangoes for sale were all imported, not counting the auction. It's more of a fundraising weekend than anything for Fairchild.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Earliest mango variety?
« on: February 05, 2017, 02:32:55 PM »
The minors are applied via soil drench.  I have typical Redlands rocky soil. High ph I guess but I never measured it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 15 Gal Pickering To Fruit Or Not To Fruit ?
« on: February 05, 2017, 12:40:08 PM »
A picture of my 3 year old Pickering.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 100 Mangoes to Zero
« on: February 05, 2017, 12:38:21 PM »
My 3 year old cogshall. About 6 feet tall.  No production yet and still no flowers this year.

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