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Getting one of these seedlings to grow is going to be difficult so long as my wife continues to prohibit me from murdering... uhh... I mean "humanely relocating to the bottom of the lake" the iguanas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How far apart should papaya be planted?
« on: October 07, 2017, 07:03:17 PM »
Have some Hawaiian seedlings growing in 1 gallon pots. Plan is to put 2-3 in one area and 2-3 somewhere else. Any general guidance in spacing them? Space is getting scarce in my yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Ultimate in Lychee Tree Protection
« on: October 01, 2017, 07:32:13 PM »
Sri Lankan weevils and two-legged bandits beware... this tree has been claimed. Now renting to you for your tree protection (DISCLAIMER: Upkeep/maintenance is a little expensive and the landmines left around the yard are... not small).

This was a young tree - started as 3 gallon and probably only in ground for a year. Irma had her way with it and caused the trunk to snap very low (looks like a few inches above the graft point). Should I just dig the roots out and put a new 3 gallon in, or should I see if it grows from where it is? Not sure what type of shape I can expect (assuming it grows) from such a low snap. Thoughts?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

It's been 3-4 years of this in ground. It flowers profusely pretty much all year, but to date it has given us ONE fruit - and that was on a branch that semi-snapped (likely due to a squirrel on PCP) so I think it was stressed into fruiting. It seems like quite a few people have issues with Hasya. I'm all for giving trees a chance, but if something like Morena is going to fruit profusely I'm inclined to swap them out at this point. What say you, fellow fruit freaks?

wife has a cousin voming to visit who is vegetarian and apparently likes the stuff.

Good news is the sri lankan weevils seem to be slowing down, bad news is the sapodilla tree is now covered in these bastards. All of them are chomping at the leaves. What are they and how do I destroy them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where to get sulfate of potash locally?
« on: March 03, 2017, 07:06:10 PM »
Any ideas? Looks like online it's around $70 for a 50lb bag. Wondering if any better locally.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Big Island / Kauai folks... tourist questions
« on: January 29, 2017, 09:27:09 AM »
Not really tropical fruit related (unless someone wants to give the family a tour of their fruit tree paradise), but we're trying to plan a trip to Big Island and Kauai in July or August this year. I've got points burning a hole in my pocket and the kids/wife really want to go.

Looking for suggestions from the local experts on places to see, things to do, where to eat - local knowledge is better than internet reviews. We'll probably be there for 7 - 10 days. Looks like we'll stay at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Big Island (seems to have a ton of stuff to do for the kids and my son loves water slides). No idea about Kauai at this point. Would love to gorge myself on fruit while there too, though I assume my wife/kids are more interested in volcanoes/beaches. Any suggestions appreciated.

If not appropriate for this forum, feel free to PM me. 

No idea if this is normal or if something is going on with this tree. It seems healthy to me and appears to be sending out flowers, but want to know if these brown splotches all over are a problem.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are these cherimoya ripe?
« on: January 19, 2017, 06:19:59 PM »
Ordered from California, just arrived. Since we don't get these here and I had to pay a pretty penny for a box, I want to make sure I know when to cut in. I would classify these as still firm/hard - they really don't have any give like a ripe avocado would. Most in the box are still green, but these are getting brown so figured I'd ask.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Large jujubes + other assorted picks today
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:35:40 PM »
Decided to pull a few fruits off the trees in-between the crazy winds/storms that we're getting today. Winter is coming... and it's bringing with it 75 degree weather.

Some of the 1,000 or so jujubes on our tree are coming in rather large this year. No - I don't have Sheehan manlet hands. These are just big jujubes. Also some carambola and red jaboticaba which is loaded. Decided to hold off picking the massive meyer lemon (one and only) on the potted tree for now.

Is this some kind of demon caterpillar here to take my soul? Kinda disgusting white mess popping up on numerous leaves. Never seen this one before. And yes, the tree is grossly overrun by aphid poop - I'm working on that though too lazy to do my old method of scrubbing each and every leaf with soapy water. Yesterday we released about 5000 ladybugs and 5000 lacewing eggs in the tree - won't do anything but at least made the kids happy to have bugs crawling all over them.

need advice from the experts. This tree was hacked down to a stump and then multi-grafted. The stump, however, is pretty much flat across meaning that water must be gathering on top of it. Just noticed it seems to be rotting on the flat portion. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Angie is a very pretty/delicious mango
« on: June 22, 2016, 04:01:00 PM »
So I was worried that I would not like Angie given its Carrie parentage, but turns out this was one mango (planted on reviews alone) that I am very happy with.

Large, vibrantly-colored fruit with a great flavor. Hard to describe, but definitely not the 'someone just threw up inside my mouth' I get when eating Carrie.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dammmnnnn you, summer storm!!!
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:57:34 PM »
With fierce winds flicking around, I walk outside to find 3 of our 12 or so lemon zest (still quite green) mangoes on the floor. THEY WERE TOO YOUNG. THEY HAD SO MUCH MORE GROWING AND SWEETENING TO DO!!!

My reaction:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jocote (Spondias purpurea) - info?
« on: June 10, 2016, 07:10:05 PM »
Was at a friend's house this evening and offered some jocote from his tree. He likes them green/unripe (he's apparently a distant cousin of Jeff/Sheehan), so what he offered was more tart/crunchy than sweet. Still, seemed like an interesting fruit.

Are there different varieties of this? Do others down here grow it? I see some sites calling it hog plum, but others assigning a different scientific name to hog plum. Confused.

Have three of these in pots that need a good home. I have a few in ground behind the house for 'pedestrian control.' Free to whoever wants to come to Coral Springs and take them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Local source for azomite/rock dust?
« on: May 28, 2016, 03:23:53 PM »
Other than buying online, do we have anywhere local to us that sells azomite or some other form of rock dust?

This little guy ain't too happy. Not sure if the problem is lack of water, lack of nutrients, or abundance of weevils. Any ideas?

* Note that it set out a lot of fruit this year, but at slightly bigger than pea size (a week or two ago) we cut the fruit off.

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