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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fertilize during Winter Months?
« on: November 28, 2017, 05:11:38 PM »
I'm in Zone 10B so we don't have much of a "winter" but it definitely is the dry season.  Was wondering if anyone here has success fertilizing this time of year for juvenile trees? Annona's, Mangos, Citrus, Etc.  I've read conflicting things about this, but little of peoples experiences.  I use Florikan 8-3-9 Fertilizer and I irrigate 2 times per week at minimum during the dry season down here.  Any recommendations?

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Iíll include coconut palms and other fruiting plants in this question as not to digress from the typical forum subject matter, but my wife and I are building a new home and Iíd like to landscape with some rarer palms and more specialized plants and foliage. Is there a ďbig bookĒ or two that anyone can recommend thatís all encompassing with Photos and info? It will need to be a Florida book, not just a general info book. Thanks!

-Jon

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Wondering if anyone in South Florida is growing and successfully fruiting Lemon Drop Mangosteen or Achachairu Garcinia Humilis (Orange Mangosteen)??? If so, any recommendations? I'd also like to see some photos to gauge the health of a tree in my area if possible.  Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help with growing Abiu Zone 10b
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:13:30 PM »
Hey guys, just curious if anyone down here in South Florida has any recommendations on growing abiu. I had one tree that I put in the ground a year ago and hasnít grown an inch. Looks very unimpressive. I bought that one from pine island nursery. But today I picked up 2 from Excalibur and I want to get them going the right way. Should I grow them in pots until 25gal wth some good potting mix or should I try them in ground again? Any recommendations? Am I missing something important with this species? Excalibur seemed to keep them all in a greenhouse even the large ones. Is there a reason for this?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Rollinia Deliciosa Tree
« on: November 14, 2017, 03:45:00 PM »
If anyone has a nice size tree (15 to 25 gallon preferably), I would be interested in purchasing.  Thank You.

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So I live in South Miami Florida, and between the county cutting down all of our citrus a decade ago due to canker and the newer threat of Citrus Greening, its hard to find healthy citrus trees down here.  But from what I've learned from some friends that still have trees, as well as nurseries in my area that have pretty large, mature, and healthy looking citrus is that if you keep a tree on a CONSISTENT fertilization schedule and spray schedule. The healthier the tree, the more resistant it is to greening.  But if it does contract the disease, I found this video online regarding heating the tree to kill the bacteria....has anyone seen this or have experience with this or any additional information? Yes, I know it seems like a giant task to save a few backyard trees, but its doable, especially with a large accordion style system, almost like a slinky that can be easily erected around a tree.

https://youtu.be/zKkyHIyP8e4

-Jon


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Curious if anyone has grown this. Especially in South Florida. Does it grow well? Will it fruit quickly?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Berry & Amber Jackfruit Seedlings WANTED
« on: November 06, 2017, 04:44:56 PM »
If anyone has seedlings they would like to sell please let me know. Thank You.

-Jon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best Tasting Jackfruit Cultivars 2017/2018 ???
« on: November 05, 2017, 06:15:30 PM »
I know there are some older posts on this, but some newer varieties have been introduced over the passed few years. Iím heading up to Excalibur next weekend and wanted to get some recent opinions from the Jackfruit lovers out there. So what do you think?

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Citrus General Discussion / Can I get an opinion on Ponderosa Lemon ??
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:18:43 PM »
I have a tree/bush and I've tried these things at all different times of year and man the only way to describe them is HORRIBLE.  What an awful taste they have; hardly any sweetness, hardly any juice, and they have kind of an off-putting chemical taste to them. Just a bitter mess. I hate yanking trees but this one has to go. Am I missing something here??

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So I have two juvenile/mature trees producing a ton of flowers, but zero fruit set.  I've watched hand pollination videos where you can easily see the pollen when brushed off of the male flowers into a container.  My flowers on both my custard apple and soursop trees don't seem to have any pollen.   I've tried at all times of the day.  Why may this be?  Is it possible for a young tree to produce flowers but be too young to produce fertile pollen? Or is a tree considered mature once it starts to produce flowers and I have a different problem?

Any ideas/help would be great.  Trees are about 6-8ft each.

-Jon

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Citrus General Discussion / Is this Citrus Greening ?
« on: July 27, 2017, 05:46:39 PM »
Tree produced nearly 200 key limes last year. This year there is only a handful on the tree, but not distorted in shape. Tree looks healthy overall, but never has been fertilized or sprayed with insecticide or fungicide. Most if not all of the leaves look like the photo




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There is an older pretty lengthy post on this subject but I'd like to get fresh opinions. I've only had SES 2 variety from Fruit and Spice park. I'm in that same area. It's really good and Fruits we'll. I wouldn't be upset if that's the variety I plant next. I currently have a Redland variety that hasn't fruited yet. Any recommendations if I get another variety ?? Also, any information on the taste quality of the Redland? Thank You.

-Jon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passion Fruit Question
« on: June 30, 2017, 12:09:47 PM »
My passion fruit vines are flowering nicely but keep dropping the fruit prematurely, or at least I think so.  It is a purple variety.  They seem to fall off when they start to shade purple just a tad, but are only abut the size of a golf ball. The purple I buy in the store are more like the size of a tennis ball.  Do I have a different, smaller variety or am I missing something?  Thanks.

-Jon

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Looking for opinions on the best Grapefruit variety for sweetness and seedlessness. Next on the priority list would be disease resistance and overall look of a maintained tree. Any opinions are welcome.  Thank you

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tebow Mango Surprise
« on: June 26, 2017, 07:43:50 PM »
So I tasted my first Tebow Mango today. What a surprise. The taste is very light and refreshing. But the real treat was the texture; it was like silk/custard. Really unique. The look and the feel of the unopened fruit is also soft and pleasing. It's just such a unique mango. I assume due to its parents it will want to grow large. Has anybody had any experience in keeping this tree sub-12 Feet ????

Jon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What type of mango is this?
« on: June 23, 2017, 07:08:39 PM »
Picture was taken today. Tree is a large 40ft, prolific producer. Virtually fiberless mango




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's wrong with this Mango Tree?
« on: June 14, 2017, 09:39:13 PM »
I'm curious as to the reason these leaves are wilting and turning color. Tree was planted about 3 months ago and took well until about 2 weeks ago. The only thing I can think of is the excessive rainfall we've been having down here in Miami. I hope it's not root rot. But tree has adequate drainage, as a 3ft wide by 4ft deep hole was dug straight through the coral rock to plant it. Any ideas?




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Identify This Mango
« on: June 03, 2017, 05:56:52 PM »
I'm not trying to make a habit of posting pics of unknown mangos, so I swear this is the last one. This tree was removed by my father in law last year and he wants to know the cultivar. It's going to be something more common like Kent or Haden; but I'm not sure. The photo was taken June 26 so you can see the stage the mangos are in. What do you think? Sorry, wish I had better pics but this is all we had






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Custard Apple Pollination Question
« on: June 03, 2017, 03:31:57 PM »
I live in south Florida. I have two custard Apple trees that are flowering for the first time. Do these trees need to be hand pollinated or will they fruit naturally? I have bees on the property as well, FYI. I don't want to miss my window. Also, if they need to be hand pollinated, can someone offer the details of this? Thanks!

-Jon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this REALLY a Mahachanok Mango ???
« on: June 01, 2017, 11:20:50 AM »
I bought this tree from a reputable grower and it was supposed to be Mahachanok but the mangos don't have the typical elongated "thai" shape that I've seen before. What do you think?




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Tree Size Help
« on: May 25, 2017, 10:15:56 PM »
Believe me when I say I've searched this forum for the answer with no luck, at least not for the CC. How large are mature Sweettart Mango trees? How about Coconut Cream? Thank You

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help With Guava Variety
« on: May 22, 2017, 11:47:45 AM »
So I have a few Ruby Supreme Guava trees and my neighbor commercially grows Asian Guava, so I'm pretty much covered there. However, I really enjoy the small, yellow-skinned pink fleshed guavas that are no bigger than a golf ball.  I believe a lot of them come from Mexico.  Anybody know what variety that is? Can they be grown adequately in deep south florida area?  Thank You.

-Jon

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I have around 25-30 different species of tropical fruit trees in South Miami area and I'm looking for a good all around insecticide and fungicide or a combo spray that will work fairly well across the board, by not harm my honey bees. Can some make some recommendations on brands  and how often to spray??? I've searched the forum to no avail. Thank you. -Jon

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / 8FT Custard Apple for Trade
« on: April 20, 2017, 04:54:21 PM »
I'd I'm taking my custard apple out of the ground this weekend to plant an avocado in that location.  I'd like to trade it rather than replant it.  It will be in a pot with fresh soil.  I'd like to trade for 15/25 gallon size Seedless White Grapefruit, White Sapote, or Jackfruit.  Reply to Thread or PM me. Thanks.  -Jon

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