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We have plenty of rats and squirrels in addition to the iguanas. The lake is a natural habitat/shelter for the rats, so it's a constant battle during mango season with all the critters competing with each other.

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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.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit from seed
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:56:44 PM »
not sure. I have a couple at home which I can take a picture of when we get back. dragon identification is not my forte.

Here is what Whole Foods is selling:




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit from seed
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:27:16 PM »
not sure. I have a couple at home which I can take a picture of when we get back. dragon identification is not my forte.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit from seed
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:16:35 PM »
On ebay. For example this seller
https://m.ebay.com/itm/Yellow-Dragon-Fruit-10-Fresh-Seeds-Yellow-Pitaya-Rare-Selenicereus-Megalanthus/170839119088?epid=1331401483&hash=item27c6ce14f0:g:pr4AAOxyuGFRyxhD
I don't know if there are cheaper offers

Not all Yellow Selenicereus Megalanthus is the same.

The current rage is the Giant Yellow Megalanthus from Ecuador.

If I was going to bother to grow yellow Megalanthus from seed...  I would try and get Giant Yellow Megalanthus seeds (rare).

What's the sweet yellow one that everyone raves about? And does it fruit in Florida? And is there a source anywhere for a cutting or two?

My lawn guys, in their infinite wisdom, decided to weed whack one of my dragons at the very base and killed it before I noticed.

The sweet one is Selenicereus Megalanthus.

But, not all Selenicereus Megalanthus are the same.

This South African video (very poor sound quality) talks about two yellow Megalanthus varieties.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWdWpoyL1HQ


This is the "giant" yellow Megalanthus from Ecuador that is showing up in the U.S.





People are buying this fruit from a tropical fruit seller in Houston, Texas.

that seems to be what we're getting in the local Whole Foods. Not super sweet, but a pleasant sweetness. The seeds are much more pronounced than other varieties, but I like them. Gives a little extra complexity.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit from seed
« on: November 19, 2017, 12:27:44 PM »
On ebay. For example this seller
https://m.ebay.com/itm/Yellow-Dragon-Fruit-10-Fresh-Seeds-Yellow-Pitaya-Rare-Selenicereus-Megalanthus/170839119088?epid=1331401483&hash=item27c6ce14f0:g:pr4AAOxyuGFRyxhD
I don't know if there are cheaper offers

Not all Yellow Selenicereus Megalanthus is the same.

The current rage is the Giant Yellow Megalanthus from Ecuador.

If I was going to bother to grow yellow Megalanthus from seed...  I would try and get Giant Yellow Megalanthus seeds (rare).

What's the sweet yellow one that everyone raves about? And does it fruit in Florida? And is there a source anywhere for a cutting or two?

My lawn guys, in their infinite wisdom, decided to weed whack one of my dragons at the very base and killed it before I noticed.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Truly tropical top 5
« on: October 12, 2017, 09:56:02 AM »
My top 1

Keitt from Mexico.

<barf>

I had to buy a mango over the weekend for some school project for my daughter. Bought a couple Mexico Keitts from Publix - one for her school one for me to try. I guess if you like flavorless swill it's a great mango.

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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.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Ultimate in Lychee Tree Protection
« on: October 02, 2017, 11:44:10 AM »
How did you teach him to eat the Sri Lankan weevils?

that was a joke. he's useless for anything other than eating me poor

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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).




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:35:42 AM »
A manatee washing ashore is somewhat different than a groupernado carrying fish 11 miles inshore.

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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?






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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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