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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2017 Cherimoyas
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:38:34 PM »
I have a question about hand pollination of custard apple or soursop, which from what I've read should be similar to Cherimoya.  I've found that my male flowers (first year flowering) don't have any pollen on them that can be brushed off. Not even a small amount.  Could this be due to the torrential rains we've been having that wash the pollen off or does a young tree flower but produce no pollen until it further matures?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to harvest a Jackfruit?
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:40:37 PM »
I use two methods. Aroma and softness.  The problem with aroma is that it doesn't always pertain.  I've never gone wrong with a push test. If the skin gives about 1/2" with light pressure using 1 finger, its ready to go.  If you have multiple fruit on the same tree, its a good idea to reference the other fruit.  If its softer than most, but doesn't give quite as much as I describe above, don't pick it. It will not have developed full sweetness.  The problem with jackfruit is that the inner flesh ripens at different stages in different areas of the fruit, so picking them soft will ensure most of the fruit is at or close to full sweetness.

My tree is about 5ft tall and very bushy. Its a Bernecker variety.  I have about 10-15 well sized fruit on it right now. It is very drought tolerant. One thing I noticed though is that it doesn't like fungicide/insecticide sprays.  Light applications are ok, but anything more and it will drop leaves.  My white sapote behaves similarly.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow Mango Surprise
« on: July 10, 2017, 04:23:46 PM »
Just had my first Tebow also. The fruit was quite good, but didn't notice anything special about the texture. What was special was the size of the seed, very small and round. The tree is not a good bearer, at least here, made very few fruits.

I've noticed a lot of variation between the same cultivar when it comes to mangos and unlike what most people would say, it doesn't have anything to do with the stage at which you pick them.  I've had carrie's that are vastly different, as well as malika, irwin, glenn, and possibly a few others.  They tend to vary from tree to tree or location to location. I tasted my Tebow from  Pine Island Nursery tree, so should I decide to plant one, I will get one grafted from their tree. And yes, Tebow is the new or alternate name for Young.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen Pics from Fairchild
« on: July 01, 2017, 10:48:13 PM »
The festival S-U-C-K-E-D !!!!! Their mango tasting consisted of Tommy Atkins and Glenn. They had only the most old school, standard mangos for sale, MOSTLY picked too early. Fairchild, with there bazillion mangos they cultivate, didn't even have a sales tent. They hired some other company to come in and offer a smattering of take it or leave it mangos. Some weren't even identified, the signs just said stuff like 'Philippines'. The musical act was a 80 year old woman in pink sweat pants with unavoidablely apparent camel toe. There were no newer mangos available for sale such as all the new Zill varieties of the past decade or two.  Most people were not knowledgeable at all about mangos. We were very disappointed. I could have went to Home Depot and got a better education on mangos. It was like some Fairchild greenhorn put the event together 5 days ago.  Aweful. Actually, to be honest I went directly to Fruit and Spice park and drowned my disappointment by walking Mango Allley and gorging on a zillion different mangos for FREE !

Brad, thank you for the detailed response. I'm actually glad to hear that the Redland variety is less citrusy than most. I rather enjoy the custard flavor and texture. I have plenty of citrus on my property and I actually prefer a much different taste. I'm going to let this Redland fruit and see how I like it.  If not, I'll pick up an Excalibur Subelle. Thank You!!!!

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.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passion Fruit Question
« on: June 30, 2017, 03:52:10 PM »
My purple passionfruit does exactly the same thing.  Nice amount of juice in the fruits, but they are small.  Is yours Purple Possum?

I'm not sure on the variety. But it is a purple variety. And yes, same thing...good amount of juice for its size, but small.

I would still take a seedy Duncan over any other grapefruit, none of the seedless varieties can come close to that flavor.

I ordered a Flame and a Duncan.  Nobody seems to carry Thompson Pink anywhere near me.

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.


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

Thomlson Pink or Flame for fruit quality.  Disease resistance....hahahahahahahahahahahaha

I feel you. Very different Florida landscape than the one I grew up in :(

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

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 ????


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What type of mango is this?
« on: June 24, 2017, 04:56:59 PM »
Pine Island identified it today as Irwin. But the below, they could not identify. Anyone?

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

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with this Mango Tree?
« on: June 14, 2017, 10:32:09 PM »
PPK and Lemon Zest new leaves are a brownish red before they harden off and turn green.

That's great to know. A good little piece of info

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with this Mango Tree?
« on: June 14, 2017, 10:20:21 PM »
Hard to tell on my phone but it looks like a new flush that has not yet hardened off.  Looks quite normal for a PPK.  Are the older leaves staying green for the most part with no excessive dropling?

There are no leaves on the ground. Not sure if the brown/red leaves are new flush though, that's a good point. I've been on business travel for a few weeks and it's been dumping rain, so I just wanted to get ahead of any potential problems. I'll keep an eye on it over the next week or two. Thank You

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with this Mango Tree?
« on: June 14, 2017, 10:07:37 PM »
Also, if it means anything, the tree has a ton of fresh light green flush coming out all over

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with this Mango Tree?
« on: June 14, 2017, 10:03:37 PM »
It is PPK. It was a 7gal size that probably was about time to jump up to a 15gal. I backfilled it with only the ground up coral rock bits that the hole was dug with because I know the mangos need good draining soil. It was done the same way as all my other mango trees, which have t had any issues at all. The leaves are very soft and moist if that helps any.

Also, mango trees grow like weeds down here in Miami. It's almost impossible to kill one.....Almost

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?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custard Apple Pollination Question
« on: June 03, 2017, 10:03:52 PM »
Got ya. One tree is about 8ft and the other is about 4ft, both with about 2" diameter trunks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custard Apple Pollination Question
« on: June 03, 2017, 09:31:21 PM »
Yes. You will get little to zero fruits if you ignore it. Follow these simple steps

But again, I'm in south Miami Florida, almost in the Florida Keys. The gentelmen in the video remarks that hand pollination is not necessary for locations like mine, let alone the fact that I have bee hives on my land. He is also discussing Cherimoya rather than custard Apple. That said, I understand it can't hurt but I'd also hate to start a practice that isn't necessary, seeing as this is my first go around. I may mark a few flowers I don't hand pollinate and see how they produce. I guess that's the only way to truly know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custard Apple Pollination Question
« on: June 03, 2017, 06:33:59 PM »
Jon.... What varieties are these Custard Apples ????? Some require hand Pollination others don't but if you want more fruit hand pollinate.... You can always remove fruit if you get too many takes........ Mike

It's San Pablo. Do I have to hand pollinate? If so, please explain?

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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