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Will Excalibur have them for sale?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is the Longan tree wind-intolerant?
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:39:54 PM »
Kohala longan held up better than biew kiew longan during Hurricane Irma.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Goodbye Pina Colada Mango Tree
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:25:02 AM »
My four year old tree produced about 10 small fruit this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Mango Festival
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:14:12 PM »
It will also feature jackfruit.  I guess this means they wonít have a separate jackfruit festival again.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling Dragon Fruit Cuttings
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:09:48 PM »
Recommendations for a top quality one that will self pollinate?  Iíve planted several that flower regularly but only rarely do I get a fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Turpentine seeds for sale
« on: June 16, 2018, 10:21:23 AM »
$2 each

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pina Colada Mango
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:47:03 PM »
My 4 year old tree has about 10 fruit for the first time ever. Itís not a small tree for me having grown fairly tall despite regular pruning.

Yup, ST planted out and looking great.  Only held one mango this year, but its still a small tree.  That one mango is getting HUGE though.  Pina Colada is something I might plant, but from what I've read, I'm going to have to alter the soil quite a bit to keep it happy.  But I may be wrong...only trial and error will tell. 

Thanks Jeff

I havenít done anything special to my pina colada and itís healthy. In its 4th year itís holding about 10 small fruits for the first time. From what I understand the fruits are supposed to be small.

Did the squirrels go after the CC much? Mine did not fruit this year so hoping to have a good crop next year.
My lemon zest is doing ok so far, I heard they don't mess with the LZ much. My other trees are getting bullied by those guys.

The one I tasted was from Dr Richard Campbell, he is a nearby neighbor. So I donít have any squirrel related info. However, my trees flowered poorly this year at around 10-11ft tall, so no fruit set for me either.  My trees, although they all made it, really got stressed from Irma. I was very disappointed to say the least in my crops this year.

You must have gotten a good one from him. The one I ate was probably picked too green and didnít develop full flavor. I still have mangoes I bought from him last Saturday 8 days ago that Iím waiting to ripen. Including a coconut cream. I have some on my tree I can compare to. Iím waiting for them to tree ripen properly. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best late season mango?
« on: June 02, 2018, 04:50:06 PM »
zands, how old is that Neelam? Do you prune it? Thanks!
Bought at Home Depot and planted 2012. I have tip pruned it every year. It has kept a nice size. It's not a "vigorous grower". Neelam can be flaky with variable tastes. Best thing I can say is you might have to wait for Neelam to get into its own. So wait it out. Two years ago (2016) I had a v good neelam harvest. Last year minimal. This year it is the most "dripping" mango tree I have had in any year.

My neelam is 4 years old planted as a 3 gallon and is dripping also with around 80 fruits.   Iím worried I should have thinned fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nectar of Neptune Mango
« on: June 01, 2018, 08:12:54 AM »
I had one I bought from Richard. It was super sweet but at bit over ripe. Most of the mangoes in my box were picked too green. A week later and Iíve only been able to eat a few. And some of the ones I ate were still tart around the edges. I think in their haste to have firm mangoes to ship well it means that locally were not going to get them optimally ripe if this is how they harvest. Nothing in my box was close to tree ripened.

Bump for tonight. Bringing some mangos because apparently Park doesnít  have any ready yet

Yeah was there yesterday and lots of drops but all green.

See you there. TFF members make yourselves known if youíre going. Iíll wear a Titleist hat.

Well if Johnny gets it to produce I hope heíll share.  For me itís just been an ornamental.

No joke. Get ready to sweat.

You can come dig mine up. Itís 4 years old and flowers like crazy. Sets some fruit and drops it. I want to replace it with a more productive variety. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tripod Ladder
« on: May 21, 2018, 10:13:24 AM »
I found a 16 ft tripod ladder in stock at House of Ladders in Ft Lauderdale but passed as it was $540. Loweís is carrying a 12 ft 4 legged ladder for around $230.  The same ladder is $30 to $40 more st Home Depot.  I think Iím going to buy the one from Lowes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tripod Ladder
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:28:14 PM »
Does anyone know where is a good place to buy this stay of ladder?  Obviously tall enough to be used in a grove with mature trees. Preferably in the Miami area.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:00:26 PM »
I had high hopes for my Pickering this year.  First year flowering, (year three in ground from 3 gal pot), about 6' x 6'.  In January it sent up pannicles on every branch.  She was loaded for a while. . .and then she started dropping fruit and hasn't stopped.   :(
Still some fruit left and I assume several will remain, but man, what a tease.
My Cogshall had about a 50% bloom this year, starting in late January.  Most fruits are holding on.

I think this is normal behavior for Pickering. Mine is 4 years old and about the same size as yours and set lots of fruit only to drop a lot of it. Iíll end up with 20 to 30 fruits I expect. Not bad for a tree this size. I think itís just dropping the fruit to the point where it can sustain itself without damage. It did this last year also.

It brought much needed rain but we need more. Itís the first measurable rain Iíve had in over a month. And the moisture didnít even penetrate the soil very deep.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too Late for Mango Rebloom?
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:52:58 AM »
My ndm, Kent, and rapoza are all pushing new flowers probably as a result of the cold March. I hope this gives me mangoes into September.

My gold nugget was maddeningly S-L-O-W too, but it's gone nutso fruiting the last two seasons! My Bangkok lemon is also being a challenge, it's in the ground four years and was bought as a fairly large tree. Today it's very large and not a single flower.

Thatís not encouraging. My Bangkok lemon is 2 or 3 years old so I have a few years to go at least.  My amber was a bust but I have a new seedling from a Florida Amber in the ground now. I have several grafted jaks three to for years old that are just putting out male flowers. My only productive Jakarta was a seedling planted about the same time and has about 20 fruit currently. I wonít need to cull any as they only get to around 8 to 10 pounds which is a great size for a Jak in my opinion. Last year it produced around 6 fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Morning Jackfruit tasted
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:41:27 AM »
My 2 year old red morning and Excalibur red blew over in Irma. I staked them upright and they seem to be recovering. The Excalibur red gave a male flower this year but Iím probably a year or two away from getting fruit.

I think Noris Ledesma has been trying to propagate this at Fairchild farm unsuccessfully.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya question
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:31:04 PM »
Squeeze lime on top, a great combo.

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