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« Reply #1350 on: March 11, 2017, 05:48:50 PM »
Hi ,
I was apart of this group years ago and have a little more time on my hands to get back into some gardening. I live in sunny south Florida and love it most of the time and when I can't take the heat any longer I run to my small farm property in upstate NY.   :D Looking forward to gleaning from the volumes of info on this forum.
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« Reply #1351 on: March 15, 2017, 03:25:32 AM »
Hello everyone! :)

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« Reply #1352 on: March 16, 2017, 02:15:19 PM »
Hello,

I am Brazilian and I live in Rio Branco in the State of Acre, Brazil, Amazon Biome, I want to learn with new friends and share exotic seeds from my region!

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« Reply #1353 on: March 18, 2017, 02:09:37 PM »
Hi,

My name is Cory and I have always loved gardening and fruits. I earned a degree in Fruit Horticulture from Michigan State University, then learned about tropical fruit during an internship at ECHO in Florida. That led to a mission in the Santarem area of Brazil, for 21 months and I planted fruit trees at a remote jungle camp they had as a training school and working farm, with the goal of making it more self supporting. (I was dissapointed with how few jungle fruits there were in the Manaus and Belem markets after being to the Santarem market many times!)

I married a medical Dr. who had lived in Haiti for two years as a child and we started work in Haiti with the Wesleyan Mission in Anse-a-Galets, island of LaGonave. After 9 years we were invited to thier north Haiti campus. So after the years of killing many tropical fruits on the dry, salty island, (enjoyed the productive canistel, papaya, sapodilla, and moringa), it was exciting to move to an area with good soil and plenty of well distributed rainfall. Time to find and grow the Amazon fruits that Brazilians loved and most Haitians never heard of. I have about 6 or 8 acres of tree-gardens & yards on the mission campus and nearby planted to introduced fruit trees. Close to 3 acres are peach palm, some spineless. (Will post soon on the Edible Palms thread.) The campus is about 12 acres total and has a school, church and hospital plus 3 acres nearby that I purchased and planted 2 years ago.

After 10 years here, this summer we plan to start work at a new Wesleyan property, 30 acres of tree-less garden, brush, and pasture, at 4,400 feet elevation. Time to put the old Michigan studies and experience with apples, peaches and strawberries, etc. to work. The area grows good corn, beans and cattle but many of the children have protein malnutrition (probably landless families or because they sell the beans and cattle and just eat corn? Big need for nutrition education and/or higher value crops). I plan to keep my current 3 employees in charge of the nursery here so it should continue to produce fruit trees for this area. We will also see which species do well at higher altitude. I like planting and sharing fruit as much as eating fruit or trying new fruit so I am looking forward to the move even though many of the trees here are just coming into production.

We have productive carambola, canistel, malay apple, thornless jujube, thornless and regular peach palm, cupuasu, jackfruit, black sapote, sapodilla, biriba, breadfruit (local and Ma’afala) avocado, barbados cherry and miracle fruit. Not so productive or just starting include acai, loquat, dragon fruit, fig, okari nut, atemoya and macadamia. Many more types should fruit soon.

Mango - The climate here is wet enough that only the blanc mangos set fruit every year. There are several strains of fil blanc/manga blanca, all stringy, and they set fruit 2-5 times per year, at lest two or 3 branch-bending heavy crops each year. Some are in the markets almost all year. I have some crosses with local and Florida varieties that I look forward to fruiting, will save details for a mango discussion.

The new fruits are spreading in this area and to other parts of Haiti. I hope more tree and perennial gardening will be done in the highly erodible mountains. Erosion from annual and root crops takes a heavy toll on the environment, especiallly on the hills around this valley with over 100 inches of average rainfall per year.

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« Reply #1354 on: March 25, 2017, 01:09:05 PM »
Howdy from Southeast Texas.  I am northwest of Houston in Pinehurst, TX.  USDA zone 8b/9a depending on the year.  This year was 8b as we had a record breaking freeze of 19 degrees for over 20 hours.  We usually will only dip into the mid to high 20s for a couple of hours and only once or twice a year usually.  My wife lost her japanese lemon due to this but her improved Meyer is coming back above the graft. 

We have just started gardening the past couple years and just this month have gotten into tropical fruit trees.  I used to live in Key West, FL and my grandparents are from Miami so we grew mango and the like.

I have just purchased an Alphonso mango tree, 2 lychees, guava, Aravaipa avocado, and a loquat.  I'd like to get an ice cream bean as well.  We also have other fruit trees more native to our climate, such as apples, orange, satsuma, lemon, pomegranate, blueberry, blackberry.  I will be putting in a banana circle and a papaya circle this year as well. 

I am currently enrolled in Geoff Lawton's permaculture design course and follow the VeganAthlete with Shamus O'Leary  on youtube in their tropical fruit quest.  Just thought I'd say hi and introduce myself as I'm sure this board will serve me well in the future. I hope to eventually become a designer, consultant and installer of edible landscaping and tropical fruit production in my area as a full time income.

Thanks.  Talk with y'all soon!

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« Reply #1355 on: March 26, 2017, 02:26:37 PM »
hi im renato from portugal im looking for seeds of tropical plants that can be hardy enought for my 9b /10a area. im just starting im a kind of newbie to this.

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« Reply #1356 on: March 26, 2017, 02:34:41 PM »
hi im renato from portugal im looking for seeds of tropical plants that can be hardy enought for my 9b /10a area. im just starting im a kind of newbie to this.
Hi! That's good to see more Portuguese people here. Congratulations!  ;)

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« Reply #1357 on: March 30, 2017, 07:55:13 PM »
Hi Everyone,
Retired Science teacher now an organic farmer. Small farm in Valley Center 9b inland unincorporated San Diego county.  Trying to develop a business that will feed others and support ourselves as we age.   Love to work with the soil and watch the changes all around, really thrilling to find a hawk, snake or a coyote.  Just found this forum and really excited! I learn so much from other kind and dedicated people sharing what they love. I wish I would have seen this 5 years ago when I started growing dragon fruit, I'm sure I would have missed a lot of errors made because I did not know better, but I learned a lot that way too. Thanks to those who set the forum up, its the best way to keep learning, seeing what others are doing and trying new things.  Look forward to reading through all of the posts.

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« Reply #1358 on: March 30, 2017, 09:09:53 PM »
Hi Everyone, I have been a member of this great forum for years now but just lurk around gathering information about the trees i grow. I just got myself a lil piece of property in Polk County Central FL last year and have planted over 100 trees ,shrubs and fruiting vines, mostly mangoes. I have just had a terror fighting powdery mildew and it seems i kinda lost this season.Somehow i know its because i have never asked for advice personally when i have needed it from you forum guys  like i know i should . I believe i may become a fairly active member this year. I sincerely hope to .
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« Reply #1359 on: April 06, 2017, 01:43:16 AM »
Hello, was really happy to find this forum and planning to stay here for a loooong time 😜
My husband and I just got an urban half-acre lot that we're planning to transform into a beautiful garden some time soon. My husband is more into trees as he grew up in the subtropics very similar to South Florida, enjoyed climbing trees and eating fruit off the branch so that's what he wants to do again lol and I am more into groundcovers, weird vegetables and flowers, medicinals and Asian plants, succulents and ferns, some palms and all kinds of creepers (sorry vines!). So we make a perfect gardening couple 🤓
We both like carefree perennial edible gardening and it's been our objective for this lot. We're researching about tropical gardening almost every day and have already quite a collection of the tropicals we like to eat, plus a mamey sapote (neither of us has tried it before lol but our neighbor gifted us a mature tree, how could we say no to a tropical fruit tree??)
My grandfather was a true Master Gardener (though untitled) and grew grapes in Siberia - this is the ultimate of gardening in my book... plus he created several of his own fruit varieties and did extensive grafting and bee keeping. I didn't learn as much from him as I should have...
I started exchanging seeds and plants on Dave's Garden and made some really good friends there. I'm also part of several FB seed and plant trading groups. The problem of both DG and those groups is that most of the participants aren't anywhere close to the subtropics... I always have something to trade and would love to trade with compatible climates because i don't grow annuals. I just hate to see plants die (even though it's the circle of life, blah blah - i know, i still don't like annuals!)
If I grow from seed I always have extra seedlings, and trade them for other plants or gift to friends. I also support a local free gardening class - if you're in Miami area and interested you can find it on Meetup as Miami Gardening Class.
We are also starting a rainwater collection Lotus Pond that has been our wet dream (no pun intended) for several years now. Have put a lot of effort, sweat and blood into it (mmm maybe not so much blood, just a couple cuts 🙄...) and are waiting for the rains to finally fill it up. Wish us luck!
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« Reply #1360 on: April 07, 2017, 09:43:24 PM »
Another Central Floridian here, specifically Polk County- seems there are a few of us new to the forum. Came here for the excellent dragonfruit discussion, but I enjoy seeing all the others too.

I have 7 different dragonfruit cuttings I'm currently rooting and hoping for to establish into plants:
Makisupa
Delight
Bien Hoa Red
Valdivia Roja
Orejona
Physical graffiti
And an unknown red I got from Hawkins Corner nursery (AMAZING guy that Mr Skinner)

In addition I have several unknown (forgotten!) fruit trees:
Pear
Honeybell/Tangelo
Mexican (small) Avocado
Large Avocado

AND a square foot garden. You'll see me at their official forum from time to time as well.

Looking forward to seeing the discussion here. Cheers and God bless!

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« Reply #1361 on: April 07, 2017, 09:46:33 PM »
Hi Everyone, I have been a member of this great forum for years now but just lurk around gathering information about the trees i grow. I just got myself a lil piece of property in Polk County Central FL last year and have planted over 100 trees ,shrubs and fruiting vines, mostly mangoes. I have just had a terror fighting powdery mildew and it seems i kinda lost this season.Somehow i know its because i have never asked for advice personally when i have needed it from you forum guys  like i know i should . I believe i may become a fairly active member this year. I sincerely hope to .

Great to have Polk county neighbors on the forum. Mangos are amazing, perfect for Florida and a favorite of myself and all my Hispanic relatives!

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« Reply #1362 on: April 09, 2017, 03:19:56 AM »
Hi Everyone, I have been a member of this great forum for years now but just lurk around gathering information about the trees i grow. I just got myself a lil piece of property in Polk County Central FL last year and have planted over 100 trees ,shrubs and fruiting vines, mostly mangoes. I have just had a terror fighting powdery mildew and it seems i kinda lost this season.Somehow i know its because i have never asked for advice personally when i have needed it from you forum guys  like i know i should . I believe i may become a fairly active member this year. I sincerely hope to .

Great to have Polk county neighbors on the forum. Mangos are amazing, perfect for Florida and a favorite of myself and all my Hispanic relatives!
AMEN TO THAT!!!  I have several dragonfruit too but i have yet to get them in the ground and posted on wood. I am on the edge of winterhaven by lakeland and auberndale, hot high and dry here. the soil sucks lol

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« Reply #1363 on: April 09, 2017, 06:27:32 AM »
Hi Everyone, I have been a member of this great forum for years now but just lurk around gathering information about the trees i grow. I just got myself a lil piece of property in Polk County Central FL last year and have planted over 100 trees ,shrubs and fruiting vines, mostly mangoes. I have just had a terror fighting powdery mildew and it seems i kinda lost this season.Somehow i know its because i have never asked for advice personally when i have needed it from you forum guys  like i know i should . I believe i may become a fairly active member this year. I sincerely hope to .

Great to have Polk county neighbors on the forum. Mangos are amazing, perfect for Florida and a favorite of myself and all my Hispanic relatives!
AMEN TO THAT!!!  I have several dragonfruit too but i have yet to get them in the ground and posted on wood. I am on the edge of winterhaven by lakeland and auberndale, hot high and dry here. the soil sucks lol

Nice! Yeah central FL soil isn't that great however it is apparently almost ideal for dragonfruit as it is usually sandy and they like a well draining soil like that. Just have to add in compost/organic matter and maybe some perlite. Dry too is usually not an issue as long as you supplement with occasional watering, it's the crazy daily rains in summer we get that can be killer to blooms/fruit production . Have to once again make sure to let them drain really well. I'm thinking of putting a 4x4 PT post through a partially buried pot so I can control both soil and drainage, but I'm still wary of the rainy season.

How big is your property that you planted like 100 trees/plants?!

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« Reply #1364 on: April 10, 2017, 10:29:55 AM »
I stumbled accidentally onto this site and found that it is worthwhile to dicuss and talk shop about fruit trees ... since I an a beginner at gardening in my spare time now that I am retired.  LOL  Looking forwards to chatting and meeting with local and knowledgeable people.

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« Reply #1365 on: April 13, 2017, 12:18:13 AM »
Hello my name is Amy, I've been interested in growing tropical plants for a couple of years now, don't know why I waited until now to join the forum. I hope to get know y'all and get some good advice along the way! Btw if there's anyone here from Corpus Christi, Tx I'd love to pick your brain about growing experiences specific to the city. Despite being zone 9b I haven't found anyone here trying to grow anything crazier than an orange  ;) Anyways, I'm happy to meet all of you fellow fruit nerds out there! :D

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« Reply #1366 on: April 21, 2017, 10:47:26 AM »
Hi Everyone, I have been a member of this great forum for years now but just lurk around gathering information about the trees i grow. I just got myself a lil piece of property in Polk County Central FL last year and have planted over 100 trees ,shrubs and fruiting vines, mostly mangoes. I have just had a terror fighting powdery mildew and it seems i kinda lost this season.Somehow i know its because i have never asked for advice personally when i have needed it from you forum guys  like i know i should . I believe i may become a fairly active member this year. I sincerely hope to .

Great to have Polk county neighbors on the forum. Mangos are amazing, perfect for Florida and a favorite of myself and all my Hispanic relatives!
AMEN TO THAT!!!  I have several dragonfruit too but i have yet to get them in the ground and posted on wood. I am on the edge of winterhaven by lakeland and auberndale, hot high and dry here. the soil sucks lol

Nice! Yeah central FL soil isn't that great however it is apparently almost ideal for dragonfruit as it is usually sandy and they like a well draining soil like that. Just have to add in compost/organic matter and maybe some perlite. Dry too is usually not an issue as long as you supplement with occasional watering, it's the crazy daily rains in summer we get that can be killer to blooms/fruit production . Have to once again make sure to let them drain really well. I'm thinking of putting a 4x4 PT post through a partially buried pot so I can control both soil and drainage, but I'm still wary of the rainy season.

How big is your property that you planted like 100 trees/plants?!
Im on just over an acre, its like a desert here , high and dry and hard sugar sand. zero organic matter overan by bermuda grass and fireants

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« Reply #1367 on: April 21, 2017, 02:58:03 PM »
Hi Everyone, I have been a member of this great forum for years now but just lurk around gathering information about the trees i grow. I just got myself a lil piece of property in Polk County Central FL last year and have planted over 100 trees ,shrubs and fruiting vines, mostly mangoes. I have just had a terror fighting powdery mildew and it seems i kinda lost this season.Somehow i know its because i have never asked for advice personally when i have needed it from you forum guys  like i know i should . I believe i may become a fairly active member this year. I sincerely hope to .

Great to have Polk county neighbors on the forum. Mangos are amazing, perfect for Florida and a favorite of myself and all my Hispanic relatives!
AMEN TO THAT!!!  I have several dragonfruit too but i have yet to get them in the ground and posted on wood. I am on the edge of winterhaven by lakeland and auberndale, hot high and dry here. the soil sucks lol

Nice! Yeah central FL soil isn't that great however it is apparently almost ideal for dragonfruit as it is usually sandy and they like a well draining soil like that. Just have to add in compost/organic matter and maybe some perlite. Dry too is usually not an issue as long as you supplement with occasional watering, it's the crazy daily rains in summer we get that can be killer to blooms/fruit production . Have to once again make sure to let them drain really well. I'm thinking of putting a 4x4 PT post through a partially buried pot so I can control both soil and drainage, but I'm still wary of the rainy season.

How big is your property that you planted like 100 trees/plants?!
Im on just over an acre, its like a desert here , high and dry and hard sugar sand. zero organic matter overan by bermuda grass and fireants

I hate the fireants. Just ordered some diatomaceous earth to keep them out of the garden. Luckily they haven't been trouble for the fruit trees yet. Hopefully won't be for the dragons either. Check out BS Farms just off the parkway for compost by the yard, should help your soil out a lot.

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« Reply #1368 on: April 21, 2017, 09:08:24 PM »
Hi,

I am Joanna Welcome-Martinez and I live in the Cayman Islands.

I grow quite a bit of tropical plants and I am looking to expand my collection and to grow my knowledge.

Joanna
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« Reply #1369 on: April 22, 2017, 04:46:42 PM »
Hi Gang!  Name is Rob.  Live in Auburndale, FL.  About half way between Tampa and Orlando just south of interstate 4.  I have a Haas Avocado plant that is about 4.5' tall, started from seed of Avocado, started in a cup of water, with toothpicks for support.  I'm sure we've all seen that done with regular avocado's.
I transplanted the "plant" about 6 months ago now, and have a tree started that is about 4.5' tall.  NEW growth all over.  I'm totally new to this, but wonder what fertilizer I should be using in Florida's SANDY soil.  I have what is called "sugar sand".   OPEN for any suggestion.
Are you all interested in seeing pictures of the plant?  It appears healthy. 
So far, so good.
Have a GREAT day!
God Bless!
Rob

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« Reply #1370 on: April 27, 2017, 07:00:39 PM »
Hello, my name is Lucia.

I am a lover of fruit trees and I have a small collection, I intend to exchange experiences and new seeds and plants with you, the site was indicated to me by a collector of Minas Gerais who gave me the link and I was optimum the level of the posts.

Thank you Lucia

 

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