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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Spraying with Minors and the Rain
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:45:43 PM »
So last night around 6pm after seeing the forecast was 10% chance of rain I went out and mixed up some southern ag spray that contained the minor elements and sprayed the new flushes on my Mango trees and also hit my citrus trees as well.

So yeah, the 10% didn't hold up and we had a good inch of rain which started around 830pm or so.

My question is do i need to respray tonight, or did the 2 hours provide enough drying time for the leaves to soak in the benefits of the spray?

Also - wondering if i'm betting doing a root drench too considering its raining, well, every day as most of you know.



Taking the kids to a soccer game and would love to pick up some goodies.  Is anybody going to be open Sunday afternoon between 1pm-2pm?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Soursop Seeds Free
« on: March 18, 2018, 05:39:45 PM »
I'll even pay the postage if anybody wants them that can't get em.  I have about 50 of them.  PM me your address and I'll drop them in the mail on Tuesday.

Citrus General Discussion / Lot less leaf miners this year
« on: March 04, 2018, 04:43:03 PM »
While I haven't had any flushes yet on my Meyer Lemon, my cocktail tree (Honeybell Tangelo, Ruby Red Grapefruit and Navel Orange) and my Key Lime have put on beautiful flushes of growth and the leaves just look amazing.

While I took a hit from that cold snap, I'm pretty sure its responsible for killing off the critters that did a lot of damage to my leaves last year.

Citrus General Discussion / Meyer Lemon leaf drop
« on: March 04, 2018, 04:40:59 PM »
So, my Meyer Lemon lost all but 1 of its leaves in the lovely cold snap we had a few weeks ago but it hasn't started flushing any new growth yet.

I pruned the tree to shape it a bit, and the branches are still a nice green color, but I'm getting worried as my Key Lime that dropped 100% of its leaves has flushed and filled in its canopy wonderfully.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cutting panicle on young mango trees
« on: March 04, 2018, 04:33:14 PM »
So, my 3 year old grafted "la nina" (P.R. variety of size XXL Mangos) has flowered profusely and I now have numerous BB size fruit on those panicles.  As I've read its way too early to let any of the fruit stay, so I'm going to trim the panicles back.

Should I break off / cut off the extension of the panicle (the individual branch that held the flowers and now holds the bb's) where it hits the main branch, or should I just cut the entire length of the panicle off?

On a bright note, the weight of the flowers has taken the tree from a rather upright tree and spread the canopy out crazy wide.  Its now about 7 feet wide where it had been about 2 feet wide before.  I'm thinking of adding some weight to the branches to keep the canopy wide open like it is now for the future growth - any thoughts on that?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jackfruit at whole foods
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:19:18 PM »
So while hitting up our local whole foods found this baby.  31.5lbs or there abouts.

Ive never tried jackfruit so this would be an expensive mistake.

Is the price at 2.49lb good and is this one worth getting or should i take a pass.



So, after pricing out 1 gallon, 2 gallon and 5 gallon pots at Home Depot, there's no way I'm going to buy my pots there as the price is ridiculous. 

What's the best deal you've found on getting these, and should I be looking more to purchase fabric ones.  Mainly for being used for starting Mango and Avocados.

Also, while I"m thinking about it, what's everybody thoughts on the best place to get 30/40/50 gallon pots as well.  A few of the mango's that I started 2 years ago are due to be transplanted from the 10 gallon ones their in now.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cleanup after the freeze in Orlando area
« on: January 09, 2018, 05:51:50 PM »
Ok, so I got hammered like most of us, and the blankets and protection I tried using didn't work for the tropicals I had in the ground.

No big loss since most of my plants were from seed and experimental at best, but now what do I do with my bananas, papayas and seedling mangos?

One of my bananas was about 5ft tall, the rest were about 3ft tall.  Do I remove the dead leaves, chop down the stalk or just let it be to provide protection, though it would be limited, to any pups that start coming out, or will the 5ft plant start to push new growth out?

As for the papaya, do I strip off the dead leaves and keep the main stalk in hopes of it coming back?  I had about 8 papayas that were about 2 feet tall and just starting to flower.

The mangos that I lost were all about 1.5 years old and less than 2ft tall (mainly altaufo).  They were small but bushy and leafy.  Do I just leave them in the grounds in hope they'll pop back up or just dig em out.

Lastly I had 3 seedling grapefruit.  1 looks to be completely fried but the other 2 only lost the new growth flush.  I assume I trim that back and those should bounce back, or is there something else.

One more - since its been so dry out lately, should I water now that we're back into the '70s or try to keep them in a bit of a hibernated state in fear of another frost/freeze happening.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical Seedlings and the upcoming cold wave
« on: December 07, 2017, 11:01:40 AM »
So, I started the following seedlings this fall:

6x Cats Eye Longan
4x Loquats
3x Rambutan
2x Atemoya
3x Cherimoya
2x Hass Avocado

Central Florida is expecting our first true cold wave this weekend and it's expected to hit a low of 37.

All are in containers except for one of the avocado's, so it'll be easy for me to bring them inside, but I'm wondering if I should leave any of them outside to help "harden them off", as I expect I'll be putting most of them in the ground around April of next year.



Tropical Fruit Discussion / How much sun for Longan seedlings
« on: September 01, 2017, 06:26:50 PM »
So, the first of my longan seedlings have sprouted and are up around 3 inches out of the soil.

I sprouted them on my patio / bird cage area but want to figure out if i need to leave them there and grow them out or if they should be put in the sun right away.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best way to germinate Atemoya seeds?
« on: August 11, 2017, 07:19:11 PM »
So our local fruit market had some Atemoyas for sale a few days ago and I purchased one.

Delicious and very, very custard like.

I've ended up with about 10 seeds and want to germinate them.

What's the best way?  Damp paper towel, directly into soil, or something else.

Thanks folks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Leaves Yellowing (inside of leaf)
« on: July 16, 2017, 03:17:48 PM »
So, three of my mango seedlings (no-name, store bought mangos - no idea what pedigree they carry), about 9 months old and they've been in the ground for about 45 days now.  Some of the top leaves have started to turn yellow in the center.  See attached pics.

Any idea what mineral deficiency this is or are there other problems here?

No real fertilizer applied yet - just a little bit of home depot citrus fertilizer when they were first transplanted.

Watered every third day if it didn't rain, but most of the time its rained at least once every three days so I haven't watered much.

No organic material added to the ground around them other than the dirt when they were transplanted with.  The general soil around them is a "builders sand".

These 3 haven't flushed since I transplanted them.  The other mango's that I have in pots have each flushed twice during this time, and the mangos i put in the ground at the same time have each flushed once in that time.

The leaves on the middle plant are a bit "brittle" and seem a bit drier than the other leaves.

Any ideas what to do here?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Smallest Mango Seed Ever
« on: July 09, 2017, 06:54:38 PM »
So, I got a few Ataulfo Mango (or as my bodega calls them Alatufo) yesterday and cut this for breakfast.

Both real nice taste and good quality, but when I freed the seed from the husks, I was greeted with quite the surprise - certainly the smallest Mango Seed I've ever seen (and of course, penny for size comparison).

I don't know if that seed wasn't fertilized or what, but heck, whats the cost of a wet paper towel.  I was just going to throw it into the compost pile but heck, I'll try to get it to sprout and see what I have - if anything.

Mother nature at its best.

So, the last few weeks I haven't had to water anything in the garden thanks to mother nature taking care of it, and the rains came at a great time as I had just put all my seedlings that I had started last year into the ground from pots.

Most of the plants had a heck of a flush the last 2 weeks and put on some real nice growth, but the last 2 days we've had upper 90's and no rain at all - decent amount of sun too.

Anywho, my questions is the need for watering the seedlings now.  They're in very sandy, well drained ground.  If i put my finger into the sand down 2.5 to 3 inches it's pretty much dry.  Since they're seedlings that have only been in the ground a few weeks should I be watering them every day while we're getting 95+ temps because the soil drains so well, or should I wait a few days in between, even if it causes a bit of stress to the plants, to make those roots grow more in search of water.

I was watering them every 3 to 5 days since I put them in pots last summer (most were in 3 gallon pots) based on the feel of the soil, but the soil in the pots held the water better than the sandy mix their in now.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mamey Sapote Seedling Help
« on: May 25, 2017, 03:24:38 PM »
So, my Mamey Sapote seedling has pushed a few leaves, but they're turning a bit brown and look a bit rough.

I had the seedling in full sun, but I also had it near some medium size tomato plants that went through a lot of water, so I was watering them a lot and splashed a good amount of water onto the seedling.

Sooo, I moved the seedling to an 85% shade area - but I'm wondering if I'm better off leaving it in full sun and pulling back on watering schedule (and making sure the leaves don't get wet every day), or what I should do here.  First time trying to grow one so I'm pretty clue-less.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Mango Seeds in Bulk
« on: March 29, 2017, 10:08:39 PM »
Wondering if anybody knows where I can get mango seeds in bulk - figuring at least 100 of them.

Other than eating 100 mangos, i'm wondering if the folks that sell the fruit end up harvesting the seeds from the fruit that can't be sold for one reason or another and if they make those seeds available.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bugs on Mango's
« on: March 21, 2017, 05:26:37 PM »
Over the last few days I've discovered what I think are Mealy Bugs on my Mango seedlings.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as to how to handle.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sugar Cookie Mango
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:29:09 AM »
In mid June last year I had a chance to drive through Okeechobee area and bought a bunch of mangos at some roadside stands, and one of the varieties I was told I got was a "Sugar Cookie" variety.  The woman claimed the tree was over 70 years old and was planted by her grandfather (and she was well over 60 years old herself) and still very productive.  She did say something about how she treated the mangos with some sort of home remedy to stop them from getting spots, which I now take is probably anthracnose after getting educated on the forum here.

Being the mango newbie, I never thought to take pictures of the fruit or get more info, but these were by far and away the sweetest mango's I've ever had.  Coloration of a Van Dyke, but shape of a Bailey's Marvel, as the kin was a right/yellow with very little green and they were small and almost circular in nature rather than oval.  Very little fibre in the mango and a bright orange color for the fruit.

I was able to germinate two of the seeds, and from what I can tell, they're polyembryonic.  Heck, before reading on the forum here I had no idea there was even a difference.

Anyway, I've tried googling that variety name but nothing comes up other than recipe's or cookies.

Does anybody have any info - or, as I'm guessing, the tree is probably from a seedling that's been in her family for years and if the tree was truly that old it parent stock was probably a turpentine?



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