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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What are some flood tolerant trees?
« on: October 27, 2017, 09:12:45 AM »
Mango trees might be somewhat flood tolerant and I'm about to find out.  After 46+ days of "lake watering" caused by Hurricane Irma here, my mango trees are hanging in there.  The Dwarf Hawaiian has bloomed and the Sweet Tart to its right just finished another flush.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Blooms in October in Florida?
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:10:17 PM »
Update after 45+ days of "lake watering" after Hurricane Irma.  The blooming Dwarf Hawaiian mango and Sweet Tart mango (on the right of the Sweet Tart) are still hanging in there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Blooms in October in Florida?
« on: October 15, 2017, 11:10:04 AM »
Since Hurricane Irma blew threw East Central Florida last month, my mango trees have been doing some interesting things.  My Dwarf Hawaiian, for example, has produced lots of blooms now that its roots have been submerged for over 4 weeks, while my Sweet Tart flushed out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Here Comes The Rains Folks !
« on: May 01, 2017, 09:13:22 PM »
Not a drop at my place in Longwood, FL!    >:(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Original Haden Mango Tree
« on: February 28, 2017, 09:37:02 AM »
Very true about Hawaii and Hadens.  In fact, on Maui, the Haden was THE mango to grow and/or buy for as long as I can remember despite the fact that this species has serious problems with anthracnose and other diseases when grown on the wetter side of the islands.  But growing Hadens in say Kihei or Lahaina worked very well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Original Hayden Mango Tree
« on: February 26, 2017, 09:45:05 AM »
My in-laws purchased an old mango grove circa 1970 in Haiku, Maui that dates back to the 1920's. The two main mango varieties on the property are Haden and Pirie.  I used to pick the fruit and sell them as no one has cared for the orchard for some 60+ years as far as I know.

Nevertheless, the surviving trees, as you might expect in the tropics, are simply huge and at times incredibly productive. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are your lychees blooming?
« on: February 26, 2017, 12:04:11 AM »
Lots of blooms and fruit in 2015. Not one bloom in 2016.  :(

But lots of blooms this year on my Brewster, Sweetheart, Emperor, Mauritius, and Bengal lychee trees  :)

I like Fantastic and I peel the skin off.  This is a very fast growing tree and, at least for me here in East Central Florida, a terrific producer.

One of the ways I consume the large amount of avocados I have (besides giving lots of them away to people AND squirrels) is to use them in green salads and in avocado sandwiches (whole wheat or multi-grain bread toasted with cut up avocado and dark brown sugar).  Of course my avocados are used in many Tex-mex and Latin dishes as well.

Since I have so many different kinds avocados with different maturity times, I usually have this fruit from May/June to November/December.  That's lots of avocado eating!  :)

I have a Brazos Belle which I like.  I also have Joey (a graft of mine made before the parent I bought died), Fantastic, Day (grafts of mine), Mexicola, Bacon, Winter Mexican (a graft of mine still too little to fruit yet), Lila (I killed it due to excess nitrogen), and a Brogdon (just planted though I had 3 of them years ago).

I hope to finally have a Joey to eat this year. People's tastes differ, sometimes a lot one really should try various kinds if possible.

Moreover, what one can grow is quite dependent on where one lives, and the whims of mother nature.  A mild winter is being enjoyed in my area of the country so far, but it's been 18 degrees F in 1989. As a result, I grow cold-hardy and very-cold-hardy avocado varieties in my yard just in case mother nature changes her mind.

For example, in 2015 it got to 24-25 degrees F a couple of times during the winter (I use remote thermometers to monitor outside temps during the winter).  Most of the blossoms on the Mexicola and Day avocado trees were destroyed except for the blossoms located inside or near the center of these particular trees.  But the blossoms on the Lila and Fantastic were unaffected - note that all of these trees are all located very near each other in an open area on the north side of my home.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: February 24, 2017, 02:48:08 PM »
I made this dragon fruit trellis last October for my Yellow Dragon, American Beauty, and Halley's Comet cacti.

The last picture of "the other little guy that looks like a bag of dead leaves" are bagworms I believe.  They can be quite destructive. Over the last few years I found them eating my lychee and avocado leaves.  Some species are quite large in fact.

I either squash them or create a non-toxic-to-humans-almost homemade spray if I see too many of them.

Recipes / Re: Lemongrass Iced Tea
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:59:52 PM »
I like my lemongrass tea hot and cold.  I fill a ceramic tea pot full of fresh green lemongrass leaves plus a piece of fresh ginger root.  I pour hot water over both and let sit for 10 minutes or so.  I'll then have a mug it hot.  The rest is cooled and later refrigerated for future hot and/or cold enjoyment.

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