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I agree Jabo-45, Robert is Here, he has a wide variety of local grown, Milkshakes are pretty good and it is somewhat on the way to the keys.

Search Grimal Grove in the Big Pine Key, never got down there but it interests me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Productive Jackfruit Varieties
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:38:06 PM »
stay away from Fairchild First, very soft nuggets if not snotty, I have
 picked them at different ripeness. Dehydrated-not so bad.

Just to let everybody on here know, Mike Bender, of Bender's Tropical Grove passed away this week. Bought many trees from Mike, He could always locate what I was looking for. RIP

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango ID...
« on: May 20, 2020, 12:01:27 PM »
My Florigon are gelatinous but not that shape, Florigon seed is larger than most. How big is that seed?

I don't know of any variety which is "immune" to MBBS; likely all varieties are affected by it, at least when the fruits' skin is rubbing against another fruit or against a branch.

So I agree with the original poster's wording, that we are looking for "resistant" varieties.

Totally agree with the fruit rubbing aspect from observation, as a test I am taking my heavy fruiting Hatcher (this year) and separating any fruit that rubs against each other or a branch, leaf. Years past I noticed multiple fruits that touched never saw a knife. Who knows maybe when all the fruit count is lower I will get some of those jumbo fruit that grow on the hill.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 lychee crop good or not?
« on: April 17, 2020, 10:00:33 AM »
My Mauritius is holding several hundred, girdled 1/3 of the branches  whipped the trunk with a chain and fertilized with Har's Zero nitrogen. When flowers appeared I started watering the interior heavily every 5 days or so. All fruit are on the North and West sides of the tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Bloom 2020
« on: March 06, 2020, 08:31:05 AM »
:D My 14+ year old mauritius gives me 20 to 40 lychees per year.

The 10 or so year old sweetheart has been a better bloomer (prolly 20% bloom each year), but fruit set and retention is terrible. I've been told that even the slightest drought stress will cause them to abort fruits and / or fail to set. And fruit set happens during the driest part of the year usually.

I'd tear them out, but I like the shade.

Our Mauritius flushed growth. Yawn.

I was told lychees have a lazy root system and to put a sprinkler under the tree and water heavily once a week. This is my first year doing just that. it was also suggested to cut nitrogen as good producers had low nitrogen in the leaves.
A neighbor said fruit trees up North that are poor producers are beat with a chain to an inch of its life, so I did that this year and girdled 30% of the branches after the trunk showed signs of healing, over half of this 15 year old Mauritius tree is flowering.
I did this because only after a hurricane did it produce like it should.

I cut down my only seedling. Val. Pride the only fruit it would hold was above 10'. I am too old for that, plus it was a shy bearer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: February 03, 2020, 08:49:21 PM »
Ice cream is my biggest disappointment, maybe 1% fruit set at this time, loads of dead flowers.

Jani, you stumped the panel.
BTW the trees I acquired from you a few years ago are all flowering. Julie is loaded, looking to load the tree with fruit. I am following your post for answers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: December 16, 2019, 05:00:29 PM »
Most of mine are pushing buds, Alphonso actually has a "fruitlet", lima bean size.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South Florida October weather
« on: November 05, 2019, 10:36:50 PM »
They are passing threats the first cold front will make through the state this weekend.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South Florida October weather
« on: November 01, 2019, 10:19:32 PM »
After a weak fruiting on an established Ugly Betty last year, I saw one cluster of flowers in the upper interior today, not spraying, not expecting much.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 20 year old mango tree removal
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:29:16 PM »
I would also reduce the canopy due to the loss of roots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starfruit won't set fruit
« on: September 27, 2019, 06:54:52 PM »
My Kari is about 10 yrs old and I would consider it a dud. thousands of blooms hardly any take.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fairchild First Jakfruit Review
« on: September 18, 2019, 08:01:42 AM »
I found dehydrated they are quite good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zone 9b space coast Florida peaches?
« on: September 14, 2019, 11:53:49 AM »
Tropic Beauty grows the largest fruit, UF Sun really produces a lot in my location 10B. Fruit Fly devastation is real for both. UF Sun wins because it is earlier and less maggot damage.

coconut creams can snap off at below the graft. (me and a few others)  I am going to thin and stake.

Here is my take on the weak season, the good cold front in Dec. set us up, warm January, then several cool mornings in at 52/58 in Feb and March. I think the Hot Jan. and the cool Feb. and March threw the trees out of sync. I grow orchids as a hobby(north of 400) and always keep an eye the winter temps.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Mangos Are Left (Florida)?
« on: August 17, 2019, 10:47:28 PM »
1 Venus
1 Cotton Candy
1 Honey Kiss

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fairchild First Jakfruit Review
« on: July 28, 2019, 06:48:21 PM »
Picked one today, smelled it 10' away, found the soft one and brought it to work, chilled it and finally had a good one. About 10 percent of the seeds were sprouting. So maybe the later crop might be decent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Mangos Are Left (Florida)?
« on: July 27, 2019, 09:58:44 PM »

cotton candy

honey kiss


sweet tart


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted vanilla orchid cuttings
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:04:22 PM »
As an orchid collector (North of 400) the Vanilla Orchid you want is native the Central East Coast of FL. The Vanilla genus has roughly 100 species and mine in Davie FL. has plenty of flowers and never been pollinated. I do remember seeing something, somewhere that the U. of Florida is working to make a cash crop out of vanilla plantifolia.

I have a few trees not picked on yet. Honey Kiss, Hatcher, Springfel and Venus. Some Cotton Candy, Sweet Tart and Ugly Betty. I also have one elusive Galaxy, my first.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fairchild First Jakfruit Review
« on: June 23, 2019, 11:18:16 PM »
This my second year with this tree fruiting. I will try mature green next. Good flavor but very soft, if not slimy. Hmm, Faux Pulled Pork Jack fruit might be next.
I cant believe that Fairchild Gardens would put their name to this tree with such a disappointing fruit characteristic. Anybody get firm fruit from this tree?

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