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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain deluge does anyone have the tally?
« on: February 17, 2021, 08:55:44 AM »
This is the wettest dry season I recall having. I should have dry sandy walking paths along the edge of my canal to fish from by now and they are several inches under water. Not a good sign for the upcoming mango season. But at least I got my irrigation system fixed :/

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most Disease-Resistant Macadamia?
« on: February 17, 2021, 08:53:24 AM »
I have both macs and avocados, any way to prevent ambrosia beetles from attacking?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus pruning and soil mix options
« on: February 09, 2021, 08:05:09 AM »
So pruning is a go, Ill wait for the next cold front.

Potted soil mix doing some looking around I found this mix 50% mulch, 40% perlite, 10% peat. Mulch consisting of Pine fines(easy to get here) and the other two. Is that a good ratio, only potting a centennial kumquat in a corner of my new garden.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Olives
« on: February 09, 2021, 07:54:28 AM »
I have gotten some off my very young trees here in East Orange county last year. With this heavy chill hour winter we are having I am hoping to have a good deal more and have planted a couple more trees for the future. I think north FL is one of the biggest pecan growing areas outside of GA.

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus pruning and soil mix options
« on: February 08, 2021, 09:02:52 AM »
Citrus are a very scraggly tree especially as they get bigger and leaf miners have their way with them. Is it safe to prune larger trees to get a more ball/vase shape?

Also, whats a good soil mix for a potted citrus tree that will remain potted?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Olives
« on: February 08, 2021, 08:43:14 AM »
Olives do well, but they take forever to start fruiting. Arbequina require more chill hours than we typically get in central Florida. Tunisian olives apparently like 100-150 so I have planted a few of those last year to test. I have 8 year old Koroneki(sp?) and two 8 year old Arbies and while they absolutely take the cold like champs(as in zero damage in the hard 27 degree frost we just had, unprotected) they have not fruited. We had a much colder year this year for chill hours than we have had in a few years so just maybe I will see some fruit. The cold in Florida is not an issue for Olives except maybe at the most north western parts. I would love to see many of the existing citrus groves turned over to olive and pecan groves instead of developments.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Polar vortex heading to FL next week?
« on: February 05, 2021, 04:59:14 PM »
My Mangoes definitely had priority. Sweet tart, lemon zest and cotton candy. The CC was the one where the lights didnt come on but only the top leaves of it looked burnt this morning. I also put a Perfume tree that was doing very well under lights and blankets and it doesnt show any damage. Alot of the flower pannicles on the LZ are damaged even if the leaves are good.

One thing I noticed, why are we not pushing olives in FL? I havent watered or fertilized in months, no protection and they seem perfectly happy with 27 degrees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frozen trees
« on: February 05, 2021, 09:58:13 AM »
@Gone Tropo- Its out once every 5 or 6 year severe winter. I am near Brevard county and have had more frosts this year than I have had in the other 8 years combined I have lived here including 2 hard frosts. Usually you can get by with incandescent Christmas lights.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Polar vortex heading to FL next week?
« on: February 05, 2021, 09:44:03 AM »
Ug I am glad it looks like it is heading elsewhere. I took a fair bit of damage this time when the temp dropped to 27 in my area. Even my covered trees without lights had a lot of damage and one of my lit trees, didn't actually light up thanks to a loose connection in the power cord. My flowering decorative trees took it the hardest though. Hoping my Royal Poinciana, African Sausage, and Jacaranda trees come back from it. At 20+ ft it is too big to cover.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Lychee Season
« on: February 03, 2021, 11:08:30 AM »
I have nothing on my 3 trees. Not even signs of new growth yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Birds
« on: February 03, 2021, 11:02:39 AM »
Birds are worse than squirrels to me. They consistently just peck my loquats and apples, just once. Nothing messes with my citrus though which consist of mostly limes lemons and kumquats. Racoons on the other hand have prevented me from ever getting a pineapple despite my ever growing number of plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An experiment
« on: February 03, 2021, 10:59:34 AM »
Well I will tell you after this current polar issue passes how my completely unprotected 6 year old white sapote comes out.  Its about 5 feet tall so far, but has suffered major caterpillar issues its entire life. Last year I made a concerted effort to remove them and scrape eggs off the bottoms of the leaves and I got some really good growth over the warm months. Hopefully this weather wont knock it out completely.

Maybe I missed it in the video, how often do you fertilize them? Also, when do you prune them to keep them in such nice shapes?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Polar vortex heading to FL next week?
« on: February 03, 2021, 08:49:48 AM »
So far so good. I haven't noticed it being as cold as predicted yet. My thermometer this morning said 40 and there was no moisture on the truck like there normally is. Supposedly tomorrow will be 33ish. I have blankets on all of my expensive mangoes and perfume tree with Christmas lights under them. The lights have been there since November and have protected them from the most frosts I have seen since I have lived here combined including a hard one back in December. Weird to get such cold weather so early. And now we enter the coldest month of the year with a bang. Hopefully all of my trees that care are old enough to withstand it at this point.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / nice tour
« on: January 28, 2021, 11:26:00 AM »
Neat, I think my wife would kill me lol. How bad is theft? What are those neat concrete looking rings?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Do nematodes attack the roots of citrus?
« on: January 25, 2021, 11:58:35 AM »
Lol. my new ones I am planning on will be in individual raised beds so I shouldn't have to worry about that. Wondering how different it will be. Never actually tried raising citrus in pots.

Citrus General Discussion / Do nematodes attack the roots of citrus?
« on: January 25, 2021, 11:21:36 AM »
As the subject says. I have some trees that I have had for 8 years and I barely touch aside from reducing the blooms so all the branches don't hit the ground when they have fruit. Then I have others I have tried over the years than just don't make it no matter what I do. My area has heavy nematode presence and figs for example do not stand a chance in the ground. So it just came to me out of the blue as all of my surviving and producing citrus except one pumelo is on mounds or not on the ground level of natural soil(House is 6" above ground level from imported topsoil.) I am curious if nematodes will attack the roots of citrus?

For reference my current producing and living citrus, all of which are 8+  years old are Key lime, 9 pound lemon, yuzu lemon(non-producing but alive and growing), pumelo, naval orange, pink lemon, Unknown orange(was already 16 feet tall when I moved in). Looking at adding a limequat and a centennial kumquat.

I have had one. It was a nice bushy 6' tall tree. Got hit with frost and low 30s and its now a 2' tall tree after having been in the ground for 5 years or so. IMO it is not cold hardy, maybe a light frost and that's about it. Its on my short list for replacement. I am in 9b for reference.

Nice recipe. Ill have to give that a try if they make it up here and the wife lets me use her pressure cooker. Im thinking some sweet BBQ sauce as well.

As for the nature rebalancing thing, its survival of the fittest. There are many islands across the globe where an invasive species has essentially overrun the islands and wiped out natives. A group of lionfish with no predators in the Atlantic will clear a reef in a matter of months of the small fish that give it life.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cold tolerant question
« on: January 13, 2021, 08:52:13 AM »
Mango is the most cold hardy by far. Most guava are fairly cold intolerant(Lemon being an exception) and sugar apples do not like the cold at all but if they have time to go dormant they will do better.  If your garage is enclosed and attached to the house then you shouldn't have a problem with any of them kept in containers in there. If you are still concerned then put a heat lamp and that should keep the nip off. The problem with all of them is less the cold and more the frost.

This is the coldest winter we have had in recent years. While the temps may not be the lowest we have had, I don't remember having near this many frosts. I looked at a website someone posted on a facebook page which estimated the total chill hours for my area was over 250 at this point. Ihave found the best solution for dealing with frosts is to use incandescent big bulb Christmas lights. Even the hard freeze we had back in early dec/late November really didn't affect my trees with the lights. I simply have them on dusk to dawn timers. Going to have to start monitoring the weather though so my neighbor doesn't start poking fun at me for keeping my lights up this long lol.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most worthwhile subtropical fruits to grow?
« on: December 08, 2020, 08:27:03 AM »
Starfruit might need protection in the coldest of weather.
Jaboticaba might work, Adam certainly has proven it in his cold location(relative to me 10 miles south)
Look at Pecans- there are some that will do well there but you will have to research them. I am doing that now.
Peaches, apples,  and plums of the low chill variaties should be fine for you
Obviously avocados

For weather that wasn't supposed to leave the high 30s, we ended up in the mid 30s. I had frost on my truck when I put the dogs out last night, as dry as it is, I wasn't expecting that. I had brought my most tropical potted trees into the garage along with a few light weights that were iffy. My only preps for the trees left outside though, not expecting anything really rough was some incandescent Christmas lights in my mango and perfume trees. Hopefully that was enough to protect from the frost. The rest of my trees had to rely on ground heat since this was unexpected. 9 times out of 10 the weather overstates how cold it will be.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Have your trees recovered from Irma?
« on: November 18, 2020, 08:54:58 AM »
Got a key lime that got knocked over. I staked it  with come alongs and fence posts. Tried to remove them not too long ago and it turned over again. But it still fruits prolifically. Its been my only fruit tree hurricane injury.

When its finally cool enough to go outside without drinking a liter of water every hour which it still isn't and due to an A-hole move on my neighbors part and putting up an unsightly fence which adds to my projects I have lots to do.

1. Clear saw palmetto patches in three different areas.
2. Bring in a butt load of mulch to put along the unsightly a-hole fence
3. Plant low growing trees along the fence line to try and block the view of it. Thinking bottlebrush, olive, loquats with some smaller bushes and such. if it was a privacy fence I would add blue berry and cool stuff like that but the 4 foot tall fence he is building isn't going to stop or deter deer.
4. Plant warm weather tolerant rhododendrons and azaleas around one of the oaks that currently has palm under it.
5. at least 5 trees need replacing
6. repair the irrigation system
7. Repair and improve the shooting range
8.  up pot many odds and ends

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