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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inches of Rain today Fl
« on: May 26, 2020, 10:42:08 PM »
The ground was so dry canals here were running completely dry, the first I've seen this in many years. I took this pic of a canal 200 yards or so from my house a few days before the rain came.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Papaya (again)
« on: May 21, 2020, 05:42:19 PM »
I have been going to a local indoor farmer's market in the last several weeks more to support them through the mall closure than  to get anything I REALLY needed. So a couple of days after going there on a return visit  I spied a Red Lady papaya with 85%+ coloration.

I cut it today and it was WONDERFUL. No puke smell or rancid taste.

It is the best I have had in years. Since I was there a couple of days earlier and there were no papaya on myearlier visit I have to believe that this one got picked in a more than typical ripe stage.

I planted every seed and will have some GR8 seedlings to share soon.

Anyone else have luck with papaya this season?



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Taproot
« on: April 27, 2020, 02:28:14 PM »
Does this work on other tropical fruit trees with taproots, such as cherimoya?

My Julie seedling had the taproot broken off by the PO when they yanked the pot out of the ground it's grown beautifully. The only other tree I have without a taproot is my lemon drop mangosteen and it too has not suffered at all.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Beverly budwood
« on: April 12, 2020, 10:11:53 PM »
PS, I'm also amenable to watershoot grafts with scions.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Beverly budwood
« on: April 12, 2020, 09:17:28 PM »
I decapitated my Lancetilla a couple of weeks ago as it's been in ground 5 years, grew like a weed but has only produced one mango which never matured. My other 5 mango trees have had great crops.

I am looking for budwood  from a late season cultivar like Beverly. Does anyone have a Beverly they can sell budwood from?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Desinfecting spray on fruit tree's
« on: April 10, 2020, 09:15:13 AM »
Sounds like mosquito fogging to me. Here in Florida, some cities used: "mosquito larvicide, VectoBac WDG" which they claim is not harmful to bees, people, fruit etc.


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It all depends...

If it fruited precociously and had a long season, I'd go for Jaboticaba. As it is Jabo do not fit that. Now if I could have three mango trees early, mid and late season I'd have only mango.  If only ONE stump were a valid pick, then Sapodilla.

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On my makok my indicators are, Press into to break the skin lightly with my thumbnail if it bleeds a bit of latex, it's not ready. Also if a light squeeze yields a bit I pluck it. I've also just shake the tree and eat those that fall, but these are usually a bit over ripe but they are too high to test without a ladder.

The fingernail scratch doesn't do well for me. They go from green to yellow and still bleed latex and are still astringent and not edible.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia looking sick
« on: April 07, 2020, 11:19:08 PM »
My Rollinia was just put in the ground the first week of February. It was mostly denuded of leaves, and has flushed out nicely but, some leaves are showing the same issue. Right now I'm not concerned and will wait and see since others are having similar issues.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Atemoya for South Fl ?
« on: April 07, 2020, 11:12:28 PM »
I have a Geffner, it has no issues with scale like my sugar apples and soursop do, and it is a regular producer.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Acerola in So. Flo.
« on: April 06, 2020, 11:34:33 AM »
A friend wants a shrub line of acerola and I have no idea where he can get them, does anyone have a source in the southeast?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocoplums
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:39:37 PM »
Cooking with brown sugar? That reminds me of living in the mountains where locals would cook deer with other things to kill the flavor. In this case add some flavor :-)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question on cocoplums
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:37:34 PM »
"Cocoplum" I've owned and seen in So. Flo has new growth flush that is unmistakably red, the approximately one to 1 1/2 inch fruits are dark purple. The seed is large, the flesh (what little there is of it) is white, sweet, and tasteless.

Other than to draw pollinators or hide an air conditioner from militant city code inspectors... IMO what we have here is a waste of time and energy to grow.




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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: googootz in So. Flo
« on: March 27, 2020, 10:51:52 PM »
Well, my googootz are doing fine. My GF is from Sicily and she showed me that the longer stemmed flowers are male, the stems half to 1/3  the length of the males are females and bear fruit. Mine has maybe a dozen on it now. Next year I'll put in a Japanese style trellis to grow them on.


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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: covid 19 and herbs ect
« on: March 27, 2020, 10:42:03 PM »
Yes i agree time to dose up! They keep reporting deaths of younger individuals with no prior health conditions while at the same time reports of old frail folks coming through just fine, It would be interesting to know the diets of these people and also there amount of daily exercise.
I know the focus first is to identify drugs to sell and treat condition.

They should spend more time and money on people who don't get sick, or on those who get sick and recover rapidly.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chronological yards
« on: March 18, 2020, 12:53:46 PM »
Thanks all, I'm going to hang tough for a couple of years an the soursop and mamey now.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chronological yards
« on: March 12, 2020, 12:47:47 PM »
You should be able to get the soursop to fruit with zinc + boron + good irrigation. Caimito may require boron as well. (Based on personal sperience.) Soursop can fruit at around year 3 and caimito around year 3 - 4 with proper care / nutrition.

Mamey could also be lack of boron and / or irrigation (if it flowers and sets tiny fruit but then aborts them).

I haven't tried it (yet), but longan can be coaxed into fruiting with application of bleach.

Thanks Jeff, Irrigation is for sure not the issue, I have a well and use it. The mamey has not flowered but the soursop has, quite a bit. I even tried hand pollination per online vids and nothing so far. The sugar apples I expected to be slow they do not get a lot of sun.

I'll look into Zinc / Boron further  but so far what I've found is pretty expensive ~$100.

I feed my trees with the Excalibur fertilizer but I guess that's insufficient.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Chronological yards
« on: March 11, 2020, 05:59:01 PM »
I've kept a dated record of everything I planted and when it gave me fruit since I moved in and started planting in 2010, does anyone else?

If nothing else these records have given me more realistic expectations for time to fruit AND what may soon get the chop

Year 1-2  Banana, pineapple, papaya
Year 3-4  Muscadine Grapes, lemon and strawberry guava, Julie seedling, Madame Francis and Glenn Mango, purple custard apple, carambola, mulberry
Year 5-6 Jaboticaba (Sabara) South Florida and Winterset persimmon, tropic beauty peach, Pickering mango, sugar apple, Makok sapodilla, lemon drop mangosteen,
             Fairchild #2 canistel
Year 7-8 Sweetheart Lychee, Geffner Atemoya, Bangkok lemon Jak, 

Trees that have not yielded

4 years Longan
5 years Yellow, blue and grimal Jabo, green and purple caimito (flowered no fruit), kampong mauve sugar apple, san pablo custard apple, Lancetilla mango.
6 years soursop
9 years Excalibur mamey, tropic sweet peach, mauritius lychee

Trees I removed or * are on the short list to chop

White sapote -- kept dying back and recovering
Green sapote -- SLOW growth and L-O-N-G time to ripen fruit
Gold nugget jak -- Grew like wildfire started to undermine patio with huge roots. Fruited very well
Zebrina Rojo, and Blue java bananas Zebrina tasted awful, Blue java got way too large
*Excalibur mamey, tropic sweet peach and soursop, Lancetilla ( I may top work it)





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to make lychee bloom
« on: March 11, 2020, 03:47:38 PM »
I Pruned my sweetheart after last season (only branches low enough to prune) and this season not one flower lower than 10 feet, but the top where I did not prune has exploded in flowers.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Bloom 2020
« on: March 03, 2020, 06:52:09 PM »
The sweetheart exploded in blooms, and it attracted bees! I haven't seen a bee in my yard in years.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help me with Jackfruit Flowers
« on: March 03, 2020, 11:49:02 AM »
"can you comment on whether or not its normal to have multiple flowers emerge just adjacent to each other"

My gold nugget (now deceased) had nothing ordinary about its flowering habit. I had fruit some 15'+ in the air all the way down to ground level, and several in clusters. I didn't pay attention to flower sex as it was VERY productive without my helping it. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this a flowering Jaboticaba?
« on: March 03, 2020, 11:44:01 AM »
Mine have tiny pure white flowers, unmistakable. 

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Gary, calling someone you’ve never met a “dickhead” for absolutely no reason other than you misinterpiting their wording by thinking they were sounding “snippy” when they weren’t, seems pretty personal to me, and will get you nowhere...you should have just buckled up, handled it, and kept YOUR thoughts to yourself..YOU started this, now let’s drop it and go back to what really matters on here which is tropical fruit growing. Pretty sure no one on this forum wants to hear you and I go back and forth with this BS. Sorry if I hurt your feelings, time to move on...I hope you have great success in your garden. Peace.

Nope, no hurt feelings but you can't take someone stepping on your parade.

I'll continue to challenge such childish behavior. I dare you to challenge someone like you did in a PM in person, you won't because you thrive on the anonymity and safety of the web. Maybe the real Nate Dogg had some nerve, you don't.

Blah, blah, blah...

Yup once a puss always a puss. In person Dogg

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Gary, calling someone you’ve never met a “dickhead” for absolutely no reason other than you misinterpiting their wording by thinking they were sounding “snippy” when they weren’t, seems pretty personal to me, and will get you nowhere...you should have just buckled up, handled it, and kept YOUR thoughts to yourself..YOU started this, now let’s drop it and go back to what really matters on here which is tropical fruit growing. Pretty sure no one on this forum wants to hear you and I go back and forth with this BS. Sorry if I hurt your feelings, time to move on...I hope you have great success in your garden. Peace.

Nope, no hurt feelings but you can't take someone stepping on your parade.

I'll continue to challenge such childish behavior. I dare you to challenge someone like you did in a PM in person, you won't because you thrive on the anonymity and safety of the web. Maybe the real Nate Dogg had some nerve, you don't. 

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Nate, personal (PM) attacks get you nowhere, and I will continue to read and reply to any thread I see fit. Buck up and handle it.

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