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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How were your mangos this year
« on: August 13, 2017, 02:03:57 PM »
You should add your respective comments on Palm Beach County fruit from the tasting.

There are still a lot of mangos that I have not tasted & most of the ones that I tasted in Palm Beach County for the first time were watered down.  For example Lemon Zest & Coconut Cream seemed very watered down even for me ...someone that had never had a properly ripened fruit of either variety.  So much so I still have no idea of their potential flavor.  Fruit Punch & Pina Colada were better but I'm sure that they were no where near perfection.  At least with these two there was enough quality to be able to imagine how the full flavored fruit would taste like.  Before my visit PPK or Peach Cobbler was my favorite mango, but one great flavored Pineapple Pleasure changed all that!  I had one Pineapple Pleasure tree before the trip, but now I have three.  That's how much I liked it!!!!  I also fell in love with two mangos that may be old news to most, but brand new to me.  Dot & Cushman!!!!  I guess the only positive of watered down mangos is that you don't go out & buy a bunch of trees after a tasting.  I ate my last two mangos (Sweet Tart) Friday night....can't Wait till next year!!!!!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How were your mangos this year
« on: August 12, 2017, 11:21:15 PM »
I'm in East Hillsborough County near Tampa.  We had a lot of rain, but I was not that disappointed with taste.  Currently I only have two trees in ground & the rest are in pots.  Since most of my trees are in pots I don't think that the rain affected me as much.

In Ground - PPK - Early & excellent!!   
 Cogshall - First time fruiting but was definitely bland with a bad texture.  Probably should have given it another chance but it is my first top work project.

In Pot - Maha - First time fruiting...excellent!
Peach Cobbler - First time fruiting (one fruit)...excellent!
Sweet Tart - Ugly but excellent!
Pina Colada - First time fruiting...very good.
Pickering - I need to try one from a more experienced grower (maybe I'm picking it at the wrong time) but I was not impressed this year or last year.   Which is sad since it is my biggest producer.  Currently on the top work list.
NDM - First time fruiting...good.

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Thanks for the clarification.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango ID???
« on: July 06, 2017, 01:04:57 PM »
It looks like Pickering.


Lmao...Interesting...Then maybe my Pickering is not really A Pickering.   The fruit off of my tree were much smaller with a more rounded shape   Both of our trees are young & basically in the same size pots.  The yellow mango was my First Pickering this year...maybe (posed beside Cogshall).  All of the other Pickerings were the same size.  Pic taken about a month ago.  This is the second year of production for my tree & the 1st for my friends tree.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango ID???
« on: July 05, 2017, 08:25:05 PM »
Pics of the first mysterious mango (tree tagged Pickering) that ripened.  Any suggestions?






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I'm interested in getting the varieties below.  Scions or Grafted Trees.  Will drive to South FL if needed.
Fairchild Ruby
Super Julie
M4

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango ID???
« on: June 12, 2017, 12:41:47 PM »
Thanks Rob!  Just confusing because those two fruits are huge! 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango ID???
« on: June 11, 2017, 02:16:40 PM »
Never seen a Mallika in person, but here are some pics.  FYI....It's hard to get good shots without moving a bunch of heavy Jack Daniel's barrels/pots.






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango ID???
« on: June 10, 2017, 07:15:23 PM »
Okay.  I will do that tomorrow.  It's crammed in the middle of his other trees, plus it is raining again.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango ID???
« on: June 10, 2017, 06:42:59 PM »
So I have been plantsitting for a friend for about a year now.  One of his trees is suppose to be a Pickering, but looks nothing like any Pickering fruit that I have seen.  Anyone have any idea of what variety this is?





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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Outdoor Nursery Shelving
« on: June 05, 2017, 08:24:42 AM »
Hello
Does anyone know where I can find outdoor shelving like in the picture below?  This picture was taken at Home Depot.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 1St Pickering Mango Harvest !
« on: June 04, 2017, 12:53:57 PM »
I had been disappointed with the taste of Pickering for the last two years.  They have been bland with a lil sweet & a small hint of coconut taste, but mostly tasted watered down.  They all either fell naturally or dropped in my hand with the slightest touch.  I  went out of town for a few days & when I returned there were two that had fallen.  One was pretty much mush & I threw it out.  The other seemed overripe but I tried it anyway & it was the best Pickering to date.  It actually had flavor.  It had went beyond yellow in color.  Just yesterday I tried another fresh off the tree....Bland Again!  So I agree that Pickering must continue to ripen after being picked.  I have two on the counter now.

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Well I am in New Tampa, not far from Wesley Chapel and it's been 3 years since we've had a temperature of 32 degrees or below. We usually have a few nights around 35 degrees during the winter season. Although we did have a few nights of 28 degrees around the 2010/2011 winters.  Have you considered buying in St Pete? That city is the definition of a microclimate. Lots of massive mango trees

Yes...I have thought of St. Pete, but price, space, & bridge traffic cancels that out.   ;D

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Guess I will continue to search in central & Southern Hillsborough.

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If you don't see citrus it's hard to grow mango

Thanks!  I have seen an orange grove in the area, but I thought that citrus could handle the cold better than mango or Lychee.

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If I can add though, you'll probably have better luck with larger trees (3+ feet). Little lychee seedlings can perish in even mild winters.

Luckily my trees are larger.

I do see a few tropical fruit trees near my current location, but have not seen any near the location I am inquiring about.  This worries me.

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Thanks SoCal2warm!  I'm not that far away from Pasco now, but I'm wondering how much I should push my luck/limits.

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Anyone successfully growing tropical fruits (mainly mango & lychee) in Pasco County near Wesley Chapel?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coc vs Nam Doc Mai
« on: November 19, 2016, 08:09:02 AM »
Does anyone have pics of what it (Coc) should look like when ready?  I searched with no luck.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coc vs Nam Doc Mai
« on: November 16, 2016, 05:11:56 PM »
Cac was the most popular and most requested mango we sold in 2016. It's a tier above NDM without question.

However, there's a couple of drawbacks. Chief among them its extremely vigorous growth habit. Also has a strong tendency to flush growth in winter, suggesting it requires a stronger-than-average bloom stimulus to achieve a full bloom. Not particularly precocious and More likely to send out mixed panickel than others.

Wow!  Most requested...I would have never guessed that.  I would have guessed it would be a new Zill variety or a classic Florida mango .

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coc vs Nam Doc Mai
« on: November 15, 2016, 07:40:28 AM »
Thanks.  I appreciate all of the input!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Coc vs Nam Doc Mai
« on: November 14, 2016, 09:12:20 PM »
If you had to choose which tree to keep & the choices are NDM or Coc...which one would you pick & why?

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Thanks for the video link.  Can't wait till Summer!

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I would do closer in-row spacing if you're going to do 25 feet between row -- perhaps as low as 10 to 12 feet between trees. 19 feet is a lot unless you plan to let them get big.

You should take a look at Ms Wenzel's place (Truly Tropical). I think her trees are 10 to 12 feet apart in row and roughly 25 feet between rows. Her trees must be over a decade old, and they appear to be thriving in that setup.

I would also suggest scheduling a paid phone consultation with Har. He's got a lot of experience caring for mango orchards and could give you valuable advice.

Cook - Your thoughts are inline with what i was thinking.  It sounds like 25' rows (to accommodate light equipment) and 19' tree spacing will be sufficient.  Like you mentioned a reasonable tree height needs to be maintained for spraying and harvesting.  Thank you.

Just curious but what do you think is the average diameter of the tree trunks at Truly Tropical?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Black Sorrel Seeds
« on: October 28, 2016, 06:24:03 PM »
Hi...Does anyone in Florida have Black Sorrel seeds for sale?

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