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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar apple question
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:39:48 PM »
Getting some inquiries and I'm happy to respond...

I just want to be clear first that I don't know if this is a true seedless variety, if it's just a temporary condition or whatever. The handful of sugar apples I got from this tree had no seeds, I figured maybe it just needed to mature or something...so with that disclaimer out of the way......

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar apple question
« on: August 19, 2018, 10:31:32 PM »






A little context this is a 3 or 4 year old tree in a pot, I've gotten maybe half a dozen fruit to maturity between this summer and last summer and none have had seeds.

Variety unknown...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar apple question
« on: August 19, 2018, 09:52:08 PM »
You dont need to wait till soft to pick a sugar apple...as a matter of fact I personally dont recommend it (the rish if insexts or vermin getting to it or the splat factor is great). 

Whether red or green type, it will lighten in color, especially around the sections, and the sextions will seperate.  If picked properly and hard, will soften up in a day or two and be perfect eating (exxept for the high seed count).

My sugar apple tree produces fruit with no seeds? How common is that?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anona season approaches
« on: August 09, 2018, 11:21:07 PM »
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anona season approaches
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:08:44 PM »
Unfortunately that was a one off trip...no chance of shipping my way? Or do any of the local growers there ship to south Florida? I'm happy to pre-pay for shipping.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anona season approaches
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:44:18 PM »
I've been all mango'd out for about a month now ...and mangos are still widely available down here, but I can hardly eat another one. It's this time of year I get jealous of S. Cal guys as we just dont have the conditions for the variety of annonas like you.

So how can I get my hands on some of these fruit down here in so. Fla this season? Please let me know how and who to order from.

Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ackee Trees and Small Children and Pets
« on: August 03, 2018, 11:57:48 AM »
I think Iím going to move forward. Iíll put it on a fence line in case I ever want to section it off. I agree, they are beautiful trees, perfectly suited to our south Florida climate. I also have an affinity towards fruits you can cook with in a salt dish, like breadfruit, avocado, unripe jack, etc

Oh, and thank you all for the feedback. At the end of the day itís on me, but my experience with the fruit is limited so I wanted some feedback

Sounds good, sectioning it off certainly doesn't hurt, as won't mentioning to you daughter when she can comprehend, not to eat unopened/uncooked fruit..it's something that was told to us as kids and that was that.

.Again I have never personally known anyone on the island to have suffered ackee poisoning or even any moderate sickness, having grown there up til  entering adulthood, nor in the 20 something years since while still being very connected there - and again trees are literally everywhere; yards, sidewalks and randomly at the side of the roads, schools, parks and public lands, whatever and wherever.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ackee Trees and Small Children and Pets
« on: August 03, 2018, 11:00:21 AM »
Iíve been wanting to plant an Ackee tree on our property but Iím concerned about our 1 year old daughter and our dogs if God forbid they get ahold of unripe fruit. How concerned should I really be? Opinions? Recommendations? Experiences?

Let me know what you think

Nothing to worry about in my opinion .. grew up on the island and ackee trees grow literally everywhere, around kids, dogs, whatever and nothing ever happens, the absolute worst case scenarios you read about that simply do not happen in real life in the place where ackee trees and every day interaction with them are most common.

If you have the space, my opinion is the tree is totally worth it, easy to grow and manage, productive and a beautiful shade tree.

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Nice trees..why not put them in the ground?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: looking for a sweet mango
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:16:51 AM »
When it comes to overrated mangos.. personally I think lemon zest is the absolutely most overrated mango (blasphemy right? :) )

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: looking for a sweet mango
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:11:49 AM »
Per what he's looking for NDM is a great fit. And re the heavy criticism above..many people like myself who have tasted all the newer varieties and grow many of them for years ..still absolutely love a good NDM and don't  just eat them because other people say they should.

Mine were fantastic this year, and not every ripe NDM is only sugary sweet...mine had some complexity this season especially the later ones which had some acidity and rose notes.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Site Outage
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:41:19 PM »
This place has taught me so much..happy to contribute...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangoes purchased from neighbors
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:50:46 PM »
Dosent look like Haden to me either. I've been enjoying some random seedlings mangoes picked in the Coral Gables area that my co-worker has been giving me. Thought very fibrous, they have been very sweet with that classic mango flavor- and seemingly bullet proof to anthrac spots. Sad to say even killing some bland Pickerings I've been having from my pampered tree in Broward this season. I wish there was a way to have a Mango Seedling competition.

Yes seedling competition that would be great. My parents super old Haden treeís season is almost over, besides the jelly seed when you pick fruit right they are amazing not only in looks but in taste.







 So looking for other sources now since my parents tree is out, my trees are too young, and Lemon zest only tree with fruit is still not ripe. So Iíve been buying from neighbors, have my eye on one who sells Valencia prides from what has to be the biggest tree Iíve seen, but they arenít ripe yet.

Nice backsplash

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Mango trees flower and fruit throughout the year in Jamaica.
With the summer months being the heavy season.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Total Mango Harvest From 2018
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:47:59 PM »
If these are your own trees, is there a reason why you harvested them so early?

Yeah...The Pickerings seem especially green.. they look several weeks from read to pick imo.

Great haul tho!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: June 11, 2018, 08:20:12 PM »
Pickering first up for me this season..a couple were bland the latest few I have picked were much sweeter (though not as full flavored as previous seasons).


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Picking Pickering mango question
« on: June 10, 2018, 05:40:23 PM »
Do these look ok to pick from the tree now and let them fully color up in the kitchen?  We have a few squirrels around (and random gardeners) and I'd hate to lose one of the 3 mango's I have from my Pickering.





I'd give it a few more days to get rid of some of the remaining green.. when they look like that ..3-5 days should be enough to turn it fully yellow ..

and as said above, they should take literally no effort to pick when ripe ..the slightest move of the fruit's stem should make it come off in your hand when ripe.

Of course if the squirrels are eyeing it up (luckily I don't have any in my subdivision) you can pick it now and it should still ripen up well after a few days (based on the pics).

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So lots of flowers and no fruit set...took advice and didnt hand pollinate.

As long as your tree is big enough to hold fruit I'd absolutely start hand pollinating. For me my Dream from Wayne on Dream seedling roots hasn't done great with natural fruit set. That could partially be because I've got it a little crowded with other trees nearby, but a Gefner I've got in similarly crowded conditions definitely sets a higher percentage on its own. Even with varieties that set well on their own, hand pollination is still recommended because you will tend to get more complete pollination which means larger fruit.

Ok some more flowers are coming along, so will try...and yeah the tree is plenty big enough.

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Just to be clear ..my photo was of an iman passand

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TnT.. are you seeing enough break of yellow here?
Put the cup next to it for scale..tree flowered in early Feb if I remember right.

I only have 4 on the tree so I'm being cautious with timing picking.


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So lots of flowers and no fruit set...took advice and didnt hand pollinate.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: High rainfall == Low brix?
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:11:54 AM »
Yes. I think the fruit will start to sweeten up in the next couple of weeks.

I think a lot of hot, sunny summer weather will eventually improve the quality of the fruit.  Summer hasn't even begun yet so have faith!  (But yes, an early Angie and an early Pickering were both not too sweet.)

I'm still about 3 weeks to a month before any of my trees are ready to harvest ...hopefully a more normalized summer pattern over the next month vs the wet May we've had will make a difference for me when I pick.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Thin my Mangos?
« on: May 29, 2018, 02:24:34 PM »
I dont think you need to rush to think anything yet...the fruit are small and not weighing down the tree at this point, and the tree will likely drop what it cant hold..and given this is obviously a very young tree..if you end up with handful after it drops naturally, that's good.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Sapodilla Flowers
« on: May 27, 2018, 09:35:29 PM »
Pretty excited to see my Alano Sapodilla starting to flower here in South Florida.  Seems a bit late in the season for its first flowers. Hopefully in a couple weeks or months Iíll have some fruit.





Not late really...they cah flower almost anytime throughout the year..mine are flowering now also..and holding mature fruit and some younger fruit as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: May 26, 2018, 09:18:25 AM »
Bumping this... should we have any concerns with the predicted 8 or so inches of rain over the next couple days ..with mangoes a couple weeks from harvest ready ?

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