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Looks like a leaf footed bug to me

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decided to Plant my Maha Chanok...
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:19:04 PM »
The tree looks good.  Just some advice and its not meant as criticism.

Black nursery pots are best to use  due to area for root development.   See how your pits taper at the bottom, that just restricts the area for root growth.   You can pick up used nursery pots from landscapes companies and nurseries.

The fertilizer you are using is not bad but it d I es lack some of the minor elements.   If you can find 8-3-9,  that I s good, or otherwise search for a high quality palm fertilizer.

If you feel inclined, you can tip the new growth.  You do not have to let it harden off.  Dont take off too much, just the tip and let the nodes be your guide.  The new growth will come out in the direction the nodes are facing.

Lastly, make sure you keep watering.

Thanks Rob, no I didn't take it as a criticism any advise is greatly appreciated. :)

Yeah, those green pots I have aren't exactly the greatest pots, very thin and flimsy. I was going to replace them soon. Thanks for the tip on using nursery pots, I'll take a trip up to Lukas Nursery and see if they have any used ones for sale. Locals seem to like that nursery (I haven't been there yet) and they also have a butterfly encounter, so my wife will enjoy that.

I'll keep an eye out for 8-3-9 fertilizer or good palm tree fertilizer. I wish I lived near Excalibur, from what I've read in different threads, they make their own blend. That and I wouldn't have to worry about those frosts. :)

I'll tip the tips off tomorrow and see if I can find the nodes. And yes, I definitely will keep watering, it's been hot and too dry for a few weeks now.

Thanks again for all your help!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decided to Plant my Maha Chanok...
« on: April 09, 2015, 08:46:39 PM »
I would top it between 3.5 - 4 feet.


Already cut off the top a month ago when it was starting to get warm outside. :) I've cut it to around that height that you've mentioned and from that cut mark it has pushed 3 or 4 branch growths (not sure what you call it, but it's not the fruit spikes).


Is it in ground or potted?  If potted, and you already haven't,  pot up to a 7 gal.  Keep well watered and fertilize with a light application of a palm type fertilizer.


It's potted, in a pot that's 22 inches wide and I think 17 inches tall. I have a fertilizer I bought last year for my citrus trees, it says it's a citrus, avocado, mango fertilizer 6-4-6. Is that a good ratio? I've been watering my potted plants every day to every other day (bigger pots are every other day) due to the heat and lack of rain. Here's a picture of the Maha today

It has two new growth near the area I've cut, and 3 new growths just below the other two growths.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decided to Plant my Maha Chanok...
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:31:41 PM »
I would top it between 3.5 - 4 feet.

Already cut off the top a month ago when it was starting to get warm outside. :) I've cut it to around that height that you've mentioned and from that cut mark it has pushed 3 or 4 branch growths (not sure what you call it, but it's not the fruit spikes).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decided to Plant my Maha Chanok...
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:29:00 PM »
That is an Excalibur tag.

OK, thanks Rob.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decided to Plant my Maha Chanok...
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:18:20 PM »
What does a plant tag from Excalibur look like? My Maha just has a white tag on the trunk that states "Mango 11-12-2014 Mahachanok". It's been pushing new growth for a couple of weeks now.


How big was the tree when you bought it?  Can you post a picture and i will let you know however many nurseries retag their trees with their own tags.


Hi Rob,

I can't find my notebook that I kept the sizes of mangoes when I got them. But I think it was around 4 ft or 5 ft from the top of the soil. Here are a couple of pics I took of it back in Jan 31.



Zoomed in on the tag (verified by going out tonight, it's 2013 not 2014, my bad)


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decided to Plant my Maha Chanok...
« on: April 08, 2015, 09:48:47 PM »
What does a plant tag from Excalibur look like? My Maha just has a white tag on the trunk that states "Mango 11-12-2014 Mahachanok". It's been pushing new growth for a couple of weeks now.

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Wow, those are great healthy looking trees!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nursery in the Orlando area?...
« on: March 28, 2015, 08:46:29 PM »
My wife and I went to the Harry P Leu Gardens during the plant sale. We had to park several streets past the garden and park in a residential area, the garden was packed full of customers with wagons and many vendors there. We tried to look for yellow plum trees but couldn't find any. The only thing we bought there was some lemonade.

Green's Nursery is a great nursery with a great price. Kind of far out of the way, but it was worth the drive. We bought some gardenias, jasmines and mango trees from there. Again I must say, great price.  ;D

Larry of Our Kids Tropical Nursery (should be named Our Kids Tropical Jungle) is a great guy, full of information and very friendly! We first met him back in January when we bought a Carrie and Mahachanok mango from him after seeing his ad on Craigslist. After our trip to Leu Gardens earlier this month we went to see Larry to see if he had any yellow plum trees, but he had just sold out. We did purchase a Scarlet Beauty plum tree at that time. He also gave us some Aiden (named after his grandchild or daughter, cannot remember which) loquats to try, and they were delicious, it was our first time tasting loquats and it was quite pleasurable. This weekend we went out to Larry's again after calling earlier this week to verify he had a yellow plum tree in stock and he held it for us. When we got there his wife gave us some Jessica loquats to try (according to Larry it was named after an employee of their's (if I remember correctly)), this we tried and didn't care for it much. It was a little too tart for us, not sure if I remember seeing a description given of Jessica given on this forum so I'll post some pics below.  But we got a Gold Plum tree, which my wife has been looking for, for a while. :) (We've also tried Green's but they didn't have any).

I haven't been to Lucas Nursery yet, but the butterfly experience sounds interesting. We've also haven't gone to see Adam's place yet.

Here are the pics of the Jessica loquat
In comparison to a quarter


Not sure why the flesh is showing yellowish here, it was more whitish in person. Maybe I should have used the flash.




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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Plum tree in Orlando area?
« on: March 28, 2015, 08:12:22 PM »
Got a Gold Plum tree today. :) The nursery guy held it for us when we called to see if he had any in stock. According to him several people have bought it in the past and said it fruited in the area, so my wife should be happy. 

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Sambucus Mexicana
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:50:19 PM »
When I used to live in New Mexico my family had several Mexican Elderberries around the yard. They're pretty hardy and easy to care for. But now there is no longer any on my mother's property, over the years they have all perished. One tree was blown over onto our driveway by a dust devil, while I was still living there, the rest died off from some sort of disease or pest (I have moved away by then). The last one lived for about 17 years.

Here's a link for info from my old uni, go Aggies! :)
http://aces.nmsu.edu/county/donaana/mastergardener/documents/mexican-elderberry.pdf

As for the fruit, we've actually never tried them.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Plum tree in Orlando area?
« on: March 21, 2015, 10:38:16 PM »
Viking Guy,
By yellow I meant yellow skinned. We haven't found any yet, but we did pick up a Scarlet Beauty that is red skinned and yellow fleshed. It requires only 150 chill hours, so it's perfect for our area. We're still on the look out for a yellow skinned one though.

Pan Dulce,
I wonder what yellow plum variety that is in your mom's neighborhood. 5 ft tall after 6 years sounds good to me and fruits heavily for the last 6 years sounds like a winner to me. :)

Jsvand5
Byron Gold plum, we got that at Home Depot, but it needs a pretty high chill hour. So we're not sure if it will fruit here or not, but it was only $20 or $25.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Figs-R-Us
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:54:31 PM »
Good luck on the bidding wars on eBay. When I used to bid on stuff on eBay I would usually just put my highest bid at the last 5 seconds. ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stubborn Mango Trees this season?
« on: March 06, 2015, 10:49:07 PM »
thanks for the replies JC, Squam, Zands......supposed to rain all week so don't know if ill have a chance to get the damn trees sprayed.   This sure has been an odd winter.  It usually is pretty dry but we have gotten a good amount of rain and also a lot cloudy days and foggy mornings.  Ace Hardware may have some of the Hi Yield Sulfur. Ill have to check it out

You can check your local feed stores for sulfur. I picked mine up at a local feed.

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Wow, you're a brave man. I cut off a third of my Maha earlier this week, it was just getting tall but no lateral growth. I hope your CC prospers.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Plum tree in Orlando area?
« on: March 04, 2015, 07:33:22 PM »
At Lowe's today.






Wow, lots of plum and peach trees in Ocala. Have you checked the tag to see what the recommended chill hours are for those plum trees? I went to Tractor Supply yesterday and they had a few plum trees, but they were high chill hour varieties.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Citrus Leaves - White ... stuff?
« on: March 04, 2015, 07:15:00 PM »
Looks like powdery mildew to me.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Plum tree in Orlando area?
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:44:04 PM »
Went to a couple of Lowe's today. The first one didn't have any plum trees, but had some mango, avocado, lychee, and citrus trees. The second one had citrus trees and a couple of peach trees. We asked if there were any plum trees, and the person said they had a pallet of plum trees come in a few days ago but they sold out fast. :( Hopefully more shipments will come in.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Bender's Tropical Grove
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:58:20 PM »
Fruit table is looking good!



Looks pretty good. If he was near me I would buy a couple of honey.
Mike, I wish you luck on your business. I saw the video John Kholer did at your place. :)

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Plum tree in Orlando area?
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:33:28 PM »
We got Gold plum in local Lowe's right now in 5gal.

Thanks Galka, we'll head out to Lowe's on a day it's not raining. Hopefully they'll have it in stock. :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing mangoes in raised beds?
« on: February 28, 2015, 12:43:50 PM »
Raised beds made of wood won't last long here, termites will eat them unless it is teakwood or ironwood (mai-daeng). This wood also can't rot (easy) but is not cheap because some folks from the USA buy it all these days. >:(

But i love raised beds, have them all around my garden now. The only pest is weed growing in the compost.

I fill them all the time with any organic material (except thick wood so the termites won't come). I read termites here even can eat concrete.

If you build raised beds then make sure they can drain so leave openings in the walls.

I've never heard of ironwood but teak is very expensive here. People use it for their decks and boats. We also have termites here but they don't eat concrete. There are also carpenter ants and carpenter bees here as well.

I haven't gotten around to putting my raised bed yet, it's been raining on and off the past few days. I also have to make a bigger one for my wife's vegetable garden.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: "treated with irradiation?"
« on: February 28, 2015, 12:31:31 PM »
i recently purchased some mexican cream guavas at an ethnic produce market.  their label tells me they were "treated with irradiation."  i was thinking of starting a couple dozen seeds and wondered if the irradiation will affect the seed viability. 
it is my understanding that irradiation is an anti-fruit fly measure.  does anyone have any knowledge of the levels of radiation involved?  if the radiation level is high enough to kill fruit flies, is that high enough to kill plant germ material in the seeds?  will the radiation increase the chance of mutation (frankenguava?)?
more questions than answers!
i guess the first thing is to plant the seeds and see if they germinate.

If we hear of a green man going on a rampage smashing things in Jefferson County, then we'll know it's you. ;) But to be serious I don't know the answer, just had to make a quick joke of it. ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing mangoes in raised beds?
« on: February 27, 2015, 08:43:46 PM »
JF,

Thanks for the pictures of raised beds. Those raised beds look great.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Plum tree in Orlando area?
« on: February 27, 2015, 08:22:11 PM »
Thanks Marklee, I'll see where I can find an Inca Plum tree, hopefully a nursery around my area will have one.

Tropheus, I don't think there's anything special about yellow plums, purple ones tastes just as good to me. It's just that my wife really loves them.

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Thanks guys, I'll just let my Coconut Cream be and heal on its own! :)

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