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Get a game camera and film them in the act  and turn them in to the cops  with proof of trespass

Chris at truly tropical has orange sherbet trees for sale for 40 bucks ...

We got a box of Orange Sherbet and another of coconut cream as well as several other types from Doc Campbell

Coconut cream was the clear winner by an 8 to 2 count at our taste testing party

One person that  was allergic to coconut and myself went with the OS but at one point I had thirty types of citrus and like the citrus flavored mango the best

To me itís the best tasting of the citrus flavored mango

Dupiis and the wester I have tried. Get more of the Dupius even though wester was well received

The dupius is a great mango imo.

Lisa liked the mango song so much I looked it up for her. We both enjoy your taste tastes and hope you will have more.

Bearss is from the Bearss Farm in Lutz Florida. A true lemon itís the best lemon  for these parts due to its origins.   Lemon is replacing other citrus because it can out run greening.  Meaning you can get crops and make a profit before it goes into decline.  First choice for the new acres is the bearss. 

Space coast is on The Atlantic side near Orlando. NASA and the cape are a big part of the waterfront

We have the Emerald Coast, the Forgotten Coast, the Treasure Coast as well and I think a couple more

We went and it looked like Black Friday when we arrived.   Concert parking skills came in handy.

Lisa came from the space coast and we drove through rain to get there.   So many people and plants it took awhile to get up to speed.  She talked to Adam while I went looking for  atemoya so I missed him. Got a Lisa atemoya, red custard apple, tropic beauty peach and bearss lemon while she got a sweet tamarind, a bearss lemon and a vanilla orchid

We had been searching for the lemon for some time.

We just missed the line and  wagons full of plants were headed out already.
Got the Tamarind and Custard apple from Geo and Lisa sang the mango song for them but just the first word thank goodness

First time there but will get in line next time to get the rare stuff

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any Info on Cotton Candy Mango?
« on: May 21, 2018, 08:26:21 AM »
My cotton candy is an upright grower so far with less vigor than the Sweet Tart and just ahead of the Pickering   Not as precocious as either of these two either

They attack the new growth flush and treatment should be at same time as once the leaves harden with tunnels they have left the building

When leaves are tiny hit them with oil spray and you will have more luck

Some of those poisons kill predator insects also. The predator insects reprodce a lot slower than their prey and why the bad ones come back faster without any predators to limit them


Last year I started finding macadamia nuts that fell. I could see more on the tree but since it was late I figured to pick them in the morning

Come morning and I find fresh hulls and not a single nut anywhere .

They are getting close to ripening this year but Iím not waiting for morning again.

I lived on Longboat for a couple years and have seen a foot or more of standing water.  Think we were at four feet elevation with about 200 yards between gulf and bay.

Big mango tree in Durante Park but mango can do water better 

Only thing different I would do is make the box deeper.  Foot and a half would give you more volume and protection and even two might come in handy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam Cherry "Blackstar"
« on: May 09, 2018, 11:10:02 AM »
You are pretty far north for a winter bloom just how cold hardy are they?

I got my Zill Dark after I tried the fruit and pocketed the seed. Same way he got it from Zill originally
 My seedling has made a lot of fruit for me.

Not sure on atemoya you may be the one to tell us later.  Pioneer in atemoya patching ...

As long as they slip so you may want to try a small piece first then

match  the circumference  if you can and good luck.

Grafting pecans a double khife is sometimes used. Basicly two knives screwed together with a spacer between so a perfect size graft can be made.  Make the round cut and the one down the middle to separate One cut and it slips off to be grafted elsewhere. Of course you can use one knife but you want the graft looking about like you used a double

I would try to see if you can slip the bark off the gefner.  If you can youre in business

You can use one with a  bud and see if it takes.

Have fun

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam Cherry "Blackstar"
« on: May 07, 2018, 05:03:21 PM »
I have a Zill Dark that has been very good this year.  Havenít tried the Blackstar but most of the blacks are better than the red.   

From Brevard you may be closer to Greens Nursery in Zellwood

He is a Zill retailer and goes down to buy trees  weekly in season.

If you call him and tell them what you want he will get it and call you back when he has it.  Prices are the best also.

Excalibur is one stop shopping with a huge inventory. Riding around on a golf cart to get your stuff is a blast 
Been down two years in a row and already planning a return this year

Check their list for an idea of their trees and you canít go wrong with a Fairchild or a cac so why not both

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tasting Pitomba
« on: May 07, 2018, 08:43:03 AM »
Zill Dark, pitomba,corg, grumachama and Barbados are my choices in order of best tasting in my opinion

Zill Dark has been the sweetest by far this season but waiting on Pitomba at this moment. 

Your zone should handle most of the family.  You might want to try Flying Fiox fruits and Adam can ship a variety to you with seeds included.   

Watched a couple videos of yours prior to your thread.   With a little more active cold protection and plant size you can grow some of your losses.

Protection while small may not be as needed when larger   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherry of rio grande
« on: May 03, 2018, 01:25:18 PM »
Cherry of the rio grand has been my fave Eugenia up until recently 

I have a cherry area in my yard with corg, grumachama, pitomba, Zill dark Suriname seedling, kona coffee, Barbados and Pitangatuba with all fruiting except the latter.

The pitomba has passed the Corg and the Zill Dark was sweetest by far.

Seedling I cut top from ten feet down to four.  Potassium and gypsum only and the flavor this year is wonderful.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Trade Winds Fruit
« on: April 24, 2018, 10:26:00 AM »
Ordered Kona coffee about ten years ago.  8 ft coffee bush still living.

Natal plum and some others all came up with reasonable care.

 Avocado, olives, pears, nectarine, grapes, persimmon, plum, and pecan should be a good start.  A Pickering mango in a planter you can move inside when it freezes will give your best chance at fruit.

Jaboticaba should do well also as Adam is in 9a and grows a lot of them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:22:26 AM »
Thanks for the mango.  They got to share with kin from Washington state and their local kin that only have had store bought prior.  Had them looking up Edward and Tropical Acres as they are new mango lovers.

The girls were proud of the mango and the younger generation is now a convert.

The Duncan I got was pretty good and we will be back when others  types ripen.

Thanks again

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: April 05, 2018, 08:26:03 AM »
The girls are headed down Saturday for visiting family and would like to pre order a box for their kin and another for us.   

What is the best way to order. They would pick up Saturday morning on way down.

Peach Cobbler
Juicy Peach
And Young have been most resistant to powdery mildew in my yard

With Fairchild getting the most itís ever had but still going to have good crop

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: fruit fly and jaboticaba?
« on: March 28, 2018, 11:34:06 AM »
I had a cardinal get drunk on fruit that had turned.

Couldnít hardly stand and balance at same time. 

The tougher skin eliminates some  pest types in the same way a nectarine is less buggy than peaches.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Digging up a mango tree
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:43:58 AM »
if you know what your doing you donít need the ointment you prefer.

Transplanting is something I enjoy.   Took two days to dig out my Jabo and have moved a lot of plants both tropical and temperate.  Looks like I am better at it than you so need to be rude.

My dad grew up in depression era Alabama and grew or they didnít eat

Best gardener I ever knew.

And with several of our towns people in the citrus hall of fame that is saying a lot.

Iím about to move an 8 foot Maha chanok 50 miles away with just a shovel.  It will be less than six when it gets there to fit in the pickup bed.   Piece of cake.

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