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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit fly control in South Florida
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:19:55 AM »
You can delete some from your property but too many wild or uncared for loquat that you get overwhelmed with new bugs anyhow

Bag some or plant a mango instead are your choices most likely

Nectarines instead of peaches solved one problem but I removed the loquats because of the flys

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zills top tier Mango Sugar Loaf
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:44:06 AM »
Butter Cream is a wonderful tasting mango that resembles its name.  The texture and taste are hard to beat...

Just out of my top ten this season with OS a few spots higher

I like the citrus flavored mangos to a fault so your mileage may vary

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zills top tier Mango Sugar Loaf
« on: December 07, 2018, 12:53:34 PM »
I grew the LZ so it might have got the nod over sugarloaf for that reason

Both are wonderful

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zills top tier Mango Sugar Loaf
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:57:55 AM »
Limited amount grafted and very young trees 

When Frog said they were released I called my local Zill distributor and he wasnít finished unloading the truck befor I got there

Second place imango i tasted in 2018 after LZ

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zills top tier Mango Sugar Loaf
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:07:01 PM »
Got two E-4 Sugarloaf today along with coconut cream

Cc is four times bigger and cheaper





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First flowers on a mango, Woo Hoo!
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:52:17 PM »
About 7x6 and going into 4th season

Had two fruit last year and made my top ten

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First flowers on a mango, Woo Hoo!
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:31:02 AM »
Guava mango in bloom with Phoenix not far behind





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Former grove owner

Oranges and sunburst tangerines


First flush in spring during dry season and sometimes second

Dense planting for easy spraying


If just a couple trees I clip all the fresh damage to interrupt the life cycle and spray the following flush
 
If you want a true lemon the Bearrs originated in Central Florida and the quality is quite high

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Leaf miners control is about timing

They attack the new flush and spray after damage is seen is too late  they are tucked away inside the leaf.

As soon as you see a flush starting l, spray with oil spray

Repeat following flushes

Maxi crop spray can clear up a lot of little stuff

Bugs tend to attack weaker plants



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Dancy tangerine free of any sprays

Recent cold helped color them up






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Meyer is a lemon crossed with orange so the trees are bigger

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 Meyer makes the biggest tree  but all will reach similar heights

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Central Florida loquat
« on: November 29, 2018, 05:56:17 PM »
Tough to get fruit without worms

Problem is they grow so easy here  they come up everywhere a seed hits dirt

With so many ďwildĒ loquat around the fruit flies find yours also

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for an Orlando Beginner
« on: November 20, 2018, 07:55:31 AM »
Common sense is your best friend

Coldest air comes out of the Northwest

Cold air is heaviest and you can ditch cold air off property same as water opposite of air ballooning

Hardiest plants protecting less hardy plants

I culled four mango trees this year and replaced them with types I like better

Donít be afraid to plant everything and see what does well in
Your yard

We are at the line between sub tropics and temperate zones

So tropical and northern fruits are toughest to grow with exceptions



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: feijoa pineapple guava
« on: November 20, 2018, 07:39:36 AM »
Fell off and needed some counter time to ripen

Iím tearing out some azalea hedge and replacing it with feijoa

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for an Orlando Beginner
« on: November 19, 2018, 03:48:54 PM »
Planting close to a home means you are blocking the wind which can be the worst type of cold.  A privacy fence  can also block wind

I have twenty mango types

Rather have an entire tree of each






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: feijoa pineapple guava
« on: November 19, 2018, 11:47:37 AM »
I bought seeds from tradewinds in California long ago

Just started bearing  and itís a wonderful fruit




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: strawberries and blueberries
« on: November 16, 2018, 04:51:59 AM »
I get some bloom through the winter as the chill requirement and warm up will do that

But main bloom is in spring

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for an Orlando Beginner
« on: November 15, 2018, 07:56:53 AM »
There was a Suriname cherry hedge that was about 60 years of age until new owners thought viburnum would be better

I ate berryís  grades 1-3 so it saw a lot of weather

Suriname are invasive in some areas

Star fruit is tender thank goodness

It grows so fast it saves trimming.

Never failed to fruit even after its worst die back




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: strawberries and blueberries
« on: November 13, 2018, 12:45:56 PM »
After harvest you cut back at least a third

Plants shown have already been cut and growing back

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for an Orlando Beginner
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:15:27 AM »
9b is huge

Going up the Atlantic Space Coast region down to Venus way down south

I believe I am warmer here than Venus is.

So study your microclimates this winter

The east side of Orlando is usually warmer than the west

Last year was an anomaly as the ice storm that hit NYC dipped onto the east coast of Florida before heading north

Killed several mango and others at girlfriends home in Titusville but i was west of it getting a different cold front coming out of the west of us.

A one year thing sets you back but in spring I would plant again

We replanted all the trees she lost 

Might be a local wuderground weather station very near you and you can get data that is in your hood

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Orange Sherbet Mango Trees Availability?
« on: November 10, 2018, 05:45:28 PM »
The trees are the same size and age since they are a first release

Fruitscapes had plenty this summer

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for an Orlando Beginner
« on: November 09, 2018, 04:34:40 PM »
Usually land slopes toward a pond giving plants more rain water

The water table is high around ponds so s good place for your thirsty plants
 
Zill Dark Surinam
Cherry of rio grand
Barbados cherry

Are the easiest to grow with best flavor

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for an Orlando Beginner
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:53:18 AM »
If you got a pond,  bananas work along with jaboticabo

The drawrf types like the nam wah  work best in small yards

Lemons and limes do well. Key lime come true from seed so you can do it yourself

Meyer lemon is a cross with orange and great fresh or cooking

For true lemon taste I recommend the  Bearss a lemon originating in Florida

Tropical cherries do well also


Surinam cherry
Barbados cherry
Grumachama
Cherry if the Rio Grand
Pitomba
Pitangatuba

There is a large list of tasty plants you can grow here

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: strawberries and blueberries
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:19:22 AM »
I have six blueberry plants inside a 10 x  5 raised bed

The soil is Pete moss and pine bark and i add pine to the bed

Blueberry cobblers and constantly snacking I still ended up with six gallons in the freezer

Berry size can be type as the emeralds were bigger than the Windsor

Peat and pine are acidic and exactly what they need

Azalea ferlizer works for that reason but the pine is the main feeder


Donít even say Dolomite around them so no lime or amendments to chage ph






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