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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: Today at 03:28:35 PM »
Here some pics of trees planted last summer.  They are starting to grow nicely.  All this rain should equal a great avocado year. 

Kahaluu, I actually just dug this one up and moved it a few weeks ago.  It didnt seem to care at all.


Green gold


I planted 10 reed seedlings.  Heres 3 of them.  They will be allowed to grow and fruit.

Mexicola Grande grafted late summer took off.  Seems really happy here and tolerant of the heat.




Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Low Chill Stone fruits
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:19:17 AM »
Heres the list of trees Ive got.

Tropic Gold
Gold kist

Cot n candy
Flavor delight

Minnie royal
Royal lee
Riyal crimson

Arctic Star white subacid
Double delight
Snow queen
Spice zee nectaplum

August pride
Evas pride
Florida prince
May pride
Mid pride
Tropic snow


Emerald drop
Flavor grenade

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Low Chill Stone fruits
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:55:35 PM »
I posted in the temperate sale section with no response.  Just posting it here in case people are interested but missed it.  Im planning to prune my trees this weekend.

Have all kinds of low chill peach, nectarine, plum, apricots, cherry, and interspecifics. 

Send me a message before the weekend if you want scions. 

5$ per scion.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Panama red passiflora?
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:46:53 PM »
Is this it?  Doesnt look like edulis and other descriptions show red shell and yellow seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to harvest Wurtz Avocado in FL?
« on: January 10, 2019, 03:01:48 PM »
We just ate the last one. Oily and well-flavored. Interestingly my wife considers the skin to be thin, but itís so hard and brittle I canít call it thin!

Looks nice

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Passionfruits
« on: January 08, 2019, 08:14:55 PM »
I have a box or two worth of these if anyone wants passionfruits let me know. 

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Peach and Stonefruit scions
« on: January 08, 2019, 03:33:35 PM »
Peach, plum, apricots, nectarines, interspecifics, cherry...  All are low chill types 300hrs or less. 

5$ per scion.

August pride
Eva's pride
May pride
Mid pride
Florida prince
Tropic Snow

I have many more types of stone fruit, send a PM if there is something you want.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: January 07, 2019, 04:07:22 PM »
I went out and sprayed the scale off my gold nugget today.  Had to put three 50ft hoses together to reach it.  Then go through every inch of the tree and blast em.  Probably got 95% or more off.  Going to keep doing it for a few weeks.  Then when things warm up and ants come back will put a wrap with tanglefoot on it to keep ants away.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya Topping
« on: January 06, 2019, 11:48:43 AM »
Does anyone have the link to the website that sells all the different hawaii papayas?  I tried searching for it and can't find it.

That makes sense. 

You can google "cold makes citrus sweet"  theres lots of articles. 

Millet, theres articles out there saying the winter chill is what makes citrus sweet.  I really have no idea.  Is that not accurate? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ornamental tree ID
« on: December 31, 2018, 07:12:30 PM »
Anyone know what this tree is?  It was given to me but I forgot what it is.  Was expecting red flowers but its not the tree I though it was. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Cherimoya seeds
« on: December 31, 2018, 04:05:32 PM »
These are from fruit in the last few weeks.  No the seeds will not come true to type but it is best to start with good genetics if you are not going to graft.  Or you can use them fo rootstocks...

Minimum order 5$ plus 3$ postage.  Overseas shipping will be calculated upon request.  Should be ~7$

These are 4 for 1$:

Dr White
Knight (31 brix on this fruit)

These are 1$ each:

Leo Manuel #3 (excellent flavored atemoya cherimoya hybrid)

Rudy#20 (large round smooth fruit, very balanced flavor with very high brix).

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: December 30, 2018, 10:51:57 PM »
Brian, I see some articles saying imidacloprid doesnt work on cotton scale so you may not want to try.  It may be ineffective or it may need more concentration to work.  I dont know, I know the Bayer stuff doesnt work well for aphids.  But the 22% stuff does.  Im going to give it a try on my tree in spring and see what happens.  Ive tried oil and it doesnt work.  Its too cold and too wet out now to try the systemic. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: December 30, 2018, 08:49:51 PM »
I have the cotton scale on a couple citrus trees.  One is really bad.  Its only on the trees I fertilize.  Citrus really suffer a lot from this bug and leaf miner and even aphids.  If the trees are large just use a fert with way less nitrogen.  Or go organic. 

The amazon stuff is 21.4 dominion 2L

One more thing, this systemic needs to be absorbed into the tree and takes time.  It also absorbs faster in the hot season when the tree is using more water.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: December 30, 2018, 08:29:22 PM »
I have been battling the same CCS infestation for years.   I can control them but I cannot seem to eliminate them.   If I spray it kills them but more come back within a couple weeks.  My trees are in a greenhouse and CCS doesnít live in this area so itís not a reinfestation from outside.  I have tried ladybugs three or four times and they did not help at all.  The ladybugs sold online are NOT the famous vedalia beetles and do not seem to eat the scale.  I have looked extensively for a mail order source of vedalia beetles and found none.  If anybody knows one I would love to know.

The best spray I have found is soapy water.  I am using ďdr bronners pure unscented castile soapĒ as it has no detergents.  I tried dormant oil (Bonide) also but I believe I mixed it way too strongly as it completely defoliated my guava and injured some other trees.  I have never had any issues with soap.  This was when I was messing with hose-end sprayers.  Iíve given up on hose end sprayers after trying three types and even customizing them.  They just donít seem to work.

Spraying is such a chore for me that I am currently building a custom sprayer to make spraying the underside of leaves easier.

I would gladly use any number of chemicals to eradicate this infestation.  I am okay if it means not eating any fruit for some time.  If anybody has suggestions Iíd love to hear them.  What pesticides are recommended for CCS?

A couple strong doses of imidacloprid will probably get rid of them.  They have 22% stuff on amazon.  A spoonful of that mixed in several waterings will probably take care of any insects for a year.   Bayer sells a "fruit and nut systemic" but its watered down .2% and you are supposed to dilute it even more.  The 22% stuff is the nuclear option.

Also with citrus, fertilizers with nitrogen really attract bugs with the new growth.  Once my citrus trees are the size I want, I stop using nitrogen on them.  It just causes excessive leaf flush and insect infestation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana ID help
« on: December 29, 2018, 01:18:21 PM »
Im not an expert, it just wouldnt make a lot of sense for someone to propogate banana plants that dont make fruit in S FL.  Why would anyone grow it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana ID help
« on: December 29, 2018, 12:56:51 PM »
Hmm, well most common banana types in home depot here are goldfinger, dwarf cavendish, giant red ornamental, fake ice cream (namwah).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana ID help
« on: December 29, 2018, 10:26:32 AM »
Most are usually just ornamental bananas producing inferior fruit.

Maybe in Denmark but this is most likely not the case in S FL. 

You will need to wait until it fruits to get an ID though.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Passionfruits
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:56:07 PM »
Thanks thao, sometimes it takes longer because multiple people order and I have to wait for fruits to ripen.  You got the first order and theres one more going out soon. 

If anyone wants any more, there will be more available in a couple weeks.  First come first serve.  Theres probably 5 more boxes worth between now and mid February.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit training question.
« on: December 28, 2018, 01:57:37 PM »
Heres a raised bed 2x2 ft.  The other way to do it if you have lots of gophers is plant 15gal pots with holes all around the pots. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit training question.
« on: December 28, 2018, 01:38:49 PM »
Im just a guy that supplies a few plants to a large local public nursery. 

The ones going in my orchard will go into the ground yes.  They go into a raised bed that is also dug down into the ground and ammended.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit training question.
« on: December 28, 2018, 12:44:20 PM »
Heres some cuttings I started a few months ago.  They were started in half gallon pots and allowed to root out amd grow a foot or 2.  Now they have been recently transplanted into 2 gallon pots with 6ft bamboos.  Trained to a single 6ft vine.  These will produce fruit in 12 months if done this way and transplanted onto a trellis in April or May. 

These are fresh starts in half gal pots.  These are going to a nursery in spring.

A few months later they are up potted and longer bamboo added.  These ones are going in my orchard

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit training question.
« on: December 28, 2018, 12:27:07 PM »
Yes, you need to train a single branch upwards and discard the 2nd side shoot.  Bend it gently using flagging tape.  Flagging tape is much more elastic than tree tape and wont choke the DF vines. 

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