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Whether mangoes "need" chill hours or not, sudden cool temps are associated with flowering. Certainly appears to be true here in FL. In areas that stay warm year round, dry spells and other triggers are involved in flowering.

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Looks like a home has been found. Thanks everyone!

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Hello.

I have a 6 foot + Alano sapodilla, and a 6 foot + Beaumont macadamia tree that need to be dug up to make room for more mangoes. Both have produced fruits/nuts. Partially dug up already, might need some digging help. If you are interested and have something to trade let me know. Otherwise, free if I don't have to finish digging them up.

South Miami area. Local pickup only. 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Passionfruits
« on: August 18, 2019, 02:17:40 PM »
These are some great passion fruit!

I order off an on, between ripenings of my assorted passiflora. Eat em daily when possible. 

As good as any I've found.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Attaboya atemoya
« on: August 18, 2019, 02:07:25 PM »
That is promising!

35 or so rollinia's ripening here.

Some guanabana here and there.

First flowers on Geffner. Still no fruit.

Also, waiting on San Pablo custard apple that has been flowering well, but no fruit. Mother-in-law is growing this in the rich soil of Hialeah, hopeful.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Mangos Are Left (Florida)?
« on: August 18, 2019, 02:04:43 PM »
Picked up some local Keitts today at the farmers market.

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My main producer, a 16 foot or so Glenn, produced 81 mangoes this year. Last year it produced 99 (give or take on both years). The tree is a little bigger this year than last, so it seems more than a 20% decrease in production from last year to this year.

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Thanks JY! They (LF) have seedlings for 25. PIN has Thai Lessard for 30. Think I'm going with TL and will graft another variety or 2 to it.

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Hey everyone.

Who can point me in the right direction? Looking for nice cultivate of sugar apple/sweetsop. 3 gal tree or whatever.

PIN currently only has Thai lessard. Does anyone know how that compares to others?

Local or shipped is fine.

Thanks!


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pura Vida Avocado in S. Florida
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:36:20 PM »
lol. think I would remember seeing that

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inducing flowering in Rollinia
« on: August 15, 2019, 10:31:04 PM »
it takes them a few good years to get going.

a good fertilization regimen helps.

when it flowers, hand pollinate. major difference in fruit set for me since doing so.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Refractometer
« on: August 07, 2019, 12:00:42 AM »
Mine is made for saltwater tanks, and is calibrated too low for accurate brix. Have to eyeball it, but wondering if it is accurate on the hi end.

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...what Simon said.

After finally tasting M4, would move Venus off my list and put M4 in its place. Wonderful tasting mango, large fruit, and seems easier and better to grow than Venus (from the accounts of others). Adding M4 to my collection. Very different from CC to me.

I'm keeping CC, Sugar Loaf, and M4 to spread out the season and add to flavor diversity. Yet to try SL, but hear they all are different despite being in the coconut flavor group.   


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia Spacing
« on: August 02, 2019, 08:30:16 AM »
I doubt you need 8 - 10 meter spacing, especially if you are not growing a grove of fruit trees. Much of the spacing requirements recommended relate to orchard grown trees that will need space in between for vehicles and machinery.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for a Neem tree
« on: July 31, 2019, 05:04:45 PM »
Hey Brad. Thanks for link!!

I use neem mostly to make a tea. 1 - 2 leaves of neem, handful of ceylon cinnamon leaves, jasmine flowers, lemon balm or verbena, holy basil, and wild flower honey. Sometimes I throw in yerba mate. Helps out with my allergies for several hours, so use it to avoid taking antihistamines.

My friend's dad says neem tea helps keep his cholesterol down, but I don't know if it's true.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for a Neem tree
« on: July 30, 2019, 09:42:22 PM »
Thanks FB!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for a Neem tree
« on: July 30, 2019, 05:25:59 PM »
Hello Everyone.

My neem tree just bit the dust. Got too big for its pot and slowly wasted away.

Does anyone have a neem tree for sale in South Miami, or shipped?

Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Huge 3 Gallon Guava Mango Tree 😊
« on: July 26, 2019, 11:46:59 AM »
Beautiful little tree, would be happy to make space for that. Gonna be one helluva hole with those 3 growing. Great choices. The Pineapple Pleasures I had were top notch this year, and guava is outstanding. Haven't tried M4 yet, but know it's a winner too.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Evening Pictures Of Yard
« on: July 23, 2019, 09:44:24 PM »
Sweet pics, thanks for sharing. Hard to walk away from a sunset that beautiful.

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Something must be wrong with your CC. That is not normal growth. Mine looks nothing like that.

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If you want productivity and a long season, Pickering and Angie definitely fit the bill.

Thank you, that sounds good too! How about kesar mango?

Kesar mango is awesome. One of my favs. Grows very well in FL, and is the best tasting Indian flavor mango I've had. Picked up a tree for myself and a good friend (both 3 gal) as a house warming gift less than 2 years ago. He harvested over a dozen fruits this year. Mine did not flower. Super delicious clean mangoes. A nice changeup from all the other flavors/mangoes we have been enjoying. Great texture too. The tree is pretty and the leaves look healthier than any of my other mango trees.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Video of someone stealing my mangoes
« on: July 19, 2019, 08:51:04 AM »
That really bites! I'd be looking for those shorts and shoes around the neighborhood.

Someone stole a whole stalk of SweetHeart bananas from us about 2 weeks ago. Not even ready yet, total waste. Pretty sure it was the neighbor's landscaper, who has cut my passion vines and ruined fruit in the past.

Frustrating, makes me suspicious and paranoid. Sit around thinking of ways to protect fruit and teach bandits a lesson.

A motion activated sprinkler might not stop them, but would be fun to watch from the surveillance cam.

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lack of abrupt and lasting cold spells

rainy winter, dry spells trigger flowering

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So much to learn about the healing and protective properties of plants.

Choice broccoli varieties that do well in South Florida are of interest to me as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 16, 2019, 01:10:09 PM »
Tastes vary considerably from person to person, and over time.

I recall Tebow/Young to be a good mango. Glad you are happy with it.


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