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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic Fertilizers
« on: Today at 03:01:01 PM »
Thanks for that Mark!

Going to talk to wife about this.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sugarlata seedling
« on: Today at 02:31:35 PM »
3 sugarlata seedlings in the hand do not beat one nice bush...

...and re "pineapple annona," one fruit fell off my tree and got to it too late. It smelled really nice, and the ants were loving it. That was about two years ago. A few flowers, but no fruits since. Tree has been neglected, but is quite hardy. Will sample a fruit before giving up on it.

And I take anoles for granted, lol!

We have at least 6 different kinds here it seems, whether we want them or not. Bright greens (beautiful and weird looking), browns, greys, striped ones, big dark ones, ridge backs, and then the giant Cuban knight anoles (can't be as closely related, big funky lizards).

Have to wonder how much of a dent they actually put in the bug density. They definitely aren't eating all the mosquitos.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic Fertilizers
« on: November 26, 2020, 11:20:26 PM »
I have a lot of respect for many of the posters here on this forum and within this thread.

Rob and Froggie are 2 of my favs.

You both make this forum way better.

I'm glad there are different opinions, and that those with success share their ideas.

And yes, there are many ways to grow plants and fruits.

Debate away, but don't get mad and leave. We need you both.

Found one of these in the neighborhood, caught it, it bit me all the way home. Set it free and it took up residence inside one of the columns on our back porch. One night, whilst minding my own business, heard a frightful sound that made me jump out of my seat. It was the tokay gecko, calling out loudly, "Tokay...Tokay!!!" After a few months, the nightly calls ceased. That's when I noticed the female Tokay had called up a boyfriend. Now, we have a community of at least 3 adults and 2 juveniles. One adult and one juvenile hunt together. Every night I find them by the mosquito trap, 40+ feet from their condo. It's like it is teaching the young one. Such cool lizards.



Here's a biggun

Great story Carolyn! I share your protective nature with all critters, and like the idea of adding lizards for pest control. My wife still won't let me set Tokay geckos loose in the house.

Love the reptile pics everyone! All but green iguanas are welcome in our garden.

Caught this baby Cuban Knight Anole the other night on pomegranate tree. Brought in for the kids to play with before setting it free in a less spiny tree. These things get big and are snappy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 22, 2020, 12:42:53 PM »
that's what I thought too.

can find conflict when even when you appear to agree.

Best stop arguing or I'm going to have to employ some couples/family therapy interventions on ya'll!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya tasting /get together
« on: November 22, 2020, 12:38:55 PM »
Going to thin more and see how it goes. Rollinia has been like that for me. First fruits were awesome. Then, as it has become more productive, fruit quality has dropped. Others have advised thinning as well.

Must be about finding the balance and sweet spot in terms of quantity of fruit to leave on a tree. I do not believe that 5 year bearing trees are past their prime.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya tasting /get together
« on: November 22, 2020, 11:51:04 AM »
Interested to hear how Inca Red flavor holds up.

Funny, because the first fruits often are not as good as when a tree has matured.

Had one sweet tart mango this year (the first I've grown, and only one produced by this tree so far). Along with the first (and lone) coco cream mango that my tree produced the first year (2 or 3 years ago), the best 2 mangoes I've eaten.

Must be something to the idea that less fruits correlates with better flavor.

Great idea! Would love to learn more and have everything in one easy to find place.

As for some criticizing organic farming techs, that is true. But I think the comment someone made in another thread about compost and manure harming mango trees is applicable to those who are not using organic farming methods, and who then overdo it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Polyphenol Tea
« on: November 22, 2020, 11:22:02 AM »
I make tea with all kinds of stuff from the garden.,.

thai basil
tulsi (holy basil)
ceylon cinnamon
yerba mate
jasmines (several kinds)
passiflora leaves and flowers
lemon grass
neem leaves
citrus leaves, peels, or splash of fresh juice
jujube (fruit and leaves)
guava (fruit and leaves)
occasionally guanabana leaves

add a little honey and raw sugar or nectar. yum.

a nice cup of ceylon cinnamon with neem tea helps me a lot with allergy and sneezing attacks, for about 4 - 6 hours.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 22, 2020, 09:22:03 AM »
I believe the application of elemental sulfur can speed up the conversion of the abundant calcium carbonate in our soil to calcium sulfate. It also makes available other minerals in the soil that would normally be bound and unavailable by lowering pH. The pH change is usually only temporary due to the high buffer capacity of our soils.  I apply Tiger90 sulfur pellets annually, 600lbs per acre for areas where soil pH is regularly in the high 7s or low 8s.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: November 21, 2020, 05:44:25 PM »

passiflora laurifolia? flowers for a couple of years, still no fruits

sweetheart nanners





dancing ladies?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: November 21, 2020, 05:40:38 PM »
g. mangostana

sugarlata sprouts


mocambo, cacao, nanner pups

kwai muk


mulberries starting up

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 21, 2020, 02:07:55 PM »
In SE FL, you probably do not need Ca. Limestone should supply plenty

Focus on P and K and micros

less N to none needed as they get bigger

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No ordinary Garcinia dulcis
« on: November 21, 2020, 09:02:59 AM »
Those look real nice!

Sade should update her song, "this is no ordinary garcinia, no ordinary garcinia..."

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Earthworms in pots
« on: November 20, 2020, 07:46:32 PM »
earthworms are beneficial.

killing them would only hurt your soil.

manually remove them if you don't like them

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop question
« on: November 20, 2020, 02:19:51 PM »
Got little idea what I'm talking about, but you might want to consider cherimoya.

Rollinia will give you similar problems to guanabana, and sugar apple might as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop question
« on: November 20, 2020, 01:11:41 PM »
try something else

Wow, that is nice Rob!

Pretty similar to mine.

Fans and heat at the back, not in the bottom, like the old ones that always got fouled up and stopped working after a while.

Here is the Excalibur site.

Dehydrating definitely changes the flavor of mangoes, and everything else I've dried. Still, can be really good.

For those interested, check out Excalibur dehydrators. Have been through many over the years, and none have compared to these.

Blueberry buffalo pomegranate chia with Haitian pikliz jerky was quite nice for breakfast this morning.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Centennial Kumquat: How to tell when ripe
« on: November 19, 2020, 12:10:29 AM »
Thank you Brian!

Citrus General Discussion / Centennial Kumquat: How to tell when ripe
« on: November 18, 2020, 10:51:42 PM »
This little beauty came from Just Fruits. Already has fruits. Can someone please advise on when to pick and eat?

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