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All but my sweet tart and cotton candy show new signs of spring. Rapoza and my in ground beat up(deer and last winter) Graham are covered in panicles and new leaves. I sprayed the foliar boron and manganese spray on the visible panicles and will spray again when the others pop. Since I am here(was deployed last spring/summer/fall) I am hoping for some mangoes to munch on this time around.

Well we thank you for your service.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Monster avocado
« on: February 21, 2019, 07:49:59 AM »
If youíre sure itís choquette Iíll go with that. I thought I saw some slight ridging on it. Iím hoping to get my first Marcus this year as my tree has been in the ground almost 2 years.

Yah, that is strange. For what it's worth, I did give my trees a heavy fertilization with Har's magic 0-3-16 in late fall.

. . .
This is looking to be a great mango year for my area at least.
Interesting, Jeff, because I'm only a few miles south of you in Plantation and my trees are deep in REM sleep at the moment.

Where can one get this Harís Magic?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Monster avocado
« on: February 20, 2019, 08:35:03 AM »
Well it might be a Marcus Pumpkin then. See if the seed is almost perfectly round.

Iíll have to look for that beer. Sounds good, thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Monster avocado
« on: February 19, 2019, 07:43:34 PM »
Looks kinda like a Marcus Pumpkin, but itís awfully late for those.

What is that Diver Down drink in the background?  Never heard of it.

No need to be in a hurry. Couple of days after you remove the tape we could get high winds or something.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango broken branch wound
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:40:22 PM »
Looks like itís healing to me. Maybe spray some fungicide on it to be safe??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabotacaba the next antidepressant?
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:33:11 PM »
Probably did include the peel, I think thatís where most of the AIís are

I read the reference to the rat tail suspension. Still not sure I follow it.

There are other articles, but I chose that one because itís a very credible source 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jabotacaba the next antidepressant?
« on: February 13, 2019, 06:25:04 PM »
There are a few really good articles out there touting jaboticaba as a true superfood. Here is one.

Check into perennial peanut. Drought tolerant and nitrogen fixing.

Can he approach graft a different rootstock?  Would that at least alleviate the problem?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where should I prune this mango?
« on: February 12, 2019, 06:06:37 PM »
I agree with the above. Iíd wait until it gets about 4í high give or take.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Would you accept a tree in this condition?
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:28:17 AM »
No way.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plinia trunciflora first flowering
« on: February 08, 2019, 06:55:09 AM »
Came across this interesting article on it a while back.

That is huge!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Do Geffners defoliate?
« on: February 06, 2019, 12:35:11 AM »
Not sure if my geffner is having an issue or just defoliated this winter.  Do they defoliat?

Itís on high ground but very near a sprinkler. Maybe too much water?

Any thoughts appreciated

Iím fairly sure you know this, you said ďtreeĒ twice, monstera is a vine, not a tree.

Cacao is one you left off

Iíve considered vanilla also, but look into whatís involved more to harvest, etc.  Appears to be VERY laborious.

Out of the plants you mentioned, the only one I would cross off is dragonfruit. The rest are good to go.
In the case of dragonfruit it could occupy the vine layer up above. For example, on a taller non-fruiting tree it could climb. My neighbor has a 20+ year old white fleshed DF which probably weighs 1000 lbs and makes 100 fruit/season. It is difficult to harvest, they use a cherry picker/man basket, and it has to compete with tree roots, cannot be hand pollinated, but does make a substantial amount of fruit. The tree is Royal Poinciana which is a tropical legume and deciduous during the dry season. I have several similarly planted DF, not my main crop but I just consider them freeebies. I made $30 this year just selling cuttings so even outside the fruiting season I got something out of it. So, marginal usage but maybe worthwhile.
Would love to see a pic of that DF.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zero Chill/Tropical Mango Flowering
« on: February 05, 2019, 09:11:12 AM »
Mango trees flower and fruit throughout the year in Jamaica.
With the summer months being the heavy season.

Thanks Jani. Do you have a defined dry season?

Yes they do, similar to our dry season in southern FL.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ants farming?
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:12:27 AM »
Use a magnifying glass. Why else would they be doing that?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: which anona variety needs defoliation?
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:09:44 AM »
My Rollinia, Lisa atemoya, dream cherimoya have not defoliated

My Geffner has either partially defoliated or isnít doing well.  Not sure which at this point.

My sugar apples and soursops have defoliated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting on a fence line
« on: February 02, 2019, 05:16:22 AM »
I would not do raspberry. The thorns make them VERY unpleasant plants. Impossible to weed or work with, the thorns are just very large and sharp.

You could try some of the thornless blackberries

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mangoes in Florida
« on: January 25, 2019, 06:20:06 AM »

Alphonso does not do well in Florida. .

Is that the consensus?  I have one thatís not doing well, I thought it might be because deer keep attacking it. I just gave up on a small Edward and yanked it, maybe itís time to yank this Alphonso also? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao Ant Pest Problem in Costa Rica
« on: January 24, 2019, 08:33:12 AM »

I was thinking this bug is an aphid, but can anyone confirm?  It jumps and can fly a short distance.  I have seen the aphids on the Cacao as well, but not sure about these exotic looking little "suckers".  They are lined up all along the stem of the fruit as in my prior pics with the ants farming them or at least eating the sap they are sucking.  However, just wondering if I need to address these differently if they are not aphids.  (An African voodoo mask or an alien face comes to mind).  Here is a close up...

Thanks, professor

Never seen that. Iíd just try insecticidal soap first to see if thatíd work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao Ant Pest Problem in Costa Rica
« on: January 23, 2019, 08:21:33 PM »
Tangle Foot is b.s if you have a "real" ant problem. Ever watch Planet Earth? You will see ants building bridges across small streams to get to the other side. I've used "Tangle Foot" and the ants just build bridges out of ant bodies to get what they want...every-time.

Yeah - Army ants. But those clearly arenít army ants. You have to replace it from time to time.

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