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Due to this just not being the right environment for them, I am going to pull three of my front yard pomegranates that are scrubby and never fruiting after 6+ years. Waiting til fall for heat reasons.
So what I am looking for:
- is something that grows well here in full sun.
- is bushy, not scrubby, part of the purpose is to disrupt the view of the house from the road.
- produces fruit.
- Prefer something that stays green all year. 
- Things I don't want. Citrus, loquats(I already have 6), pecans(already have three), Avocado(already have 4) Star Fruit( do not do well in this area of the yard), Peaches, plums, apples, mangoes(already have 6 or 7), figs(nematode issues).
-Something with nice flowers is a plus since this is relatively close to the street.
-In FL 9B where we occasionally get a decent frost.

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This season I am taking a go at coffee. I am planning on growing them (trying to get hold of robusta and liberica seedlings, already have arabica) in my young camellia garden which is in the shade under several oaks and pines.

When someone says full shade does that mean dark like a garage  or simply an area with zero direct sun? The area I am doing all of this in is as said directly under a large oak canopy with morning and mid day sun having to get through several pines and the area really only gets direct late(4 or 5pm+) afternoon sun for a short time. Will this be suitable for coffee or should I move it to the back side of a different oak where it gets more of what I consider dappled?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grrr the Weevils are back on my mangos
« on: February 04, 2020, 08:11:20 PM »
Had a good last two years of no weevils. I guess this winter wasnt cold enough. Went out to my Lemon zest and sweet tart who have blooms and lo and behold Shri Lanken root weevils. Probably killed about 20 of them.  Since the current blooms are about done I went ahead and did a spinosad(?) root drench. Maybe it will kill any remaining larva in the ground and take out the adults when they start shredding the leaves. Keep an eye on your stuff, this winter sucked for killing off pests.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Pistachios in Florida?
« on: November 19, 2019, 02:59:06 PM »
Are there any varieties that are "low chill" able to take Central Florida humidity and rainy season and still fruit? I realize we are the southern edge of their livable zones.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango maintenance
« on: July 25, 2019, 09:58:21 AM »
I have these three mangoes which to me seem fairly leggy. Should I pug them down and if yes, do it this season? No fruit on them at all this year. Rapoza, Pickering, maha chinok varieties. Would pugging them produce a more pleasing bush form?


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Citrus General Discussion / Cuties or Halos variety?
« on: July 24, 2019, 09:53:23 AM »
What are Cuties and Halos? I know they are copyrighted but its a trade name, what are the actual varieties or something close?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Palmer Mango
« on: July 18, 2019, 03:26:16 PM »
Saw these mentioned in a video as being a very middle of the road mango, but more stable and reliable than some of the high end ones. Anyone else have these and or have a source for them? A source that ships. As much as I want one, I'm not driving halfway across Florida to get it.

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Citrus General Discussion / Growing citrus in pots
« on: March 21, 2019, 02:44:22 PM »
I seem to have issues keeping citrus trees alive in my grey sand soil. They just seem to fade out with a few exceptions. My key lime, 9 pound lemon and pommalo seem to do fine. A couple more seem to survive but I wouldn't call them flourishing. But nothing else lasts more than a year. So I am wondering if citrus in a large pot might be a better plan. I really like Shiranu mandarins and they are one of the normal failures. So anyone who keeps them in pots, and suggestions?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Hazelnut trees?
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:15:40 PM »
Looking at getting a couple hazelnut trees when I get back Stateside. What are good cultivars for zone 9? Yes I know this is the extreme southern range for them.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Stolen fruit grrrr
« on: August 07, 2018, 07:12:33 PM »
So I am deployed and just got an email from the wife. She came home to some jackass in the yard with three baskets of fruit from my various trees, likely mostly citrus and gauva I think, and some baskets of palmetto berries. Had the nerve to tell her "Just fruit, no big deal." She filed a police report not that they will do much. I dont care what 3rd world sh!thole country this a-hole is from, theft of fruit is theft. I have no tresspassing signs and a high palmetto hedgerow so he had to go out of his way to get in the yard. Aside from cameras and signs, I am going to have my rottie outside more often when I get home, but how else do you keep these marauding monsters off your property especially if not home? Makes the situation worse when you bring the berry pickers up on the neighborhood facebook page and a good chunk of the bleeding hearts want to defend them "oh they are just trying to make a living..."

Wife filed a police report but being out in the edge of the county with the worst, most useless excuse for a sheriff in the state, Demmings(who is running for Orange county mayor BTW) means that my area cant even get patrol car coverage for stolen cars, I doubt they will do anything for the fruit thieves.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Pecan Trees
« on: February 17, 2018, 09:05:27 PM »
With the cold having killed off a good chunk of my tropicals, I was thinking on more temp hardy trees. I grew up on an island in GA with 50 foot tall pecan trees all over the place that were completely without any sort of care. Any advice on keeping them here in central Florida? My local Tractor supply has a couple varieties I was going to grab.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Wet tree covers in the cold issue?
« on: January 03, 2018, 07:52:43 AM »
So I got home before it got dark yesterday and began mounding all my sensitive trees with mulch as high on their trunks as I was able, bringing most of my potted trees that cared into the garage, and putting covers over the mangos and in ground sensitive trees and in some cases where they were too big to cover, I wrapped the trunks in cloth or old blankets to maybe keep them a little warmer. I mostly protect against frost so extreme temps like they are predicting down into the 20s isn't the norm. So imagine my surprise when I wake up and its pouring rain this morning with the cold weather following tonight. I imagine there wont much time for the covers and wraps to dry off. What will the results of freezing weather and wet wraps be besides ice?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for loquats in Central FL
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:30:07 PM »
I am removing harder to keep trees that have faded and am replacing them with easy to keep trees like loquats. I have Big Ed and Gold Nugget and some tree that was here when I moved in. Wouldnt mind an arvi. I just havent seen many sources of named loquats, especially here in Central FL. Any ideas for seedlings and nurseries?

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I have to go away for quite a few months over the summer months here in Florida and I have someone elderly who has volunteered to watch my trees for me. I have a large mix of trees, mangos, apples, annonas, citrus, you name it. I plan on hitting the mangos and citrus with a spinosad drench before I leave and leave some for use on select trees in July and Sept for the summer, mostly for mango and citrus. Aside from hitting everything with fertilizer before I leave what else can I do?
-I have auto sprinklers on all of them.
-I plan on heavily mulching everything with pine bark.
-I am spraying my sprinkers in florescent paint so whoever mows while I am gone hopefully misses them.
-What else can I do to put as little work on my guy as possible?

He knows a little about trees having a couple mangos himself and if my other neighbor across the street doesn't have another heart attack during this time he can ask him for advice too. He also has a tractor which is helpful to get around with. I do have 100+ trees in ground though.
 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted Myrica rubra seedlings in US
« on: September 25, 2017, 11:24:33 AM »
As the title says, I am looking for one or two seedlings of this. I see seeds available all the time but every single time I have tried seeds they fail. As common as this tree is in Asia I am not really sure why its so hard to come by in the States. Thanks in advance.

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Citrus General Discussion / Key Lime uprooted, survival odds?
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:58:54 PM »
Any chance of survival on a 7 year old Key Lime that was flipped on its side during the storm thus ripping half its roots off. Ill have to find a way to stake it down since it wants to automatically flip back over when I stand it up.

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Citrus General Discussion / Weevils weevils everywhere
« on: August 27, 2017, 07:01:53 PM »
I got back from a short deployment and holy crap did weevils go nuts. And the stupid snake head caterpillars, they were covering my normally healthy and strong Key lime tree. I drenched them in Adonis and sprayed them with a foliar spray with spinosad in it. I know the caterpillars are toast from the spray, will it take out the citrus weevils too? I pulled and crushed all of them I could find but its a largish tree so I am sure I missed some. Also quite a few on a nearby navel orange although oddly, none on the giant unknown orange tree next to them or on the pink lemon.

The weevils by the way are the grey with orange/red stripes that have made their way to central FL with these warm winters we have been having.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Diaprepes root weevil how to get rid of them?
« on: January 23, 2017, 07:55:39 AM »
Well I have a multitude of these guys on my mango trees as does my neighbor across the street. They were are very attracted to the blooms. I kill every one I find by hand. After reading about them I found their more destructive habit is going after roots. What have you guys found to be effective control to get rid of them beside shaking the tree and squishing the bastards when they fall off?

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Its my 4th or 5th anniversary, whichever one trees or fruit are the appropriate gift and my wife wants to give me a tree. Ok, well I requested a tree over fruit, shoot me. Anyway I have narrowed it down to a couple trees on my bucket list and will be putting it in my new side orchard which is set aside for weird stuff. I can plant it full sun or partial sun and can place it to where it still gets the sun and is protected from uncommon frost by an oak tree. I am located in 9B near the St Johns river in between Cocoa Beach and Orlando. Adam got 30ish degree weather, it never dropped below 42 for us just to show a relative normal temp difference between our two areas, or to put it another way, my black pepper in a pot had no burn or anything from the cold and its by far my current most vulnerable plant.

Geography out of the way, I kind of have narrowed my choices down to a Rose Apple or a Cashew tree. Odd trees, but I do not currently own either of them. So hive mind, between the two, which would you go for and why?

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Citrus General Discussion / Ruby Pommelo ripe?
« on: November 01, 2016, 08:58:22 PM »
Hey I have one on my tree. When are they ripe? I think I waited too long last time and after I cracked through the 2" rind(serious if you havent tried opening one yet) I found it to be extremely stringy and not very good. They current one is a little bigger than a softball and light yellow/green.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / High Density Home Orchard and what I can use
« on: August 22, 2016, 01:49:52 PM »
Ok, now I am interested in this High density orchard idea. I didn't want to hijack the other guy's thread so I started my own. I am in the process of putting in irrigation(with a pick axe) for a new orchard and even after working in some new shadier spots, I still ended up with only 31 sprinkler risers. For the most part each riser is roughly 10' from the next. When I was sitting here this morning figuring out what to plant I was disheartened to find out I already filled the entire area with just the potted trees I have sitting by.

This high density thing though has my attention. My area is roughly 200' x 30'. Now what trees can I plant like this? I am thinking have the sprinkler sitting in the middle between the trees and use 360 micro-sprinklers. Would these combinations work?
2 black cherry trees or should I do 4?
4 of three different guava types
2 Spanish lime
2 Java plum
4 Sho Sahn -ealongotus latiforia (I think)
2 compact mangos Graham and pickering
4 Coco Plums

Then I have  7 single trees that get a bit larger or I only have one of. On the multi-tree thing I was thinking 2 foot not 18 inches since I have the space. Viable ideas?

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Looking for seedlings of these guys in the US. Anyone have any or know a source?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Arbor for kiwi wood choice
« on: July 27, 2016, 07:47:18 AM »
Hey I am building a large arbor for my kiwi and was wondering if there would be a problem with using treated wood?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / All-spice berries, when ripe?
« on: July 03, 2016, 08:56:53 PM »
For the first time my allspice trees have fruit/berries on them. When do I pull them to dry them out? Anyone ever went through the effort of doing so? They are green right now about the size of peas.

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Hello, my plans for the year include these guys. Looking for Florida native Paw Paws, preferably some of the bigger ones, and hopefully someone has a clue where to obtain Black Cherries, the Prunus serotina variety which will fruit in Central Florida. I don't think Peitros paw paws are in business any more. I haven't seen the black cherry on any nursery list I normally go to.

Scratch the cherries, found a cheap source on amazon of all places.

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