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Happy weekend !

Looking for some guidance on these questions:
1. My 6ft grafted mamey sapote is heavily loaded with tiny fruits.  Having seen a full sized fruit at a store, I wander if I should thin the fruit or just ignore and let it do its thing.
2. My small Pickering mango developed black patches on branches, something that looks like mold.  Any thing to worry about?  Should I us a bleach or something to try and wipe it ?
3. I found this pretty ground plant cover in a park and brought a stem home, planted next to a tree.  It is spreading well.  Is this a good cover around fruit trees (like the avocado in the photo) or will it compete for nutrients and water too much ?  Will it attract any bad insects ?  Good insects ?

Sorry I am all over the place with these questions.
I live in Palm Beach county in FL.
Photos are attached.

Thank you for your wisdom and advice !


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Problem with avocado tree
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:04:44 AM »
This is all over the tree.  I am inclined to do nothing and just let it survive.  Is it a bad idea ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carambola with six edges
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:13:48 AM »
This is what I found on my SK tree today.  Just thought to share.  Happy new year !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help with Avocado problems
« on: October 26, 2015, 09:13:39 PM »
Dear Forum members

My young Simmonds avocado has been fighting something and it does seem to be getting worse.  Looks like a mix of different problems.  Your advice will be much appreciated.

Smaller problem, but Jaboticaba's leaf tips are always dry, though likely not from lack of water - we have seen plenty of rain recently.

Cumquat leaves turning a bit yellow.  Anything to worry about ?

Lastly, just posting a  surprise flower of Soursop in a 15gal container.
No photo, but my Sri kembangan carambola is finally flowering, in October, and loaded with small fruits finally.  I can not imagine how those small branches can hold so many fruits.

Thanks !
S. Treees

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Air layered lychee branch flowering
« on: March 17, 2015, 07:37:21 PM »
I have a very young emperor lychee tree that i did not expect fruit for few more years.  Back in January, i was going to prune a low branch that was almost touching ground and instead decided to air layer it.  Fast forward two months and that branch and only that branch shows flower buds.  Wonders of nature.  Probably survival instinct of that branch kicked in.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bugs on Jak
« on: December 13, 2014, 09:17:32 AM »
I have a small Jak fruit tree that is otherwise healthy and growing, but some kinds of bugs, scales, and mold(?) keep attacking it ?  Please help identify these problems.  Thanks a lot for all the great advice everybody.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Beginner questions
« on: December 03, 2014, 04:11:05 PM »
My small Mamey tree seems to be developing flowers right at the graft and this time of the year.  Is this normal ?  Will i get a fruit ?  Seems unrealistic for this small tree.

Another small one, Loquat in acontainer is blooming.  Is this normal this time of the year ?  I am in south Palm Beach county in Florida.

This tr hovey papaya tree was planted a year ago and already has many fruits, but all are green, none  turned orange yet.  Some  of the fruit are larger than honeydew mellons, i have not seen such big papayas in stores.  How long does it take for one to ripen ?  Should i let it do its thing or try to induce ripening ?

This atemoya is already losing leaves for hybernation but has one egg-sized fruit i really want to see ripen.  Is it a lost cause or will it ripen in spring ?  Should i just cut it off to let it preserve energy for a better crop next year ?  This is also a small tree, planted in ground few months ago.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

Couple of unrelated questions about problems.

These little white beetles have devastating my plum tree leaves and now starting on lychee, acerola, loquat trees.  I have killed well above 100 of them on just on one small plum tree.  They are the size of a large rice grain, sometimes larger, and give a cracking noise when crushed.  Any advice for keeping them away ?

Another question is about an atemoya tree that i planted in ground two months ago.  It ges full sun and plenty of water with the daily showers.  I fertilized using regular fruit fertilizer a month ago and also added some ironite.  But leaves do not look healthy.  Any advice would be much appreciated.

It does have one marble size fruit developing, this after me playing a matchmaker using a paintbrush for days and attempting on few dozen flowers.

My excuse of a yard is overflowing and i need space desperately.

Have half dozen mango and avocado seedlings each if anybody is interested in grafting.
Plus two seedlings of (i think) mamey sapote, or something that looked and tasted very similar, fruit bought at Boys Market
Few small Conadria fig trees, rooted from cuttings
Kumquat seedlings
Couple of small black mulberry trees, rooted from cuttings
Two longan seedlings
One loquat seedling
Goji berry rooted from cuttings
One pomegranate in 3gal fro air layer
Many dragon fruit cuttings rooted, natural mystic and some other varieties

Most are in half gallon containers, but some are in cups and others are in bigger containers.

Also, due to shortage of space, i decided to say good buy to my strawberry tree in a 24 inch container, about 9-10 foot high, 2-2.5 inch trunk, plenty of berries on it.  Though i definitely need the container back.

What is the price ?  You offer.  Cheap if you take few, very cheap if you take many.

Lastly, sorry - no shipping please, it is just not worth the time it takes.  I am in west Boca, so i guess only for locals.

Please let me know if you are interested by sending a PM.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / White liquid-gel on papaya ?
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:18:03 PM »
This is a puzzle to me but hope more experienced people have an advice.  What is this white stuff on small papaya fruit ?  It is watery that becomes gel like.  Thanks in advance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Potting soil mistake
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:45:11 PM »
I made a beginner's mistake by using garden soil in some of my containers.  The soil is now packed, containers are heavy like rock, drainage is poor, and plants are just surviving but not thriving.  The question is: what is the best way to replace the soil in containers without having to up the size ?  I made this mistake on my biggest containers and have no option to up the size.

One way i thought about is to basically prune roots by moving a small portion of the root system to another container of the same size but with better potting mix.  For example move only 3 gal root system out of the 15 gal container.  Would plants survive such cut back to the roots ?

Few mango trees, one longan, one jackfruit, fig, loquat are in such packed containers unfortunately.

Any advice ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tasted few new fruits recently
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:31:36 AM »
I fully recognize that individual tastes differ, and that the same fruit/variety can have a very large spectrum of quality depending on soil, climate, and even random chance.  Plus I am not a professional taster by any means.  So this nothing but my personal assessment of few new ones I tasted over the last few weeks.

Just to to give you a sense of scale - anything below 7 I will still eat but will not buy when much better options are available to buy.

Carrie mango - loved its sweetness and pine tone, 10 out of 10.  I just could not stop eating.
Bombay mango - good quality, not great, 7 out of 10
Kent mango - good quality, not special, 6 out of 10
Haden mango - ok at best, 4 out of 10
Tofu(?), store bought mango - very nice overall, reminded me of Ataulfo sold by Costco (may be the same), 10 out of 10
Wax jambu - ok at best, not sure what else to say, 4 out of 10
Jaboticaba black - good, exotic, but not amazing, 7 out of 10.  Frankly, expected more, Muscadine grape beats Jabo in my book, but will give it another chance.
Longan, store bought - excellent juicy taste, 10 out of 10.  I can see how longan can be addictive.
Lychee, store bought - excellent juicy taste, 10 out of 10.  Also addictive.
Rambutan, store bought - excellent taste, but seed skin was sticking to the fruit flesh and made it difficult to eat; inferior to Lychee and Longan.  8 out of 10.
Sapodilla, one what looked like Alano, another unknown much bigger and round - both excellent, 10 out of 10.  Eats like a sugary dessert.
Black Sapote - pleasant surprise, 8 out of 10. Not too sweet, but nice texture and good to eat
Canistel - super sweet (may be too sweet for some), another pleasant surprise, 8 out of 10

To set context - the plants get plenty of water and sun, there is mulch around, and i fertilized couple of months ago.  Mangos and avocados, starfruit, sapodilla, dragonfruit, seem fine and happy.  But other plants seem sick.  Your advice would be much appreciated.

Strange coloring on Emperor Lychee leaves

Mamey leaves not happy

Hana Persimmon steps have strange white covering all over, and plan seems sick in general

Meiwa kumquat leaves taking strange sick form

Conadria Fig leaves rusting

Pomegranate just looks sick all over

Atemoya Lisa, previously happy, now has weak stems and rusty leaves

Jackfruit has lots of black ants and aphids

In June, I will be visiting my parents in a part of Europe that I believe has same climate as zone 8 in the US.  Typical fruits there are: apple, pear, plum, peach, apricot, grape, persimmon.

Looking for a good source of excellent quality fruit cuttings to take with me as a gift for grafting.  Thinking about plout, aprium, plumcot, nectarine, some good peach and persimmon varieties.

...and your advice about more amazing fruit suitable for zone 8.  Anything from tropicals will fruit there ?
For example, is there an avocado variety that will fruit in zone 8 ?

In June, I will be visiting my parents in a part of Europe that I believe has same climate as zone 8 in the US.  Typical fruits there are: apple, pear, plum, peach, apricot, grape, persimmon.

Looking for a good source of excellent quality fruit cuttings to take with me as a gift for grafting.  Thinking about plout, aprium, plumcot, nectarine, some good peach and persimmon varieties.
...and your advice about more amazing fruit suitable for zone 8.

Also, is there an avocado variety that will fruit in zone 8 ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seal the cut
« on: April 19, 2014, 08:50:30 AM »
What do you use to seal a cut to a branch to avoid water going in and rotting the branch ?  Looking for something cheap or free, preferably asomething that one would have at home already, e.g. plastic wrap or paint.  Any advice ?  Thanks ahead of time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is decorative Loquat fruit edible?
« on: March 02, 2014, 09:25:18 PM »
I am at a Hilton property in Orlando.  It has countless beautiful Loquat trees among palms and others as decoration.  All Loquats are loaded with probably thousands of fruit each, a beautiful sight.  I will take and post some photos tomorrow during day.  The trees are definitely here for looks rather than fruit.  Are these the same edible Loquat or different ?  If same, I just wander about so much fruit going to waste.  Few that I tasted this morning (rousing curiosity of others staying here) did taste good.

I have a small (tiny) backyard and trying to keep fruit trees to about 6 feet tall forever.  The problem is that some trees have very high stem before they branch.  The trees themselves are young, came in 3 gal containers, so they are like sticks in the ground with small branches and leaves at the top.

I have read that you can just cut them back to 1.5-to-2 feet or so tall stem, and let them grow new shoots from lower branching point.  And this is probably the right time to do it.  But I am nervous about killing or severely hurting the trees if I cut them so low and leaf-less.

Different fruit trees may also react differently.  Have this (cosmetic) problem with Atemoya, Mango, Avocado, Persimmon, Jaboticaba.  Any advice from more experiences forum members would be much appreciated.

Most of the trees are grafted, and graft points are fairly low at few inches from the ground.

Dear forum members,

Just ate my first Gefner Atemoya from my backyard tree - deliciously sweet.  Have fresh seeds, in Palm Beach County, FL (can mail if needed).

Seeking tip cuttings for scion wood of Mango and/or Avocado suitable for south FL.  I am a novice and decided to try grafting to get coctail trees for fun.  Would love your recommendations about varieties.

Mangos of interest: Sweet Tart, Mallika, Carrie, Nam Doc Mai.
Avocados of interest:  Miguel, Monroe, Russell.
But other varieties would also do.

Thanks for considering !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit trees few feet from inground pool ?
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:24:10 AM »
Few months ago I too started planting tropical fruit trees in my tiny backyard in Palm Beach County, FL.
Soon all space is used up, and I have been thinking about planting more in a narrow long space behind an inground pool (typical in South Florida), which will be 3 to 4 feet from the edge of the pool.

The problem is that I am afraid of the root system damaging the pool. I would much appreciate advice about this situation. Specifically

Any tropical or subtropical fruit tree or bush that has a weak root system to avoid the risk ?

Is 3 - 4 feet too close to the edge of the pool ? I would hate to have to pay 1000s in repairs in few years.

Is this a bad idea ?

Thank you all !

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