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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Biiigggg Hasya sapodilla (picture)
« on: May 29, 2020, 04:32:59 PM »
No... I don't have midget hands. This is a giant. Not sure if I buried radioactive waste near the tree.

They havent updated their facebook page since 2018 and don't seem to have any presence anywhere.

We're currently growing Phillippine Lacatan which is somewhat similar to what you get in the stores. The kids love it.

Thinking about getting a new variety but the wife's requirement is she needs to like it before it gets planted. To that end, is anyone near us (we're in Coral Springs) growing a delicious, larger-fruit type banana that has fruit on the tree and wouldn't mind sharing a couple to see how they taste? Otherwise, I'm open for ideas on where something other than the grocery store standard can be bought.

I have a NDM that is in an awkward spot. The tree is beautiful but we need to keep it pruned back to a point that we don't get a lot of fruit. Not to mention I'm pretty mehhh on the taste. Looking for something slow growing/compact that I won't need to prune back quite so much. Something with a Pickering-like growth habit (already have one of those) but with the flavor punch of the great Zill mangoes. Any ideas?

I've heard ice cream is popular and grows slow. Dont know how that tastes though.

For reference, favorites in my yard are LZ, sweet tart, fruit punch, edgar, seacrest.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / DELETE
« on: April 12, 2020, 04:08:29 PM »

Was at Whole Foods today wrestling with the other pre-Thanksgiving shoppers. These caught my eye as I walked by the fruit section. No wonder people don't buy more exotic fruit. Some unsuspecting person is going to pay premium Whole Foods money for a disgusting never-to-ripen fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Out with the old...
« on: August 10, 2019, 11:50:18 AM »
1 of 3 useless lychee trees (sweetheart) was on the chopping block this morning. Some heavy duty loppers, a chainsaw, and some serious elbow grease... took a few hours but the hole is reclaimed and will now be filled with a Super Haas avocado picked up from Fruitscapes yesterday.

With any luck, the lychee's mangled corpse will send a strong message to the other 2 trees that they better make some fruit sometime soon. For as much as I'd like to keep them, I'm out of space and they are growing like crazy which makes pruning/management very difficult.

These two have eluded me for several months now. Anyone with any clue where in South Florida I can grab 1x of these trees?

Best time of year = mango eating
Worst time of year = mango pruning after the eating

This morning's project was the always reliable Glenn tree. I try to bring them all back to around 8 feet tall and keep the shape in check. Not always an easy task. Not sure which will kill me first - the sun stroke or the 25x spider bites in places I didn't know I could be bitten. 4 trees trimmed up so far. This evening I'll take out the chipper/mulcher and get rid of the larger branches. Not fun.

Before and after:

The best time of the year - mango season has arrived! (yes, I know Squam has been harvesting 10,000/lbs a days since January 1).

First (legit) mango of the year is this Angie that was coloring up on the tree and ripened for a couple days in the garage. Delicious as it was on the tart side and not the fully ripe, vomit in your mouth Carrie-stage.

And a bonus big boy Hasya sapodilla which I had no idea was ripe but fell from the tree today in fully-ripe stage. Thankfully it was in a clamshell so the critters didn't get to it. Pure bliss.

Be careful working outside. I was an idiot today and spent too long in the sun chopping a tree down and then feeding in through the chipper/mulcher.

All of a sudden I felt my heart racing and started getting light-headed. By the time I made it indoors I could barely balance myself. Thankfully my wife got me a couple ice packs and damn near a bottle of gatorade. Spent 20 minutes in a cold shower and I can finally move around again. Scary stuff. My eyes are all bloodshot and I'm red all over, but overall doing ok now.

Make sure you have lots of water out there and don't overdo it... summer is here!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / SaveMeJebus Yard Tour 2019
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:46:12 AM »
Yard tour 2018: (too lazy to superimpose the updates on each other!).

General consensus is things are going well. Mangoes are in full bloom (except Cogshall). Lychees have disappointed for yet another year and are dangerously close to becoming wood for the smoker. Iguanas are still Enemy No. 1.

Cogshall - couple flowers but not doing much.

Pineapple alley - between these and others around the yard, we have about a dozen that are fruiting now.

Pineapples are a very photogenic fruit.

Alano sapodilla. Has at least a dozen fruit on it.

Pink lemon. Mostly a novelty. Was not looking good a week ago. Hit it with some kelp and nutritional spray and now looks rejuvenated.

Frankenstein mango (multi-graft of Edgar and Sweet Tart with a few branches of the seedling.

My wife's tower garden project. Right now lots of tomatoes. A couple weeks ago it was fully loaded with kale, lettuce, beans, etc.

Soursop. Took the place of a Mallika mango.

Old Faithful - my Glenn mango. First mango planted and fully loaded.

Grimal Jaboticaba. Just went in the ground. Wasn't looking great in the pot.

Kari starfruit.

Cannot give these 2 Hawaiian papayas a fighting chance. The iguanas continue to decimate them. I've reinforced the cages which hopefully will make a difference.

Fwang Tung starfruit. My wife's favorite. I became a believer this year after a lot of fertilization and care. It was actually excellent.

Useless lychee #1 (sweetheart).

Nam Doc Mai mango. Starting to flower.

Hasya sapodilla.

Useless lychee #2 (Mauritius)

Meyer lemon.

Veggies. Re-planted half of it. Mostly arugula, kale, beets, and various lettuces.

More veggies. Iguana-proof caging or none of this would exist. This one is longevity spinach and Georgia Collards.

Sweet Tart mango.

Barbados Cherry. Hasn't really done anything since the last hurricane. I think the iguanas eat all the flowers.

Lemon Zest mango. My pride and joy. I've been spraying the heck out of it and so far it's mostly clean of powdery mildew.

Large Kari starfruit. Gave it a haircut a couple weeks ago. Will be 18 feet tall again within a couple months.

Rosigold mango.

Tropic Beauty peach.

Monroe avocado.

Biew Kiew longan. Also mostly useless. No fruit this year.

Mix of dragonfruit. We got about 6 this year (some purple/pink variety). Also have yellow planted in the background.

Don't tell the iguanas. These Hawaiian papayas are thriving and have a few papayas on them. Also I can neither confirm nor deny how these seeds were removed from Hawaii.


Yehuda loquat. Very delicious (when you beat the fruit flies to the fruit).

Red jaboticaba.

Up close of some red jabos growing. Great tree that basically produces all year.

Lacatan banana (some sort of Philippine variety). Large banana much like commercial variety.

Pickering mango.

Useless lychee #3. Another sweetheart. Only reason they're still here is lychee is a beautiful tree.

Monstera Deliciosa.

UF Sun peach.

Peach blossom.


Seacrest mango (or whatever the hell they're now calling it).

Fruit Punch mango.

Cherry of the Rio Grande.

First flowers on the Cherry of the Rio Grande. Hopefully it makes fruit.

Abiu. Seedling from Noel. Still hasn't made fruit. Hopefully this year as tree is back to looking very healthy (winning the fight with those little black scales).

Angie mango.

Another sapodilla. I want to say Makok. Not 100% sure.

Malay apple. No fruit yet. The sri lankan weevils love this almost as much as lychee.

Coconut Cream mango.

Sabara jaboticaba.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / You can all thank me for today's rain.
« on: December 15, 2018, 03:33:14 PM »
Woke up to a non-windy, beautiful day, so I decided to be proactive and spray some of the mango trees with copper. Mixed up some spray, donned some protective gear, and felt tremendously accomplished by 7:30 a.m. when I was done.

Of course, fast forward to 10am, and it's pouring.

This happens every time, so if anyone wants rain in the future, just let me know and I'll go out to spray the yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit fly control in South Florida
« on: December 11, 2018, 05:36:37 PM »
For those of us that live in South Florida where we're primarily dealing with the Caribbean fruit fly, what methods are you using to control, stop, and/or viciously murder them?

I've watched a lot of videos on Youtube from Hawaii, Ghana, etc., but I'm more confused now given that different fly species seem to have different means of control.

Not sure if protein baits, apple cider vinegar, etc. work to control our local fly population, but I need to start being proactive with loquat season approaching and the flies fattening up on carambola now.

Came across these on Youtube and thought they'd be useful to people here. These are more useful than most of the videos I've seen from the USA. This is obviously more tilted toward commercial growing, but I found each of the videos very educational (I subscribed to the channel so I could come back and watch these when needed).

Selective Harvest - How to raise your mango yield

Anthracnose Control for Mango Farmers

From Farmer to Farmer: Fruit Fly Control

How to prune a mango tree (engl)

How to prune - Canopy management for mango

BBS Control for Mango Farmers

Tropical Fruit Discussion / When are Monroe avocados ready to be picked?
« on: October 08, 2018, 10:19:46 AM »
First year with fruit on our Monroe tree. I have no idea when it's time or how to tell when it's time to pick Florida avocados. Any insight?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sickly Edgar mango tree... diagnose its problem
« on: September 08, 2018, 12:03:23 PM »
This was originally planted over a year ago as a tall scraggly 3 gallon. I 'pugged' it to a few feet tall in hopes that I could better control the tree shape, but in the last year it has not really done any growing and just appears very sickly. It shot out a decent amount of branches but, as you can see, many of them are not developing leaves or what is developed never really goes anywhere. Do I need to yank it out/give up or is this something that an aggressive copper/plant doctor/x-ray radiation is going to fix?

I need to make some room in the yard and that means the Mallika is on the chopping block. Very healthy tree, fruits well enough, but I need the room. Tree is about 8 - 9 feet tall, a few years old. Not sure if it's feasible to transplant it, but figured I'd see if anyone wants to try. It's getting the chainsaw tomorrow morning if I don't hear from anyone before then.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Purge: Mango Pruning
« on: July 07, 2018, 11:18:59 AM »
The less-fun part of mango season - battling spiders, ants, and the occasional snake to hack back at mango trees in the 100 degree heat. 4 trees pruned today including the below Glenn that I brought back to around 9 feet or so. The addition of a battery-powered pole saw this year has made getting to awkward center branches a lot easier, but not a fun job by any means. I think my shirt weighed 8lbs of sweat when I came in. Only 10 or so more mango trees to go. If all goes well I'll get some kind of Marvel super power with all the spider and ant bites.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nice selection of mangoes picked today
« on: June 16, 2018, 01:52:06 PM »
Nice small group of mangoes picked while walking around the yard doing general maintenance. Fruit Punch, Lemon Zest, Rosigold, Coconut Cream, Angie, and Cogshall.

This, of course, is in addition to the dozens upon dozens of Glenn and even more Haden (from my wife's mother) that are rotting on the counter because we can't keep up with cutting/freezing them for smoothies.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Amazing new lychee variety...
« on: May 05, 2018, 01:32:35 PM »
The "great dane" lychee - for some reason, standing under this tree is his favorite spot in the yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Very large Hasya sapodilla fruit
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:31:35 PM »
We've had about 10 sapodilla off this tree thus far, but this one (which held on the longest) absolutely dwarfs every other fruit that was on the tree (which were not tiny). Not sure why this one grew to freakishly large size but looking forward to devouring it in a couple days.

And before the jokes start rolling in... no, I'm not a manlet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soon.... soon, my pretties!
« on: May 02, 2018, 08:36:01 PM »
Starting to get some color... won't be long now before the squirrels, blue jays, and iguanas start to take interest.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grumichama in full bloom
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:55:48 AM »
That time of the year - went outside and smelled the flowers before I saw them. Looks like the whole tree (which we keep around 7') will soon be completely covered in flowers and fruit.

At first I thought it was the iguanas that hang out in the area, but now I have no clue. I've wrapped them up in mesh fencing but every time they get a set of leaves on them they get wiped out. I am guessing it happens at night. Iguanas? Snails? Ninjas?

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