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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?

MPK Mono-Potassium Phosphate 0-52-34. Not a ton of info out there about it, but I have read that it is used to control powdery mildew and obviously for foliar feeding. I mix a very small amount (less than 1 tbsp per 3 gallons) in with my foliar sprays - no way to physically observe what, if any, effect it actually has. I guess I'll find out if the whole family starts glowing after mango season this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are these abiu flowers?
« on: March 18, 2018, 08:11:00 PM »
For those in the know, are these abiu flowers? Been in the ground for a few years... I've seen these before but nothing came of them previously. Wondering if they're flowers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit Punch baby mangoes... really red.
« on: March 18, 2018, 08:09:33 PM »
Thought this was kinda interesting. Of all the baby mangoes in the yard, the fruit punch seems to be super red comparatively speaking. First year of fruit punch fruiting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / SaveMeJebus Yard Tour: 2018 Update
« on: February 25, 2018, 04:40:31 PM »
Figured since it's 1,000 degrees out I may as well get some work done today and snap some pictures while I'm at it. Here's the update for late February 2018.

A good chunk of the morning was spent saying goodbye to this Christmas loquat tree. In 4-5 years, it has never produced a single fruit. It makes tiny little shriveled up messes. Whole tree would be gone but chainsaw chain got dull halfway through the process. No waste though... straight to the chipper for you!

Fresh mulch!

Pineapple alley. Mix of pineapples - 3 or 4 Kauai sugarloaf, a couple white jade, and a couple store bought Doles.

Cogshall. Not a single fruit last year. Hopefully a few this year.

Miracle fruit. Got more use out of it when I used the juicer. Now that I use a blender for smoothees we don't really use these for anything.

Pink lemon. More of a novelty but we get a few lemons here and there.

Alano sapodilla. Made a few already.

More pineapples. Eleuthera.

Mallika mango.

Frankenstein. Har grafted some sweet tart and edgar on this seedling. Still waiting for flowering. Nada so far.

My workhorse Glenn mango.

young Kari starfruit. Still has some work to do before it catches up to its big brother.

I'm getting tired of these mother fu@#$% iguanas in my mother fu#$%^ papaya trees! Can't seem to keep them from destroying these young Hawaiian papayas. These are Sunrise. Every time they flush they get destroyed.

Fwang Tung starfruit. Not my cup of tea, but the wife loves them.

Nam Doc Mai

Sweetheart lychee. This one gets decimated by the weevils. Has some flowers. We'll see.

Hasya sapodilla. It's actually produced a few thus far.

Mauritius lychee. Loaded with flowers.

Jujube. Last weekend I chopped down the 13 foot monster jujube whose rootstock killed off the graft. It bloodied me up but I won the battle when I kicked the stump into the lake screaming "THIS IS SPARTA!"

Unhappy Edgar mango. I pugged it last year because it was super lanky. It just doesn't want to grow.

Fruit Punch mango. First year with fruit.

Cherry of the Rio Grande. Thus far a dud. It's high on the list of "replaceable."

Abiu from Noel. Thus far no fruit. The lobate scales are attacking it pretty hard.

Angie mango.

UF Sun peach. Disappointing year. Some flowers but it kept most of its leaves this year for some reason.

I want to say "Morena" sapodilla but not sure. This went where the old jujube was. Chainsawing the roots of the jujube is what dulled my blade.

Malay Apple. Been 3-4 years with no flowers. Hopefully some day.

Coconut Cream mango.

Sabara jaboticaba. I'm guessing a few more years until fruit.

Soursop waiting for a spot to open up somewhere.

Grimal jaboticaba. Also waiting for a spot.

Meyer lemon. Lots of flowers.

herb/veggie raised box # 1. This one has mint, basil, rosemary, arugula, carrots (just harvested them).

Some kind of mandarin bought from Excalibur. Japanese type name.

Raised garden box # 2. This one has arugula, lettuce (2 types), longevity spinach, new zealand spinach, kale, georgia collards, etc.

Sweet Tart mango. The only casualty of Irma was a sweet tart in this spot for about 5 months before Irma split it right at the graft.

Barbados Cherry.

Lemon Zest. YUM!

Tomato alley.

This Kari starfruit tree is planted atop a nuclear site. Just chopped it back after final harvest. It will be 15 feet again by summer. Amazing tree. Covered in loquat mulch.

Rosigold mango.

Tropic Beauty peach. Again, not a great year for peaches here.

Monroe avocado. Aborted all fruit last year. Hopefully this year it pulls through.

Biew Kiew longan.

Some dragonfruit

Don't tell the iguanas about these Hawaiian papayas. Rainbow.

Lacatan bananas. Very good.


Yehuda loquat. Excellent. Got a lot this year. Fruit flies got a lot too.

Red jaboticaba. Definitely the one to get if you're not patient.

Pickering mango.

Another sweetheart lychee. The weevils haven't really found this out yet.

Monstera Deliciosa guarded by an attack lizard.

Did not really pay attention this year. Lemon Zest put out a ton of flowers - tree fully loaded. Just today walking by noticed not too pretty of a sight - appears to be full of powdery mildew. I don't want to spray sulfur at this point as a lot of flowers are open/fragrant right now. Is there anything that can be done or just hold by breath and wait for the flowers to run their course?

Getting one of these seedlings to grow is going to be difficult so long as my wife continues to prohibit me from murdering... uhh... I mean "humanely relocating to the bottom of the lake" the iguanas.

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