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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: April 30, 2019, 02:33:06 PM »
Does any other city besides Deerfield Beach have an ameiva lizard infestation?  I've read where these pet store lizards were turned loose by some idiot pet owners, and now in my section of DB, the Cove, they are even more prevalent than iguanas.  What they do is dig holes throughout your garden, especially in your flower beds.  They do this on a daily basis.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:42:01 AM »
I know we've talked about mulching fruit trees a lot on this forum.  It's generally accepted to be a good practice, correct?  I've always mulched under my fruit trees, and it seems to be beneficial.  Well, lo and behold, when I went to purchase three fruit trees from one of the largest and most well-known nurseries in South Florida the other day (located in Lake Worth), the owner sat there and said: NEVER MULCH UNDER GRAFTED FRUIT TREES.  IT'S BAD FOR THE TREES, AND THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO.  YOU WILL KILL YOUR TREES.  Mind you, I didn't even ask her advice on this matter.  And the two guys who work there were agreeing with her in no uncertain terms.  They didn't want to hear any arguments in favor of mulching or even to discuss the matter.  Naturally my reaction was WTF???

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Nam Wah Banana Plants (Pups) Free
« on: April 08, 2019, 07:09:11 PM »
I removed some plants, but left the roots so quite a few pups have come up.  If anyone is interested, come on by!  (They were supposed to be dwarf, but they got pretty tall.)

I have a 7-year-old tree.  In all previous years the fruit never ripened until summer.  PIN's Variety Viewer says "November-June."  This is the first year that the fruit started ripening in winter, and by now there isn't much left on the tree.  Also, the crop is very light, but new growth has been lush after I had to cut the tree back due to Hurricane Irma damage.  Should I anticipate a super crop next year, as well as early ripening going forward?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nishikawa Avocado in Florida
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:52:45 PM »
Who has had good luck with Nishikawa?  Is it a good avocado to grow in Florida?  I see that Excalibur is propagating it.  When does it ripen?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is Guanabana (Soursop) Alternate Bearing?
« on: March 04, 2019, 10:45:48 PM »
I had several fruit in 2017.  None last year although it had many blossoms.  My tree defoliated this winter after the first cold front, and now I see many small fruit without even having the blossoms!  (They must have been there but tiny.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lula or Day Avocado
« on: January 27, 2019, 02:44:58 PM »
Which would you say is the better, higher quality variety to grow as a dooryard tree?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Florida Low Temperatures
« on: January 21, 2019, 08:17:18 AM »
I guess we just had our coldest night so far this winter in SoFla.  44 degrees this morning.  How about other parts of Florida?  Any low 30's in zone 9b?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / White Jade Pineapple Plants--Free
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:42:26 AM »
We're planning on selling our house in about 2 months.  I have several White Jade plants I need to remove in order to sod the area.  They're very easy to dig up and re-plant.  My Christmas gift to anyone interested!  PM me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Phet Pakchong Atemoya
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:56:58 AM »
I have a four-year-old tree, which I purchased from Excalibur when it was one-gallon size.  I had to move it to a roomier location (front yard) after two years, as it was growing too vigorously for the side of the house.  When I moved it, I was able to save very little of the roots, and I cut it back to two main branches.  The tree started growing back right away with the same vigor and has been a very healthy tree.  This was the first year with a decent crop.  Of about a dozen fruit, half did not mature and/or ripen properly.  I've been 100% satisfied with the fruit that did ripen.  It's chewy and sweet with a low seed count, and although the flavor is not as intense as a good cherimoya, it's still very good.  There are plenty of squirrels in my neighborhood, but they didn't discover and attack the fruit.  All in all, Phet Pakchong seems to be a worthwhile atemoya, and I would recommend it without reservations.  Also, I want to mention that it takes intense sunshine very well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / When to Pick Wurtz Avocados
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:21:08 AM »
I have five avocados on my tree, my first "crop" of Wurtz avocados.  When should I start to pick them?  They are larger than a Hass avocado.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carla Avocado
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:01:14 AM »

Has anyone tasted this avocado?  The article says that Brooks Tropicals distributes it from February to early June.  Do you think it would grow well in South Florida?

Chris and Har, who've probably eaten more mangos than anyone besides the Zills, seem to really like Maha Chanok.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Free Cherimoya Seedlings
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:32:43 PM »
I have extra cherimoya seedlings.  A few months old.  You will have to graft them with atemoya to get fruit here in South Florida.  For local pick-up only.

Rare and worthwhile.  I got the seeds from Raul in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  I have a few extra plants.  Still quite small--a few months old.  $5 each.  PM me.
I received his permission to offer them for sale.  Local pick-up only.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Changed my mind.
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:14:52 AM »

I have a six-year-old Oro Negro tree.  It hasn't been a vigorous grower, but it is healthy.  Also, it hasn't been a good producer.  Two years ago it had eight fruit.  Last year not more than six, but they were knocked off by Hurricane Irma.  This year it has four fruit.  Has this variety been a good producer for anyone?  It hardly seems worthwhile to keep.  I might replace it with Monroe, which may be less flavorful, but at least would give me fruit.

I know it's still early in the season, and no Cotton Candy mangos are ripe yet, and as far as past seasons go, probably only a limited number of mango enthusiasts have tasted this particular mango.  But for those who have and can comment, besides being super-sweet, what is the flavor of this mango like?  Saying it tastes "like cotton candy" doesn't really tell us much.  I kinda wanted to put a tree in the ground now and take advantage of this growing season.  Also, if you happen to know, how does Orange Sherbet compare to PPK?  Is there any possible way it could be a better choice than PPK (which I've found to be outstanding)?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best Loquat Available for South Florida?
« on: June 23, 2018, 08:40:33 PM »
Out of the ones listed by Excalibur--Bradenton, Champagne, Christmas, Gold Nugget, Fletcher, Oliver, Sherry, Wolfe--which is the best for size, flavor, sweetness, juiciness?  If there is something better out there for South Florida, what is it and where can I get it? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best of the New Zill Mangos (Truly Tropical)
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:06:08 PM »
I watched all three videos on Truly Tropical's YouTube Channel in which Har Mahdeem and Marlys Zill discuss the new Zill varieties, and their favorites seem to be Peach Cobbler, Juicy Peach, Fruit Punch, Cotton Candy, and Orange Essence although they had good things to say about the others.  By the way, do we have any idea if Zill will release Orange Sherbert, which is a favorite of Richard Campbell?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Post-Hurricane Tree Recovery
« on: September 25, 2017, 08:50:21 AM »
New leaves on just about everything--two weeks after Hurricane Irma blew through.  I've watered a lot, and we've gotten decent rain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pinks Mammoth vs. Paxton Prolific Atemoya
« on: September 05, 2017, 03:51:03 PM »
It's my understanding that Paxton Prolific might require thinning since it sets fruit heavily without hand-pollination.  If you do that, would the fruit be identical in flavor and quality since PP is a bud sport of PM? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya on Guanabana Rootstock?
« on: September 01, 2017, 09:03:13 AM »
Is it possible to graft atemoya scions onto guanabana rootstock to produce atemoya trees?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pine Island Nursery VS. Excalibur
« on: July 28, 2017, 12:19:08 PM »
Have you seen how PIN has revamped their website?  Unfortunately they didn't add any of the newer Zill mango varieties to their Mango Variety Viewer.  I would imagine that they do sell some of them.  Excalibur, on the other hand, lists Coconut Cream, Cotton Candy, Edgar, Fruit Punch, Honey Kiss, Juicy Peach, Lemon Zest, Orange Essence, Peach Cobbler, Pina Colada, Phoenix, Pineapple Pleasure, Providence, Seacrest, Sunrise, Sweet Tart, Ugly Betty, and Venus.  Wow!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which Mango is Better--Carrie or Angie?
« on: June 10, 2017, 10:52:13 AM »
Is it true that Carrie and Angie are very similar in flavor?  If so, which one is superior and has less issues?  And if you consider them not similar, how are they different, and which one do you prefer?

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