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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brown/dying blossoms on mangos in SW FL
« on: February 24, 2018, 04:08:41 PM »
I live in the Ft Myers region and I have a Pickering and a Sweet Tart that have been planted for a little over a year now. The sweet tart started blooming in late November and the Pickering in early December.  Both of them produced quite a bit of blossoms, but the majority of the blossoms wound up turning brown and dying.  They both have a few small fruit that survived the dying blossoms. The sweet tart has a few fruit about the size of half dollars and the pickering has a few that are more like peas at this point.  I'm not too concerned because I know I'm really not supposed to let these trees fruit yet anyhow.  I'm just wondering if the dying blossoms are a sign of other issues that I need to be concerned about.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What happened to my papaya? High maintenance?
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:38:36 PM »
Bought a papaya last spring from a local reputable grower (no idea what kind).  I live in Ft Myers FL.  I see them growing all around here like weeds so I didn't think they were a high maintenance plant.  The plant was about 5ft tall and had lots of healthy green leaves when I planted it.  I planted it in an area that gets irrigation twice a week.  Full sun.  As the spring and then the summer went on it started to lose leaves from the bottom, then through the summer it lost more and more leaves until just a few remained at the very top.  Eventually this fall those dropped as well and then the plant died.  Any thoughts on what might have happened?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sweet tart mango fruiting already
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:19:16 PM »
I live in SW FL and although I'm new to this it sure looks like my sweet tart is setting blooms already as of last week.  Does that seem right?  I thought this tree typically bears pickable fruit in June/July.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado tree...should I give up?
« on: September 30, 2017, 01:29:07 PM »
We planted a 7 gal Florida Hass last February along with a number of other fruit trees.  Unfortunately the avocado didn't fare well in Hurricane Irma and snapped in half, literally.  I noticed that just below the break it's starting to push up new growth.  Is it even worth it to let it try to re-grow?  Am I just going to get root stock, whatever that was?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Gotta love all the Florida pests :(
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:28:29 AM »
So first it was the citrus greening literally destroying my newly planted Persian lime right before my eyes.  Now it's the little leaf notcher weevil chewing away at my mangos planted this past Feb.  I read something on this board about a product called Tanglefoot that you can buy on Amazon but other than that one mention I haven't really seen anything related to its effectiveness with these beetles.  Do they ONLY climb up the trunk?  I know they can fly but apparently not very well (?).  If they can fly up to the leaves I can't imagine that Tanglefoot will keep them off of the tree.  If they can't really fly how did they get here in the first place?  Any thoughts/suggestions?  Other than the chewed leaves the trees look healthy. They seem to like my Sweet Tart more than my Pickering for some reason.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help! Citrus greening, now what?
« on: June 25, 2017, 09:57:31 AM »
On Feb 1 of this year we planted 2 new 15 gallon trees that we acquired from Fruitscapes in Pine Island FL.  The trees were very healthy looking.  1 Persian lime and 1 Meyers lemon.  Applied a root drench containing immidicloprid  about a month and a half after planting (the grower said do this once every 3 months).  I while ago now I started to notice the lime trees leaves were turning yellow and dropping.  It has now lost most of its leaves.  The lemon looks much better but we're also seeing some yellowing there as well as leaf curling and spots.  Upon closer examination I noticed a strange looking beetle under the leaves, as well as aphids and scales.  I researched the issue a bit more and soon discovered that it appears that my young trees are affected by citrus greening.  I have a gallery of photos here:

So my question is now what?  I understand that when a tree gets this disease it can never get rid of it.  But it also sounds like regular use of topical and root drench insecticides as well as tenting might keep the problem in check.  They are small trees so it wouldn't be a big deal to build tents for them and give that a try.  Has anybody on this forum successfully reversed a citrus greening infection?

I don't really want to rip them out and buy new trees because I'm afraid the same thing will happen to them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's going on with my avocado tree
« on: May 08, 2017, 04:32:54 PM »
Hi all, i planted a Florida Hass a little over 3 months ago.  Per instructions I watered daily for the first month, every other day for the 2nd month and every 3rd day for the 3rd month.   In addition, the tree has been getting some daily water from rotors since we had sod installed a few months ago.  I've also been giving it fertilizer once a month for the past few months also per instruction (this was from Fruit Scapes on Pine Island and per Jess' instructions for those of you that know Jess). About a month ago or so we started noticing the plant dropping a lot of leaves...the remaining leaves have a lot of brown spots.  There are what look like buds at the ends of the branches but so far no new growth.

Interestingly we also had a Sweet Tart mango that was planted about a month after this tree.  It too lost most of its leaves but they were all replaced by new leaves.

Any idea what might be going on here?  Pests?  Too much water?  Not the right kind of water?  (this is well water which in these parts isn't the best quality water)

For some reason I can't get images to work on this forum, here's a link:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Picking Pickering mango question
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:29:12 PM »
How do I know when a Pickering is ready for picking?  I can't seem to embed a picture for some reason but here's a link to a picture...

This 7 gal Pickering was planted about 5 weeks ago.  It already had some fruit on it when it was planted.  Since then it has exploded with new blossoms.   I know I should be cutting all of these off but should I do that now or wait a bit longer?  And where is the proper place to make the cut?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What to do with cocoplums
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:58:28 AM »
My cocoplum privacy hedge has a whole bunch of ripe fruit on it now.  Aside from just eating them raw, is there anything else I can do with the ripe fruit?  They have a very mild semi sweet taste and the nuts are tasty as well. 

So I got my very first mango tree planted today (thanks to Fruitscapes), a Pickering.  Looking for some trees to complement this one for longer term harvest, so either an early producer or a late producer, or maybe both if my wife will let me.  :)   FWIW this is in Cape Coral.

I was thinking early maybe Rosigold?  Sounds like most of the early varieties will somewhat overlap with the Pickering.

As for late it sounds like Beverly or Keitt is the way to go.  I know Fruitscapes has Beverly, not sure about Keitt.  If I can get just 1 I'm leaning towards the Rosigold since I'm fairly certain that the harvest won't overlap and I'm thinking I may get "mango'd out" after the summer harvest.  Thoughts?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Off Topic: Palm talk advice
« on: January 24, 2017, 02:13:11 PM »
Sorry for the completely off topic post but I love this is so informative...and I'm looking for something similar related to palm talk.  The only thing I've found so far is a forum called but I've been "awaiting verification" since Saturday.  I can't log in to post.  I have some transplanted sabal palms that I need some serous TLC asap.  I was hoping somebody here might know of another useful discussion community for palms.

So last year a neighbor of mine gave me a mango seed that was starting to sprout.  I know now that this is a monoembryonic version since it only had one sprout.  Well yesterday we were at a local nursery and talking to the guy that runs the place about his grafted mangos and I brought up the mango that I was growing from a seed, now about 12in tall.  He said good luck...chances are the tree will grow huge, will take 20 years to bear fruit, and the fruit will be very fibrous.  From the limited research I've done since yesterday what I've learned is that it will be more like 5-7 years before the tree bears fruit and it's a roll the dice as to what variety I will get or if it will be fibrous or tasty.  What I don't understand is why is a monoembryonic seedling not true to the parent?  If the seed came from a tree that was grafted why wouldn't the fruit either be from the root stock source or the grafted on source?  And if the tree that the seed came from wasn't grafted I only see one possible source.  How can it be that a mono seedling can potentially be so many different varieties?

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