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Citrus General Discussion / Pollination Under Screen Protection
« on: August 16, 2020, 07:51:31 PM »
I am growing my citrus under a screen to protect from the Asian citrus psyllid / HLB disease. I didnít consider it before but I got to thinking, when my citrus flowers, will they be able to be pollinated without insects? I do see some ants in there but no bees or flying bugs that could pollinate. Would wind do it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Planning My Last Few Mangos
« on: August 14, 2020, 03:54:15 AM »
I am planning to put mangos in my last 3 spots and wanted to get otherís thoughts. I have two locations I am planting at.

Location 1 is 5 miles from the coast and I have one spot where I will be replacing a lemon merengue that is not doing well. I would like a something with a similar upright growth habit and with good vigor. I was thinking Val-Carrie since the one I had was excellent but I am hearing/ reading conflicting info on the vigor. Does Val-Carrie have an upright, somewhat vigorous habit like the PPK or is it a more moderate grower? Would Orange Essence be a better fit in terms of growth habit?

Location 2 is 3 miles from the coast and I have two spots. One for a smaller mango along the lines of cotton candy and Mahachanok. For this spot I was thinkingís about white pirie based on the descriptions, does it have any similarities In taste to the mangos I am currently growing (list below)? I am trying to vary the taste profiles.
I also have a spot for a larger mango (15x20 ft). I really liked Baileys Marvel this year and I was hoping I could plant it in that 15x20 spot but it will be just south of a pineapple pleasure that is 9 months in ground from 7 gallon. Will the BM fit in that space without over growing the PP to the north of it (given proper pruning)? Or will it just be too difficult to maintain in that area?

Mango List

- CAC (2)
- Carrie (2)
- Coconut Cream (3)
- Columbus Kidney
- Cotton candy (2)
- Edward
- Fairchild (2)
- Fruit Punch
- Ice Cream (container)
- Jehangir
- Kesar
- M-4 (2)
- Mahachanok (2)
- Malika
- Orange Sherbet (2)
- Pina Colada (3)
- Pineapple Pleasure
- PPK (2)
- Rosigold (2)
- Sugarloaf (3)
- Sweet Tart
- Venus

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Protection
« on: July 18, 2020, 12:05:41 PM »
After losing my first 7 citrus trees to HLB I am finally having success with my recently purchased trees (dwarf Ponkan, Glenn Navel, and Sugar Belle) since I have been keeping them under a screen and following Milletís advice (thank you) of using a fast draining medium and Peters fertilizer. We recently had some strong winds and the screen protection was torn. Do you guys think I can get away without the screen protection by using Bayer imidacloprid or am I risking it? If I do need it, how big of an enclosure will I need for the varieties I have?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What are my Garcinia leaves telling me?
« on: July 05, 2020, 11:31:05 AM »
I recently got into growing Garcinia and Iím now seeing my first new sets of leaves on my Lucs and Purple Mangosteens. The Lucs has light green new leaves as opposed to the reddish tint I usually see. The larger Purple mangosteen has light yellow and green splotchy leaves while the smaller one planted a foot away in the same medium has a fresh new set of nice red leaves. They are under 50% shade cloth planted in a medium of composted manure, pine bark fines, perlite, and turface MVP and fed with a liquid fish emulsion (2-3-1) every two weeks and ferragro (minors) sprayed and drenched monthly. Can someone with more experience see what my leaves are telling me?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please Help Me Plant my Mangosteen
« on: May 11, 2020, 10:35:30 PM »
After 3 years of reading on this forum (thanks!!) and trial and error learning with some of the easier plants, I have decided to try my hand at growing a Purple Mangosteen. I was lucky to find one of a good size and I have what seems to be the ideal location, a built in planter thatís 6x6.5x3.5 feet )~730 gallons) that is protected on the north, west, and south sides but still gets full sun all day (shade cloth will be used). See here:

I wanted to ask about the soil since I know that this is important for mangosteen and I have one chance to get it right. The soil that itís in now (7 gal pot) is like a clay gravel. Itís dark and rich but when I water it goes right through it. See here:

I read mangosteen likes clay soil and I found this (pic below) in an area of my yard (I know not good for pots but this is a large, bottomless planter) but when I put it in a pot it the water does not flow through and Iím concerned about lack of oxygen to the roots if I use this on the mix.

I have another option which is this same clay-like soil with mulched palm tree roots (pic below), which is much more free flowing when I put in a pot but Iím concerned that when the mulch breaks down it may not be so airy.

I have purchased 300 lbs of turface MVP to add to the soil mix so that it can maintain some porosity over the long term and was thinking of using this mix:
30% clay soil with mulched palm tree roots (las pic above)
30% turface mvp
30% composted manure
10% pro mix BX with a little bit of bio-char (learned from Roblack; thanks!!)

What do you guys think? Would this make a good long-term mix or are there better options?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTT Mangosteen
« on: March 19, 2020, 02:28:24 PM »

If anyone in the Miami area is interested to trade for Rosigold mangos.

If anyone has a tree or Budwood for sale, or leads on where I can find locally, I would really appreciate it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Free Bengal Lychee
« on: August 14, 2019, 05:36:21 PM »
I have a ~5 ft tall Bengal lychee to give away to anyone who wants to dig it up. Itís been in the ground less than a year and itís planted on a mound so it shouldnít be too bad with the roots. I am located in the Kendall area of Miami.

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