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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Spots on Pear leaves
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:06:42 PM »
I have a Hood Pear that has these spots all over the leaves. Seems to not be there with new growth but then quickly spreads to them. No fruit yet, this is its 2nd year in the ground. Leaves hang on despite the spots, and will fall when it goes dormant.

Google hasn't been very illuminating, waiting on the extension service to get back to me. Thoughts?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado identification?
« on: July 04, 2017, 06:58:05 PM »
A small branch on my inlaws tree broke off early=82 avocados collected. Needless to say it's very productive. I know we try to identify mangoes all the time. Didn't know if you could do the same thing with avocados.

Trying to identify the parent plant- it is a seedling from a commercial avocado bought in FL about 15 years ago.
A watercado (large variety)
When ripened off the tree the skin turns purple.

Here's some pics

Tropical Fruit Discussion / When to pick Carrie- Truly Tropical
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:08:44 PM »
I'm loving Chris from Truly Tropical's YouTube channel. Great information here. Latest upload: How to know when to pick your Carrie Mango

In a nutshell look for (in no particular order):

1. Color change- from green to yellow
2. Smooth skin
3. Plump fruit
4. Browning on the stem
5. Sap lines/marks

Doesn't have to be all the above. But should be at least a couple.

-Hopefully others can share if these tips also play out for those in Carrie's family tree (Angie, etc. )

Anyone in Polk county or east Hillsborough with extra mangoes or other tropical fruit to share or buy? Looking for some fresh. Not Tommy Atkins ;)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Music to plant your Mangoes by
« on: June 10, 2017, 08:26:59 PM »
Finally got my 7 gallon Venus and my 3 gallon Pickering. Excited to put them in the ground.

So what music do you like to plant your mangoes by? The agony and the ecstasy. Ive listed some possibilities:

Livin' on a Prayer
Don't Let Me Down
Dream On
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

How bout yours?

Going to be picking up a 7 Gallon Venus I have reserved soon and hopefully a similar size Pickering, though it may end up being smaller.

Dave Wilson fever has got me and I think I'm going to 2 in 1 hole them to save space. From reading articles on the forum both of these varieties seem to have a small growth habitat and should be compatible. Plus, going Pickering and Venus gives me an early/mid and a late. Any flaws in my logic? I know Harry has grown 3 Mahachanoks together and several people have used other tropicals, has anyone else successfully done this with previously potted grafted mangos specifically (as opposed to seedlings)?

I know many on the forum are more multigraft minded, but unfortunately I don't have time to learn that new skil! Though I would be open in he future to grafting other small varieties such as Mahachanok onto the pairing.

Getting excited!

Sponsored or co-run by Jene's Tropicals out of St Pete. They seem to have good stuff online but of course they're no TT, Zill or Excalibur. Hopefully will be some good stuff though!

Saturday June 17th from 10-4

Here's the link:

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Strawberry Protection Society
« on: May 20, 2017, 04:39:31 PM »
So, I know it's a little early to think about strawberries down here in our zones (9b for me), but I wanted to get a jump on the prep for the red-berried wonders.

Specifically, I've been looking over the forum about ways to hang/protect from ants and bugs mostly but birds too maybe. So, how do you muscle out the would be intruders vandalizing and committing grand theft in your strawberry plants. Keep em elevated? Special enclosure? Etc...

This forum is sometimes just pure comedy gold, came here searching about Maha Chanok, got a discussion on Latin American culture, has been mangos and flip phones. See this thread:

Back to my question, lets make a list shall we:

Has beens? Once popular, now gone to the wayside mangos- looking at you Lancetilla
Hot stuff- the Sweet Tart, CCs of the mango world
Classics- Oh Glen, Edward and Pickering, you are predictable and delicious
Just plain bad- apparently TOMMY fits this category quite well

Your thoughts? I'm sure more comedy gold is just around the corner...

OR, feel free to place them in 1/2/3 tier if you want

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