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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gotta love all the Florida pests :(
« on: August 21, 2017, 06:45:21 PM »
Well I have some interesting ( in my opinion ) experience on this topic that I hope helps.  I have a lychee tree that has been plagued with the srilanken weevils for years now and the tree always looked horrible from them.  I tried spray and soaps and tanglefoot and sqished hundreds of them.  I did not drench FYI so that may work FYI.

I noticed one day about 3 years ago a pair of English sparrows going crazy fling around the tree ..... they were there every day for a few weeks and they were eating the weevils one after another.  The next flush of new growth produced full perfect leaves with no damage ...... first ever.  Those sparrows or other sparrows .... not sure come back from time to time and do the same thing

Sooo my question or suggestion is ..... has anyone ever put a small bird feeder in or near their tree?  If the birds frequent the area they may take notice of the weevils and deal with the problem for you?

My lychee has lived with them now for years ...... they are just a part of life now.  I've tried everything including gooey sticky stuff around the trunk n limbs. 

I will say this ...... there is a small bird ( maybe a sparrow ) that has taken note and it rips through the tree and eats 20 or 30 in 2 minutes. I actually think it keeps my population in check.

I have thought about putting a bird feeder underneath the tree in hopes more birds would learn the weevils are there and start hunting them

I like the top work idea because lancentilla is a very healthy grower ....... but if your not into that it is a disappointing, messy, weird tasting, uneven ripening, splitting, yard space hog ....... that once in a rare while will produce an enormous Jurassic sized mango that will impress everyone that see's it!!!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I hope this works **sigh**
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:52:07 PM »
My lychee did not bloom either ........ you tube squirrel launcher and then please post video's of your squirrels as they fly into your least favorite neighbors yard. 

What makes me mad is they just eat 20% of a mango and then go get another one ...... if they ate the whole thing I might not mind that much

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango...Any idea?
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:41:16 PM »
soooooooo ......... is it a mutt or is it an exciting new hybrid that the home owner will get to name and sell cuttings from?

You guys got me thinking ..... I know my trees were planted after the hurricanes because I lost all my trees in the storms ....... the Glenn might actually be 10 years old and started as a 15 gallon.  I cut it back hard though.

After the fruit sets I delimb everything except the branches that have fruit ( it shows off the fruit and gets a lot of comments ) and then after the fruit is picked I cut those limbs and shape the tree..

All of the varieties I mentioned respond well with that same hard pruning/cut back as did lancetiila and Maliika when I had them.

All that being said a tree that is happy staying small and doesn't need to be pruned as much would be easier for sure ...... just try the fruit first to make sure you like it! ....... this forrumm proves one mans trash mango can be another's favorite ......

Also as others have mentioned if you get two try and get varieties that ripen and different times to extend your harvest ........ those small trees will produce way more fruit than you may think and when they all come in at once it can be a project

I live in brevard ..... on the island 10a ...... I have kept Glenn, cogshall, rosigold, and nam doc at those heights for 8 years or so now.  They are prolly 10 feet or so now ...... you can cut them back very very hard and they will bounce right back time after time.

The best fruiting, happiest, most hardy one is the Glenn

Just cut them back over and over to the size you want ........

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pickering: Si. Cogshall: No
« on: July 11, 2016, 09:20:03 PM »
Well .......... I just sliced up 3 of them and I stand corrected I see what you all are talking about now so mine are not exempt! Or you jinxed me but down at the tip of the bottom of the fruit they were a little darker and softer ......

Oh well ...... Delicious though

I am in Merritt island Florida btw

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pickering: Si. Cogshall: No
« on: July 11, 2016, 08:04:04 PM »
I am very confused by all of the cogshall comments?  Mine produces very heavily every year and I ripen them all on the tree and have no issues with the centers being soft? I wonder why?

After growing many varieties I kept only the Glenn and cogshall because they are bullet proof and produce so well

And a rosi gold because it's early .........

Hundreds of mangos on 10 ft trees ....... Very happy with them

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Greening
« on: January 26, 2016, 08:58:35 PM »
How do you know that it is actually greening?  Many ailments look similar ( at least to me ) how do you confirm a tree has the disease and will it spread to the other citrus trees in the yard? I.E. Should an infected tree be removed to protect the others?  Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dancy or Sunburst Tangerine?
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:18:19 AM »
There are several other varieties that I have heard are more cold hardy. Satsuma, Robinson, ponkan, clementine. Hope that helps ..... Just fruits and exotics website has some info as does rockledge gardens.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian mango variety viewer with pics
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:00:31 PM »
I have the same situation .... My Neelam looks like the  neelan

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avacado's I get confused?
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:03:06 PM »
I just bought a small piece of property and am planning out the things that will grow there ...... I need a cold hardy variety as it will get below 32 degrees for a day or 2 every other winter ...... I have a brogdon at my house already, a fl hass at my office so I am looking for best tasting cold hardy ....... And maybe a different harvest season than what I have?  Day? Lula? Hall?

I did have some of the same problems ripening the fruit in previous years ...... but this year I had perfect fruit!  I posted on this topic a few weeks ago.

Thank you for the pic ..... It is nice looking for sure ...... I will think on it and please let me know if the price gets lowered. By the time I came over from merritt island and back I would have another 50$ in diesel : (

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing muscadine?
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:14:40 PM »
I really like mine ....... I bought 2 bronze, 2 black, and 2 red from Willis orchards online about 5 years ago. I think male and femaie of each. They produce 100's of grapes each year maintenance free other than a spring pruning each year. Over ripe is when to pick them ........ Extremely sweet

I may be interested in this ....... Any chance of getting some pictures?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Florida hass success
« on: October 15, 2013, 06:32:48 PM »
I wanted to share with you all that I have been growing a florida hass for I think 4 years now planted as a 7 or 15 gallon ...... I can't remember. Ist year nada 2nd year nada 3rd year got some fruit but they didn't ripen properly and I was bummed. I almost got mad at it a couple of months ago and cut it down but it had about 30 fruit on it so I decided to hold off. I was told to pick them in August but they just didn't look ready so I waited until this Saturday and picked a bunch of them and put them on the kitchen counter. One of the was ready today and I cut it open and was rewarded with a perfect colored and textured hass ...... Added a little drizzle of lime and a dusting of Tony Sacheries Cajun seasoning and gave it a try. It was not very different than a California ....... It had excellent hass like oil and taste and although I like florida avocados I definitely like the hass more which is why I planted this tree in the first place. I am very glad I gave this tree a third chance and now it could be one of my favorites!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Maprang
« on: October 15, 2013, 06:16:36 PM »
Thank you for the tip I just called them and they said they will be grafting some in the spring/summer and to check back

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Maprang
« on: October 14, 2013, 05:44:07 PM »
I have not been active on the forum for a while. I did a search to try and get up to speed but didn't see any new suppliers. Have you all found a source for grafted maprang yet? I killed the one murrlin got for me and would like to try again. Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Everbearing Sapodilla
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:52:03 PM »
Would you guys please comment more on the Silas  wood........I have one I have not planted yet and was considering switching to another variety.........size compared to others? Taste compared to others?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Pineapple of the Season
« on: August 28, 2012, 07:37:16 PM »
Ok the red fruit is going to drive me crazy!.........what's it's name and how do we get one? Amazing!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Hass Avocado
« on: August 28, 2012, 07:35:00 PM »
I have a bearing had 2 fruit last year and I wasn't sure when to pick them and they did not ripen. This year I have about 10 fruit and I picked 2 about a month ago and the did not ripen. I picked 2 last week and same thing! I guess I will try again in a few weeks......they do not seem to be getting any bigger?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangos of Merritt Island
« on: May 09, 2012, 07:15:01 PM »
my merritt island trees seem to be about a month behind this year......

i paid attention today while doing some weevil squishing and the ones on my trees are the mottled one's......i have both type actually..... >:(

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