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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado leaf
« on: February 03, 2018, 02:47:07 PM »
I did some research and believe the leaf damage is due to lace bugs. The trees are near flowering and they usually shed most of the leaves so I will wait until the fruit is set to take any action on the new leaves.

I planted a Coconut Cream in September from a 3 gallon pot and before the cold got here on the Treasure Coast it had grown to 5 feet, it rained here just before the cold weather hit so I had little time to cover things. I hastily hammered a long metal stake near it and covered it with a brown tarp and held down the edges with bricks. I also heavily mulched roots with straw. So far all is well, just a few burned edges from the tarp. It is not yet blooming but  others older different varieties are blooming now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:35:16 PM »
I have Lula,Oro Negro, Day and Brogdon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado leaf
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:31:52 PM »
I am in zone 9b. My avocado trees have large brown spots on them as if burned, the center of the spots are dry and cracking. Spots begin in center of leaf not border edges. What is this ?remedy?

Thank you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cold protection tropicals
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:31:38 AM »
What is the best covering for new small tropical fruit trees, sheets? I live in 9b and it got near freezing. So for next time what covering is best?

Monstera vine will do well in shades do pineapples.

I love figs, growing up in New Orleans fig trees were common and thrived in the clay soil there. Same for loquats although we called them Japanese plums. Now I am in se central Florida and have not had good results with figs here. The house cane with a 5by5 foot Celeste fig tree but unfortunately the previous owners planted it in partial sun so it bears fruit but not profusely. I have added two LSU gold and two LSU purple this year ang trying a method of planting I saw on YouTube planting them in a 5 gal. Bucket with the bottom cut out buried in the soil leaving a 1 inch lip. So far a few fruitsbut not tasty. In addition added a brown turkey fig now in a 15 gallon ceramic pot. It is going well and after a year is bearing a few fruit whereas when it as in the soul it was struggling. I read that the ground soil in bad for figs and vegetables due to nematodes. I planted a seedling loquat that is 3 years old, growing slowly and no fruit yet. Again in New Orleans they grew well and were prolific bearers , regardless they were not sought after because of large seeds and low fruit ratio. Kids loved them but most everyone ignored them. Personally I would the figs over loquats any day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola
« on: December 19, 2017, 09:54:27 PM »
Due to my ignorance I did not realize the carambolas would grow true to seed. I might do both in a pot to begin with, yes?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carambola
« on: December 19, 2017, 07:36:49 PM »
Wanting to plant a sweet variety of carambola. There was a sour one on the property when I bought it but cut it down.i recently tasted a sweet one at a friends house but he did not know the he started it from seed someone gave him. He claims the tree is only 3 years old, itís about 7 feet and prolific. I would have place for one carambola but have a sweet tooth. What varieties would be recommended.please?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ever blooming mulberry
« on: December 19, 2017, 07:28:47 PM »
My wife loves the taste, yes I had a really winter crop but they were very small and not sweet, the trees are just 2 years old. What sort of feeling, mulching will help.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ever blooming mulberry
« on: December 19, 2017, 05:08:23 PM »
I live in zone 9b ion the Florida Coast. I have 3 everblooming mulberries and they took a whipping after the hurricanes in October. To get them bearing again should I prune them. Do they fruit from new growth?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best potting soil
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:09:55 AM »
Truly Tropical has a good video on this using parsley seeds as a test. Lambertís was best.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mini Guava
« on: November 24, 2017, 08:14:12 AM »
Here is a photo of my mini-guava.

Where can I get a mini plant?

Iíll include coconut palms and other fruiting plants in this question as not to digress from the typical forum subject matter, but my wife and I are building a new home and Iíd like to landscape with some rarer palms and more specialized plants and foliage. Is there a ďbig bookĒ or two that anyone can recommend thatís all encompassing with Photos and info? It will need to be a Florida book, not just a general info book. Thanks!

the University of Florida has several good books you can buy online from their bookstore.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: macadamia time from fruit set to maturity?
« on: November 23, 2017, 06:42:23 PM »

So how long will it take my tree to start bearing? It bloomed a little last year for the first time, the tree is three years in the ground and is about 8 feet tall.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado lace bug
« on: November 23, 2017, 06:37:55 PM »
I have brown burned looking spots on one of my avocados and looked uhder the leaf and saw some tiny black headed bugs aunning around. Will a spray of horticultural oil kill them? I think they are lace bugs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:55:44 AM »
I am new to grafting and learned that there is a chart somewhere that gives the best months to graft different tropical fruits and best temperature range for graft. Where can I find this.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lisa atemoya
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:39:29 AM »
Trees and more is having difficulty getting any, thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow dragon fruit.
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:28:09 AM »
I have a 3 foot long rooted cutting from a friend here, just transplanted it fron a ploy to the arbor, I read somewhere they like less water than the other varieties.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lisa atemoya
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:22:07 AM »
Well, I really want another atemoya but canít locate one on the Treasure Coast so.........

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lisa atemoya
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:31:31 AM »
If I plant the seeds will I get an atemoya.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Figs in south Florida
« on: August 23, 2017, 02:01:37 PM »
A Celeste fig came with the house got some figs early but now not much, is this the time to prune. It is 5 feet tall and 7 feet wide / partial sun.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Figs in south Florida
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:38:53 PM »
I need help growing fig trees. If anyone has success please share.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree fertilizer
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:38:25 AM »
I don't know much about mangos but recently attended a talk by a grower at our club meeting and he recommended using lie nitrogen ratios. The goal is not dark green leaves but high sugar fruit. I am trying his ideas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting atemoya
« on: August 18, 2017, 06:07:48 AM »
Can atemoya be successfully grafted to sugar apple root stock?o or ?

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