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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question about pest on my papayas?
« on: July 07, 2020, 09:51:33 AM »
See the white stuff this wasp has created? The other day I noticed the same
white stuff on a few mangoes. Iím thinking itís infestiing both papaya and some mangoes?

They do not bother mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with newly planted jackfruit
« on: July 07, 2020, 09:47:50 AM »
I'm not saying this is your issue, but to give my Jaks (and all my tropical trees) a start, contrary to popular opinion I amended the soil in the oversize hole before planting. I haven't seen this exact issue, though leaf burn has happened on larger mature outer leaves.

I have a hard time believing that tropical plants will do better dumping them in crap sand and rock than in an amended hole. Sure EVENTUALLY they grow into the rock but at minimum the area directly around the tree seems to get more benefit from mulch, water and fertilizer in amended soil.

I have an 8ft tree that flowers profusely but does not set fruit. I've also seen 30FT healthy trees with only a dozen or so fruit on them.  I believe these trees demand hand pollination for a halfway decent fruit set, but I could be wrong.

I've come to a "wait and see" attitude with fruit trees. I waited for what seemed like ages for my Lychee, canistel, sapodilla, jaboticaba, peach, soursop, caimito (Flowers no fruit so I'm still waiting) mamey (still waiting) , sugar/custard apples and others to set fruit and those that have not fruited I consider as shade trees until they do.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question about pest on my papayas?
« on: July 05, 2020, 08:02:40 PM »
Thanks for the reply. Wonder if smearing Vaseline or something on them will deter?
Just thinking outside the box lol

The best solution I found is leave some unbagged. I "think" they go for fruit they can "feel" when the alight on them. 

Vaseline may be worth trying but it is "Petroleum jelly" and I'm not sure how much if any will leach into the interior of the fruit and taint the flavor?

Despise? Tell us how you really feel Rob! :-)

I had an east Indian which I grafted onto it the Carrie. The EI had that piney flavor I loved  butt the Carrie took over and killed the EI. :-(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question about pest on my papayas?
« on: July 03, 2020, 07:59:59 PM »
Papaya fruit fly... You can try bagging them. They start "stinging" them when very young, but I found that the rind is either too thick or hard and the larvae do not  "take" But, once they get to about 2" long, if I do not bag, they get them.

Even then with my mesh bags they can deposit the eggs. The only thing I can do is hope I get them to maturity not injected. Once I pick, I ALWAYS refrigerate them just in case there is larvae and they die. Throwing them in the garbage before refrigerating will keep the cycle going.

PS, I don't bag all of the fruit, I leave some to be "easy targets" for egg deposits and as they mature, I know they're likely infected, refrigerate, and throw away.

Oh, I also inspect the fruits a few times a day and "shoot" them with an open rubber band and kill any fruit flies on the trees.

I really like my Carrie. They stay green till just about ripe then a hint of a yellow blush and I give one a tug with the fruit picker. If I wait any longer, either the blue jays or squirrels get them. My tree has its last dozen or so on it, I (and my friends) will miss it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree blooming now
« on: June 12, 2020, 11:12:27 PM »
All of my SoCal trees bloom in May... It's very weather dependent. But blooming in June in Florida does seem rather odd
Same here, my Carrie mango blooms in May here in california. Now, if only it would set some fruit...

Be careful what you ask for, once the Carrie does set fruit it will likely explode. Mine had two crops this year, I'm working on eating them from the second one now.

yikes. Be very careful my friend. We don't want to.see anyone with a mishap.   Thanks very much for sharing, it's a great lesson for all of us too. Lots of time, we don't think about protecting ourselves when doing work like trimming trees, etc..   Now I have to think twice about stuff like this.

For sure, the owner of a large farmer's market in nearby Lake Worth Florida was recently killed when felling a tree which hit him.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leaf notcher weevil solutions
« on: June 08, 2020, 08:55:51 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leaf notcher weevil solutions
« on: June 08, 2020, 06:41:23 PM »
I go out nights with a headlight and pliers and squish them. After getting a few hundred (many in the act of mating I take it) the buggers go away mostly.

I've also hit the soil with sevin dust that they have to climb through to get into the tree when they're really bad, but the pliers seem to work the best.

I only met Mike a couple of times, I got my Caimito trees from him and some fruit. Just meeting him the times I did I knew him to be frank, and honest. So sad, I hope smokers on these pages give more thought to quitting smoking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inches of Rain today Fl
« on: May 26, 2020, 10:42:08 PM »
The ground was so dry canals here were running completely dry, the first I've seen this in many years. I took this pic of a canal 200 yards or so from my house a few days before the rain came.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Papaya (again)
« on: May 21, 2020, 05:42:19 PM »
I have been going to a local indoor farmer's market in the last several weeks more to support them through the mall closure than  to get anything I REALLY needed. So a couple of days after going there on a return visit  I spied a Red Lady papaya with 85%+ coloration.

I cut it today and it was WONDERFUL. No puke smell or rancid taste.

It is the best I have had in years. Since I was there a couple of days earlier and there were no papaya on myearlier visit I have to believe that this one got picked in a more than typical ripe stage.

I planted every seed and will have some GR8 seedlings to share soon.

Anyone else have luck with papaya this season?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Taproot
« on: April 27, 2020, 02:28:14 PM »
Does this work on other tropical fruit trees with taproots, such as cherimoya?

My Julie seedling had the taproot broken off by the PO when they yanked the pot out of the ground it's grown beautifully. The only other tree I have without a taproot is my lemon drop mangosteen and it too has not suffered at all.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Beverly budwood
« on: April 12, 2020, 10:11:53 PM »
PS, I'm also amenable to watershoot grafts with scions.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Beverly budwood
« on: April 12, 2020, 09:17:28 PM »
I decapitated my Lancetilla a couple of weeks ago as it's been in ground 5 years, grew like a weed but has only produced one mango which never matured. My other 5 mango trees have had great crops.

I am looking for budwood  from a late season cultivar like Beverly. Does anyone have a Beverly they can sell budwood from?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Desinfecting spray on fruit tree's
« on: April 10, 2020, 09:15:13 AM »
Sounds like mosquito fogging to me. Here in Florida, some cities used: "mosquito larvicide, VectoBac WDG" which they claim is not harmful to bees, people, fruit etc.

It all depends...

If it fruited precociously and had a long season, I'd go for Jaboticaba. As it is Jabo do not fit that. Now if I could have three mango trees early, mid and late season I'd have only mango.  If only ONE stump were a valid pick, then Sapodilla.

On my makok my indicators are, Press into to break the skin lightly with my thumbnail if it bleeds a bit of latex, it's not ready. Also if a light squeeze yields a bit I pluck it. I've also just shake the tree and eat those that fall, but these are usually a bit over ripe but they are too high to test without a ladder.

The fingernail scratch doesn't do well for me. They go from green to yellow and still bleed latex and are still astringent and not edible.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia looking sick
« on: April 07, 2020, 11:19:08 PM »
My Rollinia was just put in the ground the first week of February. It was mostly denuded of leaves, and has flushed out nicely but, some leaves are showing the same issue. Right now I'm not concerned and will wait and see since others are having similar issues.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Atemoya for South Fl ?
« on: April 07, 2020, 11:12:28 PM »
I have a Geffner, it has no issues with scale like my sugar apples and soursop do, and it is a regular producer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Acerola in So. Flo.
« on: April 06, 2020, 11:34:33 AM »
A friend wants a shrub line of acerola and I have no idea where he can get them, does anyone have a source in the southeast?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocoplums
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:39:37 PM »
Cooking with brown sugar? That reminds me of living in the mountains where locals would cook deer with other things to kill the flavor. In this case add some flavor :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question on cocoplums
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:37:34 PM »
"Cocoplum" I've owned and seen in So. Flo has new growth flush that is unmistakably red, the approximately one to 1 1/2 inch fruits are dark purple. The seed is large, the flesh (what little there is of it) is white, sweet, and tasteless.

Other than to draw pollinators or hide an air conditioner from militant city code inspectors... IMO what we have here is a waste of time and energy to grow.

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