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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best MBBS resistant varieties
« on: May 24, 2019, 08:09:58 AM »
As far as I can tell from his website (, Alex is evaluating mango varieties as to disease resistance, including MBBS.  Also, he has been eliminating varieties from his groves because of disease susceptibility.

I need to know what they are SO I NEVER PLANT ONE AGAIN!
So you planted it over 50 years ago?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: May 18, 2019, 08:40:31 AM »
What about health of tree and disease resistance?

My guess is Glenn.

My lecture tonight:  "Making Annona Hybrids", will be at the Mounts Auditorium, 7:30 PM meeting of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council, with lots of beautiful slides.

The frustrating part is that almost all of the hybrids pictured, no longer exist!

See the info in the old thread that I just bumped up: "hungry for more info...on Annona hybrids."
Why do they no longer exist?

Interesting question.  I wonder how far south in Florida apples can be successfully grown.  I understand they grow them in San Diego, and I'm not talking only the mountainous parts of San Diego County (Julian).  Winter chill requirements may not be all that important?

Become acclimated and dress with evaporative clothing, take breaks for cooling and hydration this chart helps monitor hydration.
It took me about seven years to become truly acclimated after moving from California.  I know people who didn't wait that long and left.  Also, there were no mosquitoes in L.A.!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 06, 2019, 11:30:25 AM »
If only it were as simple as eating them...

I totally get your frustration, JohnB. My mother-in-law had the same problem down in Texas with armadillos digging everything up, and we have it here in Idaho with voles. You go outside in the morning, and just want to scream, and tear your hair out.

I think the idea of laying down some sort of barrier would be the best bet.
Or you could try a snake/lizard repellant.  There are several on the market.  I have used serpent-guard, and it works really well.  I would guess that if the lizard has a Jacobsen's Organ, it would be just as effective.
Good luck!

Thank you.  Someone finally feels my pain.  My brother lives in Wyoming.  He tells me rabbits, deer, and antelope eat everything in sight, and he's not even a gardener.  He just wants to grow a few trees!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 06, 2019, 11:29:34 AM »
You always have the option...   ;D
He doesn't say how they taste!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 06, 2019, 11:24:48 AM »
I think that you could use some stones or even better try to protect the roots with a geotextile mesh. Then put some decorative stones over it of appropriate weight covering the mesh and, voilá!... End of the drama. Why are you shouting?. You are smarter than a velocilizard. Aren't you? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I'm not so sure I'm smarter.  I'm definitely slower!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question on sapodilla
« on: May 06, 2019, 08:39:01 AM »
I don't think so.  Why would it?  There are many cultivars.  On the other hand, it doesn't require cross-pollination so is it pollinating itself?  Experts or even pseudo-experts, you may weigh in.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 06, 2019, 08:36:21 AM »
Ok, here's the deal.  They're not replacing native species of lizards.  That happened a long time ago.  Do they do anything beneficial?  I guess so.  They eat grubs.  Are they needed in the ecosystem?  No.  It was fine before they got here.  If something else preys on them, they would be under control, but that doesn't happen.  THEY DAMAGE FLOWER PLANTS BECAUSE THEY EXPOSE THEIR ROOTS BY THEIR DIGGING, AND THEY MAKE YOUR GARDEN LOOK LIKE HELL (AESTHETICS).  If anyone could suggest an EFFECTIVE means of control, I would be most gratified!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 05, 2019, 10:04:47 PM »
Carps are routinely placed in the list of 100 worst alien species year after year by good reasons. They decrease the water quality, increase turbidiy (stirr sediments from the bottom) and outcompete with other native fishes for food and territory. They will gobble eggs from other fishes also if available.

> Best thing that could happen to paddlefish protection would be to have strong populations of flying carps around them

Big mistake
We are talking about the flying carps wich are filter feeders and pelagic fish not bottom.feeders ,not fish egg eaters.They eat just algae thats in excess in manny lakes because people dump organic matter into them wich leads to an acumulation of phosphorus that never leaves the ecosystem.Phosphorus its mainly found on Earth as calcium phosphate and the carps eat the algae and build their bones
 wich are made of calcium phosphate.The paddlefish altough it eats same food as the flying carps it has a cartilaginous skeleton that dissolves and releases back into the enviroment all the phosphates he ate in his life.
No, we are talking about ameiva lizards!  Start your own thread about flying carps and paddlefish.

Our summers are brutal, that's for sure.  Make that May to Ocotober!  If we didn't get to eat mangos, there would be no point living here!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coconut flavored mango
« on: May 04, 2019, 08:25:17 AM »
Pickering has a Coconut flavor and is very disease resistance
Maybe one of the newer coconut-flavored mangos beats Pickering in taste, but nothing beats the tree--small, compact, clean, beautiful!  Try it out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 01, 2019, 09:04:43 AM »
The house is still under construction so we have a lot of building materials laying around. He went under a tarp and thought he was hidden, so I just had to be quick and sandwich him between the tarp and the ground with one hand while I reached under and grabbed him with the other. Just lucky I guess. I have like 6 or 7 species of “large” exotic lizards that frequent my property. It’s pretty cool actually. But I can understand the frustration from the damage they cause
Every now and then I'm able to force one onto my porch which runs lengthwise behind two flower beds and corner him.  Then it's good-bye, Mr. Lizard!  (This is probably illegal, like killing iguanas.)  Here's the scoop on the Burmese python in the Everglades:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:58:16 AM »
> Why in the world does our Government allow exotic pets to be imported and sold?

For the same reason that it allows exotic fruit seeds to be imported and sold :)

Yeah but if exotic trees run wild they can be located, and controlled... fish and reptiles likely will never be controlled.
I don't know about that, Gary.  We're still fighting Australian pine (casuarina) and Brazilian pepper in Florida, and historically in California all the native, fire-resistant grasses were replaced by what the Spanish brought with them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: April 30, 2019, 09:02:48 PM »
Here’s one I caught in my yard last week, just for a photo op

How did you manage to catch it?  They're lightning fast.  The damage they do is that if you plant flowers they love to dig at the base of the plants, and they return day after day to do the same thing.  I wouldn't mind it if they just dug holes around the fruit trees.  But they do make your whole garden look like sh*t!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: April 30, 2019, 02:33:06 PM »
Does any other city besides Deerfield Beach have an ameiva lizard infestation?  I've read where these pet store lizards were turned loose by some idiot pet owners, and now in my section of DB, the Cove, they are even more prevalent than iguanas.  What they do is dig holes throughout your garden, especially in your flower beds.  They do this on a daily basis.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: JF Annona grafting in Florida
« on: April 27, 2019, 06:30:09 PM »
Is there a difference in appearance and taste between the Dream and
the Arka Sahan fruit?  Thanks
Excellent question, as there was some controversy a few years back whether they might be one and the same.  I hope Josh can fill us in.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: About the seller Tropical
« on: April 27, 2019, 12:31:25 PM »
I haven't seen any negative comments about India on this forum.  I think most people in this modern era, even most Americans, respect and appreciate your culture.  We have millions of Americans who are from India or their parents were--extremely intelligent and industrious citizens.  (It was the British empire that colonized your country, disrespected and exploited your people, and stole your wealth and resources.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What to plant next?
« on: April 26, 2019, 08:14:13 AM »
Do you like lychee?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian/mangosteen harvest upcoming
« on: April 24, 2019, 12:09:45 PM »
Sounds great!  Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweetheart Lychee 2019 FL
« on: April 22, 2019, 12:11:53 AM »
Uh-huh.  I've been thinking that somewhere between Lake Wales and Lake Placid (Lake Wales Ridge) is the place to be to grow all of our faves--lychees, mangos, avocados, low-chill peaches, persimmons, sapodillas, atemoyas!

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