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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia Calycina "Nelita" Budding-Up!
« on: February 15, 2020, 11:11:10 PM »
Thatís exciting! I have a potted one, very slow growing for
Me. How old is that plant and how tall? In ground or potted and if potted what size pot? Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: MANGO TREE ETHICS
« on: January 15, 2020, 06:17:00 PM »
Thank you all for great replies. Although this thread was purely to make people laugh, I seriously appreciate the great replies! Happy pickiní yíall!
-Capt. Abe

Tropical Fruit Discussion / MANGO TREE ETHICS
« on: January 08, 2020, 08:48:24 PM »
Good evening my fellow mango lovers, i am a lover of mangoes and most tropical fruits. I sold my Miami Condo and took my potted plants with me to my new home about 1 mango season ago. I have carefully selected the mango varieties In my yard based on all of you mango pros here and some obsessive research. Unfortunate they are all too young to produce any decent crop of mangoes. However, my neighbors tree is LOADED with flowers. It was nearly killed last year from his ďroundupĒ usage but has bounced back better than ever this year it seems. The trunk of the tree is almost touching my 6 foot fence and about 40 percent of it overhangs my yard. Itís about 15 ft high and of very nice upright dense growth but Iíve yet to see a fruit so itís unidentifiable to me.

MY QUESTIONS: How far is too far?
Can I pick the mangoes directly above my fence? If a mango hangs half on my side and half on his, can I take the flesh and give him the pit? If his squirrel bites one of mine hanging can I take a bite from one of his? If one falls on my fence and lands in his yard is that still technically mine? If the wind is swinging the Fruits from yard to yard can I pick them when they swing to my side? If he is picking them off his tree and reaches over my fence to get one am I allowed to get mad? Can I tell people they are my mangoes when they sample them and rave about the taste? HOW FAR IS TOO FAR??

Your forumófulltime-fisherman.
Capt. Abie Raymond
Biscayne Park, Florida

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fire in the Amazon...
« on: August 26, 2019, 12:01:37 AM »
Life will find a way, it always finds a way. Climate change is real, just as real as the earth was covered in ice, TWICE. We collaboratively destroyed a Large  percentage of coral reefs, yet some of us choose to propagate those same extinct corals at home, all Over the world. We destroy forests yet some of us propagate many of those burned trees that make the atmosphere suitable for human-kind and feed generations to come. Thats the beauty to Me. Itís an incredible balance of life sustaining more life. Iím
Just saying we are not hopeless, not yet.

Thanks to all of you here on the forumthat continue to spread seeds of life that feed the balance all Over this beautiful world.
-just my opinion
-a lifetime charter-boat fisherman here in Miami Beach
P.S. I love mangoes.
-Capt. Abe

Hey wonderfruit thanks
For the interest, but Iím confused. are you saying you want to trade any of the three for the bearss lemon?how big and old is the cinnamon apple?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Spykes grove performance mangoes!
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:01:33 AM »
Fruit grower, I can feel
Your stoke brother!! I too was longing for the Sugar loaf! Enjoy! I canít wait till
We both get some
Homegrown ones! I put mine in the ground yesterday.

Forgot to add

- location is NORTH MIAMI, FL
easy pickup. 2 miles east of I-95
Specific neighborhood is :
Biscayne Park, Fl

I have two citrus trees in 15 gallon pots, 1 Navel Orange and One Bearss Lemon. They both fruited last year, the Navel put out 19 oranges, I ate them in July. The Lime put out about 20 limes throughout the year. WILL TRADE FOR ONE 15 gallon Mango- LET ME KNOW WHAT YA GOT IF I HAVE ANY TAKERS?
Why? Because citrus just donít turn me on, but la la. Different strokes for different folks.(Prefer Maha Chanok but let me know what ya got)

Navel Orange-

(Pick when they give if you squeeze them, they will still be green but orange and ripe inside)
Bearss Lemon-

(Pick when they JUST start to yellow)

I have two citrus trees in 15 gallon pots, 1 Navel Orange and One Bearss Lemon. They both fruited last year, the Navel put out 19 oranges, I ate them in July. The Lime put out about 20 limes throughout the year. WILL TRADE FOR ONE NICE SIZE

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Spykes grove performance mangoes!
« on: August 21, 2019, 03:32:56 PM »
Florida boy, I have no idea lol It was on the tag.
Itís is probably one of the thousand ďGaryĒ seedlings that was planted by Zill.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Spykes grove performance mangoes!
« on: August 21, 2019, 02:18:16 PM »
Just went to Spykes grove on griffin road just west of the turnpike,
They had
Got me a Keitt and a sugar loaf !

             As far as Interesting goes, A friend of mine Adam Coff( a member here ) gave me the following spread to add to my stuff that I have in ground or potted:

Cedar bay cherry
Cempejack (hybrid )
Kona sugarloaf white pineapples
Mamey sapote (key west/ pantin)
Lemon drop mangosteen (G. Intermedia)in 15 gallon pot
Miracle fruit -15 gallon pot
Nelita (Mexican Garcinia) 1 gallon pot
lucs Garcinia -1 gallon pot
Baileys Marvel mango
Nom doc mai mango
Maha Chanok mango in 1 gallon pot

Thanks for the advice and kind words yíall!

Mike, I love Mangoes,  canít stop thinking about them. So far Iíve got two in the ground:

-Nom doc mai (for just a very sweet creamy mango) from Shanghri-la farms in homestead
-Baileys Marvel( for a beautiful ďMIAMI mangoĒ type flavorĒ) my wife lives them. From Julian at lara farms

Iíve also got a tiny Maha Chanok in a 1 gallon from lara farms. (Gunna be a WHILE I think)
Mike,  I tasted over 50 varieties last year at the Fruit and Spice park and Maha Chanok was by far my favorite. I would LOVE to try the dwarf Hawaiian, sugar loaf, lemon zest, lemon meringue, fruit punch and coconut cream, maybe next year at truly tropical.

But Iím definitely sold on my Baileys Marvel for MIAMI mango taste, NDM for sweet and Maha for exiting and complex.

As for avocados, Iíll buy them.

Iíve got the space! Just. Need to pick 2 more great varieties! Thanks again!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ruby Supreme Guava Success in Miami, Fl
« on: August 11, 2019, 01:15:07 AM »
I had to share my intense satisfaction with my grafted ďRuby SupremeĒ Guava. I bought the small
Tree in a 3 gallon pot in April of 2018 from a local nursery. I immediately transplanted it to a 15 gallon pot on my midtown-Miami condo balcony and nurtured it. I then bought my first house and sold the condo and planted the Guava in my yard in a small
Neighborhood close to North Miami. It began to fruit in August of 2018 and continued to grow, blossom and fruit for a year straight and counting. The small tree has produced 17 of the most delicious guavas and has grown exponentially fast. Iím STOKED. I prune the low branches that seem to gather the only powdery mildew and white mold (I suppose because they are closest to the damp ground) and I keep good air circulation. I have used no pesticides or fungicides, only pruning and Iíve fertilized with 10-10-10 a couple times and osmocote plus once. I THANK YOU ALL HERE FOR THE WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE THAT I READ NIGHTLY. No fruit flies YET...
-Capt. Abie Raymond
Miami, Fl

Before (APRIL 2018) :

Present (August 2019):

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: May 20, 2019, 10:10:04 PM »
My name is Abe, I take people fishing for a living. I love my wife, my dog, my family, and fishing in that order, and I love fishing for tropical fruit. I dream about planting and destroying my garden all day and part of the night. I love tropical fruit, rare or not so rare. I live in Biscayne Park, Florida. My homie Adam is on the forum and he started my obsession just over 3 years ago. He gave me most of what I have:

cedar bay cherry
lucs garcinia,
improved lemon drop
2 Kona sugarloaf pinnapple's
Machete ice cream bean
Seedling jack x chempedak from han sen
euginia calycina "nelita"
Ruby red guava
Lancitella mango
Key west ďpantinĒ mamey sapote
Magana mamey sapote
Bears lemon
Navel orange ďValencia ď

NOTE: None of my trees are taller than 6 feet...YET.

In Miami, FL. I figured if I announced the year planted and the area, maybe some Miami mango experts could deduce what cultivar it May be.

Previous owner told me. Or I planted it 20 years before I was born.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please help Mango ID 50 + years old
« on: May 19, 2019, 07:51:15 PM »
Hello mango experts! Please ID these terrible mangos! I need to know what they are so I never plant one again! No fibers, not sweet at all and taste like turpentine a bit. THANK YOU

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava ID
« on: May 15, 2019, 07:03:48 PM »
My house in Miami, fl

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical Fruit Forum Starter Kit
« on: May 12, 2019, 11:09:46 PM »
Sweet! Thanks a million Man!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ruby red guava super producer
« on: May 12, 2019, 07:46:14 PM »
Had to share my excitement, Got my grafted ďruby redĒ Guava last year in April. This is the change in 13 months. Itís gone From a 24 inch stick on my balcony to a beast in the ground with 18 fruits(I guess they are really berries but prove it). I transferred from a pot to the ground 2 months ago and itís exploded with guavas. Iíve had three unbelievably delicious guavas so far. Maybe the stress of the transfer has been the key to success but Iím riding the wave.
Before (13 months) and after(now):

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical Fruit Forum Starter Kit
« on: May 12, 2019, 07:34:05 PM »
That one may be the machete ice cream bean. There are two different pineapples, a soursop, a sugar apple, and Iím waiting on my bud Adam to tell me what the other awesome rare stuff is.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical Fruit Forum Starter Kit
« on: May 11, 2019, 10:36:50 PM »
Huge Thanks to my dawg Adam Coff from the Forum! He hooked me up with one hell of a rare-fruit sampler pack! Check out these beauties:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava ID
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:45:16 PM »
Thanks for the replies! Interesting pic of the tropical pink

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava ID
« on: April 04, 2019, 09:53:37 PM »
Thanks to you buddy! You da man

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