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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What kind of banana tree is this?
« on: November 24, 2020, 01:47:26 PM »
Hello there folks, what type of banana or plantain is this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Cocktail mango
« on: November 20, 2020, 01:25:40 PM »
Which mango trees did you purchase?

The individual taste preferences to me are so personal, particularly when it comes to Mango varieties and other tropical fruit varieties.  That is why I like to be able to try particular varieties prior to purchasing, planting and caring for a tree.

I don't know if there is a list of growers that are willing to sell small quantities of mango varieties as they ripen locally but sure wish it would be possible to have.  I and am sure others would have no problem driving up to an hour or possibly two to be able to purchase and sample some of these varieties.  That is actually how my wife an I decided on several varieties of trees that we have.  We were fortunate enough to visit a Nursery Tree seller when mangos were in season and he was kind enough to cut some of a number of varieties that happened to be ripening at the time.  We purchased 6 trees immediately and planted them at our old home.  -- They got caught in a freeze the first year so we went back and replaced the 4 that didn't make it.  Then we sold that home, two years later just as many of those trees were beginning to fruit.  We went back to him and purchased another 5 of the same variety to plant here late last year, plus purchased 4 additional varieties.  He sold us a lot of Mango trees and we have referred a number of people to him.  Now we are hoping for our first year of actually picking our own 9 varieties and considering buying some additional varieties to plant where we are now.
No such thing as instant gratification when it comes to growing your own tropical fruit!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best banana tree for South Florida
« on: November 10, 2020, 09:44:15 AM »
Blue Java are pretty good, assuming its the real deal.  How big is it?

Sweethearts are good but I consider them an improved grocery store banana.  They dont have that wow factor or differing flavor profile from a classic banana.

To be honest, all homegrown bananas are good, its just that some are better than others.

It is about 7 to 9 feet and it has six branches.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best banana tree for South Florida
« on: November 04, 2020, 01:13:01 PM »
Okay thanks, there is a lady selling a large blue java banana for $40.
Have you tried?  Is that a reasonable price?  Is it a really good flavor?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best banana tree for South Florida
« on: November 04, 2020, 11:29:30 AM »
Hello folks, what is the best banana type, based on taste and production for South Florida?

Fits the bill.
Green and delich.

Also had a pina colada mango that was great, tasted more pineapple, tart and sweet. Really good!

Cool man, I never tasted an M4 mango.  That is on my list! Where can I get at least one?

I would say Julie and Carrie.

Is graham similar in flavor to julie mango?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Birthday Mangos and Guerilla Mango Idea
« on: August 19, 2020, 01:46:04 PM »
Go for it! Trees are always nice, specially a mango tree!

Your tree looks fine, just let it do its thang.   ;)
I would let the top roots receive more air flow for now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pickering is way too under-rated!
« on: August 18, 2020, 01:27:15 PM »
Pickering is a great flavor mango when picked right and same goes for Carrie.  8)


Hmmmmm! Late season or longer peak flavor. M-4 or E-4  2020 Coconut King that is the Question???

EZ, get both!

Got some from Publix the other day and it was pretty good.

I took this photo back in May. This particular tree still has plenty of fruit on it, as do several other M-4s:

Is your M4 an alternate year fruit bearer?  Your tree is loaded, nice!

Har says M4 it is supremely delicious, but the tree could be an alternate bearer though.

Vote up for pickering mango.

Oh okay, good to know. I have heard otherwise, got one in a pot, still small and growing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help me choose some mango varieties!
« on: July 28, 2020, 04:12:23 PM »
You cant go wrong with Pickering mango, another nice variety would be Carrie.

E4 Sugar loaf is just like a pina colada taste, get a tree now and plant it later, since it is a slow grower.

You may take a look at Acerola or Barbados Cherry as some call it.

Vote up for sugar loaf, it is the bomb!

My top tier mango is sugar loaf, it is like a pina colada mango. Truly something special.

Patience grasshopper.  8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Zill Mango Variety?
« on: July 22, 2020, 12:26:45 PM »
I feed squirrels in the front yard, away from trees, when mangoes are ripening.

It helps, but won't stop them.

You have to pick them at the earliest signs of ripening.

CC is no exception. My squirrels rate it at a "5" for now, but seem to be warming up to them. They prefer Glenns. But then again, Glenns are more abundant, have been growing here longer, and are more similar to the neighborhood mangoes.

There is no such thing as a squirrel-proof mango. Like shrimp in a reef tank, eventually they learn to eat anything edible and to their taste around them.

Another method is to place the trees far away and use a metal shield around the main trunk of the tree.  This will deter any type rodent from climbing up the tree or jumping into it.

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