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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guanabana ( Soursop ) ZONE 9 ???
« on: December 03, 2020, 01:13:39 PM »
Very interesting replies.  There is the possibility those that were killed in the keys were seedlings that originated in low elevations, possibly plants from higher elevations take a bit more cold.

Besides the taste, fruit in this family could help against cancer.  I know the Atemoyas take more cold, but fruits are much smaller, I wonder if they have the same anti-cancer properties as the Guanabana/Soursop
What are the names of the high-altitude variety?. If available I would be willing to take a chance on the south side of my house up against the block wall where the dryer vent is :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guanabana ( Soursop ) ZONE 9 ???
« on: December 03, 2020, 10:22:21 AM »
Many accounts of people have fruited it in zone 9b. Just stop protecting it when its too bid. Get it established. Life in Florida, fort Myers food forest , and some other people on yet have fruited soursop in zone 9b. Below 27.5 is kill temp.

27 huh! I don't think that I could survive that even with a frost blanket 4 more than a couple of hours :)

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Thanks for the information it's very useful. I'm very interested in the tree wrap that you speak of it sounds very user-friendly and practical. Hopefully reusable and as effective as advertised.
I went ahead and ordered some trunk  wrap from Amazon once again thank you and hopefully I'll have enough to do my piccabeen Palm :)

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Oh, that sounds like a challenge!
Guess I had better dig the lights out and get busy. 
I don't want to be the only tropical greenhouse in Idaho NOT all decked out for the holidays  ;)

Peace,
Carolyn
I wonder if anyone in Texas puts Christmas lights on their tropicals?

I got Dot and OS covered today



My fruit punch is the most vulnerable being on the north side of the house



Built a shelter with plywood steel stakes and a frost blanket



Here is my Charlie Brown soursop tree ain't it cute




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This little dip in temperature has got me proactive about protecting my trees. Instead of waiting to the day of the big event with my pants down :) pre-positioning mulch

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guanabana ( Soursop ) ZONE 9 ???
« on: December 01, 2020, 12:30:50 AM »
below 40 will kill it??  I don't bother covering anything unless it's forecast to drop below 30.  I try to plant the most tender stuff in somewhat protected locations, but those locations already have stuff planted.
It's tropical not subtropical

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Who decorates their Tropicals for the holidays
« on: November 30, 2020, 06:30:54 PM »
Even if you have a greenhouse in Idaho or wherever I would get a kick out of seeing your Tropicals decorated with lights :)

The moon has been awesome for the last 3 nights as it rises you can actually see the craters with your eyes

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: November 30, 2020, 05:29:31 PM »
Valencia pride has flush growth on the top 30% so we will see how flowering season goes with that tree

Most my other trees have remained dormant except sweet tart with a few flushes here and they're not too bad



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guanabana ( Soursop ) ZONE 9 ???
« on: November 30, 2020, 04:40:00 PM »
I just brought mine inside because of tonight's cold. I have it under a grow light with a timer and plan on leaving it in the house for December January and most of February. It's tropical So Below 50 it will defoliate and lose its leaves below 40 will kill it. As long as you grow it as a container plant you should be fine. I don't have room for a greenhouse so this is my best option


Listening to Mannheim Steamroller holiday music on XM Radio to get me motivated to put Christmas lights on my most vulnerable mango trees. There's no threat to them tonight but like the monkey said when he got his tail caught in the lawn mower. It won't be long now!. :)


Every Journey Begins With the first step this is my PPK which I plan on grafting LZ per Rob's recommendation. I have pre-positioned mulch to go around the graft Union if need be. Also have half dozen large Frost blankets if necessary.

Nothing says the tropics like a mango Christmas tree


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: November 28, 2020, 10:15:09 AM »


Just leaving Panama City Beach Florida. Supposed to be 30 degrees Monday. Will get home just in time to bring soursop inside. Very unusual to have a full week of such beautiful weather up here in the Panhandle.We have had highs of 77 degrees all week. Thanksgiving day was the best it was awesome! :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best winter fruit in South FL?
« on: November 17, 2020, 05:59:39 PM »
something's off with those June plums
June plums got Juiced before I could get a photo :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best winter fruit in South FL?
« on: November 17, 2020, 04:56:01 PM »
Meyers lemon Pink Barbie guava June plum


Today's Harvest

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With the trees that I'm more interested in growth than Fruit production. I like to use the water soluble fertilizer in the spring dry season. Then switch to Time released in the rainy season. Having concerns of leaching I only fertilize my piccabeen palm once with Time released because of its proximity 2A mango tree that I wanted to stay calm :)

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I pretty much agree with what you're saying and I too would be curious to know what the commercial Growers use as a product or special recipe :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stake Mango Tree Branches or No?
« on: November 12, 2020, 07:45:28 PM »
In my opinion you're doing the right thing.

Nothing wrong with shaping and pruning mango trees the way that you want. They're very resilient :)

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Watermelon
Coconut water
Lychee

Lychee juice I like the sound of that. I'm also going to have my wife process some sugar apples and make juice this coming season :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree and lychee flush growth concerns
« on: November 04, 2020, 07:46:31 PM »
Thank you for your reassurance and information on timing of pruning. That is a beautiful tree you have what variety is it? I think mine must be an emperor by the size of the tree and the fruit.  It's been productive so it must have been air Layerd. I have my fingers crossed that everyone will have a good season for lychee

Post a picture of a branch and the leaves.  The Emperor has a distinct look to it




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Multi grafted persimmon tree
« on: November 04, 2020, 03:59:07 PM »
How difficult is it to graft a persimmon tree. I have a fuyu that's been in the ground for two seasons. It hasn't really produced fruit yet. I should have been patient and bought one that I could physically see that it had fruit on it.  I didn't so just in case this tree is not productive. Can I graft different varieties onto it. Is it like grafting an apple or pear tree or is it more difficult?

Ps it's a beautiful day in Florida with a nice breeze. The migratory birds are returning. Saw a kingfisher dive in my pond today :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree and lychee flush growth concerns
« on: November 04, 2020, 02:59:30 PM »
Thank you for your reassurance and information on timing of pruning. That is a beautiful tree you have what variety is it? I think mine must be an emperor by the size of the tree and the fruit.  It's been productive so it must have been air Layerd. I have my fingers crossed that everyone will have a good season for lychee

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Question does a half girdle or half Notch have any effect or does it have to be the full girdle to get the desired effect. Nervous Nelly :)

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Very interesting thread. I have a situation where one of the tropical storms broke off two of my red stems that were part of  scaffolding branches that I desired. I went below where they broke off to side leaves and pruned. Which eventually fell off and it looks like it could potentially bud there.




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Oh Not a Studio Apartment anyways he has a Closet
just do not think it suits  his needs.

I think A tree in the day for decoration will be nice, at night can switch on the grow lights , and cover

-- Like I said maybe a curtain, and a book shelf in Living room

Anyone do something like this, or have any picctures (has a small area in summer between 2 windows like a foot of space.
Get some PVC and some 90s or electrical conduit and a shower curtain Home Depot has a special on SpongeBob curtains . I prefer Patrick starfish he's my friend :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carla mango info
« on: November 01, 2020, 03:07:23 PM »
Well if it was feasible and permissible I would send you a box of its first fruit. That is my wife custom is to give away your first fruit. I keep telling my mother-in-law to give me her first fruit and I will share it with her LOL

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree and lychee flush growth concerns
« on: November 01, 2020, 02:49:57 PM »
Most likely a Seedling it has really big fruit almost the size of a walnut. Is an alternate bear but I never really took any photos of the fruit because at that time I wasn't into photography. I was planning on submitting some photos with the next crop to see if you all could identify it. It used to be the second week in October we got relief from the heat but the last couple of years it's been a never ending summer. Almost like October is a summer month :(

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree and lychee flush growth concerns
« on: November 01, 2020, 02:20:48 PM »
Yes I pruned it back in early July. I only water in the dry season if I feel they need it. After last week's rains they took off like a rocket ship. Fortunately only a couple my mango had partial flush growth. I do not fertilized or water my sweet tart but it grows like a beast.

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