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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Super Hass Avocado review
« on: December 05, 2018, 02:27:55 PM »
I had 4 trees and they were all loaded this year.  Was very impressed with the productivity. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for an Orlando Beginner
« on: November 12, 2018, 09:18:59 AM »
There is free soil at the landfill and you can load as much as you want.  As for mulch, free from tree trimmers would be optimal.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for an Orlando Beginner
« on: November 09, 2018, 05:38:24 PM »
My advice as someone who attempted to grow tropicals in Orlando is:

Don't get too excited and buy a million different fruit trees
Don't plant trees too close together
Take the time to do a scaled layout of your property to determine spacial and quantity requirements
Stick to cold hardy varieties and only grow tropicals you are willing to protect each year
Cold protection can be costly, stressful, laborious, and is not guaranteed
Mound up your trees and use lots of mulch
Know your HOA/neighbors if that is applicable

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to get best deal on 0-0-50
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:06:29 PM »
Yep. And, it doesn't need to receive OMRI approval to be permitted for organic production. There is a list maintained by USDA that defines what is allowed and what is not.

The main difference between organic and synthetic is how a supplement is sourced, and oftentimes the exact same product is available with and without organic certification (the former at a higher cost of course).

Not to hi-jack, but does anybody know an OMRI approved Potassium?  Thanks.

0-0-22 is organic.  Its called "langbeinite"
0-0-50 is also organic and naturally occuring sulfate of potash. 

You can get either of these for dirt cheap.  May cost extra for them to go through the certification process but there are ones that are omri listed.  Try googling them.

You are correct Jeff.  It just has to be NOP approved which is what I need.  Its a damn shame there is not an NOP K + micros granular (at least not that I know of).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Banana Pruning Tools
« on: October 31, 2018, 08:14:51 AM »
What do some of you use to prune your banana leaves?  I've been using my hand pruners but they are hardly an optimal choice. 

The post hole tamp digging bar from Harbor Freight has changed my life in regards to maintaining healthy mats.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to get best deal on 0-0-50
« on: October 31, 2018, 08:12:43 AM »
Not to hi-jack, but does anybody know an OMRI approved Potassium?  Thanks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guavas that are Worm Resistant - Thread
« on: October 25, 2018, 09:10:11 AM »
I needed to prune back guavas and tried air layers it was so easy. In 6 weeks I got 20 new trees. One month further in pots to develop more roots and then in the ground. Since the trees I layered from were adults all the new growth began to flower within one month, so I had to pinch off the flowers. Just used sphagnum moss and aluminum foil.



What varieties did you propagate?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola deficiency I.D.
« on: October 18, 2018, 08:13:24 AM »
Some of the new growth is coming in yellow-ish and a bit wrinkled, looks different than iron deficiency the teee came out of with applications of sulfur. Is it nitrogen?

https://i.imgur.com/D4PLUZz_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

https://i.imgur.com/QSEvHUY_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

https://i.imgur.com/oxohfBe_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

I don't see any obvious signs of deficiency.  The pale green color is common with most new growth. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sigatoka treatments??
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:41:28 AM »
I agree with the thinning, itís more work than I wanted to do, but it needs to be done. I also need to move the dwarfs further away from the tall plants.

BTW, one of my cocoa trees has about half dozen cocoa pods on it and itís still blooming

I purchased a post hole tamp/digging bar from Harbor Frieght in Bonita for $27 and it makes quick work of any size banana tree without damaging the main corm.  The tool is a godsend and makes maintenance MUCH easier.  https://www.harborfreight.com/17-lb-digging-bar-with-tamper-93612.html

Great to hear about the cocoa!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sigatoka treatments??
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:36:17 PM »
Plant only the cleanest material you can find. Plant resistant varieties or the most vigorous varieties.  Keep trees actively growing and healthy. Remove all infected leaves and all old leaves promptly. Many people's bananas look like they are wearing a hula skirt which are really flags full of spores on the wind. I never tried sprays but the references say copper fungicides.

I walk my mats at least once a week to remove dead, damaged, or "spotty" material.  This week I purchased a digging rod and began to thin out the mats appropriately.  Lots of water, mulch, and potassium too. 

Bruce - Having seen your trees I would say they might appreciate being thinned out.  As you mentioned copper and also some micronutrients would help.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cheap banana brace ideas?
« on: September 24, 2018, 10:09:32 PM »
2Ē PVC all the way!!  If you donít want to pay for fittings you can drill holes and tie to each other with large zip ties.  Long lasting and very sturdy.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Excalibur or PIN for fruit trees?
« on: September 13, 2018, 09:40:20 AM »
Why mess around with peaches which my opinion are alien to south Florida and very hit or miss.

I never tried to grow peaches but my guess is you will have to spray w anti-fungals due to their thin skin

IMO peaches are definitely worth growing in FL.  I have grown several varieties which have quickly produced some incredibly delicious fruit.  If possible, Phillip Rucks is the place to get the best low-chill varieties with high quality rootstock designed for FL soils.  I've only had hole shot (bacterial) on one of my trees, never dealt with fungus.  They seem to grow very well and require little maintenance other than pruning.

Actually, I'll be close to Excalibur this weekend so I'll shoot on over.  I assume I need to get declared agricultural before I can buy wholesale??  I'd really like to get a few more peach trees.

I'm holding onto that cacao tree for you, we need to get together soon if you still want it.  I also have a hog plum start I can give you.

All you would need to purchase wholesale is a Re-sale certificate or in many cases just proof of a business/entity.  Getting declared agricultural is something else that will benefit your property tax.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Excalibur or PIN for fruit trees?
« on: September 11, 2018, 10:37:35 AM »
Why mess around with peaches which my opinion are alien to south Florida and very hit or miss.

I never tried to grow peaches but my guess is you will have to spray w anti-fungals due to their thin skin

IMO peaches are definitely worth growing in FL.  I have grown several varieties which have quickly produced some incredibly delicious fruit.  If possible, Phillip Rucks is the place to get the best low-chill varieties with high quality rootstock designed for FL soils.  I've only had hole shot (bacterial) on one of my trees, never dealt with fungus.  They seem to grow very well and require little maintenance other than pruning.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Excalibur or PIN for fruit trees?
« on: September 11, 2018, 10:32:02 AM »
Are you purchasing wholesale or retail?  Excalibur does not offer wholesale pricing where as PIN does.  Also there are specific times during the season when PIN is better stocked.  Don't forget Lara farms if you go to PIN.  It should also be noted that Excalibur is a fun place to visit and has a nice selection.

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The tree looks healthy to me other than the cupped leaves which I have seen on some of my trees. They always seem to eventually normal themselves out.  Maybe varieties are pulling nutrients and hormones from others?

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I'm still struggling to find a K + micros blend that is OMRI certified....:(

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fairchild Mango pruning decision.
« on: August 27, 2018, 11:21:12 AM »
What Jeff said.  In my opinion better to prune knowing that the tree is pushing.

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Maybe itís just a fluke this year but MC has a tendency to produce off season fruit

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Waren,

I cut the head off the rootstock 1 week before grafting, that induces sap flow and energy towards pushing new growth, when you graft it helps along. its like having a natural next flush cycle. However, I have not studied the affects.

However you could skip this step if your rootstock is pushing at graft time.

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All orders have been shipped out.

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Please let me know price. Thanks!

I sent you a PM

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banner year for sugar apples
« on: August 11, 2018, 08:31:27 AM »
It's been a L-O-N-G wait but this summer I am FINALLY getting to enjoy my sugar apples. Yesterday I picked nearly 20 lbs of fruit and more is still coming from both trees. It has been 4 to 6 years for them to get to this point but it was well worth the wait.  Now if only my soursop and custard apple would catch up I'd be in annona heaven.

Jeez I never expected this long of a wait.

No pics?????

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My fruit tree list to date...
« on: August 11, 2018, 08:29:32 AM »
Where did you get the soursop trees and fruit?  Where did you get the achacha?

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