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I just hit mine with 3-2-6.  4wks ago because I was sick of my garage smelling like doo doo :)   

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I'm 4 Imbe
« on: May 20, 2019, 02:28:34 PM »
Just found this tree locally.  Its basically being grown on an easement all and as far as I know nobody harvests the fruit. Besides the massive seeds, I must say its very good like achacha.  Can these be airlayered?











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I donít live anymore in zone 9 moved to Naples FL a few years ago

Time to update the name yo! Edzone10 :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Homestead fruit nurseries?
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:32:42 AM »
Lara Farms
PIN

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Free seedlings in Naples area
« on: April 30, 2019, 10:46:14 AM »
I have several yellow passionfruit, a few purple passionfruit, and several prickly pear cactus seedlings.

Free to anyone that cares to stop by and pick them up.  These were all started as seedlings from fruit I bought.  All are very healthy as you can see, the cactus are growing so rapidly that they're falling over in their pots as you can see.

Just IM or text me if you have my number already.

PS - Don't forget gloves if you want a cactus!!!!




Hi Bruce.  I'd love to pickup the passionfruit and will promptly plant in ground.  what time works for you?  Thanks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What happened to my sugar apple?
« on: April 28, 2019, 08:34:48 PM »
Do people walk their dogs on that sidewalk?
Concrete heats up and radiates?

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NONI - because I don't know how to use or sell it

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I grow Brazilian Golden Giant and Panama Red... i need to trim them both back




Do they not die back from cold weather in jax?  What is your preferred method for rooting cuttings?  I would definitely be interested in some cuttings.  Thanks.

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This is the same farm they have started annual pruning. I think they stagger the pruning dates to help stagger the harvest date.
The prunings are dropped between the trees and shredded in place later using a Flail mower which can handle fairly large material and holds it inside to reduce it down in size.





That is some nice looking pruning!! wow.

Are you familiar with their use of herbicides to manage weed growth within the rows?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 17, 2019, 10:20:14 AM »
Here's what 12+ years of mulching looks like after it's fully decomposed. This layer is 6 - 10 inches deep across 1/3 acre. The earthworms do a great job of mixing the sand below with the decomposed mulch above.









That there is a healthy layer of topsoil you've generated.  After two years of mulching I'm now starting to see this too.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 17, 2019, 09:33:22 AM »
Become very familiar with zoning for your property, local ordinances and CA statutes. 

In Florida we have what is known as "The Right to Farm Act" which offers a plethora of protections. "Florida adopted right-to-farm legislation curtailing the rights of neighboring landowners to bring nuisance suits to prohibit certain farming operations. The Florida Right to Farm Act also limits local governments from imposing regulations on farming operations"  You definitely have enough fruit trees planted out to qualify for some sort of Ag classification too.  Last month Florida also passed legislation protecting the rights of property owners to grow gardens in their front yards which was a HUGE win.  I've dealt with backstabbing neighbors in deed restrictive communities and it was a PITA.

Although these are examples of FL laws, CA may have similar legislation in place.  Your best bet is to start researching within the Dept of Agriculture. 

Do what you can to satisfy the code violation first AND DOCUMENT, set up LLC to "legitimize" your landscape, obtain a local business license, obtain a USDA farm license (if possible), request an alternate date for hearing (delay if possible).  Remember any correspondence with the local/state governments should be in writing.  Sorry your going through this.  Is some type of fencing an option?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 13, 2019, 11:11:13 PM »
We have imported tens of thousands of cubic yds of mulch over the past couple years.  Cookie has some great information regarding the affects of mulching heavily long term.  One thing I've learned about growing (even life for that matter) is that you have to do the best you can with what you've got.  You will find varying opinions on how to grow fruit trees or how to manage a farm but everybody's land, financial situation, resource constraints, and priorities are uniquely different.  As others have previously mentioned there are tradeoffs when incorporating mulch into your program.  For us the benefit of heavy mulching in the early years out weighted  some of the disadvantages.  Weed suppression and increasing CEC were our primary objectives.  I look forward to the next soil analysis after two full years of mulching heavily.

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Hello Friends! 

Here is an excellent opportunity for anyone who loves tropical fruit.  There is room to plant additional trees, and there is a particularly nice microclimate available for mangos on one section of the property.

Our detailed website with photos and video is here:
https://shortjoel.wixsite.com/website

Our MLS site can be found here:
https://mcrtc.mlsmatrix.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?ID=282761642

Please feel free to share my info with any interested members.  If you can recommend any other people who might be interested in a lychee grove, please let me know.  It is difficult for us to connect with the right people, and I know there are a lot of lychee lovers out there!

We will be having a nice crop this year, so folks can also contact us to purchase lychees fresh off the trees at $4.00/lb.  Come by and visit the grove!

Thank you so much for spreading the word!

Best wishes,

Thadra Petkus
561.350.8161

Where are the pictures?

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Here's the story . About 4 years ago had my gardener pick me up a cado tree . When asked what type it was he didn't remember . Started reading on here about varieties and landed up purchasing a Nisikawa , Oro negro , and a Brogdon . years latter here is where i'm at . Don't like the Brogdon , seed too big , hard to peel a real PITA . So out it comes . The unknown tree lands up being another Nishikawa , What are the chances . Since i only have room for 4 i don't want to Nish's so out one comes . That leaves me with one Nish and an ON (which finally started bearing fruit this year ) Unfortunately they both bear fruit around the same time (holidays) .

So what i'm looking for is 2 trees that bear differently from what I have . After hours of reading i'm settling in on a Day and the other either Catalina , Simmons or Holiday . Would like any input . Located in SW fl. Naples area .

Also anyone in the Naples area that wants a Brogdon or Nish can have them if they want to dig them out .

mike

Hi Mike - Nice speaking with you yesterday.  Id be happy to come dig them up if that's the route you want to go :) Otherwise your welcome to see how I topwork mango tomorrow night.  Thanks.

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Bump with revision

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Fresh scions from healthy fruit bearing trees.  $4 each scion minimum order of 10 sticks + $8 small box shipping (domestic only/ no CA shipping).   Bulk orders are now available for select varieties at discounted rates. Feel free to call or text 352-246-7976.  Thanks.

Cotton Candy
Fruit Punch
Beverly
Honey Kiss
PCOB
Neelam
Palmer
DOT
Amy
Jakarta
Valencia Pride
Sweet Tart
ST Maui
Malika
Kathy K3
Duncan
Rosigold








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White sapote thinning ?
« on: April 07, 2019, 09:47:03 PM »
Wow.  Wish I had that tree :)  Where did you pickup the supersweet?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 'Honey Kiss' mango
« on: April 05, 2019, 08:39:05 AM »
I have been testing the new Zills at my place so I have let them go without spray until I can telll more about them

The Phoenix would have lost its entire crop and had to spray it 

Next to it the Honey Kiss had none


Might be other problems but pm isnít one of them

This year at our farm with no spray Phoenix was noticeably more susceptible to disease.  I wont be planting or propagating any more.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 'Honey Kiss' mango
« on: April 05, 2019, 08:37:19 AM »
I have been testing the new Zills at my place so I have let them go without spray until I can telll more about them

The Phoenix would have lost its entire crop and had to spray it 

Next to it the Honey Kiss had none


Might be other problems but pm isnít one of them

At our farm with no spray Phoenix was noticeably more susceptible to disease.  I wont be planting or propagating any more.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 'Honey Kiss' mango
« on: April 04, 2019, 03:24:54 PM »
Anyone else find HK a bit more susceptible to fungus or scale?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: large Achacha in SFL?
« on: April 04, 2019, 03:23:07 PM »
how big? You can get a small one and watch it growing fast

I would be happy with a 3gallon.  From my very limited experience achacha are not quick to grow the first few years.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: large Achacha in SFL?
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:03:47 AM »
Would like to purchase larger achacha

BUMP

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango blooming but no fruiting
« on: March 17, 2019, 11:02:52 PM »
What'd be a likely cause for a potted mango tree to bloom normally but not one turned to fruit?? 
I dont noticed any sign of disease or noticeable issue on the tree, leaves are fine with plenty of blooming but not one flower become fruit.

Usually due to high male/female flower ratio. Some varieties are also partially self incompatible (e.g. Julie)

Alex, have you experienced this with Ice Cream?  For me last year it set gobs and this year full bloom but no fruit set.  It did look like fungus hit it but bbís never even developed so maybe male/female flower ratio?  Can the ratio of male/female flowers for a particular variety change each year?

Absolutely can change, even in the same season if they flower multiple times. Gary is another mango that is notorious for this but a number of other Julie descendants do it too. Ice Cream is likely a member of that family.

fascinating, thanks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango blooming but no fruiting
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:51:20 AM »
What'd be a likely cause for a potted mango tree to bloom normally but not one turned to fruit?? 
I dont noticed any sign of disease or noticeable issue on the tree, leaves are fine with plenty of blooming but not one flower become fruit.

Usually due to high male/female flower ratio. Some varieties are also partially self incompatible (e.g. Julie)

Alex, have you experienced this with Ice Cream?  For me last year it set gobs and this year full bloom but no fruit set.  It did look like fungus hit it but bbís never even developed so maybe male/female flower ratio?  Can the ratio of male/female flowers for a particular variety change each year?

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