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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: skhan yard update 2019
« on: February 20, 2019, 09:43:55 AM »
A new supervillian, the Masked Fruit Maniac.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabotacaba the next antidepressant?
« on: February 20, 2019, 09:38:12 AM »
I'm growing a large unknown in-ground, maybe Sabara, with Grimal grafted on. Have medium Sabara and red hybrid in pots, and a small-medium vexator. The large and the red flower and fruit well. Looking forward to happy days!

Grafted Venus on Coconut Cream. The CC is more vigorous thus far, but both are flowering nicely. Gotta keep an eye on it so CC doesn't take over. I like CC more, but wanted Venus for a potentially later variety.

Sweet Tart on Kesar is doing well and seem to be growing at similar rates to each other.

OS and Maha on Nam Doc Mai 4 are growing well and appear in balance with each other. Want to add more OS and Maha scions after harvest, or maybe something else.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabotacaba the next antidepressant?
« on: February 18, 2019, 02:37:48 PM »
if your tree doesn't produce enough fruit, could be depressing

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango graft blooming!
« on: February 17, 2019, 01:11:08 PM »
As the grafts are top-worked onto a large tree, it is actually optional to go ahead and let them fruit.  The graft and flower stem will thicken up as needed while the fruit develops.  Then you can get the regular post-harvest vegetative growth.

Are you saying that new grafts from over the summer may already be able to handle fruit?

Really impressed by your home orchard. Used to think I had a lot of fruit trees, lol!

Should've seen the look in my wife's eyes as she viewed your operation; awe and fear as she imagined what I might be planning now. =)

Everything is neat and orderly, and great varieties of fruit. You are blazing a trail. A true plant pioneer! Worthy of a magazine spread in Better Homes and Gardens, or something of the like.

I salute you.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lemon Zest mango tree
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:06:48 PM »
It's getting harder to find LZ trees here in FL. Don't think Zill is grafting them anymore. Scions are much easier to find.

I concur! "Feelings" make it all make sense. It's an experiment in mango mania, and I'm coming along for the ride. Pics please!

...and I'm glad you did not fall victim to one of your many holes. =)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chickens and mango trees
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:11:34 PM »
Moveable chicken coop, as PI recommended, sounds like the way to go. All the benefits of chickens, and you can move them easily if they are causing a problem with any plants. Now if only my wife will buy into it...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sourcing tree pots
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:42:22 PM »
you might want to ask your landscaper (if you use one). They tend to have access to free extras.

Funny how the op asked the question and we are all posting and sharing ideas, yet no further word or questions answered by the op. Dropped a topic for discussion and dipped out, lol. Maybe he fell in one of his 250 holes? Someone send help!

It also matters what varieties of mango you are planning on growing. Some cultivars are vigorous growers, and would demand more attention and trimming. Others, with compact growth habits, would be easier to keep at optimal size, whatever that turns out to be for you. You could place smaller varieties to where they face the sun, and the fast growers behind them, so as to not block out sunlight.

Here in SE FL, just picked up the last of the passion fruits, silas woods sapodillas are ready day to day, hybrid red jabo, papaya, jujube, mulberries off and on, and purple caimito is getting closer to ripeness. lemon drop mangosteen almost ripe it seems. picked a couple of miracle fruit the other day as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2019 Mango season (Florida) flower stimuli
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:38:30 AM »
Happy to report inflorescence on Glenn, Coconut Cream, and NDM4. First time flowering for CC and NDM4. Still waiting on Kesar and Casturi. Not expecting any on recent grafts of OS, ST, and Maha.

Was starting to worry. Glenn flowered much sooner last year and the year before, providing early crops and then heftier harvests thereafter. Don't think there will be any early mangoes for us this year.

It is easy to watermark pics, especially for a photographer. Seems like the simplest solution, no attorneys required.

The majority of the op's posts are commercial in nature. Not sure if threads like these are good advertising.

The law is not supposed to (and cannot) solve all of our problems.

Could've sued lots of people by this stage of life.

Suing people because of their attitude is a manifestation of aggression. Kind of like road rage in a way. Lots of people in jail because they didn't feel respected.

Let's not forget what this forum is about. tropical fruit =)

we have wandered off topic.

Have a fruity day everyone!

So, comparatively, the offer the  vendor made in this thread is quite good then. Even better would be for him to send a box of delicious rare fruit from the islands.

I've had photos snatched. Agree it doesn't feel right if done without notice.

Time to get back to the grill...

Suing for "sarcasm" when a reasonable resolution was offered sounds silly to me. Courts are already filled with frivolous lawsuits.

you can put a little Elmer's glue on the nearly opened flowers, and then after a day or so, shake them to distribute the pollen. this prevents cross pollination

Yerba mate tea is made from the leaves. At least that's how I do it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango trees not flowering
« on: January 23, 2019, 08:57:13 AM »
stress can trigger flowering. cold weather and dry conditions are 2 of the main reported triggers here in FL. I would hold off on irrigation and hope for the best.


are the seeds from self-pollinated plants? very difficult to grow different peppers without cross pollination.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tree planted too shallow?
« on: January 19, 2019, 01:01:54 PM »
just add some dirt and build it up to the point where the top roots are barely covered. don't go much higher so as to prevent the trunk from rotting or getting infected. add some mulch. landscapers and their annoying leaf blowers create this issue in my yard all the time. should be fine, even if you do nothing

Growing beaumont, and it has already flowered and fruited/nutted at about 7 or 8 feet. Not a problem keeping the tree manageable with annual pruning.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Panama red passiflora?
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:57:20 PM »
Does not look like the Panama Red I've grown. The pulp is orange with blackish seeds (I think, been a while since I got a fruit and landscapers killed my main plant), and red shell on the outside. Mine is from Pine Island Nursery.

the best mango I've had lately was a jujube. can't wait

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