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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any drawback to Maha chanok?
« on: March 16, 2018, 12:54:53 AM »
I had one but it was just too slow growing and the branches were very long. The freakish coldsnap we had here in Orlando killed it too while other varieties seemed to fair just fine in the exact same location; perhaps this means that it is less cold tolerant?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is my carrie mango a goner?
« on: March 16, 2018, 12:45:33 AM »
I have three mango trees in-ground that were damaged in a weird cold front here in Orlando. Two have sprouted back out like champs in the last few weeks -- I'll have robust trees again in no time. However, I have a 2 year old Carrie that isn't sprouting back at all yet. It does have some green nodes on the trunk nnow but they don't seem to be in a hurry with turning into leaves. Is the tree a goner do you think or do some varieties just take longer to recover?  If there is extensive bark damage and a few patches of living tissue, is it worth it to continue with this tree or just start over?  THanks.

I have a Peach Cobbler that is two years old and planted in the ground here in Orlando Fl. It's surrounded by many other varieties. Not only was it in full bloom after two years but it took a major cold hit when the temp went down to 27 degrees here for several hours. This temp wiped out several of my 1 yr old mangos and got trees that were even placed right next to the house. The Peach Cobbler was unprotected and in the coldest spot on the property. Yep, killed some smaller branches but it has the quickest recovery time of all my 20 varieties - Mallika being a good second. I'm impressed. That being said, I have yet to taste the fruit since the cold killed my flowers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone familiar with Florida Grande peach?
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:36:09 PM »
I guess this would be a tropical question considering it's a tropical peach. Anyone familiar with the Florida Grande variety?  I have several Tropic Beauties, a tropic snow and a UF Sun. I'd like to add another variety and this was on sale.  Any idea the size of the peaches? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best tasting avocado for Central Florida?
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:16:13 PM »
I already have a Day and want to get another avocado tree.  Which one should I choose?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Has anyone pugged a lychee tree?
« on: January 21, 2018, 06:33:41 PM »
My two young lychee trees got torched during the recent Florida freezes. I have leave drop and some cracks in the bark. Has anyone pugged a small lychee tree and had it flush back out?  I've done this with mango with success and was wondering if it would work for lychee?



I have a small sweet tamarind tree in the front yard -- about 3-4 ft tall and a trunk about a 1/4 wide. It got zapped by unseasonal temps of 28-29 for several hours over the course of two nights. It immediately dropped all leaves and is a stick. The tree is still pliable and there appears to be green under the bark.

Do small tamarind trees typically recover from such severe cold damage?  The sad thing is that I didn't protect it at all because I was told that tamarind was pretty cold hardy and I expected the temps to not go below 32F -- I'm on top of a hill so the microclimate stinks here (it's typically colder than the local weather report.).

I live in a residential neighborhood (9b Orlando) and have a spot for a tree in the front yard. I'd like to plant a tropical fruit tree, but I'm not sure what would look the best. I already have a Jaboticaba on the side and a persimmon and Pakistan mulberry in front. I'm thinking perhaps a sapodilla, starfruit or a lychee.  However, I don't want to encourage neighborhood thieves either, so something a bit low key. Curbside appeal is very important as well so that I don't irritate my neighbors.

What do you all think?

Hoping my mango trees and lychees make it. Everything else is icing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making changes after this freeze
« on: January 04, 2018, 03:07:24 PM »
Yeah, it really sucks to work so hard and have your precious trees gutted by the cold; just part of zone pushing I guess. I took a different route and decided not to stress it these two nights -- what survives will survive. I posted the results of the first night and will have a better idea after a couple of days. I love growing tropicals, but I'm not willing to have a freakout anymore whenever the temp drops to 30F --- below 30 and yes, freak out time. I'm going to make a couple of changes too once I find out what will survive these hits.

In the northern part of Orlando, we hit 29-30F for about 4 hours early this morning. This is the first time that I offered no protection since I didn't think we would drop below 32F -- I was wrong. Most of the trees have about the same level of protection from the cold -- no micro climates on my property. I've surveyed the damage so far amongst the tropicals:


Michelia Alba -- no damage (surprised)
Large peach cobbler mango -- no damage
Mallika mango (small tree)  (no damage at all)
Jaboticaba -- no damage
Sapodilla -- no damage (all 5 varieties the same)
Day avocado -- no damage
Wurtz avocado -- no damage
white sapote (sue belle) -- looks great, no damage at all
tamarind -- no damage
Grumichama -- no damage
Barbados cherry -- no damage
Canistel -- no damage
achairu (achacha) -- no damage
pitangatube -- no damage
pitanga -- no damage
pitomba -- no damage
Australian beach cherry -- no damage
guava -- no damage
cherry of the rio grande -- no damage
feijoa -- no damage
lemon drop mangosteen -- no damage


Lychees -- trees ok but new growth toasted (old leaves ok)
Kohala longan -- same as lychee (new leaf burn but established leaves ok)
Ylang Ylang -- most of the exterior leaves toasted; did much better than I thought
Small mangos -- both lemon zest (toasted leaves), Maha Chanok (leaf burn), Pickering (some burn); most burn on lemon zest.
Large mangos -- Carrie (some leaf burn)
Pakistan mulberry -- quite a bit of leaf burn
Gefner atemoya -- some leaf burn
figs -- toasted leaves 100% (all 20 varieties)
sugar apple -- leaf damage (not too bad surprisingly)
Wax jambu -- leaf burn
jack fruit (about 3 feet tall) -- some leaf burn; surprised it wasn't killed


Bananas -- toasted leaves and trunks (Manzano, Dwarf Cavendish, Ice cream, Golden)
Kary starfruit -- leaves toasted and crispy (tree will survive though)
Papaya (Red Lady) -- extensive toasted leaves
Muntingia (strawberry tree) -- leaf burn extensive
Pacay -- leaf burn extensive


Abiu -- toasted leaves and all dropped already (may not survive)
Rollinia -- toasted leaves and all dropped
Peanut butter tree -- all leaves toasted; looks bad
Dragon fruit -- don't think it will make it

How about you all?  Similar results or different?  I'm trying to narrow down what plants are really ok for 9b Central Florida -- without being next to a lake, etc.

What a shame. I have a gorgeous looking two year old ambarella that finally produced some ripe fruit. Loads of ripe fruit.  The only problem is that the fruit is extremely cumbersome to eat and after you remove the spiky seed, you aren't left with much. To make matters worse, it doesn't really taste that great to me. I'm thinking of just ripping the darn thing out. Am I missing something?  Anyone growing this tree and enjoying the fruit?

Thanks. I'm having the same experience in 9B in Florida. The sugarcane will have poor branch growth, set some flowers, and then nothing. It doesn't grow very well and looks pretty sickly. It's supposed to be self-fertile but I don't believe it is.  Guess no jujubes for me. I'm ripping it out today and planting a Day avocado in it's place.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jujube trees in Florida?
« on: October 04, 2017, 10:37:17 PM »
Has anyone fruited a sugarcane jujube in Florida (specifically Central Florida and lower?). I bought one a couple of years ago, and while it's growing, it's not in any rush to produce any fruit. I get a few lame flowers, but that's it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone growing Sugarcane jujube in Florida?
« on: October 01, 2017, 12:16:25 AM »
I bought a sugarcane jujube from justfruits about two years ago. The plant is in the ground and doing ok, yet while it does flower, it doesn't set fruit. Has anyone had any luck fruiting sugarcane jujube in Florida -- particularly Central Florida and below?


Shawn (Orlando 9B)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jujubes in Florida
« on: July 30, 2017, 03:09:15 AM »
Yep, I was wondering if anyone is fruiting Chinese jujube in central to south Florida as well; particularly is anyone fruiting sugar cane jujube.   If not, I have an empty space available for another tree I guess.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone try Ed's Delight loquat?
« on: July 30, 2017, 02:42:24 AM »

Just bought my first loquat tree -- Eds Delight. It was the only one the nursery had in stock. Any thoughts on this variety?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jujubes in Florida
« on: July 30, 2017, 12:19:45 AM »

I planted a sugar cane jujube a couple of years ago that I got from and it seems to be growing well. The problem is that it pushes out these wee little flowers and then nothing. Anyone have jujubes produce in Florida?  Any experience with this particular variety?



I have three other tropic beauty trees that look great. This tree is about 10 feet away and started looking like this. I have no idea what might be wrong -- same water, same fertilizer. I have some areas with some sap leakage that isn't evident on the other trees too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need Help Pruning Lopsided Mango Tree
« on: July 04, 2017, 02:38:57 PM »
Cut it right below the bend and give it some time. It is 70/30 most likely in your favor that it will push out new growth at this point. I say this because I've had the same problem. I had several trees recover just fine and correct and only had an Angie die on me (wasn't a super strong tree to begin with.)


Noob question.

Over a 3 year span, I've planted about 12 different mango varieties (some in ground and some in 45 gallon pots.)  After 3 years, I have a bumper crop of Pickering and a few Carrie fruiting; every other mango variety nada. Pickering is pushing out full sized mangos too. Weird.

About what time should I expect the others to start fruiting in general?  It just seems a bit strange to see such productivity from all of my little Pickering trees but so little from trees that are planted in ground and are much larger.



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can I grow Inga Edulis in South Florida
« on: January 30, 2017, 11:11:06 PM »
Need some expert advice. Are these trees self-pollinating?  I'd like to maybe get a pacay, but I was told that I needed two to fruit -- I only have space for one.

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