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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fire in the Amazon...
« on: August 24, 2019, 04:39:04 PM »
And there is another aspect when calling socialist vs capitalists.The socialists did manny mistakes ,but they have the power to revert them back as you see in China right now,whereas the capitalists take the monney,destroy the land and they cant do nothing to restore it after because there is no profit in doing so.
Actually, since forests produce wood which is a renewable resource they are quite profitable and are increasing in the USA, which did significantly deforest and is a capitalist country. My family has operated a sustainable timber farm in Arkansas for over 100 years and 4 generations

Veering off topic a bit. I'm pretty sure that rainforests are not renewable in that they are a closed ecosystem, one which consists of many layers, which exist due to a lack of wind. At least that is my understanding. So as renewable as timber farming is in Arkansas, I'm not sure it's relevant to the destruction of a closed ecosystem.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango name?
« on: August 24, 2019, 03:55:53 PM »
Looks like Valencia Pride, but VP typically has some fiber.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leaf eating spider on mango plant
« on: August 24, 2019, 03:53:03 PM »
Looks like a jumping spider, family: Salticidae.

Apparently some spiders in the family do eat plants.

You can organically smash it, or capture it and sell it to the circus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bordeaux fig flowers pic please
« on: August 23, 2019, 11:09:47 PM »
Wayne has a great site.

If the honey is produced in abundance, it can fill the fig and leak out of the eye, this prevents insect intrusion.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bizarre pineapple growing with tiny top.
« on: August 22, 2019, 03:47:14 PM »
Cool thanks for the info. He said it grew from a store bought fruit.

I have bought them in the store before. I believe they were imported from Brasil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID's please ?
« on: August 22, 2019, 01:58:13 PM »
Top ones are Soursop, the bottom ones are syzigium.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:00:32 PM »
On the topic of unsolicited advice, if you could seal the space between layers and pull a vacuum on it, you can limit the convection of heat outwards. This should solve the condensation issue.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: unhealthy pepper plants
« on: August 22, 2019, 11:56:02 AM »
Are you irrigating with municipal water?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Guava cultivars / breeding?
« on: August 22, 2019, 02:36:13 AM »
I tried on the far-side of Maui to find a superior strawberry, they're all too similar.

As far as lemon guava is concerned, I know where to find a nice selection, but not sure if it will come true to seed, but I hear it's very difficult to propagate from cuttings/grafting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal mango flowering and fruit update
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:54:19 AM »
Excellent crop. Any idea how many years old the Kesar with the heavy crop is?


I tried Irwin when visiting. Not a fan. Don't think ultra-sweet 30 brix mangoes are going to catch on over there either. Japanese sweets are very mild compared to western ones, mizu-ame being the exception.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Tree identification
« on: August 18, 2019, 08:24:38 PM »
Cool flowers, reminds me of Annona!
The rest of the growth reminds me of ceanothus or pomegranate.

Here is a good link with photos for nutrient deficiency.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Attaboya atemoya
« on: August 18, 2019, 04:03:08 PM »
My El Bumpo branch has culled its fruit.
Big Sister fruits are under heavy ant attack.

I'm hoping to give the tree a good prune soon and remove the ant issue.

Recipes / Re: Mango Funnel Cakes
« on: August 18, 2019, 01:59:41 AM »
Impressive knifework! keep it up!

Tropical storms in FL will require a very strong enclosure. I'm afraid that if citrus isn't that valuable to you, it probably isn't worth the effort.

Then again, if citrus is your jam, then Fort-knox style containment should be possible, having an air handler to keep the pressure inside the enclosure higher than outside, and having a multidoor access point with timing protocols to keep the inside pressure from dropping would be a possible solution.

How much do you like citrus?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree fertilization question please
« on: August 16, 2019, 02:54:01 PM »
Now is an ideal time to add nitrogen for vegetal growth, and whether nitrogen remains present or not depends on a number of factors, most importantly soil type.

If you are trying to keep your trees small then adding nitrogen would be working against your goals, but even when trees are producing, a small quantity (of added nitrogen) is still beneficial to add to avoid excessive fruit drop.

No matter what, adding nitrogen (post bloom) appears to diminish the quality of the fruit, but if you want a large harvest then you'll have to find a happy medium.

I have only known Argentinian ants to farm aphids and mealybugs.

In Europe they spray a Calcium Oxide (lime) mix on the trunks of fruit trees to deter ants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mystery cherimoya
« on: August 15, 2019, 11:18:36 PM »
In what way is it different? We can compare it to Big Sister this fall.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: TT / Har Tasting M4 Mango 👍🏼
« on: August 15, 2019, 11:17:28 PM »
The two I tried both tasted the same, no coconut, but a Muskmelon(cantaloupe) flavor in a creamy textured fruit.

I would definitely grow it, but the seed isn't sending out a root, just expanding with soaking.

Rubber band, Zip tie.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mango trees
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:34:31 PM »
Do you have the new blueberry custard mango from zill?

I'll take 3.

1) Home grown Valencia orange
2) some mango varieties
3) mangosteen
4) Home grown Cantaloupe
5) Home grown Pomegranate
Those are good. Late season Valencias are fantastic. Where do you get your mangosteen?

Home grown Valencia picked at perfect time is so rich in flavor and juicy. I think it is one of the best but so common that people don't care. I ate mangosteen when I lived in VN and visited it 5 years ago.

I ate a few mangosteen imported from VN here and they are all trash -- picked too early for eating but look good on table.

A good Valencia orange in SoCal with full sun from March previous year and ready in July a total 16 months and no wonder they are so good that I never got tire of eating. Any other fruits that match this long growing cycle?

I really like the oranges that have been left to hang for the better part of a year or more, they sweeten up to such a degree that they become very much like candy. One of our navels does this routinely, the fruit are ready in November for the standard navel taste, but by May, and all through August, they are unmatched in sweetness/orange flavor.

I think that Guatemalan avocados take around 1.5-2years from fruit set until they are ready to pick. Try Nabal, Holiday, and I believe Queen.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Key Lime Question
« on: August 13, 2019, 07:46:20 PM »
It appears to be small leaves that are getting ready to flush, now would be an ideal time to fertilize the tree for a strong flush.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bananas are coming in
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:08:12 AM »
Looking good.  There are two surprising moments in growing bananas for the first time.  The first is when you realize it's flowering.  The second is when you realize you have 15 bunches of bananas ripening in the space of a week.  ;D

Banana freezes pretty well though, and makes excellent smoothie, though some varieties are overpowering.

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