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You also must break all that cement at least 3ft wide when ready, hopefully its not too thick of a rock layer and you hit dirt down under again
I imagine electric jackhammers are available in Singapore. If roots get below the concrete there may be little competition down there.

My thought exactly. I believe UFL recommends keeping them 10 - 15 feet in height.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Location for Rollinia/Biriba tree
« on: June 18, 2019, 11:05:49 PM »
I have several anonas, my rollinia is the only one that didnít bloom this year. 2nd year in ground, 9í tall looks very happy and healthy. Plenty of water for sure.

Any thoughts?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugarloaf (E-4) vs. PiŮa Colada
« on: June 18, 2019, 06:29:25 AM »
Thanks.  I grafted lemon Zest at the same time.  It is one of the cases of faded label on my grafts.  I thought all but one of my LZ grafts failed.  Perhaps I have a spare after all.

I will label this branch "Maybe Lemon Zest", thanks.

These will never fade!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I be concerned
« on: June 17, 2019, 10:20:04 PM »
Way to minor to worry about.

don't know about ripeness but I know putting hot sauce on your mangos is a good way to deter animals

An electric fence is better, it doesnít have to be that high.

Also, this year I bought a bunch of fruit bags off of amazon. Hopefully those will help also.

Congrats on this!

Any thoughts as to how much growth would speed up if it wasnít allowed to fruit for a year or so?

Had the same thing happen depends on how bad it is. What I did was basically turn the entire tree into an air graft. I scraped back the bark a bit to expose the cambium. Then I rubbed rooting hormone into it, then piled up dirt an inch above the cut.

That was last year and it now looks quite healthy.

That, or you could bridge graft across the damage.

Cookie Monster and anyone else who is curious of the current mango price... $3 per lb.

Same as Fruitscapes in Bokeelia, Pine Island.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Reviews
« on: June 14, 2019, 01:25:13 PM »

Oh the glorious Pickering mango!  It's hard to believe it was just a random seedling.  Thank you, Walter Zill.  Mine are very sweet, very juicy, and very coconutty this year.  Disease-free and the perfect little tree.  For ALL of its qualities, it must rank near the top.

Had my first Pickering today. I may take some heat, but I think itís my favorite ever. Wow, was it good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Identifying my Avocado tree Help
« on: June 11, 2019, 04:42:20 PM »
I agree with PI of course, but....

If it turns purple. Harder maybe?

Iím betting Doni

Good looking tree

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop is not sour!
« on: June 08, 2019, 11:16:48 AM »
It's a good fruit. There are 2 different types that I've seen -- the sweet + sour and the non-acidic type.

What are the non-acidic varieties called?  I would like another tree as I just had one young SS die after planting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop is not sour!
« on: June 08, 2019, 11:14:31 AM »
I have been eating the non-acidic for months. Picked up some nice 2 lb fruit today.
Where were you able to find the fruit? I live in central Florida too, and the only place I can find it is at MD Oriental Market for $9 a pound. I'd love another option.

Occasionally you can find it at Whole Foods, but keep the receipt as most are picked too early and donít ripen.   At least 3/5 of the rarer fruits I buy there do not ripen.

Should be able to save some serious dough with ag classification. A friend of mine has a commercial lot, valued around 650k, but with ag classification its value for tax purposes is 3k.

Good to know, thanks Jeff. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:58:04 PM »
you would get better replies from qualified people in the citrus section

Thanks! Iím new to the forum and didnít realize there was a citrus section.

True - but - I saw it and I'm fast becoming educated on this.  I tried the 3X fertilizer, it made it far worse.  Imidacloprid helps - a lot and can get your trees thru a tough spell if attacked from leaf miners, etc. 

I had a few trees hit - very hard - and found pruning back hard really, really helps a ton.

Bottom line is - I have found that as long as you take care of your trees, fertilize very well (as opposed to very heavy), foliar sprays, etc.  My trees are doing just fine now. 

6 months ago I was really concerned and thinking I was going have to give up on citrus.  I no longer think that.  I'm pretty optimistic that my trees, and fruit, will be just fine.  My trees are producing just fine, except for 2 which I don't think will make it, but that is 2 out of a couple dozen citrus trees. 

As usual, thanks for your helpful reply.  I guess the question is, which would give me the bigger tax break, my homestead, or the AG designation.

I did meet a guy that planted dozens of royal palm trees on his land and called it a palm tree farm.  He said it saved him (if memory serves) I think $12K a year in taxes, but I'm guessing he didn't have a homestead exemption on his land.  I know that figure seems high, but I'm pretty sure that's what he said.  I find that figure hard to believe as I think he only owned like 5-7 acres, but it was near Davis and County Barn area. 

Correct. That's what I was told by BCPA. I decided that it wasn't worth the effort and just annexed the lot and homesteaded it :D.

So I would have to sell the fruit in order to qualify or have a chance of qualifying.  Just a hypothetical cuz pretty sure they will never consider anything in the area I live "agricultural"

I have the same understanding, but I was wondering if there might be a way around that?  I have a substantial investment in my 110 pr so trees. I PLAN to sell some day, but my trees are still very young and arenít established enough to produce a saleable crop yet.  Once I figure out which trees do best here I plan on expanding even more.

It can take years for a citrus grove to produce, I assume theyíre allowed the AG designation for example.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custard apple question
« on: June 02, 2019, 06:45:21 AM »
I have Taste San Pablo before they are good, the ones I had  where a little grit on them ,also I believe  it is self fertile, but they don't come close to my A..Ret which is also self fertile, and extremely Creamy and 99.9% grit free , I will have grafted Plants for sale soon here on this site. Here they are notice how they all have Flowers!

Iíd be interested in one.

Plant it and let those roots develop.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit any Good
« on: May 30, 2019, 10:11:56 AM »
Especially when you consider that only a few ounces of that is actually edible.  A little more if you eat the seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Central Florida food forest ideas.
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:19:39 AM »
My jaboticaba has been surprisingly cold hardy, with only minor leaf burn at around 23 F.

The University of Florida has bred some quite good low-chill peaches, plums, & nectarines. Grapes, both muscadine & bunch should do well too.

Blueberries, blackberries & raspberries also.

Iíll second the UF peaches. They are excellent. I have UF Best and they are great trees and EXCELLENT fruit.


They have a fruit stand at a farmers market every Saturday. It may be listed on their website or just email them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit any Good
« on: May 26, 2019, 10:35:22 AM »
You can sometimes find it frozen at the grocery

You can often find smaller packages frozen at Asian groceries.

I want to love it, but I canít get past the funk.

Imidacloprid would probably work best for long term control.

Obviously good rootstock. Cut it back and graft some good varieties onto it.

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