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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I have a disease! Need ID
« on: January 25, 2012, 10:58:08 AM »
I have similar ones here in WPB FL.  Mine are more symetrical with even craters and a light pink coloring. I believe mine are a type of scale?

I totally agree! Any information provided without knowledge of where its grown is pretty useless... ??? ???

I began using Fafard's 3B mix, it seems to work really well and holds moisure nicely also.  I attempted to switch to "The Gritty Mix", spent a small fortune massing the ingredients, and eventually found that it made my trees look like they were growing in a bag of gravel.. I guess it all depends on the future intentions of the grower, whether you plan to plant the tree out, or maintain it in a pot.  Also, depending on how the mix is composed, you can create a lot of work for yourself by requiring more watering.  I like the even distrubution of the Fafard mix when it comes to the transport of nutrients and watering.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Advertising
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:47:59 AM »
Mike! We welcome you here of course.. Please keep us up to date! Feel free to get involved, we are glad to have Bender's Grove represented.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Advertising
« on: January 24, 2012, 09:52:35 AM »
We do not charge for adding marketing information on this forum. 
We do ask however that you maintain activity on the forum in return. 
The intent of allowing for trade information posts was to provide a service for active members. 
Active forum members will be identified by the highlighted green message titles.  We do welcome all venders to post!

We hope all will understand this policy, we are trying to avoid becoming a commercial site.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A Sincere Thanks..
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:17:28 PM »
Thanks for the offers! We will be sure to take you up on them! Here is an example of what a submitted photo would look like on the website..

We would not descriminate on layout, Photoshop can extract a piece of fruit from a pretty crappy background, Noel is famous for great presentation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: last purchase
« on: January 19, 2012, 04:34:57 PM »
They are supposed to be pretty hardy trees when it comes to transplant.  I have seen trees that were uprooted in a hurricane and left to die grow sideways.  Gene Joyner here in WPB Florida has one that if were upright would stand about thirty feet tall! It holds the record for the continent I believe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A Sincere Thanks..
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:45:16 PM »
I would like to extend a sincere thanks to everyone for joining and being so active in building this forum and making it into something really special.  Murahilin and I had spoke back and forth about creating this forum starting with a discussion in the elevator at HoJo's in Mayaguez PR in August of last year. Over the past few months we discussed different ways to best create a really enriched format, one that supports all types of media with a user friendly interface.  By using the basic platform SMF, we created a cost effective way to create this forum at no cost to the user.  The way I see it, murahilin's history of killing expensive plants far exceeds the cost of the forum.  We also purchased an additional domain name, to be used to create a type of one-stop source for tropical fruit enthusiasts to get opinion-free up to date information on the worlds tropical fruit "collection", with photos of leaves, tree habit, cross-sections of limbs to show cadmium layer structure, latin names, origins, pictures of the fruit, and so on.  Being that this is a very intensive list of information, we may ask members of the forum to contribute photos and manuscripts for review, editing, and final approval to be used on the database.  Any information you provide will be credited back to you, allowing everyone the chance to be part of this new website and historical venture!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hello !
« on: January 18, 2012, 12:15:40 AM »
Will you look at the size of the Rollinias on that guy! (sounds like something you'd hear in Bangkok)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Injuries
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:17:49 PM »

pj- why did you link to garden web?

I am trying to correct my Negative Karma

Post Freely Here! This isnt occupied Tibet!

Huge Plant Sale Saturday March 24, 2012 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.
 9 AM - 2 PM. Hundreds of fruit trees, herb and spice plants to choose from.
 Also selling 50 lb bags of 8-3-9 fertilizer made especially for south Florida soils.
 Arrive early for the best selection. Free admission to the Fairgrounds.

Here is the info they emailed out:

"Fruit Tree Sale Presented by the Rare Fruit Council- Palm Beach Chapter at the
South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33411.
Saturday March 24, 2012.
9 AM to 2 PM.
Large selection of mangos, bananas, avocados, citrus, lychees, canistel, jackfruit and hundreds
of other tropical fruit trees, also herb & spice plants.
Arrive early for the best selection.
Any questions call 561-716-6816."

With all the advertising money they make you think they would update the forum instead of scanning it for my post! Go figure... Karma is a bitch!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Puerto Rico 2011
« on: January 17, 2012, 12:05:12 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What matters to you in a mango variety?
« on: January 16, 2012, 11:57:10 AM »
Good point! Corrected!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What matters to you in a mango variety?
« on: January 16, 2012, 09:26:48 AM »
Great point Rob! I just corrected it!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: January 16, 2012, 09:14:09 AM »
Oh yeah! For new users.. It takes ten posts to lose the "newbie" status!

I bought a large 3 Gallon Jaboticaba last year at the same sale for $12.00!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: More Than a...Spring Plant Sale & Show
« on: January 15, 2012, 10:20:37 PM »
Sorry about that John, it will be in April at Mounts Botanical In West Palm Beach Florida, I added it to the Calendar..

This annual plant sale features over 80 vendors with an amazing assortment of quality plants and
goods. Palms, orchids, bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, fruit trees, and many
other types of plants will be for sale.This is your opportunity to learn about
the plants that grow well in South Florida and itís the best place to find
something new for your garden. The American Hibiscus Society, Sunrise-Conrad
Chapter & Greater Palm Beach Rose Society will be having their annual show &
judging featuring many of the state's best blooms.Plants will be available at
their booths. The Palm Beach County Woodturners will be selling a large
selection of their beautiful woodturnings. Memberships will be available at
the gates.
Cost: Members free; Non-members $10.00

I have a parts vendor at my truck shop in Accounts that calls me "Dan".  Everytime I call the guy I say "This is Patrick" he says "How can I help you Dan"... Have you been attending the Rare Fruit Council Meetings at Mounts?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: January 15, 2012, 08:47:40 PM »

I am the GM of a diesel repair shop in WPB, Florida.  My hobbies include, walking around my yard aimlessly looking a each leaf of every living plant in my yard, pest and disease control of my plants, fertilizing my plants, explaining to my neighbors why I talk to my plants, explaining to my family why I talk to my plants, and seeking out new places in my yard that require additional plants in the ground...

I also enjoy working on the computer (thus the forum and other web ventures), and Charter Boat fishing from time to time.

I truly love tropical fruit growing, and honestly enjoy the growing more than the eating.  Sometimes the challenge of growing new things and being sucessful is the best part!

Those who know me say I am kind and very well organized, a good father and provider, and a little obsessive/compulsive.

I respect all Religious beliefs..

I am not political at all..

Would Sweetard be politically correct?

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