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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wetter-Sticker for BT . . .
« on: July 17, 2020, 05:59:24 PM »
I have used a mild shampoo.

This breaks down a lot about mulberries

PM me I have many varieties and can sell to you. u-pick or I-pick.
Currently picking Mallika, Graham, East Indian, Spririt of '76, Carrie, Springfels, Alphonso, Kesar, Nam Doc Mai, Choc Anon, Bailey's Marvel, Valencia Pride, Harvest Moon, Kent, Haden, Juliette.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Problem with my Lychee tree
« on: July 16, 2020, 07:19:00 AM »
They were able to eradicate the mite twice before in previous decades. I was impressed when the inspector pulled out his cell phone and brought up a GPS map of individual trees across the state. The local inspector has good knowledge of the area.
Here on Pine Island where it has been present for a few years and some trees are heavily infested they got a crop last year was very good, this year OK, maybe a little less.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my plants?
« on: July 15, 2020, 06:58:31 PM »
The peanut butter fruit new leaves typically flush a very light green so this looks normal to me.

Wow, that is a beautiful tree, very architectural! I have a few young ones here in Florida, only 2 feet tall but have some hope they might look so good some day.

I can add to ship first thing on a Monday in hopes the package gets through before the weekend.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Citrus greening question
« on: July 13, 2020, 01:10:51 PM »
They use Imidacloprid, by law all citrus sold has to be treated.

I ran across this review of information about mango rootstocks worldwide, in .pdf file format.

The mango Board which published the above also has a page with many research papers, most are post harvest, nutrition value and consumer which may be of interest.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit thieves rant
« on: July 11, 2020, 09:08:17 PM »
I have used a long bean pole it gives you some advantage when they are running fast. It was amusing watching him leap over the fence running full speed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Choquette Avacado harvest in July??
« on: July 10, 2020, 06:01:50 PM »
I don't think it should be alternate bearing but what happened will tend to get a tree into a glut/scarce pattern where one year it takes off tends toward a bumper crop them back and forth.
I probably should have just harvested when they were ready and sold some but since I have quite a few varieties, and after 4 months eating all the avocados I wanted I was getting full of them and just left them on as long as possible. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Choquette Avacado harvest in July??
« on: July 08, 2020, 09:52:19 PM »
I've had Choquette hanging till end of january. However, holding them so late resulted in not enough time for Flowering in February/March.

look up sooty mld usually there is a scale insect and/or ant nexus. Sometimes you need to look at an overhead tree to find the source.

BSBullie you are one guy I can never say a negative word to because your opinions allowed my orchard to be like heaven BUT please come down and visit my place some day because it will be eye opening for you especially for trees growing on solid rock!!
Don't you have a recent video showing the planting? If you can point out the age of your older trees that would help.

One row at my place is of smaller trees. Graham, Cogshall, Harvest Moon Juliette, Jean Ellen, Springfels.
Out of these the most compact is Springfels, then Graham. Springfels makes just a few huge mangos but is the smallest, yet the canopy is rather thin and open..
Graham has a unique short internode growth habit which makes the canopy very dense, it needs more internal canopy thinning than most.

One other to try in the pine range might be Jean Ellen. It is fibrous, and some don't like it. One thing about it is has been a great producer for me the last two years loaded and very clean, fruit hanging on till turning yellow near tree ripe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Preferred irrigation in Orchard
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:46:25 PM »
You can consider the spinners by Antelco.

I also like Carrie, they sell well too. Always very productive and clean. So much I planted 10 more trees

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question about pest on my papayas?
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:40:13 PM »
The problem is usually far less in cooler months.

If it is outside it will move in even under landscape fabric.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach Cobbler Mango ripening
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:10:08 PM »
I ran across this video which explains general detection of ripening. The idea of different color ribbons installed during bloom is interesting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too much fruit harms society ?
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:06:15 PM »
Alcoholism is a personal problem which doesn't have so much to do with fruit or even alcohol production.
I grow far more than I can eat and also make wine but don't drink to excess. Today I started a batch of pineapple peel wine from 15 fresh home grown pineapples. I have bottles of wine from 3 years ago when I am invited somewhere I walk with a bottle or two to share. Anybody want to invite me to dinner?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Strange papaya seeds?
« on: June 29, 2020, 07:38:45 PM »
what is the source of the photos? People fake stuff all the time, usually they leave out lots of information so you can't check anything.

Energy of tree is going to fruit instead of branches. Weight of fruit is making branches droop down. Remove fruit for a couple of years and maybe it will put energy into growing tree instead of fruit then grow bigger. Once tree is bigger it can give you many more than 6-8 fruits.

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