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Tropical Fruit Discussion / The joy of tropical gardening
« on: January 23, 2021, 09:50:26 AM »
Hardell roust up before Daybreak. He has not let up on us yet. He is long on wind and short on labor. As of now we're planting callaloo

Ps John! hardel says you will get your cooler back when 7-Eleven stop selling beer

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango art by a 14 year old Artist Thespian
« on: January 18, 2021, 09:14:29 PM »

I asked my daughter to paint me a mango tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Two newb questions Mango flowers
« on: January 13, 2021, 04:59:09 PM »
This tree is flowering. At the top there is flush growth that happened over the Thanksgiving holiday. Any chance that the new growth can flower later on?

Do late season grafts usually flower?

Phoenix grafted in August.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Light frost and the effect on Mango flowers
« on: January 10, 2021, 02:08:13 PM »
I got a frost text alert last night so I did The Prudent thing and broke out the frost blankets.
The weather forecast was for 39 degrees and at 5 this morning that's pretty much what it was.
I checked the hood of my truck and the windshield.I didn't see any Frost.
My question is how detrimental is a light frost to Mango flowers?

They're cracking the whip on me over here in Osceola County LOL

This guava was tagged Ruby Supreme .I got it off of Facebook Marketplace. Advertised as coming from Zhpp. Does not look like a ruby but it is very sweet and good. Does anyone have an idea what variety it could possibly be?

I really like Ambika. The one's I have got from Tropical Acre Farms were excellent and very beautiful. So as far as marketing I would think they would be popular.  Hopefully they are disease resistance in South Florida.

What is the list of possible candidates for grafting Cherilata budwood? e.g pond apple

Which one would be the best rootstock for growing in a container? i.e not Cherimoya

I compiled this information for my own personal reference off different threads of this forum. I'm sharing this for the Forum members who are not familiar with this subject. If you live in 9B you should be preparing for powdery mildew flowering is coming. Anyone else who wants to add or subtract. I'm always willing to learn from others :)

Powdery mildew prevention at first sign of flowering start sulfur fungicide spraying weekly.Stop spraying when flowers open until fruit set. Resume spraying when fruit are the size of BB.  Stop again then the fruit are the size of golf balls or high day time temperatures are above 80 degree's. Switch to Cooper fungicide for anthracnose spraying Bi-weekly until  a couple weeks before harvest. Prune after harvest stop spraying after October during the dry season. Resume again during flowering season. This is a regimen of spraying for susceptible varieties such as (Ice Cream) (Julie) (White Piri) (Dot)

These are some of the products that I use. I found them recommended on this forum

I have a dwarf Hawaiian mango tree that is about 5 feet tall and 4 ft wide. I'm not concerned about getting fruit off of it because I have other trees I would like it to use all this energy to get bushier and larger.
I think I saw a video in the past that insinuated pruning off all the mangoes too often or 2 many seasons can stunt or discourage a tree from being a productive fruit bear. If there's any validity to this is there a rule of thumb on how many mangoes to let it carry maybe half dozen or less

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jabo cocktail trees
« on: December 31, 2020, 08:13:56 PM »
One of my go-to guys I've been doing business with for many years finally got red Jabo for me he offered me Jabo cocktail trees is this something that is readily available or exotic?

I have not asked permission to blab so I left out names and prices. I know at least one Forum member has done business with him. If anyone is remotely interested I could ask permission to pass on

Do not want to get in trouble with moderator have been skating on thin ice for quite a while if that's possible in Florida LOL

 ....  On Our " COCKTAIL JABOTICABA TREE " We use the most common variety called 1. SABARA JABO. Tree to Graft onto. Using the Other Jabo. Tree varieties like 2. GRIMAL & 3. TRUNCIFLORA 4. WHITE 5. RED HYBRID  6. GRANDIFLORA 7.;VEXITOR 8. SPRITO SANTANSIS 9. CROWN #2  10. PAULISTA  11. CAMBUCA  12. OTTO ANDERSON 13. CROWN #1       We offer Grafted 7 ga. Pot size with 3 to 4 grafts.

 COCKTAIL JABOTICABA TREE - With 5 to 6 different Jabo. Tree varieties 30 ga. pot size - 6 to 7 different vars.    We use Mature Budwood from our different Jaboticaba trees to graft with so they can start fruiting soon

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangostition!!!
« on: December 31, 2020, 03:17:42 PM »
I do not know if there is such a thing but if there is I'm suffering from it. Last season by blankety-blank mango tree was pushing. I was so ecstatic that I sent photos to my friends Scott and Hardel. Scott always likes to be the first to break bad news to me. Scott said bovine that is flush growth. This season that tree is pushing but I'm afraid to even say its name. When I walked through my mini Grove I cross my fingers as I pass that tree and look into the sky and say please! please! please! When I actually look at what's pushing I cover one eye. Flowering season and that I am now aware of lunar tides and Woolly jumpers has aggravated my somnia. Does anyone else suffer from Mangostition?

Happy New Year's everyone LOL :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya variety Geffner?
« on: December 28, 2020, 06:26:35 PM »
What is the realistic size that it can be kept through annual after harvest pruning and still be productive? After pruning to minimum size how much could it possibly grow in one season? Is this tree and variety available at the retail level in South Florida?

It would be planted in the ground

I have started a small collection of Indian mangoes and would like to hear what other like and grow :)

I will not be adding Himsagar because of it's questionable lineage

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Himsagar Lehore. Any fans of this variety
« on: December 21, 2020, 05:10:25 AM »
Is anyone growing this?  Is this a candidate for container Growers? I have an acquaintance down in South Florida who likes this variety and has recommended that I graft into my collection. What are the growth characteristics of the tree and is the flavor somewhat unique? :)

I've had seven days in a row so far maybe getting three or four more. In South Florida has the flower triggering event started off different than last season?

I recently purchased some Frost protective tree wrap when another Forum member made me aware of its use. To be prudent since I have so much emotionally invested in my trees I'm hoping this is as effective as advertised.Is this something that I could wrap on tree and leave it until the second week of March. I would like to make a regiment of after Thanksgiving holiday prepping all my trees for the duration of cold season until the middle of March. It is raining right now so would the trunk wrap cause any fungal issues with the graft Union after three and a half months of contact. Thank you for your replies in advance :)

Is this something that would be reusable or would I have to buy a fresh roll every year?

If I had to start over I think I would choose Pickering Little gem and honey kiss. Happy holidays to you all :)

This little dip in temperature has got me proactive about protecting my trees. Instead of waiting to the day of the big event with my pants down :) pre-positioning mulch

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Who decorates their Tropicals for the holidays
« on: November 30, 2020, 06:30:54 PM »
Even if you have a greenhouse in Idaho or wherever I would get a kick out of seeing your Tropicals decorated with lights :)

The moon has been awesome for the last 3 nights as it rises you can actually see the craters with your eyes

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Multi grafted persimmon tree
« on: November 04, 2020, 03:59:07 PM »
How difficult is it to graft a persimmon tree. I have a fuyu that's been in the ground for two seasons. It hasn't really produced fruit yet. I should have been patient and bought one that I could physically see that it had fruit on it.  I didn't so just in case this tree is not productive. Can I graft different varieties onto it. Is it like grafting an apple or pear tree or is it more difficult?

Ps it's a beautiful day in Florida with a nice breeze. The migratory birds are returning. Saw a kingfisher dive in my pond today :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango tree and lychee flush growth
« on: November 01, 2020, 12:45:56 PM »
Last week we got rain not near as much as South Florida but a couple of my mangoes and both my lychee are having flush growth. This is a little concerning to me because I want them to calm down and prepare for flowering season. Is it still early enough that I shouldn't be concerned. I had zero lychee last season :(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carla mango info
« on: October 31, 2020, 06:32:42 PM »
Could not help myself I bought a Carla mango tree today. I am hoping it has a similar taste as fruit punch which I like very much :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jabuicaba compared to muscadine grape.
« on: October 23, 2020, 01:52:44 PM »
Has anyone made Jabuticaba juice?Jabuticaba keep getting rave reviews on this forum has been compared to Grapes. I was contemplating planting muscadine grapes but their Harvest is in June July which is prime mango season. Never gave Jabuticaba much thought. I just automatically assumed it was a vigorous grower. Now that I have read differently and if it makes pretty decent juice. I would be interested in getting a 15 gallon tree

I have a rogue avocado tree that my mother-in-law planted. It makes really good shade but would like to add Super Hass and ​Nishikawa

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting window for avocados in Florida?
« on: October 23, 2020, 07:23:02 AM »
Is the grafting window for avocados similar to Mango or is it different? Which months are considered optimal grafting for avocados in Florida?

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