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From what I understand there seems to be a long-term trend of warm Winters in South Florida. If that is the new reality. Which varieties are underperforming in this new environment? What are the recommended varieties to be planted and grafted if this is the new Normal?

It could be this is just cyclical and the cycle is about to end. I'm just trying to facilitate discussion  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / La Niña in winter 2020/2021
« on: October 15, 2020, 08:09:58 PM »
I heard this mentioned on the radio today. Will this have any effect on Mango flowering season?

On another thread it was mentioned that some varieties tend to have certain color variations during flush growth. What has been your experience is there any Rhyme or Reason to it?

Photos taken today October 12th 2020
Orange sherbet

Sugar Loaf


Sweet tart

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can you think of any reason to grow papaya
« on: October 10, 2020, 12:24:46 PM »
Can you think of any other reasons?

This is a huge commitment for me because I am not one to babysit plants. This is the first soursop I've ever laid my eyes on so I have no idea what to do as far as pruning and training. I do not want it to be tall and lanky. I want it to be a afro bush. This spring should I go down to the side branches and measure up 12 to 18 in then head it? I am preparing to get what I need to bring it inside. I plan on doing so in November as temperatures drop below 50 degrees. So far I upsized it to a bigger pot. It was not root-bound just a little trimming. I feel pretty comfortable with that. :)

this is where it will be in my house with grow lights on it

The more I think about it E-4 has a really cool name Sugarloaf. I started thinking what would be a really good name for M-4. Something to do with it being very late. The fruit being picked green. I know this would be an exercise of futility because it's totally up to ZHPP. Maybe by happenstance through the Grapevine they would be put into the hopper or sausage grinder. :)
Off the top of my head I'll put one out there Autumn Delight.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / U-pick persimmons locations anyone? Florida
« on: September 28, 2020, 09:51:40 AM »
Does anyone know of any other locations to pick persimmons? I know of this one there must be others

Old Lloyd road Monticello Fl 32344
Our Persimmons are beginning to ripen and will be ready for picking mid October.  we will announce our opening date soon.  We have a wonderful crop this year!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The 2020 Mango Coconut King is Sugarloaf
« on: September 27, 2020, 11:00:47 AM »
The 2020 Mango Coconut King is Sugarloaf

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / N/A
« on: September 22, 2020, 10:28:21 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Happy Autumn Equinox
« on: September 22, 2020, 06:29:38 AM »
Yesterday was a very nice day here in Central Florida. I don't think it had anything to do with the Autumn Equinox but it was much appreciated.With the high being 83 degrees with a 15 mile an hour wind. After a long summer with the oppressive heat and humidity i had to recalibrate my mind and say stay outside and go outside it is beautiful out there :)

When my wife was a child her father gave her a Orange dwarf coconut palm. I would like to get one for her. I haven't had any luck finding any on the internet other than in Australia.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Coconut King 2020 Poll Winner
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:54:17 AM »

I'm contemplating on grafting Edwards to my fruit punch. Everyone in my family really likes it.We have not tried some of the others.That are your recommendations for classic mangoes?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can you ID this bush medicine plant
« on: September 16, 2020, 02:35:58 PM »
The owner is in the windward Island. All I know is it is good for inflammation. And if I know what's good for me I will not mow it down or I will have inflammation

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Happy guacamole day
« on: September 16, 2020, 02:08:15 PM »
Can you say pass the Hass :) I like to put guacamole on my sandwiches. What spice do you like to add to yours? I like celery salt

Guacamole does the body good :)

Is there any method that can be used to deter woodpeckers from assaulting nectarine tree in California?

My brother in California ask for advice. The only thing I could give him was stop drinking tequila and playing with firearms LOL ;D

I've used to search engine to study soursop until my eyes are blurry didn't really find what I was looking for.
This is my conceptual idea so far.
Grow soursop in a container bury 3/4 the way in the ground through the summer then in December dig it up clean it up hopefully no fire ants bring in the house for December January-February under grow light.

First question does sour sop need a period of dormancy? Would i have to mimic the hours of light that occur in those months? I would probably stick with the numbers of hours light at the time of bringing inside.

What would be the recommended varieties for taking on such an endeavor?

Third question does sour-sop self pollinate? Would i need to hand-pollinate or need more than one?

What size as far as height and width could I realistically maintain and still have fruit production?

Plan B is to build a small greenhouse and put a heater in it

If you could be granted two wishes from the Tropical Fruit Fairy Son Pari what would they be?

My first one would be that a fictitious person named Zalex would get investors to help him purchase beachfront property in Peru. So he could build a resort with a grove of Zills best mango trees. With their peak season being in December. This Resort would have a pool with a waterfall and two slides. There would also be Jeep Wranglers for guests to go on guided Expedition tours.

Felix that is not dragon fruit bovine is eating. It is peyote :o

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soursop varieties?
« on: September 11, 2020, 06:28:40 AM »
Are there different varieties of soursop or just one main variety. Is its fruits availability? Can it be bought in South Florida or is the fruit rare and cannot be bought at a farmers market? What size could it be maintained if grown in a container? I am thinking of building a small Greenhouse just for that purpose. Many Forum members Rave about it's juice and other qualities :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Top 5 favorite juices ( including non tropicals)
« on: September 10, 2020, 05:15:38 PM »
Mango juice
Pineapple juice
Grape juice
Apple juice
Lemon or lime juice

This is growing out in the middle of what was an old Orange Grove

Don't tell me I should pick it and eat it because I had to cross the gunline to get that photo :)

I have an acquaintance who's moving to a new property in South Florida. He wants to set up a mini Grove as soon as he unpacks his suitcase.His AARP card has mold growing on it. What gallon size?  Which varieties? Would  you suggest that he plants in his mini Grove. He would like to get fruit in his basket sooner rather than later :)

Some of the Forum members from Australia are interested in adding some of South Florida's varieties to their Groves. Would the process be so time consuming that budwood would be dead? Would sending polyembryonic be the only feasible option?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone growing or has tasted Golden Queen mango
« on: September 07, 2020, 01:51:50 PM »
I find this mango very interesting! (Source tropical acres farms) It is a cross between ‘Ivory’ and ‘Keitt’, producing enormous fruit.The flowers have superior anthracnose resistance. It is late season in Florida maturing from August to September. Ivory is believed to be one of the parents of the Maha Chanok. Ivory is said to be not precocious taking a while to produce. I wonder if the is true for Golden Queen? Is anyone growing this or has anyone tasted this mango?

After it cools off I have a fence building project a greenhouse project the mulching to do. I like to save such projects to until when I can actually enjoy myself I find I do better quality work. :)

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