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Wow I just can't imagine who would be lucky enough to get this farm. I love Vero Beach and the old Florida vibe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 53+ pineapples fruiting now
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:17:53 PM »
Beautiful setup PI. One day I will get there!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Youtube Channel Recommendations
« on: March 08, 2019, 08:52:28 PM »
If you are in the desert. Shamus OíLeary has great information.

Great set up PI! I really hope that breadfruit makes it, also your experiment reminded  me of the method used in Ghana for mango plantations. I think itís a great idea.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SaveMeJebus Yard Tour 2019
« on: February 26, 2019, 02:32:54 PM »
Great collection! Nice that you are close to the water table. I imagine you don't need to water very often.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: my 9month old niece eating durian
« on: February 25, 2019, 07:46:26 PM »
ZAnds if you mean me, then no thatís my honeymoon at Rome with my wife. Beautiful country. Only  place I have ever seen a fig growing out the side of a building out of bird poop. I would love to go to southern Spain or Sicily

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: my 9month old niece eating durian
« on: February 24, 2019, 03:45:31 AM »
Attack of the cute chubbs for sure!!!   ;D

I take my daughter to Mounts botanical whenever possible. But she is not a huge fruit lover, I think the texture of most fruit are off putting but girl can sure put down her berries.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Just joined the Broward RFVC
« on: February 18, 2019, 08:56:40 PM »
Good stuff dude! I joined the Palm beach chapter. I might be the youngest dude and never really got the time to the meetings since I work or have to stay home with the daughter.

I really love their fruit sales very fun to see the nursery in the Ranches.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Camu Camu forest (Myrciaria dubia)
« on: November 16, 2018, 01:22:26 PM »
Congratulations Greg! I do understand that you worked hard for that knowledge and giving it all away is silly. But can you tell me where you purchased your shade house from? I really like that design.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Insect identification!
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:33:51 PM »
The first is a type of beetle but canít tell you the genus or species. If you can post it on they are very good at identifying genus and species.

The second one is a Suriname roach Pycnoscelus surinamensis nymph. Harmless and parthenogenic a welcome critter in my garden.

Bill Whitman in Bal Harbor and Adolf Grimaldi in Big pine key both had trees but I never heard of Adolfís trees fruiting. A story from a former nursery inspector Bill Seefelt now a fish farmer down in homestead. He visited Whitmanís place when he was installing the amazing copper pots in the ground with a rain irrigation system. According to Seefelt and heís in his 80s! He must have spent 2k alone to get those trees to fruit! In primo soil, solid copper pots, the water and misting system, and a professional company servicing his trees. Funny thing is I grew up in Miami Shores just a few minutes away from his brothers house down the street who is a freaking billionaire!!! that guy owned the most expensive mall in Florida! When he passed away my dad unknowingly visited his house when it went up for sale. The realtor casually mentioned that he had a arborist come from north Florida to service his yard! He had original Audubonís in his bedroom! I must have passed that house a thousand times to go get coconuts at the park!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finally my own Rollinia!
« on: September 26, 2018, 07:19:08 PM »
Congrats! I have been wanting to taste this fruit ever since I got into growing trees!

I have noticed that they are thirsty plants aswell. I planted it in a very shaded and dense undergrowth.  Put down 2 inches of mulch. I am impressed that it grew back from the roots!

A three year old cutting of kratom has been with me. I planted it in the ground about 6 months ago and she really hasn't seemed to take a strong hold. Wondering if anyone has experience with how cold tolerant this beauties are? Located 11 miles inland in palm beach county zone 10 A.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango thief captured
« on: June 26, 2018, 10:01:04 AM »
I heard burmese pythons will decimate mammal populations maybe once they make their way up to broward county you won't have these problems.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Vein Kratom vs. Kratom
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:46:13 PM »
I agree partial sun rich soil and slightly wet feet is fine with them.

I have white vein, Ma Deng I believe. Use it like a light stimulant effect.

Where is your friends farm? I would love to grow red vein.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Vein Kratom vs. Kratom
« on: February 25, 2018, 11:42:32 PM »
Love the leaves of kratom.

I have a small tree in a pot now. Doesnít like the cold and dry at all.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chilly Florida AM
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:04:11 PM »
Palmcity you are right spinytailed iguanas are predatory. BUT for the sake of context GREEN iguanas were the topic of conversation and they are more inclined to eat a most insects and snails.

Ctenosaura and Iguana are similarly related but about as much as a tortoise is to a turtle.

Ctenosaura will dig deep burrows of their own and can avoid the cold for a long time. They are extremely aware of their surroundings and fast as heck. Good luck getting rid of those beasts. Donít worry your trash cans are safe  ::) the moment you walk up on them they are gone. I would much prefer iguanas than raccoons raiding my trash, they are not up at night opening lids like coons.

I would take iguanas over rats,squirrels or deer any day. Reptiles eat way less fruit than any mammal or bird. Itís our lack of urban predators to even out the plant, grain and fruit eaters. Bring nativesnakes, owls and alligators back! Lol

I am biased I love reptiles and all sorts of animals.

Nov 16 weekdays are quieter and I work Saturday😔

Like wise my wife and I are down.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what kind of annon is this rollina?
« on: August 13, 2017, 03:26:35 PM »
Which El Palacio?? I just checked the one on 49th st in Hialeah..Sadly none. Also checked the yellow and green famers market...Nothing special there.

Wow what a topic. I love reptiles just as much if not more than plants, no scratch that way more....

In any case basilisk lizards are mainly insectivores and you will never have a problem with them eating your greens down to the trunk. They are really neat and watching them run on there hind legs is so very fun to watch.

O slats and veils Chameleons are another controversial lizard living down here.. I have never seen one but I hear they live down in the avocado groves in homestead. Maybe the growers are trying a more natural approach to insect control?

Now spinytail and green iguanas do regularly eat greens in adult hood. But they are not like squirrels or birds that travel much faster and farther trying multiple fruits at a time >:( It's a double edge sword though yes they eat leaves and fruit but they also are heavy snail eaters. There was even a report on how many native tree snails they eat.

Freezes do kill off many of the non native wildlife but that is also making a more cold tolerant reptile that will be better equipped for the cold next time a freeze comes down.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grimal Grove April 2017
« on: April 17, 2017, 05:19:22 PM »
Thank you guys. There are opportunities for tasting and the Nuaga sapote is flowering right now, maybe in a few weeks.

The nursery is on the Oceanside of Big pine. It's attached to a hardware store. Scorpions are not bad at all the sting is even less painful than a bee! Now piss ants those are a hazard!!

The nursury and the grove itself is a work in progress... Those cisterns need to be filled up badly....Maybe the owner could contact monroe county fire department to do a public service and fill those massive cisterns. Adolf used a desert technique of huge sheets of plastic and rocks to pitch a upside down tent  over the cistern to catch water.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grimal Grove April 2017
« on: April 17, 2017, 03:13:08 PM »
Hello fruit members!

I made a short trip down to the lower keys to do some wildlife and tropical fruit exploring since I work for the fire department in Marathon it really gives me incentive to go explore that area. First thing I did was walk around the native big pine habitat. The harshest I have ever seen in Florida. Behind the grove is just straight caprock with these small pools of freshwater here and there.

I heard some rustling in the bushes and found a great little Florida keys rat snake! Elaphe guttata rosacea.

Upon some light flipping I found a very pretty bark scorpion with neat red legs Centruroides gracilis.

Now on wards to the grove itself.

Here are the legendary cisterns Adolf blew out of the ground with dynamite. There was a pretty narly looking pachimascus beetle stuck in one of them...He wasn't very grateful and bit me as I released him.

I must admit, seeing a Alupang really blew my shirt up!!

A really neat fruit that  kinda taste like bannana.

Biggest lychee tree I have ever seen!

This is not the whole place but you guys get the idea ;)

I will wrap this up with a trip to the humble little nursery, with a super friendly guy named Tim who talked with me for about a hour about fruits trees and how this place came to be. He also makes these neat little ukuleles.

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