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"But i dont see any thing about Powdery mildew on my tree . What is going on now is flowers withering with no sing of Powdery mildew at all . Is this another kind of Powdery mildew?"

Looks like cold damage, especially on the highest blooms. My tree showed the same damage after a short freeze last January in St. Pete.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help identifying the worms (?)
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:26:39 PM »
Looks like the millipedes discussed in the following thread:

So Alex, "Mounds" was written on the mango and also said "M4", was it actually M4 or E4?

M-4. I didnít write that.

thanks for clarifying. Wondering when E4 would be out in market for sale!

E-4 trees should be available next year, according to Rob.

Managed to try a few (5) E-4 this season and some Sweet Tarts. E-4 was just fantastic and edged out Sweet Tart as the most flavorful mango so far. Really doubt any other variety will even come close. It's right up there as one of my top 5. Fruit Punch was good, but does not stand out... it never really did for me, despite multiple tastings over several seasons. Looking forward to M-4, if reports of its flavor are anything like E-4. I would not include FP in your plantings.

I liked the Totapuri and Wester. They were pretty good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Found on My Kent Tree This Morning
« on: August 02, 2018, 11:05:34 PM »
I think you're correct re south vs. north facing areas.
My trees that were in the front yard (Maha, Mallika, NDM, Juliette, Sweet Tart) and also south-facing, were not really affected much and are still dropping ripe mangos. The jackfruit, on the other, hand lost all its blooms and didn't re-flower...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Found on My Kent Tree This Morning
« on: August 02, 2018, 10:09:52 PM »
No damage at all, including my Carrie, Nam Doc Mai and Mahachanok.

Man, you got lucky  :) Smaller trees and blooms (Cotton Candy, Maha, Phoenix, Valcarrie, LZ, Venus) planted in the north facing backyard all got burnt. Larger trees (Pim Seng Mun) re-flowered to produce 6 mangos  :(
Both longan trees came away unscathed, however, and have sizable crops. So all's not lost, yet!
I'm in south St. Pete. Where are you located?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Found on My Kent Tree This Morning
« on: August 02, 2018, 06:00:53 PM »
Nice tree  :) Looks like it was not affected by the mid-January freeze we got in St. Pete. I lost a whole lot of blooms and a Venus tree in my yard !!  :(

Eating the skin of mangoes is stupid, plain and simple. There is no nutritive value to it and although it may contain slight amounts of fiber, it also contains substances on and in the skin that can cause severe skin reactions like dermatitis that is dangerous for many people. Making a video like that is reckless and many people could follow this foolish practice who no nothing about mangoes. The fiber is found in the mango itself with massive amounts of vitamin A so absolutely no need to eat the skin.

What can I say but pure ignorance. You could have just kept your mouth shut but you couldnít help yourself could you.


Nah... he brought a couple of shovels with him.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Florida Mangoes for Sale
« on: July 05, 2018, 04:31:40 PM »

My box arrived today and the mangos are in perfect condition, even the ones that are soft and ripe. Great packing at your end.
You certainly make USPS look good !!

Many thanks.
Gim & Dana

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Florida Mangoes for Sale
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:16:12 PM »
Do you have a list of mango varieties and other fruits that you can ship ?
Perhaps a link to the list would be great.


Got mine yesterday  :)
Thanks Behl

Thanks... I'll definitely check with Alex. Planning to head to Miami and surrounding areas come July for some serious mango gorging with the family.

Thanks for the info. Nice to know that it is available. Wow!! $117.00 (reduced price) for a 3 gal. I'll pass and continue looking. It's one of the few mangos, including the bacang (M. foetida) that were available in the boonies in Malaysia. While M. foetida grows wild, M. siamensis is grown in backyards. IIRC siamensis is much better than foetida.

Came across a vendor offering a seedling Siamese mango tree for sale. It is one one the mangos I grew up eating in SE Asia and would like a tree in the yard. Question is, without knowing who or what the daddy species is, can I expect at least a good approximation of the Siamese mango flavor from this tree? Or better yet, can I get a grafted Siamese mango tree in Florida ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too Late for Mango Rebloom?
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:30:33 PM »

Where'd you get the Amrapali ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First mango fruit of 2017
« on: May 06, 2017, 01:09:37 AM »
Good advise, Rob. We don't actually let the mangos drop to the bottom of the cage. We're so antsy that one of us is out there daily "fondling"  :-[ those mangos, which are easily accessible through the bottom of the cage. Nice thing is if they drop, the fruit doesn't get bruised. And they do oftentimes drop, but those that are ready will come off easily with a gentle tug.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I hope this works **sigh**
« on: May 05, 2017, 11:07:04 PM »

You could fabricate something like this. 1/2 in vinyl-coated steel mesh (22 ga or thinner). Keeps the critters out. Last for years (4 and counting). I don't believe in sharing with squirrels and other pests...they always pick the best fruits  :(

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Galangal
« on: April 01, 2017, 10:01:45 PM »
Most likely A. galanga, wasn't aware of the other spp. Positive that this is the one in oriental markets.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Galangal
« on: April 01, 2017, 08:38:15 PM »
Google for "Tom Kha Gai" recipes. The ginger ingredient for this Thai soup actually galangal. This link has a pretty authentic Tom Kha Gai

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Torch Ginger
« on: April 01, 2017, 08:28:33 PM »
Where in S Fla did you get the plants? I'm planning a trip come July and would like to pick up a couple of the plants, esp. the pink and red.

Pandanus is the closest thing the SE Asians have to vanilla beans. Its fragrance is much appreciated when making desert, esp. those involving coconut milk. Also used as a natural food coloring, with the additional perfumey benefit. Rarely, if ever, is it eaten uncooked/raw. Also used in cooking rice (Chupa King's post above).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My first Pim Saen Mun of the season!
« on: June 15, 2016, 02:45:36 AM »
Pics of your PSM tree, if you have some time...

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