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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Zill Mango Variety?
« on: July 18, 2020, 08:08:49 PM »
I feed squirrels in the front yard, away from trees, when mangoes are ripening.

It helps, but won't stop them.

You have to pick them at the earliest signs of ripening.

CC is no exception. My squirrels rate it at a "5" for now, but seem to be warming up to them. They prefer Glenns. But then again, Glenns are more abundant, have been growing here longer, and are more similar to the neighborhood mangoes.

There is no such thing as a squirrel-proof mango. Like shrimp in a reef tank, eventually they learn to eat anything edible and to their taste around them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 4 Dragon fruit recommendation
« on: July 18, 2020, 04:10:06 PM »
American Beauty (great taste, fair production so far)

Dark Star (great taste, poor production so far)

Yellow/ white flesh


Do you have these for sale? Do you have Condor too?

I only have DS plants that would currently sell, but they are too big to ship.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 4 Dragon fruit recommendation
« on: July 18, 2020, 04:08:53 PM »
Agreed. DF travels well.

If you are down my way (So. Miami), can hook you up with nice sized and well-rooted Dark Star plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: first time mango owner, need help
« on: July 18, 2020, 03:04:50 PM »
Plant your mango tree with a mound around the rootball. Elevated is better than down low. When it rains hard and/or floods a bit, you want your tree to stay as dry as possible.

You don't really need to dig down much, or worry about limestone. Accept it. You live in Miami.

I dig till I hit limestone (2-4 inches usually), and then add some soil. Water the hole and plant generously.

Then, place the rootball on top. Then, add a mix of yard soil with whatever was available at the time. Usually organic garden soil from HD for me.

Build a mound around the rootball, will be probably 5 - 6 feet in diameter.

Mulch. I use pine bark nuggets from HD. Do not let them touch the trunk.

It will secure itself once established.

Water it daily or every other day for several weeks. If it is high enough, it will drain well.

Do not fertilize for at least a couple of months. I would wait till it felt sturdy when pushing and pulling lightly on the trunk.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: July 18, 2020, 02:06:24 PM »
...and check out this Edward...

1lb, 13.7 ounces!

Such a great mango too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: July 18, 2020, 02:02:29 PM »
Thanks Plantinyum. I used to live in colder climates, and longed for warm weather and tropical tastes. It's nice, I feel really lucky to be able to grow all this stuff in my yard. And so many great growers around me.

Just picked up this sweet 7g Sweet Tart from Squam. Had to do it. Planting in-ground tomorrow, near fence with neighbor. Don't have space for a large tree, but going to trim 1 - 2 x per year, and use budwood to top work part of my ndm4 and maybe a branch or 2 on the Glenn. If it proves controllable, will keep the main tree in that spot.

Much gratitude to Alex for the trees (Orange Essence too, for my bro), choice mangoes, and top notch cados.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking to buy big jabo trees
« on: July 17, 2020, 11:12:52 PM »
+1 for Al's!

Been out there a few times. Healthy trees, some choice selections, and helpful.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Zill Mango Variety?
« on: July 17, 2020, 12:48:22 PM » for the squirrels...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Zill Mango Variety?
« on: July 17, 2020, 12:36:58 PM »
LZ is poor choice for someone growing only 1 mango. Too many problems. If you got space for a few, go for it. I'm topworking some with LZ because it is such an amazingly awesome fruit.

Phoenix, orange sherbert, orange essence, edward, kathy, or sweet tart are considerations.

How has Seacrest been doing over the years? What does Rob/BSb say?

Cecilove or guava might be nice too. 

Nice! Might have to add to the pineapple patch!

Which are your favs for flavor?

Beautiful! wish I had kept those Piva seeds


Your kindness has been pushed beyond limits.

Too bad, you always take great care of folks.

I would currently charge at least $100 to drive to and go in the post office!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 4 Dragon fruit recommendation
« on: July 13, 2020, 06:47:30 PM »
American Beauty (great taste, fair production so far)

Dark Star (great taste, poor production so far)

Yellow/ white flesh


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Tart vs Cecilove Mango
« on: July 12, 2020, 09:42:04 AM »
Cecilove AND Sweet Tart are both must haves for me.

No need for a mango battle, they can be good friends

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: rare seeds
« on: July 08, 2020, 11:14:43 PM »
sensitive plant is mimosa pudica

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: July 06, 2020, 10:19:19 PM »
Orange Sherbert and LZ are different. I like them both. A great LZ is hard to beat though. Its been a while since had a LM, don't really recall but they weren't as good as OS and LZ.

Hands down the best mango I had this year was Sweet Tart. Finally had a few perfect ones. I love this mango.

Time to prep for grafts.

guava wood is supposed to be great for grilling

sea level is rising. no "nwo" here, don't even know who those people are.

I just care about relationships, plants, and science. ignorance of truth is ignorant. army corps of engineers has to deal with it too, and they are.

higher ground and stable source of non-salinated water makes sense.

There is an area near Orlando that is elevated. Locals even call it a "mountain" lol.

Coconut cream

Coco Cream is NOT dwarfish. It is long and lanky. Vigorous.

M4 seems compact so far for me, but now is starting to push upwards.

Sugar Loaf is going real nice for me. Really like the shape.

Dwarf Hawaiian is pretty spicy, as well as St Maui and Kesar.

Had a white Hisamagar, who knows what actually was, outstanding though. Spicy and wonderful.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too much fruit harms society ?
« on: July 01, 2020, 03:02:58 PM »
This thread, lol...

Because I love ya'll, will share this:

Eating less meat and animal product as one ages is associated with many health benefits.

Based upon what I've read, my goal is to have less than 10% of my dietary intake come from meat or animal protein.

As one gets close to 50 years of age, more meat intake is associated with increased risk of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. While these risks already exist, they amp up on the older person.

Our metabolisms and needs change with age.

Eliminating processed foods, and especially processed meats, is part of the plan as well.

Eating natural, fresh, and minimally processed, with no or limited artificial ingredients or preservatives, is probably a good idea.

...and regarding "too much fruit harms society ?" what I have to say is this: Fruit is a powerful thing. It should be treated with respect. So much is wasted. It is a poorly managed resource that could benefit the world much more.

I don't know anyone with problems related to eating too much fruit. Just haven't run across them yet. Most people don't eat much fruit anyway.

Don't forget diverse veggies!

Anything can be overdone. Eat too many carrots and you might orange up, drink too much water and your brain swells, eat too much meat and get the gout and eventually maybe heart disease or cancer.


LOL! Was just about to re-order, and seeds arrived today.  Extra too. All have roots and some sprouts.

Thank you Miguel!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Bark inversion tutorial
« on: June 27, 2020, 01:34:52 PM »
Super cool tek, thanks Joe!

How big of a tree have you tried it with?

Have you tried with mango?

...other species?

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