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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2 more Mangos
« on: June 27, 2020, 12:43:11 PM »
Venus and Sweet Tart are completely different in flavor, and other respects as well.

Sweet Tart is superior in flavor, especially if you like a lil sour with your sweet.

Venus is a decent late season choice, but prone to disease.

After trying ST though the years, and getting some early picks in the past, have finally realized how good this mango really is. Adding more grafts!

Venus graft I couldn't care much less about. I mean its cool, but not worried about it.

John makes some great points.

Mango production here (near Homestead) is variable, although some varieties and trees seem to be doing well.

I agree further north, and higher ground sound wise.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hand pollination sapodilla
« on: June 26, 2020, 07:26:58 PM »
Tried the squeezing method in the past and no success.

your dancing wasn't good enough?

...probably timing. re when the flowers are hand pollinated, and the maturity of tree

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hand pollination sapodilla
« on: June 26, 2020, 03:25:02 PM »
just lightly squeeze barely open flowers twice, with a little roll/wiggle. top-bottom, and left-right.

then, dance around your yard...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Working around shade
« on: June 25, 2020, 08:39:16 AM »
jabos, eugenias, cacao, and some garcinias are a few ideas

production may not be great or even good, but could try lots of stuff.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba in limestone?
« on: June 23, 2020, 05:51:00 PM »
Red, Sabara, Blue, unknown jabo, and others grow well here, not far from you. My yard is 3 inches of dirt (tops), and then solid limestone.

Dug as much as could, added dirt, peat, and other stuff. Created a mound.

The big one (10 feet?) has been in ground 4.5 years. Produces okay, 2 - 3 times per year.

They need lots of water. That is probably a bigger issue, and water chemistry perhaps. They seem okay with my city and well water; rain is the best.

Mine get partial sun, full sun several hours per day, and shade a good part of the day.

I like the fruit a lot. Sweet with a kick of sour, and something else. Juicy too.

Barely any flesh on the fruit, and large seed for fruit size.

Not a very productive tree ime, and not much to the fruits, but good to have around.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My tropical fruit plants
« on: June 21, 2020, 11:38:47 AM »
Cool greenhouse, impressed with what you are doing there. Keep it up, and us posted!

It grows great here in South Miami area. One clump growing amongst bamboo, another underneath annona tree. It is opportunistic, and sets roots easy on its own when there is plenty of humidity/moisture.

In Cali, it might have issue with the dry air. Seems would do best in a pot and greenhouse. If it got watered a lot, probably would do well. Ask Brad aka forum member Spaugh or Simon. One of them may grow it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My New Muntingia Tree
« on: June 21, 2020, 11:20:26 AM »
Beautiful tree and yard! Keep us posted on how it does.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: acai palm
« on: June 21, 2020, 11:17:02 AM »
That's a great deal for such a cool and hard to find plant/palm!

no seeds here either. Shipped 5/18?

Gotta get this to Lizzo! Just know she would love it, and probably want some of that fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to ripen Mangoes
« on: June 15, 2020, 09:57:24 PM »
maybe you are letting them sit out too long. once they have a little softness, cut into one and take a look/taste.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Psychotria viridis
« on: June 13, 2020, 10:29:07 PM »
pic is not viridis.

There's nothing like it in texture and flavor, at least that I've tried or know of.

letting the mind chickens peck away at all the worries, thanks for the compassionate reminder!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade tolerant mango?
« on: June 12, 2020, 12:24:44 PM »
The mangoes (Coco Cream, Kesar, NDM4, Venus)  in mostly shade have been quite good. just low production thus far. Trees are small/young and not in ground long (2 years). Except for NDM4, which has been in ground since spring 2016. It produced only 1 mango this year, but is busting out new growth, and Orange Sherbet and Maha grafts are going nuts. Pretty sure it will produce well next year. Let's see

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade tolerant mango?
« on: June 12, 2020, 08:49:54 AM »
My trees that are more shaded do not produce as well as those receiving more hours of direct sunlight.

Still worth it to me to have extra mangoes of desired varieties growing in semi-shade, even though some of the growing space and production is not optimal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: June 12, 2020, 08:46:04 AM »
This baby is ready.

Pepper assortment

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Reviews
« on: June 10, 2020, 09:25:04 AM »
I had a few Cac mangoes last year. They were good, but not fantastic. Definitely worth another look.

Have noticed that with several mango varieties; taste and quality can be all over the place. Can't go with just one sampling, or 2, or 3. Or even 1 season.

The lone Coco Cream (1st fruit off the tree) I had last year was amazing. 6 this year harvested, they were really good but not near last year's quality.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: June 09, 2020, 10:18:48 PM »
You are most welcome Andrew.

The tree has required trimming to keep it from getting too tall. It is about 9 feet, was over 15 feet tall when it was cut about a year ago. Basically forms a nice little canopy. 

It was planted in ground, from a 3 gallon tree, in early 2016.

After taking a couple of years to get going, it now produces a few dozen+ fruit per year. 2 crops, winter and summer.

Fertilization seems to help with flowering and fruit set/hold.

My favorite fruits and fruit trees are mangoes. So many varieties, they are like different fruits entirely sometimes. Nothing else comes close.

I do like mulberries a lot, mangosteen, pineapple, and passionfruits.

Jabos are among my favorite trees to grow. Beautiful, weird, and tasty. Carambola is also beautiful. Other than those, really like growing different garcinias.

I also grow and eat a lot of peppers. From a few sweet ones, to the moderately hot. While some heat is good, looking for flavor more than scorch.

I'm certainly no mango expert.

It seems that mango blooms in Florida are mostly triggered by stress from cold weather. As winter temps rise, blooms in the south may diminish.

This may also be variety dependent. Many large trees here in South Miami area did not produce this year, or did not produce well. My smaller Glenn tree produced better than last year, and had 2 crops.

I would be interested to hear about fruiting trends in Alex's trees over the years, having varieties and production correlated with winter temps.


I thought they were Japanese beetles, but looks like I have May/June beetles too, or whatever.

We have an assortment of beetles actually. They suck. Eating leaves and fouling up the pool.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: June 08, 2020, 10:22:55 AM »
Hi Saone.

Rollinia tastes good (lemon vanilla taste, not too sweet, little sour), but the texture can be mushy. I usually takes the seeds out and freeze to mix into smoothies, juices, etc.

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