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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Taste of Redlands white sapote
« on: December 12, 2015, 08:01:03 AM »
I tried one at the F&S park and it was very good. I'm not sure how to describe the flavor but if there had been more I would have eaten more. No aftertaste either.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black film cover mango tree leaf
« on: December 10, 2015, 06:43:05 PM »
Possibly the tree is (or was) growing quickly. Scale, aphids and sucking insects in general are attracted by the new growth. Any scale insects will overwinter unless killed or removed.

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Mangos have been flushing here too. This is a VP in my neighborhood about 2 weeks ago.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ol Man Winter Dropped By
« on: November 23, 2015, 03:21:12 PM »
53o here this morning.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexico Monster storm
« on: October 24, 2015, 07:15:19 AM »
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It was report to touch land 3 hours ago in Tenacatita like 200 km south; the surprise is till now we havent had any wind at all, is very calm but is been raining moderate but constant and that is dangerous as theres several rivers in the bay; the hurricane now is on the mountains throwing lots of water; so far hasnt heard of big disasters so far but this is not the end....
That is how it was in St. Petersburg the day Hurricane Charley went into Punta Gorda about 11 years ago. Charley was a small but intense storm and my area received minimal damage while Pine Island and Punta Gorda were devastated 70 miles south of here.

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A grafted Grimal I got from Adam 3 years ago. It did not grow very much the first 2 years in the ground but this summer it grew well. It's getting bushy but not fruiting yet.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose and current SoFla weather
« on: September 17, 2015, 05:32:07 PM »
No problem with any anthracnose here, including Angie. All my mangos have just gone through their post thinning flush with a lot of rainfall during that time.

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The Valencia Pride will be fine. However, it will quickly get big again. Have you considered topworking it with a less vigorous variety next spring?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Compact Mango Suggestions
« on: September 10, 2015, 07:58:34 PM »
I am also a yes on the sample table. It will never be perfect but it's much better than what currently exists on the web. At least more than one person's opinion is involved.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: rain on the way
« on: August 29, 2015, 04:41:09 PM »
The frog looks like a female Hyla versicolor.

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The NHC track forecast cone and what it means - http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutcone.shtml

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapples getting heavy
« on: August 06, 2015, 03:59:05 PM »
How long from planting to fruit? And do you fertilize with anything?

Look in this thread:
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=f45431c675d956ac6cbbcc928d6ae638&topic=111.0
The best way to fertilize (my opinion) is foliar spraying - less fertilizer waste.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: El Nino Returning?
« on: July 15, 2015, 11:52:22 AM »
I was a year early with this thread. It seems El Nino is for real now. Perhaps California will get some rain this fall.
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.html

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I won't hazard a guess about the cause but I would contact these people - http://monroe.ifas.ufl.edu/
They are paid to help with plant problems. This could have occured elsewhere and they might know what to do. Give them some samples to look at.

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Growing citrus is now tough in Florida. I spoke with a grove owner recently and he said he only stays in business by foliar feeding every month and constantly planting new trees. I have finally removed all three citrus trees (Temple, Valencia, Navel) from my yard because that's just too much work for me. Last season my harvest was low and not very flavorful like it previously was.

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The presence of ants and sooty mold suggests aphids or scale. They are attracted by fast growing plants and some types of plants just are magnets for them. Are your trees growing rapidly right now?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Odd Growth on Dragon Fruit Plant
« on: May 02, 2015, 09:09:54 PM »
Have you been spraying the cactus while it was in the sun? It could be sunburn from water droplets focusing sunlight on the skin. It is generally not a good idea to spray any chemicals (or soapy water) on a plant while in full sun.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decided to Plant my Maha Chanok...
« on: April 09, 2015, 03:45:43 PM »

Maha on the left, Mallika on the right
I got my Mahachanok from Mickey at POG. It appears to be a fairly good grower. It's about as old as the Mallika and about the same size.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Miracle fruit - are these flowers?
« on: April 06, 2015, 10:02:43 PM »
I've never seen this on miracle fruit either. Mine flowers on the stems among the leaves.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decided to Plant my Maha Chanok...
« on: April 01, 2015, 03:02:00 PM »
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I have two Mahachanok that are the same age, both from Excalibur,  and they have two distinct different growth habits.  As i said above, rootstock can make a huge difference.
Rob:
How about some pictures of the trees to illustrate the difference?

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I mulch and any weeds that come up, which they will, get nailed with a glyphosate spray.


You might want to keep in mind that chemicals are not actually necessary to keep plants living and prospering, and that what we pump into our soil then goes into the plant's cells and we end up eating it. It also goes into our water supply when it rains as run-off, and we end up drinking it - our water treatment facilities cannot filter out these poisons, they stay in our drinking water and build up the more people in our country put chemicals into our soil. Exposure to chemicals like herbicides have many direct links to cancer and chronic illnesses in people, and over many years they build up in the system so a small exposure becomes a big one. They also kill beneficial bugs and animals, including honeybees.

I happened to go to a lecture just tonight that was focusing on these things, and showing the way such chemicals have destroyed the hormonal workings of our local fish, caused male frogs to grow ovaries, and all sorts of other problems. The person giving the talk had worked for many years in a research hospital for children with cancer, and they found tons of these chemicals in the children's tumors and blood samples, that were there only because of exposure from family and community practices like this that people don't realize can kill - especially when dealing with children or anyone with a weakened or genetically vulnerable immune system. Very few of these chemicals have ever been tested for their safety, or the tests were performed and paid for by the company that makes the chemical - an obvious conflict of interest. Chemical companies have very powerful lobbies.

Prior to reading this thread, just today I also came across an article talking about the link between Roundup herbicide inert ingredients  and cancer, deformed animals, etc. It's a really interesting article: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weed-whacking-herbicide-p/

These are things to think about.

Many "weeds" are pretty easy to identify and in fact have strong medicinal properties or are edible and extremely healthy - and you get them for free! It might actually be most beneficial to carefully identify what you have, and allow it to grow just big enough to use. Then you have 2 harvests - the plants at the base of the fruit tree, and the fruit tree itself! Purslane is an example of an extremely common weed that is actually VERY healthy, great in salads, and grown in other countries on purpose for food because it's delicious and has a lot of Omega-3s. We don't necessarily have to kill and control everything around us when we grow things in the natural world. Sometimes our environment brings us many gifts for free that we can use in addition to the thing we intentionally planted.

Also this info on Roundup - http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-03-popular-weed-killer-deemed-probable.html

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I would not worry. My Mallika was damaged during a storm a couple of months after planting and I had to pug it down to 16 inches. It branched back out well below that point. A piece of the neighbor's fence had fallen on the little tree. I had fruit from this tree 2 years after the operation.
However, Mallika and Coconut Cream do have different growth habits as noted by others.

Mallika, a month after the operation...


Same tree today, three years later

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Freeze Damage Feb. 2015
« on: March 03, 2015, 09:56:40 AM »
I did not have any freeze damage but powdery mildew has been a problem on mango flowers this season. It has been cool and wet all through February.

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