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I have always ripened mangos on my lanai as apposed to inside in AC?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Red atemoya
« on: June 16, 2019, 08:36:36 AM »
It is horrible!!!  Donít buy it or waste your time.
Are you referring to the 47-18 being horrible?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:03:07 PM »
I have never used it. most Epsoma is on the expensive side.
Yesterday we had 2 1/2" of rain and today we probably had 2"+
Any granular fertilizer that is not slow release is washed away.
They sell a fifty pound bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer with micros at Diamond R
for around $15. You are better off fertilizing your trees every 2 weeks
in the Spring and summer a small amount. I also have found miracle grow
and Southern Ag Citrus foliar spray very beneficial once a month.
Another ongoing issue is leaf minor. It drives me up the wall to have the
misshapen leaves. I use to hit my tree with imidacloprid every 3 months but
these days I have been trying to utilize compost including worms under
my trees. Citrus is not an easy fruit with the greening and pests. I am down to
4 trees and probably getting rid of one of those. The groves use different fertilizers
combinations including foliar sprays for most effective. I have access to a super worm
manure I add monthly and I use the mentioned foliar sprays

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: June 05, 2019, 08:41:54 PM »
80% of the citrus trees in Florida have greening. What the groves are doing is
fertilizing heavier on a yearly schedule. The trees are producing 1/3 of the harvest
if the growers are lucky. What this means for a backyard grower is trees are producing
100 fruit instead of 350. I have a kishu tangerine that produces 200+ tangerines a year
It is plenty for me and my family and I still gave some away this year.  The leaves of your
trees look like they need more fertilizer. The issue in Florida is the small growers are fertilizing
3x what they use to and producing 1/3 of the harvest. There is no room for error and then Irma
hit and allot of groves lost 90% of their crop. My sister has an old keylime in her yard and she
gets 150 limes a year and doesn't live here full time and neglects the tree. 

No Flowers?

There are many types of cherry of the rio grande found in different areas.
Get a type from a warmer area. I think Luc has several that fruit for him?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:02:32 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: srikaya jumbo
« on: May 28, 2019, 09:12:19 PM »
Did you buy it on ebay?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit any Good
« on: May 27, 2019, 11:52:34 AM »
Sleepdog, that's expensive that means one of those 25 lb. Jack fruit would generate $200.00 if cut and sold by the pound wow.
And if you plant 7 acres 14 feet apart in 3 years you will make 5 million dollars.
I lived next to a macadamia farm once and that was his hustle. But one day he would tell
me if I planted 7 acres in 5 years I would make 3 million dollars and the next time If I plant
5 acres in 3 years I would make 7 million dollars, it was always 3, 5, 7, but never the same order.
I was at my cricket farm for 9 1/2 years next door to him and he sure didn't seem like he was making
millions? It turns out he died a few years back and was in debt?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / dragon fruit planting
« on: May 25, 2019, 11:45:30 PM »
I bought 13 cuttings from 4-5 types of dragon fruits about 3 months ago,
I was going to bury a 6" x 6" post and place 4 on each post and was wondering if I should mix the types?
I have 5 sugar dragons and could put 4 on one post or I could mix them with
with the others? I plan on putting 3 posts in the ground in one area.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit any Good
« on: May 25, 2019, 04:50:19 PM »
I am surprised you don't have some trees going now? I saw on Craiglist
a guy selling seedlings that were from a tree growing in Lehigh Acres.
Lehigh Acres is 9b and pretty close to what you experience weatherwise.
I don't think they are more sensitive to cold then custard apple? I tried it
a couple years ago and really enjoyed it. I planted 3 of the seedlings this
year. They were only 5 bucks each but very small. Buy a fruit and plant some

Thank you all for the answers. Mine are already receiving a couple of hours of full sun at the last hours and I will move them progressively to their original location through the next 2 weeks.

What about flowers? Do you remove them from scions or just let them develop and fall?

I always remove the flowers. You don't want energy going to fruit production now.
I grafted about 30 atemoyas this Spring and it is common for the scion to push
initially I guess from residual energy in the scion. Good Luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peaches not ripening properly
« on: May 24, 2019, 05:41:56 PM »
I think you are right if the tree didn't have enough nutrients it would
show up on the leaves. Probably more to do with the erratic chill hours.
When do we ever have 150 consistent chill hours?
I also have come to a similar conclusion as far as growing peaches.
I am replacing a few peach trees and going with a smaller number in my tree

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peaches not ripening properly
« on: May 23, 2019, 10:59:00 PM »
You can grow peaches in Florida??  I figured it would be too warm all year.

Whenever I've seen fruit fail to mature it was always on citrus trees that were stressed.  My in-ground trees such as peach quickly drop any fruits that do not reach maturity.
UF has developed low chill peaches, apples, plums.
These trees require around 150 chill hours. One big issue is the chill hours are inconsistent.
It might be cold for a couple days but then it's back in the 70s or even 80s all Winter long.
With the lack of consistent chill it's amazing any of these trees fruit. I have a sunracer nectarine
that needs 250 hours and I bet we got less them 100 last Winter, yet it had sweet fruit this year

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peaches not ripening properly
« on: May 23, 2019, 09:47:59 PM »
I have seen usually in the late Summer or early Fall the tree will flower
and the resulting fruit is small and usually drops off.  I have not seen it in
the Spring fruit? The trees are heavy feeders though so my guess would be
lack of energy via fertilizer? Did the tree flower more then once? It also
could be from lack of chill hours, but you probably get more then me in

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ripe figs in Germany in May
« on: May 22, 2019, 07:51:21 AM »
The sun/heat is important for flavor to develop. There are figs that have
two crops a year if grown in warmer areas. The second crop always tastes
better. You might consider removing the first crop to make way for the good
summer crop?

Sapodillas are all good.
I like Makok the best but it is not as good of a producer as SW.
SW and alano are similar in taste but the SW sure is hard to beat for
overall production. The makok has a distinct taste I like. Before you decide
hopefully you can get your hands on one to taste.

I personally cut the mulberry tips diagonally which gives more
area to root. I live in humid Florida and I simply put them in damp potting mix
and leave in indirect light. I don't have a set time I just wait until roots are
coming out of the bottom of the cup. Sometimes it's one month sometimes more,
I use to put rooting hormone and put a 2 liter bottle over the cutting that has it's
bottom cut out to create a humidity dome but I usually have the same luck if I just stick them
in a pot and keep moist. I am in a very humid area. I got 2 out of 3 Black pakistans to root
but the cuttings were dormant. I have heard allot of people on this forum say it is not
easy to root. Generally I get 75% or more to root? When I used hormones and humidity
chambers I got 75% or more to root? If you have several cuttings you may try more then one
way to increase your chances. I have never gotten the White Shatoot to root and I have tried many
times, yet my tree was grown from a cutting by someone else?

One last thing the fresher the cutting the better. If you don't set them up keep a damp paper
towel around the ends in a baggie. Once the cutting dries out it's over

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: May 21, 2019, 08:54:12 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with avocado tree pest
« on: May 19, 2019, 08:59:04 AM »

This is the only poison I have found that works for the Sri Lankan Weevil. When I spray the tree
they are gone the next day. I have sprayed malathion, pyrithione directly on the weevils and I think
they like it? After about 30 days you will have another flush of the weevils. I was trying to figure out
a schedule where I spray the trunks only after the initial dousing of the tree? The trees needs its leaves
to get energy for fruit production. This weevil was doing more then cosmetic damage to my production.
I still have some weevils in my yard but not as many. I don't spray a tree with flowers and I tried to knock
them way down this past Winter. I tried allot of different things including a nematode steinernema. This is
what I use and I also have used it on other minor infestations and it works

My fruit is just starting to form, will be August or September when it's ripe

I have the same problem with a sweetheart
Only my tree hasn't flushed in 2 1/2 years?
I cut 10 mangos off it the past 2 years so it would grow and it's not even 3 feet
and won't flush??? I would guess your two trees are developing roots now?
That sounds very suspicious. I have 10 of this variety (Sweet Tart) and they are among the more vigorous upright growers, as mentioned previously by others.
One year has seen 4-5 flushes and growth above 4 feet from a 3 gallon. Tall enough I harvested scions. Maybe there is a defect in the root system?
Is there certain rootstock that can cause this?
Maybe I should grow up some turpentine seedlings and graft onto it some of these scions.
It is a puny tree and sets ten fruit 2 years in a row? It is 15-20 feet from an oak. Maybe I should move it?
Sorry mugenia if I stole your post, I think someone answered your issue as far as temps?
If you want me to start a new post I will?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: May 16, 2019, 06:46:21 AM »
Some seeds are starting to germinate, let me know and I will send
pre germinated seeds if possible

I have the same problem with a sweetheart
Only my tree hasn't flushed in 2 1/2 years?
I cut 10 mangos off it the past 2 years so it would grow and it's not even 3 feet
and won't flush??? I would guess your two trees are developing roots now?

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