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Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Sapodilla Flowers
« on: May 27, 2018, 02:58:21 PM »
Pretty excited to see my Alano Sapodilla starting to flower here in South Florida.  Seems a bit late in the season for its first flowers. Hopefully in a couple weeks or months Iíll have some fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Last minute cold prep SE FL
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:36:30 PM »
I wasnít expecting or didnít notice it was projected to be around 32* degrees here in PSL tomorrow around sunrise. What should I do with 3+ 7í mango trees that have bubblers on the irrigation system. I am thinking of putting pots around the trunk and running the bubblers. Not sure what to do with my other small Lychee, small Jabotacabas, and a few small banana trees. I have an irrigation system I could turn on but it wonít be able to consistently cover all the trees.  Should I wrap the trunks with towels or blankets? Just not sure what to do to protect the trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First haul of strawberries
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:49:43 PM »
Planted a few strawberry plants less than a month or so ago. The critters started getting at them so I figured it was time for me to pick the first crop. They are very tasty, I donít know why I havenít planted these in years past. Oh well, no better time than right now to plant them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sugar Apple issues
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:03:34 PM »
I recently planted this Sugar Apple. It was planted about a month ago. Itís almost 6í tall. There is a lot of damage and the leaves are getting brown spots and dying. Any idea the cause?

I have 2 small Jabotacaba, one standard variety 4.5' tall and other is Hybrid red 2' tall, planed about 3-4 months ago. I also have a Sweetheart Lychee about 4.5' tall and wonder what is the best fertilizer for both types of trees.

Is it too early to pick these? Having trouble with the 4 legged critters.

What are your thoughts on the best time of year to visit the Fruit and Spice park in Homestead?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 2017 summer fruit tree update
« on: May 20, 2017, 08:50:45 AM »
I'm currently growing the following trees in Port St Lucie, FL. If no variety or cultivator it's unknown to me
papaya, bananas, pineapple, Tropic Beauty peach, red hybrid Jabotacaba, Alana Sapodilla, 4 mangoes Kent-Carrie-Southern Blush, avocado, Inga aka Ice Cream Bean, strawberry tree, raspberries, honey murcot tangerine, loquat, coffee bean, citrus cocktail-Persian lime-Myers lemon-Thompson grapefruit grafted on same tree, Barbados cherry, surinam cherry, sweet heat lychee, star fruit, dragon fruit, valencia orange, blueberry bush.

I'm thinking of adding a melon garden next spring.

What else should I add?

What are you growing?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropic Beauty Peaches almost ready?
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:45:38 PM »
I recently got a Tropic Beauty, it had a few nice peaches on it, here they are. I heard around May harvest time for them. Is this accurate? How do they look?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone grow melons in South Florida
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:59:07 PM »
Does anyone here grow melons in south FL?

I have an area that is shaded from some surrounding pine trees. What tropical fruit trees would do well in this area? Grass grows well there and is irrigated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sapodilla recommendation South Florida
« on: April 14, 2017, 05:20:44 PM »
I'm looking to add a Sapodilla. I'm looking at some of these and looking for your thoughts.
Silas Woods-

I have an area that is shaded from some surrounding pine trees. What tropical fruit trees would do well in this area? Grass grows well there and is irrigated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit seed seeker video from Brazil
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:23:29 PM »
Anyone have a link of that video that used to be pinned at the top of the forum page. I recall watching it back in Jan/Feb. They found some cool fruit including Inga in the Amazon.

Anyone have Makok Sapodilla for sale? I am in PSL on the Treasure Coast. I frequently travel to mid Palm Beach County.

Thanks Brian

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please identify and explain growth under tree
« on: February 19, 2017, 11:52:59 AM »
Hello everyone, I notice this odd growth under one of my mango trees. Smells pretty bad too. Anyone know what it is?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can I grow Inga Edulis in South Florida
« on: January 28, 2017, 05:03:26 PM »
I was wondering if anyone successfully grows Inga here in FL? I can't seem to find too much info on it. If you have success stories or more info on Inga please share.


So I planted these 3 decant sized trees last summer. I thought I was getting 3 different seasons of mangoes to have mangoes all summer. Is this normal for they all to be blooming and starting to set fruit?
Carrie early
Southern Blush mid
Kent late

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Barbados cherry tree and fruit pics
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:50:22 AM »
This is my first Barbados cherry, fruit set and turned bright red. Are they ready to pick?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are these mangoes ready to pick
« on: July 05, 2016, 08:03:19 PM »
Are these mangoes ready to pick off the tree? I'm not sure the variety.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What kind of mango is this
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:06:32 PM »
Anyone know what kind of mango this is?

Citrus General Discussion / Issue on leaves
« on: April 19, 2016, 07:37:27 PM »
I'm new to citrus trees. I noticed an issue on my cocktail tree leaves today. Issue is on grapefruit main  portion of the tree, lime and lemon do not have same issue. It is only on newest growth of recently planed tree. Tree has had new growth since being planted, witch was about 3-4 weeks ago. Here is a pic of the tree and a close up of leaf.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Off topic, orchid lovers thread
« on: April 11, 2016, 07:32:35 PM »
Wanted to share my blooming orchids. Anyone else grow orchids? Please share your pics.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New mango trees
« on: April 10, 2016, 03:44:10 PM »
Planted these yesterday.


Southern Blush


I'm in northern area of south Florida. I'm going to be adding a few mango trees. Trying for an extended fruit supply in the future, with an early, mid, and late season varieties. Southern Blush, Carrie, and Kent are what we're looking at. Have lots of size options to purchase here from 3 to 7 to 15 gallon sixes available. Will I get fruit production from 7 or 15 gallon sizes next year? What are the pros and cons of planting the different sizes other than cost to purchase?

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