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I have zero panicles on my mangos this year. Two went through with christmas lights and a heat lamp and have most of their leaves still, 2 are just barely starting to flush out despite being wrapped in blankets and my potted one, well I am happy it at least has leaves. But no mangos at this point :( I am hoping the weird weather might cause a late bloom. Not sure what else I can do during cold weather. Im in far east Orlando for reference

This is a yearly thing for us in 9b. Just let it fruit. If we didnt every year because of frost burn then we would never get fruit.

I have tried various varieties for years in east Orange county not too far from Palm Bay, I shoot at the range there every blue moon. I have tried Pakastani, Russian, Red Silk and wonderful. My Russian and Wonderfuls are the only ones to even have a couple flowers, but never any fruit. Like my apples, I keep those tow out of stubbornness and I have other spots to fill. One dat I will pull these also. So those are a few not to waste time and space on lol

Next day update, as I am used to trying to do tropical fruit trees and such by seeds when I cant find seedlings I am used to long germination times. I put those cuke seeds into seed trays on Monday and yesterday they were already pushing up so I will be finishing off that bed and filling it with soil this weekend.

I have the seeds already in trays. I need to pick up some thick black weed cloth at lunch and I will start filling the bed with dirt. I should be ready long before the cukes have popped up. I have had middling results with seeds in the past so I might end up ordering starters from somewhere.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Raised bed/container growing citrus
« on: March 03, 2021, 10:53:01 PM »
Two reasons. I have tried a lot of citrus in the ground here and failed. I have a few that have worked but all on large mounds or fill dirt mound(the house is 6 foot above the mean level of the ground)and not native soil. So by having them in the fairly large containers I can control whats in the soil from the get go. Kind of an experiment. Interested to see if there is any less pest pressure too.

Second reason is aesthetics. I go to Epcot fairly often and love the Moroccan planters with their fairly large orange trees in planters and want to do something similar on a smaller scale. I think they will look good as a backdrop for the garden. I am also growing Blue berries nearby in similar sized containers but am going three per container.

Citrus General Discussion / Raised bed/container growing citrus
« on: March 03, 2021, 08:48:38 PM »
SO my next project is a raised bed garden. In the back(North) row I have 2 4 foot wide circular plastic pipes that I am cutting from a larger piece I found in the woods. Long story short, previous owner was big into motorcross riding and used these giant plastic and some concrete pipes as the basis for his ramps and then he dumped them in the woods. So depending on the height I can get 8 to ten 24-30inch containers out of it.  I want to try a couple citrus trees. My plan is to put topsoil on the bottom half of the pot and citrus potting mix cut with perlite on the top half. The first two I am going to try are a Shiranu and a Sanguinelli Blood Orange.

Before I start cutting past what I have cut on the pipe to make sure I could, is this a direction any of you would try? What would you do different? Any further advice on the subject? I am very new to  the world of raised beds and container citrus in general.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Lychee Season
« on: March 03, 2021, 08:47:52 AM »
As of now I have a single branch with flower panicles on my biggest 7 year old 12'tall and wide Sweetheart. My other sweetheart and Emperor look fine but no anything new on them.

Well out temps are tropical in the summer and spring and fall so I think it fits here. I am working on a large multi-year raised bed garden and my first over-engineered bed is just about done. Its 30" tall 4'x4'. Full sun. I want to grow pickling cukes. Would putting up a north, east and west sided trellis work in this case? I am thinking all three sides should end up getting enough sun at various times of the day and maybe provide a little shade to each other so it isn't too intense.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain deluge does anyone have the tally?
« on: February 17, 2021, 08:55:44 AM »
This is the wettest dry season I recall having. I should have dry sandy walking paths along the edge of my canal to fish from by now and they are several inches under water. Not a good sign for the upcoming mango season. But at least I got my irrigation system fixed :/

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most Disease-Resistant Macadamia?
« on: February 17, 2021, 08:53:24 AM »
I have both macs and avocados, any way to prevent ambrosia beetles from attacking?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus pruning and soil mix options
« on: February 09, 2021, 08:05:09 AM »
So pruning is a go, Ill wait for the next cold front.

Potted soil mix doing some looking around I found this mix 50% mulch, 40% perlite, 10% peat. Mulch consisting of Pine fines(easy to get here) and the other two. Is that a good ratio, only potting a centennial kumquat in a corner of my new garden.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Olives
« on: February 09, 2021, 07:54:28 AM »
I have gotten some off my very young trees here in East Orange county last year. With this heavy chill hour winter we are having I am hoping to have a good deal more and have planted a couple more trees for the future. I think north FL is one of the biggest pecan growing areas outside of GA.

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus pruning and soil mix options
« on: February 08, 2021, 09:02:52 AM »
Citrus are a very scraggly tree especially as they get bigger and leaf miners have their way with them. Is it safe to prune larger trees to get a more ball/vase shape?

Also, whats a good soil mix for a potted citrus tree that will remain potted?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Olives
« on: February 08, 2021, 08:43:14 AM »
Olives do well, but they take forever to start fruiting. Arbequina require more chill hours than we typically get in central Florida. Tunisian olives apparently like 100-150 so I have planted a few of those last year to test. I have 8 year old Koroneki(sp?) and two 8 year old Arbies and while they absolutely take the cold like champs(as in zero damage in the hard 27 degree frost we just had, unprotected) they have not fruited. We had a much colder year this year for chill hours than we have had in a few years so just maybe I will see some fruit. The cold in Florida is not an issue for Olives except maybe at the most north western parts. I would love to see many of the existing citrus groves turned over to olive and pecan groves instead of developments.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Polar vortex heading to FL next week?
« on: February 05, 2021, 04:59:14 PM »
My Mangoes definitely had priority. Sweet tart, lemon zest and cotton candy. The CC was the one where the lights didnt come on but only the top leaves of it looked burnt this morning. I also put a Perfume tree that was doing very well under lights and blankets and it doesnt show any damage. Alot of the flower pannicles on the LZ are damaged even if the leaves are good.

One thing I noticed, why are we not pushing olives in FL? I havent watered or fertilized in months, no protection and they seem perfectly happy with 27 degrees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frozen trees
« on: February 05, 2021, 09:58:13 AM »
@Gone Tropo- Its out once every 5 or 6 year severe winter. I am near Brevard county and have had more frosts this year than I have had in the other 8 years combined I have lived here including 2 hard frosts. Usually you can get by with incandescent Christmas lights.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Polar vortex heading to FL next week?
« on: February 05, 2021, 09:44:03 AM »
Ug I am glad it looks like it is heading elsewhere. I took a fair bit of damage this time when the temp dropped to 27 in my area. Even my covered trees without lights had a lot of damage and one of my lit trees, didn't actually light up thanks to a loose connection in the power cord. My flowering decorative trees took it the hardest though. Hoping my Royal Poinciana, African Sausage, and Jacaranda trees come back from it. At 20+ ft it is too big to cover.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Lychee Season
« on: February 03, 2021, 11:08:30 AM »
I have nothing on my 3 trees. Not even signs of new growth yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Birds
« on: February 03, 2021, 11:02:39 AM »
Birds are worse than squirrels to me. They consistently just peck my loquats and apples, just once. Nothing messes with my citrus though which consist of mostly limes lemons and kumquats. Racoons on the other hand have prevented me from ever getting a pineapple despite my ever growing number of plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An experiment
« on: February 03, 2021, 10:59:34 AM »
Well I will tell you after this current polar issue passes how my completely unprotected 6 year old white sapote comes out.  Its about 5 feet tall so far, but has suffered major caterpillar issues its entire life. Last year I made a concerted effort to remove them and scrape eggs off the bottoms of the leaves and I got some really good growth over the warm months. Hopefully this weather wont knock it out completely.

Maybe I missed it in the video, how often do you fertilize them? Also, when do you prune them to keep them in such nice shapes?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Polar vortex heading to FL next week?
« on: February 03, 2021, 08:49:48 AM »
So far so good. I haven't noticed it being as cold as predicted yet. My thermometer this morning said 40 and there was no moisture on the truck like there normally is. Supposedly tomorrow will be 33ish. I have blankets on all of my expensive mangoes and perfume tree with Christmas lights under them. The lights have been there since November and have protected them from the most frosts I have seen since I have lived here combined including a hard one back in December. Weird to get such cold weather so early. And now we enter the coldest month of the year with a bang. Hopefully all of my trees that care are old enough to withstand it at this point.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / nice tour
« on: January 28, 2021, 11:26:00 AM »
Neat, I think my wife would kill me lol. How bad is theft? What are those neat concrete looking rings?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Do nematodes attack the roots of citrus?
« on: January 25, 2021, 11:58:35 AM »
Lol. my new ones I am planning on will be in individual raised beds so I shouldn't have to worry about that. Wondering how different it will be. Never actually tried raising citrus in pots.

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