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1. Mango
2. Mamey Sapote
3. Cherry
4. Lychee
5. Jakfruit

Honorable mention: Avocado, Canistel, fresh Georgia Peach

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is graham mango good?
« on: January 25, 2012, 11:52:52 PM »
I think Graham is a pretty good mango strictly in terms of flavor. The trees are decent producers but not great. The flavor is slightly "spicy" with prominent resinous notes. Not unlike other Caribbean mangoes (Bombay and Julie, Graham's likely parent). Some people don't like this flavor in a mango though.

The trees are medium-to-large sized. Fruit is kind of 'ugly' looking if that at all matters. Surface can be real bumpy and they develop little color and its kind of on the smaller size.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cold Hardy Avocado's
« on: January 25, 2012, 12:28:17 AM »
I'm in zone 9 (Florida) where it can rarely get below 25F (so far the record for this year is 24F). So I've been looking for cold hardy avocados. I hadn't heard of those varieties before, they sound promising though! Where would you buy those varieties?

If it rarely goes below 25 where you are there's a number of varieties that will survive those kind of temps (low 20s) besides the ulta-hardy types mentioned in the original post. Lula, Mexicola, Winter Mexican, and Brogdon are hardy to around 22.

I've heard of people successfully fruiting 'Stella' cherries in north and central Florida.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Why everyone moved to this forum?
« on: January 23, 2012, 05:56:57 PM »
Because gardenweb was a dump and this place is awesome.

Lula might be my favorite avocado in terms of flavor.

Unfortunately the flesh-to-seed ratio on them is rather poor.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New mangos to my collection
« on: January 20, 2012, 08:40:26 PM »
I'll be curious to see how the Mulgoba does.

Mulgoba used to be propagated here ages ago. Not many of them left other than a few examples in the major collections and some very old trees in Palm Beach County. Hasn't done well in Florida but the fruit quality is supposed to be outstanding.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Top 5 mangoes
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:34:01 PM »
1. Tommy Atkins (green from the supermarket is the best)
2. Turpentine
3. Ford
4. Torbert
5. Jean Ellen

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango spray regimen
« on: January 18, 2012, 11:59:51 PM »
Copper and elemental sulfur generally do the trick on the two major disease pest of mango flowers (anthracnose and powdery mildew).  I've heard varying estimates, but you can expect a significant increase in yield for some cultivars with an effective spraying program.

Gardenweb's forum tech is ancient, outdated, and not very user friendly. For being the most popular collection of  'gardening' forums you would think they would have updated their site from time to time....glad we have this place now and hopefully word will spread

I have a parts vendor at my truck shop in Accounts that calls me "Dan".  Everytime I call the guy I say "This is Patrick" he says "How can I help you Dan"... Have you been attending the Rare Fruit Council Meetings at Mounts?

Haha....yes I've been at all the meetings. I also go to the Broward RFC and been at most of those.

I have a few three gallon trees that saw 38-39 last week, I will check tommorow morning! Good to see you here man!

Thanks Pete Patrick (*edit*), glad to be here.

Wow, how THAT one got by me I have no idea.  ???.

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I have a few three gallon trees that saw 38-39 last week, I will check tommorow morning! Good to see you here man!

Thanks Pete Patrick (*edit*), glad to be here.

I'm not sure what the low was on my property but I thought that the recorded low for Lox Groves was something like 36. May have been colder than that in pockets. 

After the night of temps in the 30s we had here in SFL the other week, I observed some minor cold damage on some of my tropical stuff (Spanish Lime, Custard Apple, Coffee). My mangoes had appeared largely  unscathed except for 2 very small trees (an Alphonso and a Pim Sen Mun) that had some leaf damage.

However, upon further observation I noticed that my Coconut Cream trees were exhibiting some cold damage. One actually looks like every leaf got affected. At first I though this might have to do with the location of the row maybe being in a colder micro -climate, but none of the other cultivars in close proximity were showing any signs of cold stress. Also double checked the irrigation to make sure the drips were working for those trees.

Then when I was going through some of my nursery potted trees, I discovered that a potted Coconut Cream tree was showing signs of cold stress on the leaves as well. Not as noticeable as the in-ground trees but visable on closer inspection. It was in a group of other mangoes (Cogshall and Fairchild trees) as well as other tropicals, none of which showed any symptoms of being affected by the cold other than some potted bananas.

Overall, just one observation and the sample size is admittedly small. But it could be something to look for from this cultivar in the future.

Anyone else growing Coconut Cream in areas that experienced temps in the 30s?

Hello everyone, glad and thankful to be here.

A lot of you know me from gardenweb but may not know that I'm also the owner of a small tropical fruit tree farm and nursery. Its called Tropical Acres Farms, Inc. and is located in Loxahatchee Groves, FL in Palm Beach County.

I established the business in 2011. Most of my trees are still young but I anticipate my fruit availability growing as the trees mature. I mostly grow mangoes and avocados, but also have many other varieties of fruit planted. I grow with organic methods and do not apply synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

I will be offering mangoes for sale beginning this season (May or June depending on availability) and should have avocados as well this fall. I will have shipping available also for people who would like to buy fruit but don't live in the area.

For a comprehensive list of the trees we grow, visit us on facebook and do please click "like"  :) :

Trees I currently have for sale include:
Mango (3 gal):
'Coconut Cream'
'East Indian'
'Gold Nugget'
'Lemon Zest'
'Nam Doc Mai #4'
'Southern Blush'
'Spirit of 76'

 (3 gal):

(1 gal)
'Marcus Pumpkin'
'Winter Mexican'

Sapodilla (3 gal)

Atemoya (1 gal)

Lychee (3 gal)
'Ha Kip'

Jackfruit (1 gal)
'Borneo Red'

Mamey Sapote (3 gal)

Banana (3 gal):
'Dwarf Brazilian'

low-chill Peach (3 gal)
'UF Sun'

Carambola (3 gal)

Jaboticaba (3 gal)

Ross Sapote (3 gal)

Black Sapote (3 gal)

Grumichama (3 gal)

Barbados Cherry (3 gal)

I do offer shipping for trees up to 3 gallon in size. Unfortunately at this time I do not ship trees to California or Arizona.

I will try to keep this list updated as frequently as possible. In many instances I may be able to obtain something you are looking for even if I don't currently have it in stock.

We're currently open by appointment. Message me or send me an email at if you are interested in purchasing a tree or fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)
« on: January 14, 2012, 05:26:11 PM »
Sheehan's guide to FAQs:

Q:(Insert question...?)

A: Use google.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What type of pest control do you use?
« on: January 14, 2012, 05:18:46 PM »
Right now I'm not using any pest control beyond crushing the leaf notchers/weevils when I pick them off the leaves of my trees, which I usually check on a daily basis. Fortunately I really have not encountered any other pests that have caused problems though.

I'm planning on getting some chickens and am hoping they will help in the war against the weevils and other potential unwanted pests.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What matters to you in a mango variety?
« on: January 14, 2012, 05:13:24 PM »
I voted for flavor, but I have a large collection. If I had very limited space then disease resistance and tree size would become a much larger factor; and for strictly commercial purposes I've planted multiples of  varieties that have good disease resistance like Fairchild, Florigon, and Glenn.

To me there are enough really flavorful mangoes that you can find one that fits your taste that happens to also be disease resistant.

I love Cushman , for example, but if I was planting out a small yard and only had space for a couple mangoes or only 1, it would not be anywhere near the top of my list and would be below a number of varieties that I might rank  below Cushman in terms of flavor.

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