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Thank you Rob, it's reassuring that it didn't get out of control for your tree.

Would appreciate any help.  New growth is getting damaged starting on the edges and going inward on the leaves.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Freezer recommendations
« on: October 05, 2023, 12:31:13 PM »
I got the Midea chest freezer from Costco for this purpose, no complaints and good price.  I agree with you about a standup being easier to organize, but I went with a chest freezer due to Cookie Monster's point, plus price.  I've had it about 6 months and no need yet to defrost it, only a little frost has formed.

This is what I use to store fruit (freezer safe mason jars):
Ball Wide Mouth Pint and Half Glass Mason Jars with Lids and Bands, 24-Ounces, 9-Count

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Thief Caught
« on: September 12, 2023, 01:14:08 PM »
Put up a prominent sign that reads 'Pesticides In Use' or something of the like. [snip]

How about a big notice that reads:  SNAKE SANCTUARY

Just sayin' . . .

Paul M.

great idea LOL

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Thief Caught
« on: September 09, 2023, 12:04:22 PM »
Canít wait to retire ! , buying  mountain top hone in PR off the grid , no neighbors, HOA, nothing but nature Ö.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tomatoes in FL
« on: September 09, 2023, 12:00:31 PM »
Mortgage Lifter
Pineapple Tomato
Cherokee Purple
Cherry: Sungold, Supersweet 100

You could start them now, but may be easier to start 10/1.  The key is to have backups since TYLCV is a big problem.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee harvest
« on: September 02, 2023, 09:22:54 PM »
Beautiful!  I had to cut down my Brewster lychee tree this year due to LEM.  The fruit from mine wasn't that sharp only after opening many lychees did you feel it.  Congratulations!

Do not disturb sign and all your problems are solved.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla questions
« on: August 16, 2023, 04:56:12 PM »
I just planted a butterscotch sapodilla next to my Haysa.  So far the Haysa has only set one fruit.  Hopefully the Butterscotch and Haysa will set better fruit as a pair, assuming pollination is the issue.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: July 30, 2023, 11:18:18 PM »
Well holy smokes, $8 / pound. That's nuts. It wasn't that long ago that she sold for $2 / pound. Inflation has hit the trop fruit industry pretty hard. I remember when you could get fruiting jaboticaba trees for around $30 at zills and when a quarter acre of land was $25k. So much has changed.

I made a trip to Truly Tropical, Delray Beach, today to see what was still available.  Chris had just picked a box of assorted mangos and was selling them for $8 a lb.  God bless her that she has customers at that price point, but when you're on social security like me, no can do.  She still must have a passion for what she's doing because she could easily sell that property in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in South Florida and retire a wealthy woman. Walter had a sign "Closed on Saturdays."  ???  Then I remembered that the Zill family are Seventh-Day Adventists.

I'm glad I have my own yard planted out and had an abundant mango harvest this year.  Buying local fruit is really not affordable, and it's also really disappointing to pay tons of $ and have the fruit not ripen properly either or be over-ripe.  For these reasons (cost & quality) it's so important to plant out your own yard with trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chronic underperformers
« on: July 30, 2023, 11:11:18 PM »
I would move on from Mamey for sure. Mine never produced in close to 10 years. I think it is just too cold here. I was told once that even in warmer areas of the state like Sarasota the trees survive, bloom and even set fruit, but they almost never bring the  fruit to maturity because the development period is 12 months or more. As a result, part of the developmet period falls across our cold season and the tree will drop its fruits.

Wow - how different - Mamey is very plentiful in Miami and fruits year-round.

I had some mulch delivered to my house and a very heavy truck drove very close to a young coconut palm I have.  What are the chances the tree will be OK? :(

Will post a picture soon if the site lets me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: July 17, 2023, 11:39:01 PM »
Secondly, ZHHP definitely picks too early, year after year. Usually Everything is chalky but still get an idea of what flavors the mangos are capable of, However IN MY OPINION mangos like  Sugarloaf  actually benefit from being picked early and ripening more evenly.
Yes, you get an idea about the flavors.  I got my little Sugarloaf tree and look forward to fruit in a few years and learning when to pick them!

Unfortunately this is a major problem with all mango retailers here.  Also, you are paying $$$$ now, so you feel sad for wasting your money on something that doesn't taste great.  This is why growing your own mangoes is a necessity! 

lol.  I have several fruit trees on my front yard but they aren't producing yet.  I think a front yard fence is the best way to defend against fruit thieves.  That's what I want to do, though I will need to put a new roof on my house in the next 5 years so no $ for a front yard fence now  :(  :(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: July 05, 2023, 03:58:31 PM »
Ok so pick them early while green.  I'm going to try that.

Miami-Dade County has a huge limestone bedrock so I'm not sure if my soil needs more Calcium?

My OS taste nowhere near as good as the ones from Mango Men Homestead I purchased around 4-5 years ago.  Theirs were amazing which prompted me to buy the tree.  If it didn't have the huge jelly seed I wouldn't complain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: July 05, 2023, 09:38:27 AM »
For me:

75+ mangoes on each tree for pickering, OS, and sweet tart trees.  Pickerings started at beginning of May, completely done now.  Sweet Tart started ripening in beginning of June, still some left now.  OS started ripening now, but having a lot of problems with jelly seed, not sure what to do. About 15 mangoes on Glenn due to powdery mildew which ripened in May. 

I'm freezing mangoes daily using pint and a half ball mason jars.  Bought a chest freezer from Costco specifically for this purpose (it's great except it does make some noise but it was very cheap - around $250 total).  The mason jar method is the easiest and most eco friendly way to store produce in my opinion.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: July 05, 2023, 09:32:11 AM »
Can anyone help with this?  My orange sherbet mangoes are not ripening properly.  No matter what they have a huge jelly seed.  I've tried picking them earlier and not leaving them on the tree to ripen, and opening them earlier, and still the jelly seed.  This is the first year the tree produced a lot of fruit.  Last year I got a few fruit and I don't remember them having this problem.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: June 21, 2023, 12:51:10 PM »
Not sure, but think MBBS is fueled by high humidity, and Cookie was remarking upon it being remarkable that there was no bad issue with MBBS, with all the rain we've had.

Update. In another thread I reported on a Bolt vs LZ battle, in which Bolt won.

Latest battle was Bolt vs. Ceci Love...

CL took Bolt to the mat. Brighter and more flavorful mango. Of course, many would say more samplings and battles must be fought. But from past years, CL has been the standout as well.

Need to have a Sugar Loaf, Ceci Love, Sweet Tart Battle Royale.

Rob are you experiencing MBBS on your property?  As far as I know my trees don't have MBBS, how prevalent is this in the Miami area?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: June 15, 2023, 05:31:47 PM »
oh sorry I mixed of up Keitt and Kent.  I think Glenn is definitely better than Kent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: June 15, 2023, 12:58:21 PM »
I have both Glenn and Keitt.  Their fruit ripens at totally different times.  Keitt is extreme late season, Glenn is early season.  In my experience, Glenn is also disease prone-right now my tree only produced a few fruit this year due to powdery mildew.  Overall I really love the taste of tree ripened Glenn.  I would say Glenn is better than Keitt overall, though Keitt is very good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Raja Puri Bananas
« on: June 14, 2023, 10:02:43 PM »
John, thanks for sharing. The RP pup I grabbed from you a while back is thriving, looking forward to fruit set.
And it does look like you came back just in time to miss the seemingly-endless rain!
Glad to hear that, Dan.  It was perfect weather in Italy, and we sure saw a lot of olive and lemon trees!  Every gelato shop had mango-flavor gelato, which I never even tried because I knew ripe mangos would be waiting for me in Florida.  We did try almost every other flavor, however, the most unusual being lime-basil, which turned out to be one the best.

Sounds like an amazing trip!  I'm growing Raja Puri too, waiting for the bunch to ripen.

FYI.  Just contacted the Miami-Dade 311 and they were very helpful, I was able to successfully report the issue and they said it would take up to 30 days to resolve.  Seems hopeful that it could be fixed.

You'd figure a bunch of misplaced tropical fruit growers would be excited about global warming

Not if you live in Miami-Dade County.  Also, it doesn't work out that you just seamlessly transition zones with no other issues

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