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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Funny Juicy Lucy mango
« on: May 12, 2021, 12:51:54 PM »
However it was on Super Julie and it was the ice cream cone with the ball of ice cream falling off the side... So picture #1 only...

I call them Snidely Whiplash and Kardashian girl :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Funny Juicy Lucy mango
« on: May 11, 2021, 04:07:55 PM »
Almost every year my Julie seedling gives me an odd fruit. First there was the nose, now it's a big behind!  I have to spend more time looking at the fruits on this tree :-) Anyone else have funny fruit pix?



Need a bigger one

A common lament... :-)

Seriously, I have one very similar to that, and even on a 6' ladder it's too short.  I ordered this one yesterday and I'm hoping it solved my long reach issue for a while.

PS, I ate the first sweetheart today, they're still a bit tart but very juicy

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango second crop
« on: May 04, 2021, 08:14:06 AM »
I had/have on a few trees.
Nothing close to the first.
The observation that stumps me is there are few if any flies to be seen and they are the prefered pollinators. Considering I don't like flies, I would sure love to see some right about now :)

You need a dog... their poop is like gravity, it draws flies in like a magnet :-)

Here, the bees have come back for a while, I think my city is spraying for mosquitoes and it's killing the bees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:17:14 PM »
It looks like little mangos are already there, wait it out :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango second crop
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:13:48 PM »
I've rarely had a second crop but I'm delighted when I do... it spreads the season out longer. This year (4/30) my Madame Francis started a second bloom when the first is only a couple of weeks from ripening. Anyone else getting a second mango bloom?


OP, You'll do better in the Tropical fruit discussion forum not buy sell, and trade.

IF your in the area i have a few starapple (caimito) you can try

How old was your Caimito before it produced? I bought my two from Mike in 2015 as fairly decent sized 7' trees, and they've barely grown (1.5" caliper) but have flowered but no fruit. OTOH, of two seedlings I started from fruit I got from Mike the same year one is nearly as large as the original two I planted  (one green one purple) while another I gave away the owner reported that it's already fruited and has a nearly 4" caliper.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Ross Sapotes and Canistels
« on: April 19, 2021, 09:03:47 AM »
While the Bruce produces a nice large fruit, it is one of the drier mealy textured canistels.  From what is available in the States, Fairchild 2, Trompo and Aurea are the best selections.   I will definitely add the Ross to the list but I keep it separate as its not a named variety of canistel.

Agreed on the Fairchild #2. It's one I'd really hate to lose in a storm!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dying Atemoyas
« on: April 17, 2021, 06:20:54 PM »
Watering daily?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pugging a Mamey?
« on: April 09, 2021, 11:18:00 PM »
I have a 7' tall (4" caliper) Mamey in ground 10 years bought as a 7 gallon. It's one of the few trees I've had that languishes on but I still have had patience with it waiting for it to get on with it. The upper branches have always experienced a growth flush, and stem die back soon afterward, so it remains small.

Currently the upper branches are not sending out new growth and existing leaves are yellowing and withering.

OTOH, today I saw that it's pushing all sorts of new growth on the trunk at four to five feet from the soil while upper branches are all losing leaves and the upper stems are dying. Is it time to pull it, or pug it? Is "pugging" even possible to do without killing it? If I chop it off, should I first wait for the new growth to push out fully before decapitating it?

I have one too I might put in the ground, I am curious what the answer is

You are gonna plant a lychee in the ground in Pennsylvania?

This site NEEDS a like button :-)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wtb Beverly scions
« on: April 09, 2021, 09:40:03 AM »
Beverly is not a green colored mango when ripe.  It turns yellow.

Yellow is cool, less likely for fruit thieves who look for red fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wtb Beverly scions
« on: April 08, 2021, 10:51:26 PM »
Hey Gary, I have plenty of neelam if your interested.
I personally love the fruit

Hmmm... I haven't considered Neelam because it's not very common. That's definitely an option.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB JABOTICABA SCIONS
« on: April 08, 2021, 06:58:11 AM »
looking for different varieties tyvm!

If you're in the southeast (Dade, Broward, PB) I have Red, Yellow, blue grape, and Grimal you can take scions from.

Note I WILL NOT ship, no way no how, don't ask not gonna happen :-)

Hi all, sorry to say my inbox has spoken for all that are left.

My trees that are not carrying fruit I water twice a week. The ones that are carrying fruit I've watered once this month around the base and not on the leaves for fear of starting a fungal issue. I've been wondering the same thing. They say a mature mango tree doesn't need watering during the dry season makes the flavor  more intense but after three or four months of drought. I wouldn't think giving them a drink would not be catastrophic. Do the mango Groove people have a rule of thumb on different stages of tree growth and water requirements of various ages or sized mango trees.

Yeah, I'm seeing a bit of unusual fruit drop, but I'm watering conservatively (I have a well)  but it's a fine line between having mango and possibly causing a sink hole :-)

For those who have never tried the LD mangosteen.

The small stature (mine is in ground 10 years and is ~7' tall and has never been pruned) disease free slow growing tree produces 1" to 1 1/2" fruit that has a deep yellow to light orange rind that is thin and easily peeled like some citrus. It tolerates full sun as well as semi shade but fruits best when it gets more light.

The white sweet/tart juicy (though sparse) pulp clings to a large seed and must be sucked off. You definitely will not "pig out" on the fruit. Aside from a yard treat, instead of drinking lemon water, they can be washed, skinned and dropped into a pitcher of water for a GR8 drink

I have a bunch of 3"-5" Lemon drop mangosteen seedling / volunteers which I am going to  pull from beneath the parent tree soon. If anyone wants some or all bring a shovel, pots and soil and take all you want. Local North Broward Florida only, no shipping, sorry.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit fly in loquats
« on: April 07, 2021, 04:22:58 PM »
I have a friend with a very large loquat tree , in full sun and it gets infested. Itís around a lot of other fruit trees though, which may induce cross infestation. Is your neighbors tree isolated? Maybe itís varietal resistance. I have a ruby quava that is always larva free but other varieties get infested. The same with some of my papayas.

The loquat trees are about 50 yards apart, funny my Ruby guava was the first I pulled from fruit fly. My lemon guava are next to a strawberry that had been infested and the lemon never had them.

I've been watering & spraying leaves on all my mangos for weeks.  I take it i'm not alone.
I don't have mulch around any of them.  If it helps, what's your favorite?  Bushel Stop's close enough.


Ed, is there a problem you're trying to solve? Everyone here is watering and mulching we just have to wait for water from above.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Lula avo scions wanted to buy
« on: April 07, 2021, 03:40:52 PM »
I have a Lula seedling that I'd like to graft some Lula budwood onto. PM me if you have anything in So. Flo.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit fly in loquats
« on: April 07, 2021, 03:38:38 PM »
Have you been able to identify which kind of fruit fly it is? I assume in South FL it's the Caribbean fruit fly, not SWD or oriental, but it looks like the only solution is to bag the fruit before they ripen. I have never heard of correlations with sunny locations, maybe someone else knows more about that.

No I'm not an insectologist, but I suspect they're the same ones that made me give up and pull out all of my guava.  :-)

My tree is giving up the last of this years crop and I have a few fruits for LOCAL So. Flo members who can pick them up.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wtb Beverly scions
« on: April 07, 2021, 02:55:45 PM »
I have a Lancitilla that has not thrived in over 6 years in ground. It grows like a weed but has produced only 1 fruit that rotted on the tree.  I "pugged" it and am looking for scions of a Beverly or another green (preferably late season) when ripe mango.

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