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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Squirrel Dog recommendations
« on: March 25, 2021, 01:38:02 PM »
Beagles are an option, albeit probably not the best. I don't think they're as fast as a terrier, but they have a great nose, a big bark, and can make life unpleasant for the squirrels. And anyone else within earshot...

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lara Farms Contact Info?
« on: March 20, 2021, 04:12:09 PM »
They responded via Facebook. Open until 5 on Saturday, they were awesome. Great place!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Lara Farms Contact Info?
« on: March 20, 2021, 12:00:40 PM »
Does anyone have a cell phone number for this operation? Theyíre not answering their phones and I want to go down today. Facebook messages arenít being returned either.

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Thank you all! I will make the calls soon. :)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Guanabana - ďMiamiĒ cultivar
« on: March 06, 2021, 05:28:22 PM »
Looking for this grafted tree locally, anywhere in South Florida.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB black sapote - Mattís Giant
« on: March 06, 2021, 05:27:18 PM »
Looking for this grafted tree locally, anywhere in South Florida.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Jujube - Thai Giant
« on: March 06, 2021, 05:26:28 PM »
Looking for this grafted tree locally, anywhere in South Florida.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Moved to Stuart - looking for these trees
« on: March 06, 2021, 04:24:19 PM »
Itís been a busy few years so I havenít been on in a while. We moved from Broward County to Stuart, FL. I went to Excalibur today to restart my collection and there are a few things Iím looking for. (1) Jujube - Thai Giant, (2) black sapote - Mattís Giant, (3) Guanabana - Miami. I think I got all these from Mike Bender. :( I donít know where to go now.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mai 3 Jackfruit
« on: October 16, 2016, 09:42:41 PM »
Thank you, Jeff! That is a huge help. And good idea about calling in Har as my trees develop. I'm on it!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mai 3 Jackfruit
« on: October 16, 2016, 02:29:13 PM »
Who has a Mai 3? Is it particularly susceptible to problems?

As my trees get bigger, I'm going to have to start some maintenance programs a little more extensive than mulching and pruning. Can anyone give me some pointers on spraying (timing, frequency, etc.)?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mai 3 Jackfruit
« on: October 16, 2016, 09:41:26 AM »
Cut it open. It was alternating sections of unripe and rotted fruit. But it wasn't overripe in sections. The fruit went straight from being underripe to being rotten. Fungal infection?

The other jackfruit on the tree has the same spreading brown on the outside.

This has gotten to be a strong 15 foot tree. I'm so disappointed! Jackfruit is one of my favorite fruits and I was looking forward to fruit from this tree for the past 5 years.

Suggestions?







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mai 3 Jackfruit
« on: October 14, 2016, 09:56:42 AM »
Just cut down our first jack from the Mai 3. It is 34 pounds. Haven't cut it open yet because I have a question about ripeness. About 20% of the jack has brown coloration with a couple soft spots. But the rest of the jack is green and hard. Is it possible that it is unevenly ripe, and if so, should I leave it on the counter for a couple days to help it?



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I will give cuttings to anyone who comes to visit me in Hollywood FL.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cristela Jackfruit - Delicious
« on: July 19, 2016, 09:46:10 PM »
Tree trimmer mulch is the best! Hard to get a hold of when I need it, but worth the effort.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cristela Jackfruit - Delicious
« on: July 19, 2016, 09:25:18 PM »
We're all good over here! Just busy with life. Still negligently tending my tropical fruit garden. It's coming along, in spite of me. Fellow forum members always welcome for a yard tour!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cristela Jackfruit - Delicious
« on: July 19, 2016, 08:29:01 PM »
We harvested a jackfruit today from our Cristela and it was delicious. Sweet, crisp (for a jack), relatively easy to peel.



This tree is very precocious and produces small jacks. It doesn't put as much energy into growing in height as it puts into producing fruits. It has remained a compact little tree, at about 6.5" after a few years in the ground. So for those who want jacks without devoting a lot of space, this may be your answer.

In the picture above, the jack is next to an 8" chef's knife. It has set 6 fruits this year, all at the very base. Last year it set two fruits when it was only 5' tall! I harvested those too early, and so wasn't able to taste the fruit until this year.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sheet Mulching
« on: January 02, 2016, 09:12:48 PM »
Since you don't have much compost, have you considered straw bale gardening? Then you don't have to worry about compost OR weeds. And you end up with a bunch of compost at the end of the growing season.

I've used plastic and various fabrics for solarizing and mulching in the past and I am not a fan. It ends up shredding and getting everywhere. Now I use deep layers of wood mulch from tree trimmers in the area.

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I will throw my theory into the ring as well. I think the gender imbalance we see on this forum is the same discrepancy that we see in gamers and STEM professions in general. There is a science to fruit tree farming and geekiness to all the data collection...but I'm confident we will see the gender ratio even out in years to come.

Also, the most outspoken on these forums tend to be the more domineering personality types and that posturing is more socially acceptable for men.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Haw
« on: November 28, 2015, 09:06:05 PM »
Haw flakes were one of my favorite candies growing up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw_flakes.

Because of your post, I will probably go try and find some this weekend.

One of my favorites too. Let me know if you find any.

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I would go to a South Florida event, definitely.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Angie Is Not a Top-Tier Mango?
« on: June 21, 2015, 06:36:34 PM »
On second thought, fiberless probably isn't accurate. I didn't taste fiber but the knife felt like it was slicing through meat, unlike the feel of a Glenn, which is truly fiberless and almost gelatinous in texture.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Angie Is Not a Top-Tier Mango?
« on: June 21, 2015, 06:34:24 PM »
Our 5' Angie produced its first crop of about 12 mangoes this year. It was  on of our favorites. Fiberless, apricot is how I would summarize it. Definitely not as sweet as many and the skin is resinous.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ants, to kill or not to Kill
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:51:40 PM »
I have aphid mining problems only with trees that are in partial shade. Can anyone tell me why this is?

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They make a good Brazilian cocktail. Cachaca, cherries, sugar, lime.

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