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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: May 08, 2021, 06:16:39 AM »
You'd be surprised, I clipped one of a few weeks ago by accident and decided to let it ripen.
It was pretty good, especially considering I haven't had a mango in a few months

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: May 06, 2021, 09:10:42 PM »
Started picking my first mangos.
An angie started coloring up on the tree.
Picked my first zinc, only a little clear sap came out. Hoping it's good

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Remind me in a few months I should have plenty

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Ha, That was quick

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Apparently my phone has a macro lens so I though I'd snap some more photos of the soursop leaves.

I know there's leaf hoppers, anything else though?











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My above response was gear more to guerilla planting in areas you have no control over, meaning any extra water would need to be bucketed in.
I do realize that seedlings will more than likely be inferior to our selected trees but under the above assumption they will take less care to establish. Once people start seeing you running out to a random spot with a orange bucket you've already been found out. (Not to mention going out with a 3g tree and a shovel)
Pulling out a 3g tree from the ground is pretty easy, I wouldn't want John to spend money on something that will easily get trashed.

There are some other good suggestion on the thread but in any case the logistics are the main issue. (Shovel and bucket vs trowel and water bottle vs throwing a seed)

John will have to see how much wiggle room he has with this HOA, Should be fun either way. I'm looking forward to updated

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado fruit
« on: April 30, 2021, 01:39:11 PM »
I just received mine.
Thanks a lot Brad, looking forward to trying these.
I appreciate the pinkerton tip, my impatience would have led to disaster.

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I'd plant seedlings of vigorous species in little spaces between bushes and shrubs.
Sprout them in pots or ask around the forum and get ready to plant them in the rainy season.

Ideally, they will grow up and out of the shrubs before a weed puller has time to get them and hopefully the seedlings get nice and big before fruiting.
That way the HOA has to pay money if they want to take it down. (They'll have to think twice)

Mangos, Mulberrys, Jackfruits, White Sapote, Avocados, loquat, and soursop are the easiest things I can think of.
Jabos will require you to keep watering them.
Eugenias could work but it would need to mix in well with the existing landscaping or it might get noticed.

I can get some random mango seedlings ready by August for this great cause.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this tree a malay apple?
« on: April 26, 2021, 10:12:42 AM »
Yup looks like it to me
The seedlings that I bought from here basically do the same thing.
My tree been growing for around the same time and nothing.
Planted a tree by my dad's house and he chopped it down after only fruiting once in 15 years.
I figure the normal genetics for malay apple in the nursery trade sucks though I hear excalibur has some superior grafted ones.

People I know from Guyana and Trinidad who brought seeds over seem to have more luck

Ya that news doesnt bode well for this tree. Definitely not an Excalibur grafted tree. I'm assuming it came from PIN or maybe Bender but I don't remember. I kinda wanted to try the fruit but if it's going nowhere, to the chopping block it shall soon go.

Sheehan knows more than I do about the topic hopefully he chimes in.
I think the fruit is alright, i hear they can get worms though.

I personally wouldn't plant if i had another yard.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado fruit
« on: April 26, 2021, 09:44:20 AM »
I'll take a box

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this tree a malay apple?
« on: April 25, 2021, 10:38:29 PM »
Yup looks like it to me
The seedlings that I bought from here basically do the same thing.
My tree been growing for around the same time and nothing.
Planted a tree by my dad's house and he chopped it down after only fruiting once in 15 years.
I figure the normal genetics for malay apple in the nursery trade sucks though I hear excalibur has some superior grafted ones.

People I know from Guyana and Trinidad who brought seeds over seem to have more luck

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Selling yellow cacao seedlings
« on: April 24, 2021, 08:30:27 PM »
Yellow cacao seedlings $10 each.
Shipping to the US is $15.

I should be able to fit around 3-4 in a box

Can't ship to CA, TX, AZ or HI










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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: venus mango
« on: April 24, 2021, 07:07:35 PM »
Attaching a few pics from today.  The red arrows show the lateral branching, and the blue arrow shows where the branch used to be.  The freeform red lines simply outlines where the Venus tree is.  There's a large Sweet Tart behind it, so wanted to highlight the Venus growth relative to the Sweet Tart growth.

After this year's fruits, I have 2-3 substantial lateral branches I'll have to trim as it's starting to extend too far away from the tree.  I'm wondering if anyone else is noticing this with their Venus or if I'm the only one experiencing it?  Please chime in fellow Venus folk  ;D

Also, does anyone have good solutions for staking branches and keeping fruit off the ground?  I just bought a couple of these branch supports to mount on some pvc (https://www.groworganic.com/products/save-a-branch-tree-support).  Any other ideas?








I have the same battle with my Cac tree every year.
I trim it back hard every year and they still hang on the floor.
I'm trying to raise the canopy a lot higher.
Until then, I'm using bungee cords and scrap lumber.

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Heres another to add to my list.
Interested in pics as well

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Thatís just whatís available.  I may hold out, I donít know a lot about jackfruits tho Iíve had seedlings growing in pots for years.  I love the fruit tho, so need to learn how to grow em for sure.

I got a j31 before I knew about this forum. It was probably a recommendation from fairchild back in the day.
It's been in the ground since 2014 and it's a decent enough producer.
I haven't really had enough different types of jackfruit to be able to pick out nuances in flavor. To me all them taste basically the same except for the amount of sweetness. Ideally id like one with some subacid flavor.
My biggest problem is the latex, it becomes such a pain to clean it that sometimes id rather let it rot on the tree. You can barely see the metal on your knife after your done.
Yes I did use oil.
Mangokothiyan let me try a Mai 1 and I'd replace my tree in a heart beat.

I need to go to a jackfruit tasting and learn what I'm missing

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Truly Tropical actually just put out another video with Julian from Lara farms.
All about caimito, of course only a little bit about hipolito.

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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.

I bought mine from Benders around 2014 from a 3gal.
The first time it fruited was 3 years ago.
Had good production in the last 2 years.

The first two years it was planted hardly anything happened, everything I read said it was supposed to be vigorous.
I raked back the topsoil, applied a bunch of peat moss and a bag or two of mulch and it started to take off. Also been sulfuring the area.

Most people i know grow the seedlings without a problem (except no fruit),  i assume the air layered trees might need more attention to get established

Of the propagated trees, most I see are grafted, not air-layered.

Did not know that, I didn't see any graft lines on the one sourced from PIN but I was pretty new to the whole scene then so i could have missed it.

The ones i got from ZHPP last year was easy to see but they were just potted up

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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.

I bought mine from Benders around 2014 from a 3gal.
The first time it fruited was 3 years ago.
Had good production in the last 2 years.

The first two years it was planted hardly anything happened, everything I read said it was supposed to be vigorous.
I raked back the topsoil, applied a bunch of peat moss and a bag or two of mulch and it started to take off. Also been sulfuring the area.

Most people i know grow the seedlings without a problem (except no fruit),  i assume the air layered trees might need more attention to get established

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Thank you for the replies, and thanks skhan for the offer! The best option so far it seems, is Pinellas Park. Was a huge fan of the Wagon Wheel and Mustang when I lived in Pinellas County many years ago.

Is it likely they'll still have some available next weekend? I'm not sure how long the season is?

What variety would youse recommend for Caimito and for White Sapote?

Thanks!

Jaco Beach is the best variety I've had.
Its a big green one so it can be a pain to pick it.

I have the standard on from PIN (Haitian star?) fruiting... its a nice snack when not much fruits are around.
I have hipolitica from Laras too, never tried that one. Maybe in a 2-3 years I'll get fruit.

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

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It was mentioned in some posts in the past. (I think by Mark in Texas)
A certain spray, maybe GA3, helps shorten the internode spacing of trees.

I don't have any first hand experience though, I like trees I can walk under.
Hopefully that is enough information for you to get started on research

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: MANGO recommendation
« on: April 16, 2021, 06:01:00 PM »
Hello

I need your recommendations. If you were to plant 3 mangos, what would they be? 3 tasty, complex flavored mangos with different flavor profiles. Maybe one with coconut, one with lemon, and one with another complex flavor.

Thanks

Lemon Zest
Sugarloaf
ZINC

Poor ZINC gets no love.
Ranks in my top 5 every year.
I'm happy my tree is finally fruiting.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is anyone's Persimmon in bloom
« on: April 13, 2021, 02:41:52 PM »






I accidentally broke the only branch that had flowers, lol
How long does it usually take for them to flower/Fruit down here?

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Thanks Har,
This certainly has been a long dry season.
Didn't realized would have such an effect on an established tree.
Your explanation make perfect sense to me

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My 15-18ft ndm tree is pushing diseased looking growth from it's big branches.
I'm in the process of topworking it and even those branches don't look optimal.
I haven't sprayed anything in a while and only applied 8-2-12 about a month ago.
It's in the middle of my yard so Weed and feed type products haven't been applied in a few years.

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