Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - johnb51

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 184
1
I liked your video.  I left some comments on YT.  Alex of TAF recently commented on a video that ON was his favorite avocado, as far as flavor.  I've seen one tree around 11 or 12 years old that's never had fruit.  One nice thing about ON is that instead of growing straight up like a lot of avocado trees, it does have horizontal growth and can be a good-looking tree in that respect.  Good luck with ON.  Do you think you'd ever try to grow (original) Hass or Carmen where you live?  UCR has recently released a new Hass-type called Luna.

2
There are many great tasting mangos that grow well in Florida but are they suited for Southern California?
It is best to pick mangoes that have the fewest problems. This will give you the highest probability of success in California.
Johnny
So, Johnny, it looks like so far your strongest recommendations are Angie, Seacrest, and possibly Orange Sherbet?  Have you or anyone you know of tried growing PPK/Lemon Meringue?

3
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best tasting avocado variety?
« on: February 25, 2024, 12:48:32 PM »









Looks like this Pollock is very happy
Beautiful tree.  Congrats.  Last year we planted Pollock also at relative's home in Port St. Lucie.  The buds are swelling on my six-ft. young Simmonds tree.

4
Alex at www.tropicalacresfarms.com can always make these trees for you.

5
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hi! From Portugal with Love!!!
« on: February 22, 2024, 10:37:19 AM »
Boas! Novo membro portuga aqui também!! Sou de Aveiro a propósito :) 

Seria óptimo ter uma rede de comunicação entre os portugueses daqui do forum!

Abraço a todos
The last time that Luis checked in with the Forum was in December so it appears he's not too active.

6
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are black and white sapote worth it
« on: February 21, 2024, 09:22:04 PM »
I find them to be both mid-tier fruits, and wouldn't grow them unless I was in a tropical climate and had space.
Black sapote is underwhelming and so is white sapote too.
Now, there are many people who grow white sapote here, so it would be easy to connect with scions etc.
Just the fruit didn't do it for me, when I can grow mangos and lychees easily.
But pluses of black sapote is that it is a winter crop in FL, so it helps balance things out, and white sapote is sweet w a caramel taste. But not good enough for me.
Just how much white sapote have you actually eaten?  Are you really qualified to comment on this fruit?
John,
I've had it several different times and tried several different varieties.
while good, it doesn't compare to the FL mangos.
I don't know if you've eaten it tree-ripened in California, but if you haven't, I would say you don't know this fruit.  IMHO.  But you're right that mangos are better.

7
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are black and white sapote worth it
« on: February 20, 2024, 12:13:37 AM »
I find them to be both mid-tier fruits, and wouldn't grow them unless I was in a tropical climate and had space.
Black sapote is underwhelming and so is white sapote too.
Now, there are many people who grow white sapote here, so it would be easy to connect with scions etc.
Just the fruit didn't do it for me, when I can grow mangos and lychees easily.
But pluses of black sapote is that it is a winter crop in FL, so it helps balance things out, and white sapote is sweet w a caramel taste. But not good enough for me.
Just how much white sapote have you actually eaten?  Are you really qualified to comment on this fruit?

8
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Beauty of Avocado Leaves
« on: February 14, 2024, 10:46:47 AM »
I'm finding that my Monroe and Simmonds trees have leaves that are particularly striking.
Monroe

Simmonds

9
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard 2022
« on: February 08, 2024, 01:26:34 PM »
Looks beautiful!
Above Santa Barbara.  Close to heaven!

10
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mangos
« on: February 08, 2024, 10:38:41 AM »
It would be hugely helpful to the forum if your topic titles could be more specific.

11
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: February 03, 2024, 09:51:27 AM »
Found the first mango of the season "Fralan" .That tree makes more than one crop for me so not to unusual.For me those trees are to vigorous so I'm top working.People been asking me what I'm doing i have been trimming the whole grove since hurricane Ian 1000 trees.Chopping up the debris with 3000lb forestry flail.
How is Pine Island recovering, in general?

12
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Erinose Mite Damage on Lychee?
« on: January 28, 2024, 02:05:57 PM »
You see, it's not really my tree.  It belongs to the community, plus it's a very tall, very mature tree.  I wouldn't mind seeing a white sapote or mamey sapote tree as a replacement, but the current HOA board of directors hates fruit trees with a passion.  (Some people are idiots!)

13
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can this Lil Gem hold fruit?
« on: January 28, 2024, 01:13:34 PM »
Don't do it.

14
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Erinose Mite Damage on Lychee?
« on: January 28, 2024, 01:11:50 PM »
Poor lychee tree!  Do they ever recover on their own?  I won't be spraying anything on it.

15
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Erinose Mite Damage on Lychee?
« on: January 28, 2024, 01:07:45 PM »
Is this what it looks like?


16
Apples. :) (Oak Glen, San Bernardino County/Julian, San Diego County)

17
Thanks Jonah. But my soil is unfriendly to avocados. In five years, my trees have barely grown or died. When wet, it's straight up goopy. Does it make sense to mound up using this soil?
I'd say no.

18
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: figs!!!! an underated fruit
« on: January 11, 2024, 04:22:16 PM »
Like I said, most people in America think of apples, oranges, and bananas when they think of fruit.  Americans don't know "good food" since supermarket shopping became the norm after WW2.  This is changing over time.  Yeah, so eat more figs, and grow more figs, Americans!

19
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Bloom in South Florida
« on: January 11, 2024, 04:11:31 PM »
The consistently cool weather we've been getting this month seems to have created a pause in mango bloom.  I guess it will resume when the weather warms up.  How will this affect the crop this year?  Any guesses?

20
Also crazy heavy feeder so compost old fruit veg scraps so you don’t spend 50$ on fertilizer for 5$ of bananas.
I second that.  As a matter of fact, you can simply mulch heavily around your plant (4 to 6 inches) and then pull back the mulch, add the garbage, and replace the mulch. Each day go to a new spot.  If you have a few plants, and maybe some papaya plants as well, you can use your garbage (green manure) very effectively in this way.  You'll have very healthy plants and very good fruit.

21
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: figs!!!! an underated fruit
« on: January 11, 2024, 10:00:24 AM »
Not underrated at all.   Maybe in America by people who only eat apples, oranges, and bananas.  People have been eating figs for thousands of years!

22
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peru in December.
« on: January 06, 2024, 10:08:23 AM »
I know this is an old thread but would like to buy Caigua seeds. Not Pedata / Lady Slippers. There is another variety that is as big as your outstretched hand. My wife is Peruvian and we grow Huacatay, Aji Amarillo and Pedata very successfully. Always happy to swap seeds with anyone. Will pay for the giant Caigua.
Thanks!
We have a section of the Forum for that.

23
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: December 31, 2023, 12:38:41 PM »
A lovely 53 when I took the dog out this morning for his walk.  I was reading that the polar vortex could dip down to our latitude this winter, as it did in 2021.  That would be great for Florida if it hit the East Coast to get the iguana population in check.  I'm waiting with my machete!

24
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Favorite banana?
« on: December 27, 2023, 12:55:56 PM »
My Goldfinger is starting to grow now.  I'm excited.  I hope it's at least as good as Raja Puri.
Goldfinger

Raja Puri

25
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: December 27, 2023, 12:49:48 PM »
Decent multi-day cold front on the way.  I wish we would see 40's at night, instead of 50's.  Hopefully sometime in January.  I just want the lychee tree to bloom!

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 184
SMF spam blocked by CleanTalk