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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: November 28, 2023, 09:05:46 PM »
60 this morning.  Really nice to wear a jacket.  My Honey Kiss tree just had a growth flush, but it's probably still too young to give me fruit next summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: November 28, 2023, 05:52:03 PM »
Did anyone hear about the Luna avocado?
There are several articles about it online. Hass quality but small tree size.
Check the above link from UC.
I see that they were calling it "Marvel" but changed the name to Luna UCR.  The article says it will become available to home growers in time.  I will trust Brad and a few others to tell us if it's equal to Hass in flavor!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade tolerant Mango Variety
« on: November 27, 2023, 09:46:04 AM »
Can a shade-grown mango develop sugar/sweetness?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving !!!
« on: November 25, 2023, 09:21:52 AM »
Thankful for my brand new patio forest and my family for supporting it. Also thankful for all the cool stuff Iíve gotten to try this year, Frankís (FLNative) mangoes were the best Iíve ever had. Next year I should have much more to be thankful for once many of my trees start bearing.
What's a "patio forest?"  All your trees are in pots in the patio? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Thread
« on: November 20, 2023, 08:49:18 AM »
John, lots of lychee trees here in central Florida are still doing fine. We were the center of commercial lychee production for 30-40 years before the major freezes of the 50s, 70s, and 80s. Many of those old Brewster trees had excellent crops this past year. So far, most of the really old trees have escaped major mite damage.
That's great to hear.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Copernicia Baileyana PALM
« on: November 19, 2023, 06:35:58 PM »
Is this a tropical fruit forum or a palm forum?!

There's a Bailey Palm in Naples Botanical Gardens we admire when we visit.

And I'm getting me an Old Man Palm for Christmas.

But this ain't a palm forum, right?!
I suppose you could report this to the moderator.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Thread
« on: November 19, 2023, 05:33:36 PM »
This thread goes back 10 years.  How are Florida people doing with their lychee trees?  The mites have done in many trees, and the warmer winters aren't helping with blossoming.  Our big neighborhood Mauritius tree had fruit in 2021 but not since.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starting a farm in Southern California
« on: November 19, 2023, 08:37:02 AM »
I can imagine the thrill and inspiration (joy) of seeing your land come back to life.  I get excited over one little tree or plant!  ;D  Yes, keep sharing with pictures whenever you can.  (I love to see the mountains in the background too.  I miss the mountains living here.  Everybody loves to hate California, but it's a special place, in spite of current politics and all other issues.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Update?
« on: November 16, 2023, 10:04:17 AM »
11a in north Broward here near the coast.  That feels about right.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: AKME Gardens
« on: November 16, 2023, 08:52:38 AM »
Hi @BayTropics, it's concerning when you have a reliable source like Adam at AKME Gardens, and there's a sudden lack of communication or delays in receiving your orders. Hopefully, he's doing fine, and there might be some unforeseen circumstances causing the delay. You could try reaching out to him directly to inquire about your order's status and his well-being.
By the way, if you're looking to enhance your garden experience, you might want to consider adding a small corner summer house. It can be a lovely addition to your garden, providing a cozy spot to relax and enjoy your outdoor space.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: November 15, 2023, 08:03:25 PM »
Fort Lauderdale will surpass rainiest year on record today.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Copernicia Baileyana PALM
« on: November 14, 2023, 03:28:10 PM »
It's not a fruit tree, but is anyone growing it?  It's a beautiful fan palm from Cuba, but the only place I've ever seen it is at Fairchild.  My son was at Fairchild last weekend, and I asked him if he saw the Baileyanas.  He found a lady in Satellite Beach who sells them, so he's going to plant one at his new house in Melbourne.  He's on his way to becoming a gardener!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: November 14, 2023, 03:14:29 PM »
Inflorescence spotted on Sugar Loaf. And so it begins again...
We'll have to start new topic, "Mango Season 2024."

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: November 14, 2023, 03:13:17 PM »
Much needed rain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Natural Farming?
« on: October 28, 2023, 08:57:47 AM »
I think SeaWalnut may have been the only one ever actually chased away?
There was this lady in London, I believe.  She was a nutcase and was banned after a while.  And there was also bsbullie, who liked to insult and/or demean people but had much useful mango information, being a friend of the Zills.  He stopped participating on his own.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Natural Farming?
« on: October 27, 2023, 09:46:46 AM »
I was wondering what had happened to him.  I liked his ideas, but there were others that had a different philosophy with a strictly "UF research"/ "best science" kind of approach, seeing trees as fruit-producing machines.  I was thinking that maybe he had sold the farm, which he had up for sale at one point.

I will be presenting at the SB Horticultural Society about rare fruits on Nov 1st at 7pm next week. It's free. Most members of TFF will recognize everything I'm talking about and be bored, but figured I'd mention it anyhow if someone were in the area and wanted to check it out.
This stuff is never boring to us even the parts we know or have heard before!  The church doesn't like you very much?  ???  Not very Christian of them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favourite tropical fruit?
« on: October 24, 2023, 08:56:23 AM »
I canít narrow it down but citrus for me!

Blood oranges, Ugli fruit, and gold nuggets are my top 3
Boring.  ;)  (But I really do like tangerines!)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favourite tropical fruit?
« on: October 24, 2023, 08:55:03 AM »
Durian - I don't think anything else comes close.
Where did you go to eat them?

Glorious 63 this morning.  Like a different world!

It's great to see Butterscotch sapodilla has come back down to earth (the price).

The first day since last spring that we can open our windows.  Ah, fresh air!  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best tasting avocado variety?
« on: October 15, 2023, 10:24:14 AM »
It depends on your tongue :-)

I like Lula.
Big seed.  Gritty, hard skin.  But for a Florida avocado, the texture is dense and the flavor very good.  I like 'em, too!  Do you find they're alternate bearing?  Last year the huge old tree had tons and tons, which lasted several months.  This year not a one!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: $2500 for seedlings
« on: October 13, 2023, 12:07:19 AM »
We just bought a purebred Miniature Schnauzer puppy for $1000.  It was the deal of the century!

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