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Did anyone get the Viking loquat from Adam? I wanted to get one and never got around to it.
Is it really as good as he described?


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's going on with this mango?
« on: February 09, 2023, 11:53:55 AM »
The old green leaves look good
when did you receive the tree and what fertilizer and water schedule have you done?
I would gently remove from pot and look at the roots.

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I don't think there is one easy answer except the more the merrier?
I had an E candolleana that would have 500+ flowers and I was lucky to see 50
fruit. Sometimes it would flower 4-5 times a year and some flushes would have 0 fruit.
I got a second tree and last year I had 500 flowers and 499 fruit. What a difference it
made. I have a single white jaboticaba and it flowers and sets fruit pretty much year round.
I have 4 red jaboticabas and at least one seems to be flowering all the time and they set
fruit fine. I hardly ever see bees on the fragrant flowers. It seems like jabos fruit
fine without a second tree flowering. I have heard people with only one pitangatuba
have problems getting fruit although they have heavy flowering. I have multiple trees
and never had an issue

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: February 05, 2023, 06:51:07 PM »
I have fresh pitangatuba seeds available.
I was suppose to contact someone and can't remember who wanted seeds


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Supposedly if you grow a citrus under an oak canopy with oak leaf mulch you are more likely to have less problems. I am experimenting with this currently in a neighboring wooded lot. I know I see a lot of citrus in pine farms under the canopy and they appear from the road to be doing quite well.

I don't see how the Oak would keep the psyllid from laying it's eggs on the citrus?
I have heard if you plant a guava tree close by the citrus the psyllid that spreads the greening
prefers the guava leaves?
Had guava right next to my lemons from reading the same as you. Didn't do shit but make a cloud of aphids e ery time you brushed the leaves.
I read that 90% of the citrus in Florida has greening.
I wonder where the 10% are that don't? probably in greenhouses

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Supposedly if you grow a citrus under an oak canopy with oak leaf mulch you are more likely to have less problems. I am experimenting with this currently in a neighboring wooded lot. I know I see a lot of citrus in pine farms under the canopy and they appear from the road to be doing quite well.

I don't see how the Oak would keep the psyllid from laying it's eggs on the citrus?
I have heard if you plant a guava tree close by the citrus the psyllid that spreads the greening
prefers the guava leaves?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Would GOOD sugar apple seeds float??
« on: February 03, 2023, 10:08:33 AM »
I also have noticed that seeds that float germinate
I like to put annona seeds in between damp paper towels
in a baggie. Change the paper towel every 2-3 days and
let the seeds germinate before I plant. I have also left the
seeds in damp vermiculite in a baggie and wait for them
to germinate.

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Yesterday I went up 27 from 29 to Avon Park.
I was amazed to see acres and acres of restarts in one area and
right next to it the next grove had nets around their restarts throughout
the mature trees? For a dead industry the big companies are still planting
for the future? In my area Duda was planting thousands of acres the past few
years as well. I know an ex grove manager and he said if greening would not
have happened orange juice would have been 10 cents a gallon with the supply
from the US and Brazil and Mexico. I think we are being played?

Personally I have one Kishu tree and it produces about 250 small
seedless tangerines a year. It has greening and looks a little rough
but it's more than enough for me. Like most tangerines it ripens in
the Fall before we have any cool weather and the tangerines are not sweet.
They are tangy and decent but no where close to CA tangerines.
One good tangerine for Florida is the Murcott. It ripens around March
and has the benefit of cool weather. It is a seedy tangerine but I saw there
was a seedless murcott now available but I didn't pursue it.
Citrus is a labor intensive tree but not impossible to grow in
Florida. With the greening it is recommended to fertilize monthly
including the Winter. I have access to free cricket frass and the first
of every month a put a scoop or two around all my trees. For the leaf
minor I hit the tree with imidacloprid every 90 days which is not hard
to mix and drench the roots. After the tree becomes large the leaf minor
only attacks the new flushes. I don't hit them when the tree is flowering
I wait until April and then July and that takes care of most of the leaf minor
The past couple seasons I have skipped the imidacloprid. It doesn't hurt
the fruit production

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My Pickering is flowering heavy and my NDM is starting to flower.
My mallika hasn't started. YET
It's still early I wouldn't panic yet. I have heard that VP usually flowers
every other year but I don't have one. There is one in my friends yard
and his did fruit the past two years.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 4 jabuticaba recommendation
« on: January 28, 2023, 09:30:55 AM »
The Red is hard to beat
thin skin
fruits year round
fruits early
great taste
stays relatively small


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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Che, medlar, arbutus trees
« on: January 25, 2023, 05:45:59 PM »
I didn't think any of them are seedless if there is a male?
How big are the seeds? Were the fruit enjoyable with the seeds?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Che, medlar, arbutus trees
« on: January 25, 2023, 05:37:26 PM »
I will trim my che in a month and could trade cuttings with you.
I have male and female of unknown variety (fruited, very good), and norris has not fruited yet.
Ana
Did the fruit have seeds?
I would like to buy/trade for some cuttings when you trim

thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango blooms: spray or nay?
« on: January 24, 2023, 11:01:53 PM »
3 of my mango trees have the majority of theirí canopy pushing buds in my Biscayne Park yard. Hopefully most mango growers in south Florida have blooms starting too.

Please share your spray regiments and experience with spraying emerging panicles vs. not spraying.

One of the many mango things that confounds me is WHEN to spray.
Iíve heard you can sterilize flowers if you spray while open?

Iíve also heard some mango growers never spray during bloom at all, if you are one of these people please share your experience.

Would love to hear all failures and successes.

Weiss from this forum has given me some advice and Iíd love to hear some more.

Thank you kindly

-Abe
Have you had problems with your blooms previously?

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Do you make your own emulsion? I too am curious where u get the crickets.

I was driving down the road and saw a 5 gallon bucket on the side of the road.
I needed one more to collect rainwater and I stopped to get it and it was full of
fresh caught Tilapia and bluegill. They were just starting to stink. Someone must have
lost them going down the road and they landed perfectly without spilling
I put the fish in a pastic barrell and added some mollasses and water and I have a batch.
I mix one Tablespoon per gallon of water.

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where do you get the cricket frass?

or do you have crickets in a box?

I owned a cricket farm, Acheta domestica is the genus and species of the grey cricket.
I sold 89,000,000 crickets one year
Anyway I am getting the frass from my old farm.

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I traded them some annona scions several years ago
My experience was positive
They responded to email back then

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cricket frass
I usually mix a cup in a gallon of water and let simmer for 2-4 hours in the sun.
Also on the first of every month I have been giving my potted plants
fish emulsion. I have 4 jabos in pots and they really seem to be responding

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I have had a couple push new leaves but both times it happened
very soon after the initial leaves came off in the seed. As long as it's
green there is a chance

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My friends Lula tree was loaded this year. What a fantastic avocado.
The last ones got picked  a week ago
Is there a better tasting late season avocado?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat cold tolerance
« on: January 24, 2023, 11:36:04 AM »
If we have a very cold night it can affect the blooms on any tree that is
flowering. Last year we had 2 very cold nights in the end of January and
I didn't get loquat fruit and I am in 9b. I also didn't get white sapote
fruit from one tree that was flowering? Sometimes the tree reflowers
but not always. You never know with the timing of the coldest nights

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I had a couple and those were very juicy and to me mild flavored
No tartness which I like. They definitely didn't remind me of peach flavor

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Purple Mulberry Identification help
« on: January 20, 2023, 09:16:53 PM »
This is a great video of leaves of mulberry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qQpENAqMIY&t=413s


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You want to graft around mid February to beginning of March in Florida.
The best time is before the annonas push their Spring growth.
This is tricky because the two cold days Dec 24th and Dec 25th caused
some of my annonas to push after the 80F days. Then we had 2 nights with frost
and Winter isn't over. If you do graft and a cold front comes through I would
protect the grafts and bring them in.
As Galatians522 stated cherimoya is the preferred rootstock or maybe even better would
be to graft onto African Pride seedlings. Sometimes you have to use what you have this season
and prepare better for next season


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The first thing is to wait and see if they hold
There will be a huge difference if the tree expends energy and holds fruit
or the tree focuses all its energy on growing. In a couple years you will
be rewarded by much bigger harvests if you let it mature.
If it was the only fruit this year or a really unique fruit I might be more tempted but
a Pickering wouldn't be worth it to me.

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