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Yes, agreed drymifolia.

Getting back to the OPís question.  Has there been any recent construction in your area?  It can affect the hydrology of the area. Retention ponds can drain the surrounding area while building up a nearby neighborhood can cause flooding in the older areas.

Avocado seeds are pretty resilient. They germinate readily in the compost bin. I even found one out in the yard that was dropped by the animal that took it from my compost bin  :o

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pinching back mango flowers
« on: May 11, 2023, 09:47:13 PM »
Usually, you let them fully bloom and then cut off most of the flowers.  Just leave some flowers at the base so it wonít send out more of them. Then, take them off if any set fruit. Mangoes set fruit based on cooler temperatures so Iím not sure what will happen in your climate with cooler nighttime temps for a large part of the year.

Mine flowered for 6 months or so before it finally started setting fruit. I donít think itís a pollinator issue since I only have one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cempedak cold tolerance
« on: May 02, 2023, 09:42:11 AM »
I had a Cempedak seedling slowly die on me even though it made it through one winter. I have another Cempejack seedling that has made it 2 winters and even came through in better condition than my grafted jackfruit but it is a much slower grower and only wakes up once the night time temps are in the 70s and lots of rain. I would agree that the Cempedak has a much less vigorous root system and grafting into jackfruit would be the trick.

Somehow, my PPK and Cogshall are still holding on tight. Weíve had quite the gusts today.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Blame the rain on me
« on: April 16, 2023, 09:29:58 PM »
I also finished setting up drip irrigation the week before it started raining as well  ::)

Yeah it was very interesting. It sounds like Mangoís are well on their way to becoming like citrus or stone fruit with the hybrids.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango April bloom
« on: April 09, 2023, 06:36:56 PM »
I put a 1gal Sunrise in the ground a year ago. It pushed a growth flush this February/March and then started showing signs of bloom before all the leaves had even fully hardened off. Nothing had popped out as of last week but I spent the weekend with family and came back to this:

Of course, this tree is way too small to fruit and with no chance of cold weather, I cut it off hoping for several growth flushes this year. I have been watering this tree occasionally since itís still very small so Iím not completely sure what triggered this bloom.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Another 'Pickering' problem . . .
« on: April 08, 2023, 03:24:12 PM »
I put a 1 gal Sunrise mango into the ground last February and it took months to push new growth. That year, it only pushed a couple times. Once things started warming up this year, it had a significant push of new growth which is hardening off now. It seems like some plants do most of their growing below ground for the first 6 months or so. On the contrary, Iíve had jackfruit and avocados that start immediately pushing new growth when put in the ground.

As others have said, potted mangoes are difficult with the wrong soil. I had a couple seedlings in pots with a lot of sand/perlite in the mix but stuck the pots halfway into mulch to control rootball temperature. They started looking bad and I found the bottom of the pots were way too wet even with rare watering due to the mulch surrounding the pots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pickering: New Growth Dying
« on: April 08, 2023, 11:00:33 AM »
How often are you watering? Fertilizing?  Thatís what the new growth on my lemondrop mangosteen looked like when I fertilized a bit too much.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Low Stress Training Starfruit
« on: April 04, 2023, 07:31:42 PM »
Thatís a good idea. I have a seedling that just doesnít want to branch out when I tip it.

Longevity spinach will handle full sun like a champ while Okinawan spinach likes it a little bit more shaded. These will take over an area and crowd out most weeds. I have them planted under most of my fruit trees.

How often and when are you pruning your trees?  I have to let mine get pretty tall and leggy before the flowers start actually setting pods. If I let them grow from spring to fall without pruning the major branches,  they will have hundreds of pods but they will also be over 20 ft tall and wide. If I give them the typical 1-2 month haircut, they will flower occasionally but not set pods.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweetest Carambola Variety
« on: March 29, 2023, 08:00:49 PM »
Fwang Tung and Sri Kembangan have very different flavors. Both good. Sri Kembangan is more of the ďtypicalĒ sweet carambola orange-y flavor. Fwang Tung is much more sweet lemon-y flavored. Fwang Tung is my favorite but I have both trees in my yard. They are both juicy and Fwang Tung gives a bigger fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Filling In My Yard - Zone 10a
« on: March 28, 2023, 09:21:44 AM »
Actually, a Jujube might be the ticket. Fruit in the winter and then pollard it back each year for chop and drop mulch.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Filling In My Yard - Zone 10a
« on: March 27, 2023, 08:23:46 PM »
It was a surprise to me too. Maybe a combination of 33 degrees and strong west wind. It was a very small tree but it didnít get all the way down to freezing here either. At least itís coming back from above the graft.  My neighbor has a 30í tall jackfruit which didnít sustain damage so I do know that they grow here. 

Pedalai sounds like it needs a bit more of a tropical environment plus it gets huge. I hadnít thought about green sapote so that may be an option. Iím also thinking about an ice cream bean.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Filling In My Yard - Zone 10a
« on: March 26, 2023, 05:39:30 PM »
What type are you thinking?  I have a couple small jackfruits but they experience die back over winter.  This may just be my varieties or the fact that they are still small. Kwai muk is slow growing from what I hear and breadfruit wouldnít be able to handle the cold.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Filling In My Yard - Zone 10a
« on: March 26, 2023, 11:21:08 AM »
I donít have many spots left in my sub 1/4 acre lot but Iím borderline high density planting in my back and side yard.  I have a north-south line of plants in the back with a Cogshall mango on the southern side and a carambola 20í to the north. I plan on keeping the Cogshall at 10Ďx10í and Iím looking for something to plant between them that is ideally higher-stratum to provide some shade for the carambola and not encroach on the mango. I currently have an Indian almond (beach almond) growing in this spot but itís had dieback at the top when we touched freezing temperatures a couple winters ago and then hurricane Nicole broke it off at 8í last year so I donít think this tree is going to do what I want it to.

What other plants could I fit into this space in zone 10a Sebastian?  Iím not sure if I want another mango although I could let a seedling Turpentine shoot up to the sky and fill this spot nicely (I enjoy Turpentines).  This area is very well draining sand that I heavily mulch.  Iíd like to hear your comments.

I already have:
PPK, Sunrise, and Cogshall mangos
Mai 1 and Red Morning jackfruits
Oro Negro and a really good seedling avocados
2 loquats
Barbados cherry
Everbearing mulberry
Miracle fruit
June plum
Strawberry tree
A variety of perennial vegetables

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sea weed
« on: March 21, 2023, 08:47:32 PM »
I had heard that the seaweed has high levels of arsenic and it wasnít recommended to use it as fertilizer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: March 18, 2023, 03:49:40 PM »
2nd year fruiting on my red hybrid. It bloomed earlier this year but dropped the fruit when it became hot and dry. Its trying again now for round 2.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Favorite banana?
« on: March 17, 2023, 09:40:44 PM »
Dwarf Namwa is a winner for me. I prefer the thick heavy texture compared to blue java. As a plus, it fruits heavily with a goos layer of mulch and minimal fertilizer.

This past December cold snap caused my parents tree in Jacksonville to lose all its fruit. They hit 25 degrees for 2 nights in a row and were below freezing for 12+ hours at a time. The tree, itself, was fine.

My red hybrid went from a tiny seedling to busting through a 15 gal pot and fruiting in 4 years. My yellow is gaining size quickly as well. One of my Myrciaria Strigipes is still small but seems to be growing quickly while a couple others havenít picked up steam yet.

Yes definitely. Iím a couple miles inland in Sebastian and have a couple producing mangoes.

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