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Yes. I do it all the time and at this stage its a perfect time to start. I take a microfiber cloth and fold it once into a triangle. Wrap that around the "flower" and tie a rope on both ends. Then attach that to a rope you will stake or tie in the direction you want to pull. In the first pull you can tighten until it's upright and then in a couple days tighten it again to finish the direction.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Would 0-46-0 help mango bloom?
« on: February 07, 2024, 10:36:55 AM »
If the flush is relatively new still and soft you can break it off and the stem has a chance to flower from one of the other buds.

This was last year on my pickering, this stem started to do a vegetative flush in December. I broke the flush off while still new and fresh and it bloomed from the side buds. The branches I didn't do this to never bloomed.

Again this was a vegetative flush that I broke off while still soft. The remaining buds flowered at the appropriate time.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: ISO Goldfinger Banana Pup
« on: August 31, 2023, 10:52:56 AM »
I have goldfinger but I'm over in St. Petersburg.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 🥭Mangos for sale 🥭
« on: July 15, 2023, 10:32:52 AM »
Thanks so much Frank.

Some of my Sweet tarts have these sunken black spots, this one being the worst. What am I working with here?

Fruit rats aka roof rats.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: May 23, 2023, 09:42:30 AM »
Pickering, 2 years in ground first fruiting

Sweet tart, 3 years in ground first fruiting. Only 1/4 of the tree bloomed.

Variegation is a genetic mutation that can be inherited maternally. Which means the female variegated flower/fruit can pass down variegation to its offspring. However when one grows seeds out they almost always come up albino with some full green. But no variegated offspring. The problem is the mutation is getting doubled causing it to be dominant which creates Albinoism. If one can pass the mutation down recessively the offspring can have a higher percentage of variegation and almost no albinos. To do this pollen(male) from a non variegated plant must be introduced to the stigma(female) of a variegated plant. The offspring from this will come out mostly green or variegated with a very low percentage of albinos. Also the green plants will still carry a bit of variegated genetics so their offspring have a higher chance for variegation as well.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Peches/nectarines in pots?
« on: February 20, 2023, 09:20:02 PM »
I have a peach tree in a container. Last year it made 12 fruit from a 15 gallon. It probably would have made more fruit but I grafted a new variety on it the previous year. This year I added 3 more varieties to it. It's blooming at the moment and I expect more fruit than last year and I'll have 2 types this year.
I had room to put it in the ground but I planted another mango. I like the benefit of putting it in the corner while it's all ugly and leafless. Then right before it blooms I bring it to a full sun spot and leave it there all summer. Very easy to manage and very fruitfull compared  to other trees I've grown in containers.

If anyone has either variety or both please let me know. I would really like to add these varieties to my tree.


43 the past few mornings in St Pete. No frost.

You must live near the water? We hit 36 the first morning here in disston heights and had frost on the roof. The corner lots that are north exposed had frost on the grass.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with these bananas?
« on: September 13, 2022, 03:43:18 PM »
There go my money lol D:
Like spaugh said Blue java does not have wine spotting at any stages of growth. A couple varieties have wine spotting but it's very particular to the canvendish varieties. By how short the petioles look I would say dwarf canvendish.once it fruits you'll know for sure. Where are you located, if you really want one I'll get you one and you can just pay for the shipping.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with these bananas?
« on: September 13, 2022, 01:27:46 PM »
Blue java will fruit when the psuedostem reaches 12-15'. They don't like growing up straight and are almost always at weird angles. They have longer petioles giving them a droopy appearance. The fruit from the start are covered in a waxy coating that makes them appear blue.(more of a silvery light green).

top side of blue java leaf has no red spine but it does have a red spine on the bottom.

bottom of namwah leaf has no red spine.

top side of namwah leaf has a red spine.

some wax on namwah fruit making them appear light green. Ripen to a pale yellow color.

lots of wax on blue java fruit even when yellow.  Ripen to a brighter yellow than namwah but still pale cause the wax.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with these bananas?
« on: September 13, 2022, 10:38:47 AM »
Some of those bananas on the first rack look plump enough to ripen  just fine. You can leave it on and see if the rest plump up more and cut off when you see some signs of yellow.

The plant is too short, the leaf and petiole size, the shape and the looks of the fruit tell me it's not blue java. I see you live in St Pete. Do you want the real blue java?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with these bananas?
« on: September 13, 2022, 09:45:51 AM »
So that's not blue java and it's most likely dwarf Namwah like your other plant. You should leave the leafs on until they brown and die. If they are fruiting without leaves then they will die back and fruit will not form properly. Banana plants fruit at the same height so if you have a sucker that's about to fruit coming off a fruiting psuedostem it can pull the energy out of the old plant especially if the old one has no leaves to provide itself with energy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with these bananas?
« on: September 13, 2022, 09:12:42 AM »
Namwah tall or dwarf Namwah? Your "blue java" looks a little short, how tall is it? What do you feed your bananas and how do you water them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wireing avocado for training ?
« on: September 10, 2022, 08:44:58 AM »

Branch with red circle is 1.5in thick brown wood. It was growing straight up so I used a rope and pulled it to the angle you see.

The branch I am holding is green young growth that is as thick as my finger. Circled in yellow on the first picture.

Very hard to break, but they will snap off at the crotch so be careful of that.

Branch is no longer vertical and I filled an empty space in the canopy. All by hand in less than 30 seconds. It's a great way to shape a tree and keep them smaller without pruning so much. I do this with all my trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wireing avocado for training ?
« on: September 09, 2022, 07:53:35 AM »
Never tried wire but I have used rope before.  Branches that still have some green on them or branches around 1-2in thick are easy to manipulate. You can stake the rope to the ground or tie it off to the trunk. You can also use weights to bend branches like fruit would. Feel the branch out when bending and start slow. After a month or so of growing you can add more pressure and bend more. The best thing to do though is bend the branch while it's green and young, which can be done by hand. When bending young branches you can slightly fracture them to change position and they'll heal fine. Pay attention while it's growing as the rope can girdle the branches as the wood thickens. I can post some pics later for reference.

Theobromine poisoning is by weight, so the bigger the dog the more it would need to ingest to get hurt/die. The seeds have the highest concentration but young leaves do contain the alkaloid. 100mg/kg is the danger zone for dogs. Question is would a dog even like munching on the leaves, maybe a fruit pod... definitely some chocolate lol. My dog loves chocolate. She tends to avoid the various plants that I have that are poisonous, but loves eating grass.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to go in the Tampa area
« on: August 26, 2022, 09:34:31 AM »
2nding Jene's in St. Pete for trees and such. Parking is at a premium, not a huge space, but they pack-in the fruit trees when they can.

I've always found parallel parking along the brick road (Westwood terrace) to be easier than parking in the front.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to go in the Tampa area
« on: August 26, 2022, 08:55:29 AM »
The Pinellas farmers market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 7am-2pm. 13600A Icot Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760. They have lots of fruit and a couple plant vendors.

Like jabo said jene's has a nice variety of fruit trees. Anything specific that you are looking for?

This photo says it shows the difference between Nam Wah and Blue Java. Does everyone agree this is accurate?

Yes. But there are ways to tell before it fruits as well. Blue javas do not grow straight, they always lean. Blue java have a longer petiole giving it a slightly droopy look. Namwah on the other hand has a shorter petiole. The bananas emerge blue, they don't get blue. When namwah bananas emerge they are green and have red on the flower side and peduncle side that will fade as they mature. You can see in my picture the difference. Blue java is in the middle, only reason it's not leaning is it was just planted. Namwah is the better fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 15, 2022, 08:36:10 PM »
Sweet tart was really good this year. I had one that was absolutely perfect. My wife's favorite is still Piņa colada. We were both really surprised by honey kiss this year though. We had some back to back with cotton candy and preferred honey kiss. The one honey kiss had a brix of 22% and had an orange/citrus flavor close to the seed.

Definitely not a lost cause as you've got a year in the ground already. Also at this point I wouldn't have any supports on it. You'd be surprised how flexible and strong it is. A trunk is thickened by the weight of the canopy/limbs and added stress from movement of the tree. Grab the tree and shake it a little, see how strong it actually is. If those branches are coming out of the same spot on the trunk and not staggered then that would be the future weak point of the tree. Do you have a closer picture of the branches coming off the trunk?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 🥭 Mangos for sale
« on: July 15, 2022, 08:40:06 AM »
Frank has great mangos. My 3 year old could smell them through the package..."Daddy mangos, ready to eat". Thanks again Frank.

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