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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Taralay Mango
« on: November 06, 2022, 09:48:24 PM »
Great grower, fruit can be multiple different shapes but are generally clean fruit here. Wouldn't put it near the top tier taste wise but they can be pretty good. Always better varieties ripening at the same time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Post-Hurricane Blues
« on: October 16, 2022, 10:51:07 AM »
Shot is working hard trimming and pulling trees upright. He drove his tractor over and helped me get a few of my larger trees upright and braced. He went through Hurricane Charley here in 2004 (our last direct hit from a major hurricane) so he has good prior knowledge and experience. With a storm like this you kinda stand around for a few days just observing all the damage and preparing for the work ahead. Its easy to feel sorry for yourself and go into depression but that doesn't help. You have to prioritize tasks, get out there and start the work and that is what makes you feel better.

We've gotten a ton of rain since the storm passed which has kept the ground saturated and that makes pulling trees upright a little easier.

Water service is off and on but pretty low pressure, little more than a trickle. Boil water notice will be in effect for some time as they continue to find and fix water main breaks. Eventually we will get full pressure again once that work is complete. Power was restored just the other day but is fragile right now as we found out last night. Most of the island lost power last night from a lightning storm but it has just been restored a few minutes ago.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Post-Hurricane Blues
« on: October 14, 2022, 08:52:19 AM »
Here on pine island, the farms on the island ridge of Bokeelia (the only natural ridge on the island and no flood zones) don't deal with storm surge in hurricanes, just strong wind and rain. That being said not much can take 155mph winds in such a slow moving storm without some damage. Some trees snapped at the base but the majority were stripped bare, toppled, or are leaning and will need to be pulled upright and braced.

Elsewhere on the island in surge prone areas like St James City there was storm surge and those were the hardest hit areas. Matlacha looks as if a big tsunami came through.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Does this look like Maha Chanok?
« on: August 24, 2022, 04:43:19 PM »
Just like there are several Nam Doc Mai varieties there are several different varieties that are called Maha Chanok. Looks like you have one of them. The one I have from Zill is mono.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A Mini Jack Fruit?
« on: August 22, 2022, 09:04:38 PM »
Yeah that's a male flower. It will produce a bunch of those before finally making a fruit.

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I think this is the 3rd thread you've created asking the same question. The other threads were answered for you.

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Its a Garcinia species, gonna need to wait to find out if its brasiliensis or not. Usually around 5 years from seed at least here in SFL.

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Excellent green mango

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I'm here at the epicenter of LEM on Pine Island. Though this year wasn't a good one, last year looked pretty good.
Interesting that Brooks Tropicals, a major US tropical fruit grower, actually just planted a 10+ acre Lychee grove down the street from me. Several hundred trees. They spent a huge amount of time and money removing a palm farm, laser leveling the plot, setting up drainage swales and put up individual shade cloth to the west of every tree. They haven't quite completed the plot but it is 80% done.

That's crazy, I guess that means they believe LEM isn't a deterrent.  They know a lot about spraying groves and have the equipment for it.

They can spray but it also means they know LEM has and will continue to wipe out many trees/production and there will be more demand and less supply for the fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugarloaf mango productivity???
« on: July 21, 2022, 08:17:07 PM »
My small tree has been in ground for 3 years and held onto 19 mangos. It definitely exceeded my expectations.
Oh wow, good to know!  Have you started picking?  Is it hard to tell when to pick?

Yes, almost done; only 4-5 left on the tree.

Most of them have been easy to tell when ripening on the tree. They pretty much all get a light-yellow spot on the nose and a slightly lighter skin color. Also, they give off a strong pineapple smell. All were ready to eat 1-2 days after picking.

After talking to Gary Zill about Sugarloaf I took his advice this season and picked them more towards mature green before tree ripe. Then gave them 4-5 days or so before eating. They were much better flavor and overall flesh quality in my opinion! I've found Buttercream to be the same way.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon Splash Mango
« on: July 14, 2022, 11:51:38 PM »
Marcelo named it. Him and Gary were telling me about it on my recent Zill visit. Let us know what you think Aaron!

Have you tried it?

I was told it was previously called 20-1

Not yet, didn't have any there when I visited.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon Splash Mango
« on: July 14, 2022, 08:02:20 PM »
Marcelo named it. Him and Gary were telling me about it on my recent Zill visit. Let us know what you think Aaron!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: only one
« on: July 14, 2022, 02:52:39 PM »
Sugarloaf

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 25, 2022, 06:28:01 PM »
My Pickering were excellent this season. And they were huge, much bigger than usual.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: when to pick this M4 (with pics)
« on: June 09, 2022, 09:50:28 AM »
That looks pretty close. M-4 doesn't really get raised shoulders and they don't color up. I wait for dieback to spread up the panicles from where they attach to the fruit. You could gently touch the mango with your hand or picker and see if it easily falls off.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wild Mangoes & Wangoes
« on: June 08, 2022, 05:13:07 PM »
Have you gotten to try Mangifera lalijiwa yet Rob?

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Definitely not a Sweet Tart.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrels eat unripe mangoes
« on: June 05, 2022, 06:14:33 PM »
Bait and trap them or shoot them or get used to them taking part of your crop.

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Every lychee growing area around the world that this mite has spread and gained a foothold they have stayed permanently if not eradicated immediately at the source. They were in Florida many years ago but were eradicated immediately at the source and didn't spread around the state. This time the mite spread throughout all of Pine Island and the island nursery trees and fruit were sold to various locations around the state before quarantine went into effect. Even if the department is willing to treat commercial groves there are other groves and homeowners trees they aren't treating. I think it's here to stay. Typical treatment is to spray sulfur each growth flush at proper intervals as the leaves mature.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where are these pest coming from?
« on: June 04, 2022, 10:32:40 AM »
Harmless

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Origen of "Butterscotch" Sapodilla?
« on: May 27, 2022, 12:07:19 PM »
Gary Zill cut one open in the office and gave me and his staff a taste. We were all drooling! Truly a special sapodilla.

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Orange Sherbet seems to be the most disease resistant of the three, very productive and the fruit is great quality.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frank's garcinia
« on: May 13, 2022, 10:54:08 PM »
I have one, about 8ft tall. Leaves and growth habit look somewhat similar to G.macrophylla but leaves are a bit smaller and fruit looks different. He sold the plants for years labeled as G.brasiliensis but they're definitely not.

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Once you pollinate it may be a good idea to put a screen or other similar material around the hybridized flowers to ensure no other pollen gets to those flowers.

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Hybrids generally have good vigor. In Miami you could just give them a season of growing and then graft them when they're getting close to pushing again. That way if your graft fails you still have a decent sized hybrid stock that will grow again.

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