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Thanks for sharing.  I think Cac has been generally well regarded.  https://www.tropicalacresfarms.com/product-page/cac

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: JF Annona grafting in Florida
« on: June 27, 2022, 04:11:18 PM »
Is RH3 the same as LM-3?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 27, 2022, 02:17:58 PM »
I never had to pick a Pickering (cute, no?), as in any degree of tugging.  It was always just a matter of putting your hand on or under the perfectly colored fruit with no effort required, more like catching them.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 27, 2022, 09:54:09 AM »
Pickering's flavor was usually decent off my tree, definitely enjoyed by the non-connoisseur (family, neighbors, friends, co-workers).  Occasionally an individual fruit would approach peachy-coconut greatness when the brix was high, the flavor concentrated, and the juice dripping.  (I stained a few shirts!)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado fungus?
« on: June 25, 2022, 11:17:01 AM »
"Benefits" of unregulated globalization
Yes, bringing diseases and pests to where there are no natural controls!

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Let us know about your trip when you get home, including what you got to taste.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado fungus?
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:15:48 PM »
Thanks for the pics.  I hope someone has some answers for you.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 24, 2022, 10:08:09 AM »
I don't want to make you feel bad, but the PPK/LM I've been eating from my friend's tree have been like candy.  So there are probably some varieties that are sweet, no matter what, especially those with no acidity.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which vigorous mango tree to choose?
« on: June 23, 2022, 08:47:02 PM »
FYI: Tropical Acres Farms in WPB will make either one for you, or almost any other variety.  You can order through their website.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which vigorous mango tree to choose?
« on: June 23, 2022, 05:15:32 PM »
Are either or both trees available? If I was looking for either tree and could only locate, say, a Phoenix tree, I'd choose Phoenix. You can always graft Sunrise onto it.
Brilliant!  That's the best option.  Or graft Phoenix onto Sunrise. ;D

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Lady requests and gets 1/2 greenish and 1/2 ripe mangos.

Lady calls back later after leaving and my wife hands me the phone for the question she has for me to answer.

Do Green Mangos weight more than Ripe Mangos?

My initial thought was I misunderstood as she has a different accent than mine and thus I asked for her to slowly repeat the question.

Nope, it was the same... lol......



What's some you've been asked???    ;D ;D ;D
It should be the other way around.  Ripe mangoes should weigh more because they have more juice!

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I was talking to a lady about her avocado tree.  She said she decided that it's Reed after looking at pictures on the internet, but then she told me she had planted a seed from an avocado she bought at the supermarket.  So somehow it had miraculously turned into Reed!  People don't have a clue how grafting works and how varieties are propagated.  I tried to explain it to her, but she didn't seem convinced.  Nevertheless, I love talking about gardening to anyone at any time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which vigorous mango tree to choose?
« on: June 23, 2022, 04:17:43 PM »
Alex's descriptions on his website make them sound similar, and they are both Jakarta seedlings.  "The flavor of Phoenix has been difficult for us to classify but falls somewhere between classic and Indian flavor, with a strong subacid component to balance out its rich sweetness and having some resin present."  I haven't tasted either one so far, but I'd choose Phoenix if I based my choice solely on his descriptions.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which vigorous mango tree to choose?
« on: June 23, 2022, 01:04:30 PM »
That sounds like a toss-up.  I'd love to hear what Alex (or Chris or Har or Rob/bsbullie or Gary Z) has to say.  Too bad you can't taste a few samples of each, or maybe you have?

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Cherilata place is on the other coast, Fruitscapes. But call them first, their stock is not permanent. It's a peaceful drive across the swamp, could see an alligator if you're lucky.
Long drive from Homestead to Pine Island--3 1/2 hours--but you might find mangoes there, too!

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Carambola does fruit in shade, but it seems to me that fruits from trees in full sun have slightly sweeter fruit. Maybe it is just perception on my part.
Science supports your claim, Stronger light intensity =increased photosynthesis= increased Glucose content in Fruit.
Just what I was thinking!

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I planted LSU Purple years ago, but in very sandy soil near the coast without heavy mulch.  It wouldn't grow after the first few months, and the roots never developed.  It might be worth trying again at some point.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 23, 2022, 11:10:30 AM »
I doubt the problem is solely with the variety Pickering.  That wouldn't make sense.  I hope they get better for you.

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Thanks, Paul, for the fig information.

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Mango Men Homestead.  https://www.facebook.com/mangomenhomestead/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD0rRO1bCsI
What plants are you looking to buy?

Thank you! Iíve been hoping to collect a Cherilata tree but I want it grafted on cherimoya so Iím also willing to buy scions. Also interested in other fruit trees too
Lara Farms is also in that area.  Cherilata isn't listed on the website, but you could message Julian through his Facebook site.  https://larafarmsmiami.com

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I recommend a nice fig tree that you can graft a bunch of varieties on to. They can take the cold and heat.
Figs are great if your soil doesn't have nematodes that attack the roots.  I'm not really sure how widespread the harmful kind are in Florida.
https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/care/pests-and-diseases/pests/nematodes.html

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Any interest in peaches?

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I don't know how far north you're willing to drive.  More options for buying mangoes (Broward and PB counties):
https://www.facebook.com/freshFLmangoes/
https://www.themangoplace.com/
https://www.tropicalacresfarms.com/

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Mango Men Homestead.  https://www.facebook.com/mangomenhomestead/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD0rRO1bCsI
What plants are you looking to buy?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango season 2022 Adventure
« on: June 21, 2022, 10:56:24 AM »
Keep us posted.  We love hearing from you.  :)

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