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Citrus General Discussion / Texas naval orange variety
« on: January 11, 2022, 06:00:59 PM »
Is there a specific variety of Texas naval orange or just a naval orange grown in Texas

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with Avocado Tree!
« on: January 09, 2022, 06:47:44 PM »
What age and variety is that avocado tree. Looks very well nourished.

Recipes / Kumquat No Bake 5 Ingredients Cream Pie Recipe
« on: December 27, 2021, 02:07:38 PM »
I really enjoyed this pie. I used fresh kumquats off my KQ tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How cold tolerant is Choquette Avocado
« on: December 17, 2021, 06:30:06 PM »
Thanks for the helpful tips everyone

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How cold tolerant is Choquette Avocado
« on: December 16, 2021, 02:43:09 PM »
I thought it would be fine as long as the temp did not drop below 30. I plan on bringing it in when the temp drops again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How cold tolerant is Choquette Avocado
« on: December 16, 2021, 01:56:37 PM »
My Choquette avocado tree was a picture of perfect health up until we had temps in the lower 30's on one occasion and a few days when the temp dipped to almost 40. Almost all the leaves are dead now that you can see in the picture but the rest of the tree looks fine. Hopefully the tree will fully recover.

The almond tree, which grows well in warm areas, is suited to the Florida climate in general. The main issue with starting new almond trees in Florida is the cool temperatures that are best for planting. It helps if the trees are dormant during planting so they don't try to start producing fruit as soon as they are placed in the ground. North Florida does get a bit cooler, but all areas within the state will work as long as you plant at the proper time. Once the trees are established, maintaining them to a healthy maturity takes a few basic things.

Plant new trees during the cool weather of January or February. This will keep the tree from flowering right away and allow it to concentrate on getting established first. Aim to plant when the temperature is just above freezing, at 32 degrees F, to 50 degrees F.

Locate an area that gets full sun and has rich soil to a depth of 2 to 3 feet. Deep rich soil is best for almond trees.

Scoop up some soil, to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, in the area where you want to plant the tree. Place the soil in a zip-top bag or sealable container and send it to your local extension service for testing. Ask them to test the sample for nematodes. If nematodes are found, you will need to find another location for the tree or rid the soil of them.

Dig a wide hole that is larger than the root system. Dig it deep enough that the top of the root system will be a fraction below the surface.

Fill the hole partially with water and wait an hour to see if the level goes down. If so, then the soil is draining well enough to support the healthy growth of the tree.

Place the baby almond tree in the hole and fill in around it with soil. Tamp the soil lightly with your foot to rid the soil of air pockets. Put 2 inches more soil on the surface. It will settle down as the hole settles.

Water the area liberally with water but do not make it soggy. Keep soil damp for the first month of growing.

Treat the area around the tree with a nematicide chemical such as oxamyl or dazomet to remove nematodes if the lab results confirmed their presence. They will attack the root system of almond trees if they aren't removed. Spray or spread the application around the base of the tree and out several yards. The chemicals come in liquid or granular form.

Fertilize with a nitrogen fertilizer when at least 4 inches of new growth has developed. Keep the fertilizer away from the tree base, starting about 1 1/2 feet out from the trunk. Fertilize two or three times during the growing season.

Should I remove this sucker on my Hood pear tree. Its above the graft line, I believe. Also I noticed a ground sucker emerged next to the potted mango seedling. Its 18 mo old. Should I remove it as well.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado trees for sale
« on: August 06, 2021, 08:57:48 PM »
3 gallon avocado trees $35 Super hass, Lulua, Marcus Pumpkin ,Nishikawa,   Oro Negro and Choquette . Local pick  up in Plam City Fl Call Mike @ TreesNMore 772-781-9570

Durn. I was just in Tampa a couple days ago.

How cold tolerant are these.

Thanks Kevin the plant arrived in perfect condition.   

I'm just west of Gainesville and it looks like the drought is finally over. Plants and trees loving the rain.

Tony I used PE tape. Thanks

Thanks for all the responses.

 How much growth do I need to see before removing grafting tape from the top section of mango scion. I also placed a plastic bag over the scion. I performed the graft on 4/28. This was my first graft attempt. Thanks

I have a rare acerola. Their fruits are yellow and sweet.
Easily rooted by scions

I would like to purchase some rare scions as well.

I live near Gainesville in High Springs. I get most of my citrus from the Green Genie (Lisa) a small nursery off 39th ave. I highly recommend anything you buy from her.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Most bloom ever
« on: March 28, 2021, 12:30:49 PM »
Sprayed with 0.25% LB urea  in late January following Millet's advice causes my washington navel to produce the most bloom ever.  I have this tree since 1995 and it has never given this many flowers before.  Thank you Millet.

What will I do if it sets a million of fruits 🤔 ? ???  It is a semi-dwarf tree and only 5 feet tall.

Does that apply to all citrus tree varieties. Also where does one purchase the Urea spray and how do you determine the amount to spray. Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Naranjo navel orange tree from Lowes
« on: March 10, 2021, 07:39:06 PM »
Thanks for the clarification.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Naranjo navel orange tree from Lowes
« on: March 10, 2021, 04:58:40 PM »
Bought this from Lowes this past Monday.  Anyone familiar with this variety.

All my plum trees are setting flowers where I live in Florida (West of Gainesville). Should I apply fertilizer now or hold off until March.

Iím pretty much in the same zone and latitude as you and For whatever reason, after hurricane sally hit it seems like everything started flowering again. Maybe it happens every fall and I just havenít really noticed until this year? But every apple, pear, myrtle, plum, among many others are going for a pretty profuse re-bloom now

Some of my plum trees bloomed but no fruit set. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fantastic avocado just now setting flowers
« on: October 28, 2020, 09:53:01 AM »
This is a tree that has been in the ground for less than 2 yrs. I am just west of Gainesville Florida.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy guacamole day
« on: October 01, 2020, 01:26:16 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy guacamole day
« on: September 29, 2020, 08:31:05 PM »
Can you say pass the Hass :) I like to put guacamole on my sandwiches. What spice do you like to add to yours? I like celery salt

Guacamole does the body good :)

Up until a few yrs ago I hated avocados until one day my wife convinced me to put a few thin slices on a turkey sandwich. The avocado blended so well with the turkey, mayo, tomatoes, and lettuce. I love avocados now, esp guacamole , really good on a hamburger.

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