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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Almond bush
« on: August 02, 2022, 08:54:23 PM »
Ended up buying 3 plants in 3 gallon pots for 15 each at a local nursery. My wife loves the smell and wants to go back and buy more.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Almond bush
« on: July 31, 2022, 04:56:23 PM »
Maybe I check the Nurseries in Gainesville. Maybe even Home Depot. If none i'll see if anyone here has cuttings. Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sweet Almond bush
« on: July 31, 2022, 04:12:03 PM »
Is anyone growing this in your landscape. I just found out about it today. Where is the best places to buy it. I looked on Etsy but shipping was too expensive.

Recipes / Tangelo Turkey Rice
« on: June 26, 2022, 12:52:19 AM »
1 cup rice
2 cups cooked turkey
1/2 cup tangelo juice
1/2 cup butter
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 cups mushrooms, chopped
1 cup thinly sliced tangelo peel
 1/2 tsp Paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Combine stock, 1 cup tangelo juice, bring to a boil. Add rice, simmer until tender. Melt butter in a skillet brown, saute onions, tangelo peel, mushrooms, paprika until lightly browned, salt and pepper. Add turkey and tangelo juice. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Serve with vegetables.

We put a man on the moon in the 60's and can't develop a cold tolerant mango. Nature is tough.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can someone ID this plant for me
« on: April 15, 2022, 07:51:04 PM »
I neighbor gave me this plant before moving out of state. Have no idea what is it and if I want to keep it. Thanks

Like the old saying goes the first year they sleep, the 2nd yr they creep, the 3rd yr they leap.

I've used this foliar spray on my citrus but can't really say it made a difference.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dullish avocado
« on: March 23, 2022, 05:27:22 PM »
That was a photo from last year. To me your avocado tree looks pretty healthy. Should be ready to put in the ground in a week or so.

BTW- I was given that Lila avocado from a nursery I use. It had sustained severe wind damage and this is what it looked like. I was not sure it would make it. So that first picture was a month and a half after the wind damage.

I have not given them any fertilizer lately so I will do that. Thanks for all the information.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is this growing on my crape myrtles
« on: March 22, 2022, 03:44:22 PM »
This is a random picture of a similar growth on my CM trees. Hopefully it will not infect my fruit trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dullish avocado
« on: March 22, 2022, 02:48:49 PM »
This is my lila avocado from last year before putting it in the ground. Just posting so you can compare to yours.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat varieties
« on: March 14, 2022, 11:54:37 PM »
I recently got a hold of 2x 7 gal size loquat trees var. "Ray's Fav". They had fruit of them of different stages of ripe. I tasted the deep orange fleshed ones first....and oh my- delicious. First bite was very sweet with the overwhelming tone of coconut :O first followed by carrots. It was delicious. Caveat...the plants were in pots for a while with a bit of dry soil. But damn...they were delicious!

Among my young in ground trees that are holding fruit, var. "Barbie" are the first to flower and set allot of fruit in my area. Been enjoying ripe fruit of different stages the past 3 days and they are satisfying. Sweet...lemony...very juicy...the size of a med/large egg.

Where did u get the Ray's fav

Hate to see all my blooms on my citrus and fruit trees get killed by this late freeze. I think if your south of Ocala you will be fine.

I am in north central FL 8B/9A also had cold damage that night that temps went down to 22 degrees plus wind chill in open areas.
My big harvey lemon was full of lemons and took a beating, all lemons were damaged and most of foliage dropped.
It is currently exploding with new sprouts and buds.
my other smaller citrus (in ground, base trunk about 1.5 inches) were covered by heavy frost blankets and also got some leaf burn and new growth dried up and died.
My only mango (Nam doc mai) in 30 gall pot also had leaf burn was and is still alive. all my orchids went into garage with heater, as I do not
have a greenhouse yet. I am managing to keep my citrus alive by keeping them on lee side of property, using frost blankets until they get at least 3-4 inches of base trunk and managing microclimates.
The north side of property is wide open and has already killed many small citrus and olive trees.
I am smack in center of north central Fla, just north of gainesville, we get severe cold most winters.

I'm in your neck of the woods in High Springs. Other than some leaf burn all my citrus was spared. My 3 ponkan next to a wooden fence did not get any leaf burn. Honey Bell in backyard no noticeable cold damage. Same with Hamlin. One Ponkan in the open in front yard did get leaf burn but its all growing back. I do have a 7ft Barbados cherry lost all its leaves. Hopefully it will rebound. Lila avocado only lost a few leaves otherwise very healthy and green. Surprisingly all the leaves on my meiwa kumquat lost all leaves but otherwise the branches and trunk are very much alive and green. Plums, cherries, apricot all healthy. Cherry of Rio grande no cold damage.  Not looking forward to 28 weather this saturday 12th

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Navel vs Hamlin zone 8B?
« on: March 08, 2022, 10:54:53 AM »
Is this washington navel the same as the variety grown in Washington. Thanks

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Navel vs Hamlin zone 8B?
« on: March 08, 2022, 12:14:29 AM »
When I bought my naval at Lowes last year it just labeled naval. Can I assume its a glen naval. This was at a Lowes in Fl.

Its most likely a Washington Navel.  Record Buck Farms is most likely the company who grafted it.  They have a website with variety listings that I am unable to find this second, it is something like, it is not that web address but something similar.  It is usually located on the tag.  I have seen a few more general listings for their varities like satsuma will just say satsuma mandarin those are most likely owari.

Thanks for the info. it was in a 1 gallon size when I planted it. Right now it is full of blooms. Do you think this is the website your referring to

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Navel vs Hamlin zone 8B?
« on: March 04, 2022, 09:10:02 PM »
When I bought my naval at Lowes last year it just labeled naval. Can I assume its a glen naval. This was at a Lowes in Fl.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: ISO Meiwa kumquat in florida
« on: February 04, 2022, 11:57:07 PM »
I bought a meiwa kumquat from this Nursery and several other fruit trees. They are located in Gainesville Fl a short drive for me. You can order on line and they deliver all over the state. Call first before you order.

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.

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