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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 20, 2022, 09:38:47 AM »
For late this year Zill 80, M4, and honey kiss have been impressive.
We've had no reports this year on the Zill-80 seedling called Carla, possibly even better than Zill-80. ???

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 19, 2022, 09:33:42 PM »
Anyone still have mangos left on their trees?  Whatcha got left?  Today I ate the last of the Little Gems I was given by a friend.  Decent-flavored little mango (some actually medium size).  Rating wise, I'd say like 8 out of 10 points.  I've had a good mango summer.  I got to taste Lemon Zest (again) and Cotton Candy (for the first time).  The biggest surprise was how good the seedling mangos were from my neighbor's tree--a tree that gets zero care.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: GoFundMe Honduras
« on: August 18, 2022, 10:08:29 AM »
This seems like a really great project, and his YouTube channel looks equally awesome.  He's a local, based in Naples, FL.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 16, 2022, 05:26:09 PM »
Also, high praise to (USDA) Himsagar and Orange Essence--both top-tier mangos with a nice blend of flavors.  "Supremely delicious," as Har would say.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: August 16, 2022, 05:23:08 PM »
Extra potassium aids fruit set and the calcium is for fruit development, so I'd say to wait until spring.  Best of luck!  It seems like our trees have personalities that we have to try to understand.  Maybe it's all science, but they are living things.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: August 16, 2022, 01:49:02 PM »
This is what my Wurtz fruit looked like after being picked in December (2019).  The immature fruit looked like yours. So I'd say, yes, your fruit defintely looks like Wurtz.  Also, the leaves look like Wurtz.  My tree had no problem setting and retaining fruit after reaching about 5 or 6 feet (2 years, I think), but I sold the house after the first year it fruited, and someone came and dug up the tree and planted it in their yard in 2020.  I have no idea how it's done subsequently.  Don't pick the fruit too early.  The flavor was decent, not as rich as I would have liked, but then again it was only the first year of fruit.  You could try extra potassium and pelletized gypsum (for calcium).


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 15, 2022, 08:55:45 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.
Yay, go Honey Kiss!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: CA - Florida mango seedlings
« on: August 15, 2022, 09:38:37 AM »
Do you know which ones are polyembryonic?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leo Manuel's Mango Notes
« on: August 11, 2022, 05:12:27 PM »
It's valued at over $1million.

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How big is your property in acres or hectares?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Punch or Fruit Cocktail mango?
« on: August 09, 2022, 08:25:56 PM »
Did you read Alex's descriptions?  Different flavor profiles.  It seems we've heard more about Fruit Punch than Cocktail.  Most people like it, but Alex says it BBS-prone.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 09, 2022, 02:53:10 PM »
Mango manor said Fruit Cocktail.
Who's "mango manor?"  Never mind.  I found his YouTube channel.  He puts rocks around his trees.  That's weird.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Orange Sherbet Mango Tree
« on: August 09, 2022, 02:01:44 PM »
So what I have may not be the polyembryonic clone.  We'll see over time.  The good news is that the leaves smell citrusy.  I wanted to graft some LZ on it.  If I have to graft OS, too, so be it!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Orange Sherbet Mango Tree
« on: August 09, 2022, 01:59:42 PM »
Is orange sherbet a vigorous tree like VP or PPK?
Does it have a manageable growth habit?
They say it's more manageable than PPK or LZ, but not dwarfish.  You can see how Vic's tree looks--bushy, not tall.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 🥭 Mangos for sale
« on: August 08, 2022, 10:37:37 PM »
A few Honey Kiss and M4s would still be hanging, however, the critters whom have been feasting all year are zeroing in on the last of them, and now safe on the counter. Additionally, within the last week harvested Lemon Zest, Pickering, Sweet Tart, and Cotton Candy.
Whoa, Pickering had a long season.  What a champ!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 🥭 Mangos for sale
« on: August 08, 2022, 05:08:18 PM »
Finally sold out of boxes. Only mangos left are for personal consumption. Thanking everyone for their orders + nice feedback.
Gotcha, so what are your late varieties still left on your trees? ???

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Orange Sherbet Mango Tree
« on: August 08, 2022, 05:02:54 PM »
My orange sherbets new leaves tend to come out light yellow.
So not brown, like mine?

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Are there any seed vendors you can totally endorse?

If they still exist, Silverhill Seeds. They were great. The owners were killed by terrorists a few years back, so I'm not sure they're still around. But when the original owners ran the business I had so many good purchases from them. They were one of the few I recall that were honest about the viability of their seeds. Once I inquired for a certain species of Tabernaemontana and they told me that the seeds they had were already too old, and they would have to take another botanical excursion to collect more. They explained they would need to be express shipped, since they were recalcitrant seeds. I ordered a ton Sclerocarya birrea ssp. caffra seeds from them once, and the huge box of seeds made it to California without any hiccups. Excellent germination rates. Lots of other things from them that I ordered seemed to always have good germination rates.
Oh God, killed by terrorists??  Where did this happen?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Orange Sherbet Mango Tree
« on: August 07, 2022, 11:52:56 PM »
Yes the leaves look the same.
Thanks, Vic.  And the new leaves of your grafted trees look like this at first? https://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=48319.msg467107#msg467107

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Orange Sherbet Mango Tree
« on: August 07, 2022, 07:35:13 PM »
Smell the sap in the leaf petiole.They have that strong citrus fragrances.
Yes!  Even more so than PPK.

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Are there any seed vendors you can totally endorse?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overhyped avocados
« on: August 07, 2022, 01:53:12 PM »
i think you are right, reed is slightly better than nabal. 

GEM, lamb, sir prize are all inferrior to regular hass and gwen.  Just my honest opinion.

GEM is a nice tree and makes loads of fruit.  BUT once the fruit sits on your counter and gets soft they look terrible and then you eat it and oil level is just not there and the flesh color is slighty off.  Soes not have the same nice green color of hass.

im going to do a video where I show these trees and I chop them all down.

I definitely need you to come do a tasting in ten years or so when all my seedlings are producing. You're like a restaurant critic, but instead of restaurants it's just avocados that you criticize.
RT ticket to Peru included?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seedling Orange Sherbet Mango Tree
« on: August 07, 2022, 01:46:01 PM »
Does my seedling OS tree look the same as a grafted tree? It's supposed to be a polyembryonic variety, but the leaves seem a little delicate to me, unlike any other mango tree.



(I know it's too close to the house, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do in this seniors' community!)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hall Avocado
« on: August 07, 2022, 11:13:27 AM »
Denise sounds interesting, how big is the mother tree? This could be a winner for me if the tree is not terribly cold sensitive.
Yes, I'd like to know more.  Also, Carlos, do you think Monroe would be a good pollinator for Dupuis?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 07, 2022, 10:51:57 AM »
I added up all the votes, and it looks like the big winners for 2022 were CAC and Orange Sherbet, followed by perennial favorite Dot and newcomer Sugarloaf.

(A personal note: I tasted CAC from two different locations this summer.  One was very good, and the other was outstanding.  You can call the dominant flavor "parsnip," or you can call it "cola" or "floral," but it was present in both, as in a lot of SE Asian/"Indochinese" mangoes.)

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