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Cherapu germination rate is good as long as seed is fresh. Not as good when they're not fresh.

You'd figure a bunch of misplaced tropical fruit growers would be excited about global warming

Careful now! The "Snow is a thing of the past" and "Children just won't know what snow is" predictions were quickly shot down by reality so they've gone from instilling fear of Global warming to instilling fear of Climate change.

More clogged storm drain threads please!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finding Land in South FL
« on: May 29, 2023, 04:44:35 PM »
If you want good coconut production you'll want to be further south. And yes generally closer to the coast is better.

Freeze this thread!!!!!

Not until we all read this National Science Foundation funded paper that is of utmost importance to all of us!

The idiotic notions that emanate from the Loony Left are absolutely boundless.

Here's another:

We can call it the BBCeeJay theory. Climate change and racism fueling stronger storms. I wonder if they've ever heard of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, the strongest documented storm to ever hit Florida. Maybe Climate change was just ramping up in 1935 but racism was at its all-time high and this produced the strongest storm. Then Climate change died down for a bit, the Civil rights movement began, and the hurricane powers that be gave us a break until "the past 30 years or so" bro.

Science is helpful as long as it's real, unfettered, unbiased and unpoliticized science, and not agenda-driven. Much of the research used to promote the climate change scare has been proven by numerous respected scientific bodies around the world to be extremely flawed, skewed and downright fraudulent. And the doomsday projections from decades ago have never occurred.

Sad to say, it's pretty plain to see that people have been spoon fed this climate doom and gloom for so long they accept whatever  comes across the television or the news feed on their phone, and will not listen to or accept any other scientific view, opinion or fact presented to them. They just keep slurping the Kool-Ade and repeating what they've heard.

Quite a bit of ink spilled here on what is likely nothing more than a clogged sewer drain, but it's been really entertaining to see how quickly some people can work their bowels in an uproar over it!  ;D

Step 1) Slurrrrrrrp
Step 2) Regurgitate via Quote reply, sentence by sentence, slurped up agenda-driven content
Step 3) Add in a "Bro" here and there to really drive it home

It has been entertaining but I agree probably a clogged drain or possibly dry ground coming out of the dry season. Dry ground will not absorb water as quickly and leads to water running off and flooding/pooling before draining off.

I'll bring some mangos. Whatever is harvestable at the time. Slim pickings after the hurricane but should still have some.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherilata in Southern California
« on: May 04, 2023, 08:30:10 PM »
So, I cut into one yesterday and it tasted really good. It tasted like my Kimber Red Reticulata with the firmness and less seeds than a cherimoya. Not sure if mine is a "Painters", I'm definitely going to keep growing it. The fruit stayed on the tree since last Fall.

That's Painter. Excellent annona

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Garcinia sale (Local pickup in FL)
« on: April 01, 2023, 05:51:03 PM »
1gal Lemon Drop Mangosteen $20ea

3gal Luc's Garcinia $60ea

7gal Achachairu $100ea

Local pickup in Bokeelia, FL. Delivery may be possible depending on location. Cash, PayPal, or Venmo.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting Plinia?
« on: March 23, 2023, 08:46:39 PM »
I like Cambuca, Sabara, and Grimal.

Vexator is awful but a beautiful tree. I think even raccoons ignore that fruit whereas they go crazy over sabara.

Is there a list of primarily dioecious garcinias?  I'm aware of prainiana (cherapu), livingstonei (imbe) and it sounds like Lucs.  Also Russels Sweet

Any idea on hombrionia (seashore)?

G. hombroniana usually needs male and female, although I have seen a female set small fruit without developed seed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lakatan banana
« on: January 09, 2023, 01:53:08 PM »
Fruitscapes has been selling alot these in 3gal the last few years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Excellent green mango

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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