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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Showing Tolerance To HLB
« on: February 13, 2024, 09:03:21 PM »
I also read a publication recently about using salicylic acid root drenches vs oxytetracycline and the sal acid was impressively effective (RE HLB).

Would you happen to have a link to that article?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Would 0-46-0 help mango bloom?
« on: February 06, 2024, 07:22:11 PM »
Kinda weird how mangos grow and flower and fruit from one tree to another. I can't keep my Maha and Glen from blooming and I haven't fed or watered them in about a year. Beautiful 5 year old trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Let's close this issue once and for all
« on: January 22, 2024, 08:40:26 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Bloom in South Florida
« on: January 11, 2024, 10:13:32 PM »
My Glen started pushing bloom buds a week ago and is looking really good. My Maha started blooming in late November and now is in various stages from full bloom to pea-size fruitlets.

I read on here from somebody who grows avocados that the best thing you can add to the mound is a healthy ratio of pine bark, mixed right into the soil mix and piled high.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: figs!!!! an underated fruit
« on: January 07, 2024, 05:21:40 PM »

figs are really tasty fruits
but sadly a lot around the world will taste  bad taste one because its difficult to keep a fresh fig nice

Freshly picked figs are absolutely delightful! Those pigeon necks look nice. 👍

Back in the 90's I successfully grew Ein Sheimer and Anna apples in Hillsborough County Florida. They produced impressive crops every year but the apples were pretty small and not the best eating apples, but they weren't bad. Also grew some Florida Prince freestone peaches which were absolutely delicioso.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: December 31, 2023, 05:37:52 PM »
Happy New Year, guys. I would like to congratulate everyone, wish a happy new year, thank the forum and all its participants for interesting discussions, the knowledge that I acquired here, and also thank everyone who shared seeds, cuttings and experience with me. :D

Same to you Rauf and to all the great growers and gardeners and experts on here. 👍

Let's all have a fruitful 2024!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant loquat tree in Seattle
« on: December 30, 2023, 09:33:05 PM »
I used to have a really nice, large loquat tree in Land o Lakes Florida that saw low temperatures around 22 several times and not a lick of damage. I think they could survive unscathed well into the teens.

I have some scale and sooty mold on my Glen mango. Is neem oil suitable to kill the scale, or is there something more effective?

Neem oil will work but it will take many applications which will need to be re applied if it rains. The neem oil can also burn your plants if it’s hot and sunny. Try to rid your tree of ants. You can use tanglefoot to prevent ants from going up your tree and farming the scale.

Once you get rid of the scale. You can use something like Azera combined with a spreader/extender so that the organic insecticide will last longer in rainy conditions. You can also use horticultural oil to suffocate the scale.


Thanks. I didn't see your post until after I got some Neem Oil Extract and used it this afternoon. It contains INSECTICIDE/FUNGICIDE/MITICIDE all in one. The reviews for using it to kill scale were positive so maybe it will do the job.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: NDM flowering
« on: December 26, 2023, 07:39:13 PM »
Somebody's going to be eating good soon! 👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: TFF sticker decals?
« on: December 16, 2023, 11:52:42 AM »
I'm all for it. 👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: December 14, 2023, 06:44:16 PM »
Scheduled to get 2-4 inches of badly need rain in the West Central area Saturday and Sunday. Just hoping it comes gradually so it can soak in rather than run off.

Citrus General Discussion / Anyone's citrus blooming right now?
« on: December 11, 2023, 02:32:49 PM »
My Tango tangerine is in full bloom, a little early I'd say. Anyone else getting blooms?

I have some scale and sooty mold on my Glen mango. Is neem oil suitable to kill the scale, or is there something more effective?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: December 06, 2023, 09:54:50 AM »
It's supposed to be in the upper 40's tonight in St Pete. Anybody know the cold tolerance of mango blooms and fruit? My Maha is loaded with flowers right now and I'd like to see them pull through.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: NDM flowering
« on: November 19, 2023, 06:54:00 PM »
Good luck fliptop. I hope they mature and ripen for you.

My citrus and banana trees get fertilized year round.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Update?
« on: November 16, 2023, 01:25:05 PM »
Looks like I'm now 10b but I certainly didn't notice any change.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pickering Starting To Flower
« on: November 14, 2023, 05:53:24 PM »
Should we nip these blooms off or just let them go? I don't really want to interfere with the normal fruiting season for a Maha.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pickering Starting To Flower
« on: November 12, 2023, 12:16:05 PM »
I just discovered this morning my Maha is popping out blooms all over.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Nam Wah bananas for 2023
« on: November 05, 2023, 10:27:59 AM »
How tall are your plants and how many bananas did it produce? I had a “dwarf” namwa a couple of years ago and it fruited but barely fit in my 14’ greenhouse (it was in a pot). Also I got 57 off of it in a 35 gallon pot, curious what they would max out at.

Mine never have gotten taller at the crown than about 6'.

Just adding my 2¢ worth here . . .

There is a parisitic wasp release program underway in Gainsville aiming to help control the Asian Citrus Psyllid populations in Florida.

That program is providing free vials to release of the tiny Tamarixia (non-stinging) wasps that feed on ACPs.  These wasps predate both the ACP adults and their nymphs by laying eggs in them or simply feeding on the adults ACPs. ACPs are the sole food for this Tamarixia wasp species.

The aim of the program is over time to drastically lower the ACP population that is affecting Florida citrus.

Interested parties may contact Amy Croft at the 'Methods Development & Biological Control
Division of Plant Industry' in Gainsville, FL at [  ]
to inquire about this free Tamarixia release program and details about it including instructions for ordering the wasps.

I released several free vials of these tiny Tamarixia wasps in my yard here in Tampa back in late spring and now no longer notice any ACPs on any of my citrus trees.


Paul M.

The wasp release program for backyard citrus will do nothing for trees that are probably already infected with HLB.

Amy Croft sent me a few vials of wasps last Winter. I attached the vials to the foliage in my two small trees. The tiny little critters exited the vials and in a day or two they were gone. The next week or so there were more psyllids.

Assuming the wasps took care of the psyllids in your yard, I suspect they flew away to parts unknown to find another infestation. This immediately left your yard vulnerable to ACP's. What I'm leading to is, what use are the wasps if they just hit and run? UF will need to breed tens of trillions of those wasps for state-wide release if there is any chance such a strategy will work.

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