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I kept my Sue Belle white sapote at 10 feet. It was very vigorous though so I needed to prune about every six months.  It took a good prune though with no problems.

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I was just at Truly Tropical in Delray buying mangos and they are apparently contemplating removing all of their lychee trees. They said it was a pain to continually spray sulfur after every flush and you still get the mite. What the heck is the FL Dept of Ag doing about this? 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rose Apple Trees & Caribbean Fruit fly?
« on: July 26, 2022, 09:47:40 PM »
Does anyone know if Rose Apple is hit by Caribbean fruit fly?  Does anyone grow this fruit in Florida?  What are the results? Any maggots?  Thanks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nastiest mango varieties?
« on: July 26, 2022, 01:44:30 AM »
I just had a Cushman. I'm adding it to the list of nastiest mangos -- great looking fruit, but weird nasty undertones to the taste profile in my opinion. The fruit tends to not ripen evenly as well, so you can be gnoshing on a wedge and occasional get a taste of overripe fermented vomit taste in the middle of your bite. I wouldn't eat another one. To be fair, there has been a lot of rain, so maybe that has something to do with it.

What are some other varieties to avoid?

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I was at Truly Tropical so I picked one up. I actually found a less than ideal spot for it, but still a spot. I'll let you know how it goes in the 3 years or so it'll take to get a fruit.

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I ended up planting a sweet tart, a sugar loaf and found a previously overlooked spot for a Pram Kai Meu.  Asked for advice for one and planted three. I actually am tempted now to remove a honey bell orange since it's so infected with citrus greening that it looks variegated and put another mango in. Now I have to decide which FINAL mango tree to plant.

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Here are a few pics of my residential yard. Every tree/shrub produces fruit. I don't think you'd notice that the front yard has: white Himalayan mulberry, five different jaboticaba, five varieties of feijoa, macadamia, avocado, atemoya, Barbados cherry, loquat, pitangatuba, achacha, dwarf mango and persimmon. They all are very ornamental and don't look out of place in the neighborhood. The backyard is a different story (even more tropical fruit trees): looks like a jungle. :)



























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I'm praying that it doesn't come to Central Florida. I have several lychee trees across several varieties that fruit every single year here (our cold snaps are great for flowering) -- with the exception of Brewster which is the odd man out. The Fl Dept of Ag seems to be doing diddly squat lately to try to eradicate it. I've read that they've run out of money to service infected residential trees. I wonder if systematic insecticides might work????

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Young mango plant.
« on: July 25, 2022, 10:15:58 AM »
It's grafted so the graft isn't aware that it's a very small plant. It will sometimes flower and try to push a fruit. Don't let it fruit at this size or you can risk killing your tree.  Remove all fruit for the first 3 years (maybe two) to allow the tree to build up a strong trunk and deep roots.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pram Kai Meu Mango? Worth having?
« on: July 25, 2022, 10:13:26 AM »
I think you have to eat it ripe rather than the traditional green. Dunno. I just have a very-har-to-come-by-spot open for a mango tree and don't want to waste it on a so-so fruit. I was at first thinking of digging up a small Pickering that is in a prime spot and replacing it with this based on Har's recommendation. After watching a few taste tests on YouTube, I'm not so sure. I'm missing something I think.

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Har lists Pram Kai Meu as supremely delicious. Does anyone have this tree? What is the consensus on it?

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Damn. Gotta find space for a peach cobbler now.

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Ha!  I wish I had a full acre. I have about a 1/4 acre residential lot. I have a total of 153 tropical fruit trees on property with 73 in ground; 19 of which are mango trees that are about 12-14 feet high. The mangos are spaced at five feet apart. Anyway, I think over many years I've accidentally mastered the art of high concentration growing. I even have a mango tree hedge made up of pickering, rosie gold and ice cream. Anyway, it looks like a botanical garden in back, but you would not notice anything amiss in front even though every single tree on property is a fruit producer except for a couple of tall Michelia Alba trees and a purple tabebuia in front. The highlight in the backyard is a long row of several tall mango trees and a couple of 14 feet lychees.

It's hard to balance the line between 'crazy plant guy' and also fit within the scheme of a normal residential neighborhood. I think, by accident, I pulled it off though. Helps that my wife tells me 'no' a lot whenever I try to plant a tree in a bad spot.

I'm headed to Delray Beach to pick up my Sweet Tart and a Sugar loaf mango tomorrow based on your recommendations; maybe a Kathy too (WTH). Thanks very much for your help.   I'll post some pics later this week if anyone is interested.


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I've got one PRIME spot in my yard left for a mango tree -- chopped a Sue Belle white sapote that turned out to be a bitter flavored seedling.

Anyway, I've got Glenn, Pickering, Lemon Meringue, Coconut cream, Fruit Punch, Carrie, Pina Colada, Cogshall, NDM, Rosigold, Fairchild, Ice cream, Honey kiss, Mallika, Orange Sherbert, and a Carrie.


What new variety would you choose?

Thanks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sugarloaf mango productivity???
« on: July 21, 2022, 12:24:09 AM »
Any idea how productive Sugarloaf is?   Anyone have a tree with a few years on it yet?  Any idea how the mother tree is doing for productivity?

Thanks

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BINGO!  Thanks so much.  It was mealy bugs.  Little #$%#$ eating up all my spinach.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peaches and Plums in hot climates
« on: July 09, 2022, 09:23:45 PM »
I love my Scarlett Beauty hot weather plums here in Florida. They don't seem to be attacked by the Caribbean fruit fly either -- however, one year several got stung, but not since and it's pretty noticeable the damage that the maggots will do. I used to have twenty wonderful UF varieties but cut them all down due to heavy heavy maggots.

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I planted some Brazilian spinach in pots and they are adequately watered and get full sun here in Florida. Growth appears at first to be good. However, some of the plants are rapidly dying from what looks like a white fungus infection. They stems just get this white mass on them and the plant dies. What could this be?  How is this treated?   Anyone else have experience with this?

Thanks,

Shawn

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 26, 2022, 12:22:29 AM »
Mine have been excellent.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is a black sapote tree worth having?
« on: June 25, 2022, 11:09:21 PM »
Thanks VERY much for all of your help. You saved me from making a bad decision.

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I have one last excellent spot for a fruit tree in my yard. I live in Orlando Fl (9b).  The problem is I can't decide what to put there.

I already have a ton of mangos (always a great choice), three lychee trees, four avocado trees, two saps, pitomba, jaboticaba, Barbados cherry, atemoya, guava, persimmon, Pakistan mulberry, sweet belle orange, limes, longan, white sapote and carambola -- all in the ground.  I was thinking a black sapote tree but it gets too cold here. Kwai Muk maybe? 

What would you put in that spot if you were in my place?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is a black sapote tree worth having?
« on: June 21, 2022, 12:15:21 PM »
Some of you brought up a good point. I assumed it was cold tolerant for Central Florida. Is it?  I already grow sapodilla, mango and lychee plus a couple of jackfruit. The jackfruit was the only thing really damaged that bad in our last 24 degree cold spell. Will black sapote take some cold?  I know I can google it, but nothing bests personal experience.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is a black sapote tree worth having?
« on: June 20, 2022, 07:03:55 PM »
Hi,

I'm very short on space and was wondering if it's worth it to have a black sapote tree?  I know it's a matter of opinion, but I would like to eat the fruit and not just 'collect.'   Do people with this fruit actually use it enough to warrant having a tree?   

Thanks,

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone tried Ed's Delight loquats?
« on: June 20, 2022, 07:00:51 PM »
Has anyone tried a Ed's Delight loquat?  I keep seeing the tree at my local nurseries, but I can't get any info on whether it's a good variety or not.  I currently have Christmas and Arbelino. I know it's a yellow white fleshed fruit. I've only had the orange ones, so I'm on unfamiliar territory.

Thanks,

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Caribbean fruit fly is the bane of my existence in Central Florida. I was hoping to get your comments for your area regarding Caribbean or other fruit fly infestations. If possible, I'm just hoping to grow fruit that are resistant to these pests -- I don't have the time to net or bag. I've been experimenting and just ripping out the fruit trees that get maggots.  Here are my results so far:

INFESTED:

Peach (heavily -- the worst)
Plum
Lemon Drop Mangosteen
Black surinam cherry (heavily -- the worst)
Surinam cherry (heavily -- the worst)
Grumichama
Fig (infested when ripe)
Cherry of the Rio Grande
Guava
Papaya (infested with papaya fruit fly)


NOT INFESTED:

Blueberries
Mangos
Lychee
Loquat
Star Fruit / Carambola
Barbados Cherry
Persimmons
Jamaica Cherry (Muntingia)
Peanut Butter Fruit
Mulberry
Atemotoya
Sugar Apple
Avocado
Pineapple
Sapodilla
Ice Cream Bean
Pitangatuba
Lemon
Lime
Orange
Blackberry


NOT DETERMINED YET:

White Sapote (had some ripe fruit infested but trying to pick earlier this year)
Jaboticaba (haven't had any yet)
Cabelluda (haven't had any yet)
Achacha (Achairu) (haven't had any yet)
Dragon Fruit (haven't had any yet)
Pitanga (haven't had fruit yet)


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