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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Chilly Florida AM
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:19:07 AM »
I had a low of 38o F this AM. I have probably lost my mango flowers. Most of the FAWN stations in my area show temperatures near freezing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cavendish Banana & Panama Disease
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:21:57 AM »
Apparently the Australians have made headway against TR4 fusarium wilt in the Cavendish banana.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Post Irma Satellite Image of Keys
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:14:23 AM »
Expand this picture as needed -

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Florida Loquat Festival
« on: April 05, 2017, 03:05:56 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Transplanting Jaboticaba
« on: August 13, 2016, 08:12:40 AM »
What is the best time of year to dig an established jaboticaba (Grimal) and transplant it to another spot in my yard? The tree is about 3 feet tall.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pomegranate as a Superfood?
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:24:58 AM »
Interesting medical article -
According to the text, your intestinal flora has to be up to the task of converting the urolithin A for it to be effective.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mallika Fruit Rotting
« on: June 28, 2016, 03:33:52 PM »
This fruit rot on Mallika has plagued me (and others) for two years. It appears only on the base of the fruit and eventually the afflicted fruit falls off. It doesn't affect all the fruit on the tree either. None of my other mangos have this problem. It doesn't look like anthracnose. Cookie Monster says he had a similar issue with Keitt and copper seems to have helped.
I don't use fertilizers on my trees: mulch only with micronutrient supplements.
Any ideas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Trees and Wind Resistance
« on: February 10, 2016, 07:39:29 AM »
Of interest to those of us that live in storm prone areas. Nothing is said about root strength.
42 meters/sec = 93.95 miles/hour

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grimal Grove Pictures
« on: November 30, 2014, 09:07:00 AM »
Some friends stopped by the Grimal Grove at Thanksgiving and sent me their pictures. I've named what plants I can but the numbered pictures are a mystery. Any ideas?
Postimage flipped some photos on their side.


Grimal Jaboticaba


Cacao Flowers

Entrance Left

Entrance Right





Tropical Fruit Discussion / Research on Maximizing Crop Yields
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:01:08 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / El Nino Returning?
« on: May 10, 2014, 05:59:18 AM »
This might mean interesting weather at the end of the year.

Citrus General Discussion / Thoro Temple
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:11:21 AM »
Does anybody have any first hand information on the Thoro Temple tangor aka 'seedless Temple'? Specifically, does it bear as well and taste like the regular Temple? Where can I find one?

The sale will be held on Saturday, April 5. Pine Island Nursery is the vendor.
Time and location ->

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Trinidad Pineapple Flowering
« on: January 13, 2014, 01:50:04 PM »
Trinidad pineapple flowering after growing for 20 months from a USDA tissue culture.

Citrus General Discussion / Heat Treatment for Citrus Greening
« on: January 13, 2014, 01:22:48 PM »
Here are a couple of articles from the (Florida) USDA about heat treatment of HLB infected citrus trees as a remediation technique. I spoke with someone who tried this last May and he says it worked well for him although his tree temporarily defoliated.
I am personally using the foliar micronutrient spray technique on my orange trees but that takes ~2 years to see results. Navel responded well but Temple still looks sick.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Citrus Greening Oak Tree Effect
« on: November 23, 2013, 04:16:38 PM »
Oak tree proximity may have an moderating effect on citrus greening infection. Has anyone noticed this with their trees?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carambola Neurotoxin
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:45:48 AM »
I found this article today about a star fruit neurotoxin that's now identified:
Carambola poisoning has been previously reported:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Freezing Jackfruit
« on: August 02, 2013, 06:40:37 AM »
Does jackfruit freeze well?
If so, do you have to remove the seed from the aril?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Colorfield Farms Mango Festival
« on: June 23, 2013, 06:01:33 PM »
July 19-21 and July 26-28 in Wimauma, FL. It was good last year and they had a lot of plants for sale from Zill HPP.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Chris Rollins to Speak at TBRFC
« on: June 09, 2013, 07:51:59 PM »
Chris Rollins is to speak at the Tampa Bay Rare Fruit Club on July 14. Topic is unknown at this time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grimal Grove Cleanup
« on: May 16, 2013, 03:01:11 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Peach Flavored Mango
« on: April 21, 2013, 04:22:23 PM »
I have had some people tell me that they have eaten mangos that taste like a peach. Of course they never can remember the name of the variety, so are there any mangos that really do taste like a peach?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia cambogia on TV
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:02:57 AM »

Chris Rollins will talk about rare fruit cultivars at the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota on March 20 at 7 PM. Meetings are held at the Marie Selby Gardens Activities Center. If you arrive early, you can walk out in the garden area.

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