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What a coincidence! I am going to a native plant nursery this weekend to buy sunshine mimosa. I have 800 square foot common area that i donít enjoy mowing and I thought this is a better solution than pouring concrete.
Glad to have found this thread. I thought it was as simple as burying the 1 inch plants in the ground.  ;D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy 4th!
« on: July 04, 2024, 09:52:29 AM »
Happy 4th of July! Not doing fireworks but will call a British friend later just for laughs.  ;D
My mango season is disappointing this year but Iíve had other fruits to get me excited.
Iíve been eating dozens and dozens of Silas Wood sapodillas. My 3 unknown papaya trees are too productive this year. Dragon fruits are about ready. Jackfruits are coming along mighty fine.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jakfruit tasting reviews
« on: July 04, 2024, 09:38:22 AM »
I had to pick an immature jackfruit from my purportedly Mai-1 tree. After a couple of days at room temperature, it became relatively easier to open compared to others that Iíve had.
The flesh was on the soft side, bright yellowish, and delicious. I love the balance between sweetness and acidity of the flesh, and I cannot wait to taste the ripe fruits!
There was some latex but not much. The latex was not super sticky and was easily cleaned from my fingers with vegetable oil.
I forgot to take pics to share this time. I still have about 16-17 fruits on the tree and will have pics when I pick them.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: May 26, 2024, 09:07:26 PM »
I let my young Pickering bear 1 fruit this year. The fruit was showing some rusted spots when I decided to pick and let it sit at room temperature for a couple of days. Pardon the appearance of the fruit, but the flavor is excellent! I did not notice any coconut flavor in the fruit (newbie taste buds). There was a very nice balance between acidity and sweetness.






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interest in Jackfruit on TFF
« on: May 23, 2024, 05:11:45 PM »
Hi Tom, do the squirrels eat the unripe fruits?

I donít think they do. Experienced members please correct me if I am wrong.
In my case, I think the squirrels were attracted by the fruity aroma from the flowers. Or they were just just doing a fruit recon.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interest in Jackfruit on TFF
« on: May 22, 2024, 08:40:59 PM »
My jackfruits keep getting bigger and bigger! They are still not ready yet - still rock hard. I have a feeling they may be ready around July. Really enjoy standing in the shade of the tree and feel all that aromatic air.






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What are you doing in 2024?
« on: May 14, 2024, 12:08:55 PM »
Iíve been nursing my bruised pride after a 0 for 10 mango grafting record. Not going to do any tree surgery for a few years and learn to be happy with what I currently have. Everything else will come from farmers market.
Focus for this year is to learn a more efficient watering, fertilizing, and spraying regiment. learning from fellow fruit tree growers is also/always a focus.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interest in Jackfruit on TFF
« on: May 12, 2024, 05:51:41 PM »
So glad to see flowers on you folksí trees. We are watching our 9 fruits more closely than the squirrels.  ;D


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: May 11, 2024, 05:51:52 PM »
Winds continue to reduce the number of fruits on my trees. Iíd be happy to get half a dozen fruits this year. The Fruit Punch tree has new panicles while trying to hold on to the last couple of medium-sized fruits. Odd.
I spoke to a couple of Thai mango vendors in from Clearwater/Tampa and they said their fruits were not ready to pick until next month.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: May 02, 2024, 07:50:44 PM »
Got quite a good number of fruit drop caused by the winds. Picked up a decent sized Fruit punch and it was OK when eaten with salt +sugar. 
My Nam Doc Mai is blooming for the 3rd time! Must be from the weird weather this year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Zero latex jackfruit
« on: April 30, 2024, 05:54:43 AM »
Congrats! Sounds like youíve hit the jackfruit jackpot.
Few years ago, I bought a piece of jackfruit at an Oriental grocery store in Orlando, FL and it did not have any latex; its flesh/pulp was pale yellow, not enticingly red like yours.  I was not into growing fruit trees at the time, and now I wish I saved the seeds. lol.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interest in Jackfruit on TFF
« on: April 29, 2024, 06:25:27 AM »
Squirrels are bad here as well. I used to hang old CDs on the trees to scare off the squirrels, but they chewed off the twine that I used to hang the CDs after awhile. lol.
I noticed the squirrels are not messing with bagged fruits after they tried to eat a guava in a bag. So far, finger crossed, all my bagged fruits are intact.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf coconut trees
« on: April 29, 2024, 06:16:38 AM »
Thanks all. I did not know a dwarf coconut tree could grow to 60ft. My cabbage palm tree is saved, for now.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf coconut trees
« on: April 28, 2024, 08:27:37 PM »
Does anyone have dwarf coconut tree(s) in their yard? Where did you get your tree from?
I just found a spot in my yard for a coconut tree and want to add a dwarf coconut variety. A mature/fruiting tree is preferred.
TIA.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interest in Jackfruit on TFF
« on: April 28, 2024, 07:49:18 PM »
I planted a 6 foot Jackfruit two years ago, an unknown variety I got from a local nursery here in Merida. It's now 20 feet tall almost and that's after I looped 6 foot last year. This Spring it flowered for the first time and set three fruit, one of which is already huge. I'm not sure what pests are going to get attracted to it, particularly at night where we have possums, iguanas, and fruit bats, so I might need to put some fruit bags over the fruit to protect them.
I am not sure what animals are attracted to jackfruits; I guess a lot of them.
I saw a video where people are putting bags over their jackfruits, so we are doing just that after seeing the squirrels climbing up my tree.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interest in Jackfruit on TFF
« on: April 27, 2024, 08:47:54 PM »
Question: Let's assume I bought a Mai1 jackfruit tree. Is 10-25 lb a good estimate for the average size of a (mai1) jackfruit? We are expecting about 9 mature fruits and my wife wants to sew cover bags for them. Looks like the squirrels are starting to notice the pleasant aroma of the jack fruits.
TIA

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: April 14, 2024, 05:23:06 PM »
Second blooming of Carie seems promising.
Cat Saigon is trying to hang on to tiny fruits after the powdery mildew outbreak.
Most mango trees in my neighborhood and nearby areas are stripped naked on all fruits, likely from PM.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Interest in Jackfruit on TFF
« on: March 26, 2024, 07:24:54 PM »
How is everyoneís jackfruit tree doing? I am loving mine. I can see 5 fist-sized fruits on the tree, and the tree gives a very pleasant aroma when I got close to it. The other day, I was looking for new female flowers on the jackfruit tree when there was a gust of wind. I looked up and the air was full of small yellow particles/pollen. Such a beautiful sight.
My wife already sewed 5 big bags to protect the jack fruits from squirrels. lol

Between my jackfruit and longan trees, part of my backyard smells like heaven.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango season 2023 versus 2024
« on: March 26, 2024, 07:06:34 PM »
Itís too early to tell for me, but this mango season so far looks better than the last one despite the struggle with powdery mildew. I need to do a better job with preventive sulfur spraying next year.
I was hoping my Pim Seng Mun would fruit, but powdery mildew had a different opinion. It may be better for the tree that we wait until next year.
My Carrie is having a second bloom, which is much much less than the first one.
I pruned my Maha and Cat Saigon in September and that multiplied the number of panicles on the trees big time. Itís relaxing to look at the big 3 mango trees full of panicles and small fruits. The Fruit punch tree recovered from the PM outbreak, it seems like it.
My other mango trees, less than 2 years in ground, also had panicles and I cut them off when small fruits showed up.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: March 17, 2024, 07:59:25 PM »



Cat Saigon is in blooming and looking clean so far.
 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: March 10, 2024, 04:45:09 PM »
PM is pretty persistent for some trees after my latest attempt to wash it off. The fruit punch tree seems to remain clean but the Pim Seng Mun and other trees seem to be reinfected.
I gave the 2 y-o Carrie (bought @ 7 gal) a hair cut to get rid of the millions of dead flowers. Such an unproductive tree; it's interestingly immune to the PM problem.

Pim Seng Mun - PM remnant still visible


Fruit Punch


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: March 03, 2024, 07:11:52 PM »
fruitnoob, can you explain in more detail the water hose method? There still may be time to try it here😄

I should have said garden hose. lol
I blasted the panicles with water, using a garden hose. I stole this trick from someone in Orlando who has a YouTube channel.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: March 03, 2024, 02:46:20 PM »
I've been dealing with bad scale and powdery mildew problems on my mango trees. My Pim Seng Mun is pretty much wiped out by PM.  Fruit Punch also got hit by PM but there are a few small fruits that seem to survive the attacks. Pickering, Valencia Pride, Cac also had PM all over them.  After a couple of sulfur sprays that did not seem to remediate the problem, i turned to the water hose method and so far the trees look clean.
My Cat Saigon started to have panicles and this got me excited.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit trees I gave up on
« on: February 22, 2024, 08:39:32 PM »
My loquat tree is slated to go to make room for my jujube. I bought the loquat tree because I heard it was one of ďpreppersĒ fruit trees. when the tree fruited last year, the fruits tasted so sour it was disappointing.

Highly recommend topworking it, or trying them when they are only dark orange. Loquat is an absolute keeper and there are some excellent varieties. Cannot fathom replacing it with jujube personally...

Loquat is a keeper because it is the only tree that ripe in early spring.  A good cultivar tastes great.

I would not recommend planting jujube because of suckers and invasive roots.  It is worse than bamboo.

Update: I decided to keep the loquat tree after reading comments from K-Rimes and seng. Today, my wife picked about a dozen of fruits off the tree and they tasted so sweet and flavorful. The tree is a keeper now.
Thanks folks.

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