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Are all citrus varieties too high maintenance and disease prone to warrant growing? Or are there any species that are still relatively maintenance free? I'm in west broward county BTW>

I've been looking into it and growing a few things for fun.

Random thoughts and observations in no particular order:

One of the forum members recommended netting the trees, and that seemed to work well for him.

I personally just plant the $10 citrus from Home depot and replace them every 2-3 years (Lemon, Lime, Calamondin)

I have sugar bell growing and though it might be greening tolerant, it does look like crap more often than not.

It's possible to grow them well enough here but it is higher maintenance than something like Mango or Avocado.
For me, with 40 other trees, It's too hard to constantly spray things and I don't think I'd like the aesthetic of netting the whole tree.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Condo Mango Variety Recommendations
« on: February 02, 2023, 09:07:43 AM »
Sorry to hear about your losses.

For less common container varieties I'd say, Ice cream, Thai Everbearing, Arka neelkiran, pina colada, and maybe Jehangir (though is productivity is questionable in south florida)

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I don't need any of those seeds but I got you if nothing else comes up

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Lara usually sells boxes in March.
I'll have plenty in March too, I'm little north in coral springs

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are my jujubes ripe
« on: January 25, 2023, 01:07:11 PM »
Here are some pretty ripe fruits. They can get a little lighter than this, then start to get darker colors again and the flavor starts to change/turn.





...also, when you pick one, note the taste and color. They should be a little sweet. If they are totally bland, too early. If they are mildly sweet, crispy, and refreshing, they are ripe. If they are pretty sweet with more complex flavors, they are overripe.

Hey, Rob any luck finding any improved varieties state side?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango blooms: spray or nay?
« on: January 25, 2023, 08:36:05 AM »
This year i finally sprayed some sulfur to prevent PM as much as possible. (Last year was the first time i noticed enough)
Was planning on doing some copper for anthracnose this weekend but we'll see if laziness takes over
So these aren't considered harmful chemicals, right?

I try to use Omri pesticides only when needed.
The dosage makes the poison I suppose.
I wouldn't eat them for instance

When spraying the copper you should have the right PPE

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango blooms: spray or nay?
« on: January 25, 2023, 08:32:05 AM »
Iíve been told that copper, sulphur, mineral oil horticultural spray with micronutrients like trace elementsÖdepending on fungus, all could help with fruit set by preventing powdery mildew and anthracnose and promoting good nutrition during flowering.

It made me want to participate, HOWEVER on the contrary, if I do that I fear Iíll never evaluate which varieties thrive in my yard naturally with no spraying.

I personally wouldn't spray unless I see a problem.
I've had a 700lb+ harvest from my yard for the past 3 years and barely spray anything.

I rather solve a lot of the issues by promoting airflow and planting varieties that are better suited to my location

The only reason why I sprayed sulfur this year was that I noticed a decent amount PM last year.
The same thing goes for Copper, I noticed anthracnose on fruit that hardly ever has issues.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango blooms: spray or nay?
« on: January 24, 2023, 11:44:37 AM »
This year i finally sprayed some sulfur to prevent PM as much as possible. (Last year was the first time i noticed enough)
Was planning on doing some copper for anthracnose this weekend but we'll see if laziness takes over

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Sydney should be fine for the Chinese ones. (from what I gather from climate maps)
Wish i could help but i don't have much exp. with Chinese Jujubes.

Do you have any pictures?

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Little gem, or Honey kiss.

I concur with this.

If you want the Indochinese flavor around the same season you might be able to get some from later Zinc crops or even Sweet Tart (though they both are not what i would consider low vigor)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: eugenia < garcinia ?
« on: January 06, 2023, 04:12:29 PM »
We have a great site. We just paid up to keep it add free and doing what it does. My vote is to keep TFF as is. Would be cool to see other sites like this pop up, perhaps with some of the ideas ya'll are talking about. Go for it!

Agreed,
The only thing I'd want is what was mentioned above about somehow being able to filter your searches, but not that big of a deal

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I planted one at my dad's house in north Broward. He's been getting fruits for the last few years.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit trees I gave up on
« on: January 03, 2023, 03:23:13 PM »
After 10yrs doing this in my current yard

Gave up on:
Mamey - Don't like the fruit enough
Canistel - Don't like the fruit enough
Olosapo - Don't like the fruit enough
Eugenias - Haven't really been impressed with the ease of growing or fruit. (Rain Forest plum and Araca are the exceptions)
Lychee - Unless I hear positive Erdon Lee reports when it makes it stateside
Sugar Apple - White fly magnet
Malay Apple - 8 years no fruit
Cherimoya

Scale back the amount:
Jackfruit
Avocado
Star apple
Starfruit
Soursop

Jury still out:
How many Jabos and Garcinias do I actually want/need (Whats worth planting considering local soil and weather)
White Sapote
Kwai Muk
Abiu

Love:
Mangos, Mammea Americana, Atemoya, Custard Apple, Coconuts, Mulberry, Persimmon

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Anything thats early season you can generally include in this list. Edward for example.
I this point most of my trees give me a pretty consistent crop.
Ndm and manilta were the only one that didn't and they are in the process of being top worked.
Glenn has been disappointing as well.

CAC hasnt given me a full bloom in the last two years but I still get a lot of from fruit whatever bloom it does set.

What varieties are your best producers?

Based on my personal experience
If i take the size and age of the tree into consideration, I'd say, Angie, Keitt, Zinc, Fruit Punch.
Edward, Thai everbearing, and Cac have also been really good but not branch-breaking productions.
Peach Cobbler has produced a lot in the last two years but I'm not that big of a fan of the mango
M4, Cotton Candy, Sugar Loaf, Venus, and Honey kiss have done pretty well but the tree or multi-graft branches are not big enough for me to pass judgment
Glenn and Cogshall are kinda hit or miss (Removing both)
Neelam is an alternative bearer but at least produces something every year


Alex (Squam, TropicalAcresFarm) has plenty of information about what generally works and doesn't in Soflo, best resource IMO

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango variety similar to Peach cobbler?
« on: January 02, 2023, 04:36:53 PM »
Peach cobbler does have a strong peach flavor if you let it get really soft.
Some say this is overripe but it comes down to preference. It really hard to peel and slice that way though.

You can also give Juicy Peach, Baileys Marvel, or good ole Kent a shot. (Last two have more peach texture than flavor)
I agree with the Orange Essence a shot if you're looking for something slightly more consistently tangerine.

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Anything thats early season you can generally include in this list. Edward for example.
I this point most of my trees give me a pretty consistent crop.
Ndm and manilta were the only one that didn't and they are in the process of being top worked.
Glenn has been disappointing as well.

CAC hasnt given me a full bloom in the last two years but I still get a lot of from fruit whatever bloom it does set.

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Latest forecast has temps dropping to 43 overnight here. Around my place, it usually gets a few degrees colder than the local forecast and readings. Wouldn't be surprised to see 40 or maybe even lower. For those farther north, it's gonna get real cold.

Projected a low of 41 here tonight.
And a few days of a prolonged cold spell, I expected a good mango bloom in late Jan.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia Identification
« on: December 12, 2022, 11:54:21 AM »
my guess:

1. Achachairuu
2. dulcis
3. mangostana
4. hombroniana?
5. brasiliensis

1. Achachairuu (I agree)
2. dulcis (or xanthochymus, hard to tell)
3. mangostana (I think lucs)
4. hombroniana (I agree)
5. brasiliensis (or madruno)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Couepia polyandra seeds
« on: December 07, 2022, 03:03:28 PM »
I had them in September this year from F&S park.
Still plenty more on the tree.

I'm not that big of a fan unfortunately
Beautiful tree though.
I found them to be better if left to ripen in the fridge for a few days

My main problem with it is, it's a canistel-tasting type of fruit.
I prefer my fruits to be juicy.

I do have 7 gal tree i was keeping for myself that i need to sell now.

Sorry to derail your post op

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Couepia polyandra seeds
« on: December 07, 2022, 01:53:05 PM »
I had them in September this year from F&S park.
Still plenty more on the tree.

I'm not that big of a fan unfortunately
Beautiful tree though.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mango Scions
« on: December 05, 2022, 09:24:41 AM »
Nope sorry,

I'm not sure how things are going in CA with their mango growing, maybe they can help.
This is the time of year in FL when everyone is waiting for flowers so it's hard to find any that wants to possibly sacrifice their 2023 season by clipping scions now.


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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mango Scions
« on: December 03, 2022, 12:08:05 PM »
I am in need of the following Mango Scions.

Chaunsa
Neelam
Beverly
Dot
Harvest Moon
Karen Michelle
Lancetilla
Maha Chanok
Giselle
Amrapalli

If you have any or all on the list please reply.

Any information on where to source them would also be helpful.

Thanks

Most of these will be widely available from various members in the forum.
Tropicalacresfarm sells scions via their website too
Unfortunately, you'll likely have to wait until late spring to buy scions, most people's trees in FL are dormant and we're waiting for flowers.

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Im not as sophisticated with my trash.  We just keep a bucket under the sink and take it out every couple days and burry it under tree in a shallow hole.   No need to do any extra work with it.

I'm in the same boat with composting but since i don't have a big lot i have 2 open bottom 55gal drum with a hinged top i throw everything in.
My father does your method

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is anyone growing Mammee Apple?
« on: November 23, 2022, 01:43:24 PM »
I grafted one of the free stone types from Dr. Campbell's collection.
Jinotepe #2 supposedly.
The tree is around 20ft now, not flowers yet

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What causes rot inside mango fruit?
« on: November 17, 2022, 07:01:32 PM »
This happen to a few of my fruit this year.
Not widespread enough for me to panic, I would also like to know what's going on.

From the little I could gather it seems related to Boron and Calcium. That's assuming the article i read was describing this same phenomenon

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