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Other than what have become the standards, such as Simmonds, Pollock, Lula, Choquette, Miguel, Catalina, Brogdon, Day, Marcus, Donnie, and Oro Negro.  Anything that has really wowed you and that you endorse?  Julian Lara and Alex Salazar both offer a lot of varieties.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please ID This Mango
« on: May 21, 2024, 07:39:56 PM »

The tree was planted about five years ago by a neighbor who has since sold the house and moved on, and I never asked her what variety it is.  I'm thinking it could be Nam Doc Mai, but I know there are others with more mango intelligence than me, so what do you think it is?  They should start ripening in about two weeks.

I'm in north Broward County very near Boca.  I could give you Raja Puri pups.  I also have Goldfinger, but no pups yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How many avocados should be left on tree?
« on: April 20, 2024, 12:03:41 PM »
Simmonds is a precocious tree.  This one is less than 2 years old, planted as a small 3 gal. tree. It's about 8 ft. tall now. I'm counting 9 fruitlets at this time. Should I let it keep them all?!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Beauty of Avocado Leaves
« on: February 14, 2024, 10:46:47 AM »
I'm finding that my Monroe and Simmonds trees have leaves that are particularly striking.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Erinose Mite Damage on Lychee?
« on: January 28, 2024, 01:07:45 PM »
Is this what it looks like?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Bloom in South Florida
« on: January 11, 2024, 04:11:31 PM »
The consistently cool weather we've been getting this month seems to have created a pause in mango bloom.  I guess it will resume when the weather warms up.  How will this affect the crop this year?  Any guesses?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Copernicia Baileyana PALM
« on: November 14, 2023, 03:28:10 PM »
It's not a fruit tree, but is anyone growing it?  It's a beautiful fan palm from Cuba, but the only place I've ever seen it is at Fairchild.  My son was at Fairchild last weekend, and I asked him if he saw the Baileyanas.  He found a lady in Satellite Beach who sells them, so he's going to plant one at his new house in Melbourne.  He's on his way to becoming a gardener!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / HELP: Topworking 5-ft. Mango Seedling
« on: September 24, 2023, 05:50:42 PM »
If I wanted to topwork this 5-ft. mango seedling to a named variety (probably PPK/LM), what would be the best way to do it?  Where to cut it?  Wait for new growth?  How to graft?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hurricane Idalia
« on: August 29, 2023, 11:38:41 AM »
The Florida Big Bend area is going to get clobbered with storm surge comparable to Ian.  At least this is the least populous section of Florida coastline.  I hope everyone in Cedar Key evacuates because that little island will probably be 100% underwater.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / ISO Goldfinger Banana Pup
« on: August 24, 2023, 08:25:51 PM »
If anyone in South Florida has one for me, I would be most grateful.  ;D

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Sleepy Lizard Avocado Farm
« on: August 24, 2023, 06:08:22 PM »
I wanted to give them a shout-out.  I received a box of these beauties today (Simmonds).  I feel their price is reasonable, too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Red Nemesis F1 Papaya
« on: July 09, 2023, 11:11:48 AM »
Has anyone grown Red Nemesis F1 papaya?  It sounds like it might be superior to Red Lady, which is a pretty good papaya that I've grown in the past.  I'll probably buy some seeds and give it a shot.  (And what would be the best type of pellet gun to buy to reduce the iguana population around here?  They love young, tender papaya leaves!)

Strong, sturdy plant, as is typical of this variety. Excellent fruit of the apple type.  We (you!) will dig carefully to preserve the roots.
PM me if interested.  It's free, but I won't refuse any mangos from your trees!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lemon Zest Mango in Melbourne, FL?
« on: June 23, 2023, 12:59:20 PM »
Does anyone have experience growing Lemon Zest in Melbourne, FL?  Do you think it would do good about 3 blocks west of the Intracoastal in a uphill location?  I've seen a mini-mango-orchard in the neighborhood, and the trees all seem to be healthy, thriving, and bearing fruit. My son bought a house, and I was thinking about planting Orange Sherbet and M-4, but maybe we should just go for it and plant what has arguably been described as the GOAT, OS's sibling Lemon Zest!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Orange Essence vs. Orange Sherbet Mango
« on: June 19, 2023, 11:50:50 AM »
If you had to choose between the two, which one would you plant?  I know that Orange Essence is "citrus-Gary" and Orange Sherbet is "citrus-PPK," but if someone, who has room for only 2 mango trees, is just looking for one of the best-tasting mangos, which one should he choose if his other mango is going to be M-4?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Raja Puri Bananas
« on: June 14, 2023, 01:42:18 PM »
I just got back from a 2-week vacation to find 2 bunches of Raja Puri bananas had ripened. The fruit had even started to split, maybe from the rain? This was my first crop. The plant set fruit in January so it took five months to mature the fruit. The plant was strong and sturdy, and semi-dwarf to medium, not tall. The flavor of the fruit is sub-acid and apple-like, and the size is medium, not a finger banana. My wife and I like it a lot, and I recommend this variety. I'll plant 2 new plants that came from pups.

I have avocados "fresh from the farm" in CA, untreated and unadulterated in any way.  If I want to start seedling trees from some of the seeds, what's the best method?  Here's the catch.  My family and I are going on a 2-week trip from the end of May to almost the middle of June.  I need to start this project when I return so how best to store the seeds until then?  Would refrigerating them be okay?  Thanks, guys.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Spring Rain on the Way for South Florida?
« on: April 06, 2023, 02:53:28 PM »
If you look at the 10-day forecast, it shows rain on the way starting Sunday.  Hopefully this has a positive impact on mango retention for mangos that are still developing towards May/June ripening.  Any that are already being harvested are bound to suffer some flavor/brix loss.  What do you think?


Spring has sprung and the Soursops have flushed out again!!

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 @ 9am

Location: South Florida Fairgrounds Concourse Building 6-10

West Palm Beach, FL

There may not be anthing too exciting, but who knows!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Murray Atemoya
« on: February 17, 2023, 02:03:11 PM »
Chris Wenzel says that the Murray atemoya tastes the most like cherimoya, AND she has scions available right now for those who would like to grow this variety.

The mighty Lula tree in my neighborhood still has fruit at the top.  It was literally a stretch, but I managed to pick me a bucket!  I revere this tree.  I started picking in late September.

Citrus General Discussion / Noble Juicy Crunch Tangerine
« on: January 17, 2023, 03:25:40 PM »
Since I know forum members are fruit connoisseurs, I thought y'all might like to know about this new tangerine, Juicy Crunch.  I came upon it by chance at Sprouts, and it's super sweet (very high brix), tasty, and seedless--an all-around exceptional fruit.  It's available at Publix and Whole Foods, too.  Check it out.  You won't be disappointed!  You can read the whole story at this website:

Sleepy Lizard Avocado Farm, South Miami-Dade.
End of season Monroe avocados. My box had 5 avocados, which weighed about 9.5 lbs. Beautiful fruit!

Which are the mango varieties that will set fruit every year in South Florida and do not depend on a certain kind of winter weather to stimulate blossoming?  Since we can no longer depend on consistent periods of cold in the winter, I think this would be good information to have.  Are Angie, Pickering, Cac, Honey Kiss, Little Gem, Sugarloaf, M-4, Orange Sherbet, PPK, and Lemon Zest in this group?  Others?  Thank you.  (I hope Alex reads this.)

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