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FYI.  Just contacted the Miami-Dade 311 and they were very helpful, I was able to successfully report the issue and they said it would take up to 30 days to resolve.  Seems hopeful that it could be fixed.

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You'd figure a bunch of misplaced tropical fruit growers would be excited about global warming

Not if you live in Miami-Dade County.  Also, it doesn't work out that you just seamlessly transition zones with no other issues

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finding Land in South FL
« on: May 30, 2023, 08:58:35 AM »
Wouldn't the better plan be to actually relocate to florida? Maybe it's unattainable now, but if you start saving now in a separate account, you can get a second job and maybe in 5 years you'll have enough money.  If you own real estate now in TN, you can sell your current property to get a property here and find work in the area.

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Ya'll need to chill. This is a fruit forum. Weather and climate are relevant to fruiting, but not issues we need to debate here. I love this site because it is about plants and fruit. It is nice to escape from all the negativity in the world. Stanking it up with this off topic stuff.

Sorry! Thanks for your insight about the storm drain. I see what you mean though

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Thank you Galatians, I will call the public works department and see if they can help. At least worthy a try.. sorry for disagreements this post has caused-I think weather is related to tropical fruits

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I personally donít think science is the answer. Dow AgroSciences probably employs tons of scientists. The answer is living in a way that aligns with nature.  People arenít going to give up all their modern conveniences but there are ways we can all improve. Governments could do more to help, actually a lot of improvements could be made with government intervention (ex stopping single use plastics-bringing your own straw or fork to a restaurant isnít that much of an inconvenience, and there are paper product alternatives as well) - not that anyone in the government will do this

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maria Black avovado
« on: May 28, 2023, 12:21:31 AM »
I have Maria Black and I've tasted the fruit.  The flavor was good, it was similar to Oro Negro, but matures earlier.  The tree seems healthy and growing well.

Hi Julie. Would you be willing to share some/sell some bud wood this fall? Not sure where in miami you are but I'd be happy to drive down.

Not right now. My tree is small and Iím not sure how to get budwood and currently too busy to get into it (maybe in the future), but this variety isnít too hard to come by. My tree was grafted by Zill (from Alís fruit trees in Miami, though ready to grow gardens has this variety also)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maria Black avovado
« on: May 28, 2023, 12:19:22 AM »
I have Maria Black and I've tasted the fruit.  The flavor was good, it was similar to Oro Negro, but matures earlier.  The tree seems healthy and growing well.
If the taste is similar to Oro Negro, that sounds pretty good.  A step up from Simmonds, Monroe, Choquette, and others.

I like choquette too, and itís very reliable and productive. Taste is so subjective. I do think Maria B is a step up though in my personal opinion

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It is logical that the way people live, which is not aligned with nature, and is harmful to nature, itís pretty logical that it would have consequences on the environment. Not going based off any academic studies, the media, political leaders, etc. it just makes complete sense. Yes, weather has always been unpredictable, and yes, different people in the spotlight have made incorrect weather related theories in the past.

Pollution-filling up multiple huge green trash bins twice a week is the norm. Single use everything, plastic packaging, etc. the government could actually do something to make an impact here because there are biodegradable alternatives to single use plastic that wouldnít even disrupt peoples lives that much but they donít

Chemicals-spraying all kinds of chemicals constantly they end up in the ocean, land, etc

Development-getting rid of green spaces canít be good, itís pretty well documented that cities are hotter than rural areas

Burning fossil fuels- again pretty logical that this isnít good. If I had the money I would look more into ďgreen techĒ like solar panels and electric vehicles - Iím doing fpl solar together, not sure if this is legit but it doesnít cost anything. I try to drive as little as possible and combine trips and using as little electricity as possible (turning off lights, etc)

Cutting down green spaces like Amazon rainforest for agriculture-etc

Im not perfect and I want to be better. But at this point it seems like caring about the planet is more of about personal integrity because the impact of one person/family being eco friendly isnít going to make a difference because not many other people care. But still, itís important to me and I want to continue to do what I can.

Yes, climate change weather is fluctuating weather


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Yes, agreed drymifolia.

Getting back to the OPís question.  Has there been any recent construction in your area?  It can affect the hydrology of the area. Retention ponds can drain the surrounding area while building up a nearby neighborhood can cause flooding in the older areas.

Yes there has, though not in the most recent year. In the past few years some lots that were farmland near me were developed. I do think the storm drain clog explanation seems more likely, because this is a huge difference from last year

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Iíve been trying to upload an image but this site will never let me. I do think the storm drains being clogged could be the culprit now because the water accumulation is areas of the street where there are storm drains and they are draining very slowly. Is there someone I should contact to report this issue? I donít live in a HOA community. Yes sadly people do throw trash on my street

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Is anyone seeing a lot of (or more than in the past) water accumulation in your neighborhood?  My street never had this issue before, I specifically bought a house that wasn't in a flood zone, but this rainy season is different.  Huge puddles are flooding the streets.  It seems like climate change is here.  Also the cold weather today is strange for this time of year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango weed wacker damage
« on: May 26, 2023, 08:59:28 AM »
If only I had the free time.  I'm very busy so I need to have someone come.  Trust me this isn't the first time I had this problem.  A certified arborist is nice but for me none will answer the phone.  I've tried to make appointments with them before but they're too busy.  When I first bought my house, my first lawn guy would weed wack right next to the trunk and he killed 3 mango trees.  It's been a long time though.  I really don't think it was an animal, what are the chances an animal made that huge gash and not a sharp blade?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maria Black avovado
« on: May 26, 2023, 08:54:36 AM »
I have Maria Black and I've tasted the fruit.  The flavor was good, it was similar to Oro Negro, but matures earlier.  The tree seems healthy and growing well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla questions
« on: May 15, 2023, 12:56:49 PM »
Exactly.  This is why I'm adding another sapodilla, and I want it to be a top tier fruit one.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade cast by dwarf coconut?
« on: May 15, 2023, 10:11:35 AM »
I have some that were given to me as sprouts from people I know.  The ones I have of known varieties are the dwarf red spicata and fiji dwarf that I purchased from Muni Farms.  I also purchased a dwarf malayan from another nursery that the owner of Muni Farms recommended to me.  I'm having trouble remembering the name of that nursery, but if you ask the owner at Muni Farms he could tell you.  They have dwarf malayan coconuts with seed imported from Jamacia.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla questions
« on: May 15, 2023, 09:59:55 AM »
I have had a Butterscotch in the ground for the past couple of years. It was small when I planted and it is approaching 6ft tall now, but still has a spindly trunk. It flowered last year (no fruits) and flowered this year again, but didnít set any fruits. It seems to be dropping off in its flowering now. I think the tree is still too young to support a full size fruit.  I tried squishing flowers and it didnít work for me.

I recently bought 7g Thomas and Hasya varieties to help with pollination. The Thomas and Hasya are flowering now. Seems a bit later than my Butterscotch. Neither of those have set fruit either, but I think they are still too small. The trunk circumference is similar to my BS.

I also picked up a 7g Alano and a tiny Silas Wood, so I think my sap collection is now complete. 😂

I have not tried anything other than Alano.

Julie - how big was your Hasya when it set fruit?

About 8 feet, but it only produced one fruit.  Now this year it has a gouge in the trunk so not sure how much fruit it will produce.

Rob - that doesn't mean the fruit has set.  You need to wait and see if any baby fruits start to form.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla questions
« on: May 11, 2023, 11:55:56 AM »
BS is flowering now, and Silas Woods off and on all year. You can hand pollinate by lightly squeezing flowers, just after they open a little bit.

How was the taste of the fruit Rob compared to other sapodillas?

Does your butterscotch sapodilla produce fruit in winter or in summer?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla questions
« on: May 11, 2023, 11:55:28 AM »
Do sapodilla require a pollinator?  I only have one and that didn't occur to me until now.

My understanding is that Haysa can produce as a single tree, but the amount of fruit you get will be much more if you have another sapodilla tree nearby.  My Haysa tree produced one fruit without another sapodilla in my yard so far.  In a greenhouse not sure how this would apply - at least you would need insects to enter the greenhouse, or do hand pollination.  I know some trees can self pollinate if you shake the branch - not sure.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla questions
« on: May 11, 2023, 10:29:26 AM »
Thank you, that's helpful, my Haysa is flowering now as well

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Butterscotch sapodilla questions
« on: May 11, 2023, 09:43:04 AM »
I have a Haysa sapodilla and want to get a second sapodilla as a pollinator.

When does Butterscotch flower - would it be flowering at the same time as Haysa?

When does Butterscotch have it's fruit maturing?

For those who have Butterscotch sapodilla - how does it taste compared to Haysa?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango weed wacker damage
« on: May 11, 2023, 08:41:15 AM »
Julie,

Wrap the wound with foil.
Tie the foil with a string so the wind wonít unwind the foil.
Or tape over the foil.
Wound heals fast under foil.
No worry.

Donít use any sealers.

Ty for the tip

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango weed wacker damage
« on: May 11, 2023, 08:40:34 AM »
Iíve had weed eater damage before and itís always horizontal so that vertical damage perpendicular to the trunk wouldnít be indicative of weed eater to me, but it doesnít look like animal damage either?

It looks like you have it mulched around the tree, would they have any reason to be seed eating next to the trunk?

No he wouldn't, he goes around the edge of the mulch where the mulch touches the grass, but he's not supposed to go close to the trunk.  I find it hard to believe it was an animal that did that, and I don't have anyone else going in my fenced yard.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade cast by dwarf coconut?
« on: May 10, 2023, 10:15:32 PM »
I have the dwarf red spicata but it's small.  Pictures I've seen show it as skinnier than the fiji dwarf.  I'd feel more comfortable planting it in-between trees or closer to the fence.

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Ok - I saw this and I'm glad nothing bad happened - you made the right choice not to keep eating if you can't separate the fruit from the seeds - not much is known about these rare tropical fruits so you should exercise caution.

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