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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Flavored Mango?
« on: January 22, 2022, 01:35:21 PM »
The PLU code on the sticker suggests it was a Keitt.

People will taste flavors inside a mango sometimes that the next person doesn’t taste at all. It can be pretty subjective stuff.
You're probably right, but what I want to know is how was it possible to still have Keitts???

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do Cecilove Mango Trees grow?
« on: January 21, 2022, 02:05:39 PM »
When I asked Chris at TT about this variety, she seemed to say it was vigorous growing and not at all compact.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How does your Cecilove Mango Tree grow?
« on: January 21, 2022, 10:18:43 AM »
Are Cecilove trees any easier to manage and keep small, compared to related mango varieties of the same flavor group?  If you're growing it, can you post photos?

If he grew a particularly good seedling, he could name it the "Palm Springs CA" mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote for South Florida?
« on: January 20, 2022, 09:11:00 AM »
Baby Alano sapodilla, Deerfield Beach, Florida.  (You're looking at the backs of houses so we have a great deal of common space.  Permaculture and a food forest in the future.  Most likely after I've gone to the Great Beyond!)

Hopefully white sapote joins it soon!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South/Central Florida Cold Fronts
« on: January 19, 2022, 08:38:55 PM »
Thanks, I've lurked on here for over a year now and learned so much. I think my bloom times for mangos and lychees will be a bit earlier because of the temps but I still keep tabs on what is happening in down by you. Maybe one of these days I can move to at least 9b.
9b seems like it could be the ideal zone.  Our winters in 10a/b are getting too warm!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South/Central Florida Cold Fronts
« on: January 18, 2022, 08:58:59 PM »
34 here on the panhandle last night. A light frost was on the roof tops. Had my potted mangos in a unheated greenhouse and no damage. I also have a potted lychee that has blooms starting and no damage(unprotected). Lychee and longan seedlings are doing great with no damage and no protection. Avocados Oro Negro, Brodgon, and Sir Prize all unharmed. Eventually I'll have to cover and protect if it gets much colder but so far things are doing great.

Post said South/Central Florida and I felt left out  :P Lol.
Good to hear from you.  You're welcome to comment anytime even though I tend to think in terms of in-the-ground mangos, lychees, etc., in South and Central Florida.

For late-season Neelam is precocious and very disease resistant and has the West Indian profile. As far as the Citrus profile I think lemon meringue would be your best bet. Indo-chinese hybrid sweet tart is Top tier

I've never tried Neelam, but I'm a big fan of mallika, so maybe I would like it. Lemon meringue is great; a bit bitter by the skin for my liking, but great flavor. I enjoy sweet tart, but it isn't at the top of my list. I may roll the dice with a Neelam, but if I can't find, go with lemon meringue.
I ate quite a few Lemon Meringue last summer, as I had access to a tree that the owner didn't pick the fruit of.  I found very few that were bitter by the skin.  Most did not have this problem.  The tree isn't given any special care and is ignored for the most part.  (Isn't Mahachanok considered very disease resistant?  It has a very pleasing flavor but isn't in the flavor-bomb category.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South/Central Florida Cold Fronts
« on: January 18, 2022, 08:45:08 AM »
49 degrees at 7:00am.  I put my soursop (3-gal) in the garage last night just to make sure it wouldn't lose any leaves.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote for South Florida?
« on: January 18, 2022, 08:39:11 AM »
Carolinazone, I just cut some of my Supersweet branches today, if you want to buy some I can sell it for $4 each plus $9 shipping.
Also have the Younghan's Gold and Bonita Springs. Send me a PM if you're interested in the cuttings this week.
How do you like Younghan's Gold?  I'm thinking I should go with that one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote for South Florida?
« on: January 17, 2022, 01:02:22 PM »
There was this discussion from 2015.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote for South Florida
« on: January 17, 2022, 09:07:25 AM »
Laras grafts them but it doesn't seem like many people have much success with them in the tricounty area.
Or maybe the varieties that grow here aren't as good enough to make it worth while
Those are my concerns.  It's an awesome fruit in SoCal, where everyone should have one.  But here?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote for South Florida
« on: January 16, 2022, 07:04:22 PM »
But I would say the Youghan's is the best and also the darkest green leaves and seems to be the happiest in Florida sun
Thanks. That helps.  Do you know where to get one?  I see that PIN lists it on their website so I'll give them a call.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / White Sapote for South Florida?
« on: January 16, 2022, 05:11:45 PM »
Does anyone have opinions/experience regarding white sapote in South Florida?  What would be the best variety to plant?  Where to get it?  Pine Island Nursery? Lara?

(Regarding my guerrilla tree-planting scheme in my "no-fruit-trees" senior community, I found a good spot to plant a sapodilla tree where it should go unnoticed until it's "too late," meaning already bearing fruit. The lady who lives in the nearest house is from Jamaica, and she said, "Be my guest." I decided on Alano since it's also a beautiful tree.  I'll be replacing a flowering tree that's almost dead.)

Did you notify Cox's immediately when you received the tree?
I would think any reputable company would quickly want to
remedy the situation. Hopefully they have another tree and
will replace.
Cox's Orange Pippin is the variety name.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South/Central Florida Cold Fronts
« on: January 15, 2022, 08:35:31 AM »
53 this morning, and we may go down to the high 40's Monday night.  Then another cold front coming up within the next 10 days, but February and March are forecast to be warmer than average.  I think our mango trees are getting what they need.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your favorite South Florida Nursery
« on: January 08, 2022, 02:10:19 PM »
Define decent ;)
So I bought three trees recently, and they all look healthy, as did their row mates.  I never had disease or pest issues with anything I bought from them back several years ago.  I'm sorry you did, and it's good you're letting us know.

Moving on, kudos to Truly Tropical for having the best selection of mango trees at the present time!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: "pumpkin pie" dwarf mamey
« on: January 08, 2022, 10:02:55 AM »
No clue what Zill is actually charging but yeah bend over and grab your ankles.
OMG (Ouch!)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trees that do well and trees that don't
« on: January 07, 2022, 02:27:44 PM »
That's good information, Mike.  Isn't the problem with figs nematodes in the soil?  And you've actually seen pecan trees in your area that bear good-quality nuts?  That's surprising.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: "pumpkin pie" dwarf mamey
« on: January 07, 2022, 02:20:25 PM »
How did I miss this thread?  So if Zill is propagating this variety, is it another case of whatever retailer has any available they're going to charge two or three times the regular price, like what was done with the Butterscotch sapodilla?  Does Zill actually charge so much more for these new varieties they've bred?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your favorite South Florida Nursery
« on: January 07, 2022, 03:55:06 AM »
It seems everyone is pretty dissatisfied with Excalibur these days, but I wanted to report that you can still find decent avocado, sapodilla, and soursop trees there in 3-gal. size.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mamey Sapote Trees
« on: January 07, 2022, 03:24:33 AM »
How big do they get in South Florida?  What's the best variety on a small tree if there is such a thing?  Can you keep them a certain size by regular pruning?  Is green sapote a better option if you're looking for a small tree?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado poll
« on: January 04, 2022, 10:18:48 AM »
Best of luck with your project.  That hillside will be solid green in the future!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Talking to your plants
« on: December 31, 2021, 04:54:18 PM »
You should tell them they're beautiful.  They love that.

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