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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Drought deluge possible split
« on: June 11, 2024, 05:35:05 AM »
A friend of mine is concerned that because of the long drought and the forecast for tropical downpours that possibly he may have some mango split. I personally think he'll be fine because he has been irrigating his trees. I have a few mature trees that are actually doing quite well and I'm several weeks from Harvest. I have been getting some short duration precipitation so hopefully that helps. Probably something most don't want to talk about specially with the seasonal forecast we are getting inundated with daily.

According to my Google Assistant I may have ought to of used the word some weeks until Harvest

Few is 3, some is 4, 5, or 6, several is 7, 8, or 9, and many means 10 or more. As you most likely know, the meaning of words can change over time

We were over in that area last Summer
and we stayed in Punta Gorda. The school marm is on summer break she'll want to get out of town so maybe I can get her to bankroll a nice hotel. Last summer we stayed at the four season hotel Punta Gorda and got to meet some fellow Forum members. Will anyone be attending this event? Last Summer the grandbaby had a wonderful time eating pizza at the tiki hut in Punta Gorda telling everyone she was a princess from Oklahoma so since this event has a petting zoo should be easy sell to school marm. I heard tell there's a gift horse flip top mango in that area🙂

Couldn't be more excited about this mango season. Having a banner year up here in the frost belt. Coconut cream, orange sherbert, Little Gem, dwarf Hawaiian. Now Chris has a new mango variety for me to make a road trip to South Florida. Hardell is quite excited too he's rotating the tires on the truck and putting a new distributor cap on for our mango Fest at truly tropicals. Hopefully we can get samplings of Marco and the Carpe diem. On the way back will swing by Martin County Area 51 and visit Palm City for Fellowship. What would make a spectacular season if Vince would have another tasting event over in Punta Gorda I very much enjoyed having fellowship with forum members members fliptop, Shot, and achetadomestica🙂

Just got this Makok sapodilla from Julian Lara Farm i am happy happy happy😊

Tropical Fruit Discussion / fruit cocktail mango fans out there
« on: May 02, 2024, 08:24:39 PM »
How do you rate this variety on flavor? Does it belong in the top tier. What's been your experience with the tree. Pretty much got my mindset on buying a fairly large one and planting it. Just need some confirmation that I'm doing the right thing🙂

Bravo! excellent video on the subject of powdery mildew and anthracnose. This was truly a public service message because there's so much bad misinformation sprouted by the Facebook over posting gurus. The mango Facebook group is where I saw this video. I am amazed how much it is being ignored by folks giving bad advice and crying because of their crop loss to powdery mildew. Very happy Har reiterated sulfur on powdery mildew and copper on anthracnose. I don't know how much more free advice Alex could have gave without asking for a consultant fee. These two Dynamic duels truly love the mango community and this is their passion.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Braiding grapevines
« on: April 11, 2024, 07:53:55 PM »
I know it's probably not practical or necessary but has anyone braided two different varieties of grapevines? Female and a self pollinator planted about 6 in to a foot apart. Braiding The Vines vertically until they reach the wire then running one North and the other South. As a backyard gardener always trying to think of ways to get more varieties on less real estate. I have a summit muscadine and a  Ison muscadine Vines being shipped. I saw a large bougainvillea that was braided with three different colors in the Florida Keys

How many different types or variations of the Florida wild native muscadine is there?
I found a new found interest in some of the Florida hybrids. Finding a source is more difficult than I've anticipated but as far as rootstock I do not have to look far. Is grafting grapevines more difficult than mangoes or avocado?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Any one growing Dunstan's Dream grape?
« on: March 31, 2024, 05:17:48 PM »
I have a Ison self fertile and Supreme Ison along with a Southern home grapevines. Got a email advertisement from Greenwood Nursery in Tennessee they're shipping Vines but nothing I don't already have. Since I finished a fence building project waiting for it to cool off before watering I got curious and stumbled across this hybrid grapevine. Not much information but a grower commented that it is uniquely flavorful. There was an older thread on this forum where it was mentioned but not disgusted in great detail. Any information or opinions would be greatly appreciated

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango season 2023 versus 2024
« on: March 26, 2024, 06:23:18 AM »
So far I'm extremely happy with 2024 the season of 2023 was extremely tough in my yard well I got to watch and cheer on the south Floridians for their bumper crop. My blooms had issues Christmas Day I had 10 hours of  near freezing temperatures then two weeks a week later it was touch 90. So trees I thought certainly we're going to have strong bloom had more vegetative flush than bloom I only got a half dozen orange sherbert. 2 weeks after the Christmas freeze coconut cream appeared to be pushing Bloom I thought but no it was vegetating flush. So looking at the glass being half full it did about five flushes That season and got some massive size to it. This season it is fully loaded. So from season to season it's a roller coaster ride I understand a lot of people are having issues with powdery mildew but you shall persevere. On the bright side of the 2023 season I got a lot of growth and because of the friends I've established through this forum and other social media I was well covered in mangoes. So I would just like to hear other people's perspective of how this season is stacking up compared to last? I know it's a little early to make any final judgments because Mother Nature has the final say.🙂

Recently visited a fellow forum member over in an area I like to call Area 51. Made Mr Toad's Wild Ride to sample mulberries and dig u p some Rogue mango root stock. Of course Palm City Elite showed the utmost  southern hospitality. Myself and another grower from here in the Osceola triangle had the Good Fortune to sample Frozen Okrung Kesar and supremely delicious coining the
Phrase of Hars. Super Julie. A whole Frozen Okrung was sugarcane sweet but in my opinion I prefer Kesar. My expectations weren't very high because everyone always disses Frozen mangoes but I was extremely pleasantly surprised how good they were. But was overwhelmingly delighted with how extremely delightfully delicious Super Julie was. It retained its deep rich flavor that I love. I recommend freezing your favorite top tier mangoes for a pleasant treat preseason. I believe it would be a fun event to have such tasting when everyone's not over inundated with mangoes during Prime season. Here's a couple of rogue mangoes we dug up right next to a mulberry tree

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Zhpp Glo Mango
« on: February 13, 2024, 08:53:28 AM »
Has anyone started or heard the rumor of a potential new release from Zill? A prominent YouTuber from  Palm Beach County insinuated there's another potential release coming soon. Prophetically speaking could it be the Glo mango tree with
bioluminescent  bloom that attract pollinators after Dark They found that mushroom DNA is very compatible with plant DNA and used that to transfer the bioluminescent traits

Tropical Fruit Discussion / February fruit
« on: February 11, 2024, 03:53:01 PM »

Well since I see how well strawberries can do in a raised bed garden going to expand. Got these at the beginning of Last Summer

I was revisiting hardening of seedlings came across an article where they said the new grow lights that have UV can help with the transition to outdoor Sun UV Radiation. Shared article with a friend who advised since I'm working on a very small scale to experiment with a reptilian UV light in addition to the grow light are already have. Just for fun I will get some more tomato seeds and do several control groups. My shade cloth method is working well but this season is a blessed one and next may not be so kind. Of course the Cannabis industry is leading the innovation in this method of plant health. Too old to take up any new vices I'll stick with tomatoes. Anyone  familiar with the UVA UVB pulse method of short duration two to three times during the light cycle?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Blumat gravity flow irrigation
« on: January 29, 2024, 05:13:38 AM »

 Since I'm a gardening hobbyist I get advertisements for irrigation but this was new to me. Anyone using these ceramic valves reminds me of ceramic valve on irrometer Galatians schools me on in another thread. May experiment with these Blumat ceramic valves attached to a 5 gallon bucket with bulkhead 8 mm Spaghetti hose on container grown tomatoes just for fun.                                                                         For those not familiar with Blumats, they utilize a ceramic actuated valve... when the ceramic drys up, the valve opens, then once the ground is wet again, the ceramic soaks the water back up, swells, and shuts off the valve.

What procedure do you use to harden off young transplants that you've had indoors under grow light with a oscillating fan with light Breeze. I have the shade of a Barbados cherry bush and plenty of shade cloth. I also have a busy schedule.

Since my earliest mangoes are mid June. I planned last season to start cantaloupes indoors at the beginning of the new year. I'm a little behind schedule but I have all the pieces to the puzzle. Going to raise them in 25 gallon pots drip irrigation with a cattle panel trellis proximately 8 ft tall 20 ft wide. The varieties I selected for this first rodeo are (Ice Cream Green Machine (Sugar Cube) (Honey Bun) and (Brilliant F1 Canary Honeydew). These are Bush type and smaller cantaloupes of around 2 lb. Going to raise them vertically. The goal is to have fruit in May. Then go down to Palm City for the early sweet Turpin mangoes and hopefully early Carrie

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Has covid-19 changed your taste preferences?
« on: January 02, 2024, 06:47:23 AM »
Having covid-19 multiple times I believe it's changed my taste preferences. Things I didn't like I do like. I feel as though I don't taste the pine flavor like I used to and I definitely think my sense of smell has changed. The secretary at my insurance agent says she definitely feels that her tastes preferences have changed. She says she's talked to multiple clients that have the same experience. Is broccoli now on the menu for you?😊

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Spraying fungicide below 60 ?
« on: January 01, 2024, 06:55:12 AM »
I read in several places that it's recommended not to spray fungicides below 60
But they don't really state why. Because of the wind I sometimes I want to spray as the sun rises. As of right now the temperature is 45, but that's not the daily high. The daily high will most likely be above 60. So my question is. Is it that fungus and spores don't grow rapidly below 60 and they deem spraying not necessary? Or is it that the trees and plants will not absorb the systemic fungicide? Could it be the metabolic rate of the plant or trees is slow and will not distribute the fungicide once absorbed efficiently?
I have a two application rotational regiment to keep anthracnose systemically low in my trees. There is some bloom on some trees so powdery mildew is also on the hit list.
Happy New Year

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tropical fruit Christmas wish list
« on: December 23, 2023, 11:24:52 PM »
My Christmas wish is that Dot and coconut cream have a bloom instead of vegetative growth flush. Looks like Dot Maybe mixed bloom at best

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: October 16, 2023, 06:51:13 AM »
Speaking for Central Florida last week we had a couple of days of rain at times heavy. Friday in the early a.m. around 4:00 we had a huge downpour by the time I made coffee and started to head to work the humidity was oppressive even before the sun came up. Now 3 to 4 days later in the early a.m. it is 61 with low humidity this early a.m. Looks to be Pleasant weather through the week and into the weekend. This is a good opportunity to spray and repot some plants before we get into the holiday season. I think the rainfall totals are about average for this summer but I'll have to check on that. Not sure about the rest of the state. Pretty confident that South Florida got their usual heavy share of the rain. This can be an ongoing thread for form members report from their locations on Frost freeze rain etc etc🙂

Since the weather cooled off to the low 80s today I took an opportunity to spray for anthracnose. I sprayed Phyton 35 this morning and will again in the beginning of November. Then i will  rotate per California Ag recommendations. Only two trees didn't spray was Malika which I don't spray even for powdery mildew and orange sherbert which I do spray for powdery mildew. During bloom

Special thanks to Mark from Texas for sharing his fungicide wisdom. He may still be on an extended 30-day forum ban Lol

anthracnose magnet but she looks clean

Phyton 35

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Recommended blueberry bushes for Central Florida
« on: September 17, 2023, 11:07:04 AM »
What are some good blueberry varieties for Orlando area. Are some better grown in containers than others. And where is a good place to purchase some don't mind making a road trip🙂

Tropical Fruit Discussion / People's Court for mango
« on: August 19, 2023, 08:09:03 PM »
Has anyone ever ended up in the People's Court over mango tree? My wife just noticed that I dug up a 6 ft Graham tree and traded it for a sizable White Pirie. Try to explaining that we have to many West Indian profile trees and need to diversify. To someone from the Caribbean this is very serious and the smile on my face did not help my case. If she walks around to the back side of the house and notice that Pickering is gone that i traded for a similar size Carrie tree. I may end up in front of Judge Judy. Since she is a woman I will definitely probably get the chair.
Has anyone else had their spouse get hot blood over a tree😡

I had the opportunity to try three unique mangoes first was apricot I've had my eye on that one for several seasons but finally got to try it things to Alex tropical Acre Farms. No surprise it's probably a Seedling of Bombay but it had a unique flavor Tangerine for me. The second one was the bolt mango thanks to Vince in Punta Gorda. I had only a slice so wasn't able to derive an opinion. Lastly is Black Julie which I had the privilege to come up with the name. It is a Blackie seedling brought from Jamaica many years ago that has just started fruiting the last two seasons. Now I've had it several times over a span of a month and this last one I had was really outstanding. The flavor next to the skin was strong and unique can Alfonso West Indian type of flavor. When I commented my friend said that's the black mango flavor. But it's much different than I've had before. It was fiberless except close to the seed. Very rich flavor Ultra sweet. I enjoyed it much more than the Buxton spice that followed it. The shape is that of a Julie not a Blackie and it very much reminds me of Super Julie but stronger. Andy is in the process of taking all the air layers of other varieties grafted to that tree off now that we know it is an exceptionally unique mango. Anywho I thought I'd share🙂

The public likes the illusion of organically grown fruit but then rejects the reality. The General Public tend to reject any fruit that has a blemish or looks as I call it dirty. That's the old adage you can't judge a book by its cover the same goes for mangoes. When they buy clean fruit there's a very high probability that it's being sprayed with more than just sulfur and copper. Some of the best mangoes I've been given have had a little anthracnose on the skin but once I cut it open it was a beautiful sight. I guess my point is there's some very unrealistic expectations out there. And with the logistics of Labor time and expense could possibly a tribute to Mango inflation. If you want Ultra Clean fruit you're going to pay more. Hence the recent increase in dollars per pound

Only the Ultra Cleanest organic mangoes and we refuse to overpay

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