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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Terrible season
« on: May 20, 2022, 04:59:01 PM »
Last year was very good. This year is below normal. Last year my Pickering, Carrie and Sweet Tart (#1!) trees were heavy producers. My Carrie always comes through, so even this year it is OK, but half of last year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is this crap on my mango leaves?
« on: May 20, 2022, 04:50:24 PM »
Hi--- What is this problem? All input is appreciated. I have my own suspicions, but I would like to hear yours first. A deficiency I think.








This photo shows the problem in the early stages....



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I have used soluble kelp powder(ascophyllum nodosum) as a general tonic for plants that fail to thrive for over 20 years. It is great for treating trace element deficiencies which may be one factor, but it also contains natural substances that make plants thrive. I have been told it increases grafting success if applied to scion and stock but have not tested it. It does seem to help with rooting cuttings. I first noticed it to increase bloom on citrus,but it seems to work on everything. 5 pounds in a single application rejuvenated 10 acres of pasture so quickly and of such high quality to the point that neighbors asked what I sprayed it with.


Book marking this. I am thinking that dump this https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l2632&_nkw=kelp+meal&_sacat=159912 into a five gallon bucket, fill with water. Let this ferment for 15-30 days. Run through a fine mesh strainer. Take the kelp dregs and run through a strong blender. Use as a foliar or a drench.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Major mango bloom
« on: April 03, 2022, 03:53:30 AM »
Next year I really need to spray sulfur, it seems like chopping back most of my permaculture crops when it started to cool off help with airflow and anthracnose

Foliar MSM = sulfur

fliptop ---- That's a very cool cat!

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Best compromise would be mango and pepperoni pizza.

Anchovy pizza rules. Buy a good quality frozen pizza and a can of anchovies. Cook/bake the pizza and add anchovies near the end. I ramp it up with some umami diced onions or garlic or diced green peppers. If you don't mod your pizzas you are a chump. Another mod is, sprinkle a bit of cayenne powder on the pizza as it bakes.

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Mangoes are way overrated and this forum could easily be renamed the mango forum.
Not in the same class as rambutan, mangosteen, duku and certainly not durian

Mangos are the most popular fruit. If not #1 then in the top five. The internet also says that bananas are #1.
So mangoes are not overrated.
Mangoes and bananas are often grown in the same tropical and semi-tropical climates. Mangoes taste better any day of the week.

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You have planted 1000 mango trees? You gotta mow your grass during the wet season to keep track of the fruit trees you have planted. Even if you do this only 2-3 times per year. Then you will have a better mind's eye image of your progress. Buy a used riding mower?

When your trees grow large, then mow once a year.

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VP is called upright grower and vigorous. It makes very nice looking elongated fruits that customers will buy. Plant it where you can let it grow as much as you like and into a shade tree.
Cac is not like this. It is moderate with a bushy enough tendency.

There is a VP a mile from me. It sure looks like VP, but the owner could not verify, since the tree came with the property when he bought it. For all I know, maybe it was planted from seed, a VP seed perhaps? I was amazed how good looking the fruits were. He gave me a few, so thanks to him! This would be a very good tree to get scion wood from.  (zzlogic___at____gmail) The fruit skin was so shiny and colorful, that I rate it 50/50 that this tree is not a VP clone such as Zill will graft.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sooty mold
« on: November 11, 2021, 02:59:47 AM »
Great idea Brian! I have had limited sooty mold from time to time. I cut off these branches. I never had to cut off anything larger diameter than one inch. They all grew back with no mold.

How about that bacterial spotting that makes leaves die? On mango trees? This is my larger problem. One mango tree shed lots of leaves last month due to this. They all grew back green, the tree now looks nice and green. But having to grow back these leaves takes energy which is better spent making fruits next year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your favorite South Florida Nursery
« on: October 12, 2021, 07:27:29 PM »
Chris at Truly Tropical in Delray Beach and Alex at Tropical Acres in West Palm.  I also second the recommendation for Julian at Lara Farms. All 1st class nurseries.

My neighbor in the same suburban development --  I never asked him where he got this idea about getting a Dwarf Hawaiian mango tree. But last March he asked me where he could buy Dwarf Hawaiian. By some cosmic synchronicity he was talking to someone who knew. I sent him to Chris at Truly Tropical where he got his Hawaiian and a Carrie too. So now he has these two plus a much older tree that seems like Keitt. It is late season for sure.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Email Function Restored!
« on: October 12, 2021, 07:19:59 PM »
Good news and thanks! Can you get the forum background color turned back to green? The way it was? I find it more friendly than the gray we now have and thanks!

The green was a template and it is not compatible with the current version but we are looking into other compatible template options.

I preferred the green as well.

Your deadline is next SE Florida mango season. The day that Alex-Squam has his first ripe mangoes for the hordes.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Email Function Restored!
« on: October 11, 2021, 10:41:48 PM »
Good news and thanks! Can you get the forum background color turned back to green? The way it was? I find it more friendly than the gray we now have and thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a fresh mulch pile self ignite?
« on: October 11, 2021, 10:36:13 PM »
That steam is good. It shows that things are cooking and breaking down into eventually humus and compost.
Do not breath in that steam! It can be full of mold as in toxic mold.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Holy Sh*t! How NOT to Trim a Mango Tree
« on: October 11, 2021, 10:30:45 PM »
This tree is very well branched out. The only problem for us mango cognoscenti is that all the fruits will be up on high. So wait for them to fall or find a way to pick them. In contrast, all my trees are kept low for easy fruit picking. My goal is to never have to use a ladder (dangerous) to trim/prune the tree. I am sure many/most here do the same.

For picking fruit from this tree I would take a simple extension ladder and rope it in very very securely to the trunk. I did this rope-a-dope once to trim a Kent mango tree. Then using a mango picking pole I would pick the mangos. Get out an old foam mattress and drop your picked mangos onto it. Or haul an old sofa outside and drop the mangoes onto it. (joke) Hmmmm.. I would never get up on a folding ladder to pick mangoes.

If the lawn is very lushly grassy and well kept the mangoes that fall off naturally will not get that bruised. Mangoes that fall can be firm and suffer minimally. Not all mango drops are soft by any means.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango seed viability days weeks or months?
« on: September 21, 2021, 08:42:10 PM »
As far as your friend Rocky Raccoon and his buddies go...... Go to HD and buy some house brand wasp and hornet spray for two bucks. This is not really a spray. It shoots out a stream of liquid. Give Rocky a good dose in the nose, eyes and face. Repeat in two hours. He will never come back again.

Though to be on the safe side, I would also drive him a few miles away to turn him loose by the side of the road. Give him another shot of hornet spray, while he is still dazed shake him out of the cage, hit him in the head with a 2x4, kick him in the rear with your boot. No need to drive him the ten miles away, that they talk about. This is ridiculous and too much work.

Wishful thinking but first you have to trap  Rocky which may not be trivia. Yeah, I like to kick its butt too. I once trapped a tough Rocky and he walked the whole cage with him around the yard all night. He chewed the tuna aluminum can just like chewing gum. I didn't have wasp spray to try, and too afraid to be near Rocky so I opened the trap door and ran away, letting Rocky walked out to a new far place.

Harbor Fright trap $25 ---  https://www.harborfreight.com/32-in-x-15-in-x-10-in-medium-animal-trap-63008.html  -- is huge and might scare your neighbors. Got two Rocky raccoons that did not walk it around. Heavy construction. Only problem was the trap was set on top of lawn grass, which Rockys tore up to a fare thee well as they tried to dig downward to escape. So putting some plywood underneath next year.
No wasp spray? Douse/Squirt Rocky's face, nose, eyes with some hot pepper/Cayenne simmered in water. And of course be sure to give him a good boot in the ass on the way out..

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango seed viability days weeks or months?
« on: September 21, 2021, 12:01:22 AM »
As far as your friend Rocky Raccoon and his buddies go...... Go to HD and buy some house brand wasp and hornet spray for two bucks. This is not really a spray. It shoots out a stream of liquid. Give Rocky a good dose in the nose, eyes and face. Repeat in two hours. He will never come back again.

Though to be on the safe side, I would also drive him a few miles away to turn him loose by the side of the road. Give him another shot of hornet spray, while he is still dazed shake him out of the cage, hit him in the head with a 2x4, kick him in the rear with your boot. No need to drive him the ten miles away, that they talk about. This is ridiculous and too much work.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Lemon Zest budwood and Orange Sherbet
« on: September 20, 2021, 04:47:58 PM »
I trimmed my LZ today. It has been overcast today plus I have a tarp over them. Lots of cuttings that I can send out tomorrow. I should have enough to fill two of these boxes. Email me directly at zzendo7 ... AT .....gmail DOT com

I know they will not be prepped. I charge $20 to fill a priority mail box with the scions that I put in a plastic bag with some wetted newspaper. You pay for the medium sized priority mail box which is about $17. You do the math. I think the US Post Office is now back to normal for priority mail, going by other stuff I have recently sent. Florida probably late for grafting but California, Arizona is not. So I think.

I also have an Orange Sherbet tree that I have not tip pruned all season. I can take scions off it tomorrow to send you a box that is half OS and half LZ.

For the real fanaticos that want to convert a tree to Keitt... This tree was trimmed today. The cuttings are on the ground and can be sent out tomorrow. Same price as up above.
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Top two show Keitt tree and the trimmings


Tarp over the LZ trimmings



LZ trimmings


Orange sherbet tree

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Anyone have sugar apples and similar fruits to sell? My friend Krishna is interested in buying.

He and wife live in Plantation  (Southern Broward County). Phone or message him at ‪(203) 654-1699.  He also bought mangoes from me this season.

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Last 3 Keitts went to a customer today. Mango Season is done.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting fig for SoCal?
« on: September 02, 2021, 11:56:37 AM »
My vote goes to black mission fig. I ate a lot of them in Oroville, where the tree was located, a few years ago, there was a tree on the property. The tree was very productive.

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Black Mission Fig | Fig Trees From Paradise Nursery
https://paradisenursery.com/product/black-mission-fig
Sep 15, 2013 · Black Mission Fig Tree Care and Information. The Black Mission Fig tree produces heavily from a young age. Plant the fig tree in the full sun. Trees can grow over 30 feet tall, but prune to keep as small as 10 feet tall and wide. Plant trees 10-15 feet apart in soil that drains well. How To Water, Fertilize, and Prune A Fig Tree. Water the fig tree deep but not too frequent.

Offer Count: 5
Availability: In stock
Price Range: $30 - $450

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I am topping my 5 Orange Essence trees
« on: September 02, 2021, 12:58:28 AM »
Look at it this way. King Henry VIII had his headsman decapitate her. This was his queen Anne Boleyn. This did King Henry no good. It haunted him afterwards.They say her ghost haunts The Tower of London where she met her fate

This inspired a well known English music hall song, and last year a TV series
With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQErY55m8vo

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Anne Boleyn’s ghost has been seen on numerous occasions at the Tower of London.  It is said her ghost haunts the place of her death, beheaded within the Tower of London on the 19thMay 1536.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Lemon Zest fruits sun burned easy
« on: September 02, 2021, 12:35:53 AM »
@sapote
How about get some banana pups from forum members and have the stalks grow high enough to shield your LZ fruits. Bananas like cheap 10-10-10 fertilizer to grow faster and water frequently. Plant 5 banana pups 9 inches apart, and you will have a banana mat established quickly. A banana mat really gets them going and growing (competing, apical dominance?) and throwing off pups quicker. Plant one banana and it takes 2-3 years

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Banana mat>
The root system of banana plants begins as a single rhizome that puts out suckers, which form new plants to replace the dying main plant after it fruits. The rhizome, suckers and their fibrous roots form a mass of roots known as the mat.

Or plant a fast growing tree where its shade will protect LZ fruits. Tree is better because you can prune it to suit the shielding action that you want

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugarloaf video by Zill high performance
« on: September 01, 2021, 12:02:35 PM »
Lame. Put it on YouTube. I have no stinkin' Facebook log-on, so cannot see it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Lemon Zest fruits sun burned easy
« on: September 01, 2021, 07:30:04 AM »
I saw that Wong farms in Thermal, CA use mesh bags over their fruits specifically to prevent sun burns. Seems like a good solution for the situation

That's near where I live. We have a trucking company. We hauled about about 400k lbs of Keitt mangos a couple of weeks ago. Supposedly it all came out of a 46 acre field in Westmorland or Calipatria. It was all packed in Thermal, CA though.

I saw pickup trucks coming into where they were packing the mangos and hauling away thousands of pounds of blemished but huge mangos.... for their cows and goats lol. I don't know why they just didn't sell them to a juice company.

This is ridiculous. Fruits with some blemishes are easily sold off at flea markets. Get these mangoes out there on Saturday and Sunday, they will be scooped up. I suppose one barrier is these mango seconds need refrigeration, that might not be available at a low enough price. Citrus is more durable, this is what I have seen (and eaten) at Florida flea markets. This ugly citrus was prime! Such as tangerines and grapefruit.

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