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My big one up front is easily 20' wide. The one with fruit is about 7-8'wide and about 10'tall. Others are in between those sizes. The inga vulpina in a pot is fine since it gets r/o water. Would be ok for half the dry season but without the rain we normally get in the summer it's impossible to leech the sand. The espoma soil acidifier has gypsum in there so that may help. I got so.e of those IBC liquid storage containers and need to plumb them into to gutters. Just trying to plan that with all the other projects/work is challenging. I think I just wash em out good and put them on the back porch since it's elevation is highest on the property.

Sorry to hear about your water quality issue and the struggling tree. Some of my ingas are showing signs of iron/magnesium deficiency as well but the one holding the fruit is pretty minor. I gave them a couple bags of black cow and Peet moss yesterday. Not a drop of rain in sight for sw. Fl. So much for el Nino making it a wet winter.

That's cool! I have a couple of those too lol. They are very small still, probably 1 month old.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya
« on: December 02, 2023, 01:33:32 PM »
Thank you!  I'm going to research that now! Sounds like you made a good investment on that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya
« on: December 02, 2023, 12:40:06 PM »
The dehydrated pineapple sounds much more delicious. Thanks for saving me the effort on the papayas. I did make some fruit leather from dragonfruit, grapes and some blackberries with some honey in the oven. It took forever though. Tasted great and good texture but the seeds need to be strained out next time around, it's a little too crunch. I'll try again next season or maybe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya
« on: December 01, 2023, 05:59:42 PM »
The one big one is getting the axe for sure since I got another 25' row of dragonfruit trellis installed real close. Plus the fruit are almost 15' up there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya
« on: December 01, 2023, 06:10:18 AM »
I'll most likely just leave it to its own since nobody in my family really like them. But good to know all that info about them. There one loaded with larger fruit out back i just let the animals chew em up lol. At least until I get a dehydrator. Can anyone confirm that dehydrating will actually remove the garbage can flavor? The dehydrated ones in store bought trail mix were always good and this year I'll need a good way to preserve the harvests.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lemon Zest Mango Seeds (6)
« on: November 30, 2023, 12:24:12 PM »
Check out everglades farm website. They have high quality trees and ship, just not sure about if they ship to your location.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Check out this guys YouTube Channel!
« on: November 30, 2023, 06:31:49 AM »
How long have you been growing the angustisima?  I have a couple almost a year young.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya
« on: November 30, 2023, 06:30:18 AM »
The winter time papaya are always better since the fruit fly isn't as prevalent. I had nearly given up on them cause they were infesting all the fruit in years past. I don't eat much papaya after all that. It must have been the most perfect one yet so I harvested it.
That looks like an exact clone of the one I ate yesterday. Lol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: November 29, 2023, 10:37:58 AM »
Today is just down right chilly!!
Jeans were too small lol it's sweat pants & workboots!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya
« on: November 29, 2023, 10:36:49 AM »
I'll pick some of the next fruit it set when there ready and see if they all are Seedless. The other trees I did from seed I had cut the taproot while they were still under 1' to stress them into being fruit bearing. Seemed to have worked since I have no male trees.  That one without seeds, the rodents/birds get credit for planting. This tree gets absolutely no attention or irrigation either so boron deficiency could be it. Or could be some other factor like you all suggested. Thanks for information 👍 😀

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seedless papaya
« on: November 29, 2023, 07:49:27 AM »
On my walk this morning I found this Rouge papaya tree that the animals planted but havnt looked at it in a while. It's growing in the shade of several pine and Sable palms behind the hedge row of clusias. Upon cutti g it open there weren't any seeds and never knew they could be Seedless. It's actually got less of a dumpster taste than the ones I planted. Small sized fruit though, maybe because it's in shade.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Check out this guys YouTube Channel!
« on: November 29, 2023, 06:41:16 AM »
Was that a eugenia angustisima? Looks great! Hope you got that heater functioning properly again. Thanks for the cool video!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida weather South Southwest and Central
« on: November 29, 2023, 06:32:08 AM »
Heater is pumping hard in the greenhouse! This should make some mango bloom, Woo-hoo! Hoping all the varieties on my stump project bloom. So far honey kiss has some pea sized fruit forming. Separate fruit punch tree pushing some flowers as well. Stay warm everyone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 28, 2023, 01:53:40 PM »
I got a mislabeled American beauty from home depot and it turned out being a white flesh. The first fruit was about 1.5lbs and was really disappointed when I cut it open to a white flesh. 10seconds later the disappointment went away because it's packed with sweetness and complexity. Seems self-sterile though. Haleys comet was the sweetest and had the best berry like flavor out of all. Then cosmic charley with a sweet grap flavor. Then that mislabeled white flesh. Pink panther was real enjoyable also. Next year I should have several other cultivars to test including s8, which was large but for some reason didn't flower at all. In 2 years there will be about 30 or cultivars fruiting to evaluate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice cream bean holding a fruit
« on: November 28, 2023, 06:16:18 AM »
Thanks Brian! Maybe you could grab one of those cheap kiddie pools and experiment with filling it up so it saves you some effort. All the ingas here need some real rain water so I'm contemplating running a pump out of the canal for my drip lines since it's probably better quality than the well. It just scares me that it could have all those weed killers and whatever else. Probably no different than the well besides the amount of fresh rain runoff. The well water isn't very good quality and high in dissolved solids, especially cause we're around 20ish" short on rainfall this year. Hoping next year we get back to normal.

The large container and pump really saves a lot of frustration. The last hose end sprayer said "guaranteed" so I reached out to the company for my money back and still waiting for their response, going on probably 4months and dont expect a reply. When I'm done fertilizing I rinse it out and then purge the system and the hose with clean water. Wouldn't hurt adding a backflow preventer to the spigot also to keep from contaminating your water.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ice cream bean holding a fruit
« on: November 25, 2023, 03:45:08 PM »
Seems one of my trees is holding a fruit. It's either a inga feullei or edulis. Wish I would have labeled them, oh well. I'm very excited to try the fruit and hoping we get more rain since we've only had half the total yearly amount. Looks like it takes 3 months to mature so around February I should be able to test it if it holds on through winter. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Yea I know it's like a sri lanken weavil buffet over here. He's there hiding if you look closely.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: November 23, 2023, 10:03:35 AM »
Those fruit from the choc anon were like a mix between a lemon meringue/ coconut cream. Really caught me off guard how great they were. Easily better than coconut cream. They had some ataulfo mangos at Sam's last week that were actually palatable and ripened up correctly so I went back and got another box which is almost gone now 😆

I used an even cheaper one on my drip line fertigating my in ground plants but who knows what the final dilution rate was as you probably need to have some pressure and flow meters installed to know what your getting. I don't think it's as important when feeding them in ground since everything really perked up within a couple weeks of doing that. It was organic fertilizer I inoculated with mycorhyzae also. You probably could elevate a container(large enough so you mix 1 batch of fertilizer) and add a hose (cheap clear hose from home depot) that's long enough instead of buying a pump and just add a valve to the end where you hold it and a barb fitting to the bottom of the container with some silicone sealant. If it was a strong enough container sealed up you could probably hook up a fitting for an air compressor and fill it with air to push the water out to save you on buying a pump as well. I just chose the trash can and pump on garden hose since there's lots & lots of plants in containers and there kind of far away from the r/o water. It's a good topic though. I'm interested how others overcome the task on large container gardens. It's just such a pain to mix in a watering can and repeat 20x over and over.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving !!!
« on: November 23, 2023, 09:43:27 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving!
Thankful for:
1) the good lord our creator for all the wonderful fruits.
2) loving family that supports my fruit growing addiction.
3) successful business that funds my fruit growing addiction
Happy growing everyone!

I was in the same situation but those sprayers I got never worked right so I got a 35gal trash can and a pump from home depot. I attached about 6' of garden hose to the pump with the quick connect fitting. On my long garden hose I water the containers with I put a quick connect also, making me able to switch from fertilizer to water very easily. That way you know it's mixed to the correct ratio.

I buy mostly 3 gal plants and up pot them to a 7 or 15gal. After that they go in the ground. Which is pure sand here.

Granite dust has to be more expensive than any other mix.

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