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The mini vacuum works great! Good choice. The 20$ spent is well worth that in the time savings, ease of use and amount it collects. The bees robbed most of the pollen from the flowers if I'm too late in the morning. Seems I'm their first stop in the morning now.

Yes I do cross pollinate them. There is a couple that are blooming like crazy and won't hold fruit but cosmic charley, haleys comet and the one that had 18fruits on it are holding fruit. Just noticed pink panther has some flower buds popping out.

That's a very exciting time, hope you get lots of fruit and figure out what you have. Mine have been pretty productive for the first year of fruiting and had lots of nice fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla questions
« on: August 24, 2023, 08:06:40 AM »
My in ground 5' butterscotch has got some fruit holding. I think it's important for the sapodilla to have consistent watering. This one gets irrigation by dripline every other day. There are other flowering sapodillas also.

Mango is #1 undisputed king of fruit.


My biggest inga spectabalis tree burst out with flowers again. I noticed this morning. Bees were all over it so hopefully they did some good. Mine is nearing about 17-18ft tall and 20'wide and almost 3years old.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarfing a vigorous tree
« on: July 30, 2023, 09:31:53 PM »
Maybe the solution isn't the tree getting smaller. Lol
Your doing good Satya, keep it up and I'm sure you will find a way to make things work for your needs.

I ate about 6 mahas with my retriever today and she nabbed one while we were gone and it was sitting on the couch about to get murdered lol. It is an excellent fruit well worth growing.
 The flavors from the drought here on the west coast  have been phenomenal but just not a great season for newer trees to get that rainwater they like.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chronic underperformers
« on: July 30, 2023, 05:23:22 PM »
My buddy has about 10 lemon zest mango trees and will  be top working them all. It's a good mango but not worth the space it takes and the yield it gives, I just don't know what all the hype is about with that one. I had plenty of better mangos this season though.
Glad I don't have the purple haze dragonfruit but sorry to say I have the sweetheart lychee. The mamey isn't practical so I have lots of sapodilla, fruit tastes better anyway. Thanks for the list.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 30, 2023, 01:41:30 PM »
I have direct injection for the whole grove but i don't use it for nitrogen fertilizer as my mixed grove would be huge mistake for some fruit bearing trees even to much phosphorus and potassium fertilizer would be a no no.I have injected nematodes sf through the whole grove but your  orifice diameter should be close to 45 thousands or better.
I was wondering how bad some of these fertilizers clog the emitters. I've been running straight well water through mine and they still work all the way up to when I enlarge the rings from the growth they put on. I'm sure if I run fish emulsion through there they might get fouled up with gunk. Maybe I'll stick to what I've been doing. The trees look happy with what they get, it just becomes obsessive pleasing them 😆.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarfing a vigorous tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 09:59:58 PM »
Hey Satya! My grafted haden out back was wanting to grow up and big so I tied all the branches to stakes I hammered into the ground so they aren't growing upward any longer. I wonder if this will help it stay smaller??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 09:36:46 PM »
That is real slick, I like that. If I just extend my dripline zones from the hose end over to the well point I could have 1 injector. Then there's just the few plants converted from pop up sprinklers to figure out. I'll just draw it out from my property survey to come up with a good plan.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 08:32:29 PM »
Yea it probably would be cheaper and less effort to just get a few injectors instead of re-plumbing and the back breaking trenching. I've been using this coop-poop brand fert with azomite, iron plus and black cow on most everything in the ground. The dragonfruit just got triple super phosphate and sulfur of potash with black cow and sunniland iron plus. They were starting to get a little sunburnt so I modified the trellises with more Sable palm leaves. Works really good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 07:38:38 PM »
I'm going to have to re-plumb everything but in the end it will be easier to maintain. I have zones all over the place throughout the 3 acres. Some are on the sprinkler system converted to drip and some are on just drip. I just need to plumb all the zones from 1 spot so I can use 1 injector for all the zones and buy some 1" mainline and plumb out from my well point.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 02:27:58 PM »
That would very cool to see! Thanks for sharing. I just put foliar spray stuff in there like neem & micros. I tend to keep things a little weedy without glysophate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 02:16:32 PM »
It depends how strong you are mixing it.  But if it is at the suggested rate you probably want at least 5 gallons.

If you want to do it the easy way, you can set up a mazzei injector on your sprinkler system.  Thats what I do.  Put a few pounds of dry water soluable fertilizer in a 5 gallon bucket, add water, and feed it to hundreds of trees at once while I stand around and have a beer.
That's sounds better than driving around with a trailer! Thanks Spaugh!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 01:26:02 PM »
1 gallon of fertilizer is not really doing a whole lot for a large tree.
How many gallons would you think? Most of my trees here are about 6-7' tall/wide with some larger and smaller trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 11:12:36 AM »
I do this with sf nematodes.In the evening with enough H2O to get them on damp soil surface they even kill fire ants!
Wow, impressive little buggers!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First cacao fruit
« on: July 29, 2023, 09:36:02 AM »
Seems the bugs did their job and pollinated this one. Woohoo

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 09:15:05 AM »
First of all, nifty and resourceful contraption!
As far as quantities, I would hope that whatever product you are using, be it fertilizer, insect control, etc gives you some sort of guidelines.

Thank you! Yea the neem, micros and foliar sprays give a ratio and that's probably impossible to mess up applying......I suppose what I'm trying to ask is if a gallon or 2 per fruit tree planted in the ground sufficient? I may need to upside the tank to 100gal and get pneumatic trailer tires and a small axle. So I don't sink in the sandy soil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 29, 2023, 09:10:12 AM »
I should have said I am planning on using fish emulsions. The 5-1-1 and the 0-10-10 plus whatever other organics to feed the soil microbes. I had tried the hose end sprayers but they clog with emulsions.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soil drench quantity per tree
« on: July 28, 2023, 10:03:05 PM »
Reason I ask is I'm going to make a trailer for a 50 or so gallon tank I can tow behind the lawnmower and use to do soil drenches of liquid fertilizer. I was thinking a gallon/tree would be ok for now. After testing the 15gallon spray trailer im sure this will save me time and effort. I was contemplating getting the 4 gal battery powered backpack sprayer and it was the same price (100$) as a 15gal tank with pump and 15' sprayer hose and wand so I went with the larger. Had an extra car battery to run the pump so I got a battery box from wallmart for 12$. The 4gal sprayer isnt large enough for my property without filling it several times and backpacking it around in the dark. Here's the spray trailer, worked super good! Added a hole in the lid, a small section of garden hose, pre-filter, and a quick connect so I don't have to stand holding the hose.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Top 3 mango varieties poll
« on: July 27, 2023, 08:52:30 PM »
Good point. Venus is one of my favorites: great indochinese flavor, consistent production, smaller / easy to control tree, good disease resistance, and late season. I was just telling my wife that we need to plant another one in the grove.

Interesting that Venus didn't make the list in the poll.
Not to mention the fruit size is gigantic. The ones I had last week were top tier excellence! The m4 I ate this morning was really really really delicious also!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: water temp 100+
« on: July 27, 2023, 08:46:40 PM »
I noticed that side of Florida has been getting a lot more rain than normal. It keeps saying rain possible afternoon and then nothing happens......any day now it should start coming down. At least the plants are getting well water being on a drip line.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fruit tree sale
« on: July 27, 2023, 01:21:22 PM »
Thank you! It was my pleasure and glad you found some cool plants.

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