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Have been a time or 2, was really cool. Thanks for posting and reminding us all!

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Ate some Rivas saps this week for the 1st time. Nice sized, no grain, smooth, sweet, and delicious.

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They are selling the latest red skin pines for 395$ at melissas.  Seems reasonable...
https://www.melissas.com/products/rubyglow-pineapples

I'm waiting for the $800+ pineapples; those will be super awesome for sure.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB RUSSELL SWEET GARCINIA
« on: May 22, 2024, 07:22:26 PM »
I ordered 30 seeds from Mick but customs kept them.

Looking for seedlings or seeds cheers

There's gotta be at least a few customs officials with insane gardens.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Mangoe Tree Protection
« on: May 22, 2024, 08:38:26 AM »
If it bothers you, spray it off with an intense hose setting (water), or remove the affected leaves. Not worth treating or worrying about. A tree is home, nursery, and pathway to all kinds of creatures. Most of them are not a problem.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Long sleeve spf work shirts
« on: May 22, 2024, 08:03:52 AM »
Good ole cotton shirts for me, and from time to time a bamboo one is nice. I only use the spf shirts when at the beach or on the water. Also, can't stand antibacterial stuff; now they put antibacterial agents in clothing. Stupid. I love bacteria, most of them are pretty cool.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please ID This Mango
« on: May 21, 2024, 11:31:56 PM »
Agree, not NDM.

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Very pleasing watching everyone's progress, and super impressed to see you with so many fruit already, Simon.

Really curious to see how these flower and fruit in SoFL, and how the taste is. Wonder if there is much difference to taste, depending on location.

Seems we lost Prince Ruansi to the drought. Finally received about an inch or more of rain today, but it's been a rough and dry spring. All others are going strong, and hopeful for some new grafts to take.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: May 20, 2024, 09:52:08 AM »
At least 2 dozen of those adorable demons were chasing each other through our oaks and mahoganies yesterday; must be some squirrel event, they were quite enthused and chatty about it. Feeding them in the front yard is my first line of defense.

A perfectly ripened Glenn (bag ripened, picked green). Early picking is my 2nd line of defense.


Squirrel 🐿 Fest South

We are prepared for Squirrel Fest South 2024, aka Squirrelachella, with another round of defense. Squirrels be like, "Wow, what a cool outfit, let's take pics together and post!"


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Thank you Mike! I will contact him and see what's cooking.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: K-40 Mamey Sapote
« on: May 19, 2024, 09:38:52 PM »
Hi roblack, the color and texture look good.what would you say the season is ? Habit and productivity of the tree? I'm interested in stretching the mamey season.

Did not see the tree, and only know its in season now. Will ask and report back.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any Ant help plead!
« on: May 19, 2024, 03:46:28 PM »
Rumor has it, if you have the right ants in the right places, termites will not move in.

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Hello everyone!

I have a seedling maprang, but have no idea of the variety. I want to either add mayongchid to it, or buy/trade for a grafted plant or seeds. Can anyone help me out or point in the right direction? Also, open to different varieties. Want something with more than just a sweet flavor, sweet and sour varieties preferred.

Thanks!


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any Ant help plead!
« on: May 19, 2024, 02:55:59 PM »
What about good ole' diatomaceous earth? That and boric acid hath wreaked havoc upon bugs when I used it.

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Super awesome! Might have to break out the Vespa for a road trip. Mango Fest in Miami has faded, this sounds like what it is supposed to be. Much respect to Alex and all who are working to put this together.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: K-40 Mamey Sapote
« on: May 19, 2024, 12:07:35 PM »
K-40






...yum! Smooth, creamy, and delicious. Just fruit, ice, and a little aqua.

Evidently, it was collected at kilometer marker 40 along a highway.

...my wife, who has been enjoying mamey her whole life, really liked it and remarked upon it being "lighter" in terms of sweetness. Some mameys are overpoweringly sweet, this one was lovely.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peaches in south FL (low chill)
« on: May 19, 2024, 11:01:22 AM »
I would argue that Glenn mango is one of the best growing options for peach lovers in SoFL. Takes me partly back to GA every time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: May 19, 2024, 10:57:21 AM »
At least 2 dozen of those adorable demons were chasing each other through our oaks and mahoganies yesterday; must be some squirrel event, they were quite enthused and chatty about it. Feeding them in the front yard is my first line of defense.

A perfectly ripened Glenn (bag ripened, picked green). Early picking is my 2nd line of defense.



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Got quite a few things growing well from acheta, very grateful. Jumbo Siam cuttings have taken and already produced fruit, tasty too.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any Ant help plead!
« on: May 19, 2024, 10:34:51 AM »
Get you a heard of anteaters. Organic, edible, and cute.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: It's so hot 🔥
« on: May 18, 2024, 08:44:39 PM »
Watering some stuff daily, other stuff every other day. Brutally hot hear, and no rain for long time. Lost a few plants, but most stuff is doing well. Mangoes are least of my worries, they love the heat as long as not too dry.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: FS Red Ruby Longan Seeds
« on: May 18, 2024, 12:22:42 PM »
pm sent

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peaches in south FL (low chill)
« on: May 18, 2024, 09:20:42 AM »
I know someone in the Miami area who has told me they have a producing peach tree that does quite well. Will inquire as to the variety, as I am curious as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: K-Rimes Yard Tour
« on: May 17, 2024, 10:38:28 AM »
Yep, I have 3 of them. They get me so often it's not even funny, sometimes REAL good too, like shot right to the junk point blank. I have deer problems... Can you tell?

Thanks for the love! It's been a lot of work here, but sure is looking good lately!

I love deer, but that sux. At least our critters typically stick to fruit; deer can take out a whole multi-graft tree. Scary cuteness. More crotch sprinklers!!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: May 17, 2024, 10:35:03 AM »
Happy day! It has begun...

An assortment of lovely fruit. Planning on canistel, sap, and mamey shakes this weekend, along with mangoes for breakfast and lunch.



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