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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fruit Tree Sale...Melbourne, FL
« on: April 26, 2021, 02:30:28 PM »
How quickly did everything sell out at the sale? Is everyone in Florida suddenly interested in growing fruit trees like they are in Cali?

OC CRFG had a two day sale here last weekend that sold out 1000 trees after about 3 hours.

I read this the other day.

One technique if you have limited numbers of the weed is to pull the plants gently out when they are big and lush but not yet in bloom. This is when the adult bulb is spent and the bulbils not yet fully developed.

Those flowers look like oxalis to me. Pink wood sorrel. Pull it out.

Most macadamias need two trees for pollination.

I didn't know that. I have a small Beaumont and I got a sheet pan full of nuts this year with no other trees in the neighborhood. I was surprised not all the flowers set though given how many bees were around. So probably two trees are better.

I was not planning to prune it since I pick the nuts off the ground rather than off the tree.

2 - Black Peak
2- An Hai

I am in San Diego.

I planted two from Atkins last year that are doing well. They use "manila type" mangoes (their words) and triple 16 fertilizer but good soil. The HD mangoes I've seen are potted in wood fines.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Fertilizers do YOU use!
« on: March 10, 2021, 02:49:09 PM »
Fertilizer is still fertilizer regardless what part of the world you live.  Theres no such thing as a location specific fertilizer, thats bullshit.  Maybe some are only available in certain areas but its going to do the same thing wherever its used.

You are blessed with excellent soil. Ask a commercial grower if they do a soil test before planting.

The 2nd year I lived here my veggies grew horribly so I did a soil test. My cal/mag/K ratios were all off and I was lacking micros. Now I only add in what I need to gradually balance it. This year for example I finally have enough calcium and boron but am still deficient in zinc and manganese. Dumping miracle gro on the veggie garden wouldn't have solved a thing.

I don't know if this is OP's problem, but parts of Florida have calcareous soil, which makes uptake of some nutrients more difficult:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finally a giant Megalanthus
« on: February 24, 2021, 02:38:19 PM »
I need to graft Palora onto my Colombian yellow.  The fruit finally ripened in January, two months after turning yellow, but they are tiny. Two spoonfuls of pulp.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plants that fruit at 1m tall or shorter
« on: February 04, 2021, 08:15:16 PM »
Feijoa is a slow grower that wouldn't require much pruning to keep it under 1m. It could also be trimmed as a hedge.

I would be wary to grow pineapple in a front yard due to risk of theft.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragonfruit stamen colour.
« on: February 02, 2021, 01:15:30 PM »
Another theory I have heard relates to length of pistil. Short ones (so the pollen is close) are self fertile, long ones are not.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: favorite fruit 2020
« on: January 27, 2021, 09:54:36 PM »
White Jade pineapple and Flavor Delight aprium.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help to ID this fruit
« on: January 27, 2021, 09:31:59 PM »
Mamoncillo, possibly? The fruit grows in clusters like that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Stuff on avocados
« on: January 26, 2021, 02:15:06 PM »
Yeah I got a bit of hail too near the coast. Wasn't a very cold night though, low of 48. Very windy, my passion fruit trellis broke because I had been putting off pruning it till the last fruits ripened, oops.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shasta Gold Mandarin
« on: January 06, 2021, 01:49:34 PM »
All 3 for size comparison, fruit from screc in Irvine. The ? after YG is there because that exact tree was not labeled, but by deduction it should have been Yosemite Gold.

Small hand for scale. These are definitely smaller than GN, more of an average size for any mandarin.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shasta Gold Mandarin
« on: January 05, 2021, 03:20:18 PM »
I tried all three golds at the south coast station u-pick a couple years back.  I 100% preferred the Shasta gold so that's the only tree I bought.  I have two fruit on my tree now but I might wait a few more weeks to pick - in general my fruit ripens later then the rest of SD.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most Successful Fruiting This Year?
« on: December 21, 2020, 02:54:51 PM »
Taste wise these surpassed my expectations:
white jade pineapple
flavor delight aprium

Quantity wise, I had enough to freeze/can:
possum purple passionfruit
butia palm fruit
lemon guava
nagami kumquat

Thanks for listening to me talk, I know it was lengthy. As far as stone fruit is concerned, I think people will have the best chance of long term success in central Florida with plums on native plum rootstock. Unfortunately, this combination is not offered much because most plums in local nurseries are on the "recommended" peach rootstock (because it makes larger fruit). Eventually, the peach rootstock dies out from under the plum. However, I have seen native plums here that are over 100 years old--Peach Tree Short Life obviously was not a problem for them.

Thank you for the insight. I appreciate it!

Yeah, I'm still deciding what I absolutely need to grow. Definitely mango, pineapple, papaya, avocado, guava, some sort of annona, but I may stick to someplace that can grow low chill deciduous fruit rather than tropicals like coconut.

Thanks for starting this thread Shane.  I am considering a move too.. my first thought was to look around Vero Beach. Someplace rural though, I want livestock.

Is this different algae than we had earlier this year in SD? It didn't affect me but one of my friends couldn't make the long walk from Cardiff to the campground.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santa Anas Blow
« on: December 08, 2020, 02:17:40 PM »
I took my daughter to the park this morning.  These people just put this fence in.  Not sure if its a new fad or what but its got the boards horizontal.  I see a few of these around town and just here in sight 2 of them got destroyed in the wind. 

This weather makes me question why I live here.  But it seems like everywhere has their weather issues.  Hasnt rained all year and now it fire winds in december.  Lame.

Yep. If I move to Florida I know I'll have to deal with a hurricane sooner or later.  If you need help fixing anything let me know.

Pindo palm does stay short, but it has a wide trunk and wingspan, in case that is important.  Excellent fruit however.

Your greenhouses are closed well enough to keep quail and lizards in?  Can the birds fly pretty well?  You never have windows, doors, vents etc open that they can escape from?

Quail don't really fly, they will flush straight up but only 3-4 feet high especially if their wings are clipped. I kept some in my greenhouse one winter but yeah I had to remember to shut the door (my vents are on the roof)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cherimoya Fruit
« on: November 17, 2020, 05:03:42 PM »
Yes save me 5 pounds for Saturday.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya tasting /get together
« on: October 22, 2020, 02:47:26 PM »
Sure, any day is fine for me. My pineapples are starting to color up so I might be able to bring one of those.

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