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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: first canistel ripened
« on: September 26, 2022, 08:35:34 PM »
Looks great! Are you able to plant directly into the ground in a greenhouse up north? Well done, bud!

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I agree that the Barbados Cherry is basically bomb proof and I donít stress if my blueberries donít look perfect. I did opt to put mine in pots with acidic mix (despite having acidic soil at my site). They look rough sometimes, but I know I picked appropriate varieties so I chill and get decent yields. After a few years youíll be pruning the BC hard because it grows like a champ here. Itís hardy too probably to the mid 20s. Youíll do great and grow some legit crops here. Good luck and happy gardening.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 15, 2022, 08:00:14 PM »
My 2 cents on the M4, I tried it for the first time this year we got over 20 fruit from 3 grafts I did 3 years ago. I was excited for coconut flavor but the only coconut I got from the M4 was aroma - there's definitely a strong hit of coconut in the aroma (once you cut it open - before that no smell at all which is really weird if the only mango you know is Haden which has a powerful, heavenly scent when ripe). But in the flavor I got citrus notes, maybe some piŮa colada especially near the shoulders. The flesh is sweetest at the shoulders and by the skin. Delicious mango.

I would definitely agree that it's sweetest by the skin. My wife picked up on some citrus when it was maybe a day under ripe for my preferences, which I didn't really appreciate and would verbalize it as "subacid". We all taste things differently. I will say to get the maximum coconut flavor I really let mine ripen to the point I see skin wrinkling at the top and even some on the bottom. At that point I almost always have been smelling coconut for about 3 days at the stem. That's how I like it best, and I do scrape along the skin as I eat. To each their own though. Don't know exactly where you are, but you're somewhere super tropical and at elevation so it's cool to see it's producing well in those circumstances too!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 11, 2022, 08:10:44 PM »
Dang. Did the quote thing wrong. Anyways that was a response to the M4 question.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 11, 2022, 08:10:00 PM »
How was the M4 taste?  Can you please describe it?

M4 really lived up to its hype for me. I have a tree that was put in the ground 3 years ago as a 3 gallon. I live in marginal mango territory and we got down to maybe 29-30 F this last winter. Problem with M4 is it is sprawling so it doesnít protect itself. Consequently I had some decent die backÖ..but out of the grave it came back with a vengeance. Blooms galore (maximum bloom) and set tons of fruit. Ended up with about 20 full size fruit and had to learn when to pick at the right time. For the Tampa area this year ideally I would have started picking no earlier than the last week of July. Smallest fruit were 1 lb and largest was 29.5 ounces. I fertilize zero and spray nothing on the trees.

The flavor was fantastic. Fiberless flesh, super juicy, and the flavor was pure coconut especially by the skin. There was more subacid flavor by the seed. The ideal ripeness that I found was maybe the second or third day that you could smell the coconut at the stem. The flesh wrinkles a bit too. It isnít insanely sweet, but the coconut flavor makes this thing a winner for me. I havenít had Sugar Loaf, but man this tree earned its keep in my yard. Besides sprawling a bit doesnít seem to be too vigorous.

Hope this helps. Not a lot of info on M4, but it is top notch for sure.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 06, 2022, 08:21:39 PM »
Iíll second Cac and Dot and add M4

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Bro, youíve got a killer yardÖgreat diversity of plantings and premium varieties. Thanks for sharing.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Khans Edible Oasis Video Yard tour
« on: May 24, 2022, 05:12:59 PM »
Love the tour, man. Youíve packed in some premium trees in that yard. I also really liked how to had the seedling areas with sun protection built. Youíve got a budding nursery in your hands! 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Filling the March/April fruit gap
« on: April 06, 2022, 07:20:36 PM »
Theyíre not super filling, but mulberries would fill that gap nicely. Tasty yard snack and kids love them too.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where Does ZHPP Graft Their Mangos?
« on: February 08, 2022, 04:11:13 PM »
Looks to me like the graft point is down low like you mentioned. The typical club foot looking thickness.

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I bought mine from Truly Tropical in Delray Beach, FL. Very healthy plant in 3GAL - I believe that the cost is $70
That seems at the upper range of what's fair for a tree that's somewhat hard to get and in demand.  Beyond that is gouging.

I agree. Some of the prices are ridiculous. You would think thereís a link for Bitcoin hidden somewhere in the pot.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Our freeze event for Jan 30
« on: January 31, 2022, 08:20:13 AM »
Dang man sorry to hear about the forecast. Lakeland throws me off because sometimes yíall are warmer than I expect and other times yíall randomly go 4-5 degrees below the forecast. Your property looks pretty stunning based on your videos. Your trees are becoming monsters man. I appreciate the GS seed offer! Iíll message you!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Our freeze event for Jan 30
« on: January 30, 2022, 08:00:28 PM »
Great video, man. That warm pocket yíall hit was clutch. Btw, did you have to heat up the green sapote at all? If not, any damage? Hoping you get to sample some of those three fruits you got on there. Good luck tonight!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South/Central Florida Cold Fronts
« on: January 30, 2022, 11:52:36 AM »
Hope everyoneís garden isnít too affected or can at least recover. Seems like most places didnít receive as severe of cold as expected. Obviously not the case everywhere. In yíallís experience if cold kills lychee bloom can they bloom again like you see in mangoes? Seems like that may not the case for other fruits like stone fruit. I used to hear about late freezes ruining peach crops, etc. Thanks for the info and happy gardening yíall.

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Thanks to Paul and Alex for doing this. Paul is killing it with his channel, and his volume is content is fantastic. Alex, youíre a wealth of knowledge and very generous with your time. I also appreciate you claiming a favorite mango. Itís pretty lame when ppl in the mango business wonít just tell ppl what they like the best.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Winter is coming to central Florida
« on: January 26, 2022, 11:49:28 AM »
Yeah this is gonna suck. Been reveling in zone 10a winters, but itís about to hit 9b real fast in the Tampa area. My in ground mangoes are too big to worry about covering. Iíve put heat lamps under them in the past, which actually bought me a few degrees and maybe the rising steam made a difference. We had a light frost (34 F) last weekend and the bloom seems ok, which blows my mind. Expecting this weekend to smoke the bloom and maybe some leaf/small limb loss? I donít know. I built the greenhouses around the trees in the past and itís too much effort for me. YOLO baby.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lara Farms opened a webpage
« on: October 19, 2021, 10:34:46 PM »
Yes! Finally got a Ross Sapote. Holding out for a 1 gal Green Sapote when itís available. Talked to Julian on the phone and heís a cool dude too.

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I checked out that site and my goodness those prices seem high. I havenít bought from them before so I canít judge him/her specifically, but there really seems to be lots of folks jacking the prices up for non-Floridians who donít have easy access to these trees. I bought from Lara Farms recently and I was pleased with his 1 gal selection and prices were reasonable considering how everything is going up. Heís got 8 sapodilla varietiesÖnot Butterscotch, but other excellent ones. Just saying, I feel badly for these folks who pay insane prices for average tropical trees.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2021 SEEDS
« on: August 26, 2021, 02:43:37 PM »
Seeds received, thanks Mike! Have high hopes for the sugarlataÖ.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2021 SEEDS
« on: August 19, 2021, 08:36:35 PM »
PM sent

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sugar Belle Orangs
« on: December 16, 2020, 06:39:50 PM »
Great video. I was recommended this variety and bought one from Brite Leaf on dwarfing rootstock. Super excited about it. I know lots of Florida folks who buy Honeybell trees, but seems like they should be buying Sugar Belle due to the Greening tolerance. Not sure why this variety isnít more common in Florida?

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Yeah, chickens scratching can be counterproductive depending on your situation. Goats love woody growth so they would stress the trees for sure and would likely leave a lot of the grass untouched. Hair sheep or geese (believe it or not) could manage some pasture, but that would likely be extra work you wouldnít want. At any rate, your property is looking fantastic. Man building up your own place is soooo addicting. Iím rooting for that green sapote too. I wanna see that thing fruit!

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Great tour and the growth is phenomenal. Youíve got a beautiful property. Ever thought of adding animals into the system, such as chickens?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: New Nursery in Tampa
« on: November 22, 2020, 08:42:06 AM »
Iíve been by the store several times and gotten four trees. This is my go to nursery now. Tampa folks, yíall stop by theyíve got some premium varieties! For real I love this place.

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