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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is happening to my mango tree
« on: October 14, 2022, 05:58:46 PM »
Post in the mango disease thread to get expert opinion: https://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=1001.2325

My guess is that low humidity and low light are starting to take their toll.

Does the soil dry out quickly after watering?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Something eating my seeds?
« on: October 14, 2022, 11:52:29 AM »
Squirrels or rats. Birds will attack seeds and sprouts as well. Best to cover/protect them if germinating outdoors.

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Hello.

Way too close to house/structure. Replant much further away (10 ft plus, at least 6 feet). In fact, I would grow it out in a pot to 5 gallon size before plopping it in ground.

3-4 hours is not enough light.

Add some good soil and mix with yard soil when you replant.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Jujube
« on: October 13, 2022, 08:57:43 AM »
Our 2 Thai/Indian jujube trees are covered in flowers, wonderful winter fruit!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is there hope to save my mango tree?
« on: October 12, 2022, 01:41:29 PM »
You likely severed the taproot, in addition to other key feeder roots.

Maybe get some Superthrive, and mix as directed on the bottle. Water with it to see if the remaining roots respond.

A little shade might help, as its lost most of its leaves and protection.

Good luck!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Post-Hurricane Blues
« on: October 11, 2022, 11:28:38 AM »
Sounds like you did okay fliptop, under the circumstances.

How far inland did the storm surge go? How far are you from the coast?

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What's the date on the postmark, and the delivery date? How long in transit?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hatano Farm Opuntia
« on: October 10, 2022, 12:25:02 PM »
A noble endeavor indeed!

Not a ton of space here, but happy to help. PM sent.

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I had a tree. It grew well, but gave it to a friend who lives further north, as think it needs some chill hours. Will ask if its still around. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: October 08, 2022, 02:22:57 PM »
I have some mango seedlings in 1 and 1.5 gallon pots, should I mulch them or leave the soil bare?

People say mulching is good  but I see a lot of pictures on this thread showing seedlings in pots with no mulch so I would like to know if mango seedling in pots is an exception?

Thanks,

No mulch in pot that size. Just make sure the soil covers all the roots and is not covering the trunk.

Going to graft some scions from seedlings onto established trees. Should be a fun experiment, see which fruits sooner.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse vanilla growing
« on: October 08, 2022, 01:51:09 PM »
Small tree works great. Ours grows on a jatropha tree, which is around 8 feet tall. Hanging and flowering in about a year, but I had good sized plants/cuttings.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla
« on: October 08, 2022, 10:03:05 AM »
Ours is slow growing compared to other saps, which are slow growing in general from my experience. In ground over a year now from a 5 or 7 gallon. 5 or 6 feet tall, with little fruitlets.

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Benjamin rocks, and goes the extra mile with sourcing and growing. Buy and trade with confidence.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with Oro Negro
« on: October 07, 2022, 10:59:06 AM »
ON grows strong, flowers, and fruits well here, growing on limestone. Partially shaded. Started as a 1 gallon just a few years ago.

Had one for breakfast this morning. It had fallen early (about 2 weeks ago) and was completely green. It blackened up and ripened, and was surprisingly good. Good sized fruit, like 4 Hass fruits. Silky smooth and oily. Flavor was mild, but when properly ripened they are very good. Best cado I've had in several months. Watching the last few like a hawk.

Its looking kind of misshapen, as am in the process of trimming it to make light for other plants. There are a few fruit still on it, the only problem I have with ON is the critters attacking fruits before ripening. Covering them has helped so far.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What to plant north of my house?
« on: October 06, 2022, 09:20:40 PM »
Was thinking the same re persimmon; ours doesn't do much and it gets a bit of sun. Obvious by how, where, and when it vegetates that it is not receiving enough light.

I would look at lemon drop garcinia, some jabos, loquat, and maybe carambola. Cacao might do well, a long as it doesn't get too cold or windy. There are some eugenias that can do well with low light.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Search for the Best Tasting Mulberry ???
« on: October 06, 2022, 01:19:06 PM »
Kaz, your sangue e latte is beautiful.  I have white ivory that looks similar but has a little more cream color.  The birds got the last of them before I could take a picture.

Here is a picture with sweet lavender, the two on the left are the lavender at different stages, the black ones on the right are Thai dwarf.



Of the 8 varieties we’ve tried so far, I liked all of them except for dwarf everbearing.  My husband and son liked Thai dwarf best because of the sweet and tart flavor like a really good blackberry.  Thai dwarf also has a firmer texture and the fruit doesn’t fall when ripe.  We have not tried noire de Spain yet.

I wonder if others who find the Thai dwarf bland would get better flavor if they thinned their fruits.  I thin the fruit on most of my trees in general to get better quality.  Kaz’s tree is so productive maybe it’s just too much fruit for the tree to sweeten up. 

Janet

That's interesting, as Dwarf Everbearing tastes very good here. Some of the most delightful berries I've had have been Dwarf Everbearing. They aren't always great, depending on time of the year, ripeness, weather, and pests. But definitely a keeper for me. Wonder if there are different varieties being called the same thing, or if location/enviro differences are that impactful?

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Its not very good. The juice is alright, but the seeds are as gritty as it gets.

Pretty busy for a while, but could send you plenty of cuttings in the near future. Tree needs a trimmin' pretty bad.

lmk if you want to trade anything, or you can just cover shipping.

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Hey Jabba. Extremely sad to know you are going through such a disaster. Reassured to know you and yours made it thru the storm.

When you are ready to start growing back, please don't hesitate to reach out to me for budwood and anything else I can offer to help. Also have turmerics and gingers for you. Know it's too soon, but hope to help in the near future. We are all pulling for you!!!

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They grow super easy from cuttings. Just stuff in the dirt, don't let dry out.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hurricane Ian Prep
« on: September 27, 2022, 09:31:40 AM »
Ian is going to dump a tremendous amount of rain. It is forecast to slow down, which could weaken the storm, but will stick around much longer and bring more water as a result. Just happens to coincide with king tides, which increase the chances of flooding already. Not looking good.

...already over 3 inches of rainfall here in South Miami-Dade (yesterday, last night, and this morning), and these are just the outer bands.

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Nice to hear! Just grafted Lil Gem to Coco Cream.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya in FL anecdote
« on: September 24, 2022, 02:11:28 PM »
Way to go Joe!

Think we are going to see nice developments with creative crossing. Keep up the great work!

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Cool video and comparison! Your kid has presentation skills!!

While yellow df is sweeter than all of the other df I've tried, I enjoyed the flavor of American Beauty the most. Really dig the funky colors of the reds and purples too.

Try a slice of yellow with the PH at the same time. =)

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Congrats on your successful relocation! Lots of fun checking out the plant pics, will be great seeing how things develop. Best of luck!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What kind of mango is this?
« on: September 14, 2022, 06:26:48 PM »
Keitt? Kent? What is the flavor like?

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