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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Oriental Fruit Fly Pinellas County
« on: June 25, 2022, 11:10:42 PM »
Let's hope this doesn't turn out to be another invasive Asian disaster.

https://www.fdacs.gov/News-Events/Press-Releases/2022-Press-Releases/FDACS-Announces-Exotic-Fruit-Flies-Found-Quarantine-Established-in-St.-Petersburg-Area-Of-Pinellas-County

Jun 24, 2022
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified the presence of Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in Pinellas County. A quarantine has been established in the St. Petersburg area prohibiting the movement of fruit, vegetables, and nuts without a compliance agreement from the department.

“This detection highlights the importance of our world class exotic pest surveillance system,” said FDACS Division of Plant Industry Director, Dr. Trevor Smith. “Our staff, working closely with our federal partners, has begun a treatment program to eradicate this destructive pest.”

The initial flies were discovered during routine trapping and additional flies were discovered during expanded trapping activities. State and federal agriculture inspectors monitor more than 56,000 fruit fly traps statewide as an early detection network against exotic fruit fly introductions that threaten Florida’s agricultural well-being.

The Oriental fruit fly has been trapped several times in Florida since 1964 and each time has been successfully eradicated.  This species is considered one of the most serious of the world’s fruit fly pests due to its potential economic harm.  It attacks more than 436 different fruits, vegetables and nuts, including fig, loquat, mango, orange, peach, plum, sapote, soursop, Surinam cherry, tangerine, tropical almond and guava.  The fruit flies lay their eggs in host fruits and vegetables.  In a few days, the eggs hatch and maggots render the fruits or vegetables inedible.

Treatments are being conducted in a 1.5-square-mile area around the fly detections. The treatments consist of male annihilation technique (MAT), foliar spot treatment, soil drench treatment and fruit removal. MAT treatment uses a bait and insecticide mixture, killing the flies when they feed on the bait. It may be applied weekly to the upper portion of utility poles, trees and other inanimate objects out of the normal reach of people and pets. Treatments are applied for a period of two life cycles of the fly (approximately 60 days) past the date of the last detection. Foliar spot treatment uses Spinosad, an insecticide derived from naturally occurring soil organisms and commonly used by organic growers, to spot treat host trees in the area. Soil drench is used on the soil under host trees with fruit known or suspected to be infested with larvae, pupae or a mated female fruit fly. Fruit removal is necessary when larvae is found in infested fruits or vegetables. Fruit from host trees is removed, placed in double bags and properly disposed so flies have no host material to lay eggs.

State and federal agencies will work with local governments and community organizations to keep the public informed.  More information can be found at the department’s website at www.FDACS.gov/OFF, or by calling the Division of Plant Industry Helpline at 1-888-397-1517.

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Calusa,

Deficiencies of Zinc and Copper.

THANK YOU!

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Let me try a 3rd time to get a response.

Hello - My young mango trees don't appear to be putting out typical robust new growth since I removed the blooms a couple of months ago. The first photo shows the Maha Chanock, with one new growth appearing only a couple of weeks after I removed the blooms, but is stunted. It's been that size for over a month. The 2nd photo shows the growth buds that began appearing a month ago. They are very slow to pop out.




The next photos show my Glen Mango with some peculiar growth -  one photo shows one new growth growing downward, the others just very tiny and weak looking. Maybe I'm a overly concerned but need some opinions. I have fertilized these trees with a good mango/citrus fertilizer with micronutrients, and keep them watered in between the infrequent rains in West Central Florida this Spring.




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Hello - My young mango trees don't appear to be putting out typical robust new growth since I removed the blooms a couple of months ago. The first photo shows the Maha Chanock, with one new growth appearing only a couple of weeks after I removed the blooms, but is stunted. It's been that size for over a month. The 2nd photo shows the growth buds that began appearing a month ago. They are very slow to pop out.




The next photos show my Glen Mango with some peculiar growth -  one photo shows one new growth growing downward, the others just very tiny and weak looking. Maybe I'm a overly concerned but need some opinions. I have fertilized these trees with a good mango/citrus fertilizer with micronutrients, and keep them watered in between the infrequent rains in West Central Florida this Spring.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Mango Growth Concerns
« on: May 09, 2022, 02:31:38 PM »
Pity bump

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / New Mango Growth Concerns
« on: May 06, 2022, 12:57:22 PM »
Hello - My young mango trees don't appear to be putting out typical robust new growth since I removed the blooms a couple of months ago. The first photo shows the Maha Chanock, with one new growth appearing only a couple of weeks after I removed the blooms, but is stunted. It's been that size for over a month. The 2nd photo shows the growth buds that began appearing a month ago. They are very slow to pop out.




The next photos show my Glen Mango with some peculiar growth -  one photo shows one new growth growing downward, the others just very tiny and weak looking. Maybe I'm a overly concerned but need some opinions. I have fertilized these trees with a good mango/citrus fertilizer with micronutrients, and keep them watered in between the infrequent rains in West Central Florida this Spring.






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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Horticultural Oil For Insect Control
« on: April 24, 2022, 10:25:33 AM »
I'm in 10A - as we approach Summer what temperature range is the cutoff for using oils, and can soaps be used during the hottest part of the hyear?

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They are calling these Imperial gems but they look like Marsh seedless to me. You could ask them.

https://www.gregorysgroves.com/product/Imperial-Gem-White-Grapefruit/Grapefruits

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I got a few blooms on my Minneola I planted during the Summer.

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The nodules that started getting bigger a month ago on my Maha Chanock turned out to be blooms. They're getting snipped off because the tree is only about 5' tall and was planted this past Summer. Maybe next year I can leave a few intact.

If I just knock those off will the branch continue to push growth buds there, or should I cut lower on the branch?


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Here's what's on my mango tree. These look like a flush of growth to me.






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My understanding is there will need to be new stem/branch growth following any pruning before I can expect a panicle from said stem/branch, so any new growth I see directly after pruning cannot be flowers. Is that the correct understanding?

My Lemon Zest branch prompting the question is below. It was pruned just a little late and is pushing currently. I’m telling myself there’s no way it’ll be panicles, but the growth looks so promising…


So, is what's pictured growth buds or bloom buds? I have the same pointed nodules on my Maha Chanock and lately they've gotten bigger.

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Tangelo, Tangerine, Grapefruit come to mind.

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For the flower and veggie mix they specifically say it is safe for food growing. But that doesn't appear on the outdoor indoor (which seems better suited to fruit trees). Is the outdoor indoor still food safe?

That's a good question. Reading the back of the bag doesn't reveal any ingredient that would be harmful to humans.

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I got 3 of these delivered yesterday as well as one of the 14-14-14. Great deal!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Tree frozen in time.
« on: November 08, 2021, 09:54:05 AM »
I have a Maha that did same since Spring. 

I have a young Maha that has those little growth nubs too since mid-Summer. The tree did have a couple of good growth flushes prior to that however.

It's a young tree and I'm patient.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this HLB?
« on: November 05, 2021, 10:56:20 PM »
If I were in your location I would preventatively use oak leaf tea on your tree:

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/lakeco/2021/01/21/oak-leaf-compost-for-hlb/

Countryboy that's a really interesting piece of information. I don't have any oks but my neighbors do.

Gonna go rake some up tomorrow! Thanks

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this HLB?
« on: November 04, 2021, 03:08:57 PM »
This is comforting news! Thanks fellas.  :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this HLB?
« on: November 02, 2021, 07:56:07 PM »
I've reposted the photos, hopefully they can be seen now and all responses are appreciated. Thanks again!

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this HLB?
« on: November 02, 2021, 01:53:07 AM »
No one even wants to take a guess?

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Citrus General Discussion / Is this HLB?
« on: October 11, 2021, 09:51:12 AM »
I fear that the responses will not be good news regarding a new condition that I noticed yesterday on my young Minneola Tangelo. I think it's citrus greening but before I dig up this tree I would like to hear from people who know. Here are photos of the leaves. Thanks





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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Jonathan Apples
« on: August 24, 2021, 11:22:48 PM »
You are correct - the market powers that be want commercial shipping and shelf life over quality and flavor. Same with many hybrids especially tomatoes and other produce items. I guess that's one reason why so many of us grow our own fruits and vegetables.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Jonathan Apples
« on: August 16, 2021, 04:20:39 PM »
Thanks for the link - I sent them a message asking if they could retail a box or two my way. I'll check with Sprouts too.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Jonathan Apples
« on: August 15, 2021, 10:59:53 PM »
I know this may be a somewhat odd request for this forum, but do any of the more northern US members have a source for me to order true Jonathan apples? I have been unable to find them locally for years and it's my favorite eating apple. The best I've had came from Virginia, and some really good ones from Michigan.
The hybridized apples in grocery stores here in Florida are absolutely bland and tasteless.

If anyone knows where I can mail order some of these great apples please let me know. Thanks!

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