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Jake, yes much rain.  Taste might be right & it's not what i like.
Very acid.  Had to eat some frozen yogurt to cleanse my pallet.  Almost burned!
I know, taste before you plant.  Hopefully it'll improve after couple years or i'll learn to like it lol.

I ate one yesterday that softened after a week.  Picked it cause it was in danger of landscaper.
1st yr fruiting & i didn't love it.  Smaller one he knocked off a few weeks ago was better.

So now i'm wondering when is right time to pick them.
Should they be slightly soft before picking? 
Do they lose sweetness if left on too long?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finding Land in South FL
« on: May 30, 2023, 07:39:28 PM »
Hammer, yes if older home.  Newer cheaper but still pricey.
Alternative is build it bulletproof & don't get hurricane ins.

20yrs ago you could set your watch every afternoon to the thunder & downpours.
It's Florida.  It rains.  My trees love it.  I have a lawn again lol.
Yes rumor has it climate changes.  I'm not fighting dinosaurs for my mangos.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: question about planting banana pups
« on: May 26, 2023, 07:30:26 PM »
Sharp spade shovel between it & mother straight down & dig it up & plant a few feet away.
We never removed roots & every one grows.  Easiest things to grow.  Almost can't kill them lol.

Edit- my soil here is typical Florida sand.  Chop it off, plant, water, grow. 
Area gets 6-3-16 fert with micros.

Orkine, what variety?  Sorry for your loss, looks like you won't be going hungry though :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: it ready to pick??
« on: May 19, 2023, 05:16:11 PM »
Mine 1st time fruiting, yours look an inch smaller, ate 1 my landscalper knocked off smaller then yours, put in sun 2 weeks & was good!
I say not yet.
Anyone know average length they should be?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my M4 a M4?
« on: May 13, 2023, 10:33:42 AM »
Thanks guys.  How the base of trunk grows (roots growing out of it) might give a clue if it's common to m4.  My other varieties don't have nearly as many.  Hope i like them, looking like it's gonna grow huge in no time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is my M4 a M4?
« on: May 12, 2023, 04:44:05 PM »
First yr fruiting, vigorous growing, fruit aren't round & have shades of colors.
I did spray all trees once a couple months ago with Ag citrus, avo, mango micros.  Caused color?  The ones in shade are just green.
And the ones that fell early (thanks landscaper) tasted like crunchy limes lol.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango weed wacker damage
« on: April 29, 2023, 07:08:11 PM »
My gouged M4 (recovered) had 3 foot circle of mulch.  He mowed the mulch.
It was the dad who no longer mows.  I still argue with son who i'm great friends with lol. 
It's in their head to get every blade of grass.
Sorry for your trees, build what i did.  Lowes/Depot will cut the board for you.  It works.
I also rinsed carpet very well before using it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango weed wacker damage
« on: April 29, 2023, 05:55:24 PM »
Julie, i made these for all my young trees.  Besides protecting from weed whacker, protects from bumping it.  Ive had one almost knocked over, another gouged from mower.
2x6x12 cut into 4.  Long screws hold them together.  Pre drill board its not screwing in.
Carpet has no backing.  This one was around Avocado that doesn't need it.
I tied low fruit up since photo.

Rainking, how big is tree & how much was some?
Sorry it happened. 

Thanks Alex, appreciate it, saved me from powdery m. flurries 5yrs from now lol.
I'm after Kent type flavor kicked up a notch.
Love the perfect Kent but my 20yr old tree's not loving me back lately.

Peach cobbler- mine, no flowers, 5' tall, in ground 2yrs.  It's definitely growing, but no panicles.. yet.
M4- dozen fruit & 2 flowering panicles
Pickering- dozen fruit

Alex, how's Bombay with mbbs & anthracnose for you?
Thanks for your great post.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Blame the rain on me
« on: April 17, 2023, 01:01:28 PM »
Yes, i'm thankful we finally got some as i call it when talking with landscaper friend- liquid gold :)
What gets me is how dry lawn becomes sand.  You wonder how the heck grass was so nice there?
Before dinner & downpours last night I threw fertilizer at 3 avocados (more of a privacy hedge) & a Flame grapefruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Blame the rain on me
« on: April 16, 2023, 08:48:09 PM »
2 weeks ago i fixed my sprinklers.
Also filled pool to overflow level so i wouldn't have to for a while.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tasted tiny m4 mango that wind blew off
« on: April 12, 2023, 05:26:54 PM »
Large walnut size, 1st yr fruiting, never tasted m4.
Cut it half, quartered, cut skin off & popped in mouth.
Tasted like crunchy mild lime.  Believe it or not i enjoyed & swallowed it.
Tasted white seed, wasn't bad but spit it out incase it was poison lol.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Cypress mulch ok for Citrus?
« on: March 28, 2023, 07:34:42 PM »
Thanks all!  It's from lowes, not depot cause i wanted 100%.  It's the only 100% not blend.
Not worried about it floating away, heck- i'd put it on a slope somewhere if it would bring a foot of rain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Cypress mulch ok for Citrus?
« on: March 28, 2023, 09:13:47 AM »
Anyone else have experience to share?  Thinking of putting it around Avocado too.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Cypress mulch ok for Citrus?
« on: March 27, 2023, 11:11:06 AM »
Ac, looks & smells untreated to me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is Cypress mulch ok for Citrus?
« on: March 27, 2023, 09:10:11 AM »
Hi all.  I have bags of nice pure cypress mulch.
I read it lowers ph which was frowned upon for some plants but citrus should like that, right?
My planted 15 gallon flame grapefruit tree isn't happy anyway with all the citrus pests.
Months ago i used a bunch around bananas after weeding & didn't kill them & doing great job keeping floratam grass from creeping in & looks good as day i did it.
Grapefruit tree should like it, right?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose on mango fruit set
« on: March 21, 2023, 09:35:33 AM »
Bo, my Kent's in the same boat.  New leaves covered with Anthracnose too. 
Had busy month & neglected copper spraying.  Powdery mildew & less flowers then new leaves is another downer but anyway, you mentioned a systemic a while back that worked great.  What was it? 
I'm willing to drench with something if it works for next year.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Still no flies or bees
« on: February 26, 2023, 06:10:50 PM »
Honey bees were all over Kent.  Odd, flies too.
I smelled them & some smell nice, thought they would stink.  ?

My 20yr old Kent's top half has nothing.  South side & lower half including touching ground does.  Not watering it.
3yr or so M4, Pickering, Cogshall has many flowers, peach cobbler, maha, phoenix, raw honey has none.
Trees everywhere else i see as i drive look like 1 huge flower bud!  lol.
I'll be happy if i get to taste Cogs, M4, Pickering.  Will be 1st time.  I only know Kent & love it.

Good question.  My 1st thought was Anthracnose invite lol.
I'd think garden hose for a minute is plenty on non giants.
I'm considering watering mine with some K.

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