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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Chronic underperformers
« on: July 30, 2023, 03:49:18 PM »
I am fairly successful with most fruit trees in my yard (around 55) but there are some chronic underperformers.
Mangos: Keitt, Lemon Zest (severe MBBS problems). Didn't meet expectation and were removed.
Dragon fruit: Purple Haze, 1 fruit in 10 years. Didn't meet expectations and had to go.
Lychee: Sweet Heart: problem with weevil and LEM, light producer. Brewster and Mauritius are much more resilient and produce 10x as much.
Mamey: Viejo; 5 years and so far not a single fruit. Does it need a 2nd Mamey near by?
Acovados: Oro Negro, keeps on dying back. Tried a 2nd tree in same spot, same problem. Now planted a Sapodilla that performs fine. So I don't think it is the spot.
Lula, tree grows OK (3.5" diameter, 8' tall, healthy looking leaves), but not a single flower in 5 years. Bacon, Monroe and Brogdon all perform fine.
In paricular the Mamey, Sweet Heart and the Lula Avocado are poor performers. Is it time to move on and plant something else?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The long and disease free Mango season
« on: July 24, 2023, 11:53:08 AM »
I strive to plant Mangoes that are disease free (especially MBBS is a big problem in FL) and also have a very long season. Those are my personal experiences from my backyard orchard in Sebring, FL.
Please feel free to add to the list below:
- Rosigold, largely disease free, as early as mid-March where I live. Last fruits were picked late May/early June. Good classical flavor.
- Angie, absolutely bullet proof as far as disease goes. Very productive. From early May into June.
- Pickering, disease free, extremely productive small tree with a coconut flavor. late May/June.
- Glenn, disease free, classic flavor, late May/June
- Karen Michelle, totally disease free, classical flavor, June
- Edward, absolutely disease free, classical flavor, June to early July
- Cac, disease free, interesting flavor, June/July
- Sugarloaf, disease free, pineapple/coconut flavor, June/July
- Orange Sherbet, disease free, citrus like flavor, July.
- Gold Nugget, disease free, classic flavor, July/August
- Peach Cobler, disease resistant, citrus flavor, July/August
- Sweet Tart, largely disease free, great flavor but small fruit with large seed. July/August0
- M-4, disease free, great coconut flavor, August into early September
- Neelam, disease free, Indian flavor, small fruit, late August into early October

Choc Anon might produce in the winter (so they say), but sometimes "they" say a lot of things that don't work out in my yard. So far it only had one crop a year.

I liked Keitt, great flavor, large fruit August/September, but MBBS became too much of a problem. 90+% of the fruit split open long before maturity. Same goes for Lemon Zest, the disease problems due to MBBS become overwhelming. I guess you can spray, but I am not out there every 2 weeks applying fungicide.

Problematic due to extreme disease susceptibility in my yard (so bad that I got rid of the tree):
Keitt, Lemon Zest, 

Some disease susceptibility:
Valencia Pride, Maha, Choc Anon, Fairchild, Nam Doc Mai, Malika, Venus

Tropical Fruit Discussion / MBBS
« on: May 22, 2023, 08:09:17 AM »
I know Alex posted a list of resistant and susceptible varieties, but I can't find it anymore. Can someone please repost?
MBBS is a real problem in my yard. LZ, Nam Doc Mai, Choc-Anon, Sweet Tart are hit particularly hard.
Pickering, Maha, M-4, Valencia Pride and Edward have some minor problems. Angie, Fairchild, Rosigold, Glenn, Cac, Fruit Punch seem totally resistant.
Any other experiences? No need to carry on with trees that can't produce fruit to maturity.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jackfruit advice
« on: April 10, 2023, 11:02:23 AM »
I have room for one Jackfruit. It needs to be a variety with a good flavor and a late harvest (August or later, later is better) since I have more fruit from May to July than I know what to do with.
Nothing too big and with average or better cold tolerance (Sebring, FL), but on a lake. Any suggestions?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Central Florida fruit tree suggestion needed
« on: January 17, 2023, 08:58:56 AM »
I have to evict an Oro Negro Avocado. They just refuse to grow in my yard, other Avocado varieties do fine. What do other growers in the area have success with? Looking for something with a cold tolerance down to about 28F or lower, that's easy to grow and not susceptible to disease (so citrus is out). I have plenty of the usual suspects, Mangos, Lychees, Avocados, Longans, Sapodillas, Starfruit, Jaboticaba, Loquat, Mamey, Persimmon. I like Guava from the taste, but all those seeds ruin it for me. Pineapple and Dragonfruit are nice, but too labor intensive for the low yield. The Atemoya I have is doing OK, but not great.
Any suggestions other than those listed above?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / MBSS resistant Mangos
« on: January 11, 2023, 03:33:48 PM »
I had to replace a very nice Keith Mango due to MBSS. The Lemon Zest might be next. Very frustrating to spend all this time and effort growing the tree and get nothing in return. What other Mango varieties are susceptible to MBSS? I will avoid those in the future.
So far I have good success with:
Pickering, CAC, Edward, Orange Sherbet, Valencia Pride, Sugar Loaf, Fairchild, Rosi Gold, Angie, Glen, M4, Choc-Anon
probably fine are: Yehangar, Fruit Punch
still under evaluation are:
Venus, Maha Chanok, Pineapple Pleasure, Sweet Tart, Son Pari, NDM

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango tree flooded for 2 weeks
« on: October 25, 2022, 05:47:01 PM »
Hi all,
We already had a very wet September when hurricane Ian arrived and dumped another 12 inches on us  for a September total of 24 inches. 2 of my Mango trees we flooded with about 6 inches of water. The water receded at about 1 inch per day. It was still very wet and mucky for another week. Now the tree (Rosigold) is blooming as of 10/25/2022. It looks good (see picture) but premature blooming is usually a very bad sign. What ya'll think?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / It's September 1st, where are your Mangos?
« on: September 01, 2022, 08:00:27 AM »
Hi all,
I was wondering who in Florida still got Mangos on their trees. The M4 are still not ripe yet. Some Valencia Pride made it until mid-August. I hear Venus and Sweet Tart are late but mine aren't producing yet.
Rosigold was in early May, closely followed by Fairchild and Angie. Everything else (Edward, Glen, Cac, Maha, NDM, Pickering, etc.) was June & July.
Pickering was the heaviest producer, followed by Angie.
Lemon Zest had the most fungus problems followed by Maha Chanuk, Valencia Pride, M4 and NDM in that order.
Totally problem free where: Cac, Glenn, Pickering, Fairchild, Rosigold, Choc-Anon, Orange Sherbet, Edward. Angie
Not bearing yet: Sweet Tart, Son Pari, Venus, Sugar Loaf, Malika, Pinapple Pleasure, Fruit Punch.
Overall favorites this season in terms of quantity, quality and low maintenance: Pickering, Orange Sherbet, Edward
So how did your Mango season go?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Filling the March/April fruit gap
« on: April 06, 2022, 06:25:49 PM »
I am looking for any decent fruit crops from late February to early May in central Florida. Loquat, Surinam cherry, .... and?
The last Avocados come off the tree in early February and the first Mangoes (Rosigold) make it around early May, but not much in between.
Trying to bridge that gap. Any bright ideas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya in Florida
« on: March 17, 2022, 01:08:14 PM »
Hi, Do Cherimoyas generally do well in Florida? I couldn't grow a Rollina to save my life, 3 failed attempts, so I give up. The Atemoya is doing pretty well and already had sizeable fruit.
So before I waste any more time, $$ and effort I figure I better ask.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Winter is coming to central Florida
« on: January 26, 2022, 09:34:14 AM »
Right now the forecast in my area calls for a low of 29 and 31 on Saturday (1/29) and Sunday (1/30) . What are you doing to prepare?
I have about 3 micro jets per tree (2-3 year old Mango, Starfruit, Mamey). Some Mango that are without irrigation I will put mulch around the base and a plastic bag over the top, all the way to the ground. The mulch protects the graft line and provides a little bit of heat. I have some smudge pots, but I hate to fire up those monstrosities. Any other not too costly ideas are welcome.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Trees that do well and trees that don't
« on: January 07, 2022, 10:16:58 AM »
Over the years I experimented with various trees in my yard. Central Florida (Sebring), well drained sandy soil, ph 5.5 on an 8% slope facing west on a lake.
Some do exceptionally well while other refuse to grow an eventually die.
Good success with:
Lychee, Mango, Sapodilla, Longan, Macadamia, Starfruit, Miracle fruit, Allspice, Papaya
moderate success with:
Atemoya, Jaboticaba, Avocado (some do very well like Monroe, Brogdon and Bacon, others not so much like Oro Negro, Lula)
stuff that absolutely refuses to grow in my yard:
Pomegranate, Fig, Rollinia, Pecan, any Citrus (greening disease)

I might be too far south for Pecan, but I have seen a few isolated trees nearby that bear nuts. Does anybody have any success with Figs or Rollinia? Under what conditions?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Any seedless/low Guava?
« on: October 01, 2021, 02:46:07 PM »
I love the flavor of Guava, but the huge amount of seeds sort of ruins it for me. I can handle a few seeds but not the amount a typical Guava produces. Are there any good Guava varieties with a low seed count?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Good late season Mango
« on: August 11, 2021, 04:14:49 PM »
With Keitt having very serious disease problems (fruits get black spots and splits open) I need one or two good late season replacements. Didn't get one single fruit this year, all split open and the bugs got into it. By late season I mean the fruit starts ripening August 15th or later.
What are good/decent candidates? Can you elaborate on tree size, disease resistance, harvest season and fruit quality?
Thanks much

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bad bug
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:15:53 PM »
This guy (about 1/4 inch) is eating my Lychee and Mamey leaves:

Who is this and how do I get rid of them? Other than crushing them with my finger nails, I use "BioAdvanced" which is some multi-purpose bug & disease control. It lasts about 2 weeks, then I have to spray again. Anything more effective?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 2 more Mangos
« on: June 25, 2020, 10:50:19 AM »
I have 2 more spots for larger Mango trees to add to my collection. I sort of narrowed it down to: Seacrest, Cac (same as Cat Chu), Orange Sherbet and Sweet Tart. I haven't tasted either one yet.
I like firm, fiberless with a good balance of sweet and tart flavors. From the ones I have in production I like Glenn, Edward and LZ best, not a big fan of Nam Doc Mai (too sweet) and Carrie (too soft). Any advice?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Central Florida Mango Trees
« on: June 03, 2020, 09:24:44 AM »
I was surprised to find some rather large Mango trees in central Florida (Highlands county, 80 miles south of Orlando). Most of them are multi-stemmed as they died back at some point in the past due to frost. The specimen in the picture is located in Sebring near the south-east shores of lake Jackson. Judging by its size it must have been there at least 50+ years. That means it must have survived the hard freezes of 1977 and during the 1980s. There are also several large Mango tree south of Lake Placid along US-27. Any other large Mango trees in central Florida that you know of? Seeing this long term survivor I was encouraged to start my own Mango orchard. They made it through their first winter without any problems as temperatures never got down to freezing.

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