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Hi everybody. I planted this tree a few weeks ago. It was out in full sun, so I wasnít worried about the heat and picked a sunny spot. All the leaves above the graft turned brown and crunchy. The lower leaves, as you can see, are very happy. Any advice please?! Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A dozen volunteer papayas!
« on: July 18, 2022, 10:16:18 PM »
I don't know what to make of this papaya dilemma I have. I planted a hermaphrodite papaya that I purchased from a nursery about six months ago. It was two feet tall at the time and has tripled in height. It is just setting it's first fruits. About 20 feet down the yard, 12 volunteers have sprung up. I had no idea they were there, as they were originally  obscured by other plants and trees. I let them grow. Now two of them are 10 feet tall. There are others nearly the same height and some smaller ones as well. I have never had papayas before, so I thought if some were female I would be fortunate. I didn't even know about the self pollinating papayas, as I do now.

Today I revisited the nursery. The guy who grows the papaya from seed there insisted that "papayas don't grow that way". He thought maybe someone tossed an old papaya with seeds in the yard. Nope! It's just me and the hubby. The house behind us was vacant for the last year while it was renovated, so no one tossed seeds from that yard.

Do papayas need to be grafted? Is there any chance that these volunteers will produce decent fruit? There are no flowers yet. I feel as though I may regret not pulling them before even more roots set in. I would love to hear from anybody who has experience with this. Thanks!

Hi all, I thought I would post this for people who are struggling with which mango tree to plant. I was not able to find too much on this particular variety, CAC aka COC, and the taste tests that I saw on YouTube were lackluster. I was concerned about it because this is our first tree and I bought it for my husband for Christmas. (Long story but it is a inside joke in our family about my hubby and his love of mango trees). I went out to Excalibur fruit trees in western Lake Worth and the guy out there suggested this one.

It gave us a whopping harvest of two mangoes this year, but not bad for a new tree. I have since learned that I probably should not have let it fruit this year. The skin was yellow when ripe, not red and orange as I am accustomed to. I was a little worried that it wouldn't be as good as all the basic mangoes we have here in south Florida. Well, last night was the big taste test. There were four or us and two giant 1 lb+ fruits. All four of us agreed it was the best mango we ever had. They were incredible! They were completely fiberless and as sweet as candy. The taste was 90% mango and 10% citrusy coconut. They sell the fruit at Excalibur, so I think I will go back and buy some. They were that good.

I can see how in a taste test you may not be able to appreciate the individuality of some mangoes and this variety is one of them. There is really no effective way to cleanse your palette after this taste except with letting time pass.
Just wanted to give you all some documentation of this great variety if you haven't tried it. We couldn't be happier with our tree and are very excited for next year!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help please- Problems with Papaya Tree
« on: June 02, 2022, 09:38:29 PM »
Hi Everyone, This is my first papaya tree and it's tucked back out of my direct line of sight. Last week or so, I noticed something white on it from a distance and there was also a couple of big white spots on the fence. I assumed it was bird droppings and forgot about it. Today I was out trimming some things up and I noticed some ugly problems going on with the leaves. I tried searching online to no avail, but safe to say that it has some aphids that I will get in the morning. The black and white stuff has me puzzled though. Any ideas what it is and how to treat? I posted two more below.

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