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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Thief Caught
« on: September 28, 2023, 08:34:37 PM »
It’s amazing how some folks have the COJONES to walk onto private property and start picking fruit !

How about parking your Cadillac Escalade outside the property walls. Then with a long pole reaching in to grab  mangos off a tree. This was what Harry Hausman (famous local grower) posted here 9-10 years ago. If I got some details wrong, please correct me.

Cherries from the NW were only $2/lb this year. I ate a lot of them. They were the same price as in 2005 or so. So they rank second. With mangoes ranking at the top for me. I ate lots of my Gold Nugget mangoes this year. I learned that to really bring out the taste they should be refrigerated. They are a middle tier mango.  More taste can be brought out by cutting them up. Putting in a bowl. Add some salt. Give the salt 15-30 minutes to work its way in.

The tree looks good, good thick trunk, but it will shed some damaged leaves, then regrow them. I see a yellow Zill tag on it. Make sure this is loose, or over time it will constrict the trunk. No chemical fertilizers until you plant it. Your fish emulsion fertilizer is OK/

There are two kinds of mango eating public here in Florida. You have those who want ultra clean with no black anything on the mango exterior. They can find these mangos, that are grown outside the USA, at Walmart, etc. But then you have mango eater public #2, that is far more understanding of fruit imperfections. I have many customers in the #2 category.

In past years Publix has made an effort to carry Florida grown mangoes.-

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: M4 or Coconut Cream
« on: August 05, 2023, 05:33:24 PM »
Brought in a few of my mangos today on the floor now...

I remember an ignorant guy that walked up to my house without saying who he was one day and asked what mangos I had and took one look at these type "beauties" lifted his nose high and turned for his car and left me at the door without saying another word.

Fortunately, most who come to my place to get mangoes are OK with a non-perfect appearance. Some of mine look like yours on the floor, and some are very clean.  They all go out the door and get eaten. These mangoes are pure food in a time of food inflation.  BTW processed foods like corn flakes and bacon, are getting hit with more inflation than non-processed. Such as produce, meats, beans, etc.

I don't mind over ripe. If you want under ripe, Walmart has them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: July 31, 2023, 10:39:49 AM »
Peach Cobbler? I finally got to eat one from member Khan. I had refrigerated this PC for the seed, which I was sending to California. That got delayed. So this PC fruit sat in my refrigerator 10 days. When I took it out of fridge to remove the seed, it was super mushy. I almost tossed it. But then I am trying some, and I wolfed it all down. Lots of nieuw Zill type of orange flavors. On the elite tier.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for re-planting Carrie mango?
« on: July 15, 2023, 05:04:12 PM »
Mango Tree Neelam Indian Dwarf Variety - PlantOGram
Web‘Neelam’ is a South Indian dessert mango, widely grown throughout the country and to an increasing extent in southernmost China. The fruit weigh 9 to 12 oz, with the general …

This what my car is hitting in my driveway

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for re-planting Carrie mango?
« on: July 15, 2023, 03:48:36 AM »
Yeah  move it.  No shame in doing that.  I have been same situation and moved trees  that were recently planted
I do have one mango tree that is planted as close to my driveway as yours.  My driveway is asphalt. No pavers for the tree to disrupt. But I keep this tree   (Nelam)15ft tall so the roots are not that  strong to hurt my driveway

I have knocked 4 mangoes off that tree/  I park  backwards and the mirror hit them
Carrie is one of my favorites trees on my plantation. Everyone loves the fruit. Give Carrie more room to grow by moving it. Water it at least every 2nd day after moving it.

Jagger said in a 1995 interview in Rolling Stone, "That's Brian playing [the slide guitar]. We were sitting around in a circle on the floor, singing and playing, recording with open mikes. That was the last time I remember Brian really being totally involved in something that was really worth doing".[2] Accompanying Jones is Richards on acoustic rhythm guitar.

(your Goog-Drive is open)

I will install tomorrow and thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: July 14, 2023, 06:59:17 PM »
 I am giving a shout-out to member Florida Boy who righteously came and got some of  my  mangoes.  Mostly ST and PC....Then we drove to Cookie Monster's house, where  Florida Boy was amazed  by the extensive  fruit trees. And had a long talk with Elsy-  Jeff's Wife.......  So long  that I drove back home.   To leave FB  there to drive back to Miami in his own car.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango trees are super absorbers of CO²
« on: July 06, 2023, 01:29:12 PM »
What we know about mango trees and carbon sequestration so far

As mango trees grow, a process of carbon sequestration or carbon uptake occurs. The tree absorbs carbon dioxide from the environment and with it forms the trunk, branches leaves and fruit.

The process of growing, harvesting and shipping mangoes, from the orchard to the retailers, generates greenhouse gases and releases them into the environment. Mangoes use up more carbon than they emit. They are not just carbon-neutral but they have a carbon negative footprint. Mango trees are super absorbers of CO²; Mexican mango trees absorb significantly more greenhouse gases than is created in the production/shipping process, making them a positive crop to combat climate change.,them%20a%20positive%20crop%20to%20combat%20climate%20change.

*** I am a global warming skeptic. But this looks like the world should plant millions more mango trees to absorb CO2. Now you have some new bragging rights. And orchardists and sellers can post a large sign next to their mango sales table

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ChipDrop for free tree trimmers mulch
« on: July 02, 2023, 09:01:04 PM »
I've always had great luck just calling around. Whenever I need a drop I google arborists near me and tell them I need a clean load of hardwoods and ask if they have any jobs in my area coming up. I always tip, too.
I've had good luck with tree tech and lumberjack jake (tell him that the hugelkulture guy sent you; he'll know it's me)

lumberjack jake is in 33321-Tamarac   ....Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mango/s 2023
« on: July 02, 2023, 08:42:08 PM »
zands, what are your thoughts on Fairchild? I saw you had some fruit for sale recently (wished I was close enough to get some). I recently got a small 3gal because I'm reading David Fairchild's autobiography.

Based on my Fairchild tree.
A smallish mango w some mid sized. It is green until it turns yellow. People will not be prone to stealing it. So good for perimeter plantings by a road, for example. You can keep it pruned to a bushy shape. It is not an upright grower.

It is not your classic blander Florida mango. It has some zing to it. Not super sweet like some of the new Zills.
8 out of 10 and a good choice by you :)

If I had to start all over again, I would plant a Fairchild too.  Zero anthracnose on my Fairchild tree.

It should be a good rootstock tree. Due to the larger seed. Meaning more feral and primitive. High seed to flesh ratio compared to other more "bred" mangos.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mango/s 2023
« on: July 01, 2023, 07:43:23 PM »
FlipT said
Some Pickerings were bland, but others were at the top of their game with creamy texture and coconut undertones.

Same variability here on my tree. I have a large ugly (black spotting) Pickering in my refrigerator. One of my last. Mangoes should be eaten at room temperature. But chilling makes some better. Sorry to admit.

Carrie is always my favorite (this year and any year) and the fan favorites too. Fans meaning buyers and ones given away. Carrie is intoxicating to many. Green Carrie is different than (later) yellow Carrie. Later means more sweet and less acidic. But acidic+sweet is what makes "complex" mangoes.

Then came Pina Colada this year. The piney taste is in Carrie territory.
Then Sweet Tart this year. ST tree gave lots in 2021_____ Nothing in 2022._______ Then lots in 2023


Aha, I didn't remember where it came from. The PSM gave us thousands of fruits and is pretty consistent though very vigorous. Our johny appleseed adventure paid off on that one, as we eventually bought the property that it's on.

In general it was probably the best harvest we've ever had, all thanks to that great extended cold snap back in Dec or Jan.

You have dealt with a thousand more mango trees and mango hounds than I have. So I remember what happened with Okrung tree. You got it from Zills. Very nice size and good looking. I bought it from you. Then after I had not planted it for 6 weeks. You asked to buy it back.

You grafted the PSM tree in my yard and thanks. It has a super output this year. I rate the fruits better than NDM I have. Actually you should be selling scions from the old school NDM tree you have.   Old.... not an NDM #4

I ordered the possibly mislabeled one, zebda, along with kensington pride. I am taking the trees tomorrow and will upload some pics once i have them.

Anything you really like  you must buy two. This is called redundant back up.   Modern jets have three backup systems.  I just bought two Asics Gel Venture 8 shoes. The price was right. Bought for $29 each due to a pricing mistake or they were unloading at Zappos via Amazon. One must always have backups, and plans B , and redundancy.

And if you are a billionaire, stay away from submersible  mini subs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Diagnosis needed for my mango neighbor
« on: June 21, 2023, 04:22:41 PM »
I think his tree is Keitt. It is a late mango
He is unhappy with the way his fruits have been the last few years. Here are some  photos from today

Yah, mine also took like 6 years to start production, from a grafted 15 gallon sized tree. One of my favorite mangoes though, flavorwise.

You got that Okrung from me in a trade. Your grafted Pim Seng Mun is doing great this year.  (PIM SAEN MUN)

I  wish you lots of luck. Sofia is the same latitude as Maine in the USA.  One factor for me (in Sofia) would be which mango variety is most red.  For impressing yourself and others. Example---  I have a mango tree that makes red fruits. Buyers gravitate towards it. Even though I tell them that my green, turning to yellow mangoes are more delicious.

Red meaning ripe, being human nature, is how you see all these 99 cent -- 99¢ mangoes at Walmart last week. They were very nice red. But picked far prematurely in Peru, Mexico, Brazil, whatever. They then pasteurize these mangoes and ship them to America for dunces to eat.

Pickering / Sweet Tart and others.  Such as Pim Seng Mun.  Piña Colada mango soon. Ugly but the best!

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Still working out OK. The only negative is that this Chinese mower needs three strong pulls to start up. My previous Troy Bilt lawnmower was under powered. So I would have to stop 3-4 times or so to remove the accumulated grass from the deck's underside.  I used it in side discharge mode to help it out. The previous Troy Bilt Briggs Stratton engine was very easy to start but not strong enough.

My new Chinese mower claims 209 horsepower. Even if this is an exaggeration, let's say it really is 195 horsepower. I no longer have grass buildup on the mower deck's underside.  I use side discharge. When I am done mowing, I clean the underside (grass accumualtion) with a plastic builders' trowel. Not metal. Plastic will not harm the undersides paint, leading to rust.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ChipDrop for free tree trimmers mulch
« on: May 13, 2023, 10:10:21 AM »
I am in Broward County. I just spoke to a neighbor who had them drop chips in her driveway and they looked good.   
I signed up w them but have not made a chip request yet

They are in many locations in the US

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango April bloom
« on: April 08, 2023, 09:41:20 AM »
2015 it was a very dry spring. It was so dry that my nam doc mai got a complex taste. Not the usual honey flavor.  There has been little rain the last three months in South East Florida. But there must have been enough morning dew, because my lawn looks fairly green.

I better go outside and water some mango trees to minimize fruit drop. I have not done this in years.

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