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I watered my mango trees yesterday to help mitigate fruit drop offs
And today it's raining very hard to help my lawn which has been getting quite dry. Of course the mango trees will benefit too.

HOORAY!!! and hope all members in SE Florida are getting inundated this afternoon. SW FL too hopefully

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Temporary irrigation with pool vacuum hose
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:57:36 PM »
I am posting this in case the pool vacuum hose idea helps someone with any kind of irrigation. I have an old lawn sprinkler system I am reviving with some detective work. But until I get ir running I am using a Home Depot pool vacuum hose to water my lawn during the South Florida dry season. It is their own HDX  brand /35 feet long and $39.99/ and called heavy duty.  We shall find out how heavy duty it really  is.
This pool hose will fit into a 1 1/4 inch PVC pipe coupling. So this hose mates well with 1 1/4 inch PVC pipe
Meanwhile I can water my front lawn in ten minutes. Hitting the parched spots first. Hit some fruit trees too.

The water is pumped from my well so the only cost is electricity.

let it rip!

Should be OK right?

My mango bloom and panicles look decent this year. But is there a chance for more to emerge? Especially if we have a late cold snap.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango tree Christmas lights
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:11:04 AM »
Hung on a tree in my front yard.  Cold white LEDs. 20 meter string by 200 leds. I will probably order more for next year.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Growing fruit trees in pots
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:10:45 AM »
  • Would drilling 1/8 inch holes in the bottom of the pot help drainage and other problems? I am talking hundreds of 1/8 inch holes.
    For more benefits -- How about doing the same to the sides? For aeration and drainage.
  • Any real good and tested soil mixes for avocado and citrus?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango bloom one mile from my house.
« on: December 14, 2017, 08:50:43 AM »
This tree is next to an avocado tree that is propped up after the hurricane hit it. The mango tree was not affected. Also my guarana a few days ago.

Will 2018 be be better that 2017? My production was down and think many others had the same problem. Maybe this applied just to SE Florida and not SW Florida?
After a poor year are the mango trees inclined to make up for it the following year?
Or maybe 2017 was a normal year for you and I am all wet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Two Florida avocados I bought today
« on: August 17, 2017, 06:21:22 PM »
I bought at Broward Meat and Fish. $1 each/ Last week the Florida avocados were 50˘  each there. Maybe this is bs but I was told to shake the avocado and if the seed rattles around a bit then it is good. Both these passed the test/

In photos is a 12" steel ruler

Broward Meat And Fish Company
8040 W McNab Rd, North Lauderdale, FL 33068

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Turmeric !
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:13:31 AM »
You can find turmeric roots at an India grocery store like Patel near me.
Bravo markets also carry it

Easy to grow
This should be a landscaping plant. Leaves look much nicer than ginger leaves and it grows easier at least for me. Just  shallow plant and throw wood chips on top. It broke through three inches wood chip for me.

I was told the three sour sop types are--  (Soursop)
  • sweet
  • sweet-sour
  • sour
Can someone tell me the name of the variety (varieties) that is just sweet.      This is the type I am interested in getting. Also if you can recommend a sweet variety.     Thanks!

At least for me and one other member. My last email notification was in December 2016. Thanks. Please fix it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Good hand pruner by Fiskars
« on: July 14, 2017, 09:27:00 PM »
Two piece forged construction. I like the spring action instead of coiled steel. You have a really great pruner then good for backup. But I use as primary pruner along with another one by Felco

I bought recently from Walmart. $8.46 +Have them send to a nearby Walmart and you don't have to pay shipping.

Amazon has for $4 more

A 100-year-old tree stands in a Miami yard. Is it the ‘granddaddy of all Florida mangoes?’

My obsession started like so many obsessions do, with a question so sticky, so delicious, it was impossible to ignore: Is the tree that gave rise to the entire mango industry in the western hemisphere still alive more than 110 years later in a Coconut Grove yard?

This wouldn’t be just any mango tree; this tree is the first of its kind, “the granddaddy of all Florida mangoes,” as one person later told me. It was the result of the first time anyone in America had successfully crossed two species of unremarkable mangoes and luckily — improbably, revolutionarily — created a mango that made people swoon.

It was the first to ripen to a rosy blush, with a tropical piney scent. It was the first mango you could bite into without getting a mouthful of mango dental floss, and it was hearty enough to be shipped commercially all over the world. Yet it was so perfectly adapted to our ground, temperature and weather that many South Floridians unknowingly have grown up with this mango in our backyards.

It was a mango so good that 100 years ago, Florida horticulturalists — looking for a new fruit to grow here — would make this mango their ambassador to the world.

Spicy, flashy, easy to fall in love with at first sight (or first bite): You might call it the most Miami mango ever. And all of it came from a single tree.

And, like Miami, it was founded by a woman, the wife of a retired Army captain who planted the seed by his house, blocks from the home of Everglades defender Marjory Stoneman Douglas. He died before he saw it bear fruit, but his widow raised the tree and introduced the world to the mango she named for her late husband — the Haden.

I consulted with experts, read the 100-year-old texts of the widow, pored over a 60-year-old report that seem to pinpoint the tree and even spoke to descendants who had visited the tree (and one neighbor who remembers bringing the widow fresh-baked cookies and taking mangoes in return).

All of it led to a single, ancient Haden mango tree that grows twisted in the stifling saltwater breeze blowing in from Biscayne Bay.

Experts who have seen it (and climbed it to gather fruit) say this tree is easily 100 years old. It has withstood hurricanes, dodged disease and escaped the maw of development. And all of it thanks to mango lovers, tolerant homeowners and dumb luck.

But is this the tree?

I couldn’t stop thinking about it from the moment I came across that online photo.
‘It caused such a stir’

John and Florence Haden came to Miami, like so many before and after them, to reinvent themselves.    (excerpt)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sunday morning mango tree
« on: May 14, 2017, 08:42:15 AM »
I was out for an errand and turned down a street that I figured would have a few mango trees. But I only saw this beauty. What kind of mangoes are these? I don't know but I can guess.

I like the organic termite and pest control truck down the block from this tree

Aldi's has lopper deals every spring. Also other garden items you might be interested at Aldi's this week.

Here is their on-line circular.....    You will have to enter your zip code.
Last day of sale is next Tuesday but if they have loppers etc leftover then you will see them next week too

lopper info

multi-purpose sprayer--

cordless string trimmer and cordless leaf blower

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pineapple -- a tough crown
« on: March 20, 2017, 10:49:14 AM »
Hacked off a supermarket pineapple crown and left it in water for three weeks. I forgot about it. The center leaves where new leaves come from rotted away. I neglected it some more and now I see a comeback from the center with tiny new leaves spouting coming back.

So I would say these crowns are strong
To be planted soon!


Fill up those mango trees and reservoirs!

I think El Nino is still in semi-effect...we have more rain than usual here. Though not as much as last winter with a declared El Nino in the Pacific ocean.

You will need 2-3 people to dig them out. Fewer if you want to try bare rooting them. HOA is going to destroy them anyway so if you want let me know

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Coc Mango tree must go / Yours for free
« on: December 10, 2016, 05:58:50 PM »
Coc Mango tree must go

HOA wants it removed and they might remove/kill it this week. Yours for free but will take some digging. I am busy digging out another tree so probably will not be able to help you dig. But will help getting it into your truck It is 8ft tall and trunk is four inch wide. In excellent health and has born fruit last two years. You will need a pickup truck or van to transport. I have some boards to make a ramp. Bring another digger will be ideal. You should probably take it out semi-bare rooted where some dirt is washed away w the garden hose. This is not a great time of year to move a tree but this tree is strong so should do OK.

I will take photos tomorrow and post them........If you make super firm commitment I might be able to delay the HOA removal until next weekend. I will list this Monday on Craigs list if no firm interest here.

I am in Tamarac zip 33321

In previous years I bought their bypass and anvil loppers and am happy with them. They were non-geared. Bypass loppers are lighter weight and for lighter duty. I can move and snip quicker with them. It's good to have both types and I use both.
I suppose when they are geared you get extra leverage for cutting through thick hard branches.

Seen at Aldis at University and McNab in Broward country. If you are in Florida I am fairly sure you will find the loppers too in yr local Aldis.

Good thing about inexpensive loppers.......  I had no problem spray painting the handles red or orange right away so harder to misplace in the grass or bush. You gonna do this with your $65 super duper loppers?

I won't do this if this will kill it but I need to move a mango tree 30-45ft. The trunk is 5 inches in diameter. It has been in the ground for 5 years. It is a sweet tart if you are curious.

Successfully digging up and moving its large root ball will be impossible. The soil covered root ball be too heavy to drag 30-45ft on a tarp. Lots of the dirt will fall off no matter what I do. And these dirt clump will tear roots when falling off.

So......... Would it make sense to hose off most of the soil clinging to the roots?
Do it carefully and gently so I don't tear too many roots. Then drag this bare rooted tree to its new hole and plant it. The new hole will have rich soil to sooth the traumatized root system. Yeah I know mangoes don't like rich soil but I have planted many in holes with half Home Depot black top soil that comes in a bag and they worked out.

Is this foolish or do you think it will work? No problem with the tree dying back for a few months before recovering.

I cut off the top leaving an inch of pineapple flesh.
Put it in this blue plastic coffee container on the porch and with the rains we have been getting it was frequently drowned. I did not monitor the water level closely but poured off excess rainwater.
It sat in water for four weeks.

Removing the pineapple top from the water......look at the extensive root development. I then planted it in a 3 gallon bucket with compost, black soil and semi-rotted wood chips. The largest leaf is 8 inches and got there just sitting in water! I hope it has enough room in this bucket to grow a good size pineapple. Should I move it up to 7 gallon in a 6-9 months?

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I have never tasted a Maha Chanok mango but am thinking of planting a tree. I know what Nam doc mai tastes like. How does Chanok taste in comparison? Is it sweeter? Does it have an extended season in South Florida? What is its season for ripeness?

Is it pretty reliable to produce each year?

***** any other spellings for this mango I should include in the title?

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