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Har and bsbullie, thanks for your responses. Hopefully the problem will resolve itself once the rain starts and fertilizer seeps in. Here's to a good growing season.


Can anyone help me with this PPK? No flowers and no growth this year. You can see it is also only growing on one side. I gave it a healthy dose of Helena 8-2-12 about 6 weeks ago and still nothing. It has been very dry this year, but every other mango I have has flowered or pushed or done something. This one has just been dormant. It had a those green bumps like it was trying to push, but nothing happened. Any ideas?

How do y'all keep your garcinias happy? I have a few planted out, some on irrigation some not, all around 3ft tall. My understanding is mine are at the size when they should start growing like crazy, but they basically haven't done anything the last 6 months. Any tips?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Potentially Huge News for Citrus
« on: July 12, 2020, 02:29:48 PM »
Great news.  Citrus acreage in Florida is a fraction of what it once was.  It seems like it's gone forever.

Unfortunately, you're right. So much of that acreage has been sold off, very sad.

In my experience, it's not a problem. When heavy winds come through my yard all the trees sway except for the jaboticaba which doesn't move AT ALL. They have some really strong wood. Actually a problem with jaboticabas is they can be completely uprooted in severe hurricane force winds because the trees have absolutely no give. There are a few mature jabos growing on their sides in FL because of that.

I would not let wind factor into your decision.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: February 21, 2020, 08:44:38 PM »
Second blooms on my two big trees: Haden and Glenn. The Glenn set a ton of fruit on the first bloom and has a ton of new blooms now. My ~10 Zill's varieties all bloomed and set fruit but I'm not letting them carry fruit this year.

Thanks for the info guys. I think I'll go ahead and plant my largest one (~2.5ft) now. Full sun, irrigated, flood prone in rainy season. I'll be devastated if it dies. Can't wait to try this fruit!

Any opinions on full sun/part shade/full shade? Also do these grow more wide than tall like Achachairu?

I'm too scared to put any in the ground as I don't want to lose them!

Hi, do you guys/gals know anything about the Purple Tiger Passion fruit? I saw it at Armstrong Garden Center. I heard it was a hybrid of Ruby Glow and P. quadrangularis. 

I just want to know:
1. does it fruit?
2. i saw somewhere that it needs to be cross pollinated.  But with what? I only have Frederick plant.


I believe that would be passiflora decaisneana. The fruit are incredibly sweet but they do need to be cross pollinated with another passiflora.

I think you could definitely do this with mangoes. Get a load of fresh mulch from a tree company and mulch the trees real heavy after planting. The mulch will help retain moisture and keep the ground temperature down.

Welcome to SWFL. Check out Collier Fruit Growers its a great local club for hobbyists. Someone there might be willing to come check on your trees every once in a while to see how they're doing.

I would advise NOT planting seeds. They can take a decade to bear fruit. Get a few grafted trees instead.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Iguana removal opportunity with the cold
« on: January 23, 2020, 10:56:24 AM »
Kill them all. They are just as bad if not worse than pythons. Especially in the keys where they destroy the young wildlife growing in the mangroves.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Low Temperatures
« on: January 22, 2020, 09:42:54 PM »
App said 36 here in SWFL but I think it was closer to 38. The wind was brutal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Understanding Jaboticaba botanical names
« on: January 09, 2020, 06:43:53 PM »
Oh boy, this ones a doozy...

My understanding is there is no real logic to the various botanical names, but the most correct one is plinia jaboticaba . I believe this is the botanical name used in Frutas no Brasil.

HOWEVER, I almost never see that name used in nurseries. Most common around me seems to be myrciaria cauliflora and myrciaria jaboticaba

I'm curious to hear from the experts on this one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Baby banana plants?
« on: December 08, 2019, 12:51:29 PM »
Banana plants in a "mat" (group of bananas) are connected together underground by the "corm". The corm is where the new banana pups come from. When you separate a pup from the mother plant, you need to cut away part of the corm as well. Do not snip the pup at the base!

You can separate a pup at any size, but for your first few times let it grow up a bit first.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various seedlings for sale
« on: November 29, 2019, 10:09:29 PM »
Got my seedlings today and they were packed perfectly to survive the long journey. Thanks Lance!

Not saying this is the case here, but there are sour varieties of carambola that you pick green and use in cooking.

Lovely tree. If I was on the east coast Id grab it in a heartbeat. Good luck with the move John.

Kevin, I got my mulberry today - the packaging was excellent! Thanks for the extra Suriname cherry as well, really excited to grow these!

Thanks Hoang, the fruit were excellent! I was surprised how good they taste. The cuttings are in great shape too! Very excited to grow these, thanks for the quality packaging.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bee magnets
« on: October 15, 2019, 04:16:14 PM »
Bees love my rainbow eucalyptus. There must be hundreds when the tree is in bloom

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: October 09, 2019, 07:55:18 PM »

Got my first red jabo today! I think its close to fruiting size. What do you guys think about my plan to nurse it back to health?

-Upgrade to 15gal pot
-50/50 sphagnum/soil mix + perlite
-Holly-tone on top

Any advice? My other jabos are in the ground so Im not very familiar with keeping them in pots

Im in the same area and my Russell avocado has done outstanding. Brogdon great as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zone 9b space coast Florida peaches?
« on: September 13, 2019, 10:57:49 PM »
You can definitely grow peaches in 9b, but in order to get consistent fruiting you MUST get enough chill hours every year. People are growing low chill peaches commercially in central FL and if the winter isn't cold enough it cuts production by three quarters. Peach trees also need to be replaced every 7-8 years, so missing a couple fruiting seasons really sucks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pura Vida Avocado in S. Florida
« on: August 19, 2019, 08:33:15 PM »
Wow Amazing! Looks like I need my avo seedlings to hurry up for grafting

Mango Bacterial Black Spot---leaf form.

Copper sprays, and other anti-bacterials, and nutritionals to strengthen the tree.  De-emphasize Nitrogen.

Thanks for the help, Har.

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