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I only need one pup of each.  Does anyone in Broward or PB County have both at this time?  Or even one or the other?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Mulch on Sale at Lowe's
« on: April 09, 2022, 09:26:25 AM »
For those of you who use bagged mulch in your garden (weed suppression, moisture retention, appearance, breakdown into humus), Lowe's has their spring sale going on until April 17.  $2 a bag.

After a bumper crop last year, our Mauritius tree is doing nothing so far.  It sure is looking healthy, however.  Is anyone getting bloom on their trees?

Mark your calendars.  Saturday, March 26.  At the South Florida Fairgrounds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 10-Year Anniversary: The Tropical Fruit Forum
« on: February 27, 2022, 08:41:32 AM »
The 10-year anniversary of this mighty forum came and went last month, and I don't think anyone noted it.  It's my only social media, and I've enjoyed the heck out of it and learned a lot.  (Well, I watch YouTube, too, and make stupid comments there.)  Everyone I've met in person has been super-cool.  I have to believe we're making the world with all its troubles a better place!  (As my generation might say, Make Fruit, Not War.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / No subject
« on: January 21, 2022, 10:18:43 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / White Sapote for South Florida?
« on: January 16, 2022, 05:11:45 PM »
Does anyone have opinions/experience regarding white sapote in South Florida?  What would be the best variety to plant?  Where to get it?  Pine Island Nursery? Lara?

(Regarding my guerrilla tree-planting scheme in my "no-fruit-trees" senior community, I found a good spot to plant a sapodilla tree where it should go unnoticed until it's "too late," meaning already bearing fruit. The lady who lives in the nearest house is from Jamaica, and she said, "Be my guest." I decided on Alano since it's also a beautiful tree.  I'll be replacing a flowering tree that's almost dead.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mamey Sapote Trees
« on: January 07, 2022, 03:24:33 AM »
How big do they get in South Florida?  What's the best variety on a small tree if there is such a thing?  Can you keep them a certain size by regular pruning?  Is green sapote a better option if you're looking for a small tree?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Best Christmas Tree is Any Fruit Tree
« on: December 24, 2021, 06:38:33 PM »
I hope Santa brings everyone at least one fruit tree!
Merry Christmas.

(I borrowed that line from Chris at TT.)
Broward/PB/MD members, I have an Orange Sherbet tree (3-gal. seedling: polyembryonic) for one lucky member as a Christmas gift from me.  This is a top-tier variety.  You know you want it!  PM me.  Merry Christmas to all!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / South/Central Florida Cold Fronts
« on: November 07, 2021, 08:25:42 AM »
We woke up to the first what-we-call-cold morning of the fall/winter season, but it feels great!  59 in Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton.  We can use this thread to track and comment on our cold fronts.  Hopefully we eventually see some nights in the 40's to get all the fruit trees blossoming, including lychees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Holy Sh*t! How NOT to Trim a Mango Tree
« on: October 11, 2021, 02:22:05 PM »

Not to disrespect anybody, but...the knucklehead tree trimmers were hard at work in my community trimming all the trees for big bucks.  "Our contract is to trim side branches only."  All trees were treated as shade trees.  They weren't even aware this was a mango tree, I guess, but it really didn't make any difference to them.  The owner of the 15-year-old tree didn't seem too upset--I was more upset than him--but he admitted it was a stupid way to trim a mango tree.

This is a seedling tree, and I was impressed with the flavor of the fruit this year.  Fortunately my next-door neighbor knows how to graft and has produced and planted two more trees (in the "no-fruit-trees-allowed" community).  I hope to share it with more people for evaluation in the future.  It's an early mango with a very bright flavor--nice sugar/acid balance.  The parent tree's fruit has a mild coconut flavor.  This mango is something completely different in flavor and appearance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Great (mango-obsessed) minds think alike!
« on: September 03, 2021, 04:21:49 PM »
 ;D  Ha ha.  I posted the same thing as JakeFruit about Borax at the same time!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sugarloaf vs. Piņa Colada Mango
« on: July 29, 2021, 10:28:53 PM »
Those of you who have tasted both, how would you compare the two?  What's the difference in flavor?  Which do you consider the better-tasting mango?  What about consistency in production and disease resistance?  Is Piņa Colada a smaller, less vigorous, more manageable tree?  Are Sugarloaf trees showing moderate vigor?  Thanks.

Costco is selling them, and they're cheap.  But they're garbage.  Hass avocados picked immature with no oil content.  What could be worse than a watery Hass avocado??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Citrus Mango Showdown
« on: July 10, 2021, 11:23:54 AM »

Mango and Meditation Master Satya makes a great video, featuring an awesome manatee, who steals the show!  PPK vs. LZ vs. OS vs. Mallika.  Still not the ultimate showdown, which might also include Orange Essence, Peach Cobbler, and Seacrest?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / ***
« on: May 23, 2021, 08:38:50 PM »

I found a jackfruit tree in a public park not too far away.  The tree is huge, and it's loaded with fruit, some quite large.  How can you tell a ripe jackfruit?  What is the normal SoFlo season for jackfruit?

My next door neighbor is a cool guy and likes to garden.  His wife calls him a farmer.  But in one very significant way he's different than any forum member. 
"Jorge, what kind of mango did you plant?  It's growing well."
"I don't know.  I grafted it from Ed's tree over there."

"What kind of avocado is this, Jorge?"
"I don't know.  I got the wood from a little tree I saw growing in front of one of the villas."

"Wow, Jorge!  Your grapevine has lots of grapes.  That's so cool.  What kind of grape is it?"
"I don't know.  I got it from my brother."

"Hey, John, would you like some bananas?  I just cut down the stalk."
"Heck yes!  What variety is it?  Does it have a name?"
"No.  You can name it whatever you want."

So...this 55+ community has stupid rules against fruit trees but plenty of space for additional trees.  I say F 'em!  The ex-New Yorkers who currently sit on the HOA board wouldn't know a fruit tree until the fruit is actually staring them in the face (by which time there will be a new board), and I don't think the gardeners from Mexico/Central America would remove them. There are already many mature mango trees and quite a few avocado trees.  I don't see most of the avos with fruit, however.  I've already mentioned wanting to surreptitiously plant a sapodilla tree.  What other suggestions do you have?  White sapote, caimito, tamarind, mamey sapote, carambola, guava all seem like worthy candidates.  I wouldn't try to plant everything at once.  Sneak a few in per year.  See how it goes.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Fruit Tree Sale...Melbourne, FL
« on: April 23, 2021, 05:10:19 PM »
Fruit Tree Sale
Melbourne Auditorium
625 E Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL
8:00am, Saturday, April 24
They say arrive early for best selection.

(Dang.  I missed the one in WPB last month.  How come no one posted it??  This is tempting.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ???
« on: April 11, 2021, 12:32:44 AM »
Can you identify the mango variety?
Tree #1

Tree #2

Tree #3

I'm guessing #2 is Keitt.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Lara Farms (South Miami-Dade)
« on: April 04, 2021, 09:20:59 AM »
I liked this video a lot. Julian Lara has some interesting and unique varieties of lesser known fruits for sale.  His guava, tamarind, pomegranate, and Ronny avocado sound worthwhile for someone with the space for planting, who wants a comprehensive collection of what will grow in our climate.

Anyone have an opinion as to which sapodilla variety would be best for its fruit quality combined with its attractiveness and size as an ornamental specimen tree for a front yard?  Should I go with Alano (which I've grown before), or is there something better?  Anything that Excalibur sells?

On the east (Atlantic) coast of Florida the salt-air breezes seem to keep mango trees grown closer to the coast healthier than trees grown inland.  How is it on the west, or Gulf, coast?  Do you normally have a breeze coming off the water and extending inland?  Are mango trees generally healthier the closer they're grown to the coast?  Any other differences between the two coasts, regarding mangos?

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