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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South/Central Florida Cold Fronts
« on: January 15, 2022, 08:50:08 AM »
Dropped to 49 last night here. Quite an abrupt change (around 80 something in the daytime), certainly should stimulate mango flowering. More cool nights forecast too. =)

Doesn't help with germinating seeds though.

What are the jars in the 1st post? Juice?

Also, how do you know fruit are ripe?

I have a plant that is flowering and fruiting, some random optunia that I snatched a pad of from my wife's abuela's house.

Scott Bonnet does great year-round here in SoFL, with lots of rain and regular us of sprinkler system.  Similar, but better than habanero in my opinion. Got a couple of others that do well, have to look up what they are.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2022 Yangmei (Myrica Rubra) Group Order
« on: January 13, 2022, 12:33:46 PM »

Thank you Bill for all your hard work and inclusiveness. Not an easy task, and most kind of you.


Where can one send mango leaves for nutritional analysis and to identify deficiencies?

Apologies if this has been posted already, couldn't find.



Thanks everyone! Ordered a Korean tea and others from onegreenworld.

Thanks. They are sold out for now though. Still looking.


I am looking for a plant of camellia sinensis, in the South Florida/Miami area.

Open to a shipped plant as well.

PIN says they don't have them, won't for a couple of months.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cherilata
« on: January 08, 2022, 12:35:26 PM »
Cherilata itself may be good rootstock; has anyone tried?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Luc's Garcinia Flowering
« on: January 07, 2022, 02:38:39 PM »
Great job Mike! Hope is alive!!

Does anyone know about compatibility with pollen from other Garcinias?

I have 2 Lucs, one very small, which will likely take years to flower. Hopefully some of the other Garcinias around can help. Would be wonderful if intermedia is a match. Lots of flowers off and on, all year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2022 Yangmei (Myrica Rubra) Group Order
« on: January 06, 2022, 09:59:39 AM »
Simon is the official TFF yangmei authority.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cherilata
« on: January 05, 2022, 08:26:15 PM »
Forgot to mention, have 2 nice branches of Cherilata grafted on an established Gefner atemoya tree. Had several takes, but think the others rotted out due to poor post-graft care. Seems to be doing well so far.

How was that fruit!?!?

Whoop whoop!

New logo is nice, but don't trash the old one. Still my fav.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cherilata
« on: January 05, 2022, 07:12:17 PM »
Pretty sure that one that Joe hooked me up with is on guanabana.

It is doing well, couple months in-ground, but not doing much above ground yet. Can tell it is firmly rooted, so think all the action this time of year is underground.

Seeds arrived today, in great shape. WOW! Thank you for extras. Really excited to grow all of these CGN hybrids and others.

Thank you mucho Matt!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2022 Yangmei (Myrica Rubra) Group Order
« on: January 05, 2022, 12:10:03 PM »
You rock Bill!

I recommend you discuss with seller doing close inspection on trees before shipping. Last order, they were held and fumigated, which likely led to much loss from stress and extended time bare-rooted.

Can vouch for Sabara doing fine growing in thin soil on top of solid limestone. M. Vexator is doing well in ground also. Red hybrid, not as well, but alive and fruits off and on most of the year. Just planted a Grimal seedling, will see how it goes.

Super cool giveaway, I salute you Kev!

This was hard to find a while back. At least for me, and took some time searching.

Keeping your trees consistently watered can reduce the chance of splitting.

Abrupt changes, from dry to wet, can increase splittage.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your 2021 Rainfall totals
« on: January 02, 2022, 11:26:36 AM »
Searches suggest we get around 40 - 65 inches of rain per year in my area, but I have doubts about the totals. It can rain like crazy here, and be dry 1/2 mile away.

Is there a good electronic rain gauge/weather station that anyone would recommend? Want something that will generate totals for the month and year, not just daily. Would really like to know the true numbers for our yard.

Rosigold is a good mango, wish had one now.

As far as planting near sewage line, 16 feet seems within reason. Agree, can't be sure what people are flushing and pouring down the drain, but if its not toxicifying your mangoes, mango tree is better than grass, weeds, and most other plants.

If the new branch does not fit with your ideas of tree size and shape, seems like trimming now would be the way to go. Shouldn't hurt your forming panicles, and will cease to be a drain on energy (as you suggested).

I trim mango trees whenever they need it or I feel like it. Have not noticed any problems doing this when a tree is in partial bloom. The only time/way have hurt flowers or fruit has been fertilizing at the wrong time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Luc , the Mexican Garcinia guy , remember ?
« on: December 29, 2021, 08:19:25 PM »
Welcome back Luc!

Deepest condolences regarding the passing of your son.

Glad you are feeling better!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: when to pick Oro Negro avocado
« on: December 26, 2021, 11:59:16 AM »
It turns black and then gets shiny. Mine popped off easily when close to ripe, so just give a little tug when you think its close.

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