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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Foliar Feeding
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:45:17 PM »
Oh wait, maybe she has a skin condition from all the chemicals in our yard!! YIKES!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Foliar Feeding
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:44:07 PM »
I base my mixture off Bill Whitmans 50 years of research.  I know it sounds dangerous using chemical fertilizers, but elementally the plant uses the same base elements found in either source.  Also, I used a product called Organocide once and it killed half my vegetable garden.. I have had nothing but awesome results using my current mix, and my girlfriend still has a skin condition using her organic clay facewash... On the bright side, she thinks it helps so I guess thats what matters!

Copper destoys fungus, just like an antibiotic kills all bacteria.. The downside is that not a fungi are bad, some in the soil for instance, are very beneficial and help protect and strengthen root systems and transfer. So by overspaying Cu you may actually hurt the trees root system, not to mention an overload of Cu can be toxic to the plant itself.


Figured I get this one going again..

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Preferred method to graft avocado.
« on: February 06, 2012, 08:42:10 PM »
I have a very good success rate with cleft grafting avocado, you will probably be sucessful if you use clean instruments and use parafilm to avoid scion dessication.  I allow mine partial shade, and they eventually grow through the parafilm and pop the grafting bands on their own.  Very low maintenance!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black discoloration on trunk of mango tree
« on: February 06, 2012, 06:48:44 AM »
Its pretty normal to see, I believe its caused by nursery watering practices...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How-to question
« on: February 05, 2012, 10:01:29 AM »
We are operating a modified version of a simple machines forum.  By modifying the original template we added quite a few features that are not standard to the generic install, things like the ability to have a custom title, users maps, image upload, and spam filtering are all items custom added.  Unfortunately this custom template was not compatible to the bookmark feature... We will be working on ways to improve this template as times goes on.. Sorry about the avatars! Please reupload them!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: OOPS!
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:11:07 AM »
Ha Ha!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: OOPS!
« on: February 04, 2012, 11:59:20 PM »
Dont get him started!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Foliar Feeding
« on: February 04, 2012, 12:55:06 PM »
1/2 Tbs of Sequestrine per gallon is what I am using. I get the Sequestrine from Winfield Solutions in Boynton Beach Florida, I also get the Class Act Spread/Stick from there.

I buy my SO AG on ebay in 1 Gallon, using 1Tbs per Gallon

I buy the PhytoFos online from a distrubutor in Palm Beach... I cant locate the info.. I use the one that is all Potassium, no Phosphorus. 1Tbs Gallon

The copper I use in a very dilute manner, maybe a teaspoon or less per gallon. (granular)

I am very careful not to use Horticulural Oil for at least two weeks on my citrus, and I havent seen any ill effects from that concentration as of yet!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Foliar Feeding
« on: February 04, 2012, 08:39:33 AM »
I use a 3/4 strength mix of SoAg's Citrus Nutritional, PhytoFos, Millers 20-20-20 (with minors), Elemental Cu, Sequestrine 138Fe, and Class Act spreader/sticker.

I apply 15 gallons of it broadcast with a backpack sprayer over everything on the 15th of every month, when I get to each tree the branches stretch toward me like arms from a bad sci-fi movie...

I guess they like it!

I have noticed while using this mix over the past year and a half, I have almost completely eliminated the need for pest control...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tropical Fruit Websites?
« on: February 02, 2012, 02:16:36 PM »
Let me start:
Julia Morton's "Fruits of Warm Climates" -
I agree that Purdue has some great resources.  Here's another one from Purdue, slides from a course on tropical horticulture:

Here are another two good online online books for specific tree crops:


If you go to my megalinks page i think you can see links to most of the great websites about tropical fruits. I also have a list on that page of tropical fruit books you can read free online:
PS i've yet to put up a link to this forum but will do that soon if moderators would like that?

Why we would be honored of course!!

I notice a lot of things are only Carcinogenic in California... Add that to the fact that its hard to ship there!! What are they doing to you folks!!

Kidding of course...

A topic started as a quick reference for those who are concerned that an infestation may require chemical use!

When is is time to apply these chemicals?

What will happen if you just leave the issues alone?

What happens to the beneficials when you use chemicals?

Can a yard become a self suppoting ecosystem in time that will control insect populations?

Is the Honey Bees demise being caused by chemicals?

Are home owners polluting more than huge farms?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The world's biggest Guanabana?
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:10:15 PM »
That thing is huge.. I beginning to wonder why all the people you come in contact have huge fruit?? Are you radioactive?? Kidding of course!!

And how far north are you growing them??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tropical Fruit Websites?
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:43:43 PM »
University of Florida's Dr. Crane's Publications on Tropical Fruit in both Spanish and English!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Proper Spacing of Fruit Trees
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:43:02 PM »
Awesome photo! Looks like a tropical paradise!! Post more pics.....

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: fruit pics
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:02:13 AM »
Dan, how old is your Mangana Mamey? How does it handle the cold??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Proper Spacing of Fruit Trees
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:58:21 AM »
Im thinking about planting some more Mango trees and some other species in the Mango family, then three Garcinia too..  Oh you mean him not me! Ha Ha!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Proper Spacing of Fruit Trees
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:34:39 AM »
Picture full grown trees when planting.. Also I starting planning on how much maintenance I would want to create 15years from now.. My age then, and whether or not you have good waste removal in your community.. That you dont have to really process the debris (size requirements, bundling, limits to amount per week).  I guess the standard high density planting would be no less than about ten feet on center between trees??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Robert is Here fruit stand
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:59:31 AM »
Lara Farms would be a great stop, they sell small 1gal trees that would be easy to ship!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Profile Field! List Your Fruit Trees!
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:39:38 AM »
For those who are concerned..
We have plenty of storage space for huge lists, so no excuses! Let's see your lists!!
 If Harry can do it anyone can! (kidding Harry)..

At our current rate of growth we have used about 1/1000000 of the current storage space, and are locked in for years to come!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropicalgrower89 more Laras videos
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:37:31 AM »
Those are great!

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