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Old 05-07-2010, 08:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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to all you south florida members. Do coconuts flower and produce year round in the miami area? also any avocado varieties that are more oily like the mexican ones? thanks again, just got back from south america. perfect tropical and subtropical climates but none of my family down there likes to plant like me. im @#$% jealous! hahaha
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yes coconuts produce all year. Miami used to be lined with Jamaican Tall coconut trees but alot have died from lethal yellowing. many of the dooryard trees i see are short and fatter (Fiji dwarf?)

i can see probably about 6 - 40' tall plus Avocado trees from my front door where i live in a small dooryard community. they are the Carribean type that are big and green and less flavorful than small Mexican hass. our climate is very humid and wet and Mexican types do very poor here and dont produce much. there are many hybrid types or Guatamalan types that grow here and produce oily skin like Brogdon, but California Haas definitely are the best IMO.

the big green carribean avocados are good sliced in salad with some dressing.
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thx for the reply. You grow all that stuff listed on your profile??? what size property.
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Default Re: coconuts in south florida?

I dont live in florida, but I now coconut palms definitely grow and usually thrive in all of southern florida especially the miami area. They fruit the most in the summer, but usually have fruit on them all year. The talls, as mentioned, are dieing of disease and the more resistant varieties happen to be shorter. I think the dwarf malayan coconut palms are most commonly planted in miami, but Im not 100% positive about that.

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For the avocados, you should find a good local fruit tree nursery and make sure to get a grafted tree. Ask them what types have high oil, they should be able to tell you. A tree grown from seed will be no good, so make sure its a grafted plant. Also, depending on the variety, you will likely need to get 2 different varieties if you want the optimal fruit set. Most avocados can be classified into 2 different types, called A and B. Basically, their flowers are receptive at different times so in order to have the highest number of flowers that actually set fruit, you need an A type and B type close to each other. Not having each will not result in no fruit, but it really helps to get the most out of your trees.
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So I dont need to waste time or energy on few Avocado seeds in pots?
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You can always graft them.
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Yes, but in my case only with another one from seeds, lol. Thats for now, I hope things will change in near future
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Yes, but in my case only with another one from seeds, lol. Thats for now, I hope things will change in near future
Well you know I'll hook you up once I have some good grafting stock :^)
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You can use your seedlings as rootstocks if you can get a good scion source. The problem with growing from seed is that Avocado generally do not come true from seed, and the very heterozygous and outcrossing nature of the plant makes each seedling very different from its mother plant. So if you find a tree with good fruit and grow a tree from a seed off that good tree, the resulting plants will likely not make fruit at all similar to the parent plant, and they have a high chance of being disappointing (often with low oil and low flavor). Grafting also enables you to skip the juvenile period and get fruit much quicker (in just a few years), growing from seed make take up to 15 years to fruit the first time.
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