Sunday, November 13, 2011

Contact Info

If you would like to purchase plants or fruit in the next few months, please call and leave a message....

Friday, September 30, 2011

Last Saturday of the Season

This Saturday morning we will be open 9am - noon.
Fruit for sale include:

Jak Fruit
Sugar Apple

Monday, September 26, 2011

Closed for 2 Months

This Saturday morning, October 1st, we will be open 9am - noon.
Fruit that will be available include Atemoya, Sugar Apple and probably Jak Fruit.

For the remainder of October and probably all of November we will be closed.
It might be possible to make appointments during these two months. Please call at least a week in advance of when you would like to come by... 278-7754.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Last Minute Details

This morning's fruit selection includes:

Jak Fruit
Sugar Apple

We will be open until noon.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Today we will be open from 4:30 - 6pm.

2 whole Jak Fruit and a couple pieces will be available.

...also Carambola and Sugar Apple

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September Hours and Fruit

We will be open 9am-noon on Satuday mornings for the month of September.

Fruits available include Sugar Apples, Carambola and Jak Fruit.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Open Saturday Morning Only

Fruit for sale include Carambola, Sugar Apple and Jak Fruit.

We will be open Saturday mornings (9am-noon) through the end of September.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Two Jak Fruit Today!

Today we're open 4:30 - 5:30

Available today...

Jak Fruit
Sugar Apple

Monday, August 8, 2011

Another Organic Source!

As mango season comes to a close, I got a wonderful surprise...a truckload of seaweed! Recent rains have rinsed much of the salt away, so soon I'll spread it under palms and mango trees. The seaweed should be a great source of micronutrients! I'm looking forward to watching the plants respond.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hours this Week

This afternoon we will be open 4:30 - 5:30.

Saturday we will be open 9am - noon.

Today we will be selling Keitt Mangos, Kohala Longans, Bell and Fwung Tong Carambola, and Red Sugar Apples.

Jak Fruit will most likely be available on Saturday.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Saturday Morning

Fruit for Saturday sales include:

Keitt Mangos
a few Neelum Mangos
Kohala Longan
Red Sugar Apple
Bell Carambola
Fwang Tung Carambola
and at least one Jak Fruit

Open Saturday, 9am - noon

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yes, We're Open This Afternoon!

Open 7/27/11... 4:30-6pm

Sorry for the late post...

For Sale today:
a couple Mamey Sapote
Red Sugar Apples

This morning I evaluated the remaining mangos, and it looks like we'll have mangos for about 2 more weeks. Again I checked the jak fruit, and I can't believe none of the larger variety has ripened. Sometime very soon several will ripen, and we should have jak fruit for at least a month.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Do You Know Jak?

Here's the third mini Jak Fruit of the season. I've been watching several 12-20 pound Jak Fruit, which are SO close to ready. But meanwhile these small Jak Fruit from another tree continue to ripen. The good news is these small fruit are excellent. The ones from the other tree are great too! And this year another Jak tree has fruit for the first time. It was grown from very promising seed, and I'm really looking forward to tasting that fruit too!

So tomorrow morning this 2-pound Jak Fruit will be for sale, as well as Gary, Keitt and Neelum Mangos, Kohala Longan, Bell and Fwang Tong Carambola, and Red Sugar Apple.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hours and Such

Hours this week:

Wednesday 4:30 - 6pm

Saturday 9am - noon

Suddenly mangos are scarce. I'll pick whatever is ready to be picked, but I won't have much this week. Many of the Keitts look too young still, but I have found some nice ones. In addition to Keitt mangos, we will have some Gary and Neelum.

Other tropical fruit available tomorrow include Carambola and Longan.
It's quite possible that I'll have at least one Jak Fruit on Wednesday and on Saturday.

Also, now is a good time to plant your own mango tree.
When you're here next, remember to check out the trees that I moved to the fruit-selling area.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Little Light Pruning

This first picture shows that even the smallest trees get trimmed at our place every year (IDEALLY). The trimmings litter the ground in front of the trees.

The second picture shows the current project. In the upper left is our largest tree, a Mulgoba mango which is about 100 years old. It suffered significant damage in 2005 from Hurricane Wilma. I asked the tree trimmers to take out a major vertical branch with quite a bit of damage, and to cut out ripped ends of other branches. Ripped ends do not heal well. The search for healthy wood is making our beautiful tree much smaller than I had invisioned, and it ain't over yet.

But trimming big trees for health has huge benefits. Our large Haden trees near the house were cut back a year and a half before Wilma, and we lost two branches from three large trees in that storm. In contrast, our untrimmed Mulgoba lost 90% of its canopy. In fact, only one branch was not damaged.

Of course I call in professional tree trimmers to work on the big trees. This year they'll trim three or four of our large trees. Next year I hope the remaining large trees will be trimmed. By working on some of the trees one year and the others the next, we should be able to harvest Haden mangos every year. Big trees that have had major tree work usually take a couple years to produce a significant crop.

As for the small trees, my goal is to keep them small which requires trimming something from each of them every year. But this year I'm running short on my three precious personal resources: time, energy and attention.We'll see how it goes.

Friday, July 15, 2011

On The Tables Tomorrow

Jak least one (almost 7 lbs.)
Kohala Longan
Sugar Apple (sweet sop)
Mango...including Keitt, Kent, Gary, Valencia Pride and Neelum

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hours and Mangos this Week

This week we will be open...

Wednesday: 4:30-6 pm

Saturday: 9am - noon

As for the mangos..

This week we will sell the last fruit from the Van Dyke, Palmer, and (possibly) the Duncan and Valencia Pride trees.
Varieties we will have beyond this week include Gary, Keitt, Kent, Neelum, and possibly Beverly.
A few fruit from other varieties will be available, but I don't want to mention any names only to disappoint.

And regarding other tropical fruit...

Carambolas are increasingly plentiful.
We harvested the first Jak Fruit (VERY small). Two 12-18 pound fruits seem almost ready to pick.
The first Sugar Apples of the season were ready last week. This week more should be available.
And this week I'll pick more Longans. For the next two weeks or so, we will have Kohala Longans. Other varieties will ripen later.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beyond Mangos

Carambola, Sugar Apple, Longan and Jak Fruit have suddenly become available.

Of course we still have mangos.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mango Emergencies

Because a few people have expressed an urgent need for mangos, I will be open briefly this afternoon.
If you would like to buy carambola and/or mangos, please try to arrive 3:00-3:30.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rain, Glorious Rain!

Early this morning we had a long, wonderful rain. According to my unofficial gauge, it rained about 3 inches. This Saturday our grove should be noticeably greener.

Hours this week:

Wednesday 4:30 - 6pm

Saturday 9:00 - noon

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jak etc.

The first Jak fruit might be ready to pick in less than a week.

This Saturday we will have Carambola (star fruit).

Sugar Apples (sweet sop) should be ready in a couple weeks.

Of course, Mangos are still the main event. This Saturday we will have Van Dyke, Valencia Pride, Kent, Keitt, Carrie, Duncan, Southern Blush, Graham, and a few each of Zebda, Glenn, Choc Anon, Dot, Beverly, Gary, Florigon, Dwarf Hawaiian and Pickering.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Take Your Pruners For a Walk

Some of my mango trees have finished fruiting for the year. When I pick the last fruit from a tree I try to prune it.

Pictured at the top is a young Kent mango, before pruning.

Pictured at the bottom is the same tree after pruning.

As I look at the two pictures, the pruning looks pretty subtle. You can see the accumulated trimmings near the base of the tree.

Especially for young trees, it is important to have a long term vision for the tree. In this instance, I eliminated weak lower branches and branches that were crossing into the center of the tree, and trimmed back the tallest branches. I also cut most of the tips off for stronger future branching.

I will try to post before and after pictures for a larger tree, so that the pruning might be more obvious. Pruning something every year from every tree is important. Waiting can cause future headaches. We have some very large trees ranging in age from 56 years to over 100 years. Over the last ten years we have worked hard to make these trees smaller, but they are still too big. If you consistently prune trees from a young age, the task should never be overwhelming.


Monday and Wednesday 4:30 - 6pm

Saturday morning 9am - noon

...Because of the July 4th holiday, we will not be open on Monday, July 4.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Longer hours this Saturday

We will stay open until 2pm this Saturday, June 25.
Mounts Garden is holding a tropical fruit festival that morning, so our extended hours will make it possible for festival goers to buy fruit after attending the event.

This Saturday's selection of mangos will feature Valencia Prides and a large first harvest of Kents. We also have a substantial amount of Carrie mangos, but this might be the last Saturday for Carries. Other varieties that we have a significant amount of include Duncan, Van Dyke, Choc Anon, Tess Pollock, and Florigon.

Because our grove is so close to the ocean, our mangos ripen earlier than those in the rest of the county. We have finished harvesting several varieties of mangos and all of our lychees, but we grow so many varieties that we will have great mangos to sell for at least another month. Also, in a few weeks, we will have carambola, sugar apple and jak fruit.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Additional Hours

This week we will be open Monday, June 20, and Wednesday, June 22, from 4:30-5:30.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Special Opportunity This Afternoon!

The rain storm last night was wonderful, but this morning we had lots of fallen mangos.
I bagged up some really good drops and will give away a bag per $25 purchase this afternoon (while supplies last).

We will be open this afternoon 4:30-5:30.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hours This Week

In addition to our normal Saturday morning hours, we will be open this Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Valencia Prides!

Today the first Valencia Pride mangos of the season were ready to pick! Apparently 2011 is a great year for Carrie, Duncan, Van Dyke, Florigon, Joellen, and Valencia Pride. The Keitts and Kents are not quite ready to pick, but those varieties also look plentiful.

Lychees are still available, but sometimes we run short of picked fruit.

In the next couple of weeks, jak fruit should start to ripen. Different varieties will ripen over the next two months.

If you are interested in jak fruit or large quantities of lychee, please let us know so that we can call/email you when we have them to sell.

Shipping boxes arrived earlier this week, and already people have packed some full of mangos to send to friends and relatives..

Monday, June 6, 2011

Additional Hours This Week

Tuesday, June 7
Wednesday, June 8
Thursday, June 9
We will be open from 4:30-6pm.

Friday, June 3, 2011


Now is the peak of season for Haden Mangos. The Haden variety tends to have a short season, so try to stop by tomorrow for fruit.

Other varieties that are ripe include Carrie, Glenn, Florigon, Nam Doc Mai and Duncan.

Now is also peak season for Lychee.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Plentiful Duncan and Carrie Mangos

2011 is a great year for Duncan and Carrie mangos, and these are two of the varieties that we're picking now! Each day more ripen, so it looks like our increasing supply should keep pace with the increasing demand.

Wednesday, June 1st, we will be open 4:30-6pm. Of course we'll also be open Saturday morning.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Shipping Boxes Ordered

In case you were wondering, I just ordered a bunch of Flat Rate boxes from the postal service. Several of our customers are becoming increasingly popular with friends and relatives because they are sending mangos to them. The flat rate boxes are an easy, fast and inexpensive way to send fruit. Anyway, in 7-10 business days I will have flat rate boxes available. (The boxes are free.) All you will need to do is buy the fruit, pack the box and take it to a USPS service center. I guess putting a name and address on it would also be a good idea.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial Weekend Mangos

Saturday will be your last chance to buy Nam Doc Mai, Glenn, Cogshall and Lemon Meringue mangos. Also available will be Florigon, Carrie, Haden, Joellen, Choc anon, and Stringy mangos.

Also we will be selling lychee fruit. Because of the heat, it's likely lychee will be available for about two more weeks.

We guarantee all of our fruit. If you ever are dissatisfied with any fruit you purchased, we will gladly replace it.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

An Alternate Time to Buy Fruit

In addition to being open Saturday morning (9am to noon), we will be open this Wednesday (May 25) from 5pm to 6:30pm.
For the next two months, we intend to be open at least one late afternoon during the week in addition to our regular Saturday morning hours.

Fruit Update... This last Saturday we picked our first Haden and Carrie mangos of 2011!

Remember to check this blog for updates...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Get Out Your Forks!

What a difference a week makes! As our Jamaican friends say, "Put away your pots and pans...We have Mangos!"

Mangos are happening at an ever-increasing rate. Even the Carries are almost ready to pick. Sometime soon we'll be open for a few hours during the week in addition to our regular Saturday hours, but for now just call if you would like to purchase mangos on a day other than Saturday. Our phone number is 561-278-7754.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mangos in May

The first few mangos of the season are ripening. Cogshall, Glenn, Nam Doc Mai and Florigon are leading the pack. Unfortunately we have only a few fruit now, but with each passing week, the fruit available for sale will increase dramatically. All of June should be great...not only will we have a lot of mangos, but our lychee crop looks very strong this year.

Friday, April 1, 2011

When Mangos?

At this point, it's difficult to predict the first mango. Of course the heart of mango season will be June and July, but we hope to have some mangos to sell in the middle of May. In May we will be open every Saturday morning. Until then please call to see if we're open...278-7754.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fruit Forecast

This upcoming mango season promises to be very good. February had extremely mild weather, and many of our trees have excellent fruit set. This year our lychee trees had an excellent bloom (finally), and we look forward to a lot of fruit in June. For now we are enjoying loquats, mulberries and avocado, and Black Sapote brownies and Canistel granola.

For your calendar... Truly Tropical will be closed March 19.