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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: Today at 12:37:18 AM »

I know that there is a rabbit that has been hanging around eating the green grass, as well as a ground squirrel that has been running around during the day.

Iíd like to get rid of the one thatís doing the damage but not sure which one it is.

Has anyone had this happen and know who the culprit is?  Which one of these 3 animals eats mango leaves and would try to eat a scion?
Wild rabbits will eat grass,mango stems, mango leaves, and they really love to come a hopping when they hear a ripe mango hit the ground at night to feast on it but usually just skinning it.

Not sure why you would want to identify the particular culprit by video/pictures??? ........

They are known to eat all & will eat all of the above when the opportunity presents itself... They are wild & will not be trained not to eat your fruit & small trees... That is what they do....

A meteorite hit one in my yard today while it was sitting next to a mango it had been eating on the ground... Any other varmints  capable of eating my fruit need to exit the property before another meteorite hits them...

Cages with their half eaten fruit are useful to round up the hopping varmints during the night...

I want both the rabbit and the squirrel gone ... just figured Iíd start with the squirrel because it doesnít show itself much but I do know where his ground hole is.
The rabbit,  I made the mistake of saying I was going to shoot it in from of my 2 young kids.  Now every time I am about to walk to the back yard,  my kids are on me.  Keep saying to leave the cute bunny alone...  I was thinking if I could get a video or picture of who ate my seedlings and it wasnít the rabbit,  Iíd let it live. But If I can find out where itís den is,  I might have to set a snare in its path... I mean cover itís den entrance with chicken wire as recommended by Spaugh. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: June 18, 2018, 07:42:08 PM »
Rabbits like to eat leaves and also chew bark.  They have pretty cheap trail cams available on amazon.  Bushnell makes good ones.  Theres lots of brands out there though.  You want to get a tripod for it also if you get one.

So talked to a buddy of mine that I go hunting with and he mentioned that he was planning on buying a couple of Bushnell.  I told him that I would go half with him.
Thanks again Spaugh.

For now,  Iím going to try to take out the ground squirrel with my sons 22 pellet rifle...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:45:32 PM »
I am having a lot of issues lately, my 4 avocado young plants were chopped by trunk, mango growth on young seedling eaten up, and it constantly hits my stone fruits, eats apricot stems and chews out all new growth.

wondering if its Gopher or Squirrel.

Hey Behl, 
Hope all is well.  Sounds like we have the same issue. 
So far I have yet to see any gophers but I do also know that I have a mole hanging around. 
The mango seedling trees are all in pots so donít think itís the mole.
Do you have any rabbits showing up in your garden?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:30:31 PM »
If they were young leaves...maybe grasshoppers.  They don't attack the stems though...that I know of.

I donít think grasshopper only because it also gnawed and half ate the stems as well.
Out of curiosity,  do squirrels also eat roots?  What ever it was had also tried the roots.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:26:12 PM »
So yesterday after replying to Spaugh,  I was about to head outside when I noticed the pesky wabbit.   He was eating grass again...  I'd hate to eliminate him if he is not the one doing this. 
I also saw the ground squirrel again but he to was nowhere near the trees.
Should I just eliminate both? Or just go wabbit hunting?


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:18:12 PM »
Rabbit or mice/rats.

If you really want to be sure you can get a trail cam and take some video.  Thats what we do here if we need to figure who is doing what.

Thanks Spaugh,

     I first suspect the ground squirrel.  I know they eat the fruit but wasnít sure if they would eat mango leaves and young growth.
I can see the rabbit eating lthe leaves but donít think they can reach up to nibble on grafts that are about 2ft high without breaking or moving the graft. 
Never thought about mice or rats but now I will be keeping an eye out. 
The trail cam is a great idea.  I now remember you used one when you posted the video of the coyote climbing the trees.
Thanks for the help.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: June 17, 2018, 03:57:56 PM »
Came home today from a family getaway to find 3 mango seedlings that had just started to grow half eaten.   A couple of other mango seedlings that are a little bigger had the leaves eaten.
Also a couple of grafts that I did had been gnawed on.
So Iím curious as to what animal did this? 
I know that there is a rabbit that has been hanging around eating the green grass, as well as a ground squirrel that has been running around during the day.
At night I have seen a skunk searching for food.
Iíd like to get rid of the one thatís doing the damage but not sure which one it is.
Has anyone had this happen and know who the culprit is?  Which one of these 3 animals eats mango leaves and would try to eat a scion?

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Looking for nurseries with interesting fruit trees.  Stuff I cannot buy in AZ.  Also, looking for a nursery in the area that has dwarf citrus variety trees.  I have a cousin that lives in an apartment in LA and I would like to buy him a patio citrus.  He is an artist, so, unusual varieties would be a plus!

Also, any members in the area have something for sale, would live to know about it!  Rather buy from source than have it shipped. Ru

Hey Andrew,
Iím in So.Cal.  About 15 miles from Anaheim.
I recommend a Meyers Lemon tree.  Great for in Pot Patio tree.  You can pick up at most Nursery.
As far as unusual varieties,  I recommend Champa nursery.  It is a small nursery in El Monte,  about 35 miles from Anaheim. 
Check out his web page..... ChampaNursury.com


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Let Me Know .

Thanks Ed

Grab a turpentine from a random tree around town and come get scions...

Hey Marley,
You have PiŮa Colada Scions?  Would you sell and ship a few?  Iím in Southern California

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Hey Alex,

Just wanted to say thanks for the great Scions.  A few are starting to push.
Here is a picture of one .


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Anyone in SoCal have anything like this for sale?  Ill buy them....

hehe you can't even get rootstock for that price :p

Lol,  and thatís a fact... but doesnít hurt to ask. 
Now that you mention it,  I am willing to pay more 💰

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: June 02, 2018, 12:29:30 AM »
Thanks for sharing your awesome garden!  You have a beautiful lush piece of land there buddy. Congrats

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Anyone in SoCal have anything like this for sale?  Ill buy them....

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango ID help
« on: June 01, 2018, 04:18:27 PM »
I was wondering if someone can help in IDíing his mango.
It was given to me buy a friend.  She informed me that it came from a tree grown from seed.  The mango came from Mexico and that it is called: mango barranca in Mexico.
I asked her if it was another known Mexican mango they call corriente and she said that it wasnít.
I then told her that it looks like Manila or Ataulfo.  She said it was neither.
The taste was a mellow taste.  Not to sweet and had no tartness to it.  Kind if fibrous.
And it was a small mango.  The seed was almost as big as the mango.
Here are a pair of pictures of the mango, and several of the poly embryonic seed...
As you can see from pictures 5 and 12,  the seed is small,  ids say 2Ē




























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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil for Mango trees
« on: May 31, 2018, 06:18:41 PM »
What type of soil you have ?. clay, sand ?.


The soil where I live is lots of rock.  Almost need a jackhammer to dig a hole, as well as clay once you get passed the first 2 feet.  The top 2 feet is sandy and rocky.


Mango can be grown in almost any type of soil as long as there is a good drainage, there should not be any problem. I have seen mango trees grown in poor soil around here but still manage to produce fruits.

Here is a video mango grown commercially in Oman Mountain.

http://youtu.be/QtYTDQ3xSfQ

I will say start with a seedling first and see how it react with your environment first.


After seeing that video and the size of that tree,  that gives me hope...lol

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Visiting Hawaii - Recommendations?
« on: May 31, 2018, 04:33:02 PM »
I have purchased lots of plumeria in Maui and brought back to the states.  As long as the have a tag with them that states ok to ship back to stateside,  youíll be fine.
I have also found it easier to ship it back via US mail instead oh hauling them myself into the airport.
Less luggage to carry....  :D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil for Mango trees
« on: May 31, 2018, 04:23:31 PM »
I do have 2 pomegranate trees growing in it and doing very well in that soil.   Was thinking that for Mangos,  I might want to make a richer soil.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soil for Mango trees
« on: May 31, 2018, 04:18:13 PM »
What type of soil you have ?. clay, sand ?.

The soil where I live is lots of rock.  Almost need a jackhammer to dig a hole, as well as clay once you get passed the first 2 feet.  The top 2 feet is sandy and rocky.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soil for Mango trees
« on: May 31, 2018, 01:11:50 AM »
In Covina, where I live,  the soil is not all that great.
I am thinking of amending a mixture of soil for my Mango trees.
I am going to add:
Fish Bone meal
High phosphorus Bat Guano
Blood meal
Oyster shell
Kelp meal
Epsom salt
Dolomite Lime
Azomite
Powdered Humic Acid
Worm castings
High Quality Potting soil with mycorrhizae
Peat moss
Perlite
I have made a mixture similar to this for my citrus trees and it really helped them grow strong.
One question I have is will this soil be to hot for mango trees?
Your thoughts and advice are appreciated

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I think it would be ok if you were to use the foam popcorn.  Throw some of that in a box.  Lychee in a bag,  more foam popcorn on top. 
As for the plastic bag, drop a moisture silica bag in it if shipping locally.
If shipping ... like to me in California,  Amazon sells gel ice packs.  Case of 48 for $13.96
Should help keep it cool for a cpl of days. And package should have arrived or will very soon.
Ok... Iíll be the guinea pig....you can send me a few to see how it works out😉...lol

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone recognize this mango?
« on: May 26, 2018, 12:51:30 AM »
Lionking,

I asked when I bought it and he said just locally sourced mango seeds - nothing special one way or another.

Mangomongo - sorry, no other info on the growth habit, etc.  I was impressed by the amount of flowers the tree had considering it was probably only a 3 year old tree and potted = not in ground.  When i cut the fruit off earlier in the year i did squish a few of the baby fruits and the smell was sweet and fruity - very fragrant.   What that means for the fruit in the long run i have no idea, nor do i know what the tree will look like when it grow up but its seems like it will be a very wide tree - and overall with the weight of those mango's its going to need strong branching as well.

I don't have enuf info to say to pull it yet or keep it - but i'm keeping mine and i'm very happy with what i see so far - especially that the tree has no anthracnose issues while living and growing in Central Florida with our crazy summer humidity.

Great,  thanks so much for the info. 
When I saw the picture of the mango on eBay.  I immediately purchased it. After I came back to my senses,  thatís when I stared to realize that I shouldnít have jumped the gun.  That I should have looked more into this variety before buying.  More into the rootstock really. 
Puerto Rico is so close to Florida that my first thought was that it was grafted on turpentine, and turpentine does not do well here in California.
So glad to here that itís a Native Rootstock and not turpentine.
I hope that my tree will do as good as yours.
Thanks again and please keep us updated.


Baccarat

    So I received a msg from Rustikos,  he informed me that the rootstock is Palmer Mango .
Just wanted to share info.

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According to their site they do not ship to California.

Hey Mike,

I purchased a few Varieties.  Great looking Scions.
They shipped them to me here in So. Cal.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone recognize this mango?
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:02:12 PM »
Lionking,

I asked when I bought it and he said just locally sourced mango seeds - nothing special one way or another.

Mangomongo - sorry, no other info on the growth habit, etc.  I was impressed by the amount of flowers the tree had considering it was probably only a 3 year old tree and potted = not in ground.  When i cut the fruit off earlier in the year i did squish a few of the baby fruits and the smell was sweet and fruity - very fragrant.   What that means for the fruit in the long run i have no idea, nor do i know what the tree will look like when it grow up but its seems like it will be a very wide tree - and overall with the weight of those mango's its going to need strong branching as well.

I don't have enuf info to say to pull it yet or keep it - but i'm keeping mine and i'm very happy with what i see so far - especially that the tree has no anthracnose issues while living and growing in Central Florida with our crazy summer humidity.

Great,  thanks so much for the info. 
When I saw the picture of the mango on eBay.  I immediately purchased it. After I came back to my senses,  thatís when I stared to realize that I shouldnít have jumped the gun.  That I should have looked more into this variety before buying.  More into the rootstock really. 
Puerto Rico is so close to Florida that my first thought was that it was grafted on turpentine, and turpentine does not do well here in California.
So glad to here that itís a Native Rootstock and not turpentine.
I hope that my tree will do as good as yours.
Thanks again and please keep us updated.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone recognize this mango?
« on: May 24, 2018, 12:10:17 AM »
Does anyone know what Puerto Rico uses for Mango rootstock?  Or what is used for rootstock on this mango?.
I too purchased this mango and will be receiving it in June.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: San Diego garden photos
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:27:41 PM »
Hello Spaugh,

    Is your place close to Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall, Ca?
You have an awesome place!  Congrats

Thanks for the kind words.  We are planting a lot right now and trying to get it done before the heat kicks in.  I will post more photos once more stuff goes in.  Its fun to look at before and after photos.

Bonsall is about 30 miles north of here.


Heres some more photos


Mangos are store mangos for rootstock.


Had some reeds drop early off an immature tree but they were actually pretty good quality still.


Yes, itís always great to see the before and after pictures.  It makes one feel good that all the blood, sweat, and tears put into ones passion is worth it when the results are seen.
Looking forward to seeing more pictures later this summer.
As for your location,  30 miles south of Bonsall,  that would be near MCAS Miramar.  Home of Top Gun...
Great Location you have!

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