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All but one seed sprouted and I'll only be planting the most vigorous of the bunch. So if anyone in the area wants to pick one up let me know.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting tool
« on: May 06, 2017, 09:01:30 AM »
This is being advertised as the best grafting tool in the world. It looks pretty slick. Has anyone used it?

https://www.facebook.com/1772441813085030/videos/1779271615735383/

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I've seen free water testing kits in Home Depot before. I grabbed some but didn't complete them.

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Try 3 sisters farm in homestead.

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I planted around 12 varieties aver the last 2 to 3 years.  This includes a Fairchild first which has several small female fruits emerging last month for the first time. I also planted the sweet Fairchild.

A seedling sold as an ns1 j31 cross by a sale from the MRFC is loaded with fruit.

I have the orange crush variety planted and it's growing like jacks beanstalk with only a few male fruit.  I yanked the tangerine as it looked like Charlie browns Christmas tree.

I gave away my Amber due to its lack of growth.

Growing well but still too small to fruit are Excalibur red, red morning, Bangkok lemon, j30, j31, black gold, and golden nugget.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What would you replace Mallika with?
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:08:58 PM »
My honey kiss is flourishing. I planted it 2 years ago from a 3 gallon and it's 7 ft tall and bushy now. It's holding about 10 good size fruits from an early bloom and now is covered with flowers and bb sized mangoes from the second bloom. It's one of my best performing trees. 

My 3 yr old Mallika has hardly grown and will probably get yanked this year. I'll replace it with another Mallika since I really like the mango.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit punch tree update
« on: March 12, 2017, 03:33:42 PM »
Mine was planted mid year 2015 as a 3 gallon.  I'm hoping to get some fruit to maturity. It did not flower last year.



Hmm, yes, appears to be slow growing.  I planted Providence about the same time, and it's double that in size, BUT no blossoms so far.  Maybe I should have went with Fruit Punch.  Are they similar in flavor, and are their seasons about the same (late mid-seaon)?

Here's my providence planted as a 7 gallon in 2015. Lots of bb sized fruitlets formed.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit punch tree update
« on: March 12, 2017, 01:26:49 PM »
Mine was planted mid year 2015 as a 3 gallon.  I'm hoping to get some fruit to maturity. It did not flower last year.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Small mango lots o' fruits!
« on: March 01, 2017, 02:54:49 PM »
I'm not sure how big they are but I'm sure the tree will do it's own thinning out process. But if the tree is only a year old I wouldn't let it hold any.

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How long will it take for seeds to sprout?  I planted them a couple weeks ago but nothing yet.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 500+ Mango Varieties - Open house 2/25/2017
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:29:52 PM »
Will there be plants/scions/fruit for sale?

You can get scions by request for any tree. But don't waste their time by asking for ones you can buy at a nursery.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit 10' up?
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:47:04 PM »
Funny I just saw the same thing on one of mine today. It's a sweet Fairchild bought at the jackfruit fest a few years back. It's growing straight up right even though I topped it last year. It's never fruited and has flowering activity at the very top.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How early does the "Zill" mango ripen?
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:35:06 PM »
I got my Dupuis from Lara.

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Honey kiss planted 2 yrs ago from 3 gallon container.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guanabana "healing" powers...
« on: February 09, 2017, 04:45:39 PM »
I've heard that it has powerful anti cancer properties. I'm sure a Google search will yield lots of results.  But a largely frutarian diet in general without meat or dairy will prevent many chronic diseases that ail most people.

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My honey kiss is growing much faster than my pickering.  I've had the honey kiss 2 years and it's around 7 ft tall.  I've had the pickering 3 years and it's 5 feet tall 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango festival question
« on: February 08, 2017, 04:32:55 PM »
The Fairchild Festival is likely going to decline significantly in quality with Richard having already left.

It already has. Last year the mangoes for sale were all imported, not counting the auction. It's more of a fundraising weekend than anything for Fairchild.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Earliest mango variety?
« on: February 05, 2017, 02:32:55 PM »
The minors are applied via soil drench.  I have typical Redlands rocky soil. High ph I guess but I never measured it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 15 Gal Pickering To Fruit Or Not To Fruit ?
« on: February 05, 2017, 12:40:08 PM »
A picture of my 3 year old Pickering.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 100 Mangoes to Zero
« on: February 05, 2017, 12:38:21 PM »
My 3 year old cogshall. About 6 feet tall.  No production yet and still no flowers this year.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Earliest mango variety?
« on: February 05, 2017, 12:35:58 PM »
Zands - I haven't done anything rigorous. One bag of mulch per year. Some 8/3/9 a couple times per year, spring and summer plus chelated minors once per year.   Mostly I leave them alone.  I follow Richard Campbells advice on tipping to get the trees bushier.

Rosigold - 3 years old




Rapoza - 3 years old




Honorable mention to Honey Kiss - 2 years old. Good clean fruit set early and more flowers pushing.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 15 Gal Pickering To Fruit Or Not To Fruit ?
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:07:26 PM »
My Pickering was a 2 year old tree last year and flowered lightly.  I removed the fruit that did set.  It really only had one flush per year the first two years. I guess the roots were slow to get established. In the third year it grew nicely and and is now 5 ft tall and bushy as a 3 year old tree. It had an early flower push and set some fruit and now is pushing more flowers. I think I'll get a decent amount of Pickerings this year.   

I planted it as a 3 gallon (same as all my trees ecept the providence which was 7 gallon) with the roots just filling out the container.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Earliest mango variety?
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:38:51 AM »
Rosigold is a consistent heavy early producer and a good mango. The other tree in my yard with a heavy early crop this year is rapoza.

My trees are only in their 3rd year. The Rosigold gave me about 30 mangoes last year and will probably double that this year, setting its fruit about a month ago and is now having a second bloom.

The rapoza gave me 5 mangoes last year that were very good. It's got a much heavier fruit set this year probably around 40 after drops. It had fruit set about a month ago and now is having a second bloom.

My honey kiss is off to a good start also with good fruit set and now blooming again. It's in its second year.

These 3 trees are way ahead of all others out of 60 varieties.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 100 Mangoes to Zero
« on: February 01, 2017, 11:23:58 AM »
I planted a cogshall in 2014 and it has yet to flower even though it is growing beautifully. We'll see if the cold snap will do the trick.

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:'(  :-[  :-\



....... since Richard Campbell announced his departure for the commercial mango industry.


I wonder for whom he is going to be working and what he hopes to accomplish.



The company is called Ciruli Brothers. They import more than Mango but I assume that will be his focus?

https://cirulibrothers.com/products/mangos/


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