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What are your average nightly low temperatures now? If your nightly lows are above 62F, there is a good chance the next flush will be vegetative. The literature says the temps should be above 66F but it's not an exact science. Another good sign the next flush will be vegetative is if nearby mango trees have vegetative growth flushes.

Your tree looks like it's in decline which opens it up to infection to diseases such as Phomopsis.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango season 2017 has begun!
« on: April 23, 2017, 08:07:08 PM »
Badami




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango season 2017 has begun!
« on: April 23, 2017, 08:05:13 PM »
I just stopped by Miramar Cash and Carry to pick up some more Kesars but they are all out. They did have plenty of Banganpalli(Badami) for $25.99 for a box of 9 fruit. I picked up a box of the Badami, I guess this is an alternative name for Banganpalli.

The cashier said they will be receiving their next shipment of Kesars on Thursday. I'll report back on the taste of the Badami when they ripen up.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango season 2017 has begun!
« on: April 23, 2017, 08:31:19 AM »
I also believe that refrigeration harms the ripening process. These early Kesars and Alphonso's are very good but not excellent yet. The mid season fruit are excellent. The Kesars and Alphonso's usually give off a sweet aroma with some Indian twang when it is ripe for eating. The flesh color should also have a slightly orange tinge that gets darker as it approaches ripeness. If the flesh color is a dull yellow, the fruit is either not ripe or it was harvested pre maturely.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Struggling Mango Tree
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:53:11 PM »
I usually spray with 1 tablespoon per gallon of water but your tree has major deficiencies so I would go with 2 tablespoons per gallon. You can spray, wait a week or two and spray again with 1 tablespoon per gallon. If your soil pH is around 6.5 and you are pretty confident that you do not have nutrient lock, you can also perform a drench with the Southern Ag.

From what I've read on this forum, Florida is very humid and you get a lot more rain than us so you should avoid spraying if rains are expected.

Your tree looks like it's in a weakened state so fungal and bacterial infections will have a much easier time getting a foothold. Not sure if you have Phomopsis around your area but keep your eyes open for signs of infection. Once your tree gets healthier, it will be much better able to ward of diseases.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Mango from India
« on: April 22, 2017, 05:50:58 PM »
It can be from artificial selection for smaller seed or various techniques causing mutations such as irradiation for bud mutations such as how they developed Tango Tangerine or the use of polyploid plants such as how they create seedless watermelons.

On a side note, here in California where Mango is marginal, the cold weather or some other factor I have yet to consider seems to create extreme fruit set with many of the fruit having extraordinarily small atrophied seeds. Many of my Glenn fruit have tiny tiny seeds and I get nubbins on my LZ that have paper thin seeds.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Struggling Mango Tree
« on: April 22, 2017, 03:09:43 PM »
looks like major micronutrient deficiencies. Definitely lack of a non mobile nutrient as the older leaves towards the bottom are greener and healthier looking than the newer leaves. It looks like it's a combination of multiple micros and trace your tree is lacking which makes identification of the lacking nutrients very difficult.

For severe cases like yours, I recommend foliar spraying with a good micronutrient spray like Southern Ag Citrus nutritional spray which can be found at Home Depot.

Simon

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Those are good sized trees for very reasonable prices. Too bad it's just so far away from me.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Mango from India
« on: April 22, 2017, 10:55:38 AM »
Sindhu isn't truly "seedless" fwiw. Just produced fruit with very small, underdeveloped seeds.

That's what I heard as well, it's more of a thin underdeveloped seed. Frankie over in Hawaii is supposed to have a good sized tree.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango season 2017 has begun!
« on: April 22, 2017, 12:29:49 AM »
It's been relatively cool at my house, today is the first really warm day so it's been taking my mangos a while to ripen. I picked several Alphonso and Kesars and left them in my warm car for several hours to warm them up so that they will ripen faster. I was finally able satisfy my craving for Indian Mangos tonight.

First up was the Alphonso. These are the early season fruit and the smell was not very strong until I cut the fruit open. The color is also not as dark as the later season fruit but the taste was still very good. The Alphonso had a Brix of 18% and was very good but definitely not at its peak. I got sweetness and Indian resin but the Indian resin component was mostly concentrated right up next to the thin skin. For an early season Alphonso, I was very satisfied.


Next up was the Kesar, again for an early season mango, it was very satisfying although not at its peak. It also had a Brix reading of 18%, both varieties don't really reach their peak flavor until they hit 19-20% Brix. Kesar is a notch below Alphonso in terms of the depth and complexity of the Indian resin component but in my personal opinion, Kesar is better tasting overall because of the richness of its sweet and acidic components. These mangos were very good but I know they will get better as the season progresses.

There's a lot to be happy about, mango season is here!

Simon


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Mango from India
« on: April 22, 2017, 12:14:21 AM »
You can use irradiation to cause mutations or use chemicals to alter the number of chromosomes. Interesting how seedless watermelons are created.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banganapalli or Kesar mango
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:52:50 PM »
I like Kesar much better than Banganpalli. Kesar is more complex to my palate

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango season 2017 has begun!
« on: April 21, 2017, 03:05:03 PM »
Is there a Farm Fresh by you? That is where my friend picked up his Kesars.

Simon

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I read somewhere that foliar feeding with micros helps.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Queen Victororia Pineapple Plant
« on: April 21, 2017, 12:00:26 PM »
Yes, Fang is correct, I got them at Vons. They are advertised as cocktail pineapples and it was very very good with a unique crunchy texture, soft core and high sugar but also high acidity. I took the top and dried it for three days and then stripped multiple layers off the bottom and planted it into an acidic potting mix.

If I can retain my enthusiasm for pineapples, I will be crossing my White Jade with the Queen, selecting the best tasting offspring regardless of thorns and then back crossing to the WJ to set the thornless trait and high Brix with good acidity.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Crazy flowering on Pomegranate
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:54:35 AM »
Thanks Mark, I had a few fruit with damage on the skin and these fruit had some internal problems. I noticed there was also some green mold on the outside of the fruit where the skin was broken. The majority of the fruit were fine but some fruit did have green and or sooty mold from aphids.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Queen Victororia Pineapple Plant
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:49:18 PM »
 Beautiful plant but looks thorny. I recently planted the top of a Queen Pineapple and it also has sharp spines for such a small plant. It would be great to hear a review of your favorite pineapples out of all the varieties you are growing.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango season 2017 has begun!
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:26:20 PM »
Banganpalli is not bad, it has some Indian Resin flavor and is sweet. Ask them when they will get their next shipment. You may want to perform a google search for Indian Supermarkets around your area and then calling them first before making the trip.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Crazy flowering on Pomegranate
« on: April 20, 2017, 01:15:37 AM »
Nice trees Johnny. What varieties are you growing? That's a lot of flowers on your trees, hopefully we will get the heat to sweeten up our fruit. I get a lot of aphids on my Poms which then attracts mold. I'm going to try to spray my trees more with some orchard spray.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Crazy flowering on Pomegranate
« on: April 19, 2017, 10:26:53 PM »
I Grafted one variety on the tree each year for the last three years. I believe I've had this tree for about 4 years now. The original rootstock was in about a 1-3 gallon but they grow extremely fast here. I use cleft grafts when the shoots are dormant. I've read that Pomegranates need some chill, I usually get between 100-200 chill hours a year.

Is your Pom a named variety? Seedlings may take much longer to fruit. I don't know much about Pomegranates.

Simon

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The trees look quite healthy. Now they just need to top work them with some tasty varieties:)

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My puggged kent mango tree
« on: April 19, 2017, 08:42:46 PM »
Congratulations, keep your eye out for any die back. I would personally keep as many leaves as possible as your tree has no hardened growth and has few leaves for photosynthesis.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Potting Soil/Mix Tropical Plants
« on: April 19, 2017, 08:36:53 PM »
Fafard or Promix is what most suggest.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Crazy flowering on Pomegranate
« on: April 19, 2017, 08:34:59 PM »
My pomegranate tree is going crazy with blooms this year. I got lots of fruit last year and had some huge clusters of fruit, something like 6 fruit on a single branch but this year, the flower clusters are even larger although the fruit have not set yet. One of the larger flower clusters have 26 flowers on a single branch.

I have heavy clay soil which is horrible for most my trees but my Pomegranates seem to thrive on it. This is an Angel Red tree with Parfianka, Desertenyi and Fleishman grafted onto it.











Simon

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Hmmm, a picture would be worth at least a hundred words if not a thousand:)

I usually completely wrap my entire scion with parafilm. I cut the leaves off the scion leaving only about 1cm or less of the leaf petiole and completely wrap everything. Leo Manuel taught me the technique where you don't wrap the scion at all but instead place a small plastic bag over the scion. The bag can be removed when the scion has pushed out a bit.

Simon

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