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Mexican Keitts are available at Costco and other retailers. I'll check out Whole Foods and Trader Joe's to see if they have the California Keitts and report back. This year, the Mexican Kents were very good with Brix of 19%. Lucky Seafood is where I purchased them.

Simon

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Thanks everyone, please post here if you see the Keitts. I'm not opposed to the Mexican ones but I prefer the ones that are not hot water dipped although I've had some excellent tasting Mexican grown Keitts.

Simon

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As fyliu mentioned, there are many factors at play and very early in this thread, around page 1, I mentioned that it's best to plant the Lavern Manilla or random seedling into the ground and just let it grow and establish.

I would not immediately graft because once the tree is grafted, it will likely flowering its first or second Winter which uses a lot of energy. It's better to just let the tree grow and establish its roots. It is ok to shape the tree if it does not have good branching but if it's a whip, just plant it and let it grow for about a year before you top it to create your branching.

Simon

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Mango's grow much slower here in SoCal the un pruned Lavern Mnillas seem to slow down a lot when they get to about 15 feet tall and that's without pruning. It's best to plant into the ground immediately but in your situation where you may or may not work on that part of your yard, you may be better off finishing your yard before even purchasing the trees.

When I planted out my yard, I thought I was being smart by getting my trees into the ground immediately so that I can get fruit sooner but that turned out really bad because now there's weeds growing everywhere. I should have completed my land/hardscapping first taking into account sloping the soil away from the foundation and all the other little caveats that one should consider when landscaping.

It's ok to keep them in pots for a while but make sure you up pot when necessary. You don't want J root or your tree getting pot bound.

Simon

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The California (Coachella Valley) grown Keitts were excellent last year and I was wondering if anyone has seen them around yet? I purchased mine last year from Trader Joe's, Costco and the local Asian markets like aluvky Seafood. I would love to pick some up if anyone spots any so please post here if you happen upon some. Thanks in advance!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shy bearer mangos and location
« on: August 15, 2017, 12:25:34 AM »
From what I've observed, shy bearers in Florida are not necessarily shy bearers when grown in SoCal. This is just speculation on my part but the increased production may be caused by the different climate causing a different percentage of male/female flowers or perhaps the drier weather here causes fewer disease issues? Eunice Messner had a large Edward Mango that was extremely productive but if I recall correctly, it was Not on Turpentine rootstock.

My Pineapple Pleasure graft produced strings of fruit similar to Sweet Tart but the fruit was much smaller than a typical PP. I also had a Coconut Cream that flowered and set lots of small fruit before I removed them.

The rootstock may influence productivity here. My Lemon Zest on Turpentine rootstock once again has tiny round fat nubbin fruit whereas my Lemon Zest graft on Lavern Manilla once again produced large full sized fruit.

Our cooler weather here often stimulates secondary or even tertiary blooms if the initial bloom doesn't set fruit due to rains or other factors.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What kind of fruit is this?
« on: August 14, 2017, 04:10:28 PM »
Thanks, that was fast!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What kind of fruit is this?
« on: August 14, 2017, 03:44:42 PM »
My friend has this growing in her yard. Does anyone know what this is? Thanks for your help!



Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help! I need to save this mango tree
« on: August 13, 2017, 06:41:57 PM »
No worries, don't baby your seedlings too much and they'll be fine. Over correcting for minor issues can cause more harm than good.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help! I need to save this mango tree
« on: August 13, 2017, 10:45:25 AM »
Rob gave great information. On a side note, I get dead spots and misshaped leaves on my young mango seedlings all the time. Har also gave great advice when he mentioned not to water the young seedlings again until the soil has had some time to dry out.

Here are some pictures of some of my mango seedlings. First picture is the younger leaves with dead spots, holes, discoloration, etc... second picture is the newer growth that looks a lot better.


















Simon

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Wow, that sucks! Hopefully the shutdowns can be prevented. If they can't be, I hope all the rarer species, especially those that could be a valuable food crop can be saved or spread around.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 1st successful mango graft?
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:55:05 PM »
When preparing scion materials, I've found it extremely beneficial to remove leaves from the scions while still attached to the plant. This will cause the buds to swell behind the cut leaves and will also swell the apical bud. If the buds are already swollen, this is no big deal but it will still help to retain more moisture in the scion by cutting the leaves off early because as soon as you cut the leaves, some sap will push out.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee grafted onto Longan?
« on: August 11, 2017, 02:29:55 AM »
Max, that is awesome! I'm glad the experiment worked. Now let's see if we notice any improved growth with this Longan rootstock or if there are other advantages or disadvantages. I'm still worried about delayed graft incompatibility but if it throws another vegetative growth after you harvested these fruit, that will be a very positive sign! That's just amazing!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting pitaya / dragonfruit
« on: August 09, 2017, 06:36:16 PM »
I never started those experiments because I got really sick around that time. Like Ethan, I was mostly interested in grafting my yellow DF S/H Megalanthus onto regular Undatus or hybrid rootstock in hopes of accelerating growth. I grew seeds of a giant Megalanthus variety and they are still small but I would love to graft one onto my American Beauty to accelerate growth and potentially get faster fruiting so I can verify that the fruit size is truly larger than the regular Megalanthus.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tasting in Punta Gorda
« on: August 09, 2017, 06:28:57 PM »
Great video, thanks for the link!

Simon

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Matt, I can't even see any black spots on the leaves. My eyes are not so good, can you take a zoomed in picture? You can separate seedlings once the current flush has fully hardened. Actually, wait a week or two after fully hardening just to be safe. Once you seperate them, you may want to give them some shade until they recuperate at which time you can slowly transition them back to full sun.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Tart Mango
« on: August 09, 2017, 05:46:40 PM »



Never thought of peeling a mango.  Do you use a paring knife or potato peeler?  I'll have more ST and some Lemon Zest to play with soon and as a newbie am still struggling as to how best to get the meat as whole, as one big cheek, as possible.

Mark, the flesh next to the skin of most mangos is absolutely delicious and peeling the mango makes it much more difficult to gnaw off the bits of flesh. Duncan is one mango that I do not like the flesh close to the skin because it tastes very bitter to me. Lemon Zest on the other hand has some of the strongest Citrus flavor concentrated around the flesh close to the skin.

When cutting up mangos for guests or kids, I usually peel my mangos to make it easier and less messy to eat.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Tart Mango
« on: August 09, 2017, 05:41:51 PM »
Here's a new video of Sweet Tart. Sweet Tart is Polyembryonic and not mono. I believe Gary was referring to ZIC/ZINC as one of the few Indochinese varieties that he knew of that was mono.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=99bv-KJ8wkE

Simon

Pure theory but I think some of the new Zills are flaky as far as the poly-mono seed divide. That it is possible for them to go either way. Saying a new Zill will go poly 80% of the time and 20% mono or the reverse. I think this is why we get varying reports.

Zands, I absolutely agree. I've had several Lemon Zest seeds that did not appear to have the segments in the embryo, it looked like a mono seed and only one seedling popped up. For Sweet Tart however, all the seeds I planted so far have been segmented and I got multiple Sprouts.

Simon

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Yes, it's safe do drench with these in summer heat, at least where I live. For container plants, it's good to feed frequently but in diluted concentrations because frequent watering washes away much of the soils nutrients. Southern Ag Citrus nutritional spray is a great drench and foliar. You can also use a complete fertilizer with a good micro package.

Simon

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I agree with Behl that the fruit should be removed. You can probably plant it into the ground and if the roots are not damaged much, the fruit may hold. Even if the fruit holds, the quality may not be good because it is a small, unestablished tree. It will be fine with partial shade until it gets older.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting pitaya / dragonfruit
« on: August 08, 2017, 06:35:46 PM »
Here's an older thread on grafting cactus.
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=18773.msg242375#msg242375

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Tart Mango
« on: August 08, 2017, 05:50:15 PM »
Here's a new video of Sweet Tart. Sweet Tart is Polyembryonic and not mono. I believe Gary was referring to ZIC/ZINC as one of the few Indochinese varieties that he knew of that was mono.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=99bv-KJ8wkE

Simon

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Nice updates Spaugh! Any pics of the seedlings we planted? Now is also a good time to give our trees micronutrients either through foliar feeding or through soil drenches. Iron is especially important but so is Magnesium and Manganese, especially here in SoCal.

Matt, I get spotting on many of my seedlings and they seem to grow through it. My seedlings are responding really well to the micronutrients.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Grafting
« on: August 08, 2017, 04:56:30 PM »
I live in California it I've used Valencia Pride as a rootstock and it works great for me. I want a fast growing vigorous tree, you may want something else in your climate. You may end up with a huge tree if you use VP as rootstock but the scion grafted onto the rootstock will also influence the ultimate size and productivity of your tree.

If you are using VP fruit seedlings, you can get drastically different growth rates as each seedling is Monoembryonic and would have been produced through sexual reproduction with re arrangements of the chromosomes.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu fruits for first time
« on: August 07, 2017, 08:21:10 AM »
Great, thanks Oscar!

Simon

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