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Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« on: December 28, 2016, 11:15:17 AM »
We're supposed to hit lows in the low 50's this week! This should be sufficient to induce bloom on the holdouts.

https://weather.com/weather/5day/l/33321:4:US
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2016, 08:49:01 PM »


That is great news!!!

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2016, 08:55:12 PM »
It still seems a little early, Is that going to be a good thing?

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2016, 09:22:19 PM »
Dec / Jan is not early for mango bloom in South Florida. In most years here, bloom starts in mid to late Nov and ends in early Mar.
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2016, 09:41:51 PM »
 
Ugly Betty  is always the first to bloom in my yard. This year, NDM #4 followed it, late in November. I also have Carrie, Cac and Sweet Tart flowering. The other trees are all dormant.

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2017, 02:30:05 PM »
Looks like we have another potential Bloom Fair fly over: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/33321:4:US

This is looking to be better than last year where our chill came super late.
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2017, 06:55:25 PM »
Looks like we have another potential Bloom Fair fly over: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/33321:4:US

This is looking to be better than last year where our chill came super late.

Hope the rain holds off, currently showing at 60%, on those 2 cool evenings.  Wet, cool/cold nights are not a good set up...
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2017, 07:15:13 PM »
I'm apparently blind. Walked around the yard a couple days ago and convinced myself that nothing was anywhere near flowering. Yesterday I'm outside with the wife and she's pointing out the flowers on the coconut cream, angie, and rosigold... all of which are in my face and totally not hidden. Time to check the prescription on my glasses.

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2017, 08:55:36 PM »
This last cold snap should give us some nice blooms in the next couple of weeks. The little bit of bloom that we're seeing now is from that cold snap we had around the 3rd or 4th week of Nov.
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2017, 06:18:09 PM »
I have a nube question. Should I throw a little 0-0-60 around the trees to help them flower/ push fruit.

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2017, 06:41:59 PM »
It wouldn't hurt. Personally, I never saw much benefit in using pure potassium. I once used it on the recommendation of Dr Richard Campbell, but I found that getting an exceptional mango crop requires:

 - Application of micronutrients 2 or 3 times per year: zinc, manganese, iron, boron, copper, etc
 - Application of a high potassium analysis, slow release fertilizer with phosphorus and magnesium, once in the fall and again in the spring. I really like Har's new Fruitilzer formulation, which is a 0-3-16 with minors and slow release K.
 - Application of gypsum with the high-K fertilizer. This depends on soil conditions, but gypsum will stave off internal breakdown and help to increase brix. Deep sand and high organic content soils can benefit from gypsum.
 - Fungicide if inland.

Lately, I've also been experimenting with potassium nitrate, which is supposed to increase fruit set and retention.

TLDR; version: Potassium by itself is unlikely to be very beneficial unless that's the only nutrient that your soil is lacking in (unlikely). You want to start your fertilization regimen in the fall so that your trees have a bank of nutrients in the leaves by the time bloom starts.

I have a nube question. Should I throw a little 0-0-60 around the trees to help them flower/ push fruit.
Jeff  :-)

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2017, 10:10:07 PM »
The cool weather (and the potash) seems to work for me with my lychees. My biggest Hak Ip and Sweetheart trees put on a nice bloom set just before Christmas. I took this photo this afternoon of my 15 year old Sweetheart.


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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2017, 10:33:40 PM »
The cool weather (and the potash) seems to work for me with my lychees. My biggest Hak Ip and Sweetheart trees put on a nice bloom set just before Christmas. I took this photo this afternoon of my 15 year old Sweetheart.


Very nice, Larry.  Your Sweethearts are usually of excellent quality.

How are the mangoea doing?
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2017, 11:39:57 PM »
My sweetheart is blooming too! It's turning out to be a better bloomer than my mauritius.
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2017, 11:48:07 PM »
My sweetheart is blooming too! It's turning out to be a better bloomer than my mauritius.

With Sweetheart's superior quality,  that is a good thing. 
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2017, 09:40:54 AM »
I'm seeing heavy mango blooms from St Pete south to Sarasota at least.

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2017, 10:49:18 AM »
Yep. The quality of my sweetheart harvest last year was off the charts.

Looks like we have several nights worth of bloom inducing temps ahead!!

https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/33321:4:US

My sweetheart is blooming too! It's turning out to be a better bloomer than my mauritius.

With Sweetheart's superior quality,  that is a good thing.
Jeff  :-)

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2017, 11:59:06 AM »


My Mauritius is blooming but its definitely a "mixed" bloom, lots of leaves mixed in the blooms.

My only blooming mango tree is (1) of my Cogshall, I have 2 but only one is blooming. Nothing on one potted  and one inground Glenn, Keitt, one Cogshall and Maha. I hope I get some on the others soon. I have some cold nights coming later this weekend.

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2017, 04:00:39 PM »
My Cogshall is as dormant as Rip Van Winkle; my Pickering, (second year in ground from a 3 gallon pot), sent up one pannicle about a month ago and looks like it's getting ready to send up a few more.

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2017, 05:11:17 PM »
All's really quiet on my end ....
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2017, 05:55:21 PM »
looks like my cogshall will be next to join the bloom party. NDM had the swillen buds of a drunk teenager at prom over the last month but has yet to push pannicles up.

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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2017, 06:20:32 PM »
The bloom party is going to kick off in a week or two. We've got a few more nights in the 50's ahead of us! We could even get some good lychee bloom down here in Broward.
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2017, 07:40:38 PM »
This Sunday 46f in my area .

Mango trees in Bloom :
Pickering-Frances Hargrave .

Ed
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2017, 10:27:49 PM »
The cool weather (and the potash) seems to work for me with my lychees. My biggest Hak Ip and Sweetheart trees put on a nice bloom set just before Christmas. I took this photo this afternoon of my 15 year old Sweetheart.


Very nice, Larry.  Your Sweethearts are usually of excellent quality.

How are the mangoea doing?

Rob, my mango trees are doing well, most are in their second season at my new property. Here's a photo of a few trees I got from either you or Walter, all were planted summer of 2015. From left, Providence, Pickering, Angie, and Maha Chanok. The Maha's growth was stunted because I allowed 13 fruit to ripen in 2016 (they were small but delicious). The bloom on these trees is completely unaffected by Anthracnose so far. I also have good bloom set on my Nam Doc Mai, Lemon Zest, Edward, Dot, Pina Colada and Okrung. All of these have varying degrees of Anthracnose damage, the Pina Colada being the worst.
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Re: Bloom Fairy Coming to South Florida
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2017, 09:55:24 AM »
Pina Colada has tiny mangoes forming if you look closely at large version of photo. Some of the upper branches were cut back 4 weeks ago and still put out panicles.





All other mango tree are asleep except for an NDM trying to push

 

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