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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Differences In Mangoes Year To Year
« on: August 20, 2020, 12:53:06 PM »
It sounds like 2020 was a weird year for mangoes across Florida; early blooms, multiple blooms, early fruit, and an early end to the season.  Has anyone noticed any other differences in mangoes this year? From what I bought at multiple places on Pine Island it seemed like coconutty mangoes like CC and Pickering  were extra coconutty. Citrusy mangoes were less citrusy, spicy mangoes were less spicy (except one weird Lemon Zest I had that was very spicy and fibrous) and everything seemed to have a little more fiber than usual. Has anyone noticed anything like this?

Hey All,

Assuming all other things equal (ie. disease, nutrition, flowering, pollination etc), does anyone know how much of an effect location has on the quality and quantity of mango productivity in Florida? Basically only looking at photo period and total thermal energy.  An example would be, if you grew three identical trees in Homestead, West Palm Beach, and Coco Beach, would you see a significant difference in production between the three trees?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pine Island Mangoes
« on: May 03, 2020, 10:58:53 AM »
Is anyone down on Pine Island seeing people selling mangoes yet? I usually make a few trips down every year later in the year and Iíd love to try some early varieties this year but itís a long drive and Iíd hate to make the trip for nothing!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Taproot
« on: April 27, 2020, 01:22:46 AM »
I was watching a video on grafting mangoes and noticed the grafter cut the taproot off the seedling leaving only fibrous roots and when I planted a few new trees recently (3 gallons), they didnít seem to have taproots.  Is it preferable to cut the taproot off a rootstock? I thought part of the reason for using a seedling over something like air layering was for a strong taproot?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bagging Fruit
« on: April 22, 2020, 11:36:11 AM »
Hi All,

Whatís your favorite bag for bagging fruit on the tree?  Will any of the mesh bags protect papaya from papaya wasps or is paper the only way to go?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / When To Graft Jackfruit In Florida
« on: April 12, 2020, 01:13:18 PM »
What time of year is best for grafting Jackfruit in Florida? Is there a graft type that seems to work better than others?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / One Jackfruit Seedling Or Two
« on: March 29, 2020, 08:37:53 PM »
Hey All,

Last year I planted a bunch of jackfruit seeds directly into the ground with the plan of grafting a known variety to the seedlings but not cutting the top off the seedlings and leave them as cocktail trees since the fruit they came from was pretty good.  I planted two seeds 6-8Ē apart at each place I wanted a tree figuring that something would happen to a couple of them and Iíd have a better chance of at least one surviving. Well, all of them made it and all of them are looking pretty good so I was wondering if I should change plans and graft to one of seedlings and make it 100% the known variety and leave the other alone or should I stick to my original plan and cull one of each pair? Is there harm in having two sibling trees growing so close together?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Room For Three More Mangos
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:44:41 PM »
I have room in my yard for three more mango trees and I was hoping to get a few opinions.  Currently I have a Rosigold, PPK, Fruit Punch, and Venus.  My goal is to have a long spread out season and not a massive glut of mangoes in the middle of summer (although thatís not the worst problem to have) and have a good variety of flavors (Iím not a fan of spicy/Indian mangoes but like pretty much everything else). I plan on trying to keep the trees around 10í.  Currently the three mangoes Iím looking at are Maha Chanok, Cac, and Honey Kiss. I originally chose Venus because I read it was a late season mango but not Iím reading thatís not the case so now Iím looking at Honey Kiss. Cac tastes great and is suppose to be productive and disease resistant but Iíve heard it could be hard to keep it at a reasonable size. Maha tastes great and is suppose to be disease resistant and productive and honestly just looks really cool! Are there any Iím missing out on that would be better?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rosigold Flowering Now
« on: October 14, 2019, 02:24:00 PM »
Hey All,

I have a Rosigold Mango that started flowering last week, is this normal for this variety? It has been in the ground for about a year and a half, planted as a three gallon. I tipped it in late August.  I havenít let it Fruit yet but was planning on letting it Fruit next year. Is it worth letting it hold Fruit now?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Favorite Wetting Agent
« on: May 24, 2019, 11:55:33 AM »
What is everyoneís favorite wetting agent, surfactant, sticker/spreader (Iím sure there is a difference between these but they seem to be used interchangeably by lay people) for foliar feeding? Right now Iím primarily using Keyplex, epsom salt, and Silica Blast. Is there anything that shouldnít be used with a wetting agent?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lychee Wind Burn
« on: May 12, 2019, 11:36:07 AM »
My yard gets a lot of wind, particularly in the spring and itís really taking a toll on my trees, particularly my small lychees that were planted as three gallons last spring. I tried putting up wind blocks made of landscaping fabric which didnít work very well and Iím planning on spraying them with a silica spray, is there anything else I can do to help my trees? Will they stand up to the wind after they have a bit more size on them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soil Testing
« on: March 22, 2019, 02:25:09 PM »
Iím thinking of sending some of my soil out for testing but the soil on my property has three distinct layers. The top layer is loamy sand which is 12-24Ē thick, then white/rusty sandy clay which is 6-20Ē thick, followed by black sticky sandy muck. Whenever I plant a tree, I dig down 3-4í so my trees should be able to get to all three layers.  Should I send out three different samples or one sample with a mix of all three soils?  Are my trees roots more likely to stay in one layer than the others?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Recommendations
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:22:03 PM »
Hey All,

Iíve been lurking here for a quite a while and finally decided to register and post!
I currently have four mango trees: Rosigold, PPK, Fruit Punch, and Venus. All were bought as three gallons and planted last spring. I chose the varieties I did because I wanted to have hardy trees that would produce for as much of the year as possible (from what I understand, they ripen in the order listed). I have room for one more tree and currently my thought is to go with an Edward. Edward was the best mangoy mango I tried last year and would give me something in between Rosigold and PPK. Although from what Iíve been reading on here, it sounds like I would be foolish to not just plant Sweet Tart (which I havenít had a chance to try yet) instead.  Iíve considered grafting Sweet Tart on to Fruit Punch so I can have both but Edward has a reputation as being being shy bearing and Sweet Tart has a reputation as being the best mango ever so Iím thinking I might just want to have it on its own.  I guess my questions would be 1) do I have to fruiting times correct and 2) which option for planting/grafting would you recommend?

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