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Howdy all.   Early this yr i put down 35yrds of topsoil to grade 30x50 or so area.
Thickness anywhere from 3" hto 12" and i water settled it 3x.  Can drive on it without sinking much.
I've read dig hole 2x root ball which i'll do. 
Should i get unknown FL sand where i got soil, or big box store of some type?
And what ratio should i mix it?
6 mangos from 3gal to 15gal if nice i'll be planting.
And if there's better option then sand, i'll do that.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Basic mango fertilizer numbers?
« on: October 02, 2020, 09:53:51 AM »
Hi all.  There's large fertilizer co. close to me that has pretty much everything.
I'd like to get fert with little or no N for my 20yr old tree & N to mix with it for my soon to buy new trees.
What's a good general  P, K percent and what micros & their levels as well?
Doing it this way would give me great control.
Thanks in advance,

Hello all.  I'd like for all to share experiences had with different pot size mangos home grown & purchased.
Did they thrive, get root bound, what was done to root ball before putting in ground, soil type, ph if known & anything else you tried be it for the good or failure.

I believe all here will enjoy the knowledge.
Thank you, enjoy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Loam?
« on: August 30, 2020, 05:03:53 PM »
The lot i've been working on (for future mangos) has what my pops calls loam, all around old brazil pepper tree stumps, trees ect.
It's brownish almost golden, not red like fresh cut pep tree chips.  Should i be making a pile of it for something instead of putting it out for tree collection day? 

Where mango trees will be have 6-12" of topsoil we put down a few months ago, not loam.  I'll ikely need sand to mix with topsoil where trees go. ?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Paint or seal cut limb area?
« on: August 19, 2020, 10:09:08 AM »
Do any of you paint after cutting limbs or try sealing a slightly rotted looking old cut?
If so, what do you use?  Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Inches of Rain today FL
« on: May 25, 2020, 09:58:31 PM »
we get so much water.  i'll say 5" easy as of now.  bananas love it :)

South FL, cleared approx 50x60 area, 35 yards of topsoil was needed to level, surrounding pepper trees mostly trimmed to let sunshine in, water lines run.

What do ya'll recommend?  I like sweet, semi dwarf or topping of standard trees no problem.
I'm thinking a couple warmer climate varieties might be wise?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tap Roots
« on: April 29, 2020, 09:13:16 PM »
Wisdom tips appreciated by me & all here likely.

What fruit trees have tap roots, what results from cutting it off?

Thank you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dypsis & me the dip
« on: February 27, 2020, 09:42:06 PM »
Im so busy & my new arecas are crying :(
my guess add potassium & lower ph?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ladybugs wanted
« on: January 25, 2020, 10:05:43 AM »
Looks like spider mites are killing my banana leaves & eating avocados.
I read ladybugs should be from your part of world or they'll finish off what mites didn't.
Any recommendations where to buy a bag for south FL?

ps spraying/trying Neem today, will be a while before i have ladybugs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fill for grading, sand or topsoil?
« on: January 13, 2020, 05:14:52 PM »
I've been steel raking area i had cleared for mangos, grapefruit & orange and will get sod so it's wheelchair friendly.
I'll run a string level tomorrow to see approx depth of fill i'll need.  Guessing anywhere from half a foot to 1.5.
Local place has sand, topsoil & topsoil with a couple organic fertilizers mixed in.  Didn't ask yet what he calls organic ferts. 
Prices are all good, sold by the scoop which is 1 yard.
Final grade will be a foot or more above the low between properties.
He suggested thin top layer of the fert soil.
What ya'll suggest for 1' or more?  I'm thinking topsoil.  Thanks in advance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which fresh mulch for mango tree?
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:38:51 PM »
Today i had 2 pepper trees chipped, tomorrow pine limbs mostly.
Any prefrence for which one to save a mound of for mango tree mulch?
Todays all went away in his truck except for what he ground from stumps & brush cutter.
Not really an option to get his chipper & truck in lot and pile it all up.  I can have him shovel out a couple garbage cans full.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Thrips released in Fort Pierce
« on: January 07, 2020, 09:39:16 AM »
Mad scientists hope to kill off brazil pepper trees in Florida.
For the record, yes pep trees grow fast in all directions, but i've maintained 1 that protects my bananas and property from hurricane winds.  Other pep trees i remove where i plan to grow food.

Fort Pierce area is worlds largest citrus producing land.  I know someone with 1000's of acres of citrus, already battling citrus greening.  Please tell me Thirps will not become the next danger to our crops.  See how well love bugs turned out!
In Florida, more than two invasive species get established every month, brought in through cargo or by visitors. But researchers are making progress in the battle against one major pest: the Brazilian peppertree.

On a cattle ranch near Fort Pierce, a team from the University of Florida recently released 1,500 tiny insects called thrips, or Pseudophilothrips ichini.

"That is the biological control for the Brazilian pepper," Kate Rotindo said
She's an urban horticulture specialist and was bent over one of the plants, tapping vigorously on a small vial containing some of the bugs.

"They're really small; you can see them kind of crawling around," she said.

The thrips, like the plant, come from Brazil. Working with researchers there, U.S. scientists identified insects that keep Brazilian peppertree in check in its native habitat. On this day, a team from the University of Florida is releasing enough of the insects at the cattle ranch that they'll become established, start reproducing, and help control the invasive weed.

In Florida, Brazilian peppertree was introduced more than a century ago as an ornamental plant, valued for its red berries and dark green foliage. Since then, it has overrun much of the southern part of the state, also parts of California and Texas, covering 700,000 acres.

Hi all.  Had rain, fog, day & night all month & today stopped.
I snap off spotted & eaten leaves every morning.

I have copper, neem, weak (bought online) potassium silicate.
Between rain storms used copper (made leaves nice dark green & helped mold but it's back), neem twice, foliar nutrients once.  Have not used potassium silicate yet.
Neem made leaves shiny but still getting spots & eaten.

A dozen flower spikes have started, many dozen yet to but showing signs.
What can i spray this evening out of all i have?  I don't mind if it hurts some of flowers.
And if i need to get something else, i will asap.  DiamondR & hardware stores are close.

Thankyou, Ed.

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