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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fertilizer/Soil Order for Mango Tree
« on: December 08, 2020, 02:26:57 PM »

This is probably a Gardening 101 question, but I am definitely a remedial horticulturalist. Short version of question: I want to put down fertilizer and soil for my mango tree - which do I put down first?

I have a mango tree at my home in Central Florida. I did not get fruit this year, possibly because I had read on the USF Extension website that mango trees shouldn't need to be watered during non-rainy seasons, so I didn't do so last winter. Had to get it pruned this fall and had the arborist do a soil study, as well. Our soil here is extremely sandy, and they said it was very low on nutrients. So I want to put fertilizer and garden soil down for my tree. The question is: do I put down fertilizer on the sandy soil and water it in first, then put down the soil, so the fertilizer has less distance to travel down to the root system? Or do I put the new soil down first?

Also, do I just layer the new soil on top, or should I dig out some of the sandy soil?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is eating my mangoes?
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:26:03 PM »
A lot of the mangoes I am finding on the ground have small to large holes eaten out of them, but I can't tell what is doing it or when (ie before they drop or after).  I put a picture below - my camera is not focusing properly, so it isn't the best.

If it is rodents or birds, I guess that's life, but I'm concerned it could be insects that laid eggs in the fruit, grow, and eat their way out. Obviously, there are bugs in there now.

Anybody have thoughts?

Recipes / Uses for unripe mangoes?
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:16:55 PM »
I had a branch fall today in a storm, which resulted in me having about 60-80 unripe mangoes on my hands.  :o

I made some mango powder (amchoor) earlier in the season with some unripe mangoes, but I'm not really looking to peel, slice, and dry 80 mangoes.

I've also seen mango pickles, which I will make, but with that many mangoes, I'll need all the ideas I can get. I'd hate to see them go to waste.

Any ideas?


I moved into a house last August in Tampa, FL that has a mango tree. I don't know what cultivar of mango it is, so I'm not sure how to decide when to pick them, etc. Here is a picture of a few of them that fell off in some heavy wind this week. I put a pen there for scale. Also one on the tree. There are some on the tree that I think are a little larger, and have somewhat larger pink/red area. I also put a picture that I took in August of the last two mangoes from the tree, which were straight up yellow - not green or red. The ones from August were actually about the same size as the larger ones are today, if that means anything. I don't think the previous owner took very good care of it though, so it may have been malnourished and dehydrated last year.

Anybody have an educated guesses based on their current color and size for early May (when these were taken)?

Here's one from last August:

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