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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cogshall: Love/Hate Relationship
« on: May 04, 2020, 08:04:10 AM »
I have a love/hate relationship with my Cogshall.  Well, more like I'm not a fan but my daughter and wife love it.  Which means I'm stuck with it.  I planted it a good 10 years or so ago, when I decided I wanted mango tree in my yard.  The Cogshall, I was told, is a great backyard mango, a dwarf.  Well, my guy is about 18-20 feet tall. I can live with that.  But over the years it has been a very sporadic producer.  Last season no mangos.  This year, an early bloom at about 50% of the tree.  It has always had a jelly seed problem.  I've been picking them early this season and so far that hasn't been an issue.  However, every mango is ripening unevenly.  The bottoms become fully ripe while the top of the fruit remains green and hard.  What causes this?  My Pickering, maybe 15 feet away, has no jelly seed or ripening issues.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Second Bloom = Zero Mangos
« on: March 21, 2020, 08:54:03 AM »
My big ol' Cogshall surprised me this season.  It had an unusually early bloom and about half the tree sent up pannicles in January.  A lot of fruit held and I already have a good number of mangos swinging from the tree.  A good sight, indeed.  A month later in February the tree sent up another bloom with many pannicles and flowers.  But this second bloom produced zero mangos.  Looking at the tree I can't find even one BB sized mango.  The flowers are gone and the pannicles are beginning to fall.  What went wrong?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / It's National Iguana Awareness Day!
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:34:43 AM »
Today, September 14th, is National Iguana Awareness Day, celebrated every September 14th since 1998.  Celebrate, share the joy, hug an iguana today.  8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Should I Apply 0-0-50?
« on: September 07, 2019, 09:13:34 PM »
I've read here that applying a 0-0-50 fertilizer around this time of year may increase fruit yield.  I feed my mango trees lightly, twice yearly, with 8-3-9 plus minors.  Should I give the trees a sprinkling of 0-0-50 in the next few weeks?  I'm seeing various products available.  Is sulfate of potash the same as muriate of potash?  And I assume granular would be preferable to powder?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cecilove Mango. . .Availability?
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:04:07 PM »
I'm hearing about the Cecilove mango for the first time.  Early reports are encouraging.  What have others heard regarding this cultivar?  What about availability?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Am I The Only One With Dormant Mango Trees??
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:22:55 AM »
Here it is, February 8th, and not a single pannicle in sight.  :-\  My Cogshall has not even one swollen bud.  It hasn't been doing well for awhile and I'm thinking of pulling it and replacing with another tree.  Sweet Tart, maybe?
My Pickering, third year in the ground, has a few swollen buds, but that's it.  Last year it started to bloom in early January and ultimately had 100% bloom.  Only about 6 feet tall it held about 3 dozen delicious mangoes.  Are these cultivars alternate season bearers?  Am I doomed to Costco mangoes this summer??   :'(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Splitting Limb on Pickering
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:29:06 AM »
This was transplanted about two years ago from a 3 gallon pot.  It has grown well since.  Took a walk around it yesterday to see if the recent cool front was forcing some blooms when I noticed one branch splitting and looking dried out.  Any ideas what I'm looking at?  The rest of the branches and leaves seem healthy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / From 100 mangoes to 0.
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:49:38 PM »
Last season my Cogshall coughed up about 100 mangoes.  First time it ever produced such a bounty.  It's a mature tree, inground for about 6 or 7 years now, and about 15 feet tall.  This season. . .not one pannicle produced.  In mid July last season I did cut her back about three feet all around since it was getting a bit big for where it was planted.  Could this be the reason for such a drop off in production?  Is the Cogshall susceptible to alternate bearing fruit production? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 100 Mangoes to Zero
« on: January 31, 2017, 07:47:44 AM »
Last summer my Cogshall produced around 110 mangoes.  It has been in ground for about 7 years and hit about 18 to 20 feet tall.
After the harvest I decided to trim it back and cut it back all around by 3 feet or so. Checking the tree today, there isn't even one swollen bud, not an inkling of anything resembling a tree ready to feed the hand that loves it.
Am I doomed to a summer of mango flavored jelly beans, or is there still hope?  Did the haircut I gave the tree back in July affect this season's production?  Is the alternate bearing season in play here?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soil Test Results. . .What the hell?!
« on: July 22, 2016, 12:25:42 PM »
I sent a soil sample to UF in Gainesville last week.  Results came back today and I'm very surprised at the readings. . .unless I'm misinterpreting things.
A little background:  the soil was taken from about 8 different locations around the mango tree, at the surface and a maybe a few inches below.  The tree in question is a Cogshall, inground for about 7 years now.  Well established.  Never water it.  Reached about 18'.  After harvesting the last of the mangoes two weeks ago, (around 100), I trimmed the tree back.  Took about 4 feet off the top branches and tipped all around the tree.  Flushing like crazy right now.  Don't know if it's related, but many of the fruits suffered jelly seed this season, and last summer, too.
My fertilizer routine:  after harvest I sprinkle some 8-3-9 with minors around the tree.  Follow up with a second feeding around a month later.  Starting in September I'll feed some 0-0-50 and again in October.  When I see the leaves looking like they are hungry for some minors and/or iron, I'll give the tree some Southern Ag Chelated Liquid Iron and some Citrus Nutritional.  Sometimes a drench, other times a foliar feeding.  That's the extent of it.
But now this soil analysis comes in and everything seems to be off the charts high.  Hoping some experienced eyes can take a look and offer some feedback. . .but first I need to figure out how to attach a PDF to my post.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The USDA Just Knocked On My Door
« on: July 21, 2016, 10:09:12 AM »
Apparently they have a program targeting the Mediterranean Fruit Fly and are scattering traps around.  He asked to place a trap on my property, (Central Broward County), in an Orange Blossom Jasmine we have in front.  Sure, why not?  I recall the battle I had with the papaya fruit fly a few years back.  Anything for the cause.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pickering: Si. Cogshall: No
« on: July 06, 2016, 11:03:10 AM »
A tale of two mangoes.  My Cogshall is about 7 years in the ground.  Spotty producer over the years, but this season it outdid itself.  Probably around 120 mangoes.
Delicious, but as has been discussed here previously, they are prone to internal breakdown and jelly seed.  Picking them off the tree earlier than I have previously helped somewhat.  But still, many of the fruits exhibited the problem.  It's about 18 feet tall and has been pretty much bullet proof as far as fungus is concerned.  But I think I need to yank her.  If I do, I'm thinking Sweet Tart.  Can I keep the ST at around 15 feet or so?

As for my Pickering, I transplanted it last May from a 3 gallon pot.  She's been flushing consistently since.  Now about 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide.  There's one branch that is only about 15 inches off the ground.  Should this be cut off at the trunk?  It's probably too low to the ground for carrying any fruit, but I figure for now the leaves are absorbing the sunlight and feeding the tree.  Too soon to tip the other branches?

My Cogshall is spitting out mangoes faster than I can keep up with it.  Out of about 120 total, there are still about 40 on the tree at various stages of ripeness.  I want to ship a box to my daughter in PA, and I'm hoping to select them so they aren't overripe at arrival, but instead will ripen properly shortly after they arrive.  Picking them for immediate consumption at home has been easy.  My concern is picking fruit too soon and it not being able to ripen as a result.  Any clues, suggestions?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pickering Need a Tipping?
« on: May 12, 2016, 06:59:42 PM »
I planted this Pickering from a 3 gallon pot last May, so its been in the ground for a year.  It has had its 3rd flush since, the most recent one being about 6 weeks ago.  It stands 3 feet tall and about 2.5' at its widest.  I know this tree is a dwarf, so I'm wondering if tipping it now is a good idea?  Is tipping it anytime necessay or even a good idea, considering the Pickering's propensity for remaining small and bushy?  Just looking to maximize fruit production in the future.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Trees Late This Year?
« on: January 09, 2016, 08:07:57 AM »
As I drive around my neighborhood I'm noticing that none of the mango trees are showing any signs of flowering.  I'm used to seeing many of them in bloom by this time.  My own tree is dormant.  Warm, wet winter, I suppose?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Should I Trim This Pickering?
« on: November 14, 2015, 09:57:09 AM »
Transplanted in May from a 3 gallon pot.  It's had two growth flushes this summer and looks pretty good.  Lately, though, I see some of the branches as somewhat lanky.  I don't plan on letting it fruit next summer.  So, do you think I should nip her here and there to promote lateral growth?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this mango tree sick?
« on: November 13, 2015, 03:47:09 PM »
I have a Cogshall that has been in ground for about 6 years, and is about 15 feet tall.  Been a sporadic producer during this time.  This past season she produced only about two dozen fruits; the summer before about 70.
I've been watching as one side of the tree seems to be losing leaves and some branches are completely bare, looking as if the branch is dying or dead.  Don't know if these pictures are helpful, but what you think?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Uneven Ripening
« on: July 03, 2015, 10:45:56 AM »
Quite a few of the mangoes, (Cogshalls), this season have been ripening unevenly.  Tops are soft, bottoms are firm.  The exterior is a combo of red, yellow, and green.  Haven't had this issue previously.  Any particular reason this occurs?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New Pickering, Time To Tip It?
« on: June 14, 2015, 11:28:20 AM »
I scored a new Pickering in a 3 gallon pot a few weeks back from Bender's Grove, (thanks, Mike!)  Put it in ground the next day, full sun, and have been deep watering it every other day.  Doing well, and has had two growth flushes already.  My question is when is the proper time to tip those branches?
The cat in the photo is for affect only, and perhaps a warning to future rats and squirrels that have plans for future feedings.  Doesn't do a thing for those prolific weevils, though.  :(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Defective Mango?
« on: June 07, 2015, 08:11:57 AM »
I've been watching a large Cogshall mango as it grew to maturity on my tree.  Clearly the largest fruit of the season for me, it weighed in at 1 pound, 8 ounces when I picked it.  The shoulder was firm and red, the bottom was yellow and softer, with the rest of the fruit being green.
Cutting it open revealed the same.  The red section was firm and bitter while the yellow area was overripe.  What caught my attention was the seed, which had started to sprout roots.  Not having seen this before, I'm more curious than concerned.  What was up with this mango?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone Have a Pickering For Sale?
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:25:39 PM »
I'm looking to add a Pickering to my yard.  Minimal space available and from what I have read here the Pickering is easily manageable at 6 to 8 feet.  Plus, high productivity, strong disease resistance, and a great taste.  So I gotta have one.
I'm in Plantation.  Anyone in the area have a 3 or 7 gallon tree for sale?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Unproductive Cogshall. . .Any Ideas Why?
« on: January 20, 2015, 02:50:49 PM »
My Cogshall has been inground for about 6 years, transplanted from a 3 gallon pot.  For the first two years it produced no fruit, in part because I wanted it to grow and I fed it accordingly.  Two years ago I pulled my first 9 mangoes off the tree.  Hallelujah!  Visions of a bumper crop in my head for the next season.  Well, the next season was a dud: 2 fruits.  Finally, last summer was an awakening, with 70 mangoes to harvest.
This season, so far at least, looks like another dud.  Today I counted but 15 pannicles on the tree, with a few branches looking like they are ready to push out some more.  But driving around my neighborhood I am seeing mango tree after mango tree covered with flowers already.
To my knowledge, the Cogshall is not a shy bearer.  The tree is in sunlight almost all day.  Last year I fed it once a month with some 8-3-9,  and sprayed some minors on the tree monthly.  Did this from about March through September.  In October and November I sprinkled it with some 0-0-50.  I haven't fed it since.
I've attached some photos which show the few pannicles, but also shows a few of the pannicles that either died shortly after opening or are stunted.
Any ideas?  Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Calcium and PH Levels
« on: June 30, 2014, 09:27:00 AM »
My mangos this summer have been exhibiting jelly seed.  From what I've read, adding calcium can help prevent this.  I'm in central Broward County and my soil is alkaline, (value of 7.6).  Will adding calcium to the soil further increase the PH level?  What is recommended for adding calcium?

My Cogshall is loaded with 70 mangoes.  I'm watching them fill out nicely, blushing red, while I dream of a June filled with sweet and juicy fruits.  Alas, it may not be.  Just now saw this mango on the ground.  My first thought was a squirrel.  But by the tooth/beak pattern in the fruit, I'm thinking Blue Jay, especially since there are a pair of them looking down on me as we speak.  Am I doomed, now that they have acquired a taste?  When can/should I pick the mangoes.  They look close to being ready, but it seems awful early in the season for Cogshalls.  :(
PS:  that mango sure does look juicy!  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Effectiveness of Praying Mantis?
« on: May 21, 2014, 11:16:00 AM »
What has been anyone's experience with the praying mantis as a natural insect predator?  I'm wondering what to expect if I release some onto my mango tree, especially with regards to whiteflies and weevils.

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