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The ones sold by fairchild this year were grafted, likely onto turpentine mango root stock.  I would imagine they were from a decent tree.

Excalibur nursery in Lake Worth Florida has some

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WANTED: Ross Sapote Tree
« on: June 19, 2017, 07:53:13 AM »
Excalibur in west palm has a few if you want to make the drive.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: variegated guava seeds..
« on: June 17, 2017, 07:52:50 AM »
I have heard variegated guava seeds will not grow. that will all be white and die. they need to be air layered. have you grown any of these?

Im putting GRO POWER AVO/CITRUS 8-6-8 on my avocados and cherimoyas.  I will give a small dose to the mangos too and see if they will flush now with the summer heat and some food.

The "P", middle one, is to high if you don't want blooms. Try something like 10-0-9 or anything high in "N" and low in "P"

In florida if you give mangoes to much nitrogen they will often push leaves and not flower. You could try giving them higher nitrogen

Sharkman, thanks for the information! I recall hearing or reading about this somewhere else. I guess the mulch is such a good insulator that it blocks the suns rays from hitting the soil and warming it in the daytime. The best practice would probably be to rake away the leaves in the morning so that the sun can warm the soil and then rake back the mulch at night to hold in the heat. I believe this will probably be too much work for most gardeners so if one has to pick whether or not to use mulch, I would still recommend mulching.

I guess if one were growing in the coldest marginal areas for mango, it would be best practice to clear the mulch on mornings where extreme cold is anticipated that night or the following morning as long as they remember to rake back the insulating mulch that evening. Thanks again for that useful information!


You don't want to rake it back because it will only hold the heat in for the roots, you need it to release the heat so it will create a mico climate as the heat rises around the tree. Only keeping the roots warm will not help the main body of the plant when it is very cold.

i am from San Diego originally and am now in Florida in the Mango tree industry and this a 2 cents you may want to evaluate. Chris Rollins told me about issues with mulching in winter, you guys are really dry in summer and need mulch to keep in water but in winter mulched trees get more cold damage due to mulch insulating them from the heat escaping the ground at night and the ground warming during the day. In FL non mulched trees fair better on cold nights than mulched trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree bacterial black spot
« on: June 04, 2017, 05:35:09 PM »
I was just at Home depot and some of theirs had some BBS. I think if you buy a mango from any place, even if it has no spots when you get it (small nursery's and back yard growers will just select trees that don't show it at the time) it likely carries it maybe just not showing it. I have seen it at every grower and it is very common everywhere they grow. The main problem is you don't know if you have the bad kind or the  not so bad kind. Just something we are going to have to learn to live with and hopefully find something to keep it under control.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The story of Two Mahachanok mangos
« on: May 29, 2017, 07:46:08 PM »
I heard Richard and Gary both got one a trip and Garys died. Richard gave him another one he made.

So they will have Kuni and Casturi mango trees for sale at Fairchild? Any idea how much? anyone from the WPB area going and want to get one of each for me?

Saturday, May 20 at 9 AM - 2 PM

South Florida Fair Grounds
9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33411

PB Chapter of Rare Fruit Council International will be having a tropical fruit trees and edible plants sale. We will have vendors from all over the state bring rare and tropical fruit trees to sell to the public. We will also have lots of education information on the planting and growing fruits trees. The public will also have an opportunity to purchase our proprietary formulation of fertilizer for tropical fruits. The general public cannot get it anywhere but at the sale. Volunteers and vendors will be there to answer questions.

none of those mangoes are ripe now. it will be 2 more months for most of those.

Anyone in the US have Kuini mangifera odarata and mangifera kasturi scion from fruiting trees available?

I would like to see someone holding them to see how much forced perspective is affecting there size.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Maprang
« on: December 03, 2016, 10:40:08 AM »
Where do you live? there are some seedlings in florida.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Eugenia candolleana
« on: November 06, 2016, 03:20:53 PM »
anyone in South Florida have this for sale in a few year old plant? how about fresh fruit or seeds?

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Eugenia candolleana
« on: November 06, 2016, 03:15:51 PM »
Anyone in So florida have this in a few year old plant potted for sale. or seeds/fruit available?

what do you do with bael fruit? I have had many fruit and cannot figure out what to do with them!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wtb. eugenias
« on: October 05, 2016, 09:42:00 PM »
I can maybe get you some Eugenia klotzschiana  next year when they fruit. Do you have a list of the Eugenias you have now?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafted Luc's garcinia onto Imbe
« on: September 15, 2016, 09:02:18 PM »
how do you think it would graft onto garcinia spicata?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Bali Salak seedling or seeds
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:02:39 PM »
Excalibur nursery in west palm has small salak palms. I think you need a male and a female.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds from giant Rollinia
« on: September 08, 2016, 08:35:28 PM »
any chance you can get graft wood from the tree? just a few sm branches.

I have about 60 seedlings now so I will want some of each in a few months.

yes the white mulberries are ripe right now at Excalibur. I ate a bunch last week. There are 2 big trees with lots of fruit across from the longans just past the black mulberry branch blocking part of the road. The cecropia right across from them should also have some ripe fruit on it too.

Weekday Rob

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