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Thank you MangoCountry! I will do as you suggested. I agree my tree needs to establish and grow before it can produce. 

Yes I did dare to put grafted mango tree from Florida in Southern California(zone10b) ground.
The first image is when my kesar mango tree arrived from Plant-O-Grams Nursery, Florida on April 12, 2018.FYI I took the first picture after I took out the flower panicle that was without any fruit on branch on right that. (an impulsive part of me on both counts)
I planted the tree on April 18,2018. I added cow manure, organic fertilizer, worm castings, some gypsum(to loosen the clay soil for good drainage) and iron sulphate and elemental sulfur (recommendations through the soil testing results that my yard is very low in iron and has 7.4 ph).After the planting, not only April but almost whole month of May was gray with low cloud cover with temperatures in low 60s and nighttime in 40s. Last week of May it started to get warmer and I noticed buds swelling on my kesar mango. I was happy at first that my mango tree has settled down in its new ground and climate and showing some sign of growth but it also got me to skeptical of bud being vegetative or floral following unexpected low temperatures for long time.
Rest of the pictures are of the progress on my mango tree that I have been seeing past week.
Sorry for being descriptive but I wanted to give as much information out before I ask my questions. Here are some questions that I need answers to so I donít loose my mango tree and help it grow healthy and strong.

   1) Do you think my tree can take fruiting (I donít know the age but came in 3 gallon pot, 1/2 inch in trunk diameter )?
   2) If yes then do you think it will flush out after harvest which will be very late maybe in October?
   3) Or I take out panicles on main branch and leave those on smaller branches and it will flush out leaves and develop fruit at same time? Will it work that way?
   4) Letís say I have to take out all the panicles then when or what stage I should cut them to get some vegetative growth this year? (Temperatures here are in upper 80s and some 90s).
   5) Also some of the leaves at bottom have turned yellow and tips are browning. Is it normal or any disease or nutrient deficiency causing them.
For sure it is challenging to grow mango trees in SC. I would highly appreciate all the inputs and suggestions. Thanks a lot!

Interesting, I never heard about these species... any picture?

Its a Alphanso mango grown in regions/place named Devgad and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra state in India. Each regions soil and climate gives Alphanso mango a unique and distinctive flavor. Both Devgad and Ratnagiri hapus/hafoos/Alphonso are very popular in India.

Here is the link to Devgad mango:

Do you know any small fast fruiting annonas, I am looking for some for a greenhouse.

To my knowledge annona squamosa is fast growing and fast producing too.You can also grow in pot.  Don’t take my words for it though. Lets see what experts has to say.

Spend some time to read and learn how to grow mango in Southern California
post by Simon, here:

Lots of useful info there...

That is really informative post!  glad I read it.  Now I know the mistakes I would avoid grafting my mango seedlings. Thanks Samu for putting the link!

Thank you all! wow, I didnt know we have so many source for mango scionwood here in Southern California. I thought i might have to get it from Florida.

Its fine to graft whilst in a pot......  Mike

Thank you Mike for clearing my confusion!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When is sugar apple seeds a dud?
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:07:28 AM »
Great timing for this post
I have wanted to ask the forum about their experience germinating sugar apple seeds.
Earlier this year I received 10 Big Red Seeds in trade for 10 Na Dai seeds,  The member told me to
put them between damp paper towels and put in a baggie. After 4 days one germinated and within
2 weeks all 10 seeds had germinated and had emerged from the soil. I had gotten 25+ seeds from a
local fruit and tried to germinate them the same way. They took a little longer but within 4-6 seeks they
all germinated, Then I got the indigo seeds and 2 out of 7 germinated and the VSA I got 1 out of 8 to
germinate, and I tried to germinate a different red type and 1 out of 5 germinated but then 3 more germinated
after several months 4 out of 5 I can live with, I also had 0 out of 3 germinate out of a super large one?
I was thinking maybe it is later in the year but I tried to germinate 10 seeds from a Na Dai I produced and within 2 weeks
all the seeds germinated. All I can say is the seeds are still in damp paper towels and I keep checking them.
I am wondering why some seeds were so easy. I was under the impression all the seeds were fresh?

I bought 25 seeds of sugar apple last year from india and 25 from thailand on Etsy. I do not know their variety but they were not red type. I used scarification and soaking 3 day method and then planted them in peat moss. The success of germination for seeds from India  and Thailand  were same about 80 percent. They germinated between 5 to 12 days. Also tried damp paper method with result of late germination compare to previous method about two to three weeks with success rate of 75 percent. Unfortunately, none of my seedling survived due to my mistake of keeping them in garage with very less sunlight and damping off.

Thank you Pasca for posting this question! I have two mango seedlings one is keitt and other is manilla and i wanted to graft them and had a same question. Now its been answered lets hope we get the scionwood and have success grafting next year.

Although one thing is not clear to me is should I plant seedlings/rootstocks in the ground and graft them or its okay to graft while they are in pots.

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