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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's going on with my avocado?
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:36:12 AM »
Thanks for the advice...I'll give that a shot.  Seems strange that it would look dried out when it's in fact drowning.  It's partially out of my control due to all the rains we've had but hopefully pulling back the mulch will help.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's going on with my avocado?
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:23:48 AM »
5 gal Wurtz planted about a month ago in SW FL.  It was looking great for the first 3 weeks or so then I left on a business trip for a week.  When I got home I looked at it and it looked wilted, like it didn't get enough water. I asked my wife what was up and she said we had been getting soaking rains most days so that didn't make sense.  I stuck my finger in the soil and it felt moist.  At any rate, I watered it for a good long time last night.  This morning it looks exactly the same.

It's weird. It looks like a plant looks when it hasn't gotten any water.  No bugs that I can see.  No leaves falling off.  No spots on the leaves.  Everything looks good but dry, but it's obviously not a lack of moisture.

Any thoughts on what might be going on?  Root disease? 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose on my Mangos?
« on: June 29, 2018, 04:00:04 PM »
thats a nice lawn, are your sprinklers hitting the tree? Could that be contributing to the fungus?

Thank you!  The sprinklers are hitting the trees but only at the trunks.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose on my Mangos?
« on: June 29, 2018, 01:30:54 PM »
spray it now

Suggestions for type/brand of spray I should use?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose on my Mangos?
« on: June 29, 2018, 01:30:16 PM »
Yes, I try to fertilize them at least every other month...and add mulch.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose on my Mangos?
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:50:03 PM »
Should I be spraying the plant now or just wait till the trees flower again?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anthracnose on my Mangos?
« on: June 28, 2018, 03:46:19 PM »
Planted two 15gal mango trees about a year and a half ago...Pickering and a Sweet Tart.   Both of them started with lots of fruit but most of it fell in the winds we had this spring in SW Florida.  What remained were a handful of mangos on both trees that look terrible.  The leaves don't look good either.  I suspect they both have anthracnose.  Does that appear to be a correct diagnosis?  Once the last fruits are off I was planning on pruning off the non-healthy looking branches and spraying with a fungicide.  Or, do I not need to worry about spraying the trees until they're flowering again?







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brown/dying blossoms on mangos in SW FL
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:57:00 AM »
OK, thanks for the helpful info everybody.  Pineislander is right, our winter has been very very dry and Feb has been very warm.  On top of it all I discovered about 6 weeks ago that the sprinklers weren't running in the zone where those trees are.  I don't know how long that was the case but I realized it when the grass was getting browner than I was expecting.  Next year I'll take care to be sure those trees get more water if it's super dry again.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brown/dying blossoms on mangos in SW FL
« on: February 25, 2018, 02:40:31 PM »
So are you saying the blossoms turned brown and died before opening, and that the ones that set fruit behaved differently? Because the way you describe it sounds like normal mango bloom behavior: they push out, the flowers open, some fruit sets, and everything where there isn't fruit turns brown shrivels up and dies.

I guess I need to look at the blossoms more closely because I'm not sure if they turned brown before or after opening.  Typically a cluster of blossoms will shoot out and 2-4 fruit will set in each "cluster" and the rest turns brown and dies.

I'm not looking for these trees to produce a lot of fruit in their 2nd year but is it normal for a younger tree to produce less fruit, and produce more fruit as it gets older?




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brown/dying blossoms on mangos in SW FL
« on: February 25, 2018, 02:36:00 PM »
Are you watering the trees?

I'm not directly watering the trees but they're getting water from the lawn irrigation which goes off twice a week.

Probably insufficient.

So in other words, mango trees don't like our typical dry Florida winters and will benefit from extra irrigation above and beyond typical lawn watering?  Many of my neighbors have large healthy looking mango trees that I know for certain don't get extra irrigation.  Is it more important when they're young?


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brown/dying blossoms on mangos in SW FL
« on: February 25, 2018, 07:26:51 AM »
Are you watering the trees?

I'm not directly watering the trees but they're getting water from the lawn irrigation which goes off twice a week.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brown/dying blossoms on mangos in SW FL
« on: February 24, 2018, 04:08:41 PM »
I live in the Ft Myers region and I have a Pickering and a Sweet Tart that have been planted for a little over a year now. The sweet tart started blooming in late November and the Pickering in early December.  Both of them produced quite a bit of blossoms, but the majority of the blossoms wound up turning brown and dying.  They both have a few small fruit that survived the dying blossoms. The sweet tart has a few fruit about the size of half dollars and the pickering has a few that are more like peas at this point.  I'm not too concerned because I know I'm really not supposed to let these trees fruit yet anyhow.  I'm just wondering if the dying blossoms are a sign of other issues that I need to be concerned about.

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Thanks for the great advice everyone!  Yeah, when I planted it I created a basin to catch water so it would get enough.  Sounds like that's exactly the opposite of what I should have done.  I'll know better next time!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What happened to my papaya? High maintenance?
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:38:36 PM »
Bought a papaya last spring from a local reputable grower (no idea what kind).  I live in Ft Myers FL.  I see them growing all around here like weeds so I didn't think they were a high maintenance plant.  The plant was about 5ft tall and had lots of healthy green leaves when I planted it.  I planted it in an area that gets irrigation twice a week.  Full sun.  As the spring and then the summer went on it started to lose leaves from the bottom, then through the summer it lost more and more leaves until just a few remained at the very top.  Eventually this fall those dropped as well and then the plant died.  Any thoughts on what might have happened?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet tart mango fruiting already
« on: December 08, 2017, 07:05:40 AM »
That's great news, thank you!  I was thinking ST was more of a mid summer fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet tart mango fruiting already
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:37:37 PM »
Just thought I'd try one more time to see if anybody had thoughts on when I can expect to see ripe fruit considering blooming in late November.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet tart mango fruiting already
« on: December 02, 2017, 06:07:16 AM »
Thanks everyone!  So if it started blooming in late November am I still looking at June-July for ripe fruit?  That seems like an awfully long time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sweet tart mango fruiting already
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:19:16 PM »
I live in SW FL and although I'm new to this it sure looks like my sweet tart is setting blooms already as of last week.  Does that seem right?  I thought this tree typically bears pickable fruit in June/July.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree...should I give up?
« on: October 23, 2017, 02:37:19 PM »
Great, thanks so much for the feedback.  Fingers crossed and will add mulch.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree...should I give up?
« on: October 21, 2017, 02:52:08 PM »
OK, 5 weeks has gone by since the hurricane and this is what is looks like now.  It's coming along.  I sure hope the break was above the graft.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree...should I give up?
« on: September 30, 2017, 10:23:42 PM »
OK thanks guys.  I'll trim the break back somewhat and see what happens.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado tree...should I give up?
« on: September 30, 2017, 01:29:07 PM »
We planted a 7 gal Florida Hass last February along with a number of other fruit trees.  Unfortunately the avocado didn't fare well in Hurricane Irma and snapped in half, literally.  I noticed that just below the break it's starting to push up new growth.  Is it even worth it to let it try to re-grow?  Am I just going to get root stock, whatever that was?


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gotta love all the Florida pests :(
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:06:10 PM »
There must be some thing that eats them wherever they came from. Wondering if there are any lizard or frog species that eat them..
Even if there is a predator that eats them, there are so many burrowing owls in my neighborhood that they have decimated all the treefrogs and lizards that might help. Literally a half dozen owl nests within a few blocks of me.

We only wish.  Been dealing with them here for years.  There are also other simar weevils in Florida.

I have anoles all over the place in my yard.  Wish they would eat them. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gotta love all the Florida pests :(
« on: August 20, 2017, 04:55:33 PM »
Depressing..do I just let things run their course and hope the tree is strong enough?  I'm not sure I've learned of any silver bullet thus far. I'm OK spraying them every weekend with something FWIW if that will help.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gotta love all the Florida pests :(
« on: August 20, 2017, 04:11:39 PM »
Sorry, what's ISD?

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