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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cogshall: Love/Hate Relationship
« on: May 04, 2020, 11:15:42 AM »
I'm going to try that.  I've been told previously calcium might address the jelly seed issue with this variety.  Going to check out prices online.  Is there a preferred time of the year to apply it, and at what rate?  Thank you.

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 / Re: Second Bloom = Zero Mangos
« on: March 21, 2020, 10:58:05 AM »
True about the winds here in our area.  February and early March were gusty as heck.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Second Bloom = Zero Mangos
« on: March 21, 2020, 09:37:33 AM »
I don't see much in the way of fungus, but the tree is pretty big, (by the way, how did Cogshall get a rep as a "dwarf"?  This tree is close to 20 feet tall ???).  With the tree being this size I don't know what's going on up top.
As for the male/female flower aspect, that's a new one by me.  What affects this ratio and how is flower gender identified?  Is it even politically correct to do so?? :)

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 / Re: 2020 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: January 13, 2020, 02:10:31 PM »

A week or so of Cold weather at the beginning of December. Full blooms on all trees (in Florida) require about 2 consecutive weeks of nighttime temps below 60F. With less of that, there is progressively less complete bloom.

E.g. ,arbitrary numbers:
 10 days of 50s might result in 90% bloom
7 days 60%
5 days less

And so forth.

Some trees had full blooms off the early December chill (mostly older large trees and  “bloom sensitive” cultivars, with exceptions of course).

Since then we’ve largely been above historical average on nighttime lows in our typical pattern over the last 10 years or so. So the mangos are staying dormant until another major cold front rolls through that lasts the better part of a week instead of just a couple nights.
Appreciate the info.  Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: January 12, 2020, 03:18:53 PM »
My two trees, a Cogshall and a Pickering, both started sending up pannicles a month or so earlier than usual.  The Cogshall shows half a tree in bloom and the other half mostly dormant.  The Pickering has about 25 to 30 percent blooms scattered throughout the tree.  Both trees appear to be done pushing pannicles.  What might be the cause of such sporadic production?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: December 24, 2019, 06:18:24 AM »
Yeah, color me surprised to see my Cogshall and Pickering sending up pannicles quite aggressively.  I first noticed around two weeks ago.  Very unusual for me.  I don't normally see this in my yard until late January.  And last year, the Cogshall didn't bloom at all and the Pickering gave up about all of 10 fruits.  I'm in central Broward.  Warm days and a few cool nights, and wetter than usual for this time of year.  Should I be concerned about powdery mildew?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Do Some Mango Trees Shed Leaves?
« on: September 15, 2019, 06:03:30 AM »
I've noticed higher than normal leaf shedding on Angie and San Felipe.
My Cogshall sheds quite a bit of leaves; Pickering doesn't. 
Off topic but I want to ask TnTrobbie:  what's your opinion of the San Felipe mango?  Taste and texture?  What about the tree?  Is it a vigorous cultivar, disease resistant?  Etc. . .

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 / Re: Should I Apply 0-0-50?
« on: September 08, 2019, 01:23:11 PM »
How much should be applied?  I have a Pickering, about 7' x 7', three years in ground.  And a mature Cogshall about 15' tall and 10' wide.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I Apply 0-0-50?
« on: September 08, 2019, 11:01:27 AM »
Thanks, zands.  You confirmed what I was thinking.

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?

I'm in central Broward.  My Cogshall, maybe 10 years in ground and  about 18 feet tall, has always been a spotty producer.  Last year she gave up about 90 mangoes.  This year, all of one. . .and a squirrel got to it first.  LOL
My Pickering, three years in ground, produced about 3 dozen mangoes last year.  This summer, about a dozen and surprisingly, a few had jelly seed.  :(

As I drive around my area, central Broward County, I see quite a few mango trees with partial or no blooms.

Thanks, Jeff.  The Pickering gets a stay of execution,  :).  But the Cogshall has just about tested my patience. The jury is still out on whether she stays or becomes mulch.

The dirt?  Could be, but last season the Pickering bloomed 100%; the Cogshall about 80%.  After harvesting all the fruit, I fed both trees with 8-3-9 Plus minors in July and September, then with 0-0-50 in October.  Nothing since.

You gotta get rid of that brown thumb!
  :D  Maybe that's it!

Yah, that's super abnormal. My pickering and cogshall are both in full bloom at present and both produce regularly. Something is not right.
My Cogshall has always been a spotty producer, with one or two good seasons mixed in.  The Pickering was transplanted from a 3 gal pot.  This is the third year in ground.  Gave me about 3 dozen fruits last season.  I was looking forward to even more this summer.  :(

My 18' tall Cogshall has all of 2 pannicles.  My Pickering, 3 years in ground and about 6' tall has about 6 pannicles.

Your mangos must not like you :(
You'd think they were my in-laws.   :-\

My 18' tall Cogshall has all of 2 pannicles.  My Pickering, 3 years in ground and about 6' tall has about 6 pannicles.

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?

Squam, have your Sweet Tarts been consistently poor producers?  I ask because as I wrote just above, my Cogshall has tested my patience with poor production and jelly seed.  I was thinking the Sweet Tart would be a good replacement.

My Cogshall, about feet tall and probably 8 years in ground has all of one pannicle.  I think it's getting the axe this summer, to be replaced by. . .??  I'm thinking a Sweet Tart.
The Pickering is beginning to show signs of life.  A few pannicles just pushing and many swollen buds.  I'm just surprised it's about 5 or 6 weeks later than last season.

Yah, that is strange. For what it's worth, I did give my trees a heavy fertilization with Har's magic 0-3-16 in late fall.
That could be the mystery potion I'm missing, although I did hit the trees with 0-0-50 in October.  Ah, sweet mystery of life. . .

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