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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Salt Tolerance
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:04:47 PM »
I was just about to plant my Maha Chanok and Mallika mangoes, based on 2 different Florida websites that state that mangoes have "Moderate" salt tolerance, when I last-minute came across 2 other websites from other countries that state that mangoes have "Poor" salt tolerance. Can someone clarify for me which is correct?

I want to plant them in a spot that is about 75ft from the ocean. The spot is well-protected from wind, so salt burn to the leaves should not be a concern, but a few times a year during hurricane season this area may flood with salt water for a few hours. I can reach the area with a hose to help wash off the trees and dilute the soil, and I can add salt free soil to the top, but these I can do only after the water has receded of course. Would such contact with salt in the soil (considering that the soil probably already has some level of salt in it due to its below flood elevation and proximity to the waterfront), kill the trees? I don't want to risk destroying them, but I only have so many options for locations, and the others are further from the waterfront but have far less sun. I don't know if this issue is cultivar-dependent, and that's why the sources are conflicted on the level of tolerance...?

I welcome especially answers from anyone with first-hand experience of growing mangoes near the coastline in below-flood areas. I don't really want to guess about this, I want to feel some level of confidence that they will grow best where they are planted because I want to give the best shot at a good long life. I guess I could also consider building up mounds of slightly higher elevation to plant them on if that would help, but in the end, the ends of the roots are going to be touching salt water at some point in their lives anyway in that spot.

Thanks for any help!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:00:33 PM »
Thank you Zands! Many of the trees I bought are 7-gal or 15-gal. I bought nearly everything I could in the largest size available. Many others are in 3-gallon but I bought them already fruiting because they're dwarf variety. Hopefully I won't have to wait much more than a year for the majority of the fruit - except of course the Mangosteen, which if it even survives will probably take some 5 years or so from now to fruit. Patience is a virtue, I guess. I bought a lot of native plants that are cheap here and should fruit easily, to help satisfy my cravings until the bigger harvests. Many of them have edible berries, and even if they're not the best fruit ever they're still things that few people anywhere have eaten. And, I am growing strawberries, various melons, etc. to supplement these early leaner times. :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:24:12 AM »
Hi everyone!

I am very fortunate to have recently moved to the Florida Keys, to live out my dream of growing every tropical fruit I can manage. I was a decent gardener where I used to live in the NE, but I never got to try my hand at very much.  So now that I can grow nearly any tropical fruit I want to, I'm going a bit crazy with it! My list is ever growing, but at this point I have about 100 tropical fruit plants total, roughly 50 different kinds. I have been regularly searching the internet for help with all these plants, and regularly find pages of this forum, as well as the GardenWeb forum. I didn't realize how many other fruit freaks like me were out there! So I've joined both, to feel a bit more sane, and to get advice for whatever issues may crop up over time with my many tropical plants. I grow only organic, and have to always be careful about preserving the fragile ecosystem here in the Keys (which is also right next to the Everglades), so I expect to have a few more difficulties thrown my way because of that. I want to be prepared so I don't lose all my plants before I know what's happening!

I also grow tropical vegetables, so I'm happy to see there is a forum for that also here.

I look forward to getting to know everybody, and learning from what you all have to share.

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