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Very nice.  pH is easy to test yourself with test strips for pool.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Recommendations: Pruning tools
« on: November 26, 2020, 08:24:43 PM »
Hand pruner Chris uses in TT youtube vids look great.  What are they?

Cheap cordless saws i got for light work i do is black&decker 20v.
The pole saw i love, it's light & gets the job done, the sawzall is more then enough for me, the chainsaw is so-so, hedge clipper work too for minor trimming.  I use all 4 from wheelchair.
Aftermarket 3000ma battery under $20 lasts much longer then o.e. 2000ma.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 23, 2020, 07:02:04 PM »
I just googled it- cool.   Great for flying insects too.
The weak mix i sprayed yesterday is working hurray.  No ants on my new little mango trees.

Calcium sulfate- got 6lbs of pellets just to get ball rolling.  Apply tomorrow, sheetrock will be next venture.
I'll try hammering to powder or soaking some to get it absorbed quicker & spread the rest.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 22, 2020, 07:18:22 PM »
We all have our ways & reading text is horrible cause you can't hear chuckles or exchange words as if at a table.

Back to Ca & cow poo, my fear of cow poo (or any smelly ant friendly fert) is fire ants.  I've had mounds appear overnight, seen grapefruit tree from seed get covered by so many ants it looked like it was waving at me.  My 7gal fruit cocktail planted a few days ago must be sweet cause red friggin ants today were all around trunk, removing soil from roots, climbing up & on leaves.  I had to do something so i mixed bifenthrin 1/4 strength or less and sprayed base & trunk.

Ca i'll use sulfate or sheetrock, nitrogen in nitrate i'll avoid, cr90 sulfur i have & will sprinkle some around.  Hopefully ants avoid sulfur.

If i hadn't just planted 6 mangos, i imagine if i had tilled rows for trees with amendments that would be optimal, keeping surrounding ground firm for wheelchair.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 22, 2020, 07:19:30 AM »
Thanks all for input.  My soil situation differs from others because i brought in so much topsoil to grade the area & water settled it.  Hard black earth is what i got for almost 6" before i hit sand.

Frog, i know i'm full of questions and your input for inputs & soil health is great.  Thought of you when a citrus grower friend told me they're experimenting with cows, letting them graze & poo sections at a time.
Next week i'll try to send soil sample out so we can see exactly what i got.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: November 21, 2020, 10:00:37 PM »
Roblack, good job!  My goodness.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 21, 2020, 09:55:08 PM »
For 3gal 7gal 15gal mango in ground...

1 square foot of sheetrock pounded to bits give/take each sound good?
I'll mix some with water & test pH too for fun.
What's mango & citrus' ultimate soil pH?  6?  6.5?  7?  I need target.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana Spacing
« on: November 21, 2020, 08:01:16 PM »
I think they'd grow in shadows.  Fruit production might be hurt but banana trees grow like bananas here.
I cut leaves off quite often to give them more air, sun, space. 
Once they're established, they pop up quick and good luck getting rid of them if you change your mind 3yrs from now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 21, 2020, 07:53:46 PM »
Ok, so Ca sulfate is very similar to gypsum i read.  True?
Is sheetrock (scraps) a good source?  I could hammer some pieces in ziplock & spread around trees.
Or simply buy 5lbs of Ca sulfate & take the easy road.
Yes i'll be asking next how much to sprinkle around trees.  Wild guess- 1/2 cup?

Thanks again,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which Calcium for mangos?
« on: November 21, 2020, 01:31:06 PM »
I see all different types of Ca mixes with either N, K or other.  Ca seems very important & my little sugar belle & oll look to be deficient going by photos i see online.
My 5 new mango (3g 7g 15g) trees are in same soil & i want them happy.  What should i get at local big box stores or online?  I sprinkled a little super fruiter 6-3-16 so far.

Thank you,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana Spacing
« on: November 21, 2020, 06:44:12 AM »
Mine are north side running east to west.  Not planned but i see it was lucky choice.  Sun all day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana Spacing
« on: November 20, 2020, 08:07:33 PM »
Whatever i got started with 1.  Crowds quick once you start moving suckers a few feet away.
They're smaller then grocery store b's and sweetness is beyond incerdible.
More spacing would yield more b's per bunch but it's enough for my freezer.  From 40-100 per bunch.

Chopped out pounds of redish brazil pepper tree roots today for mango planting.
Maybe i should boil them & eat them instead of them eating my yard lol.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Cocktail mango
« on: November 18, 2020, 09:11:01 AM »
Yay!  Good to hear fruit cocktial's decent mango.
I know ripeness effects flavor so hopefully in a couple yrs, i'll get to taste them from almost ripe to fallen off the tree picked up off the ground in the morning ripe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Cocktail mango
« on: November 17, 2020, 09:57:46 PM »
it's quite full & low branched which sold me.  I'll grow it, figure a bad home grown variety should still taste better then grocery store imported.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit Cocktail mango
« on: November 17, 2020, 08:26:44 PM »
Bought 1 today without researching taste.  Im finding respectable reviews calling it quite mild, low flavor.  Good aroma, no fiber, but bland.  I'll grow it & hope fall off the tree ripe's better.

edit- i wrongly typed fruit punch not cocktail originally sorry.

Thanks for replies, today i put a little 6-3-16 on 3 planted & watered them in.
Har's fert mix i'd get if i was closer for sure.  His old thread here came up yesterday when i googled fert.
Calcium looks to be my next purchase, i have 0-0-50 & the AG foliar.
I have to go easy with 6-3-16 on mangos because i'm use to hungry bananas.  They eat it up.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Have your trees recovered from Irma?
« on: November 16, 2020, 08:53:18 PM »
Is removing leaves a good idea when replanting?
I ask this for current & future projects.
I also hope ya'll saved the mango trees.  Nothing beats eating the perfect mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is 6-3-16 w/micros ok for mangos of all ages?
« on: November 16, 2020, 07:38:39 PM »
Today i got fert for mangos, and another mix for areca palms.
I didn't get out cause they know i'm disabled and gave what i see for mangos is what i use on bananas (with great results).  Super fruiter 6-3-16.
I bought 2 15gal & 2 3gal mangos a few days ago & planted 2 so far.  I also have 20yr old Kent i believe.
I've tried it on Kent last yr & didn't help much & had some leaf tip burn.
Can i use it lightly on new trees?  Won't go to waste, my bananas love it.

Thank you,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inches of Rain today FL
« on: November 10, 2020, 09:45:05 PM »
I never had standing water here till now.  Work in progress but still.
Ya'll have rare saturated areas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inches of Rain today FL
« on: November 10, 2020, 09:25:04 PM »
Fellow Floridians,

Is storm turning  & coming back?

Good decisions Joe.  Play sand tested great, multi purpose sand test startled me.  I couldn't believe the colors ph & alk turned in less then 1 second.
Beach sand or my local fill store might have high salt which is why i'm not grabbing a yard from them.

The holes dug for citrus to rescue was easier cause topsoil's only a inch or 2 there, didn't need much fill there.  Simply removed most of dense packed black wet soil off root ball & mixed up the sandy stuff our lots are with the black stuff & play sand.  Rained many inches already so hopefully they're happy now.  Mixed a little sulfur & fert in too.

Salty, i brought in the 35yrds of topsoil to grade the area nice & level.
It's too black, compacted holds water, roots rot.  So my plan is to make hole 2-3x size of root ball, mix soil with sand for drainage.
I'm blown away how high ph & alk are in sakrete multi (i called it all purpose) purpose sand.
Levels that high would kill trees no?  Here's another shot of it & enlarged hole for citrus we dug out.  Pissed i mixed whole bag of crap high ph sand in.  Tomorrow it'll get removed or try sulfur to lower it.
Yes mangos are trees to be bought & planted but had to save this citrus first.

Today my dad & i got 2 bags of the all purpose sand & 2 bags of the play sand.
Dug up honey bell & another citrus we planted in spring which looked terrible & didn't grow much.
I tested topsoil fill we had put 35yrd of down, a mix, straight play & straight all purpose.
I almost lost my breath when i tested all purpose sand.  Color instantly went off the ph & alk scale.
I'm busy atm but felt the need to inform you all asap.
I didn't do all at exact time so colors are faded but you see the drastic high ph & alk in all purpose sand which is pictured alone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Make branch on tree grow roots?
« on: November 05, 2020, 07:55:47 PM »
My dad told me he saw video or tv show of growing roots on a branch while attached to tree.
He said they skinned an inch or 2 of a branch, wrapped it with moss & stuck a plastic bottle over skinned area, months later it grew roots, cut branch with roots off tree & made clone.
I told him i'd ask about it here.  Is it true?  I'm on the fence.

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