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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sprinklers and anthracnose
« on: October 23, 2012, 08:49:37 PM »
Agreed, I only water the mangos and other trees at the roots. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sprinklers and anthracnose
« on: October 23, 2012, 11:45:13 AM »
For clarification, I'm not trying to water the trees daily.  The sprinklers are for the lawn and ornamentals.  The trees are watered manually as necessary. 

My property is much higher elevation than the average FL location.  Imagine 25' sand dunes, that's my area. Summer rains keep the lawn wet enough to stay green, but fall through spring requires much more water, especially when the weather is warm.  Even with nightly sprinkling the all the lawns in the area tend to brown during the dry seasons.  Five feet below grade the sand is bone dry.   

The sprinkler is on the same well as the rest of the house.   Thus, morning sprinklers and a household of showers and prepping for school and work translates into poor water pressure for all.   I could water from 8am till noon, but much of the water will vaporize prior to absorption and it feels like a waste. I know I really need an additional well and pump and I can water in the early daylight hours and still have house pressure, but that's not financially feasible at the moment. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sprinklers and anthracnose
« on: October 23, 2012, 08:13:56 AM »
I have the sprinklers set to start at 11pm every night, 6, 30 minute, overlapping zones. 

I think its anthracnose.  This is the affected section on the Rosi.  The new, non sprinkled growth doesn't have any malformations.  None of the other mangos in the ground have flushed since planting.

I'm using the Southern Ag copper fungicide. Nothing else added.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / sprinklers and anthracnose
« on: October 23, 2012, 07:33:30 AM »
Greetings All,

I planted several 3 gal mangos and avacados in the yard this year, late summer.  All the plants look like they are doing fine and my rosigold has even chosen to flush.  Since it has begun to flush, I've noticed the lawn sprinklers leave the new growth wet and anthracnose begins to develop.   I do spray copper, but if I spray in the am the new growth from that day is unprotected when the sprinklers come on. If I spray in the pm the copper solution doesn't really dry before the sprinklers come on and gets washed off.  I can't adjust the sprinklers trajectory to avoid soaking the new leaves, my trees are currently too short.  My sprinklers are on a well and they come on in the pre dawn morning.  I've since shut down the sprinklers until I can figure out a remedy.  The sandy soil dries out easily so without regular sprinkling the greasy browns quickly.

My paradox is how do I avoid killing the lawn and keep the new growth fungus free?  Any suggestions or similar experiences?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: October 20, 2012, 09:28:12 PM »
I guess I'm the latest FNG.  Love mangos, avos, carambola, citrus, etc.  Been "lurking" for about a month or two and figured I needed to register.

I'm new to tropical fruit growing but I'm in it to win it.  Planted all my trees this year in a trial by fire mindset.
Mangos: Maha Chanok, Dot, Pickering *2, Neelam, Beverly, Rosigold, Valencia Pride, Ice Cream, Brahm Kai Meu, and Lancetilla.  Future mangos: Cogshall...

Avos: Lula and Wurtz

Bell Carambola

Citrus: Honeybell Tangelo, Mexican Lime, Meyer Lemon

Purple Haze Dragon Fruit

Miracle Fruit

Random seasonal herbs and veggies

Looking forward to learning an new passion. 

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