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Author Topic: Anthracnose or Nutrition issue, can you tell? Would you prune? (mangoes)  (Read 194 times)

JakeFruit

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My happy little mango tree is not so happy this latest flush. We've had a bunch of rain here recently in SW Florida, so I'm thinking the issue is fungal-related, but I'm used to anthracnose presenting itself as circular patches. There are three branches flushing, the center and right branches are most severely damaged, they are also the oldest flushings, the left branch flushed nearly a week after them and it looks fairly okay. Most-likely an external issue and not systemic, right??

My quandary is now do I take off those two damaged flushes? I was planning on tipping them/cutting out the center growth after this flush to encourage branching, my concern would be that I'm encouraging branching too close to the trunk, but I've been debating the idea. Anybody have advice on what they'd do?

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Maybe it needs to go in the ground to stay happy.

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It's been in a 20 gallon fabric pot all season, flushed healthier earlier with no issues. The parent tree showed lots of previous anthracnose infections on the older leaves, I'm guessing it's just highly susceptible. We've had rain every day for almost a month. I picked all the damaged leaves to prevent further problems, I'm thinking I'll just tip them and see what happens. I have some anti-fungal copper spray, but I've sworn off using that if it's at all avoidable.

 

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