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Interesting.  I'll have to keep my eye on this.  Thanks, Guanabanus.

Honey Kiss, planted last summer from 7 gal pot. Seems to be doing well.  But I noticed this the other day on a few leaves.  Any idea what might be happening?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 26, 2022, 09:45:06 AM »
You guys are killin' me.  My Pickerings are big, heavy and juicy, numerous. . .but boring and bland.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 23, 2022, 08:24:30 AM »
Yeah, the texture is good, juicy as heck, but hardly any sweetness or flavor.  I'm hoping some of the later ones that are still on the tree up their game.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / This Season's Pickering Are Bland
« on: June 22, 2022, 09:55:24 PM »
Is it just my tree?  My trusty Pickering is starting to give up her fruits, but to date they have all been uncharacteristically bland.
Are others getting the same results?  Was it that lovely Saturday a few weeks back with 8" of rain? >:(

My Pickering is showing me something isn't right.  What's it trying to tell me?  And my Honey Kiss, planted from a 7 gallon pot last summer is also showing a similar leaf pattern, but not quite as obvious.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Excessive Fruit Drop?
« on: April 21, 2022, 03:54:08 PM »
I agree with your assessment of the Pickering.  Easily managed size, fruit is delicious!  I enjoy the reactions when a friend or neighbor comes over and sees a seven foot mango tree loaded with fruit.  "Is that a mango tree??  It's so small.  What kind of mango is that?  Where can I get one?"  :D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Excessive Fruit Drop?
« on: April 21, 2022, 03:00:23 PM »
My Pickering is dropping fruit at a pretty good rate.  Is this the norm?  A cry for help? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: South/Central Florida Cold Fronts
« on: January 26, 2022, 04:00:03 PM »
What are the chances that my comatose Pickering will awaken after a two day frostfest?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pickering Seems To Be In A Coma
« on: January 08, 2022, 04:31:44 PM »
Central Broward County.  My Pickering has produced one pannicle to date.  The rest of the tree isn't doing anything.  Is it too early to start panicking about having to buy mangoes this summer at Costco? :-\

I would not cut anything else until it starts to show good growth. It needs leaves to produce energy. Feed it and water it.
I agree.  Other than watering it frequently during our dry season, I'm going to let it be until Spring.

You didn't get more shoots when you tipped because the tree didn't have enough vigor to push more. It wasn't well enough established ie didn't have enough active roots or growing conditions didn't warrant more vigor ie it was too dry. So getting one shoot to replace the one you already had tells you it wasn't ready to be tipped for purposes of increased branching. Next yr if you tip/cut it back to the same position and growing conditions are good you'd probably get several shoots.
Interesting.  I hadn't thought of that.  So it's best to wait for Spring, March or so in my part of the planet, and then reassess the tree and growth.  What about that lateral branch?  I'm thinking that needs to be removed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New Mango Tree in Ground. Tipping Questions
« on: October 16, 2021, 09:46:37 AM »
I purchased this Honey Kiss from Truly Tropical in July.  Planted in ground and immediately tipped the primary branch.  To my surprise that cut produced only 1 new shoot.  See Pic 1.  I was expecting 3 or 4.  Did I not trim enough off that branch?
Pic 2 shows lateral branch.  Should that be removed?  It's low to the ground.
Pic 3 is a view of the trunk.  Is that fungus already taking hold?
Pic 4 is an overview of the young tree.  It's about three feet tall presently and has grown a few inches since planting.  It has received two light feedings of 8-3-9 since planting.  Oh, and the ants are having a party at the base and running up and down the tree.
So. . .where and when should this future beauty be tipped and trimmed?
Advice welcome.  Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pruned Pickering Dropping Leaves
« on: August 08, 2021, 07:05:23 PM »
The new growth appears to be healthy and vibrant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pruned Pickering Dropping Leaves
« on: August 08, 2021, 01:08:38 PM »
Interesting if that's the issue.  I gave it two light feedings of 8-3-9.  Once right after pruning and another two weeks later.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New Mango Tree in Ground. Should I tip it?
« on: August 08, 2021, 12:06:58 PM »
I bought a 7 gal Honey Kiss in the ground today.  What's the conventional wisdom regarding tipping pruning?  I'm thinking the main branch loses a few inches.  After that, the side shoot?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pruned Pickering Dropping Leaves
« on: August 08, 2021, 11:56:54 AM »
After the last mangos came off my Pickering I gave it a pruning.  Within two weeks its been flushing like a plant on steroids.  Lots of new growth.  But I'm also seeing many of the older leaves dropping to the ground with what appears to be fungus.  It's been very wet lately here in south FL.  I'm reluctant to spray the tree for fear of damaging the new growth.  Should I spray and if so what should I use?  Or is this a temporary phase?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help me decide which mango to plant
« on: July 28, 2021, 04:40:00 PM »
I'm starting to think I may not have a choice of what I plant.  I have contacted several nurseries in my area and unless I'm interested in a Tommy Atkins there is little available at the moment.  :P

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help me decide which mango to plant
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:28:25 PM »
What you decide to plant and what is available are two different things. Where do you buy a Honey Kiss? Anyone see this tree near Carbo?

Truly Tropical Guide to Mango Varieties- 'Honey Kiss'
Yes, availability is more of an issue than I anticipated.  Angie and Honey Kiss are both MIA.  Anyone know any growers out my way who has some available?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help me decide which mango to plant
« on: July 28, 2021, 12:26:02 PM »

Honey Kiss is a much better mango than Pickering, in terms of flavor. Equally productive as well.
That's quite an endorsement, considering how delish the Pickering mangos can be.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help me decide which mango to plant
« on: July 28, 2021, 10:04:54 AM »
The Honey Kiss has my attention.  How big does this baby want to grow?  Can it be maintained to around 10 or 12 feet tall?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help me decide which mango to plant
« on: July 28, 2021, 09:08:20 AM »
Well, since I'm not big on carrots, or mangos that taste like carrots, Neelam sounds like a pass.
Honey Kiss. . .are we talking sugar bomb?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help me decide which mango to plant
« on: July 28, 2021, 08:50:51 AM »
I want to replace the Cogshall I just sent to tree heaven.  Looking for a dwarf/semi-dwarf due to space constraints.  I already have Pickering and as much as I love that variety and as tempting as it is to plant another, I'm feeling bold and want something else.  My preference is to avoid the sugar bomb type fruits and definitely prefer firmer mangos.  I'm thinking an Angie.  Anyone want to share their opinion?  Thank you.

I just tore down an old Cogshall which had grown too big for the area, (22 feet tall).  The tree had also become a jelly seed factory and so down she went.  I was hoping to replace it with a Cecilove, but quickly came to realize that tree is not readily available.
I've read mostly favorable reviews about the Angie and I think it will fit my needs.  I'm in central Broward County.  Thank you.

You are correct.  Alex appears to be the only one currently who can provide a Cecilove. . .but I'm likely looking at a six month wait.  Even then it would be a very young tree in a 1 gallon pot.  As much as I want one, I'd like to get another tree in the ground in the next two weeks or so.  That said, my Plan B is to go with an Angie, for which I have read mostly favorable reviews.

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