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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? >:(

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 / 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? :-\

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 / 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 / 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.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Homestead Nurseries
« on: July 24, 2021, 01:54:09 PM »
I'll be heading down to Homestead in the next week or so.  Haven't been down that way in a while and I'm thinking it'll be a good time visit some nurseries.  I pulled the life support on my old Cogshall today and the executioner came and bid it farewell, stump and all.
Hearing good vibes on the Cecilove mango and I'd love to score one while I'm down there.  Recommendations?  Thank you.

I'm in central Broward County, looking to purchase a Cecilove  mango tree, 3 gal or 7 gal pot.  Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 1 Mango, 1 Rat, 2 Cats
« on: July 11, 2021, 10:31:00 AM »
I walked into my yard this morning to check on the few remaining Pickerings, only to see this drama unfold.  Happy to report no mangos were harmed during the filming of this video.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Squirrels Have It Easy
« on: April 25, 2021, 11:14:21 AM »

This is my cat, Rio.  Rio is a very effective squirrelator.  Today I found Rio sleeping on the job.  Tomorrow, Rio starts his new job with the federal govt.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cogshall: Love/Hate Relationship
« on: May 04, 2020, 08:04:10 AM »
I have a love/hate relationship with my Cogshall.  Well, more like I'm not a fan but my daughter and wife love it.  Which means I'm stuck with it.  I planted it a good 10 years or so ago, when I decided I wanted mango tree in my yard.  The Cogshall, I was told, is a great backyard mango, a dwarf.  Well, my guy is about 18-20 feet tall. I can live with that.  But over the years it has been a very sporadic producer.  Last season no mangos.  This year, an early bloom at about 50% of the tree.  It has always had a jelly seed problem.  I've been picking them early this season and so far that hasn't been an issue.  However, every mango is ripening unevenly.  The bottoms become fully ripe while the top of the fruit remains green and hard.  What causes this?  My Pickering, maybe 15 feet away, has no jelly seed or ripening issues.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Second Bloom = Zero Mangos
« on: March 21, 2020, 08:54:03 AM »
My big ol' Cogshall surprised me this season.  It had an unusually early bloom and about half the tree sent up pannicles in January.  A lot of fruit held and I already have a good number of mangos swinging from the tree.  A good sight, indeed.  A month later in February the tree sent up another bloom with many pannicles and flowers.  But this second bloom produced zero mangos.  Looking at the tree I can't find even one BB sized mango.  The flowers are gone and the pannicles are beginning to fall.  What went wrong?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / It's National Iguana Awareness Day!
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:34:43 AM »
Today, September 14th, is National Iguana Awareness Day, celebrated every September 14th since 1998.  Celebrate, share the joy, hug an iguana today.  8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Should I Apply 0-0-50?
« on: September 07, 2019, 09:13:34 PM »
I've read here that applying a 0-0-50 fertilizer around this time of year may increase fruit yield.  I feed my mango trees lightly, twice yearly, with 8-3-9 plus minors.  Should I give the trees a sprinkling of 0-0-50 in the next few weeks?  I'm seeing various products available.  Is sulfate of potash the same as muriate of potash?  And I assume granular would be preferable to powder?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cecilove Mango. . .Availability?
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:04:07 PM »
I'm hearing about the Cecilove mango for the first time.  Early reports are encouraging.  What have others heard regarding this cultivar?  What about availability?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Am I The Only One With Dormant Mango Trees??
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:22:55 AM »
Here it is, February 8th, and not a single pannicle in sight.  :-\  My Cogshall has not even one swollen bud.  It hasn't been doing well for awhile and I'm thinking of pulling it and replacing with another tree.  Sweet Tart, maybe?
My Pickering, third year in the ground, has a few swollen buds, but that's it.  Last year it started to bloom in early January and ultimately had 100% bloom.  Only about 6 feet tall it held about 3 dozen delicious mangoes.  Are these cultivars alternate season bearers?  Am I doomed to Costco mangoes this summer??   :'(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Splitting Limb on Pickering
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:29:06 AM »
This was transplanted about two years ago from a 3 gallon pot.  It has grown well since.  Took a walk around it yesterday to see if the recent cool front was forcing some blooms when I noticed one branch splitting and looking dried out.  Any ideas what I'm looking at?  The rest of the branches and leaves seem healthy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / From 100 mangoes to 0.
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:49:38 PM »
Last season my Cogshall coughed up about 100 mangoes.  First time it ever produced such a bounty.  It's a mature tree, inground for about 6 or 7 years now, and about 15 feet tall.  This season. . .not one pannicle produced.  In mid July last season I did cut her back about three feet all around since it was getting a bit big for where it was planted.  Could this be the reason for such a drop off in production?  Is the Cogshall susceptible to alternate bearing fruit production? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 100 Mangoes to Zero
« on: January 31, 2017, 07:47:44 AM »
Last summer my Cogshall produced around 110 mangoes.  It has been in ground for about 7 years and hit about 18 to 20 feet tall.
After the harvest I decided to trim it back and cut it back all around by 3 feet or so. Checking the tree today, there isn't even one swollen bud, not an inkling of anything resembling a tree ready to feed the hand that loves it.
Am I doomed to a summer of mango flavored jelly beans, or is there still hope?  Did the haircut I gave the tree back in July affect this season's production?  Is the alternate bearing season in play here?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soil Test Results. . .What the hell?!
« on: July 22, 2016, 12:25:42 PM »
I sent a soil sample to UF in Gainesville last week.  Results came back today and I'm very surprised at the readings. . .unless I'm misinterpreting things.
A little background:  the soil was taken from about 8 different locations around the mango tree, at the surface and a maybe a few inches below.  The tree in question is a Cogshall, inground for about 7 years now.  Well established.  Never water it.  Reached about 18'.  After harvesting the last of the mangoes two weeks ago, (around 100), I trimmed the tree back.  Took about 4 feet off the top branches and tipped all around the tree.  Flushing like crazy right now.  Don't know if it's related, but many of the fruits suffered jelly seed this season, and last summer, too.
My fertilizer routine:  after harvest I sprinkle some 8-3-9 with minors around the tree.  Follow up with a second feeding around a month later.  Starting in September I'll feed some 0-0-50 and again in October.  When I see the leaves looking like they are hungry for some minors and/or iron, I'll give the tree some Southern Ag Chelated Liquid Iron and some Citrus Nutritional.  Sometimes a drench, other times a foliar feeding.  That's the extent of it.
But now this soil analysis comes in and everything seems to be off the charts high.  Hoping some experienced eyes can take a look and offer some feedback. . .but first I need to figure out how to attach a PDF to my post.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The USDA Just Knocked On My Door
« on: July 21, 2016, 10:09:12 AM »
Apparently they have a program targeting the Mediterranean Fruit Fly and are scattering traps around.  He asked to place a trap on my property, (Central Broward County), in an Orange Blossom Jasmine we have in front.  Sure, why not?  I recall the battle I had with the papaya fruit fly a few years back.  Anything for the cause.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pickering: Si. Cogshall: No
« on: July 06, 2016, 11:03:10 AM »
A tale of two mangoes.  My Cogshall is about 7 years in the ground.  Spotty producer over the years, but this season it outdid itself.  Probably around 120 mangoes.
Delicious, but as has been discussed here previously, they are prone to internal breakdown and jelly seed.  Picking them off the tree earlier than I have previously helped somewhat.  But still, many of the fruits exhibited the problem.  It's about 18 feet tall and has been pretty much bullet proof as far as fungus is concerned.  But I think I need to yank her.  If I do, I'm thinking Sweet Tart.  Can I keep the ST at around 15 feet or so?

As for my Pickering, I transplanted it last May from a 3 gallon pot.  She's been flushing consistently since.  Now about 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide.  There's one branch that is only about 15 inches off the ground.  Should this be cut off at the trunk?  It's probably too low to the ground for carrying any fruit, but I figure for now the leaves are absorbing the sunlight and feeding the tree.  Too soon to tip the other branches?

My Cogshall is spitting out mangoes faster than I can keep up with it.  Out of about 120 total, there are still about 40 on the tree at various stages of ripeness.  I want to ship a box to my daughter in PA, and I'm hoping to select them so they aren't overripe at arrival, but instead will ripen properly shortly after they arrive.  Picking them for immediate consumption at home has been easy.  My concern is picking fruit too soon and it not being able to ripen as a result.  Any clues, suggestions?

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