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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Copper Fungicide - too much?
« on: January 30, 2023, 10:19:48 AM »
I mixed 4 ounces of Bonide copper fungicide with 1 gallon of water to spray my mango trees. My homedepot sprayer kept getting clogged, so i disconnected the wand and sprayed.
This is what I saw after things dried up. I wondered if i sprayed too much copper and that would cause leaf burn. What do you think? Thanks.

Edit: There's some existing leaf burn, and if i recall correctly, it's been there since I bought it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / pet-friendly hotels near Fruit & Spice park
« on: January 18, 2023, 08:13:13 PM »
Does anyone have their favorite pet-friendly hotel near Fruit & Spice park that they’d recommend? I am thinking about visiting the park this summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Question: Young Carrie mango tree blooming
« on: January 09, 2023, 07:16:29 PM »
Picture below is my Carrie mango tree. I bought it @ 7 Gallon in April of last year. It stands @ around > 5 feet tall, and every terminal of the tree is blooming.
I am leaning towards removing the panicles/fruits and waiting until next year. I am curious what others have done with their mango trees in a similar situation. Did you let it fruit and how did it turn out? etc. Did you decide when to let the mango tree fruit based on the time in ground or height, trunk's diameter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is there hope to save my mango tree?
« on: October 12, 2022, 10:53:19 AM »
My mango tree was knocked down hard by hurricane Ian. When I tried to straighten the tree, I decided in a split second that I would also correct an earlier mistake of planting it too low. So, I dug up the roots and replanted the tree. Now my mango tree looks like it is dying, and I had to cut it back quite a bit while watering it every couple of days.
Is there a way to increase my chances of saving this mango tree? My wife absolutely loves its fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Too late to plant a mango tree?
« on: September 21, 2022, 09:27:19 PM »
Last weekend, I bought a 3-gallon Orange Sherbet tree. I was wondering if it is too late in the year to plant it, as I lost 4 3-gallon mango trees from the freeze earlier this year; they were planted around September/October last year.
I am in zone 10a, and last year we had a couple of days where temperature dropped to 29F. Only my 25-gallon mango tree survived but suffered quite a bit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soil Test - HoldAll
« on: September 05, 2022, 12:35:08 PM »
I bought this soil test kit from Lowes and used the soil around my mango tree for the test. I am not sure if my soil lacks a lot of nutrients  (i use 8-4-8 fertilizer 3x/year and supplement compost + chicken manure in the last month) or the test kit is pretty inaccurate The color of N is a bit off, even for Very Low level.
Has anyone tried this test kit?

Tropical Fruit Online Library / University of Florida Digital Collections
« on: September 05, 2022, 06:42:13 AM »
I found this site to be a great resource for my research about mango and other fruit trees:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Question: mango tree grafting strategy.
« on: August 30, 2022, 08:43:59 PM »
I am looking into grafting mango trees to increase the number of varieties in my small urban backyard. I’ve watched a lot of videos and read articles about grafting. Even though there are a lot of videos and articles about grafting techniques, I have not seen much that talks about grafting strategy besides maybe the timing/season for grafting.

Do you have a strategy when you graft your mango trees? For example, do you graft cultivars that have same seed type (monoembryonic seed scion to monoembryonic seed tree, poly to poly), or do you graft cultivars that fruit at the same time (early season scion to early season tree, etc), disease resistance, flavor, etc. Is there science or practical results for your strategy?

For example, I want to limit the height of my fruit trees. So my thinking is that if I graft a low vigor variety scion onto a high vigor tree, or vice versa, the different vigor rates will balance each other out. I also want to have varieties that fruit at around the same time so they have enough time to ‘recover’ after harvest, etc.
Sorry if the question sounds silly.

Good Monday morning,

I am trying to grow an Orange Sherbet from seed. It looks like I'll have 2 seedlings. One of them germinated very quickly (less than a week), and the other one just started to show up yesterday - it may be hard to see but it is below the bigger seedling and to the right of picture.
How do I know which one is a clone from the mother tree? Would the germination rate indicate whether it is a a clone or not?
P.S: I could have purchased a tree, but i don't have anymore real estate in my backyard and decided to try to grow this from seedling so maybe I can graft it to another tree down the road.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Harvard University compost tea recipe
« on: August 21, 2022, 05:22:31 PM »
Has anyone tried this recipe from Harvard for fruit trees? If yes, how did it help or hurt your trees?

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