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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too late to plant a mango tree?
« on: September 23, 2022, 09:59:40 PM »
Thank you all for your thoughts. I really appreciate you taking the time to help a newbie. I see both sides of the argument, and I guess it comes down to my risk tolerance level.
@JohnB: I am in FL, S. Venice.
@palmcity: I actually cut off the top of the Orange Sherbet and grafted it onto my Kiew Yai. The OS was tall, and we are expecting strong winds next week.

Thanks again, everybody.

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.


Good morning gurus,

My prized Kiew Yai tree has a lot of these, which I thought were freeze damages and have not taken them seriously until I found this forum.
Are these spots from anthracnose? If so, should i: 1, cut off all damaged leaves, and 2. keep spraying copper fungicide every couple of weeks until there's no sign of anthracnose?
The pictures are front and back of the same leaves. There are so many of them :(


Sugar apple/Atemoya

Admins: could you please pin this thread? It is super helpful, especially to newbies like myself.
Edit: This thread was already pinned here (#11). Thanks Admins, and sorry.

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 / Re: Thai mangos and their name
« on: September 05, 2022, 06:27:44 AM »
"Lol some of the name are just silly like that. Pram Kai mia mean pram sell his wife. There also a mango call Leum Pua which mean forget your husband because it's so delicious that you forgot to share with your husband."

LOL. It would be hilarious to have a tree that has both Pram Kai Mia and Leum Pua,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mangos from India Grown in Florida?
« on: September 03, 2022, 05:50:28 PM »
Is it true that Malika mango has to be picked at the right time or they will taste really bad?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Thai mangos and their name
« on: September 03, 2022, 05:43:20 PM »
I had Pram Kai Mieu mango earlier in the season, and it's so good. According to google, the name translates roughly to "The mango is so good, a venerable man would trade wife for it". :)
Most of my mango trees are Thai varieties: Kiew Yai, Maha Chanok, Pim Seng Mun, Nam Doc Mai #4

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question: mango tree grafting strategy.
« on: September 02, 2022, 08:18:37 PM »
@Orkine, thank you.
I've read the threads, and they are quite helpful.

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. Iíve 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 Ďrecoverí after harvest, etc.
Sorry if the question sounds silly.

Thank you all for your insights.

I used an app called Picture This to try to identify your mystery plants and it said
1. Java plum
2. yellow bells

I am interested in knowing how accurate these "AI powered" apps are.

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 / Re: Harvard University compost tea recipe
« on: August 23, 2022, 12:24:44 PM »
@Fruit Jungle: I have about 3 inches of mulch. I can see the mulch getting degraded but itís still sitting on top of the soil. Hopefully itíll work into the soil over time.
Iíll give the compost tea a try to see if itíll make any difference. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Harvard University compost tea recipe
« on: August 22, 2022, 05:20:23 PM »
@ achetadomestica: it is impressive how you built up your soil. My soil is also white sand; I have mulch on top of it and have not seen much improvement yet after 10 months.
Iíve invested in the tools and materials to make compost tea. Now I am not sure anymore. lol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Harvard University compost tea recipe
« on: August 22, 2022, 12:45:13 PM »
@pagnr: Thanks. I am thinking about brewing the compost for 24 hours and pour it on the ground until I know it is safe enough to spray on the leaves of my fruit trees.

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?

It was a very informative Q&A. Thanks! 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: August 16, 2022, 10:16:52 PM »
New member from SWFL. I am new to growing fruit trees, and am already lost in the world of mangoes. I have mango and other tropical fruit trees in my small backyard. The learning from having different fruit trees has been great, and I am loving it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden Queen Mango?
« on: August 15, 2022, 06:53:15 PM »
Sorry for digging up this old thread. I was wondering if Golden Queen, or Jing Huang, is available in Florida. I have a Kiew Yai tree that many people said was Golden queen. Kiew Yai mangoes did not turn yellow when they ripened, so I donít think they are Jing Huang.
I watched the documentary about Jing Huang mango and was interested in planting it.

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