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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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