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Might be wind damage?? I had a couple of leaves and small stem with new growths that looks similar to your picture. It has been very windy here and I noticed some of the leaves looks burnt.  I have plastic fencing on around my Fuyu because we have deer that likes eating the branches. My tree is quite young planted it only 2 years ago, doesn't look like I will have fruits this year  :(...but the tree seems healthy other than the few new growths that seem like were damaged by the strong winds.

Good luck with your tree!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Visiting Cebu island in Philippines
« on: April 08, 2024, 03:59:20 PM »

That is so interesting because I'm watching a show on Prime Video that is entirely filmed in Cebu Philippines called "Almost Paradise". The scenery is amazing!! I lived in the Philippines for 10 years when I was very young, lived in Manila...beautiful island!! I remember all the wonderful Mangoes and tropical fruits they had to offer...the people there were so friendly and giving... Have FUN and enjoy!!


Interesting article I found on google ( ...I think it's the 4th paragraph that talks about the percent of flowers that mature to form fruit  :o    Guess we should be grateful we get any fruits at all  ::),is%20a%20beautiful%20sight%20indeed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizing Young Persimmon Trees...
« on: April 02, 2024, 11:08:41 AM »

Thanks RS, that is very helpful. I will give it some fertilizer again in June once the rainy season starts. Now I just have to find a brand with the right fertilizer it needs before then  ::)

My tree is only 2 years old so I probably won't get anything this year either but I'll be happy if the tree gets bigger and healthy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango season 2023 versus 2024
« on: March 26, 2024, 09:07:50 AM »

For me it's definitely not looking to be a good year compared to last year. I had a bumper crop last year, so many in fact I was running out of people to give mangoes to  ::)...this year with all the wet, humid, drizzly and damp weather I had during the flowering and fruit set I had powdery mildew on many of the flower pannicles so I think I'm going to have a very "light" or worse crop this year, I'm hoping to get some at least and hopefully not lose them all, but like you said its still pretty early to know how much of the few fruitlets are actually going to survive and mature, maybe another 6 to 8 weeks to see if any of them stay on the tree? My Maha only has a few blooms, not sure what happened but only a few of the branches bloomed and most of the others have new growths instead of flowers, I guess it decided to take a break this year  :-\

I didn't spray this year, lazy I guess... my trees are getting too big to mess with, but my husband says if we have another wet winter next year he will spray sulphur on my trees and hopefully prevent a bad PM attack  ;D

I am very happy for you that your trees are doing well and you are going to have a better 2024 than you had last year, Congrats!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizing Young Persimmon Trees...
« on: February 17, 2024, 09:14:57 AM »

Thanks!! Applied it a few days ago...fingers crossed I get something a couple of fruits this year. I had zero fruits last year, though it did bloom but all the blooms dropped... but this only the second year of planting so I really shouldn't get my hopes up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fertilizing Young Persimmon Trees...
« on: February 12, 2024, 10:52:24 AM »

Hi all, I have 2 Persimmon trees planted 2 years ago in April/May and I was wondering if now is a good time to fertilize it lightly before it starts to break out of dormancy in a few weeks...or should I wait till I actually see some swelling on the young trees? Also what brand of fertilizers are you guys using. I have Dr Earth Fruit tree organic that I'm going to use.

Thanks for any help and advise  :)

Pug, a garden hose sprayer can shoot 20' or more to combat anthracnose with copper.  That's what i've been using on old Kent.

Thanks Eddie, I think I'm just getting too old and lazy to do it Lol...I'm hoping to get enough for myself and some of my good friends and neighbors to share. As it is I lose at least 30% or so every year to squirrels and critters but I have 5 trees and last year I had more than I can use and share even with all the critters munching on them...fingers crossed the disease won't be as bad. I do appreciate the suggestion  :)

I planted these cultivars due to their resistance. Last year, if my memory services, the winter wasn't nearly this wet. It's been pouring most days. Wouldn't this have an impact on the likelihood of disease, making last year's experiences less relevant?

Hi VeggieProfessor...I agree with you about the weather this winter, we have had more rain and it has been much more humid, cloudy and misty than years past. Due to this my Mango trees have been showing some discoloration I'm guessing anthracnose and or powdery mildew?, unfortunately for me all my trees are too big to spray so they will be  on their own. I just noticed yesterday a few of the trees are finally starting to get flowers/ will be interesting to see if I lose some or most of them to "powdery mildew"?? advise to you would be to contact a couple of your local nurseries that prefably sell Mango trees and get their professional advise, if your trees are still manageable in size I'm sure they can recommended the right product to use...Best of Luck!! 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: January 22, 2024, 01:18:04 PM »

Congrats everyone!!

Nothing here yet in Sebring, just noticing some swelling of possible buds. My biggest problem this year is going to be powdery mildew I'm sure, we've had SO much misty, cloudy, cold, overcast and some wet , drizzly and very humid weather I'm sure the blooms this year is going to suffer. with some type of fungal disease, the leaves are already showing signs of it... The trees are all too large to spray, they are on their own and hopefully I will get some fruits this year and won't lose them all  :'(

Hopefully every one else's trees are going to do well for you all.


Not sure but maybe Heliconia bihai??? might be some type of Heliconia but not sure of the variety. Similar looking to a type of Ginger plant also??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: who's still eating mango every day?
« on: September 02, 2023, 10:30:34 AM »

Ate my last Maha less than 2 weeks ago and I only have around 4 Keitts left on the tree  :'( will be a sad day when they are gone!


That's a great looking Pineapple Guava Madfarm! I used to have a very nice looking tree that bloomed every year but never fruited, I'm in zone 9b. I planted it 16 years ago and last year it started dying and in a few weeks completely turned brown and died.

I believe they need appx 100 chilling hours in the winter at least 45 to get them to fruit?

About 2 1/2 years ago I bought a few bushes, some were seedlings and a couple of dwarf varieties from Lowe's, mine hasn't bloomed yet I'm hoping next year I will get some flowers and hopefully some fruits?? I have never seen any named varieties for sale here and I've been looking for at least 15 years, Lowes was the only one I ever saw with a dwarf variety (Bambina).

Has yours ever bloomed and fruited? Good Luck!


Maha Chanok! I'm in Zone 9b no lake around, I have mine planted slightly underneath an Oak tree, though it does not get full sun for 8 hours apparently it gets enough to fruit every year except once, when it didn't flower not sure why? The Oak tree provided some frost/freeze protection too. This year I got about 60-70 which a third of it went to critters but enough to share with me  ; tree is 9 years old and not that big. Good Luck!!


I love Maha also!! My tree is 9 years old and like Cookie Monster says is not a vigorous grower which is a plus in my yard and it seems to be a very good producer I have a pretty nice crop on there right now...few of them grow in clusters which I think is pretty cool...mine are not quite ready yet, I also love the smell, when they are ripe you can smell that wonderful mango scent  :D. Also the tree doesn't seem to mind some shade, it is planted almost underneath an Oak tree and still produces a lot of mangoes.

The Maha is the one of the farthest left, Maha ,a potted Glenn and Cogshall all growing underneath a few Oak trees

My favorites are Maha, Glenn, Cogshall and Keitt (for late variety)...but the reason I love these varieties is because that is what I planted many years ago Lol, lucky for me I love them all. When I planted them there weren't anywhere near the selection in my garden center and nurseries they have now...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: June 16, 2023, 04:42:57 PM »
Rain when fruits are maturing, prior to ripening, can cause the flavor to be washed out.

I agree with Roblack, that has been my experience with my mangoes. A lot of rain in past years has also caused several of them to split, I haven't had a single one split this year. I love rain and we do need it very badly but too much of it can cause some issues with some mature mangoes/fruits

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: June 16, 2023, 12:11:24 PM »

Love my Glenn also, it's my favorite mango in my yard. Mine have been excellent this year, most likely because we haven't had much rain, NO rain at all for the month of June so I think it has helped from making them bland from too much rain. We had more rain in May which is not normal, usually we don't get much rain here till June and July. Middle of June and 0 inches so far  :'(

I love my Keitt also because usually by the time they are ready all my Cogshall, Maha and Glenns are gone so it's nice to have a late variety mango. Cogshalls have been excellent also this year....still waiting to taste my Maha they are about a week or so before ripening. I love the flavor and texture of Maha and they are very fragrant when they are ripe. It's the most fragrant mango I have.


All my mango trees are the old original Florida varieties, since I live in a small town I only had a few varieties to choose from the nurseries and big box stores near me at the time when I was planting my mango trees 10-17 years ago. Lucky for me I enjoy all the mango varieties I planted. Carrie is so far the only mango I do not like that I've tasted, It had a mediciny after taste (hard to explain) which I disliked. But in all fairness I've probably only tasted 10-12 varieties since I started growing mangoes.

I have Glenn, Cogshalls, Maha, Keitt...Glenn being my favorite. I used to have Pickering and really loved that's a long story and I no longer have the tree. That is one I would plant again but I have more than enough fruits for me and several of my neighbors to share so I guess I don't need another tree. It's a lot of work for the first 5-6 years till they get established especially when we get the few occasional freeze here, protecting them is a lot of work! Right now all the trees are established and are on auto pilot, on their own at this point. Finally reaping the benefits of all my very hard labor...until the next severe freeze that is! 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finding Land in South FL
« on: May 30, 2023, 10:27:50 AM »
We have a half acre lot in Lehigh Acres we purchased almost 30 years does have a paved road and my neighbors have power so I assume it is available...there are a few houses built around my street and the streets nearby my lot.  There is a neighbor across the street from my lot and the guy behind the lot has a small house and he had tons of fruit trees in his yard he is growing, lots of different types of fruit trees that I saw. Lehigh Acres is very close to Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral...the lots there still seem to be very reasonable and we get offers often in the mail from people or land brokers that want to buy our lot but they are low balling me Lol...we will sell it eventually when the price goes up a little...

Good Luck Jabo, hope you find the land you are looking for...


Oh wow!! That is very strange and quite a few of them. I've had a couple of mangoes that have been partially pecked on but nothing quite as severe as yours, I assumed mine was caused by birds pecking at it or possibly squirrels?

Setting up a camera is a great idea...Please let us know if you do find out what/who is causing that type of eating damage!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« on: May 27, 2023, 11:15:01 AM »

I planted a tree in central fl 9b (highlands county) around 15 years ago (unnamed) probably seedling. The tree grew into a gorgeous tree and bloomed every single year I had it...NEVER set a single fruit!!! And I even hand pollinated it with a small paint brush, not a single fruit set >:( died about 2 years ago cause unknown??

A year after planting that tree it I bought an unnamed bush variety at a local nursery and in 2 years that one bloomed and fruited, sadly that also died on its 7th or 8th year.

2 years ago I bought and planted 2 dwarf varieties called "Bambina" Pineapple Guava from Lowe's and I also planted 2 more bushes unnamed near them for cross pollination from a nursery in Jacksonville since NO nurseries near me sold them other than the one variety I found at Lowe's.

None of them bloomed this year, I'm guessing it is still quite young...
Right after planting May 2021

Taken a few weeks ago...No blooms!

The first 5 pictures are now dead  :'(...But right now I have 5 small bushes  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: May 27, 2023, 09:56:46 AM »
Great pics everybody!! Thanks for sharing.

No ripe mangoes here yet, maybe at least a week or two. It's normal for me...I normally don't get ripe mangoes till mid June so at best I might be a week early from years past...I've been picking up a few of "dropped" mangoes and wrapping them up in newspaper to see if it will ripen? I give it 10 days max and if it doesn't ripen by then then I throw them away.

After action report:

The clean up is done.
Here is what 217 mangos on the floor looks like.
I saved about 40 that I think will ripen and the rest are going to friends who make green mango recipes.

Pile 1             Pile 2

Here the the wound, cut flush and sealed. Well almost flush, let the collar.

.. and the tree looking like a champion, still loaded with fruits.


So sorry for the loss of all those mangoes, I had no idea you lost so many. The tree was definitely loaded... it's amazing how many fruits your tree was carrying! The tree looks great now...great job with the cleanup and the after surgery looks great! Good luck with the rest, looks like you have a lot more to enjoy  :D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: it ready to pick??
« on: May 20, 2023, 12:07:51 PM »

Thanks! Thinking about it but will wait a few more days, it does seem a bit green and I think will get more plump also. The weird thing is most years this mango isn't ready till mid June to mid July so it seems quite early this year...3 weeks or more earlier than before. Looking at pictures taken from years past I've never had mangoes ripen this early (mid May) before so this is way ahead than any other season 10-16 years of growing mangoes here Lol...

Palmcity thanks for the youtube link, Lol...not there yet. But the Video is interesting for people with rat problems!

So very sorry this happened. Enjoy the rest of fruits on your tree, I'm sure it will recover quickly...I know it can be very disappointing but now the tree will be stronger.

Quick question, did you have a storm come by or high winds? Or did it just crack all on its own? Must have been pretty heavy!

Oh forgot to mention I've had to tie a rope to a few of my mango branches that were laden with fruits and lifted it up and tied the rope to the main trunk of the tree where it can handle the extra weight, this worked very well for me , Good luck!!

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