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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple Pleasure Productivity
« on: December 16, 2022, 07:14:43 PM »
Good to hear Simon about the production of PP in SoCal. I hope my young tree does well in the next several years.

Included is a recent photo of my Pineapple Pleasure on Altaulfo rootstock planted in the ground from a #15 pot in the summer of 2022. Hoping for some fruit once the tree puts on more girth. 

At my location, we get freezing temperatures (Below 32F) once every 6-8 years, but many variables and microclimates vary from site to site. 

Johnny



Pineapple Pleasure Mango Tree (12-2-2022)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sweet tart mango seeds
« on: November 20, 2022, 09:40:40 PM »
Yes, I agree with Spaugh insofar as Sweet Tart is a great-tasting mano.

I have two tweet tart trees growing at two different locations, both grafted on Manila. The 1st in Alhambra (Very inland and hot) grows and produces well with quality fruit. The 2nd grafted tree on Manila rootstock in the SoCal Coastal Zone in my location in 92647 grows moderately vigorously but has issues with pollination, Powdery mildew in spring and into early summer. The cooler coastal temperatures have a negative effect on the sweet start of Flowering and fruit formation. My tree has overall been disappointing in terms of fruit production for the last several years.

Location, Location is the key. Sweet Tart prefers warmer inland locations. Just my experience and two cents.

Johnny

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What causes rot inside mango fruit?
« on: November 18, 2022, 08:09:40 PM »
Hard to say. Continue to grow, and if this situation remains for the next two years, top work it to another variety better suited to your climate.

Johnny

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I purchased my house over 30 years ago and knew from day one my native soil was heavy adobe clay. I feel anybody with average intelligence can determine the soil type fairly quickly by digging a hole.

The question is what are you going to do about it? Subtropical fruit trees prefer sandy-loam soil to maximize root growth in SoCal. Most newbie growers do nothing to amend their soil when planting a new tree if it is heavy or clay. If you are lucky and have good soil and good drainage consider yourself ahead of the game in growing sub-tropicals. All you need to do is plant and water. Downey, Pico Rivera, and Alhambra are all examples of areas with great natural soil.

Mango trees are difficult to grow as it is but when you add clay soil to the equation the task just became more challenging.

In my case, I remove one cubic yard of clay soil when planting each tree and replace it with purchased sandy-loam soil. Hole preparation is key if you have heavy soil. At the minimum amend the clay soil with 30% pumice to provide better drainage and root growth when planting a new tree if the native soil does not have good drainage. Most are not willing to do this as human nature dictates growing trees with the least amount of effort. Little effort equates to little results. 

Johnny

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Got Macadamia Nuts?
« on: October 31, 2022, 09:01:24 AM »
My Beaumont Macadamia nut tree grew well in 2022. Just put on a new flush recently. My tree is now 10 years old.

I watered the tree very well this year. Also applied mealworm castings and azomite; the growth has been lush green. In previous drought years when I did not water enough the growth as not as good and was pale green. 

Johnny


Beaumont Mac Tree, October 2022

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Hey Sam.

In general, if I am going to wack a mango tree and start from scratch I will give the mango tree a buzz cut at 48".  The following year new shoots will come up and I would choose the strongest 3-4 shoots and graft on the desired varieties. If the grafts take I would remove all of the other shoots and let the energy of the tree direct growth toward the new grafts. 

Choose your scions carefully prior to grafting. Place your slower-growing varieties such as Angie, buttercream, Mallika, and Ice cream exct on the southern end of the tree as these are moderate-growing trees and smaller in size. Place the more aggressive growing varieties (larger in size) such as Seacrest, 0-15, Guava, Cac, Valencia Pride, and Lemon Zest exct toward the rear on the north end of the tree.  You don't want the fast-growing varieties to block and slower mango scions grafted previously. Remember the slower-growing mango varieties face the sun on the south side of the tree and the fast-growing mango selections grow on the North Side farthest away from the sun.

Good Luck.

Johnny

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sweet tart mango seeds
« on: October 16, 2022, 09:51:37 PM »
Start them in a greenhouse and the chances of germinating are good.

Johnny

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I forgot to mention this in my last post but one thing I have discovered is you have greater success grafting onto a strong thick vigorous branch vs weak lower limbs on an existing mango rootstock or seedling tree.

For example, you have a mango tree in the ground. It has (4-5) branches two of those branches are thick and growing upright. One of the branches is medium size and 1-2 branches are smaller in diameter and are weaker in general and usually lower on the tree. Experience has taught me to remove (Cut off) the lower or weaker branches. More of the energy of the tree is directed on the stronger main branches. Graft on to new sprouts from those stronger branches only.

In the past when I grafted new mango scions onto weaker growth the growth was slower relatively to the rest of the tree. I concluded that most of the energy of the root system was being diverted to the stronger (thicker) mango branches. When I started to specifically graft to the stronger branches I noticed more vigorous growth like the guava graft I did in July 2020 onto a thick branch of the manila seedling tree.

Conclusion:  Remove weak grown (especially on younger mango trees) and focus the energy of the tree on 2-3 of the strongest branches. Just my experience for long term success and strong branching.

Johnny

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Hey Janet,

The fruit in the bottom photo looks delicious. About the only thing I have left is a few Nam Doc Mai's. Actually, I am in the process of top working my NDM as I find the quit quality mediocre and the tree is constantly flowering most of the year.

Another variety that looks hopeful from a production standpoint is Val-Carrie. My three-year-old Val-Carrie graft produced over 10 fruits this year unfortunately I had to remove them in early summer to force my branching to go more vertical. Some branches were angled down and I try to avoid this with young trees during the first 3-5 years after planting in the ground. This tree has responded well to the tipping I did earlier. (See attached Photo)

This summer I also Successfully grafted Orange Sherbet and Buttercream and the grafts are growing very well. It's hard to see in the photo as the new grafts are towards the back of the tree.

Take Care

Johnny


Val-Carrie/Mallika Multi Grafted Mango Tree (10-6-2022)

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I wanted to show one other multi-grafted mango tree in my backyard. This is a manila seedling tree I planted in the ground in 2018. I waited two years and in 2020 I started grafting onto it. The tree is now about 10' tall and 6' wide with a good branching structure. I am excited about the rapid growth and fruit production of the Guava Mango I grafted in July 2020.

The first photo shows the "V" Guava cleft graft I did two years ago. That particular limb on the tree is now the strongest on the tree with a 1.5" diameter in just two years at a cooler coastal location. The canopy from this graft now almost takes up to 50% of the mango tree.

The 2nd photo shows more of a wide-angle view of the branching of this young tree. You can also see the blue tape on the R/H side from the Fruit Punch Graft I did this summer.

The 3rd photo shows the Guava Canopy on this tree. It only produced a few fruits but they were excellent and were fully mature by late September.

The 4th photo shows the front of the tree. You can See the Angie graft on the lower right. I also did this graft in 2020 and this year it produced (4) fruit all of which were excellent in the Indian flavor profile. On the far upper left, you can see Raw Honey that I grafted in 2021. This Limb is growing well and I am looking forward to trying the fruit.

The two Cotton Candy grafts I did this year failed so I will try again next year. The fruit Punch graft is growing strong on this tree.

Overall I am satisfied with this multi-grafted mango tree and expect production to pick up as it matures. Currently, I am growing about 25 different varieties of mango at my location and the only way I can try them all is to do multi-grafting on my in-ground trees. With more time I should be able to ascertain the consistency of production and fruit quality but thus far am happy with both Guava and Angie.

Johnny


Guava 2020 Graft to Manila Rootstock


Multi-Grafted Mango Tree Branching Structure



Guava Canopy on Manila Rootstock (10-10-2022)



Multi Grafted Mango Tree Head Shot

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Hi Janet,

Good to hear you're having success with your mango trees close to the coast. I am a few more miles inland but we have common challenges in growing mango trees in a marginal climate in SoCal.

Can you please post some wide-angle photos of your 13-year-old mango trees on Turpentine and give a description of the height and width of the trees?

Growth in 2022 was good for me as we had some good summer heat. 2021 was poor as temperatures were cool and below normal. 

Enclosed are a few photos of two of my young trees. My oldest one is Sweet Tart which I grafted in 2016 and is six years of age.

Sweet Tart Produced Poorly this year and LZ had no fruit but good growth. Hoping for production on my LZ from 2023-2026.

The mangos that produced well this year for me were Angie and Guava, Both were delicious but different in the flavor profile. 

Much Thanks and good luck

Johnny



Sweet Tart mango Tree (10-6-2022)





Lemon Zest Mango Tree (10-6-22)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla
« on: October 08, 2022, 08:08:12 PM »
My Butterscotch appears to grow moderately but steadily in my greenhouse. I purchased mine from Florida in early spring as a small 18" 3 gallon and placed it in a larger #5 pot. It is now just under 36" tall.

Johnny




Butterscotch Sapodilla (9-17-2022)

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At my location Buttercream has medium vigor. Seems similar to my Angie.

Johnny

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Thus far I have had good growth on my two Lychee trees in 2022, Mauritius and Bruster. I planted my trees in the ground in 2020 so I do not expect any fruit until 2025. 

They are attractive specimens so I am glad they are in the ground with full sun.

Johnny


Brewster Lychee Tree (9-9-22)



Mauritius Lychee Tree

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Sounds like good advice to me.

I would spend more time reading, studying mango growth in SoCal, and doing homework rather than opening the wallet (the easiest thing to do).

You can't buy your way to long-term success.  Seedlings are an excellent way to start. Most newbie mango growers mean well but don't understand the difficulties in growing trees in this marginal climate.

Johnny

 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: August 24, 2022, 05:46:34 PM »
I will likely transfer my mango seedling trees into a larger #7 pot next month and then in the summer of 2023 graft them onto existing trees already in the ground. I will likely sell some of the mango seedlings late next summer as I am out of room at my location. Mainly want to use them for free fresh scions. Drop me a message later next year and perhaps we can work out a deal.

Johnny

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: August 24, 2022, 02:25:18 PM »
I started germinating some mango seedling trees in the summer of 2021 and thus far they are doing well in #5 pots.

Here are a few photos as examples. The first two are Pina Colada and the last one is a Sweet Tart Seedling.

Johnny


Pina Colada Mango Seedling #1



Pina Colada Mango Seedling #2



Sweet Tart Seedling

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Very cool-looking banana plant Bill. I would like to grow one just for the ornamental value.

Johnny

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I have some fruit in 2022 but not a lot. Sweet Tart, Cac, Nam Doc Mai, Guava, and Angie.

Many of my mango trees I trimmed to remove the lower branches and force vegetative growth upwards. I would have had more fruit on my trees but I removed some fruit earlier to refocus on growth especially on, mango trees younger than six years old.

I have come to the conclusion that most mango trees will not start to reach maximum production and high-quality fruit until reaching 8-10 years of age in SoCal. Many new mango growers in California think in a few years they can have good fruit and a productive tree. While this may be possible in Southern Florida with Sub-Tropical conditions in Socal we have much longer winters in a mild Mediterranean climate. Even inland with hot summers the long winter and cool spring temperatures tend to slow growth tremendously and extend flowering relative to Florida.

Growing mango Trees is a long and difficult process and most people are too impatient to wait for the long-term rewards. You can always force a young mango tree to produce fruit after a few years but the real rewards come years later. Just a reality check for our SoCal mango growers.

Johnny

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My SoCal banana growing experience
« on: July 24, 2022, 08:10:51 PM »
Why is it that you chose Blue Java banana?  Dwarf Brazilian, Dwarf Red and Dwarf Namwah are the variety that do the best in our SoCal climate according to people that grow Banans them in this area.

Intersting you chose Blue Java.

Johnny

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Sounds like neglect to me. How often do you care are water your Trees? You don't give much information on what you do to take care of them. Have you done your homework regarding Macadamia Trees soil and water requirements?

As previously mentioned Mac trees love water and low ph soil.

Good Luck.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is wrong with my mango grafts?
« on: July 13, 2022, 02:36:29 PM »
If the grafts fail try again in Mid August. A daytime high of 85-90 is ideal for grafting mangoes. At my location highs have been in the mid 70's lately.

Before I graft I select a strong and vigorous rootstock and plant it in the ground. I wait two years then graft when the seedling mango tree starts to push new growth. Proper preparation equates to success. It's not only the graft but the quality of the rootstock. Both are equally important for long-term success.

The attached photo shows several grafts I did in the summer of 2020. The redish mangos are the Guava mango. The other ones in front (Yellow-Green) are Angie.

Johnny


Manila Rootstock with Various Grafts (7-12-22)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is wrong with my mango grafts?
« on: July 12, 2022, 11:19:34 PM »
You Grafted too early. May in SoCal has a low take rate. You Should have waited until July-August when temperatures are warmer unless we have a hot spring which 2022 is not. Heat equates to mango graft success. Mild temperatures equate to primary failures. Hopefully, your grafts will make it.

Also, you don't show the rootstock. Is it vigorous and flushing when you did the grafts? The quality of the rootstock is important in long-term success. All of these factors affect grafting mangoes in Socal. 

 Live and learn.

Johnny

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My Nam Doc Mai #4 was also blooming again recently so I did some trimming to remove the blooms as there is already fruit on the tree (See 1st photo)

I do wish all of my mango trees produced as much fruit as my apple trees. I would be loaded every year. (See 2nd photo)

Johnny


Nam Doc Mai Mango Tree (6-22-2022)



Apple Tree loaded (6-22-22)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard 2022
« on: June 10, 2022, 05:49:26 PM »
Interesting about your Brewster Lychee tree growing slowly. Mine also has been in the ground for almost two years and has grown quite well. The same goes for my Mauritius Lychee Tree. (See attached Photo)

I plant my trees in full sun and sandy soil. I also water frequently. Lychee Tree loves lots of water with good drainage.

Johnny


Brewster Lychee Tree (5-9-2022)

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