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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Container Mangos
« on: October 06, 2014, 02:39:16 AM »
Lemonzest is pretty vigorous for me so it might be tough to keep that in a container.  I had to move mine in ground this year.  Indian mangoes have to be ripen off the tree.  I usually pick them when they start turning a bit yellow-green then ripen them off the tree.

Other trees u might consider is fairchild and angie.  Both are supposed to be compact growers.  I dont have either of them so u will have to ask others who have it to see if they are good mangoes to have.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New plantings have begun!
« on: October 05, 2014, 01:26:41 PM »
You might actually inspire me to mowe down those ugly cypress trees in my backyard and plant down my mangoes and cherimoyas.  I will have to wait till the weather get better before i start digging holes though

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Container Mangos
« on: October 05, 2014, 01:23:35 PM »
Mallika and Neelam are good choices.  I think ndm is only ok.  Splitting is a real big issue with this tree in containers.  With the rain u get in houston, may not be the best choice.  I also like irwin as a small container tree but it would require spraying in houston.  Maha Chanok will fruit in a container as well but mine have splitting problems this year as well.

Pickering did well for me this year.  I just wished the fruit would have been bigger :)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Lychee In Florida...??
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:47:28 PM »
There is supposedly a seedless variety in taiwan.  Maybe i should try to import one to california...

Because of space i would prefer multi graft trees.  However, based on my experience with multigraft peach/plums and pears, i would think one of them would eventually outgrow the other varieties.  I am going to start experimenting with top working mango varieties of similar vigor and size to see if the problem i have with peaches and pears hold true.


I am actually in taipei taiwan now visiting family.  The best fruit vendors in taipei are in the local markets (the traditional markets that the locals go to to shope for groceries).  Its usually abit dirty and kind of ghetto but u cant beat the selection and price.

If u dont care about priceand is short on time to try to site see, u can gotothe night markets. They usually have fruit stands catering to foreigners.  Less selection, may not be as hygenic but u can site see, shop and eat at the same time.

I would also hughly recommend the chien guo flower market under the chien guo elevated speedway.  If u like plants that is a place u have to visit.   Downside is u would have to try to fight the urge to bring them back to the states (its illegal to bring in plant material from taiwan to us)


Last of my mangoes this year.  Harvested my pickering, valencia pride and my second to last keitt

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Monthly sales for Champa Nursery
« on: September 01, 2014, 12:08:50 PM »
Its an addiction.  I need help :). Actually, she doesnt complain when she eats the fruit from the tree.  However when the fruits are gone, she complains that they are too many trees.  Will probably have to start multi-grafting mangos in the future but i am still working on my skills.

Fruit free addict

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mangos and cherimoyas
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:24:12 AM »

I went to champa nursery in el monte and he mentioned that he might have some peach cobbler coming in next week.  I have a peach cobbler that i got from florida in my yard but its still small in my yard so icl cant comment on fruit quality in socal yet.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Monthly sales for Champa Nursery
« on: August 31, 2014, 08:22:32 PM »
Stopped by today to pickup a 3 gallon Glenn and alampur.  Also picked up a 15 g ice cream mango.  I look even more beautiful in my backyard.   Currently my biggest mango tree despite me having several in ground over the last 2 years.  Beautiful specimen

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mangos and cherimoyas
« on: August 31, 2014, 08:20:28 PM »

Thanks for the Chermioyas.  They look great in my yard.  Now I just have to figure where to put it in the backyard without my wife saying that I am ruining the landscaping in the backyard :)


Still have 5 valencia pride,4 pickering, a dozen or so pebble size mallika which is far from maturation and one Irwin

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Reviews
« on: August 09, 2014, 01:02:29 AM »
I live in cerritos , california and my maha did fruit this year.  Its a young tree (around 3 years) in a pot.  It gave me 3 decent fruits with 3 splits this year.  Flavor is quite sweet and juicy but has an almost minty/juicyfruit aftertaste.  I did harvest the fruits a but early since they were splitting so it may not be optimal in terms of maximal flavoring.  But i woildnt say its bland.

Got my first crop of valencia pride mangos and alphonso.  I have previous only had Irwin from the tree which must be tree ripen until it's soft.  My understanding is alphonso must be picked green and then ripen.  But how could u tell that is ready for picking since it will look green.  One of my VP mango fell and I took a picture of it.  It definitely was not ripe so would appreciate any help regarding when to pick this mango.

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