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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: So Cal. (Glendale) Avocado Advice
« on: October 18, 2022, 12:24:46 AM »
Avacado's love tree mulch.  Organic Mulch heavy.  Yes drainage is important.   My father planted a a Reed tree at our old house.  It struggled in 1st year, then took off.

The tree needs a lot of water, especially year one.  Dont sprinkler water.  Hand water.

Lastly. Stay away from dwarf rootstock.  They do not do well.  You want a rootstock that is sub dwarf or full.

Your best bet is to buy a avacado from your local nursery, etc. 
They are grafted and will produce the most fruits.

Look for a tree with good growth all the way around and healthy. 
Best time to plant is winter.  Prune and head off too when planting.

Buying from a pot.  If you notice roots are too long in a pot,  and girdling is occurring.  Cut the  roots in an x pattern.  That will help tie establish newer healthy roots.

When planting.  Dig a hole 3 ft deep. Backfill with native soil, and more than 1 root ball wide. 

If planting on clay soil.  Score the sides of the planting soil to help increase drainage.  Them get other native soil and build a mound.  Should be about 5 ft above the hard clay soil.

The graft should be .5 Inch to 1.5 inch above the soil level.  Plant also North East the graft, to avoid sun burn and etc.

Do not add fertilizer, until at least one 1 year.  A little organic amendment is okay. 

When the tree grows , fertilize organically on the edges near the canopy.   That will encourage root growth outwards too.

Stake according so the root ball doesn't move.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My Tequila Sunrise Mango.
« on: October 07, 2022, 02:13:25 PM »
An update to the progress of my tree:

It has been over 6 years since I planted my Thomspon Tequila Sunrise Mango.
I was finally able to remove the stakes from the tree this year.

The growth has been slow.  The fruits this year were small and few, but more than previous years.  One or two 1/4 of a size of a store fruit.

Yet the taste was way better!

BSBullie, you were wrong!  The tree is starting to thrive.
Just add water and give it more time.

I did hear though, people did like this mango, and the Gold coast for taste.  Was pretty good supposedly.  I remember reading somewhere, one person picked it too early, and wasn't very good.  However, they let it rippen and picked it later, and was good. 

Will find out how this Tim Thompson Tequila Sunrise mango tastes this October.  Its the 4th year of this tree, and this year, big improvement in the soil, and its growing much better.

I got two or three nice fruits.  And I live near the coast in Ventura County.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango tree flushing, dropped fruit
« on: August 29, 2019, 12:33:31 PM »
This year, my mango tree flushed a lot of new growth.  I left two mango fruit on the there, and they eventually dropped, and the flush of new growth took over.  Normally, the tree Tequila Sunrise mango grows the most during the summer months.  This past year, it had some growth that didn't look healthy in Spring, so I trimmed it, and got rid of it.  Leaves never developed properly.

The summer growth is way healthier.  Wondering if it was the lack of water that may have caused the fruit to drop, or did the tree's vegetation just took over instead of fruiting?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Tree survived.
« on: March 07, 2019, 06:09:21 PM »
It has been another few years.  The tree has survived 32-34 degree temperatures this past month without damage.  Although growing slowly, it started budding on the branch that refused to bud in earlier years.

BS Bully,

Mango trees are unique,  in that it will exhaust itself if you do not let it fruit enough before picking it off.  This is Tim's instructions, and he is right.

One must have the mango's about 1.5 CM, to then pick it off. 
This insures the plant will go into it's vegetative growth mode, otherwise it runs the risk of wanting to create more fruit.

My tree currently got the idea.  I did accidentally brush some tiny fruit early. when I was getting rid of the deteriorating dried out flours.

Yesterday, I noticed new leaves are starting to grow. which is good.

For the remaining 3-4 fruits on the tree.  I am waiting for them to get 1.5 cm, then pick them off.

Say it isn't so. This would be too bad.

I bought a Mango from him last year, and got the tree in the backyard.  It is fruiting, and also has grown new leaves on the tree.  I ended up with the Tequila Sunrise Mango as my decision.

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