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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: everyones top five mangos
« on: Today at 11:56:19 AM »
My mango tasting spectrum is rather narrow - Maha Chanock, Florigon, Carrie, Glen, Ataulfo. In that order.

I haven't ever noticed Florigon mentioned on here, but I'll say that it could possibly be the best I've eaten, even compared to my Maha. If I had the room I'd have already planted one.


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Johnny - here are some photos of one of my young Minneola Tangelos infected with HLB that finally died, twig by twig, defoliating all the time and fruit that was bitter and misshapen. Leaves as described by Galatians522. The disease literally shuts down the nutritional veins that connect the roots to the branches and leaves and fruit. The worst citrus disease in history.

Look at the yellow spots on the leaves, and on the one leaf on the right the green splotch that covers only one side of the leaf.




Notice the bareness of the branches.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help with mallika mango prunig
« on: June 21, 2024, 03:58:34 PM »
That's a 5 year old tree? It looks thirsty and hungry to me. Feed it and let it grow.

The landscaper wrapped weed blocker around the tree when we did the landscaping.

Get rid of the weed blocker - at least 2-3 feet away from the trunk. It will help starve any plant it is used around. Ask me how I know ....

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help with mallika mango prunig
« on: June 21, 2024, 12:58:28 AM »
That's a 5 year old tree? It looks thirsty and hungry to me. Feed it and let it grow.

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In my opinion the 1/2" netting you're using isn't going to stop any pollinators. I have a couple of citrus trees covered with netting fabric much finer than window screen, to prevent the citrus greening psyllids from getting in. These trees don't have any problem with blooming and setting fruit. It was explained to me by a Florida citrus grower that the wind does a pretty fair job of acting as a pollinator.

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I suppose you could wrap the outside of the pots with aluminum foil too, leaving the drain holes open in the bottom.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: June 17, 2024, 12:37:47 PM »
Fliptop, have you tried steel bags on some of your most precious fruit? They are expensive but reviews are great, I donít believe a squirrel or raccoon could get through the bag to eat the fruit. Presumably after trying to eat through one or two metal bags, they would give up?


They still could probably knock it off the stem.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pellet Rifle Advice
« on: June 17, 2024, 08:52:37 AM »
We have to throw rocks at the pests and I wear long sleeves all the time as there is no right to bare arms. Luckily your 2nd amendment is just an amendment like what prohibition was.

Word is, the squirrel population, and uh, some others, are appealing to the United Nations to step in and help repeal the 2A.

KILL 'EM.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: June 13, 2024, 01:54:12 PM »
My very first tree-ripened Maha Chanock, small (5") but fully ripened. The rich floral fragrance emanates right through the skin.


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I would keep the pool.

^^This^^

And convert it to a saltwater pool. No more chlorine and salinity about the same as a teardrop.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Good tasting cold hardy banana
« on: June 12, 2024, 10:21:33 AM »
Most banana varieties need to put out about 40 some leaves before they bloom.

Good to know. 👍

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: June 10, 2024, 04:48:59 PM »
My first Bombay mango of 2024.It's a big deal for me after getting smoked by Ian. : ) !




I thought that storm surge killed the fruit trees on PI. Glad it didn't! Congratulations 👍

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question on pruning this Sweet Tart
« on: June 10, 2024, 01:58:30 PM »
If we're supposed to get another major hurricane this year I may give it a more drastic cut below the first fork because I'm fairly sure it would be blown over again considering how top heavy it is.

I wouldn't do that either. Just drive 3 steel stakes into the ground at outward angles (1' from the base, 2'out from the trunk at the top), then tie it off with 1-inch green horticultural tape. This will support the tree from getting blown over yet provide essential flexibility and movement of the tree to increase overall root/trunk strength. Those steel fence posts at Lowes or H.D. are perfect for this, or rebar would work too. It's what I did for my mango tree a couple of years ago to keep it from snapping. Now it's a very sturdy tree with a thick trunk able to withstand hurricane-force winds.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: It's so hot 🔥
« on: June 09, 2024, 05:58:41 PM »

Reptilians are after it too. That and solar storms explain this hot, which anyway is normal because in summer is always hot.

True. In addition, there hasn't been any cloud cover to speak of here in most of Florida, maybe due to La NiŮa.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: What ails this citrus tree?
« on: June 09, 2024, 05:54:23 PM »
I also think the tree is greatly under nourished   You are not giving the tree the nutrient level it enquires.

I figured that might be the problem with the Tango. Today I cleaned out everything out to beyond the drip line, gave it a foliar spray and drench with Jack's, then laid down a couple of cups of granular with micros. See if that helps.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question on pruning this Sweet Tart
« on: June 09, 2024, 12:33:01 PM »
Fertilize it when the rains begin and that tree will start filling out nicely at the top. Nothing wrong with having a fruit tree that you can walk under - I have a Glenn that looks quite a bit like your tree and it's got a really nice umbrella canopy going on.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: June 08, 2024, 01:11:41 PM »
I just relocated my 13 squirrel this afternoon. It was on the ground 20' away from my mangos. The scent of peanut butter is too much to resist .....

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: June 08, 2024, 07:57:00 AM »
Here are a few 4 inch Mahas that hit the ground after showing colors, which I completed ripening in the house.
I leaned one of the seeds vertically to illustrate just how incredibly thin the seeds are in this variety. Totally flat and about 1/8 inch thick for the small ones, and around 1/4 inch thick for full size Mahas. I just ate these and they were absolutely superb! I can't remember who recommended Maha to me when I was looking to buy a mango tree but I thank whoever it was!


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Citrus General Discussion / Re: What ails this citrus tree?
« on: June 07, 2024, 02:39:32 PM »
Yeah it's the mottled yellow coloring. If it's greening (and I doubt it is), I would be shocked and pissed because they have been covered in netting full time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: June 07, 2024, 10:31:58 AM »
Maha not far from picking. PM took its toll this season or this tree would be really drooping with a heavy fruit load.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pellet Rifle Advice
« on: June 06, 2024, 10:34:55 PM »
LOL!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: June 06, 2024, 04:45:02 PM »
I don't know if my Glenn has these V angled branches or not but as you can tell there's a different problem altogether here with all the branches coming out of one central crown at the top of the trunk at about 6'. I suppose some of those will be snapping eventually.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: June 06, 2024, 02:17:56 PM »
Hey Skhan,

Detailed photos of the failed branch might help others face what lies ahead in similar situations. "V" branches are at high risk of breaking with high loads of fruit. It's better to have a strong central later branch with three branches 4-5 feet above the ground to distribute the load.

👍

Or if somebody could just draw a picture to explain what Johnny is talking about, that would be helpful.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Whatís up with my Mango?
« on: June 06, 2024, 08:27:40 AM »
What is PM? Google was not helpful at all...

Powdery Mildew. It kills blooms.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Whatís up with my Mango?
« on: June 05, 2024, 04:57:26 PM »
Looks like PM damage, Lemon Zest is particularly susceptible.

There's no fixing it, but when you see swollen buds, you can begin a weekly spray of wettable sulfur or skim milk. They both work, but you have to be consistent.

Skim milk. Who would have known ....... I like that preventative spray better than sulfur. Thanks Oolie!

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