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So I went on a three week trip and came back to a suffering mango tree.  I had set up a drip system, which apparently didn't work.  The mango tree planted in the pot went for three weeks without water.  I did water it plenty before I left, but came back to a wilting tree with shriveled leaves.  It was also starting to flower, but all of the flowers are shriveled up.  I immediately gave it water, twice in a span of three days.  Now it has been two weeks, and I don't see any improvements.  Some of the lower leaves are still turning brown, some top branches are turning brown, one of the branches is oozing sap, and I don't see any new growth.

What should I do?  Should I move the tree to shade?  Should I continue to water it? 

Thanks,

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fertilize a mango tree in bloom?
« on: March 10, 2015, 04:45:04 PM »
Hello mango experts!

I was wondering whether or not to fertilize a mango tree that is flowering, and if so, what fertilizers should be used?
Is there any time that the tree should NOT be fertilized during bloom?
Also, I've heard that, for the first year a mango ever flowers, it should not be allowed to fruit so that the fruit would be better the following year.  Does it really make a difference?

Thanks!

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango tree trunk bleeding!
« on: May 17, 2014, 04:50:48 PM »
I noticed today that the trunk of my mallika mango is bleeding/oozing sap:



Is this of concern?  I have a altaufo mango tree next to it of the same size/age and it's not oozing sap.  Is this particular to mallika? 

Thanks!

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Gritty mix for seedlings
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:27:08 PM »
Hello!

Has anyone used gritty mix for seedlings with good success?

Thanks,

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / My mallika is fruiting!
« on: February 10, 2014, 01:57:12 PM »
However, it is still a very young tree (3 1/2 feet tall) in a 2.5 gallon pot.  Some of the branches where it is flowering is no more than half a millimeter thick.  I have no experience with flowering mangos, but I'm thinking that I should cut the flowers off until the tree grows a little more.  What should I do?

Thanks!

Herman









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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Alternative to pruning
« on: September 07, 2013, 12:07:22 PM »
Has anyone tried, instead of pruning off the terminal bud, placing either wax or pruning seal on the terminal bud?
I had a mango seedling that grew 4 shoots off the terminal bud when the terminal bud accidentally got some wax on it.
I'm thinking not physically cutting the plant means less chance of catching some disease.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / When to pluck a pineapple?
« on: June 13, 2013, 07:28:31 PM »
So my first homegrown pineapple ever, actually my first homegrown tropical fruit ever, that I've planted in 2008 and neglected fruited and turned yellow:



Despite being yellow all over, it does not have a strong pineapple smell.  Is it ready to be plucked and eaten or shall I wait more?

Thanks,

Herman

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For some reason I feel that my mango trees grow faster if I warm up the water before watering them.
Is this just a feeling or does it really make a difference?

Thanks,

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Physan 20 for anthracnose?
« on: May 23, 2013, 02:56:57 AM »
Hello,

Has anyone tried using Physan 20 for anthracnose?  Does it work?

Thanks!

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seeds as fertilizer?
« on: April 23, 2013, 05:40:00 PM »
It is my understanding that the first few weeks of a plant sprouting from seed can get all of their nutrients from the seed itself, has anyone thought about grinding plant seeds and using them as fertilizer?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What to do with a fruiting pineapple?
« on: October 01, 2012, 08:51:36 PM »


So in 2008 I had planted a pineapple top that I got from the nearby grocery store, and it grew pretty well for a few years.  Then it stopped growing and started turning brown, so I literally stopped feeding and watering it.  It had been sitting on my balcony for nearly 3 years like that under some tree, gathering dust and whatever fell from the tree.

A few months ago, I decided to clean it up and fed it some food and water.  Today, I see what looks to be a start of a fruit at its center:



Anyway, I'm pretty excited if it is fruiting, and wanted to know what I should be feeding it to get a good fruit.

Thanks!

Herman

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Hello Mango Tree Experts,

There are a lot of leaves where the limbs branch off from the main trunk on my manila mango tree, and I was wondering whether I should prune them.  If so, should I pick off the smaller leaves, or ones that are bunched together in the center?

Thanks!

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How fast do mallika mangoes grow?
« on: August 27, 2012, 03:00:18 AM »
Mine seem to be growing really slow.  I pugged it in February, and only have one flush so far.  Is this normal for mallikas?

Thanks,

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Huge mango leaves after pruning
« on: May 04, 2012, 01:37:47 PM »
In late February, I chopped off more than half of the top of a mallika mango tree, ie pugged it, and now it is staritng to grow new shoots and leaves, but the leaves are humongous as compared to the old leaves.  Is it because it is not having enough light?  Here are some pics:











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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango veneer graft update and question
« on: April 09, 2012, 09:44:12 PM »
So 30+ days ago I attempted my first veneer graft (Feb. 28):









but it doesn't look like it was doing much of anything, so I unwrapped it today, and it looks like the graft took:






There are some new growth on the main rootstock, despite having given it a cut after the graft, so I'm thinking maybe I should cut the top off the main rootstock again, but this time only leaving a couple of leaves.  Maybe that will force the growth on the graft.  What do yall think?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone grown muntingia calabura from seed?
« on: March 25, 2012, 06:51:45 PM »
Does anyone have experience growing muntingia calabura from seed?  I was wondering how long before they germinate.

Thanks!

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango repotting vs pruning
« on: February 16, 2012, 02:33:07 PM »
So is it best to repot and prune a mango at the same time, or separate those tasks by a few weeks/months?

Thanks!

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting mango onto an already grafted tree?
« on: February 10, 2012, 06:33:09 PM »
I was at Home Depot today, and saw that they were selling 3 foot manilas.  These were grafted trees, which I thought was kind of strange since I thought that manilas were grown on their own roots.

Anyways, I was wondering if it would be okay to graft another type of mango onto these already grafted trees.

Thanks!

Herman

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Black discoloration on trunk of mango tree
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:05:41 AM »
Hi!  Just wondering if the black/gray discoloration on the trunk/stem of my mango tree is normal or some type of disease:



Thanks!

Herman



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Growing mangoes in clear containers
« on: February 02, 2012, 05:24:04 PM »
So I had a few mango seeds lying around, all bought as whole mangoes from a grocery store and all of the same kind, and I had decided to grow them for fun.  I start them in clear containers with only perlite (and water of course).  A few I've moved to opaque containers with better growing medium after they have gone through a flush of growth, but a couple I've left in the clear containers with the perlite.  To my surprise, the ones grown in clear containers are much more greener than the ones I've moved to the opaque containers.  The green on the leaves are really dark, and noticeable.  I doubt that it is due to the perlite medium.  I know that orchid roots like light, but what about mangoes, or trees in general? 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pruning main trunk of a Mallika mango tree
« on: January 26, 2012, 12:43:28 PM »
Hi!

I just purchased a Mallika mango tree through mail order from Top Tropicals. It is grown in a 3 gallon container, and is around 4 to 5 feet tall. It only has a main trunk, and I would like it to be more spread out, like a bush, so I am thinking about pruning it. I would like to prune it down 2-3 feet, around 50%, so the main trunk would be 2.5-3 feet tall. The trunk girth where I would like to prune it is about half an inch thick. Is it too late to prune it that much? If it is not too late, at what time is the best to do it? Early spring?
 
Thanks in advance for your help!

Herman

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