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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: April 22, 2017, 03:51:04 PM »

I'm in the same boat. I just recently expanded my Mango collection and came across the m-4 on the internet, but I can't  find a source for trees or budwood. If anyone had any leads I would greatly appreciate it.


Where can I buy one? Or a cutting so I can graft myself

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizer for container trees
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:07:17 AM »
Off topic - but Mark what type of lime is that?


Polyon 12 mo. slow release with the secondarys like Ca and Mg AND micros.  Good mix of nitrate to ammonical N too.   Used it on thousands of newly planted field and potted/in the ground tropical greenhouse fruit trees.  Makes 'em grow like weeds.  Similiar to Osmocote but unlike Os it releases its nutrients with higher temps, not just moisture. You Florida guys probably have a Harrell distributor near you.

Hi Mark - Isn't this blend a little light on K?  Some of the tropical fruit tree nurseries around here use Harrells products.

Maybe.  Learn to read your plants.  I'm a nitrogen freak and have the fruit production to prove it.  For instance, leaf tissue analysis of citrus reflects they prefer and accumulate a 5-1-3 NPK.  Mango is said to hate high N and prefer high K foods.  Glad my mangos can't read.  ;)

Check out the pH of my key lime juice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My puggged kent mango tree
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:49:28 AM »
Congrats! I topped my first mango (keitt) for the same reason, but I was a newbie (still kind of am) and did it in January of last year. It put out lots of flowers despite having very few leaves and I got stuck in a cycle of pinching off flowers and buds for quite a while. Every time I removed flowers, the darn tree kept replacing them instead of moving on. My local tropical nurseryman advised me to remove the buds when fruit were about marble sized to avoid this cycle. the tree took about 7 months to recover and develop some decent growth. Unfortunately I think it suffered from some overwatering and lost just about everything. I actually gave up on the tree and moved it to my equivalent of tree purgatory... where it has since sprouted a little bud just north of the graft union.

Long story short, my first pugging experiment resulted in a much shorter tree than I had planned for, so cheers to you for getting some nice growth back so quickly!  Does season matter when doing this?


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