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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Filter for garden hose
« on: June 20, 2021, 09:42:15 AM »
Big box store, whole house filter housing & filter, brass adapters for gardenhose thread, under $100.
I've done it for washing car but restricted flow so removed it.  Get housing with bracket so u can mount it to house.
Many filter elements to chose from.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: June 09, 2021, 02:40:25 PM »
Picked these this morning when i heard mower coming.  Kent, felt like 8lbs all 4.

Ate 1 other day i knocked off topping tree last month during cool weather.  Left in sun a week, was good!

And back to original question, don't know.  I'll probably make a chip pile of branches with needles & another from trunk.

Tested bark from my old pine tree.
2 notes- it soaked almost twice as long as big box bark,
And mine is like those yummy flaky biscuits vs regular biscuits.  Perhaps bark under flaky layers is more like regular biscuits, i didn't have a chisel or screwdriver in hand.
To be accurate, they'd both have to be ground, weighed & soak for same time in water.

I tested hand pruners which led to garbage pails of non bloom mango branches of all sizes.

I'll test actual bark from my tree tomorrow after soaking in water 20min & longer.
I retested pictured bark next morning & pH was way below range of test strip.
I put it around all my planted trees.  I hope mangos like acid.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are These Anything Worthwhile?
« on: May 21, 2021, 09:09:20 PM »
Mike T,  i wish we here in FL got the nice ones you mention.

I myself likely have tree that started thread.  City gave them out to replace citrus trees they came on property & removed 10-15yrs ago.

Honestly, if you care for this tree, it does great.. Can shape it like umbrella.  Great for shade break when it's 95F & you're pruning other trees.

Wish i still had the lime & orange tree but insects & diseases also get imported.

Mike, i read Austrian Lime is effective fighting "citrus greening".  Do you know anything about it?

I can't check N levels, i can check pH which i did the other day of uncolored no additives (so they say) pine bark nuggets from big box store.  Main reason for getting it was to put around my new mango trees to keep landscaper away.

I tested city water, added bark, tested again 20 min later.  I have to repeat this with bark from my pine tree.  I'll grab some off tree shortly.  I like how low pH got.  Save my sulfur.

I have to take down 2 pine trees, one split & other's leaning.  Rather do it now then after a hurricane.
I plan on using the chips around my mangos, avocados & arecas.

Question- is there a up or downside using chipped branches & pine needles vs chips from trunks only?
If mix with chipped needles is better, i'll have garbage pails ready to shoot the branches w/needles in.


Well, i haven't decided yet.  I also don't want tap root & all circling around.  It's growing so fast, those roots must be too. 

I was thinking the fact it's growing so well as is, it would do fine growing out bottom as Shaneatwell said happens in nurseries.  I saw a tomato plant do it.  Grew to monster.  My parents house.

Mango kush, works for you.  Larger pot but still, tap roots do their thing either way right?

Thanks all for input.
Can hair roots form from large roots out bottom?


Friend of mine said her Dad planted potted plants by cutting bottom half off pot, and plant it.
I'd love to try it with this mango which has almost doubled in size in less then 2 months.
Plus, i have too many compacted inches of non draining topsoil we used to grade area.  I'm thinking bottom of mango will be in original well-draining sandy soil.
Anyone use this method?  Thank you,


Funny i was wondering same this morning as i pruned perfect mini tree looking branches off Kent.
Try it.  I'd experiment prepping cuttings as if scions, maybe shave a couple inches.

Har, thank you for knowledge.  You're the reason i have calcium sulfate after watching a fertilizer video, stating how well it prevents leaf tip burn when fertilizing, i tried it, it worked.

This morning i gave entire tree a shower with 2oz UltraRx 1.5 tablespoon/gallon.  Used a little on grapefruit too.

Then i got out calcium & spread maybe 4lbs, and a few lbs of fert, and finally hosed it all in till saturation in hopes of dispersing it all evenly to soak in.
I'll water it again when soil looks dry.  I know the fertilizer's on me if i did it when i shouldn't.
Trunk's 12" or more, tree maybe 12' tall.  I cut feet off every yr.


Edit- removed photos of fert & spray because it didn't help drop problem, did make leaves healthier looking.
Fruit that dropped after sitting in sun on patio for days were rotten badly inside.  My guess they dropped from mbbs or anthracnose or some type of bacteria.  I'll be looking into systemic treatment.  Large healthy fruit looking good on tree atm.

Orkine, i do water it now & then.  It's putting out new leaves & fruit that drops has sap.
I somehow hear Har saying calcium.  Could be from watching countless hrs of great TT youtube videos heh.

Sumo, maybe?  Could it be we need to fill it's belly with more fert before rainy season ends?  I'll give it more this summer.  This was my 1st time giving it calcium & i'll guess 5lbs.  I have Potassium too.  50lbs each.

Tomorrow morn i'll give it a nutrient shower of micros.

Premature fruit drop question.
Wondering which nutrients are key to keep young fruit from falling.
I had at least a dozen golf ball size Kents drop.  Couple dozen nice ones still on tree (record for me).
I know trees need many nutrients, i fertilize, what would top 2 most important nutrients be?
I have 50# bag of calcium too.

Thanks a bunch,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango bloom again!
« on: April 23, 2021, 09:09:18 AM »
Gary Zill- idea- pizza flavor mangos & have it bloom twice :)

Hope not off topic, pine bark part of the mulch?  How's bark compare to needles?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: April 12, 2021, 07:48:32 PM »
My new child.  Graft look ok?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Little mango little split
« on: April 11, 2021, 05:31:45 PM »
20yr old Kent.  I watered it quite often throught last & this month.
Does have more fruit then ever, i gave it tlc since last summer, more then ever.  Paying off.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: April 11, 2021, 03:51:56 PM »
Bovine & fliptop, thanks for photos.  I'll take 1 of mine tomorrow.  Raining now.
Jgs, friend got it for me, possibly Zills.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Little mango little split
« on: April 11, 2021, 03:48:05 PM »
Noticed this today, just the 1.  i read a few things can cause this and worse to where it splits in half.
Lack of boron or calcium or after drought (like we floridians had) followed by heavy rain, which we certainly got yesterday & today.  My pool water rose 3"

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: April 10, 2021, 04:08:16 PM »
This thread will be 4 Years Old tomorrow.

Today, i brought home a small 7gal low branched M4.  It's still on passenger seat waiting for my helper.

I'd like to know growth habbit ya'll experienced so far to help decide where to plant.
Planning on leaving it in pot by pool so i can eliminate my soil from equation if it's stunted & easier to wash soil if i use wrong or too much fertilizer.  Good idea i say.  Might put it in a 15gal after time before planting.


Pine, that looks very cool.  How many mangos on that pruned clean tree?

Gnappi, yes, waiting for liquid gold to fall.
Problems i'll say just trying to avoid.  Newly planted & big ol Kent that's holding more fruit then ever, so happy to see it fruitful, i'd cry if they fall from lack of water. 
Wondering how you professional farm guys are doing.

I've been watering & spraying leaves on all my mangos for weeks.  I take it i'm not alone.
I don't have mulch around any of them.  If it helps, what's your favorite?  Bushel Stop's close enough.


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