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My Mango observations.. especially for newbies...


 
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mangomanic12



Joined: 16 May 2012
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Location: tolleson

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:01 pm    Post subject: My Mango observations.. especially for newbies... Reply with quote

Hi all i live in Tolleson and wanted to share some experience trying to grow these beautiful plants over the years with much failure.

#1 Last year i had a couple of seedlings growing on the east side of my house for 2years. I introduced fresh coffee grounds and dug some in the soil and placed some on top in spring - they died at the end of summer.

Observation- i think the coffee grounds contributed to them dying / burned roots etc. The no. 1 thing i think that kills our tropicals but very slowly 1-3 years is our hard/ sodium/ salty water.

I heard from a friend that i can buy a filter that attaches to your hose to reduce salts etc; will check this out further and update you all. Not all plants are intolerant of the salts for ex a seedling guava i got from doug 2-3 years ago is growing gang busters - should get fruit this summer for first time.

#2 Don't be lazy and dig a 1- 2ft hole in our hard soil and plant a mango and expect it to live . Dig a hole at least 4ftx 4ft deep to give yourself a chance.

#3 Backfill the hole with about 25% of our native soil and the rest should be a great soil blend of sand / compost/ humus/ etc.

#4 Shade your tree the first 2- 3 summers especially in the summer
soon as we get above 100

#5 Fertilize lightly with osmocote slow release every month

#6 Foliar feed every month with fish emulsion or maybe a organic mixture of zinc/ magnesium

Prepare holes now and prepare / have a plan for putting up your shade and frost structure

# 7 somehow get rid of the sodium in your water i truly believe over time it kills the mangoes

Thanks, mike !

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mariolo



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do u have any pics
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mangomanic12



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mariolo, here you go 4- 5 ft hole for my newly purchased Harvest Moon mango . Now i need to backfill it with the good stuff and maybe about 25 % clay


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mariolo



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow thats pretty awsome. Keep us updated with your mango. How big is it ?
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MKIVRYAN



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a lot of digging!
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mangomanic12



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ Mariolo - i will keep u updated right now its in a 7 gal 3- 4ft tall
@MKIVRYAN - Sure was a lot of work this was done last year though , i am currently working on 2 more like this in my backyard.
I must plant 3 mangoes back there in Feb 2013.

I want the new Sweet tart, Maha chinook and maybe an Po Pyu Kalay or a Lemon zest / Pineapple pleasure?????????????

Lol can't decide yet. Hope to have a lineup of

(1) Harvest Moon cross of a Gary mango and a Kent supposedly
(2) Maha Chinook - Thai mango - supposedly one of the best
(3) Sweet Tart - cross of A Zill indochinese and a ?
btw i tasted a zill indo chinese and it blew me away flavor is so sweet and complex i can't describe
(4) Po Pyu kalay tasted these small green mangoes (very sweet) also called Lemon Merengue / also thinking of the Lemon Zest which is a seedling of this/ also thinking of pineapple pleasure???

At Least 3 of these should be lanted by mid- late feb - that's my goal- wish me luck!!!

Lots of hard work ahead Wink

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Datropicalman



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have not filled back in yet I would break up the bottom with a pick while you have access to bottom. Loosening the soil will provide better drainage
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Kyle_Davis



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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike,

So how have your mango's been doing after digging those big holes?
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