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First Mangoes!

Post  dstack on 7/11/2016, 8:38 pm

Our first full size mangoes from our young tree! 



We had a few mini-mangoes, but those don't count.  About 6 years ago I started the tree from a seed, and grafted a rare variety called Irwin, which was started in Miami. Now for the taste test!   Very Happy


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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/11/2016, 8:44 pm

cheers Yum! Let us know about the fresh picked taste, heaven I would postulate! bounce
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Post  sanderson on 7/11/2016, 8:50 pm

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Post  dstack on 7/11/2016, 9:54 pm

@sanderson wrote:hungry 
That's right Sanderson!  We decided to wait for the tasting as part of breakfast.  That sugar keeps us up at night.  Any update on your longevity spinach, amaranth, etc?

I've put my beds to bed, so to speak, for summer solarization. I'm trying 9 weeks this time.  I have enough summer greens between my longevity, amaranth and now Moringa to keep my green smoothies sufficiently supplied.   Very Happy
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Post  reynajrainwater on 7/11/2016, 10:48 pm

Wow!!! Those mangoes look awesome and I'm certain will be delicious.  I have a mango tree that's about 1 1/2 years old and can't wait until I have mangoes of my own.
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Post  dstack on 7/12/2016, 5:40 am

@reynajrainwater wrote:Wow!!! Those mangoes look awesome and I'm certain will be delicious.  I have a mango tree that's about 1 1/2 years old and can't wait until I have mangoes of my own.
Is your tree from a nursery, or from seed? If from seed, it will fruit sooner if you graft it.  I recommend grafting from a tree that you know has great quality fruit, and one that is fiberless.  

Here's how you graft a mango tree, although, mine was much bigger by the time I grafted it...
https://youtu.be/0jqlX6hqPno
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/12/2016, 7:14 am

DStack!! How are you??? Good to see you again!

And how did those beautiful mangoes taste?
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Post  dstack on 7/12/2016, 8:11 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:DStack!!  How are you???  Good to see you again!

And how did those beautiful mangoes taste?
Thank you AtlantaMarie!  We ate the larger one this morning, and the taste is smooth, and very sweet.  Although, Irwin is know to be fiberless, I wouldn't characterize it that way, but it was still a treat.  My next mission. Is to prune the tree this weekend, and soon I want to try grafting another variety on it from a friend's tree that is truly fiberless. It produces later than most mango trees. That way we still have more to look forward to after the typical mango season has ended.
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/12/2016, 12:25 pm

We LOVE mangoes. I successfully grow limes, lemons, and I'm now trying to grow a navel orange -- all in containers. Are there dwarf varieties of mango trees? Do you think it would be possible to grow one out here in Redding, CA? I've never seen one for sale here, so I'm thinking it would be a real challenge. geek
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Post  reynajrainwater on 7/12/2016, 11:00 pm

@dstack wrote:
@reynajrainwater wrote:Wow!!! Those mangoes look awesome and I'm certain will be delicious.  I have a mango tree that's about 1 1/2 years old and can't wait until I have mangoes of my own.
Is your tree from a nursery, or from seed? If from seed, it will fruit sooner if you graft it.  I recommend grafting from a tree that you know has great quality fruit, and one that is fiberless.  
Here's how you graft a mango tree, although, mine was much bigger by the time I grafted it...
https://youtu.be/0jqlX6hqPno
I purchased my tree from a local grower here in Phoenix, Shamus O'Leary. It's a Carrie Mango and I'm growing it in a pot. 

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I don't see why you couldn't grow a mango tree in Redding. I don't think your weather is very different from ours. Shamus sells a huge variety of tropical fruit trees and they all look really healthy.  I also recommend watching his videos on Facebook and YouTube he has a lot of good information.
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Post  Goosegirl on 7/12/2016, 11:15 pm

DStack - I knew it had to be you as soon as I read the thread title!  MANGOES - 
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Post  dstack on 7/13/2016, 5:50 am

@countrynaturals wrote:We LOVE mangoes. I successfully grow limes, lemons, and I'm now trying to grow a navel orange -- all in containers. Are there dwarf varieties of mango trees? Do you think it would be possible to grow one out here in Redding, CA? I've never seen one for sale here, so I'm thinking it would be a real challenge. geek
Yes, there are dwarf mango varieties, which it's easily Googled. There are frost resistant varieties as well, but don't know off hand if any of them are dwarfs.
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/13/2016, 12:27 pm

@dstack wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:We LOVE mangoes. I successfully grow limes, lemons, and I'm now trying to grow a navel orange -- all in containers. Are there dwarf varieties of mango trees? Do you think it would be possible to grow one out here in Redding, CA? I've never seen one for sale here, so I'm thinking it would be a real challenge. geek
Yes, there are dwarf mango varieties, which it's easily Googled. There are frost resistant varieties as well, but don't know off hand if any of them are dwarfs.
Oooo, I might just look into it.  thinking
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Post  dstack on 7/13/2016, 1:12 pm

@Goosegirl wrote:DStack - I knew it had to be you as soon as I read the thread title!  MANGOES - 
Hi Goosegirl!   lol!
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Post  sanderson on 7/13/2016, 1:57 pm

For the relatively newer members, Dstack has his own type of troubles growing in his area of Florida. First, soil nematodes, so he built his beds on top of what I call cement coffins, graded to drain properly. It was a major project. Everything he does in the garden requires keeping tools and composting off the ground, sterilizing tools between use. Then a neighbor who was selling his house, heavily cleaned the pool and discharged on Dstack's mango trees. Then the nematodes got in the raised beds, so he had to solarize the beds and has been doing so every year. Not to mention growing in tropical environments, having to take a mid summer break. So, those beautiful mangoes came by honest sweat.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/13/2016, 2:27 pm

Yes, they did! We've been cheering DStack on for quite a while now... I'm SO glad his efforts are successful!!!!!
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Post  dstack on 7/13/2016, 4:21 pm

Thanks so much!  Sanderson did well in summing it all up, although that was a papaya that was assaulted by muriatic acid from the neighbor's pool wash.  

I'm so grateful for such a helpful and friendly garden forum with so many who've helped me along the way into the world of SFG, and beyond!  

For newcomers, here's what Sanderson referred to with my "cement coffins."  And all 3 beds are solarizing now...


Soon I'll update the group on my biggest and proudest achievement in my nematode fight. Without going into detail yet (I have an old thread about this), I've got 8' eggplant trees.  They consistent of several varieties of eggplant grafted to a wild relative that is nematode resistant!  The trees are perennial, and my next challenge is to see what other nightshade plants I can graft onto either the wild plant, or any eggplant variety that is grafted.
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