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Re: Re: tropical fruit

I don't know if they come true from seed. I do know that at least one of the reasons that avocados are grafted is that seedlings take a long time to fruit whereas grafted plants will fruit in a few years.

I would head the mango at 6 feet or so. If it has buds at the nodes below that height, it should branch before it tries to grow another main stem.

On Mar 27, 2006, at 6:14 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

Jim, will the Brogdon come true from seed??? My mom planted every one of the
seeds and had quite a bit of success. She shared seedlings with me and
friends. She absolutely loved that avocado. Do you know if it will produce and
how long. She keeps telling me she's not getting any younger (39 and holding
for the past 4 decades).

No idea what the Mango is. All are seedlings. Some are from Florida
mangos, others I got from friends. So no clue....especially since someone
(probably a squirrel or blue jay) stole the labels I had sticking in each. Thanks
for the info on getting it to branch out. I'll do that before it gets too
tall. How far down can I cut?? It's about 10 foot, taller than I first thought.
Sure appreciate the info!!

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 3/27/2006 1:44:43 PM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

I think avocados are easy to graft, although the Louisiana guy told me
he tried both T-bud grafts and cleft grafts and only the cleft grafts
took. I'm not a grafter so I don't know much about success rates in
different plants and different types of grafts [although, I think
clefts are the easiest]. The scion wood was from our Brogdon tree--the
producer of the fruits that I sent to your mother that time--which,
with the successful grafts, has taken a step toward immortality.

Do you know the variety of your mango seedling? If it's one of those
bright red and green ones most common in the supermarkets, it's
probably a Tommy Atkins--a very productive, but very large, tree. If
thats it, I would top it and try to get it to form a low head. We have
one but didn't know enough to do that when the tree was small--so now
we're going to have to hire an arborist to whack it down enough so I
can reach the top-most fruits with with one of those 12-foot extension
fruit pickers. [These old bones do not belong on ladders.]

Tommy, incidentally, is an early bloomer. Ours has set hundreds of
fruits this year--of course, it won't keep anywhere near all of them,
but even at 10 percent that will mean 40-45 fruits.

The other two mangos are "alanpur banishan," which we've had for 5 or 6
years and which is a shy barer, and "Carrie," which we planted last
year. Both of these are small trees naturally; the guy who grafted the
alanpur also did one of those reverse grafts on it--he grafted a short
alanpur trunk upside down on the rootstock, then grafted fruit wood
rightside up on the upside down trunk; a technique that is supposed to
dwarf the tree. Carrie bloomed after Tommy and alanpur is blooming now.

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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