Mango growers, - help !
Yesterday I got a rude awakening ! Have been nursing the last two Kent mangos that were still clinging to my 8 ft tall healthy Kent tree. Pulled off all the others a few weeks ago but left these two as I was curious how long they'd cling to the tree before falling off naturally. I went out and looked close, and to my dismay found they were both mauled badly. Many small, black rimmed holes thru the tough green skin and the flesh inside all black where the holes were.
I am curious what animal or insect could have done this ? These huge fruits were both 4, 5 ft above the ground and both well hidden by many green leaves closely wrapped around each. I saw no birds around ever. No sign of worms on or near the fruits, so am mystified. Naturally I am new at growing these luscious fruits in this part of Florida.
Should I have sprayed these late ripening fruits with something ? Unless I figure out a solution, next year these late ripening Kents will all be picked in late July and left to ripen on my kitchen counter. Curious if anyone has any input,..my early ripening Glenn mangos were all fine, last one falling off the tree in mid June.
I appreciate any advice from the many mango " experts " out there. ( smile ).