MangoDog's October '11 Update
Someone had asked me to post an update. Though most things hadn't grown a helluva lot, there where a few blue ribbon winners in the growth department. After watching a video on pruning by whose-his-face at Fairchild Gardens, I really got into bud pinching the last few months to get the early branching going on the youngsters.....
Enjoy - gary
Rosigold first in Jan, now Oct. 2011 - she grew some - very healthy tree - now we'd just like some fruit, please,
Maha Chinook - first in a mid-july planting and then October
Glenn in Feb., then Oct. 2011. He seems to like it there!
Nam Doc Mai in February - then Oct. 2011 - recovered well from some frost.
Edward in Feb., then in Oct. 2011
Choc-anon in February/October
Keitt-tucked into his new home in Feb./ then Oct. 2011 (one fruit still on Tree and still hard as a brick at this writing!)
The triple threat - loosely from left to right - Valencia Pride, Haden, Nam Doc Mai - Feb. then Oct. 2011
Pickering before and after:
And the Alphonso - def. the blue ribbon winner - grew right thru the summer, thru all the heat and is still growing strong.
And lastly a Mexican Papaya which believe it or not are not very easy to grow around here. The winter die-back nearly kills all but a small crown of leaves - this one came back nicely this year