Archive | January, 2012

Tropic Prince Peach blossoming – lots of pics

26 Jan

The bees love my little peach trees! There’s always one or two bees buzzing around every time I go out to check on my garden.

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The Tropic Beauty Peach flowered a few weeks before this Tropic Prince. This one is the tropic prince tree.

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Flowers on the Tropic Beauty are almost done and the leaves are coming in and looking healthy.

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Potting up Mango from seed.

25 Jan

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My mango seed #2 is looking good. I know most people will wait until it starts rooting and growing leaves before putting it in soil but I have had bad success transferring sprouting seeds in that way so I decided to pot it up already.

Also there is some debate as to which direction to orient the seed in the dirt. Some say flat, some say rounded end down. I figured in the “wild” the seed will always lay flat so I went with flat.

Here he is! Last time I will see the seed!

Hopefully in a few weeks I will see a shoot rising from the soil. I used organic Happy Frog potting mix.

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A Happy Bee came to visit my Peach Blossoms!

21 Jan
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Jan 20th 2012. Tropic Beauty peach blossoms. Visiting bee.

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Jan 20th 2012. Tropic Beauty peach blossoms.

How cool! I managed to see a little bee doing its magic and pollinating my Tropic Beauty peach flowers. So many flowers have opened now, they’re so pretty. Nice to think they are naturally pollinated by this little guy, as usually I literally give nature a hand and hand pollinate with a little stick.

Here is a birds eye view shot of my little tree. Looks amazing with all the gorgeous pink flowers.

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Jan 20th 2012. Tropic Beauty peach blossoms. Fruit tree in container

Tropic Beauty Peach pretty flowers

15 Jan

I always love the look of peach blossoms on a bare tree. Esp. My little container trees. Can’t wait for these to become tasty fruit 🙂

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Both Mango seeds are sprouting now!

15 Jan

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The darker one is the first seed attempt and I am surprised to see it sprouting too as to be honest, it looks kinda rotten!

Mango from seed sprouting already!

10 Jan

The first attempt seed is still not doing anything after three days in the ziplock bag. However, attempt #2 which I only started yesterday is already sprouting! It soaked in water for a little over 24 hrs and I just wrapped it in a damp paper towel and put it in a ziplock. Check out these pics 🙂 how exciting!
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Growing mango from seed. Attempt #2

8 Jan

I checked on the mango seed I started a couple of days ago (First attempt) and the paper towel was all brown so I changed it out with a fresh one. That seed was dark brownish in some areas when I pulled him out. As I don’t know if this was normal, and I still had another organic mango left, I decided to have another seed going at the same time. Here are the pics from my seed number two!

This one was a lot easier to get out. Knowing where the to look for a seam helps so if you want to try this, maybe get a couple of mangoes so first one you can experiment on and if you mess up, you have a back up.

I scrapped at the narrow edges of the mango seed husk until I saw the seam. The first attempt I spent a long time cleaning the slippery mango and fibers off the husk. No need. Just use a butter knife and scrape at the sharp edge until you see what looks like a seam. If you can’t see it, try the opposite sharp edge of the husk.

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed pry opened with a butter knife.

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed pry opened with a butter knife.

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed - This inner seed had a papery cover on it.

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed - inner seed with papery cover

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed - inner seed with papery cover

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed -papery cover removed. Here is the inner seed next to the tasty fleshy mango

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed -papery cover removed. Here is the inner seed next to the tasty fleshy mango

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Growing Mango from Seed - Inner Seed soaking in a cup of water. Will leave this one over night, then wipe it down, and wrap loosely in damp paper towel, then place in ziplock bag and then the hard part - wait!