Re: [fukuoka_farming] Mango experience
- Hello Harish,
I cannot view the pictures.
2013/5/28 Harish Amur <harishamur@...>
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> We have a few mango trees in the farm and we have tried to maintain them
> Typically the soil below the mango tree is ploughed(tilled). The dry litter
> is sometime burnt too. Leaves of the mango tree dry due to this heat and
> the tree goes a little dry for a season. Chemical and farm yard fertilizers
> are provided. Drip irrigation also is practiced. When the tree flowers,
> several pesticides/fungicides etc. are sprayed. On plucking the fruits, the
> ripening is hastened by throwing calcium carbide tablets in the fruit heap.
> We did none of the above. However we did spray 'jeevamruta' sparingly on
> the flowers. Fruits were plucked and ripened by placing them in paddy straw
> for a few days.
> I have a tree at home, which is also growing naturally. In addition to not
> doing anything, I dumped a lot of leaf litter and coconut fibre underneath
> the tree. The mulch grew upto a foot and half. Red ants have formed a
> nest(kind of thing) in the tree. Result: The mangoes grew to a size unseen
> thus far. The size grew to almost 2 times the usual size. We had insects in
> less than 5% of the fruits. We have no sightings of a white fibre deformity
> inside the fruit (when cut). Of course a small percentage of the fruits did
> rot. This tree was pruned due to an unavoidable reason. The pruned side has
> been growing vigorously and the half tree yielded close to 150 fruits.
> These are ratnagiri alfonso variety.
> Here are some pictures.
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