Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jak etc.

The first Jak fruit might be ready to pick in less than a week.

This Saturday we will have Carambola (star fruit).

Sugar Apples (sweet sop) should be ready in a couple weeks.

Of course, Mangos are still the main event. This Saturday we will have Van Dyke, Valencia Pride, Kent, Keitt, Carrie, Duncan, Southern Blush, Graham, and a few each of Zebda, Glenn, Choc Anon, Dot, Beverly, Gary, Florigon, Dwarf Hawaiian and Pickering.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Take Your Pruners For a Walk

Some of my mango trees have finished fruiting for the year. When I pick the last fruit from a tree I try to prune it.

Pictured at the top is a young Kent mango, before pruning.

Pictured at the bottom is the same tree after pruning.

As I look at the two pictures, the pruning looks pretty subtle. You can see the accumulated trimmings near the base of the tree.

Especially for young trees, it is important to have a long term vision for the tree. In this instance, I eliminated weak lower branches and branches that were crossing into the center of the tree, and trimmed back the tallest branches. I also cut most of the tips off for stronger future branching.

I will try to post before and after pictures for a larger tree, so that the pruning might be more obvious. Pruning something every year from every tree is important. Waiting can cause future headaches. We have some very large trees ranging in age from 56 years to over 100 years. Over the last ten years we have worked hard to make these trees smaller, but they are still too big. If you consistently prune trees from a young age, the task should never be overwhelming.


Monday and Wednesday 4:30 - 6pm

Saturday morning 9am - noon

...Because of the July 4th holiday, we will not be open on Monday, July 4.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Longer hours this Saturday

We will stay open until 2pm this Saturday, June 25.
Mounts Garden is holding a tropical fruit festival that morning, so our extended hours will make it possible for festival goers to buy fruit after attending the event.

This Saturday's selection of mangos will feature Valencia Prides and a large first harvest of Kents. We also have a substantial amount of Carrie mangos, but this might be the last Saturday for Carries. Other varieties that we have a significant amount of include Duncan, Van Dyke, Choc Anon, Tess Pollock, and Florigon.

Because our grove is so close to the ocean, our mangos ripen earlier than those in the rest of the county. We have finished harvesting several varieties of mangos and all of our lychees, but we grow so many varieties that we will have great mangos to sell for at least another month. Also, in a few weeks, we will have carambola, sugar apple and jak fruit.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Additional Hours

This week we will be open Monday, June 20, and Wednesday, June 22, from 4:30-5:30.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Special Opportunity This Afternoon!

The rain storm last night was wonderful, but this morning we had lots of fallen mangos.
I bagged up some really good drops and will give away a bag per $25 purchase this afternoon (while supplies last).

We will be open this afternoon 4:30-5:30.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hours This Week

In addition to our normal Saturday morning hours, we will be open this Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Valencia Prides!

Today the first Valencia Pride mangos of the season were ready to pick! Apparently 2011 is a great year for Carrie, Duncan, Van Dyke, Florigon, Joellen, and Valencia Pride. The Keitts and Kents are not quite ready to pick, but those varieties also look plentiful.

Lychees are still available, but sometimes we run short of picked fruit.

In the next couple of weeks, jak fruit should start to ripen. Different varieties will ripen over the next two months.

If you are interested in jak fruit or large quantities of lychee, please let us know so that we can call/email you when we have them to sell.

Shipping boxes arrived earlier this week, and already people have packed some full of mangos to send to friends and relatives..

Monday, June 6, 2011

Additional Hours This Week

Tuesday, June 7
Wednesday, June 8
Thursday, June 9
We will be open from 4:30-6pm.

Friday, June 3, 2011


Now is the peak of season for Haden Mangos. The Haden variety tends to have a short season, so try to stop by tomorrow for fruit.

Other varieties that are ripe include Carrie, Glenn, Florigon, Nam Doc Mai and Duncan.

Now is also peak season for Lychee.