Last year we moved into a house with a bunch of lovely old trees. Since then I've already had to remove one huge 60-year old royal poinciana tree and now I'm afraid the mandarin orange in the front yard is on its last legs.
I pruned off all of the substantial amounts of dead growth and now there's almost nothing left. It has fruited, but the fruit has remained very small and some of it has started to turn orange without growing to appropriate size.
I've attached a picture of the tree. What do you people think? Is it time to move on?
I'm with Hetty, I think it's past it's "sell by date". I have trouble with the mandarin tree here at sea level - all the baby fruit fell off this year although we did very well with the oranges, pummelo and limes, I am beginning to think that mandarin should be grown further up the hill - anyone know?
The only citrus really suited to the tropics is lime. I have a lemon, here when I bought the place, but it produces a little only occasionally, and the fruit stays green. A friend has some Kaffir Limes about 5 metres high and they very healthy and full of fruit. Generally it's limes that are recommended for here.
As of 4:30 this afternoon the plug has been pulled! It was the right call too, because the trunk was completely diseased and the poor old thing was on its last legs. No chance of "prune and fertilize" working this time.
I've replaced it with a spry-looking Glenn mango I got at the garden center today. This brings my mango collection up to a Carrie, a Valencia Pride, an Alphonso, and a Glenn. I have a Nam Doc Mai on the way that I ordered from a nursery in the states.
I think that will pretty much fill up my property - at least until the next big old tree kicks the bucket...
I don't know those other varieties you've got, but I have 5 Nam Doc Mai trees. They're quite small trees compared to other varieties. They were here when I bought the place and must be over 10 years old. But they're a lot denser and smaller than other younger varieties I have. Most likely would have been grafted, that helps keep a tree size down.
This was given to me by Daisy Duckworth, a very good cook who lives in Australia...
3/4 C sugar
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 C pureed mango
1/4 C butter
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs orange zest
6 egg yolks, beaten.
Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in the mango, butter, lemon juice and orange zest. Cook over med heat and stir constantly. Put the yolks into a small bowl and stir in a little of the hot mixture, add some more of the hot mixture and stir in well to warm the yolks. Now stir the warmed yolks into the rest of the hot mixture in the pan and bring just to a boil. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. Put into a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap. Chill well.
Delicious on toast or as a filling for pastries, etc. Mom just spoons it out of the bowl and eats it neat!
My scraggly little new mango trees are a year or two away from being able to provide me with even a cup of pureed mango, but I really appreciate the recipe! I'll have to get out the long-handled fruit picker and "borrow" some from the neighbors in the middle of the night...