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CS Chua
31-05-2012, 11:42 AM
My mango tree is flowering and soon there will be many mangoes. And then the squirrels, birds, bees and everything else, including the Telekom man, Unifi man, postman will be targeting my precious mangoes.

I cannot do much about those men but for mother nature, I am intending to cover the small mangoes with plastic bags. Usually I used envelopes and newspapers. Are plastic bags alright? And can I use black color? I think black protects them better from the sun. What do you think?

jan tomaswaki
31-05-2012, 01:31 PM
Chua,my mango tree at the roof top is bearing fruit too,for me no problem with human but with rats,yes rats from neighbour.I think newspaper is good as it absord water and the ink from the paper deter insects from disturbing the fruits.

CS Chua
31-05-2012, 05:09 PM
Chua,my mango tree at the roof top is bearing fruit too,for me no problem with human but with rats,yes rats from neighbour.I think newspaper is good as it absord water and the ink from the paper deter insects from disturbing the fruits.

Errr...how do you pick your mangoes? You got a ten foot long sickle or something?

jan tomaswaki
01-06-2012, 06:39 AM
Errr...how do you pick your mangoes? You got a ten foot long sickle or something?

I plant small mango trees on my concrete roof top togeher with kendodong,(sar lee) ping pong longang,grapes and passion fruit.Only mango and kendodong bear fruits.:(

Naka
01-06-2012, 07:30 AM
My mango tree is about 3 to 4m high & I use mosquito nets to cover them.

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/IMG_0234a-1.jpg

CS Chua
01-06-2012, 08:13 AM
My mango tree is about 3 to 4m high & I use mosquito nets to cover them.

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/IMG_0234a-1.jpg

Well, this is a new one to me and very creative. Mosquito nets sound fine. But I thought it is expensive. Your mangoes look good though.

Naka
01-06-2012, 08:32 AM
Well, this is a new one to me and very creative. Mosquito nets sound fine. But I thought it is expensive. Your mangoes look good though.

This is the cheapest mosquito netting from Boleh. Cut the nettings to size and clip them with staples

There were around 300 mangoes last season, we could only take that much & the rest spread around freely.

CS Chua
01-06-2012, 10:51 AM
This is the cheapest mosquito netting from Boleh. Cut the nettings to size and clip them with staples

There were around 300 mangoes last season, we could only take that much & the rest spread around freely.

Wah, 300! you can go to the pasar malam, spread a cloth of the road and put the 300 mangoes in a pile and sell them by the kilos. Or wait, buy 2 kilos get one kilo free!! You have about 90 kilos there or RM270!!

Naka
01-06-2012, 11:21 AM
Wah, 300! you can go to the pasar malam, spread a cloth of the road and put the 300 mangoes in a pile and sell them by the kilos. Or wait, buy 2 kilos get one kilo free!! You have about 90 kilos there or RM270!!

Hahahaha, good idea.....my mango tree is abt 20 years old, in some seasons, due to adverse weather or froze, harvest is not so good....that's when my friends return the favour:D

eddychan
01-06-2012, 08:51 PM
My mango tree is about 3 to 4m high & I use mosquito nets to cover them.

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/IMG_0234a-1.jpg
This is something new.. using mosquito nets. However, I notice that you only wrap half of them. Why not wrap all of them?

This method may prevent the fruits from being attacked by squirrels, but I doubt it can ward off the dreaded fruitfly. You must live in an area where there are no other fruits growing in the vicinity

Naka
02-06-2012, 06:22 AM
This is something new.. using mosquito nets. However, I notice that you only wrap half of them. Why not wrap all of them?

This method may prevent the fruits from being attacked by squirrels, but I doubt it can ward off the dreaded fruitfly. You must live in an area where there are no other fruits growing in the vicinity

I was only half way through the wrapping works:D

I did this to ward off the fruitfly but found it is also good for adverse weather, froze.

CS Chua
03-06-2012, 06:37 PM
This is something new.. using mosquito nets. However, I notice that you only wrap half of them. Why not wrap all of them?

This method may prevent the fruits from being attacked by squirrels, but I doubt it can ward off the dreaded fruitfly. You must live in an area where there are no other fruits growing in the vicinity

There are a couple of tupais making life miserable for us. Is there a way to get rid of the tupais before my mangoes start fruiting. It is flowering now.

BTW, anything to do while they are flowering or just sit and wait?

CCY
03-06-2012, 08:20 PM
There are a couple of tupais making life miserable for us. Is there a way to get rid of the tupais before my mangoes start fruiting. It is flowering now.

Simple.... Just use a mouse cage and hang a ripen banana inside and set it where they frequent regularly. There's one mango season when I have to eliminate 10+ tupais . Wait till you have civet cat savoring 3 to 4 maha mangoes a night...and that's the real problem.

By the way using plastic bag for wrapping isn't good for fruits . It's non porous and the fruit may drop off . Even if it survives ...it would to too eye catching for not only tupais but the other 2 legged pest as well.... . Just use newspaper and staple it away would do.

CS Chua
03-06-2012, 10:05 PM
Simple.... Just use a mouse cage and hang a ripen banana inside and set it where they frequent regularly. There's one mango season when I have to eliminate 10+ tupais . Wait till you have civet cat savoring 3 to 4 maha mangoes a night...and that's the real problem.

By the way using plastic bag for wrapping isn't good for fruits . It's non porous and the fruit may drop off . Even if it survives ...it would to too eye catching for not only tupais but the other 2 legged pest as well.... . Just use newspaper and staple it away would do.

Thanks for the advice. I will avoid plastic bags then.

Btw, what shall I do with the tupai after catching it? Tupai soup? Drown it? or release them far away? I caught many rats but not a tupai.

VeeJay
03-06-2012, 11:51 PM
If one wants to use plastic bags, then ensure to make some small holes around the bag, for ventilation.

eddychan
04-06-2012, 08:11 AM
I was only half way through the wrapping works:D



At that stage of growth, it would have been too late for the wrapping to work. For best results, wrap the fruit earlier, before they reach golf-ball size. (i would have said "wrap at marble size", but then there are so many sizes of marbles). Before you wrap, you may want to do some thinning of the fruits, and select the ones most likely to succeed.

I don't quite agree with trapping the tupais and having to commit genocide thereafter. I see the tupais as an important part of the environment, and I actually enjoy watching them scrambling to and fro in the evenings. Maybe you can be generous to allocate a few fruits for our furry little friends. Think of the trouble you save by NOT eating 300 mangoes at one go.

Naka
04-06-2012, 09:33 AM
At that stage of growth, it would have been too late for the wrapping to work. For best results, wrap the fruit earlier, before they reach golf-ball size. (i would have said "wrap at marble size", but then there are so many sizes of marbles). Before you wrap, you may want to do some thinning of the fruits, and select the ones most likely to succeed.

I don't quite agree with trapping the tupais and having to commit genocide thereafter. I see the tupais as an important part of the environment, and I actually enjoy watching them scrambling to and fro in the evenings. Maybe you can be generous to allocate a few fruits for our furry little friends. Think of the trouble you save by NOT eating 300 mangoes at one go.

I agree with you that the mangos should be wrapped when they are golf ball sizes. Actually at that time, I ran out of mosquito netting and was waiting for more nettings from Boleh. ( cost of netting in Boleh is Rm$1.50 a meter, here in Kanggaroo land is Aud$3.50 a meter)


I do not have Tupi problem.

CS Chua
04-06-2012, 05:03 PM
At that stage of growth, it would have been too late for the wrapping to work. For best results, wrap the fruit earlier, before they reach golf-ball size. (i would have said "wrap at marble size", but then there are so many sizes of marbles). Before you wrap, you may want to do some thinning of the fruits, and select the ones most likely to succeed.

I don't quite agree with trapping the tupais and having to commit genocide thereafter. I see the tupais as an important part of the environment, and I actually enjoy watching them scrambling to and fro in the evenings. Maybe you can be generous to allocate a few fruits for our furry little friends. Think of the trouble you save by NOT eating 300 mangoes at one go.
Ok lah, Maybe I will leave 10 mangoes for our little friends. But right now they are killing my passion fruit and sour sop plants.

CS Chua
09-06-2012, 01:56 PM
I talked to a professional farmer and they used newspaper and plastic bags together. The newspaper is inside the plastic bag. There are punctured holes at the bottom of the bag. Guess that is the way to go.

RolyPoly
10-06-2012, 08:19 PM
Wow, Naka, I wish I am in your neighbourhood! Can enjoy your harvest of mangoes!

macgyver_usj
10-06-2012, 10:36 PM
My neighbour gave me some mangoes. Some are sweet and some are sour. They are all from the same tree.
Someone told me that the mangoes that get the sun are sweeter than those did not get the sun.
Is this true?

Naka
11-06-2012, 05:44 AM
Wow, Naka, I wish I am in your neighbourhood! Can enjoy your harvest of mangoes!

Yes, they were given away freely as far as Boleh & HK.

Naka
11-06-2012, 05:46 AM
My neighbour gave me some mangoes. Some are sweet and some are sour. They are all from the same tree.
Someone told me that the mangoes that get the sun are sweeter than those did not get the sun.
Is this true?

Yes, it is true, that's why you need to trim the internal branches after harvest.

macgyver_usj
11-06-2012, 07:52 AM
If that is the case, then it is not advisable to wrap the mango with black paper or black plastic bag to keep the insects away.