How long does it take a mango tree to produce fruit


How to Grow Mango Trees

Although it can be tricky to grow, a mango tree (Mangifera indica) can make for an interesting specimen when grown in the ground or a large pot. This tree forms a dense canopy of long oblong green leaves in the right conditions, rewarding you with white flowers from December through March. After flowering, mango trees bear fruit three to five months later.

Mango trees grow best in tropical and warmer subtropical climates where there is no danger of frost. In the United States, mango trees grow in California, Florida, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. They should be planted in the spring and are generally fast-growing. You don't need two trees to produce fruit; a single tree has flowers with male and female parts.

Mango trees planted in the garden are more likely to bear fruit than potted trees. It is challenging to keep an indoor mango tree alive long enough to reach maturity and bear fruit. Small varieties suitable for containers, such as the dwarf spotted mango tree, are capable of fruiting if they receive enough sunlight. Its fruit are usually ripe for picking in summer or autumn but it varies per region. Also, note that the sap, bark, or fruit skin can be toxic to people.

Common Name Mango
Botanical Name  Mangifera indica
Family Anacardiaceae
Plant Type Fruit, tree
Size Up to 100 ft. tall, 35 ft. wide
Sun Exposure Full sun
Soil Type Loamy, moist, well-drained
Soil pH Acidic, neutral, alkaline
Bloom Time Winter
Hardiness Zones 9–11 (USDA)
Native Area Asia
Toxicity Toxic to people

How to Plant a Mango Tree

When to Plant

The best time to plant a mango tree is in the spring when the weather is still mild. However, be sure it will not be exposed to any frost.

Selecting a Planting Site

Mango trees prefer a sunny spot with loose, well-draining soil. Consider the tree's mature size when selecting a planting site, and note the site's proximity to other plants and structures. Container growth is an option for the smaller mango tree varieties. 

Spacing, Depth, and Support

Spacing depends on the mango variety you're growing. Check the mature canopy width, along with the height, to make sure you'll have enough room to grow your tree. Saplings should be planted in their nursery container at the same depth they were growing. You should plant seeds about 1/2 inch deep. Saplings might need staking for support as they grow, especially in an area with strong winds.

Mango Tree Care

Light

Mango trees require full sun, meaning at least eight hours of direct sunlight on most days. Their flower and fruit production will suffer if they don't get enough light. A south-facing window indoors can work, but it's best to move the pot outside as much as possible for full sunlight exposure.

Soil

These trees can tolerate a variety of soil types. But a sandy loam that's light and well-draining is best. The soil pH can range from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline (5.5 to 7.5).

Water

Mango trees have some drought tolerance, though drought can negatively impact fruit production. It's best to water whenever the top couple inches of soil dries out, but do not let the tree sit in soggy soil.

Temperature and Humidity

Mango trees prefer humidity above 50 percent; mist an indoor tree daily if the air is dry. Also, keep your tree as warm as possible, ideally above 70 degrees. Mango trees can't tolerate freezing, and even temperatures in the 40s can cause flowers and fruit to drop.

Fertilizer

These trees don’t need a lot of fertilizer, and if you already have rich soil, you likely won’t have to provide supplemental feeding. A slow-release balanced fertilizer can be applied in poor soil conditions, following label instructions. 

Pollination

Mango trees are pollinated by bees, ants, flies, and other pollinators, along with wind.

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Types of Mango Trees

If you're growing a mango tree from seed, don't expect the fruit to be true to the parent plant. It is also possible that the propagated tree will be sterile and won't bear fruit, so it is generally best to buy a grafted mango variety if you want fruit. Some good choices include:

  • 'Pickering' develops into a bushy tree. You can expect it to flower in late winter and bear fruit in the summer.
  • 'Ice Cream' makes a good plant for the patio, as it grows to 6 feet tall. When ripe, the fruit is yellow-green rather than red.
  • 'Cogshall' is an excellent choice for growing in a container and produces fruit consistently.

Mangoes vs. Peaches

Mangoes and peaches are often substituted for one another in recipes. Their fruit color and texture is similar. However, mangoes can taste a little tangier than peaches. And peaches can be more watery. 

Harvesting Mangoes

A mango tree from seed requires at least five to eight years to bear fruit; a nursery sapling should produce fruit in about four years.

The mango fruit takes three to five months to ripen after the tree has flowered. The color of the ripe fruit depends on the variety. The fruit is typically harvested by hand and must be handled gently to avoid breaking the skin.

One way to test for readiness is to pick fruit and sniff it to see if it has a sweet scent. If you pick unripe fruit, you can place it in a paper bag at room temperature to ripen further over several days. Mango can be eaten raw or cooked. Immature fruit is often used to make pickled mango. Store fully ripe fruit in the refrigerator, and aim to use it within a week. It also can be frozen.

How to Grow Mango Trees in Pots

Most dwarf mango trees typically reach 4 to 8 feet tall, making them ideal for growing in pots. With container growth, you can keep your tree in an easily accessible spot for harvesting, and you don't have to dedicate a lot of garden space to it.

The best time to plant mango trees in containers is in the spring. Choose a container at least 20 inches tall and wide with ample drainage holes. An unglazed clay container is best because it will allow excess soil moisture to escape through its walls. Place it on a plant caddie with rolling casters for easy mobility.

Pruning

Pruning typically should occur every year or two after the tree bears fruit to keep its size manageable. The trees can tolerate heavy pruning, though fruit production can take a season to bounce back. Thin some canopy branches to improve air flow and allow sunlight to reach the remaining branches. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches as they arise.  

Propagating Mango Trees

Mango trees are typically grown from seed or grafted nursery trees. It's also possible to grow them from cuttings. Though cuttings don't always result in a strong root system, it is an inexpensive and easy way to create new trees. The best time to do so is in the summer. Here's how:

  1. Cut a 6- to 8-inch portion of a young, thin branch from a healthy mango tree, and remove the leaves on the lower half. Also, remove any flowers or fruit. 
  2. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone.
  3. Plant the cutting in a small container with moistened soilless potting mix. The container should have drainage holes. 
  4. Put the container in a warm, humid spot with bright, indirect light. And keep the growing medium moist but not soggy. Adding a heat mat under the container to keep the soil between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit can help to promote root growth. It can take several weeks to have substantial root growth. 

How to Grow Mango Trees From Seed

To germinate mango seeds, carefully remove the outer hairy husk to reveal the inner seed. Polyembryonic plants, such as the mango tree, have seeds with several smaller seeds inside, while other plants have just one seed.

You can suspend a seed over water like an avocado seed to develop roots. Or you can plant it with the bulging side up about 1/2 inch deep in a container of a seed-starting mix. It should sprout within two weeks. Keep the seed in temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and keep the growing medium moist but not soggy. Wait to plant the sprouted seed in a larger container until its second growing season begins.

Potting and Repotting Mango Trees

A well-draining potting mix for citrus plants or palms is suitable for potting mangoes. Mango trees will grow into small trees fairly quickly (in about four or five years) and require repotting when they become root-bound or too top-heavy for the pot. The timing of this can vary depending on your pot size and variety of tree.

To repot, gently remove the tree from its old container, place it at the same depth it was previously growing in a larger container, and fill around it with fresh potting mix. Then, water it deeply, ensuring the excess water drains out of the container.

Overwintering

Potted mango trees should be brought indoors for the winter before the temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Place them by a bright, south-facing window, and use grow lights if necessary. The trees should be kept warm and protected from drafts.

Common Pests and Plant Diseases

Mango may suffer from some common insect pests, including mealybugs, aphids, and mites. Signs of infestation include tiny webs on plants, clumps of white powdery residue, and visible insects. Treat infestations as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading to the rest of your collection. Start with the least toxic treatment option, progressing to more serious chemicals only if your initial efforts fail.

Mango plants also are susceptible to anthracnose, a fungal disease causing black lesions that gradually spread. Seriously infected trees stop producing fruit. The best preventive measure is to plant a resistant variety in full sun, where moisture will quickly evaporate.

Extreme humidity fosters anthracnose and other fungal diseases. Copper-based fungicides can sometimes be effective against anthracnose on mango trees, but you should not use fungicides within 14 days of a planned fruit harvest.

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How Long From Blossom to Fruit for a Mango Tree? | Home Guides

By SF Gate Contributor Updated August 10, 2020

Although the fruits are commonly sold in grocery and produce stores year around throughout the United States, the mango (Mangifera indica L.) is native to the area between the borders of India and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and the Andaman Islands. Mango trees are grown in the U. S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 11 and 12, according to CalPoly Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute. Many mango tree flowers are self-pollinating and produce fruit.

Tip

Mango trees produce fruit that is ready for harvest 100 to 150 days after flowering. Most fruit is ready to pick in June and July, but specific harvest times vary by variety.

Mango Tree Information

Mangoes are most often grown in areas south of the Tropic of Cancer because it is close to the equator, where temperatures are consistently warm. This small swatch of land stretches 30 degrees north and south of the equator.

Mango trees do not tolerate cold temperatures, and temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit may kill flower buds and newly blooming flowers, compromising fruit production, advises Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. People in cooler areas who want to grow mango trees can grow one of the dwarf varieties in a container that can be moved indoors.

Pollination of Mango Tree Flowers

Although mango trees produce many flowers, not all of those flowers will produce fruit. Flowers may develop on different parts of a tree at different times. Mango trees differ from other fruit trees because flowers don't require bees for pollination. A host of other insects and fruit bats pollinate mango flowers.

Mango trees are monoecious, a term that describes how some flowers on any single tree may be hermaphroditic, having both female and male reproductive organs. The typical pattern of flower production is that 75 percent of the flowers are capable of self-pollinating because the flower has both female and male parts, and 25 percent of the flowers are all male. Flowering may occur any time between December and March, depending on the growing area and weather conditions.

Mango Blossom to Fruit

The time it takes for mango trees to produce mature, harvest-ready fruit from the time of flowering ranges from 100 to 150 days, depending on the cultivar, growing region and various weather factors, advises the University of Florida IFAS Extension. After flowers are pollinated, fruit begins to develop. Fruit varies according to cultivar variety and growing location. Mango skin may be greenish-yellow or orange-red. Flavor also varies between acidic and sweet.

Compared to the number of flowers a tree produces, the actual number of fruits that develop and mature to harvest is very small. Most varieties bear fruit between May and September, notes the University of Hawaii. Fruit production is heaviest during June and July.

Varieties for Containers

Because mango trees are best suited to the tropical climates of USDA plant hardiness zones 11 and 12, the only way people living elsewhere can grow them is by opting for dwarf cultivars that are suited to container growth. The tree has to be brought indoors when temperatures get too cold or if there is too much rain.

Two dwarf cultivars are suitable for growth at home: 'Irwin' and 'Julie,' notes Purdue University. Both cultivars are heavy fruit producers whose fruits typically weigh 3/4 to 1 pound each. 'Irwin' produces fruits that are pink, red and yellow, whereas 'Julie' produces fruits that are pink and yellow. 'Irwin' grows slowly; 'Julie' grows very slowly. Both varieties produce fruit in June and July, after flowering in February or March, as long as proper growing conditions are provided.

References

  • Purdue University: Mango -- Mangifera Indica L.
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Mango Growing in the Florida Home Landscape
  • University of Hawaii: Mango -- General Crop Information
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Fruit and Nut Resources: Mango
  • CalPoly Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute: Mango

Resources

  • University of California at Los Angeles: Mango (Mangifera Indica)

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Mango is a very sweet exotic fruit that tastes like a peach. There is an opinion that it grows only in hot countries and the tropics. But every housewife, cutting a juicy fruit in the kitchen, thinks about how good it would be to grow it at home. And it's real. Growing a mango tree from a stone is absolutely easy if you properly care for it. Another issue is fruition. There may be problems associated with the vegetative characteristics of this plant.

Maintenance

  1. Preparing for planting
  2. Planting and growing
  3. Caring for a mango tree
  4. Is it possible to get fruit?

Landing preparation

Planting and growing mangoes at home is easy. But first the seed must be sown. To do this, you will need the following items:

  • ripe fruit;
  • dull knife;
  • paper towel;
  • ziplock plastic bag;
  • plastic container with lid.

Landing preparation:

  1. The first step is to select a ripe fruit with the correct shape. It should be free of damage and wormholes. Ideally, fruit brought from a tropical country, and not bought in a store.
  2. Next, you need to cut off all the pulp and rinse the stone with water.
  3. Place a clean bone in a sunny place where it will dry for 1-2 days. Turn it over when one side is dry.
  4. With a blunt knife, cut open the bone from the sharp tip. This should be done as carefully as possible, trying not to touch the seed, and break the rest with your hands.
  5. Remove the seed from the shell, it is not necessary to remove the skin. The seed is shaped like a bean or bean.
  6. Wrap it in a piece of paper towel, moisten slightly. There should not be much moisture, from an overabundance it will simply rot.
  7. Put the seed wrapped in a towel into a plastic bag, then into a container and close the lid. It will serve as a mini-greenhouse in which the grain will germinate.
  8. Move the container to a dark place.
  9. Check it periodically to ensure that the seed does not dry out and is always moist.
Mango pits before sproutingMango seed

Mango trees are very vulnerable in the early stages of growth, so it is recommended to plant the seed in a permanent place immediately and avoid multiple transplants.

Planting and growing

After the mango seed has germinated, it must be planted in a pot. This is done in the following way.

We need:

  • good quality, light and loose soil;
  • drainage;
  • large flower pot;
  • scoop;
  • water.

Planting and growing step by step:

1 Pour drainage into the bottom of the pot. It is necessary, since the mango does not tolerate stagnant water, and excess moisture will harm the roots.
2 Fill the pot 2/3 full with soil, dampen it and let the water drain. Drainage will help remove excess moisture.
3 Place the germinated seed in the container with the smooth side down, cover with soil and lightly press down, being careful not to damage the stone.
4 Cover the pot with a plastic bag and place it in a sunny place.
5 Ventilate regularly, if necessary, moisten the soil, avoiding drying out. If the surface is dry, it's time to water.
6 The first leaves begin to appear within 2-4 weeks. Their color ranges from light green to purple. You should not be afraid, this is due to the peculiarity of the culture of this plant.
7 After 2 months after germination, you can gradually accustom the plant to the environment by slightly opening the plastic bag and leave it in the sun.

Mango tree maintenance

Planting and growing a mango tree is easy. But in order for it to grow healthy and beautiful, full care is needed. You need to plant it in a bright place, under direct sunlight, and in summer you can take it out to the balcony or to the street. But in unstable weather conditions, it is better not to do this. A sharp cold snap or long-term rains will harm the plant. In winter, it is desirable to highlight it with a fluorescent lamp.

The following conditions are required to maintain the tree:

  • The optimum temperature is +21-26 degrees. Any sudden changes can cause damage to the tree, stop the process of its growth.
  • Dry soil is absolutely unacceptable for a whimsical tree, so it needs to be watered frequently.
  • Dry air is also harmful. It is necessary to regularly spray it from a spray bottle or install a humidifier nearby.
  • It is necessary to regularly feed the plant with natural organic fertilizers. Trees grow well if you add humus to the pot. To do this, you can make a small depression around the tree, place fertilizer there and sprinkle it with soil on top.
  • In wildlife, mangoes grow to a height of 22-25 meters. A home tree will not yield to him in this, so it is necessary to properly form the crown and cut it in time. You need to start in the spring, when the plant reaches a height of 1.5 meters, leaving the 5 strongest branches. The pruning site is treated with garden pitch.

Is it possible to get fruits?

Is it possible to get home grown mangoes? Some gardeners argue that the germination of this prolific tree is unrealistic. Others think it's entirely possible.

Treating yourself to homemade mangoes is not easy. After all, the mango tree has special vegetative properties and it is quite difficult to create conditions for its pollination at home. Therefore, a plant grown from a seed will not bear fruit. In order for this to happen, you need to purchase a mango seedling from a nursery and graft it onto your home tree. If this is done, then in 2-3 years after grafting, flowers will appear on the mango tree, and in 3-4 months the first tasty and juicy fruit will ripen.

Home grown mangoes

It is not difficult to grow a mango tree at home, the main thing is to follow all the conditions and fertilize it in time. A mandatory rule for obtaining fruits is the grafting of a plant with a seedling grown in a nursery. You can also buy and plant an already grafted plant, so you will save a lot of time and effort.

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Mango is the most common tropical tree. This evergreen plant comes from Burma and eastern India and belongs to the Anacardiaceae family. The tropical tree is one of the main national symbols of India and Pakistan.

The height of a tree trunk can reach 30 meters, and its crown in girth - up to 10 meters. The long dark green mango leaves are lanceolate in shape, and their width is no more than 5 cm. The young glossy leaves of a tropical plant are characterized by a red or yellow-green color.

Mango blossom period falls on February-March. Yellowish inflorescences are collected in pyramidal brooms. Panicles-inflorescences consist of several hundred flowers, and sometimes their number is measured in thousands. Their length can reach 40 cm. Mango flowers are predominantly male. The aroma of the opened flowers is almost identical to the smell of lily blossoms. Between the period of wilting of flowers and ripening of mango fruits, at least three months pass. In some cases, this process is delayed up to six months.

Tropical plant with long strong stems that can support the weight of ripe fruit. A ripe mango can weigh up to 2 kilograms. The fruit has a smooth and thin peel, the color of which directly depends on the degree of ripeness of the fruit. The color of the peel can be green, yellow and red, but it is not uncommon for a combination of all of these colors to be found on the same fruit. The state of its pulp (soft or fibrous) also depends on the degree of ripeness of the fruit. Inside the mango pulp is a large hard bone.

More than five hundred varieties of tropical fruit are known today. According to some reports, there are up to 1000 varieties. All of them are different in shape, color, size, inflorescences and taste of the fruit. On industrial plantations, preference is given to the cultivation of dwarf mangoes. They are recommended to be grown at home.

An evergreen tropical tree native to the Indian states. Mango often grew in tropical forests with high humidity. Today, tropical fruit is grown in various parts of the world: Mexico, South America, USA, Philippines, Caribbean Islands, Kenya. Mango trees are also found in Australia and Thailand.

India is the main supplier of mangoes to foreign countries. About 10 million tons of tropical fruits are collected on the plantations of this South Asian country. In Europe, Spain and the Canary Islands are considered the largest suppliers of mangoes.

1 Mango care at home

1.1 Location, lighting, temperature

1.2 Soil

1.3 Watering and air humidity

1.4 Feeding and fertilizing

2 Mango propagation

3 How to grow a mango from a stone

4 Diseases and pests

Mango care at home

Location, lighting, temperature

The location of a tropical tree in the house plays a key role in the proper development of the plant. If possible, the brightest and brightest place in the apartment should be allocated for the placement of mangoes.

An evergreen tree should be kept in a free pot as its root system develops rapidly. Mango loves to be in the sun. The lack of natural lighting often leads to plant diseases.

Mango is a rather heat-loving plant, the optimum temperature for a plant at any time of the year ranges from 20-26 degrees.

Soil

The soil for the mango tree must be sufficiently loose. Be sure to remember to take care of good drainage!

Watering and air humidity

Moderately moist soil is the optimal soil for growing a tropical tree. It is very important to minimize watering during mango flowering. At the same time, attention should be paid to the condition of the leaves - they will wilt without moisture. After removing the fruits, the irrigation regime becomes the same. The plant needs to gain new strength for further development. Moderately moist soil is especially important for young trees that do not tolerate existence in a dry substrate.

Mango does not like excessive dampness, however, dry air can harm him. The humidity in the room should be moderate.

Top dressing and fertilizers

To form a beautiful branchy crown, it is necessary to feed the plant in early spring. During the period of active growth of a tropical tree, organic fertilizers should be introduced into the soil (every 2 weeks). Microfertilizers are used for additional plant nutrition, which is carried out no more than 3 times a year. In autumn, mango does not need fertilizer. In order for the plant to develop correctly and please its owners with healthy and tasty fruits, it is advisable to select a complete balanced fertilizer for it.

Propagation of mangoes

Previously, mangoes were propagated by seed and grafting. Only the last method of reproduction of a tropical plant has retained its relevance today. This is due to the fact that the vaccine gives a guaranteed result. Plants are grafted exclusively in the summer.


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