Common Questions Concerning Young Mango Trees
Common Questions Concerning Young Mango Trees
Jeff Wasielewski, Commercial Tropical Fruit Crops Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County
Jonathan Crane, Professor and Tropical Fruit Crop Specialist, TREC
Growing mango trees can be very rewarding, and is accomplished fairly easily in South
Florida. Mango trees are able to produce fruit with relatively low input from the grower.
There are over 1,000 different cultivars of mangos, so be sure to plant and grow a
cultivar that you like. The following are common questions asked about growing mango
trees in South Florida.
How soon will my tree produce fruit after planting?
Mango trees are almost always propagated by grafting, a type of asexual propagation.
Tree’s that are grafted are a clone of the parent tree, so they keep all of the
characteristics of the mother plant. They also skip the stages of growth and maturity
that a tree planted from seed would have to go through and are therefore ready to fruit
and flower immediately. Most trees are planted at the 3-gallon size, so they simply need
to grow large enough to be able to support fruit production. It typically takes two to
three years before a tree is ready to produce fruit, although some trees can produce
sooner.
A young mango tree planted in full sun with a barrier of mulch.
Where should I plant my mango tree?
Mango trees, like most fruit trees, need to be planted in the full sun. The area chosen
should be large enough to allow the mango to grow to at least twelve feet by twelve
feet, and still receive a large amount of sunlight. The planting area should not hold
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