How to Grow Mango Trees

Grafted mango trees will yield fruit reliably, and fruiting times will be significantly shorter than trying to grow mango trees from seed. It takes about 3 to 5 years for mango trees to grow into healthy specimens, but in many cases, particularly in an indoor environment, it can take another 2 or 3 years before they begin producing lots of fruit every year. Mango trees planted from seeds will take about 8 years to bear fruit, whereas mango trees planted from saplings can take as long as 5 years to bear mangoes.

Propagating mango trees from seeds is a poor idea, as they can take up to 8 years to bear fruit, and even then, there is no guarantee whether they will produce fruit, and if so, what kind. If you are growing a tree from seed that has been picked, do not expect fruit that is faithful to the parent plant. There is even the possibility that a tree you have propagated is infertile and does not bear fruit at all, so generally, if you want to have any fruit, you are better off buying dwarf varieties that are grafted. Those that are able to grow their tree outside, and successfully manage to keep their tree alive for several years, might find the fruits that the plant produces are not quite the same as those of the parent. Some are unlikely to sprout because of a process that fruit goes through prior to transport, and others will produce fruits that are distant from the original plants, or worse, none of them.

By using mangos at the local grocery store, you can cultivate a full-fledged tree that can also produce fruit in just a few years. If you do not mind having a really, really large tree, mangoes grow and produce really well without any pruning. Mango trees are about as exotic as you can get when it comes to indoor fruit trees, and unlike a lot of tropical plants, they are not that difficult to grow and take care of. These trees can start producing fruit as early as 5 years after being planted from seeds, and they may continue producing fruit until they are done, like you see with this tree.

Mangos require a warm, subtropical climate to thrive so consider a hot, long summer with slightly cooler winters. The best time to plant mango trees is in late spring or early summer, when soil is warm enough to allow a mango tree to begin establishing itself in a garden.

Once your mango plants are established and have grown enough for you to harvest the fruits, begin to water them sparingly in their pre-flowering stage. Continue doing so until 40-50 percent of your mango plants are flowering, then water regularly from the flowering phase until the fruits are formed, with several weeks (or one month) left to harvest your mangoes.

You may want to try picking the mangoes when they are still green, but fully grown, and allow them to ripen on the tree in just a few days to a couple of weeks. It may be best to harvest the mangoes before they are fully mature, because they will be softened and may drop from the tree, damaging the fruit.

All mangoes will grow if you have a climate that is not affected by freezing temperatures, however, the blossoming habits are temperature dependent and will vary. If you are fortunate enough to live in a tropical or subtropical climate, follow these tips to take care of your mango trees and enjoy the fruits of your labour within just a few years. That is, if you are going to plant and grow one from a seed, you are going to need a green thumb and plenty of patience before you can pluck that first ripe mango off of your tree.

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