We LOVE Mango Season in South Florida!

manga-661599-mWe pull Mangos off our tree by the bucket loads. The only question is what do we do with all this fresh fruit? Well below are some delicious recipes along with some helpful information on planting a Mango Tree of your own in South Florida and how to care for your Mango Tree once it’s established. Enjoy!

 

 


Mango Tree Care & Planting Tips

mango treeBrief History

Mangos  have been cultivated in India for more than 4,000 years. Beginning in the 16th century, mangos were gradually distributed around the world, reaching the Americas in the 18th century. The first recorded introduction into Florida was Cape Sable in 1833.

 

Where to Plant

Mango trees in the home landscape can become very large at maturity and should be planted in a full sun location at least 25 to 30 feet or more away from buildings, electrical wires, or other trees. Mango Trees are well adapted to many soil types. In South Florida, trees growing in light sand and limestone soils still produce a decent amount of fruit.  Although mango trees are moderately tolerant of occasional flooding or excessively wet soil conditions, they will not perform as well in poorly drained/ compacted soils. When selecting a site for planting a Mango Tree, select an area that does not flood. If there is a potential for flooding, plant the tree on a large hill or mound made up of native soil, 2 to 3 ft high by 4 to 6 ft in diameter.

Trimming

When the Mango Tree is young it is important to selectively prune the young tree in order to develop a balanced shape with strong branches that will support heavy fruit crops. When the Mango Tree has matured, pruning should be done soon after every harvest. Through regular pruning, the size of your mango tree may be contained to between 6 and 15 ft in height. Selective removal of a few upper limbs each year will help prevent the loss of the lower tree canopy, reduce the work and time to harvest the fruit and greatly reduce possible storm damage.

Severe pruning may be done to reduce the canopy height or width of very large trees. This generally does not injure mango trees, but will reduce fruit production for one to several seasons. Once Mango Trees become 30 ft or taller it is best to use extreme caution in pruning the trees. Climbing trees to prune them is dangerous and not recommended. Pruning of large mango trees should be done by a professional arborist who is licensed and insured to avoid injury to people and property and ensure the longevity of the tree.

Harvesting

Most varieties of Mangos mature from May to September, with the greatest production in June and July. Mangos can be picked by hand or ladders may be used to reach fruit high in the tree canopy. Also popular is a long picking pole which has a cutting blade and a canvas or nylon bag attached to its distal end. Pruning Mango Trees to limit their size allows the fruit to be more easily accessed and harvested.

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