Mangoes are generally sweet, although the taste and texture of the flesh varies, use this helpful guide to grow some in your back garden!
Everybody loves mangoes! Well, okay, not everybody but you get the gist of what we are trying to say. Mangoes are really popular fruits across the world! They can be sliced and eaten fresh, used to make delicious mango juice, or turned into tasty mango puree.
Mango trees are easy to grow and to manage. In tropical and subtropical climates, they can grow with very little care. And once they start producing mango crops, they can continue producing for decades.
How to Plant Mangoes
You can grow mango trees from seed or from small grafted trees. Growing from seed is more fulfilling for many farmers. However, growing mango trees from grafted trees yield results faster and nearly guarantees you good crop every year once the tree matures.
To get a good small grafted tree, visit a reputable local nursery. If you are in a mango-growing region, they will have many grafted mango trees. Buy two or three if you have a large garden because mango trees like space.
Make sure the variety or varieties you buy are edible because some commercial varieties are not edible. Once you buy your mango trees, take them home with you and prepare planting sites for them.
Dig a hole in the middle of your planting sites and plant a mango tree in each hole. And then mix the topsoil you removed with manure or compost and fill it back in. But when filling the soil back in, make sure it does not go above the soil level, your mango tree or trees were in in the nursery.
After planting your mango tree or trees, water them until the soil is adequately moist but not wet.
How To Care For Mango Trees
Mango trees are easy to care for. You simply need to water them every week and fertilize them every four months. While watering your mango plant is encouraged, you should not soak it in water. This will lead to overwatering, and it could kill your plant, especially when it is young.
To prevent moisture loss from the roots of your mango trees, you should apply mulch to the ground around your trees.
How To Harvest Mangoes
Mangoes usually ripen early summer. The easiest way to tell if your mangoes are ripening is to squeeze them very gently. If they give, then they are ripe and ready for harvesting. Mangoes can also be picked half-green because they can ripen at room temperature.
The easiest way to harvest mangoes is to cut off the stem using sharp scissors. Get a ladder if your mangoes are high and avoid getting the mango tree sap on you as it is very irritating.
Tips & Common Problems
To make sure you mango trees or trees look good, you should cut them back by a third when they get one meter high. This is known as top pruning, and it will encourage your mango trees or trees to develop branches and take a nice shape.