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Is there any other fruit that just screams summer as much as mango (Mangifera indica) It’s incredibly sweet fresh can be enjoyed fresh from the tree, blended into a cold smoothie or tossed in a salad. The tree is pretty attractive too, growing up to 10m tall – so make sure you have the space! Otherwise, look for dwarf varieties which remain a compact 3-4m.


How to grow mangoes in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots. 
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well.  
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions. 
  6. Feed your mango with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser at least 3 times a year, in spring, summer and in autumn after harvest.
  7. When the tree starts to produce fruit (normally in its 3rd or 4th year), supplement feeding with Yates Thrive Citrus & Fruit Liquid Plant Food
  8. Mangoes are ready to be picked when the skin turns from green to yellow or orange.

     
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How to grow mangos in a pot

If planting in pots, look for dwarf varieties like Palmer or Sensation. 

  1. Choose a pot at least 500mm wide. Position in full sun and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  2. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots. 
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well. 
  4. Water deeply, 2-3 times during the week, depending on weather conditions.
  5. Feed your mango with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser at least 3 times a year, in spring, summer and in autumn after harvest.
  6. When the tree starts to produce fruit (normally in its 3rd or 4th year), supplement feeding with Yates Thrive Citrus & Fruit Liquid Plant Food
  7. Mangoes are ready to be picked when the skin turns from green to yellow or orange.

Growing tips

  • When the tree reaches 1m, cut it back to encourage branching. 

  • As the branches develop from the main stem, choose 4-5 strong branches, ensuring they fan out like an open vase and remove the rest. This will ensure sunlight and air is well-circulated within the canopy. 
  • Spray leaves with Yates DroughtShield and cover with a shade cloth (up to 50%) in summer to help reduce sun burn. 

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