Position – The Extrema mango thrives in full sun. Space about eight mts apart from other trees. This allows the tree space to spread and grow. It is a big tree and shouldn’t be grown in a pot. Mangoes thrive in temperatures between 10°C and 35°C, and are sensitive to frost and wind.
Size – This mango tree grows to a height of about 4 to 9 mts with a spread of 4 mts, depending on their growing conditions. However, you can prune it in summer and again in winter to prevent it from becoming too big for your space. You can also stake the branches horizontally to the ground.
Soil type – The Extrema mango thrives in sandy soil rich in organic matter and drains well, with a pH of between 5.5 and 7.5. The hole should be deep because the tree’s roots extend far down.
Mulch – To retain moisture in the soil, use good organic mulch, like straw, grass cuttings, or wood chips. These also help to prevent weeds. Keep the mulch about 20 cms away from the actual tree trunk so as not to cause root rot.
Watering – Your mango tree needs a fair amount of water to flourish, especially between the first blooms and the time that the fruit. Water them generously to saturate the soil right down to its long tap root. Then, allow the top 10 cms of the soil to dry out before you water the tree again. Don’t water the tree at all for two months before flowering. Water it again as soon as fruits begin to form.
Fertilising – Just before flowering, use a rapid-release nitrogen fertilizer to boost the health and abundance of fruit and flowers. Don’t over-fertilise them, as this will reduce the number of fruits and flowers that appear.
Pruning – Remove dead and diseased limbs and thin out the canopy so the sun can penetrate it. Then, prune it once or twice yearly to keep it at the desired height.
Harvesting – Harvest your delicious mangoes when they change from green to mainly yellow. When the fruit is ripe, it should come off the branch easily when you gently tug it.