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Mango Tree

R250.00

Traditionally, mangos are commercially grown in tropical areas. They adapt successfully in higher-lying areas and can tolerate various climatic conditions. Mango trees cannot tolerate harsh winds. They have a deep tap-root system (up to 6 metres) and many feeding roots are closer to the surface. They are evergreen trees and new leaves form in flushes 2 or 3 times a year.

 

The cultivar ‘Tommy Atkins’ is one of the most popular as it produces abundant well-sized and -coloured fruits and is disease-resistant.

 

Mango trees start producing fruit at 3 years old. These fruits are high in fibre and have good amounts of vitamins A, B and C; as well as potassium. They also contain many phytochemicals as well as mineral salts, and are used to fight heartburn and indigestion.

 

If the temperature drops below 5° Celsius in winter, frost cover is recommended.

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We stock the popular varieties of Mango Trees in Spring to Summer.

Position – Plant your mango tree in full sun, at least 7 metres from any other tree, buildings or power lines.  Mango trees need to be sheltered from strong winds as these will damage the fruit.

 

Size – They can grow up to a height of 35 metres, producing fruit for hundreds of years with the correct conditions and feeding.

 

Soil Type – Almost any soil is suitable for mango trees, but good drainage is essential. We stock volcanic rock dust, which contains organic minerals and trace elements to boost your soil’s health and increases important micro-organisms. This works well for mango trees.

 

Mulch –  All fruit trees, including mangoes, benefit from a well-aged manure or compost. Pine bark and green needles are an excellent source of acid. Just remember to keep it 15 to 30 centimetres away from the trunk of the tree, as it can cause rot and infection if it gets too close.

 

Watering – In summer, water the trees deeply every 3 to 4 days, making sure that the long taproot is saturated. Do not water during August and September. Resume again as soon as fruits appear.

 

Fertilising Your tree should be fertilised 3 times a year with nitrogen. They also do well with some protein added, so find a protein-based fertiliser, if possible.

 

Pruning – Only prune a tree that is at least 4 years old. Remove weak or diseased stems and shape it to form a strong scaffold.

 

Pests – Constantly be on the watch for pests and disease. Treat these with an organic pesticide.

 

Harvesting – The delicious, sweet fruits take approximately 4 months to ripen on the tree.

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