Tropical and subtropical fruits:
A few of the more than 500 varieties of Mango cultivars
Tropical Fruit for the Home Landscape – IFAS/UFL
Enhance pollination of fruits during spring flowering by allowing a selection of nearby weeds to grow to provide a nectar source for bees, wasps, and flies.
Add variety and interest to the landscape and table with exotic fruits. This is a great time of year to plant fruit trees. The Brevard Rare Fruit Club will have its annual sale in April and nurseries are full of a variety of healthy young trees.
Basic Mango Tree Care
1 Choose a healthy tree: A two-gallon container is a good size. A small tree will establish quicker and grow better roots to resist hurricanes.
2 Plant Wisely: Depending on the varietal, mango trees should be planted in full sun for best growth and fruit production. Select a part of the landscape away from other trees, buildings and structures, and power lines. Remember, mango trees can become very large if not pruned to contain their size. Ideally, a mango tree height should be kept at about 15 feet. Select an area landscape that won’t retain water after summer rains.
3 Water the tree until established – 1 to 3 months. Do not irrigate after establishment – as irrigation will increase disease and lower fruit quality.
4 Fertilize lightly with low analysis fertilizers. No nitrogen fertilizers should be applied. Fertilize when your tree is active and do not fertilize during the winter. Use a 0-0-50 formulation, sprinkled lightly below the drip-line of the canopy three times per year. Fertilize 3 times per year with foliar micronutrients that include magnesium, zinc, and manganese.
For more tips, consult the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden website.