Monday, February 6, 2012

Mango Tree, Grow From Seed ( How To Grow )

              Hello! and good day to you all, this is Ken and Marilou with you today on Garden The Easy Way.  

              Today we are going to talk about Mangoes. Marilou my wife, she is from the Philippines, and the Philippines they have 3 different kinds of Mangoes. Mangoes are Marilou's favorite fruit, and they are so delicious. Mango Trees can grow from 30 to 100 feet tall.    

              But we do also grow mangoes here in the USA, Southern California and Hawaii. The Mango Trees have big dark green leaves, and the flowers are in a big clusters and they smell so good, has sweet smell. Mangoes are a very healthy fruit for us to eat.  

               Today we are going to share with you how to plant mango seeds and how to have your very own Mango Trees, and you too can have your delicious fresh mangoes. But first, you must have the tropical weather to have a tropical fruit. So if you are one of the lucky ones with tropical weather, we are ready to go!.    


Things You Will Need:

* Mango seed
* Water
* Stakes
* Fertilizer
* Fungicide
* Pesticide

1. It is always best to get your seeds from a grower, but you can use seed out of your mango that you bought at the store or market.  

2. You will need to remove the hard seed shell from the seed, you then be able to tell if the seed is damaged or not. You will need to plant the seeds before they dry.  

3. When planting plant, plant the hump of the seed just above the soil line. Water well after planting, keep the soil moist, the seeds will germinate. Mango trees prefer full sun. Some people even grow mango trees in a big containers, but mango trees will grow better, and get a lot bigger if you plant them in the soil, and they will also produce more fruit if planted in the soil.    

4. Mango Trees, soil be a pH range of 5.5 to 7.5. Mango tree need a lot of free air movement is important to prevent disease. Keep young saplings moist and away from any chills. provide a windbreak for the plants, if in an exposed area.  

5. Water every other day for the first week, then one to two times per week as they grow, according to the University of Florida Extension's website. Mangoes like moist but not waterlogged soil. Stake plants as needed as they grow taller. Mature mango trees need little additional watering.

6. Fertilize seedlings in three or four applications over the growing season with 1-1-1 NPK fertilizer or 1-2-2 fertilizer, according to the University of Hawaii Extension Service's website. Additional nitrogen will help encourage good foliage and fruiting. Organic fertilizers are best as mango trees can experience burning.

7. Check seedlings regularly for garden pests and diseases. Apply a sulfur and copper fungicide to prevent anthracnose and powdery mildew. Consult with your agricultural extension office for the best pesticide to use for your area.    

***Tips & Warnings***  

1. Seedling trees will bloom and bear fruit in three to six years. Fruit matures 100 to 150 after flowering. Allow fruit to ripen on tree for best flavor.

2. Avoid transplanting. Mango trees have delicate roots that dislike transplanting. Trees can go into shock.

              Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.