What to Do if a Mango Tree Doesn't Make Fruit

Mango trees (Mangifera indica), that are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10b through 11, produce heavy, egg-shaped fruits which each have one seed inside. This sweet tropical fruit includes a red skin and soft, yellow flesh. Mango trees fruit under very specific problems. If these conditions are not met, a mango tree might produce only vegetation, fruit.

Young Trees

Newly planted or transplanted mango trees require time to mature until they can bear fruit. Young mango trees are propagated from seeds and seeds out of grafts. A mango tree that’s the end result of a graft might take three to five years to produce fruit. A mango tree grown from seed may take five or more years to produce fruit. Given time and exploded in the correct circumstances, a young mango should produce fruit in just three to five decades, based on its way of propagation.

Appropriate Conditions

Conditions have to be advantageous for a mango tree’s health and growth in order for it to bear fruit. Conditions which are too favorable, however, may produce heavy vegetation at a detriment to blossom production. A mango tree needs full sun and needs to be planted in a sheltered area, protected from wind and winter chill. Drought stress during fall and winter months, once the plant creates blossoms, is desirable for fruiting. Because those seasons tend to bring rain anyway, the mango tree needs to not receive supplemental irrigation during the period of time. Overcast weather may be advantageous to vegetation over blossoms; thus fall and winter months which are especially gloomy are less productive than sunnier winters and falls. During the months of February through August, water the tree only when weather is dry, and shake it with light applications of a slow-release fertilizer. Cease all fertilization and watering by September.

Old Trees

After 10 decades old, many mangos fruit only alternating years. Some civilizations have developed processes that induce flowering in “off” years. These clinics involve slashing mango trunks, girdling, smoking the tree, salting the ground, withholding water, withholding nitrogen and pruning off one-half the flower clusters within a year once the tree blooms. Though methods change, the objective is always the same: to create adverse conditions for the tree, because anxiety can cause blossoms. You can create anxiety for your mango tree by cutting down or stopping fertilization practices and watering it only when absolutely necessary.

Other Factors

Pruning a mango tree may stimulate vegetative growth in favor of fruit. Additionally, pruning done in the wrong times may remove tips that make blossoms. A mango tree can be pruned securely immediately after fruiting although not prior to fruiting. Weather under 40 degrees Fahrenheit may harm a mango tree and its own flowers. To prevent that problem with a small mango tree, safeguard it with blankets, blankets, heat lights or even Christmas lights.

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