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What’s Blooming in Paradise: No fruit says you’re in the tropics like mangos

By Staff | Jul 14, 2016

Plant Subject: Mango tree (Mangifera indica)

First impression: Shimmery purple burgundy to orangey yellow cascading oblong fruit dripping from very large trees. The flowers can be seen simultaneously while fruiting, are large panicles of small flowers pinky cream colored. How can these tiny, tiny flowers transform into this celebrative shaped fruit? Magic! Just sprinkle some twinkle on your toes and reach high to pick your own mangos in your paradise garden.

Upon further investigation: I discovered our stars’ exact origin is obscure but guesses include India or Burma. It is an evergreen tree, which does well in full sun and can reach a mature height of 50 to 100 feet. When they grow too tall, they produce less fruit and get brittle with high winds. A talented group of arborists can professionally prune your trees for health, wind and beauty.

Here in paradise, the wind is brutal with trees unless they are opened up to let those strong winds pass through them instead of knocking them over. The trees are not known for their flowers, which are the color of mangos and emerge on the ends of the branches. When in full bloom, it really looks like it’s glowing. Get ready when the fruit starts to appear, you must stand back to notice the dangling mangos, the tree’s leaves and flowers are so dense.

The immature fruits start out in multitudes draping from red hued stalks. As they mature, only the strong survive and each stalk ends up with one or two mangos to maturity. You can utilize a hand held fruit picker to reach the fruit, with its long extendable pole and a wire basket on one end.

The basket is deep with a small claw around its edge to aid in trapping any fruit. How do you eat a mango? Soft mangos are a sign of ripeness. Use a sharp knife to cut a wedge out which avoids the large dark seed in the middle. Separate the orange mango fruit from the rind and enjoy. Mangos’ taste is unique and tropical and sought after by many avid admirers. Interesting tidbit, people highly allergic to poison ivy should be cautious handing or eating the fruit.

Pros:

Attractive when fruiting or non-fruiting

Earn some extra pocket money selling fruit

Noninvasive

Lots and lots of fruit

Even if you don’t like the taste, all your northern visitors are REALLY impressed

Cons:

Daily clean up oodles of fruit after windy day

Non-native

Neighbors may be stealing fruit when you’re not looking

Low salt tolerance

3 to 5 years to bear fruit

Conclusion: No fruit says you’re in the tropics like mangos. The best place for any mango is in your mouth. Well, it also looks good on this gorgeous tree. You got to see, this fruit tree dripping juicy balloons of red, yellow and orange in your own paradise garden. Don’t wanna miss this fruiter!

FYI: Any fertilizing during our rainy season, only ends up in our water resources as unwanted algae blooms. Remember, we have a yearly fertilizer restriction during July 1 through Oct 2. This is a very important mandatory restriction to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus runoff into our precious waterways.