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mango trees : keep forever compact
« on: September 05, 2021, 06:38:27 PM »
Central FL.  Inground, young.  Varieties unknown; not dwarves.
I plan to prune to keep heights at 6' max, and to keep widths appropriate to heights.  Has any of you done anything of the sort?

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2021, 08:27:12 AM »
You will probably have to use dwarf varieties to keep six feet.
If you have room, plant one every five years and alternately replace one every ten years. The older they get the harder to control. Try to grow in full sun exposure to stay shorter. These are just my thoughts. Paclobutrazol chemically dwarfs mango.

« Last Edit: September 06, 2021, 08:33:38 AM by pineislander »

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2021, 04:04:14 PM »
U could bend the branches down with ropes fixes to a wooden stake ,hammered into the ground. I've did this to different types of plants ,when i want to spread the crown.

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2021, 02:54:35 PM »
Thanks for replies.

In brief purusal of information about Paclobutrazol, in abstract of a research into its toxic effects: "Due to its high mobility, high stability and potential for bioaccumulation, the risks of PBZ to the health of organisms and ecological systems have become a serious concern."

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2021, 04:20:48 PM »
Thanks for replies.

In brief purusal of information about Paclobutrazol, in abstract of a research into its toxic effects: "Due to its high mobility, high stability and potential for bioaccumulation, the risks of PBZ to the health of organisms and ecological systems have become a serious concern."

Well, they were speaking about adding it into water with zebrafish....

Yes, no doubt it can be abused however it is used worldwide on mango including Australia which is generally risk-averse. Very commonly used in USA on ornamental plants to make them bush form. 

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2021, 06:13:16 PM »
You will probably have to use dwarf varieties to keep six feet.
If you have room, plant one every five years and alternately replace one every ten years. The older they get the harder to control. Try to grow in full sun exposure to stay shorter. These are just my thoughts. Paclobutrazol chemically dwarfs mango.
From your experience growing mangos, which do you consider the dwarf varieties?
John

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2021, 06:51:24 AM »
there is a nice youtube video about the australians keeping mangos pruned to shorter heights for density growing commercially.

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2021, 07:22:28 AM »

[/quote]From your experience growing mangos, which do you consider the dwarf varieties?
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I like Pickering as for as size and flavor. Iíve used this page to look at characteristics to chose some new mangoes, plus a little side research once Iíve seen some that look appealing.

https://toptropicals.com/html/toptropicals/articles/fruit/varieties_mango.htm

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2021, 07:40:43 AM »
you could try something like espalier

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS2vkvzHiiE

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2021, 08:03:38 AM »
you could try something like espalier

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS2vkvzHiiE
thats impressive, i did not knew mango could be espaliered.....

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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2021, 10:29:10 AM »
I like Pickering as for as size and flavor. Iíve used this page to look at characteristics to chose some new mangoes, plus a little side research once Iíve seen some that look appealing.

https://toptropicals.com/html/toptropicals/articles/fruit/varieties_mango.htm
Pretty good guide.  Too bad it doesn't include the newer Zill introductions.
John

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2021, 07:17:39 PM »
Here's another article with recommendations for growing mangoes in containers.

https://gardenofluma.com/mango-trees-in-containers/

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Re: mango trees : keep forever compact
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2021, 07:27:37 AM »
digigarden, very good info, I will need to try that on my tree when it gets larger.

 

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