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Salt water "tolerance" in Mangoes?
« on: August 31, 2023, 09:07:21 AM »
Does anyone have any experience or knowledge regarding any degree of salt water tolerance in mango varieties, even anecdotally?

I'll go first, I personally witnessed the survival of several VP trees (as well as some unknown varieties), ranging from maybe 5 to 25 years of age, survive 5 plus feet of salt water submersion during Hurricane Ian.


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Re: Salt water "tolerance" in Mangoes?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2023, 12:24:11 PM »
This is just a theory from a desert rat far away from you, but I believe Florida's sandy, lower pH soils allow salts to wash away quickly and allow a higher tolerance to a high concentration for a short time.

I say that as salt retention (in our case mineral salts from our high pH soil, fertilization, and tap water) is a big problem with tropical and citrus plants here due to aforementioned tap water constantly putting it at risk of accumulation without soil washes and thorough draining watering, and poor draining clay soil that retains almost everything for extended periods of time.
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Re: Salt water "tolerance" in Mangoes?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2023, 02:14:46 PM »
I've heard that using 13-1 as a rootstock can increase salt tolerance


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Re: Salt water "tolerance" in Mangoes?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2023, 02:46:51 PM »
I have a seedling mango selection which was growing right next to a brackish canal in Florida. I have several seedling growing out now. I am far away from salty water but figured it would be good genetics for rootstock.
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