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My Bonsai Obsession: Mango Tree


In August 2017 I wrote a submit about unsuitable materials for bonsai. A lot of the bushes I mentioned in that submit have been bushes I would grown from seed, in some instances hoping to show them into bonsai. As I mentioned on the time, nonetheless, I had no delusions that I might ever bonsai a mango tree, however I could not resist the temptation to develop my very own mangoes.

By the point I wrote that submit my mango tree was seven years previous and was flowering for the primary time.

Mango flower buds – August 2017 

I used to be thrilled, but additionally slightly bit dissatisfied once I learn that it was finest for the well being of the tree to take away the primary season’s flowers. I actually did not need to do it.

In the long run the choice was taken out of my arms as a extremely heavy hail storm did the job for me.

My tree grew little or no for the remainder of that summer season and in spring of 2018 there wasn’t a hint of a flower wherever.

Lastly in spring of 2019 it began flowering once more so I moved it into my greenhouse – close to the door, in order that it had respectable publicity to solar and wind, however was shielded from hail.

It labored. Over the previous few months it is had three inexperienced mangoes dangling from its branches.

I would just about given up hope of them ripening although because the stems they have been dangling from appeared like they have been dying, however a few weeks in the past they began turning orange.

Tree with 3 mangoes – April 2020

I am not satisfied they’re going to be edible, however once they look prepared I am planning to chop them open simply in case.

Replace: The day after I revealed this submit one of many smaller mangoes fell off the tree. Though it was in all probability the smallest mango I’ve ever had, the within was no worse than the mangoes I purchase from shops. It tasted high quality.

Maybe the fruit would have grown higher in an even bigger pot. If I can discover a appropriate pot at residence, possibly I am going to slip it into an even bigger pot as soon as the remainder of the fruit comes off.

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