The mango, or Mangifera indica, is often called the ‘kings of fruits’ and it’s a summertime staple in household around the world. Australia produces around 46 000 tonnes of the fruit each year. Want to add to that number in your own backyard? Here’s how to grow a mango tree.
Climate- Mangoes prefer tropical and subtropical climates with humid, hot summers and cool, dry, frost-free winters.
Aspect- Choose an open, sunny position, sheltered from strong winds. If you’re growing a mango tree in cooler climate, plant your tree need a north-facing brick wall to utilise the heat radiating off it.
Soil- Mango trees will grow in almost any soil whether sandy, loam or clay, but they require good depth and drainage.
Planting- You can plant mango trees year-round, but the best time time to plant a mango tree is in autumn.
Harvest- Mangoes are ready to be harvested when the colour of the skin turns from green to yellow, orange or red. Fruit are usually ripe around 100 to 150 days after flowering.