Diaries of Mango Bonsai
We picked up an unspecified mango fruit at an open market. Mango fruits are quite tasty, and make for an interesting bonsai, as shown in the image here.
- Grow out container recommended is 20 x 20 inches.
- 40% compost, 20% pumice and 40% forest floor mulch
- Slightly acidic soil (PH 5 - 6.5)
- Maintain proper moisture first year, then after top two inches of soil is dry thereafter
- 6 hours sunlight minimum.
- General care instructions: California Rare Fruit Growers
Seed grown Kent, Keitt, Ataulfo and Madame Francis mangos, grafted Nam Doc Mai. The idea is to grow these trees as small types, but it is possible that we'll end up making scions and creating a few trees with mixes. Ataulfo and Nam Doc Mai are both supposed to be poly-embrionic, so I'm not sure why the Name Doc Mai is grafted. This will provide fresh mangos almost year round. We will be mango-less in November and December.
|Nam Doc Mai|
2018-10-06 Mango Updates
Nam Doc Mai has done well and is flushing some new growth. We should start seeing some buds pretty soon if last year is any indication. I would love loVE LOVE to get some home grown fruits this year off the nam doc mai.
We may be taking some air layers off the tree to get a nice shape and/or thicken up the trunk. Not sure how that would impact fruit production. Not sure this would be a good time for fruit production...
Mango favorability is palette subjective. If one doesn't taste all that good at one point of ripeness it may taste much better at a different point of ripeness. People with a taste for sugar would probably prefer the less acidic, more ripe fruits and people with a tangy preference would probably go for the less ripened fruit.
2017-10-29 A Very Prolific Tree
|Nam Doc Mai Cluster|
With the odd warm temperatures, the little Nam Doc Mai tree decided it was time to flower up. It looks as though several of the flowers were pollinated and some fruits are starting to form. We have two other flower clusters getting started and we should probably just clip them off. It is an exciting promise of fresh mangos in our near future though!
|Second Nam Doc Mai Flower Bud|
Since this is supposed to be a June/July bearing tree, the first blooms that should be allowed would be in January.
All of the other mangos are doing well, but listing photographs of each one during every post would be repetitive and probably boring. So, this post will be left with the exciting news that we can have some home grown mangos soon! How exciting!
|Ataulfo Mango Seedlings|
2017-08-05 Ataulfo Mangos Are Best Unripe!
After eating only a few of the Costco Ataulfo mangos, which were being sold only when ripe (golden yellow color, slightly wrinkled), I was not impressed. I couldn't believe that people believed these mangos to be some of the best.
However, I found some at Winco, not considered ripe by Costco standards and boy, were they good! It seems I typically do not like fully ripe fruit - I prefer to eat most fruits not long before they are ripe. Always tart that way.
Ataulfo, when eaten unripe, are quite tart and sweet. The texture is much better also (in my opinion). No fiber, that is for sure. So I was very happy to pull out the polyembryonic seeds from the hulls and get them started. Here they are, happy as can be!
2017-07-15 - Madame Francis Is Finally Happy!
|Madame Francis Mango|
After a few repositions, Madame Francis mango has finally got some perked up leaves and seems to be happy with the new digs here.
It is good news to finally see the mango perky and thriving rather than mopey and burned.
All the mangos have been moved under a large mesquite tree canopy, which shades them from the worst part of the day's beating sun and allows for late afternoon sunshine to catch the leaves.
|Name Doc Mai From Logees|
2017-07-09 New Mangos
The Name Doc Mai arrived as well as the new Madame Francis. Nam Doc Mai is a trooper, Madame Francis is again tempermental.
Name Doc Mai arrived with a very thick trunk, nice grafting job and ready to grow (new leaves visible). Maybe we will get something in about three years.
We tried siting Madame Francis in an area that received more sun (they are supposed to need full sun), Madame Francis burned some leaves and became droopy and sad looking.
Madame Francis was moved to the 20% shade area, with limited sunshine and seemed to 'cheer up' a bit.
In general, the seed grown mango trees are getting tall and lanky looking, so they are all moved out
|Seed Grown Autolfo|
We found more autolfo mangos in the stores (Winco) and I've been eating them green. They taste so much better green than they do when they are the golden orange color, somewhat wrinkled at Costco.
I've changed my mind about them and am glad to have started one. I think my son got the better sprout of the two from the last set, but I now have more polyembryonic seeds to get some new mangos.
2017-06-15 Mango Updates
|Keitt Mango Seedling|
The mango seedlings are doing well. I have a few trees too many from some seed starts and will be keeping only one tree of each listed above. An extra or two would make for good grafting practice. If all goes well then maybe some tree consolidation will happen. The Nam Doc Mai and Madame Francis were ordered and are on the way.
|Various mango seedlings|
2017-04-08 Mango Updates
The mango trees were moved to the little greenhouse. The one fatality we had was the madam francis mango. Everything else wintered over with the citrus trees outside and pulled through. After being moved to the little greenhouse, they seem to be recovering well enough.
We have multiple seed grown Keitt mangos, Ataulfo, and a Kent mango.
2017-03-05 New Mango Growth
All the mangos are doing pretty well. Loads of new growth happening inside the house and outside the house.
This Ataulfo leaf bud is an example of the new growth being experienced by all the mango seedlings. Most of them were outside during our brief winter period with the citrus trees and incandescent lights that help protect plants from the biting frost.
The only mango tree that seems to be having a tough time is the Madam Frances still. Not sure that one will make it, but we will continue trying to nurse it along.
|Ataulfo Mango Seedling|
2017-02-26 Mango Updates
The last set of seeds sprouted were from some Ataulfo mangos. I didn't care much for the flavor of these mangos and they are quite small. Not much tang, but maybe it was a seasonal thing. Ataulfo mangos are supposed to be highly rated for texture and flavor, so I started some pits anyway.
These mangos are poly-embryonic and will produce true to parent...
The last for my mango collection is nam doc mai... anyone know when these are in season in Phoenix, Arizona?
|Kent Mango, Louis|
2016-10-08 Mango Updates
The mango seedlings arrived and some of the unknown mango varieties have sprouted some leaves. The Kent Mango, Louis, seems to be adjusting well, the leaves look ok and there is evidence of new growth.
|Unhappy Mango, Sunni|
some water to see if this helps Sunni adjust better.
Our first unknown variety has sprouted some really nice dark leaves. Being
|Unknown Mango, Asopus|
|Keitt Mango Sprouts|
2016-09-30 Seed Update
Many seeds we have are from unknown varieties. We started getting some Keitt variety mangos and the seeds are like the previous ones. Then this morning, we popped open the seed case for one of the Keitt mangos and were surprised.
This mango seeds is very colorful and the shaping is quite odd.
|The Odd Keitt Mango Seed|
|The Odd Keitt Mango Seed|
2016-09-24 Seed Update
|Unknown Variety of Mango Seeds|
I snapped a shot of several mango seeds I've shelled and stuck in water for germination. They are all getting green or sprouting at one degree or another. The farthest on the right is the one from the open air market. The rest are from a costco purchase. These are all monoembryonic seeds. They were potted up in small four inch starter pots... why not?
2016-09-23 Impatience Wins
After reading about the mango seeds and how polyembrionic seeds are the only ones that grow true to the parent, I decided to go for the seeds of THE BEST mangos. Three seeds on the way for many chances to get a true to type tree.
|Nam Doc Mai|
The fruit is large, without fibrous texture and a super delicious taste. It is heralded as the absolute best mango to have, if you're having a mango. It can produce fruit at intervals throughout the year, but mostly during June and July.
|La Franccique Mangos And Tree|
La Francique is lime green and becomes a golden yellow when the mango is ripe. La Franccique bears fruit during June and July.
These produce monoembryonic seeds, so it is kind of a crapshoot to see if it will grow true to the parent tree. The only advantage over growing my own is that I will know what type of mango this should be.
Kent variety bears fruit January to March, May to August. This selection will pretty much keep me in mangos all year long when the trees are old enough to bear fruit... If they bear true to the parent trees.
The only guarantee I have from this list is growing all the sprouts from Nam doc mai and when they produce fruit, I will find out for sure.
2016-09-11 Seed Popping Day
|Mango pit and bean|
the day. It was sliced and diced, then the seed shell was pried open to reveal the mango bean (bean for a lack of a better word).
The bean looks like it is ready to go, with green sprouts started on both ends already. Being able to harvest any mangos from this seed is about five to eight years away and may not produce a fruit as yummy as today's was.