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.
|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 GrowthAll 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.