How to Grow a Tommy Atkins Mango Tree
The sweet, juicy “Tommy Atkins” mango (Mangifera indica) is sold in grocery stores across the United States. Originally grown in Florida, it’s now grown commercially in Florida, Hawaii and Latin America for the U.S. market. While mangos thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10a to 11, they may grow outdoors in USDA zone 9 in a sheltered microclimate next to a sunny, south-facing wall. Mango trees require winter protection when temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Most home gardeners grow a mango tree as a potted plant, taking it indoors when winter arrives.
Mix equal parts potting soil, well-rotted compost and perlite in a large tub or a half wine barrel. Add water until the potting mix is thoroughly moistened.
Transplant the mango tree into the moist planting mix. Remove the tree carefully from the grower’s pot by cutting the sides of the pot with a utility knife; avoid damaging the tender roots.
Center the tree in the pot and gently mound the potting mix over the roots. Pat gently to tamp the mix and water thoroughly. Add more mix, if necessary, to bring the soil level up to the same level as the tree was in the grower’s pot.
Place the tub in a warm, sheltered location in a sun room or garden where it receives at least six hours of sun daily.
Water the tree regularly, when the soil is dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering, but don’t let the soil dry out either. Fertilize in the spring with an 18-6-8 slow-release fertilizer.
Monitor the mango tree for pests such as aphids, thrips and whiteflies. Most pests are easily removed by a strong blast of water from a garden hose.
Prune the mango tree in late winter to control its size. Mango trees grow up to 100 feet tall in the tropics, but only 30 to 35 feet tall in cooler climates.
Move the mango tree inside when temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If the tree is planted outside, build a temporary greenhouse out of tall plant stakes and plastic sheeting to completely cover the tree. Place a 100-watt lamp made for exterior use inside the greenhouse for warmth.
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