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Alphonso Mango Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Mangifera indica

Growing an Alphonso mango tree is likely to inspire envy in anyone who visits your garden. Not only does this variety, known botanically as Mangifera indica 'Alphonso,' grow the kind of delicious mangos that so many people adore, but it also has stronger resistance to disease than other similar plants. Alphonso mango trees prefer to grow where it is warm year-round. However, those living in more northern regions will love how easy it is to grow this tree in a container and bring it indoors for protection from winter weather. 

  • Grows delicious mango fruits that are popular and commonly sold in many countries. 
  • Has a greater disease resistance than most mango trees.
  • Can live indoors during the colder months.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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Full sunlight conditions are best for this tree, but partial sunlight will work occasionally.

Watering

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Water needs are usually high. Supply water multiple times per week during the warmer parts of the year.

Fertilizing

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Use a balanced fertilizer that has equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium multiple times per year.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on April 12, 2022

Planting instructions

You can grow an Alphonso mango tree either in the ground or in a container. Container gardening is the option to choose if you live in a region where you’ll need to overwinter this plant. Containers also work best while the tree is young and relatively small. But whether you plant your tree in a container or directly in the soil, you should do so in an area that receives full sunlight. It’s also helpful to provide soil that has excellent drainage and plenty of available nutrients.

Watering and nutrients

The water needs for an Alphonso mango tree are high, as is the case with many fruit trees. Give these trees water daily while they are young. Provide water about once per week or more when the tree is a bit older and more established. Balanced fertilizers work well for this plant, and you should apply them about four times per year. As the tree ages, you can convert to a fertilizer that is lower in nitrogen and has slightly higher amounts of potassium.

Pollination

Pollination is crucial anytime your goal is to grow a tree that produces healthy edible fruits. Thankfully, Alphonso mango trees attract many pollinator species, including bees, wasps, and flies, which make pollination an easy process. This tree is also self-fertile, meaning that only one is necessary to produce fruit. But like many fruit trees, Alphonso mango trees will produce higher quantities of fruit when there are multiple trees present and cross-pollination occurs. So if having plenty of fruit is your goal, be sure to plant more than one of these trees.

Pruning

When you prune an Alphonso mango tree, you should focus on developing a shape that is most suitable for fruit production. For example, branches that grow horizontally are better able to create and support many fruits. Conversely, branches that grow at a more narrow angle are more prone to breakage. The best time to make pruning cuts is just after the harvest has ended, which usually happens in the summer or in the early fall.

Pest, diseases, and animals

If you grow an Alphonso mango tree, you’ll need to be wary of pest infestations which can harm the overall growth of your tree and negatively impact fruit production. Common pests such as mealybugs and scale insects can harm an Alphonso mango tree, as can mirids and thrips. Occasionally, an Alphonso mango tree may experience a fungal infection as well. However, you can often treat these infections by using a fungicide. Among all of the fungal diseases which may occur in an Alphonso mango tree, anthracnose is the one you’ll need to anticipate most often.

Harvesting

Mango harvesting usually begins during May but can last a while, as not all fruits will mature on these trees simultaneously. As such, you’ll need to have a clear visual indication of when it is time to pick a mango from your tree. Mangos that are ready for harvest have changed from green to mainly yellow with some reddish-pink marking. When a mango has achieved this appearance, removing it from the tree can be as easy as giving it a gentle downward tug.

Achieving maximum results

Alphonso mango trees require protection from the cold, so anyone growing them in the northern part of their range will need to do so in containers and bring this plant inside as soon as the temperature begins to drop. Low temperatures are not only a threat to the Alphonso mango tree’s survival, but they also may affect fruit production even when they are not fatal. In most cases, this tree will begin to decline after spending just a few hours in temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

FAQs

When will an Alphonso mango tree begin producing fruit?

Alphonso mango trees produce fruit relatively early in the season, meaning that you won't need to wait for long each year before you see alluring fruits in your garden. However, you will need to do some waiting just after planting this tree. An Alphonso mango tree takes a bit of time before it is mature enough to produce fruit. In most cases, it takes about three years of life before one of these trees will provide you with fruit.

How large do Alphonso mango trees grow?

Some mango trees can grow to be very large, which deters many hobbyist gardeners from growing them. However, the Alphonso mango tree is different in that it grows to only about 10feet tall. In fact, the smaller nature of this plant leads some people to classify it as a dwarf variety. But regardless of that classification, the Alphonso mango tree is an excellent small tree that can grow in a container.

How long do mango trees last?

Mango trees tend to live long lives. Of course, the length of an individual mango tree's life and its overall well-being will depend on how well it is cared for and the setting in which it grows. With the ideal conditions in place, mango trees can live for more than a century. Over that time, the tree will have multiple decades of consistent fruit production.

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Customer Reviews

Anonymous
Verified Buyer August 3, 2021 at 5:01pm
ratingTHANXS

EXCELLENT GREAT AMAZING ALPHONSO MANGO TREE FAST GROWING

Anonymous
Verified Buyer August 4, 2021 at 8:40pm
ratingso far so good

So far so good . the plants arrived niecly packed the Alphonso Mango look happy I look forward when thet start bareing friut .

Mature height
10-15 ft.
Mature width
10-15 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full-Partial
Growth rate
Fast
Botanical name
Mangifera indica
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Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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