Mango Tree Update 2010

Mango Tree Update 2010
I just wanted to update you all on my mango tree experiment.  My Carrie, Ice Cream and Lancetilla all died. 🙁
The ice cream and carrie were doomed from the start and when I got them, they were not healthy and had this weird goopy material on them.  They never really did much and I eventually stopped watering them.
I am really sad about my lancetilla.  It grew a ton last year and I even had a few small mangoes on the tree until i pruned them off.  The lancetilla made it through this winter without any protection and even put on new growth once the winter ended.  It died when we transplanted it from the pot to the ground.  I think we may have been a little rough with the roots and as soon as it was inground it just died within 1-2 weeks.
So I bought another tree.  This is an alphonso mango.  It looked great when it came to me so I have higher hope for this tree than the others that were shipped from Florida.
This is my Glenn Mango from Laverne nursery that I got last year.  It is the only survivor of my “freshman” class of mango trees.  It made it through the winter fine without and protection and here it is blooming.
If i get any small mangoes I will prune them off and give the tree another year to grow.


2 thoughts on “Mango Tree Update 2010

  1. Sorry to hear about your mangos. We all need to accept the fatalities that inevitably come along with trying to grow tropical fruit trees in a non-tropical climate. I had a lot of trouble with my mangos as well. My Carrie and Ice Cream mangos looked good, but never put on any growth for the 2 years I had them. They just continued to flower over and over again. I wonder if it has anything to do with the cool nights we have here in the bay area. I think I am going to try again with a Baley's Marvel which is supposedly the most cold tolerant mango. I have to imagine that the cold tolerance would do more than just prevent they from dying in the winter, and may also improve their growth rate in an environment that is not as hot a climate as Florida.


  2. Hi Brett,

    i think there is about a 10% chance of getting mature mangoes here in nor cal. i think that it helps if you buy varieties that are more vigorous growers like valencia pride. ice cream and carrie are just too slow of growers…even those in florida have trouble with those trees not doing much.

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