mango trees - Knowledgebase Question

Lauderdale Lakes, Fl
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Question by jahmeca
September 11, 2010
i have a velencia pride mango tree with with a drip line at the root the water come on 4 times per week for 10 minutes the problem is the leaves are drying up even as new leaves kept coming out the sun is really hot what can i do.

Answer from NGA
September 11, 2010
It's difficult to tell how much water your mango tree is getting. If you're using a drip system, the emitters may be too small for the size of your tree. You didn't mention how many emitters you have, nor their size. You can check to see how deeply the water is penetrating by probing the soil with a metal rod. I use a 6' long piece of rebar and push it into the soil. Where the soil is moist the rod penetrates easily; where the soil is dry, it's hard to push in. The soil should be moist at least two feet deep to provide adequate water to your mango. If it is dry 2' below the surface you'll either need to leave your drip system running longer than 10 minutes, or you'll need to add more emitters to the system to provide adequate water to the root system of your mango tree. Good luck with your garden!

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