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Raddyl
Nov 1, 2016 8:49 PM CST
Hello everyone. I am a novice gardener (also new to the website) and have brought my plants indoors this year for the first time. Everything is thriving except my mango. Plants that haven't seen new growth in months finally are, including my lemon and mango.

My question is about mango. I have a light on a timer for 14 hours or light, and an oscilating fan that's always blowing. (To explain setup) The temperature is a steady 25C and humidity is tropical. I will add a photo of what it looks like.

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I did a salt spray for a pest problem and had success, but I am wondering if this could be post salt damage or another issue. This started happening nearly 3 weeka after the salty spray. The edges are becoming brown and light green, moving away from the nice dark green. Do you guys have any ideas or suggestions? It has new growth out of the top also.


A side question is whether this mango should be pruned in a certain way to increase growth or for a healthier growth. Thanks guys!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 1, 2016 10:21 PM CST
Welcome!

Mangoes planted near the ocean are prone to salt burn so I imagine that's your problem.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 2, 2016 4:20 PM CST
Hi and welcome to garden.org. I agree with Daisy, very likely the salt is the culprit. You should give all the plants a good flush with plain warm water to rinse any residual salt out of the soil.

Where'd you get the idea to spray salt for insects? I've never heard of using it for that. In fact the only thing I've ever heard of it doing is killing weeds . . . Lots of plants are very sensitive to salt and salt spray.

Recommend if you have further problems with insects, soapy water is a better option - use 1/2tsp. of dish soap to a quart of water, spray the whole plant, then rinse off with plain warm water.
Elaine

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Southern Ontario, Canada
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Raddyl
Nov 7, 2016 2:33 PM CST
Thanks guys. I agree that it was salt burn. I flushed it the same day I did the spray so it is probably fine now, but the mango is doing very well and growing new leaves faster than ever. I was reccomended doing this from a local garden expert. They said if the ratio is proper it will work better than soapy water, but I learned a hard lesson.

Thanks again for the insight. Now I just need to learn when and how to prune it!
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 7, 2016 3:36 PM CST
Glad to hear it recovered, Raddy. I think you are years away from needing to prune your mango plant.
Elaine

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