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Name: Rob
Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a)
Afab911
Feb 28, 2018 5:28 PM CST
l am a newbie to NGA, and glad to be a member. l planted a Mango seed Jan 30th. It has grown to 9 1/2" and is doing excellent. My question is; When should l start fertilizing? It is planted in regular potting soil in a 1 gal container. For the past week it has been getting direct sun for about an hour per day. I'm in Zone 10 A, Thanking ya'll in advance for any help.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 4, 2018 8:38 AM CST
WOW. Good job. Sounds like it's going to be a monster.
Fertilize, when you plant it out this spring. Or are you figuring on keeping it potted ? Let me know 😀
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Name: Daisy I
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Mar 4, 2018 4:19 PM CST
Most potting soils come with a built-in supply of fertilizer, usually good for about 6 months.
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Name: Rob
Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a)
Afab911
Mar 5, 2018 3:53 PM CST
Philipwonel said:WOW. Good job. Sounds like it's going to be a monster.
Fertilize, when you plant it out this spring. Or are you figuring on keeping it potted ? Let me kow 😀


Thank you Philip. Right now I am going to keep it potted (Condo balcony) for the time being. When or if it gets to a substantial size, I will plant it in ground at my daughters house. Taking baby steps, next questions will be when to transplant, pot size, soil, etc. I have been reading on a potting mix they call "Gritty Mix". Some concoction a man claims is excellent for potted fruit trees. Who knows...
Name: Rob
Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a)
Afab911
Mar 5, 2018 4:15 PM CST
Thanks Daisy. I went back and read the potting mix bag, it does have fertilizer in it. It's been many years since I have had a garden and never did the container thing. I will take your advice!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2018 8:16 PM CST
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And would like to add... Don't be too exuberant about the potting up thing and fertilizing thing. Both are highly overrated. You can keep your little Mango in a container for as long as you want with pruning - root and canopy.

You may never have fruit but you will have a tree on your deck you grew from a seed. How cool is that? I'm not real familiar with Mangos (I live in the high cold desert) but, most plants grown from a grocery store 'find' are hybrids. You may not want to eat the fruit, even if it ever grew any.
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Name: Rob
Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a)
Afab911
Mar 6, 2018 11:15 PM CST
Daisy, so much for me to learn. Will do the best l can to keep the little guy around. l did get the mango seeds from a neighbors tree.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 7, 2018 7:07 PM CST
Hi again Rob 😀
Does soil you have it in now drain well. Then, I'd stay with same soil.
If I doesn't drain well, I'd mix in some perlite with it, equal parts, when ready to up-pot, maybe next year, while it's dormant. To a two gallon pot. Check back with us, on this same post. We like to hear progression, AND PICTURES. 👍😀.

Gradually move it to more direct sun every few days.
I'd get a trellis for it to grow on.

I'd fertilize it about mid summer, if it's grown fairly well. Built in fertilizer will Probabably be used up by then, or washed away.

Then, don't fertilize till next spring, after it starts growing again.

I'm not positive, but I believe you would use a citrus/avocado fertilizer, but double check with nursery.

My neighbor grows a couple, hear in zone 8A, where we get frosts. He covers it for winter. He planted it from seeds. It produces fruit.

Of course, your in better zone, I bet yours will fruit.

You may want to see if there self pollinating, because if not, you'll need a second one.

Goggle them, you can find care of them, etc. 👍

Oh ! And also, with using chemical fertilizer, wether plant/tree is in ground or pot ! You want to give them a deep/heavy watering, twice a year, to wash the salts out of soil from the chemical fertilizer. That would be in spring, then mid summer.

Did I cover everything for you ???

Ttfn Pal 👍😀
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Name: Rob
Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a)
Afab911
Mar 8, 2018 9:53 AM CST
Excellent info Philip! As l said, baby steps. The info ya'll have given me is a great start! When l figure out this photo thing l will post pics & updates... Thanx!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 8, 2018 10:58 AM CST
It's E-Z to send pictures hear.
At bottom, before you press send or finished. Press the upload an image.
When screen changes. Press : files.
Your photos will come up. Press a photo you want to send. I keep writing, my phone is sometimes slow at uploading picture/s. La da dee dee Whistling
Picture of winter garden, a month ago. Peas are twice as tall now. Collards in background, have been there for 4 years, there almost 4 feet tall.
2nd picture. Do you know what the green stuff, with the tiny white flowers are ??? Miners Lettuce ! It's what the miners ate to prevent getting scurvy. Tasty for salads 😋 ! Lots of vitamin C.
I've been cultivating over 20 years, by keeping other weeds out, and letting it go to seed. Only grows in winter, it will be gone soon, withers away to nothing, keeps most other winter weeds smothered out.👍😀

3rd picture is my crop, from one sweet potato plant. I couldn't hardly believe my eye's 😮 when I un-earthed the big one there. It was an, OH, MY GOSH ! Moment ! That dude weighed in at THREE POUNDS 😮!!!
I've never saw one that size, have you ?
I wish I could store it till September, to enter it in the Fair.

Latter there, my Friend. 👍
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Mar 9, 2018 8:41 AM CST
Afab911 said:l am a newbie to NGA, and glad to be a member. l planted a Mango seed Jan 30th. It has grown to 9 1/2" and is doing excellent. My question is; When should l start fertilizing? It is planted in regular potting soil in a 1 gal container. For the past week it has been getting direct sun for about an hour per day. I'm in Zone 10 A, Thanking ya'll in advance for any help.


I haven't had any luck when I've planted mangoes.. I've tried planting entire seed also breaking shell open and planting the pea from the center.

So... Congrats on getting a plant.

Your 9 inch plant that only gets an hour of daylight... Sounds like its reaching for light that isn't available to it. In short, "leggy".

I think I'd be trying to provide more light to this tropical...

Re fertilizing, and repotting... I very much disagree with anyone that tells you to keep a tree in a tiny pot.

While it is possible to bonsai some kinds of trees, others will have a taproot that needs a minimum of room... Really don't believe such can be kept in a 1 gallon nursery container for any length of time.

We need to research mango trees specifically....
I will do that shortly.

Edit:
Hmmm...
Apparently mangoes have a taproot.... This site suggests a minimum of 3 foot of soil, and suggests 19 feet of depth for a permanent planting.
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/s...
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Name: Rob
Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a)
Afab911
Mar 13, 2018 6:35 AM CST
Philip. OMG!!!! A 3 lb sweet potato? l eat about 3 lbs of sweet potato a week, but l assure you it's not from one potato! Great job & pictures. My son (technical support) is going to show me how to do the photo thing and l will post my Mango pic...
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 13, 2018 6:49 AM CST
Hi there Rob 😀
You'll find, it's not hard, to download a picture 👍😀.

Hurry up, young man. I wanna see some pictures 🕵️!!! Hurray!

Latter, my friend
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Name: Rob
Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a)
Afab911
Mar 13, 2018 6:54 AM CST
Hello "stone", Thanks for your reply & the site you referred me to. Concerning the problem you are having propagating Mango seeds.. I am certainly no expert, but l had success with the moist napkin method on my first try (3 for 3). Give it a go, it works! Good luck and let me know how you do...
Name: Rob
Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a)
Afab911
Mar 16, 2018 2:47 PM CST
My Mango pic. Now at 10" since my first post.

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 16, 2018 6:24 PM CST
Nice little girl there Rob 👍.

No insult intended, but there are drain holes in the pot, I hope. 👍😎

Ttfn 😀
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 16, 2018 8:37 PM CST
I can see them all the way around the bottom. Are you on your phone again Philip with one L?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: Rob
Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a)
Afab911
Mar 17, 2018 9:12 AM CST
Good eyes Daisy. I got that part of the potting right...

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