Tropicals forum: Mango Won't Bloom

Views: 265, Replies: 5 » Jump to the end
Name: Mary
Glendale, Arizona (Zone 9b)
Region: Arizona Morning Glories Hummingbirder Composter Vegetable Grower Seed Starter
Plumerias Enjoys or suffers hot summers Cat Lover Roses
Image
Azgarden
Mar 19, 2018 1:39 PM CST
Hope this is the correct forum to ask this question. What can I do to help my mangoes bloom? They are both trees I grew from seeds. They look great. One is in a large pot and is about ten years old. The younger one is planted in the ground and also looks healthy and green. I feel pretty good about keeping them alive in the desert, but would like to see them bloom and set fruit. Thanks in advance for any tips. Confused
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Mar 29, 2018 5:15 PM CST
Mary, I'm no expert but I do have a nice mango tree that blooms and fruits here in my garden. My thoughts would be it has something to do with the very low humidity in AZ and also maybe being in a pot at 10yr. old is holding the older one back. At age 10, my tree was 15ft. tall and wide. Way too big to be in any pot.

Anything you can do like spraying the leaves with the hose or installing a micro-sprinkler system on a timer to mist the trees to increase the humidity around them might help. Mangoes grow in tropical humid places in nature.

The other thing you're going to encounter, even if they do bloom is lack of pollination. Here the main pollinator for my mango tree is a certain type of fly. If you don't have these flies where you are, it's possible that even if the tree blooms, it won't give you fruit. Don't mean to be discouraging but I'm not at all sure that hand-pollination is possible as the flowers are in large panicles but they are very tiny.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Mary
Glendale, Arizona (Zone 9b)
Region: Arizona Morning Glories Hummingbirder Composter Vegetable Grower Seed Starter
Plumerias Enjoys or suffers hot summers Cat Lover Roses
Image
Azgarden
Mar 29, 2018 11:28 PM CST
Thanks so much, Elaine. It's definitely dry here! Will try adding humidity. Should not be a problem to mist the potted one as it's right outside the front door. I've considered cutting the limbs back since it sits on the front porch and the limbs droop down. The one in the ground can easily be misted also. I'm not discouraged at all. It's just one of those things I will live with like not being able to grow hydrangeas here! Sighing!
Terengganu
hashednone
Jul 17, 2018 5:00 AM CST
take coarse salt, put in long socks. hanging on the branches of a mango tree.
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas
luis_pr
Jul 27, 2018 5:57 AM CST
Azgarden, I just finished reading the link below and ran into your hydrangea comment! I am not saying that you can or can't; it was just interesting reading.

http://apnursery.com/blog/grow...

Hashednone, can you elaborate on the crushed salt?
[Last edited by luis_pr - Jul 27, 2018 5:58 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1773021 (5)
Terengganu
hashednone
Jul 27, 2018 6:09 AM CST
luis_pr said:Azgarden, I just finished reading the link below and ran into your hydrangea comment! I am not saying that you can or can't; it was just interesting reading.


Hashednone, can you elaborate on the crushed salt?

this is what malay people do to the plants, when this happen.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Tropicals forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by plantmanager and is called "Spinystar (Escobaria vivipara)"