Growing a Mango Tree

August 20, 2022

Can I grow a mango tree in East Texas?



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Young mango trees less than 3 years old can be killed by temperatures below 32 degrees F (0 degrees C), mature mango trees without protection can survive temperatures as low as 25 degrees F (-4 degrees C), but for a few hours, such a cold night must be followed by an above-freezing day.

The East Texas has a subtropical humid climate, experiencing warm summers, but temperatures in winter can drop below 25 degrees F. You can plant mango trees in pots and bring them inside during cold nights.
Check the minimum winter temperature in your area. If the temperature drops a little below 25 degrees F, then you can use different methods to protect mango plants from frost:

- choose a location that is sheltered from the wind, on the south side of the house, near a building or fence;

- spread mulch around the base of the tree,


- push bamboo canes into the ground around the plant,

- water your mango in winter, especially before frost arrives,

- cover mango trees with horticultural fleece and place a lamp under the fleece and place a lamp with a 60-watt bulb under the fleece, beside the tree, to warm the area under the fleece, or use a large jug full of hot water.

Gomera mango varieties are the most cold-hardy mango trees.

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February 1, 2010

How do you grow an Apple Mango tree?



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Mangos are sweet and juicy tropical fruits that pack a lot of vitamins. As trees, they grow tall and leafy providing your backyard with some good shade. It even gives off a sweet aroma when it's flowering or if the fruits are beginning to ripen. In any case, if you want to grow your own mango tree in your yard, here are some steps on how to grow one from a mango pit.


Growing a Seedling
Prepare a bed of potting soil. Place the pit flat on the top and push it straight down. Keep the pit damp and place it where it can have sustained warmth. Mango pits usually grow the roots first and eventually sprout a seedling. This process usually takes about a month.

Preparing Your Backyard
All you have to do is to dig a hole that will be big enough to accommodate the seedling with the ball of potting material. Remember to keep the excavated soil for refilling afterward.

Carefully set the seedling into the hole. Cover it and gaps with soil. It's said that it's best to do this on the onset of rain.

Watering, Plant Food, and Care
Keep the seedling well irrigated at least to keep the soil from drying out. The young seedling needs much care during its first few months. Newly planted seedlings (year-old ones) may benefit from a small dose of pure fertilizer (around 300 grams). Weeds can also affect seedling growth.


Waiting for Your Tree to Grow
Well, the next step is practically keeping an eye on it for pests and parasites. Eventually, your young seedling will grow to be a young tree and eventually, start to bear fruits. But you have to be patient since it takes years for you to have a healthy, fruit-bearing mango tree. Good luck.

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

A caution about Mangos! It is possible to be very allergic to them and the juice from the skin is the worst part. It will manifest itself with blisters similar to a case of poison oak. This can come from contact with the mango or inhaling the steam from cooking mangos. Actually, poison oak and mangos are botanically related.

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February 19, 20190 found this helpful

It appears that there are two varieties that are called "Apple Mango", one from the Philippines and one from Japan. But the care should be the same as any other mango tree. Kathleen's advice looks good to me.

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January 21, 20220 found this helpful

Propagation can we produce apple from Mango tree

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January 22, 20220 found this helpful

I don't think the apple and the mango are closely enough related to do this. The apple mangoes are a variety of mango and, as far as I know, only resemble apples rather than being a relative or hybrid.

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September 5, 2010

Can you grow a mango in Concord California from a sprouted mango seed?

Hardiness Zone: 10a

By Garrett Jones from Concord, CA


December 8, 20090 found this helpful

Maybe it was the change in climate (from the outside to the inside) or just a delayed reaction to being exposed to frost.

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September 10, 20100 found this helpful

Yes, It will take 3 years for you for get fruit.

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October 14, 2010

I live in Las Vegas, zone 8A. I want to plant a mango tree close to my house. Will the mango tree roots spreading cause problems with the wall or the foundation?

Hardiness Zone: 8a

By Fariz from Las Vegas, NV


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October 17, 20100 found this helpful

I wouldn't put anything with the name of "tree" next to the houses foundation. I have seen many that have regretted it.

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March 22, 2018

If you live in a tropical climate, a mango tree might be a good addition to your garden. This is a page about starting a mango tree from a seed.

Mango tree seeding planted with watering can and small garden tools next to it.

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August 26, 2016

This is a page about mango tree photos. If you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate you can grow your own mangos fresh for the picking.

Mango fruit hanging from the limbs of a tree

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June 14, 2010

I two tropical fruit trees a Mango and a Guava. They are still in pots. I have not planted them in the ground yet. I am waiting for at least 60 degrees at night.

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August 15, 2008

Is it possible to grow a Mango Tree in South Georgia.

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September 5, 2010

I have had a mango tree in my garden for about 3 years. Last year I got 3 or 4 mangoes, but all of a sudden this year the tree has several bunches of baby mangoes.

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April 11, 2010

I grew a mango sapling from a seed. However, I didn't bring it in last night and we had our first hard frost.

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December 7, 2009

I am planning to grow a Mango tree in Athens, Greece. I have carefully read the instructions that you gave to other people regarding planting the seed. I would like to ask you two questions.

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