Condo Mango Trees & Dwarf Mango Trees. I KNOW You Want One.

Are you one of those poor souls who simply doesn’t have enough space to grow a full-sized mango tree? If this is you, I’m here to tell you there’s a wee bit of hope in the form of condo and dwarf mango trees. What this means to you is that you can partake of the mango tree goodness if you have a teeny- weeny outside area or balcony. As their names so obviously imply, condo mango trees and dwarf mango trees both fit well in small spaces and are ideal for growing in warm areas. They bear the same delicious and nutritious fruit as regular mango trees. The only difference between the two is their size.
• Condo mango trees can be maintained at six to ten feet, making them suitable for container growing. They are perfect for greenhouses, suburban backyards, and balconies.
• Dwarf mango trees can grow from ten to twenty feet, which is perfectly suited for a smaller backyard.
A good place to buy condo mango trees is Pine Island Nursery. Pine Island Nursery sells 9 varieties of condo mangoes. You can choose among the Alampur Baneshan, Carrie, Cogshall, Fairchild, Lantecilla, Mallika, Pickering, Nam Doc Mai & Ice Cream varieties. The nursery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may also order ahead for pick up at 16300 SW 184 St. in Miami. And yes, there’s a mail order option! Call 305-233-5501.

If you have a slightly bigger backyard for a dwarf mango tree, try Plantogram. Plantogram sells a wide variety of dwarf mangoes such as Carrie, Fairchild, Ice Cream, Julie, Mallika, and more. If you live in Central Florida, you may visit their store at 1173 Windermere Rd., Windermere, Florida. They also ship worldwide. Just visit their website https://plantogram.com/ to get up to 28% discount on their mango trees.

Like any tree, condo & dwarf mango trees need proper care to grow successfully. Below are some easy steps courtesy of Fairchild Tropical Gardens (the mango experts) for perfect home results. As a double check, consult with the nursery you choose to buy your trees from for tidbits related to the variety you select – and ask them about any tricks and tips they can share about successfully growing their trees.

Choose a healthy tree: A 2-gal container is a good size. Small trees will establish more quickly and grow better roots.
Choose a location where the tree gets sufficient sunlight for good production.
Water the tree until established – typically 1 to 3 months. For inground trees , do not irrigate after establishment – as irrigation will increase disease and lower fruit quality. When you buy your trees, inquire about watering frequency for container mango trees for your location and climate.
Fairchild Tropical Gardens (the experts!) recommends that NO nitrogen fertilizers be applied and to fertilize when your tree is active – and not during the winter time. Try a 0-0-50 formulation. Additionally, fertilize 3 times per year with foliar micro-nutrients that include magnesium, zinc, and manganese.
Begin tipping in the first year and continue for the life of the tree. Click here for a how-to video by Dr. Richard Campbell.
Prune trees for size control after you harvest your fruit each year. Pruning maintains the health, productivity and size of your tree(s).
Thin major limbs within the canopy annually to improve fruit color, disease resistance and fruit production.
Identify insects first before taking action – most are not damaging! Pesticides should be the final option.
For inground trees, weeds provide a nectar source for bees, flies and wasps during the spring flowering season.
Harvest fruit when mature on the tree and store for proper ripening.
Okay, so there you have it. Aren’t you motivated to have a mango tree? With successful planting and proper care, you can grow a healthy mango tree that will provide you with delicious and nutritious fruit all through the years. And that, my mango friends, is all the reason any rational person needs. Shazam!

Mango Trees – YES, you can GROW YOUR OWN. :)

So you have a hankering for a mango tree, do ya? By all means, do join the club! The effort is worth it. That said, if you live in Alaska or Massachusetts, you may have a “small problem” because mangoes have been mostly cultivated in the tropics and they aren’t going to evolve to cold climate trees anytime soon! I’ve heard of a few die hard enthusiasts shuffling containered trees in and out of garages to protect trees from cold temperatures, but these are extreme gardeners and I don’t recommend this for the average mango loving Joe. BUT, they ARE worth a fair amount of trouble, given their unique flavor, fragrant smell, and health promoting qualities. They don’t call mangoes the “King of the Fruits” for nothin’.

Ok, so here’s a quick rundown about geography. Even though mangoes are a tropical fruit, there are regions in the United States where they can grow successfully grow. They can be commercially cultivated in South Florida, California’s Coachella Valley and Hawaii. They are also grown as outdoor yard trees in southeastern and southwestern coastal areas, and along the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee. And of course, there are pockets of warmth across the USA where home growing is absolutely feasible.

Since there are over 400 varieties of mangoes, each with its own unique taste and features, it can be hard to choose the variety to plant at home. Check with the nursery you intend to buy your trees from (tell them your growing conditions) and/or consider these options.

Harvested in late May to June, Glenn holds its position as one of the best varieties due to its rich, sweet, silky, and peachy flavor. It has a very attractive appearance due to its color, yellow to pink to red. Accompanied by a sweet aroma, it is a favorite in home gardens in Florida because of its consistent production, disease resistance, and excellent quality.
Carrie is a home garden favorite that can be harvested from June to July. It is a small tree with excellent-flavored fruit of green to yellow color. It is highly aromatic with a sweet and tangy flesh. It is an excellent dooryard tree with minimal care required. Many people consider Carrie as the best tasting mango that exists.
Many nurseries sell mango trees in numerous varieties AND they ship them all over the regions where they can be successfully grown, so call around and see what’s available and what would work best for your area.

Here are a few sellers in Florida.

Erickson Farm Inc. stocks and sells mango trees during the mango season when the stand is open. They sell 12 varieties including Keitt, Glenn, and Carrie nationwide. The farm is open Monday to Friday at 13646 US Hwy 441, Canal Point, Florida. You can contact them by phone at 924.7714 or visit their website http://www.ericksonfarm.com/.
Pine Island Nursery opens from Mondays through Fridays between 8 am and 4:30 pm and Saturdays between 9 am and 3 pm. Visit the nursery at 16300 SW 184 St. Miami, FL or call their landline 305-233-5501. You can also visit their website, http://www.tropicalfruitnursery.com/. They sell mango trees only within North America and offer free shipping on orders above $750.
Spyke’s Grove sells over 50 varieties of mangoes. You can visit them at 7250 Griffin Rd, Davie, Florida or call them at 954-583-0426. You can also visit their website, http://spykestropicalnursery.com/.
Once you have chosen a mango tree (oh the joy!) the planting-at-home venture begins! Mango trees can be grown in containers or in your yard. Use well-drained, rich soils to get the best fruit quality and production. Poorly drained soils often result in less than stellar crops, so plant them in the warmest area that does not flood after raining. Mangoes need lots of direct sunlight, so they don’t grow well indoors. (I know, you weren’t even considering this option!) Choose a location where there is a lot of space, with no roof or large trees to shade your precious new specimen(s). In my post about condo mangoes and dwarf mangoes, I included some growing instructions and tips. Check them out here.

It can’t be said about everything, but with MANGOES, you will truly appreciate the sweet fruits of your labor. Hah! Now go plant some trees!