The Mango: How to Grow, Care For and Enjoy “The King of Fruit”

Richard J. Campbell, Ph.D. Mango Bloom

South Florida has the largest population of mango trees per capita in the United States and the numbers continue to grow. Mango trees are an indispensable part of South Florida’s landscape, giving homes, commercial sites and parks a sense of beauty and tranquility and, of course, delicious fruit to enjoy during the mango’s long fruiting season.

There are several things to consider when growing mango trees. Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and world expert on mangos suggests, “keep it simple.” This philosophy has proven very successful at Fairchild, which has the world’s largest mango collection. “Mango trees grow well in South Florida, so all you have to do is figure out what mango fruit you want to enjoy, have ground space of about 6 feet, good water and mulch.” These tips round up Campbell’s keep it simple approach.

Mango experts, like Campbell and his father Dr. Carl L. Campbell, Ph.D., also recommend selecting trees that produce fruit that aren’t readily available in supermarkets. “Mango cultivars like Tommy Atkins or Kent are widely available at most supermarkets. Mangos, like the Nam Doc Mai, Julie, or Edward are higher quality mangos and can be grown easily in your backyard yet can’t always be found in the produce section” adds the senior Campbell.

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Here are some more planting tips to consider:

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