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Mangifera indica 'Mallika'

 
Mangifera indica 'Mallika'
mango
Long slender leaves, dark green when mature; new growth is lighter
Common name mango
Family anacardiaceae
Life cycle tree (Z9-11)
Size to 10'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Since we now live on Mango Knoll Court, we just had to grow a mango – even through mangoes aren't quite hardy here. Luckily, Houston gardeners tend to forget that they're not quite in the tropics, and nurseries carry tropicals of all varieties – including mangoes. So we selected a "condo mango" variety, suitable for container culture, and planted it in a metal trough that we can haul to a protected place when a freeze threatens. According to the label, this variety can withstand frosts down to 25 degrees, which means only the few coldest nights of the winter should bother it in our area. It may be a year or two before we see fruit; we'll probably give it some fruit tree fertilizer to help it along as best we can. When the tree is mature, the fruit will ripen in early summer. Picking is best done at the mature green stage, and allowed to ripen for another two weeks or so in a paper bag. When full-grown mangoes are ready for picking, their stems will snap when the fruit is pulled slightly.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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