Mango, Bowen Mango
Mangifera indica

Family: Anacardiaceae (an-a-kard-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mangifera (man-GEF-er-uh) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Grenoble,

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Fresno, California

Hayward, California

San Diego, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boynton Beach, Florida

Bradenton, Florida

Bradley, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Marathon, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Miami, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)

Venice, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Honomu, Hawaii

Angleton, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Galveston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

10
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5
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Neutral

On Apr 3, 2010, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

My most favorite tropical tree.
The foliage is fantastic and can be a very beautiful indoor plant.
I don't have any problem growing them from seed indoors.
The biggest problem that i have is the sensitivity of the roots to insects of the soil. Once i plant them in the ground their roots are eaten by resin loving insects! Frosts are a second danger, but i didn' t have a chance to grow them outdoors to check their hardiness.

As for allergy, people who are allergic to Pistachios and Cashews must avoid Mango, because it comes from the same family (Anacardiaceae).

Positive

On Jun 13, 2008, goofybulb from El Paso, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Mangoes grow happily in many gardens in Miami, and those fortunate to have them have a lot to eat and share during the months of June and July. In my landlord's garden, we had 3 mangoes, probably 3 varieties. Two were better with their crops.
It is also very easy to sprout one from seed, I've done it after finishing a store-bought mango fruit. This happened sometime this April, and in about two weeks I've had a mango baby. Didn't do anything special.

Negative

On May 17, 2007, Redkarnelian from Newmarket, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Mango is a worldwide "emerging allergen" meaning that many new cases of allergies, many severe, are reported. It is occuring, as expected, that increased cases of mango allergy are being reported in the West (due to increased exposure from many new products).

Many people who are sensitized to poison ivy (same botanical family) as children are also allergic to mangoes and related fruit/nuts/products.

People diagnosed with mango allergy are also warned to avoid cashews and pistachios because of the danger of a reaction. Mango allergy often indicates futher allergies or cross-reactivity allergies to other pollen, fruit, vegetables and/or latex.

All aspects of the mango tree, including pollen, fruit, wood (now popular for furniture), can cause... read more

Positive

On Sep 24, 2006, sincers from Brookline Village, MA wrote:

well im from australia, i have a bowen mango and i can't get it to hold fruit ive sprayed it,drowned it with water,fed it but nothing seems to work , it gets like a spiders web all over the flower and then they die , can some one please help me

thanks sincers\o.o/

Positive

On Jul 18, 2006, phoenixtropical from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

People are often surprised that mangoes do very well in Phoenix Arizona. They take the heat very well as long as they are given enough water. Frost damage in the winter can be avoided by placing them in a good microclimate, such as near a wall.

http://www.phoenixtropicals.com/mango.html

Positive

On Apr 10, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Before I moved to Florida I could not have told you what the heck a "mango" was but now it's my favorite fruit! The tree is a lovely evergreen tree with attractive leaves and the luscious fruit makes it even better.

Positive

On Apr 25, 2004, WalterT from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

The marvelous Mango ! When tree ripened there is nothing better.However, beware! The mango is in the same botanical family as poison oak/ivy. After eating mango be sure to wash your face and hands carefully. If some mango juice stays on your skin and you are sensitive to it, you will break out in an itchy rash in a few days. Here in Southern California mango has been grown for decades in many frost-free areas. Trees grown from seed take about 5 years to begin producing and sometimes the fruit can be delicious. The best mangoes on the market here come from the miles of orchards in Mexico south of Mazatlan on the Pacific coast.
Fruit from South America has to be picked very green (and hard) to stand the long voyage to the U.S. and is rarely as delicious as that from Mexico. The be... read more

Positive

On Apr 24, 2004, deekayn from Tweed Coast
Australia wrote:

Mangifera indica is known as 'Bowen Mango' in Australia. It got its name from a town in far north Queensland. On the Tweed Coast (coastal border of NSW & Queensland) quite a few of the old homes have a mango tree and there is an old saying re the mangos - 'a bumper crop of mangos, a bumper crop of cyclones (hurricanes)'.

I do have to fight with the local fruit bats to get some fruit, so I have decided that they can have the ones I cant reach from our ladder!

Positive

On Apr 23, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Mangoes are my most favorite fruit of all. I grew up in Cuba where we had a huge Hayden in the middle of our patio and another unkown variety in the back. Here in Hawaii almost everyone has a mango tree in their yard. Ours fruits from mid to late May and on until late August. I put a lot of it in the freezer to use during months we don't have fresh fruit. When I see recipes for peaches, apricots and nectarines (which I also love) in my mind I automatically think mangoes. I have been collecting mango recipes, lore, etc...any and all info I can find on mangoes for years in the hope of someday putting together a book.

Positive

On Apr 22, 2004, DaraMV wrote:

Mango is easily started from seed. Even though they may take a while to set fruit, they are a beautiful plant. The foliage is so beautiful that I grow them just for that, like a houseplant. :)

Neutral

On Oct 4, 2003, rabbit_quebec69 wrote:

I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where in the summertime it is hot and humide. I planted a mango seed at the end of April 2003. And now it is about 6 inches high. Now that winter is approaching, I have put the pot in the apartment and will see what happens next. Will need to put it in a bigger pot soon. And I'm keeping it well-watered. So far so good. We will see what happens next.

Positive

On Jul 6, 2003, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Thailand’s most popular mango, 'Nam Doc Mai' was brought into the US around 1973. In southeast Asia, 'Nam Doc Mai' is eaten ripe as well as when it is hard green.

In the US, Nam Doc Mai appears to be the most popular of the southeast Asian varieties of mango. With the unique characteristics of its indo-chinese origin, this Polyembryonic import from Thailand had been showing up in more and more homeowners’ gardens in Florida.

Positive

On Jun 8, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I like this tree. I have two--a Glenn and an Alanpur Banishan, a semi-dwarf that is my favorite. Once established, they more or less take care of themselves without either irrigation or fertilizer. The older they get, however, the more fruit they produce--and older trees can be like a zucchini patch.

Neutral

On May 19, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

If let alone in good climate conditions, mango trees can reproduce fast. It's a real problem in areas surrounded by native forests, but a great advantage for people who want to grow it to sell the fruits.

Neutral

On May 19, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

There are many varieties of Mangoes. The finest tasting fruit to me is the Alphonso variety from India. It is sweet and soft. The flesh is golden orange color. For first time growers of the mango, avoid buying and planting seedlings if you want good fruit because seedlings seldom produce good tasting fruit.

Neutral

On Oct 24, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Mango trees are deep-rooted, symmetrical evergreens that attain heights of 90 feet and widths of 80 feet. They have simple alternate lanceolate leaves that are 12 to 16 inches in length and yellow-green, purple, or copper in color when young.

Mature leaves are leathery, glossy, and deep green in color. New leaves arise in terminal growth flushes that occur several times a year. Mature terminal branches bear pyramidal flower panicles that have several hundred white flowers that are about a 1/4 inch wide when open.

Most of the flowers function as males by providing pollen, but some are bisexual and set fruit. Pollination is by flies, wasps, and bees.

The fruit weighs about 1/4 pound to 3 pounds. Fruit may be round, ovate, or obovate depending on... read more