FAQ

 

How big will the tree need to be to bear fruit?
It depends largely on the variety of tree and sometimes the fruit itself. You can expect fruit from a 3 gallon mango tree in 2 to 3 years. Most cherries, berries, figs, and guava will bear fruit in a 3 gallon pot.


What size container should I plant the tree in?
We recommend stepping the tree up gradually from a 3 gallon/10” pot to a 7 gallon/ 14” pot, from the 7 gallon/ 14” pot to a 15 gallon/ 17” pot, then if necessary from the 15 gallon to a 25 gallon/ 24” pot, and so on. Pots can be mounted onto casters for easier moving.


How do I plant the tree and, what soil and fertilizer should I use?
We recommend a good quality potting soil with a Ph of 6 – 6.5. Adding some loose stones to the bottom of the pot will help with drainage. Moisten your soil as you put it into the pot, this will ensure even moisture throughout the pot. When you are ready to plant remove the plastic nursery pot from the root ball. Keep the root ball intact and plant the tree so the top of the soil around the base of the tree is still visible. Burying the tree too deeply can cause the trunk to rot. Do not add fertilizer to the soil at planting. Typically the plant has fertilizer from the nursery still available to it. We recommend you fertilize 6 weeks after planting with a slow release fertilizer (18-6-8 or similar analysis) available at your local garden center. Follow the directions on the package for best results. Avoid using manure and compost, but mulch is okay.


Water Requirements
You will need to water on a regular basis. Keep the soil moist, not soaked. Soil may appear dry on the top two inches, but below maybe perfectly moist. If the soil sticks together when squeezed in your hand it is moist enough. Regular watering is important. Do not let the tree get completely dry.


How much light will the tree need?
If you live in an area that receives temperatures below 40F for an extended period of time you may need to consider an ‘inside’ home for your tree. If the temperature is forecasted to drop to the damage temperature listed for your tree, don’t take a chance. Move your tree inside, or take the necessary measures to protect it in place.


Will I need to bring it inside in the winter?
If you live in an area that receives temperatures below 40F for an extended period of time you may need to consider an ‘inside’ home for your tree. If the temperature is forecasted to drop to the damage temperature listed for your tree, don’t take a chance. Move your tree inside, or take the necessary measures to protect it in place.


Can I grow the tree Indoors in the winter, and outside in the summer?
The trees will grow indoors, however those are obviously not ideal conditions. To grow tropical fruit trees in a temperate climate you must accept the fact you can enjoy a certain level of success which may fall short of how the tree would behave under ideal conditions. Two things to consider when growing indoors are pollination and acclimation. Typically the pollen is transferred by insects or the wind, and neither is usually present in our homes! Shaking the tree, to disperse pollen or gently transferring the pollen from one flower to another may increase the chances of fruit production. You can move the tree outside during warmer months; however you will need to move to partial sun and then full sun gradually so the tree can acclimate, and vice versa when moving it in for the cooler months.

 

TROPICAL FRUITS  THAT GROW WELL IN CONTAINERS (Click to read more)

Araza

Barbados Cherry

Bayleaf

Blackberry

Black Pepper

Blueberry

Cacao

Carambola

Cherry of the Rio Grande

Cinnamon

Coffee

Dragon Fruit

Fig

Grumichama

Guava

June Plum

Lemon Bay Rum

Bay Rum

Miracle Fruit

Papaya

Passion Fruit

Pineapple

Pitomba

Pomegranate

Raspberry

Tea

Sapodilla

Sugar Apple

 

Condo Mango Varieties - Mangos that grow well in containers (Click to read more)

Alampur Baneshan

Carrie

Cogshall

Fairchild

Glenn

Graham

Ice Cream

Lancetilla

Nam Doc Mai

Mallika

Pickering

 

 


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