Mango Nam Doc Mai vs Maha Chinook

longaeva54February 16, 2014

I want to plant one mango plant in a container, which one to choose Nam Doc Mai or Maha Chinook? Thanks.

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cmichael258(9a)

I would recommend the Maha Chinook. I have a NDM and while I like it, I found it sweet but lacking some of the complexity of other mangoes.

Here's a quote from another site regarding the MC:

"Many consider it the best mango had ever tasted. Very rare mango variety from Singapore. Its is a long fruit looking similar to Nam Doc Mai but with a pink blush. The season is long and can vary from year to year. It is fiberless with good flesh to seed ratio. The seed is almost paper thin. This mango would be perfect for the container considering its slow growth habit. May be aslo spelled Maha Chanok or Maha Chanook."

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 11:57AM
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jofus(9b/10a Englewood, Fl)

Maha Chanook, hands down !

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 8:51PM
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mangodog(palm springs 9B)

Yeah, you better do a Maha - it's unusually good....

MDog

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 4:09PM
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chuckurso1

How does it compare to say a Dot or Himsager?. I sampled so many and thought I had tasted Maha too but cannot remember!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 4:54PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Maha gets my vote!! NDM is known for fruits "splitting".

Here's my Maha...bought it 14 months ago and its blooming today :o)

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 9:16AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Hoping "if" the fruits hold to taste one this year :o)

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 9:18AM
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mangodog(palm springs 9B)

Sorry chuck - this mango grower doesn't know Dot or Himsager,, never tasted them, but I do know that Maha is up near the top of many people's list of favorites ....... but of course, there can NEVER be an accounting for people's tastes, eh?

MD

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 1:44PM
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sapote(10a)

Does anyone have an Edward? It seems not many reference on this forum about Edward; I bought a tree this year and heard it's also taste very good.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 8:50PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

I don't have an Edward, I also heard its an excellent mango...the only negative thing I've heard is that its a shy bearer?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 3:56PM
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sapote(10a)

Puglvr, shy bearer is an issue for commercial grower, but for us 20 fruits is more than enough don't you agree, especially when the tree is on wheel (in a pot)?

Seriously when it says shy bearer, what quantity are they talking about?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 8:50PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Shy bearer might also mean alternate bearer as well. If in pots the shy bearer could mean just a few say 3-5. Yet a prolific bearer like a Pickering could mean 12+. I personally wouldn't plant a mango variety in a pot that has a reputation for not being a good producer. That might do better in ground. But that's just for me. If you like it I say go for it :)

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 8:50PM
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myamberdog

I don't know - I'm off to a good start on my Edward this year, transplanted only 11 months ago from it's former location.
Here's some picture of the small fruits. There are several more branches that look like this one...Let's see what falls
off and what remains......As Puglvr knows, this is a long and dicey waiting game....Gary

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 6:22PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Congrats MAD!! Hoping for the best for your Edward...please keep us posted on its progress :o)

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 4:15PM
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myamberdog

THanks, Nancy! It's a pretty good start on the way to tasting one of those highly rated mangoes.....

Gary

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 12:40AM
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sapote(10a)

Gary, is it true Edward leaves are lighter green compare to others, say Manila or VP?

Is this the first time your Edward having fruit? how large the tree?

In this case, I used to jump in and picked off the smaller lesser fruits, but now I tend to leave it for nature -- I think with million years of perfection these mango trees seem to know what is best. My mangoes are too precious for me to try experiments. I tried before and the results were not good.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 9:44PM
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myamberdog

Don't know if the Edward leaves are lighter green that other mangoes. Perhaps they need some nutrient....or.....its the desert sun doing its thing! I do feed them a variety of things throughout the year....

THis is the first time they've held fruit to the size of marbles. I've had fruits the size of BB's before, but they fell off I think because it was planted against a western wall and got way too warm to hold fruit, but I don't know that for sure. The tree is about 6 feet high, 5 feet wide.

Maybe I'm getting way ahead of myself

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 11:22PM
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sapote(10a)

Gary,

Not just your Edward, but mine is also lighter green than other variety.
Last Sunday we had 90F weather and my Alphonso planted 12" from the south facing white wall had many tiny fruit wilted. I'm hanging a sun screen to reduce the sun light. When the tree taller I will train it out away from the wall. Alphonso flower has strong fragrant and I have yet seen any bees on it while bees are regularly on Manila and Maha.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 5:54PM
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