Hello all. I have about 12 Keitt mango trees, that are approximately 4 years old. I need a simple way of pruning the trees, to encourage flowering next January. Some of the trees are 16 feet tall, and have never blossomed
are they grafted or grown from seeds? if grown by seed they take a long time to bloom. if they're grafted, then maybe some fertilizer.
Yours are big enough to flower, so I have a question for you. Do you water them? The trick to getting mangoes to flower is to allow their roots to dry out. Mangoes are extremely drought tolerant and need a couple of months of dry before they will bloom.
I 'prune' by cutting out the center vertical in the late fall or winter, and leave 4 or 5 main branches spreading out. Not necessary until the trees are taller, but I prefer my trees to be 25' or less tall. And lower is better come harvest time.
This is a pic of a mango from my keitt this past summer. I planted the tree at the beginning of spring, the tree was four feet tall, and it bloomed nicely. I had several mangoes, this pic is the largest one. It was delicious and easily sliced because of the thin seed. I use mushroom compost, rabbit manure, chicken manure, and leaf compost. I would also like to mention that my Keitt is now starting to bloom and its December! I know the weather has been unusually warm the past couple of Weeks but I thought the tree wouldnt bloom again until around April or May. email@example.com
This post was edited by 407Bob on Fri, Dec 14, 12 at 21:38
Most of my Keitt trees have fruits now. At least one of the trees has fruits that are larger than 1 pound size, although it is just the month of June. The next time I visit my farm, I will get some pics and post them here.