just bought 6 mango
I recently bought 6 mango trees:
From Mimosa in east Los Angeles: 7 gal Lancetilla and Valencia-Pride, $90 each
From TT: 3 gal Alphonsol, Maha-chanok, Nam doc mai, and Carrie, $50 each except Maha $70.
The lancetilla and VP bought on Feb-7 with some little buds, and now they have full open flowers. I think they are good price for their size compare to the trees from TT plus shipping.
Trees from TT were shipped on Monday 3/4 and arrived on 3/6/13. They were repotted to 5 gal with Kellogg Patio Plus. I was trying to find the best potting soil for the mango, and ended up using Kellogg after check its texture with an opened bag. I do think Kellogg is a little water retentive to my liking, and I was concerned a bit after reported the trees with the air temperature still mid 50F in March. I took them indoor at night. After a couple days the trees seemed to hold on ok, I started exposing them to half sun/shade. As you can see from photos, none have shed any leaves after one week since repotted. Beside using the standard planting technique, I also mix a tiny Miracle Grow in a cup water and used paint bush to paint the leaves. I thought this might help boost the plants during this difficult time when the root try to heal from root-ball trauma.
Mango leaves characterization from my observation:
Alphonsol: deep groove at the midrib as a rain gutter
Maha-chanok: narrow long leaves, pointed end Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½" resemble the Australian Eucalyptus leaves in shape
Carrie: flat normal looking leaves, pointed end
Nam doc mai: big broad leaves with rounded end.
I will plant the bigger VP and Lancetilla in gound (paver courtyard) as it warm up in the next few weeks, and keep all TTÃ¢ÂÂs mango in pot for one year before planting them in ground.