Update on my potted Maha Chinnok mango tree.
I have now had my Maha Chinook mango tree indoors for 2 months under my 600 watt HPS light. When I brought the tree in, it still had immature branches that were just starting to harden off.
Now, almost two months later, that growth is completely hardened off. The 8th branch is actually just starting to grow now. Most of those new branches are about 6 inches long now, and the buds at the center of the 7 branches are beginning to swell. I was just looking into Harry's post last year on the mango blooming season, and he reported that his Maha Chinook had bloomed around the 6th of December. Today is the 4th so maybe this new growth will be inflos? I know what everybody is going to say. I would be much better off to remove the developing fruits so the energy will go back into the tree and it can concentrate on growing larger.
What a tough call! I would rather not have the tree bloom at all so I don't have to make this decision! I know the tree iself is barely 4ft tall right now. I guess I should just remove them when the mango fruits are about pea sized so it wont turn around and bloom again.
I also wanted to ask a question about fertilizing. Since I am providing it with good light and heat, it is actively growing. I have a fertilizer that I got from Florida last year that claims that it can be used for mango trees but I don't want to just trust the label. The name of the fertilizer is Sunnyland Citrus, Avocado, and Mango fertilizer, 6-4-6.
The directions say to fertilize when blooms first appear in winter,and then make the second application around late spring, early summer. I got the tree in July and I pruned it in August about a month after getting it. When I noticed the new branches starting to grow, I fertilized it. I didn't follow the directions on the bag as they were meant for trees in the ground. I just sprinkled a light layer around the surface of the soil. Does that sound okay? I also avoided making cotact with the trunk.
Now, that I have been sucessfull with this mango(This is a first!), I am considering buying a Carrie. I can get it at a large greenhouse in PA for $25.00 and no shipping! Can't beat that! I will try and get a picture of it up today or tomorrow.
Thanks for any input!