Mango bonsai for space conscious folks

esco_socalDecember 20, 2011

I was actually thinking of espalier mango trees, how we can train them to fit in the smallest of space yet fully exposed to the sun. Has anyone attempted this on mangos?

Tim

these are some pics of mango bonsais via google search

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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

WOW ------- I want one!!! :'-(

(Crying face...)

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 5:21PM
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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

WWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

I have a manila mango seed that has sprouted just about a week ago, and I am going to use it to make a "Manila Bonsai". The root looks really cool, almost like it is dwarfing itself... PERFECT for bonsai.

The root almost just comes to a stop and then launches fibrous mini-roots out the sides.
YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 5:40PM
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steve_in_los_osos

There are some folks Down Under who have espaliered just about everything imaginable, including mango (well not coconut and NOT jackfruit!). Take a look:

http://www.rarefruit-sa.org.au/Espalier/Espalier.htm

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 6:39PM
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jsvand5

I never thought of trying a mango bonsai. I might try to graft a pickering this summer to try something like this.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 9:31PM
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mangodog(palm springs 9B)

Is anyone else in agony about seeing a mango bonsai'd????
Espalier, yes, for those with limited space perhaps, but to bonsai a tree that gives such wonderful fruit - it's cruel and unusual punishment in my opinion.

But each to his own....

mangogrrrrrrrr

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 9:55PM
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esco_socal

mangopooch, I feel the same on most forms of art :)

Tim

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 10:20PM
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jfernandez(10B)

I believe Ethan has an espalier Valencia Pride in Central California.

JF

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 11:32PM
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wizzard419

There was a thread on the bonsai board and some debate as to if the trees work since the leaves are still quite large.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 12:05AM
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newgen(9 Central California)

That's incredible! Love those tiny plants, but I refuse to wear pink!

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 1:32AM
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red_sea_me

Good memory JF, my VP produced three yummy fruits this year and will hopefully double that production next year (and so on).

-Ethan

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 1:39AM
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houstontexas123(z9a)

looks like the leaves of these bonsai mango trees matches the size of the tree.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 2:22AM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

I think it is incredibly cool. I've seen tamarind, grumichama, jaboticab, miracle fruit, and some others as bonsai, but I thought some of the mango pics looked nice. Just goes to show that darn near anything can be done to any type of tree. Whether it should or should not be done is a personal choice.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 7:00AM
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esco_socal

Ethan - do you have any recent picture showing your entire VP tree, I'd love to see what it's looking like with training so far.

As for an ideal bonsai cultivar, I think the Falang/Falan tree Harry has would be great. Outside of that, I don't know if anyone else has this tree.

Tim

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 11:55AM
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jfernandez(10B)

Congrats Ethan!

Did you do an espalier on your VP because it's easier to protect?

JF

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 2:27PM
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red_sea_me

Tim, here is a pic from last spring w/some of the GH still in place, it grew like crazy this past year and was whacked back to fit in the GH.

JF, yes.

Hopefully this next year I'm going to be grafting a few more varieties on it including Edward.

-Ethan

BTW, bonsai jaboticabas in bloom are about the coolest thing.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 3:09PM
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jfernandez(10B)

Hi Ethan,

You can come here in the spring and get your Edward but in one condition: I have two seedlings that I have for grafting. I need someone who knows what they are doing....maybe MangoDog will come and learn. We were going to hire a master grafter from Mimosa - we can't get anything to take.

JF

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 3:23PM
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mangodog(palm springs 9B)

...lol....someday, JF, someday.....

mangopooch

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 11:19PM
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red_sea_me

Thanks JF,
I already have Edward and was going to plant it with it's own espalier but decided to graft onto my VP instead and save the room for something else.

If only we could get Jeff H. to come out to CA and show us mango grafting, that guy can graft about anything. I'm going to give grafting mangoes another try this year, might have learned a few tricks?

-Ethan

    Bookmark   December 22, 2011 at 11:49AM
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esco_socal

Or monsieur Hagen can create a video one of us can host through youtube if he wishes to remain anonymous :)

Tim

    Bookmark   December 22, 2011 at 1:10PM
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nullzero(9)

If you guys do decide to get together with a mango grafting party... I would love to go.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2011 at 2:39PM
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