Shout-out to all Texan Mango growers (if any)

Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)December 17, 2011

Is anyone else in Texas growing mango trees? If so, have you had any success? What varieties are you growing? Include pictures if possible.

Thanks, MGB

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mangobaby

I have 3 mango trees (Namdocmai, alphonse, mallika) in ground in NW Houston area. This will be the 3rd winter for them. I protect them in winter with frost cloth and lights. I got fruits from them in summer of 2010. They were severely damaged in winter 2011 due to rolling blackouts but they have recovered now.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 3:21PM
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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

Thanks for the update! Are they flowering yet? Do you have any pictures of them?

Thanks, MGB

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 3:56PM
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houstontexas123(z9a)

i've had mine for about 9 months, the NDM flowered twice in the fall, 2nd time it set quite a few fruit, i thinned it down to two. i moved everything onto the back porch, the mangos are in the back. the NDM, Glenn, and Lancetilla are in the back, i also have two seedlings, i think one is from a little yellow ataulfo, and the other is from a tommy atkins or keitt.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 4:34PM
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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

NICE!!! I will post pics. tomorrow when the sun comes up. I have 2 NDM, 2 Pickering, and a Glenn. I am planning on getting more in the spring: Julie, Keitt, Cushman, Lancitilla are possibilities. Is that your Glenn on the far left? The leaves look the same as mine. I wish my NDM were flower/fruiting :-( Hopefully next year (FINGERS CROSSED!!!!).

Thanks so much for replying to me,
MGB

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 8:23PM
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bsbullie

MGB - with the Julie, keep in mind that Julie loves and needs high humidity to flourish. Not sure what you get in your area on a yearly basis but keep this in mind. Unless you have Harry/SWRancher type of acreage, Julie may not be a variety to pursue. Disclaimer - to you and all other experimentalists, I am not say you CAN'T or you SHOULDN'T, just giving a heads up.

Rob

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 10:32PM
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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

It can get VERY humid in the summer here in Houston. Isn't Julie dwarf? Why would I need a lot of acreage???

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 10:38AM
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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

Here are my pictures!!! Click on them to enlarge/read descriptions.

#1-4: Pickering
#5-8: Nam Doc Mai
#9: Glenn

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 12:27PM
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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

^ By the way, I was on my knees for most of those pictures!!!
:-)

MGB

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 12:31PM
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houstontexas123(z9a)

good looking trees, where did you get them? i bought mine from Joseph's Nursery down in Pearland. just curious, cuz they seem to be from the same grower (the bamboo stakes with green tape).

yes, the Glenn is left, NDM middle, and Lancetilla on the right.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 3:26PM
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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

I ordered them all from Pine Island Nursery in Florida. That's probably where Joseph's gets them from. It's good to know someone else is growing mangoes here. (I hate being alone)

MGB

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 4:27PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

Not usre if you have checked out this thread. The forum member that posted this has now moved to Apopka, FL. He may know some folks out in the Houston area for you to contact. His name is Ed. I am not sure if the e-mail listed is still current.

Harry

Here is a link that might be useful: Texas Rarefruit Growers

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 6:51AM
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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

Thanks Harry! I sent him an email but no response yet...

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 3:18PM
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Man-Go-Bananas(Zone 9)

Anyone else out there???

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 8:48AM
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julia42(9a)

I have a Nam Doc Mai #4 in the ground here in Pearland. This is its first year in the ground, so time will tell how it does. I'm in Pearland and the tree is planted in a pretty protected area. Also, for winter, I built an enclosure out of garden stakes (it's only about 3 1/2 feet tall right now) which I wrapped in a few layers of frost cloth and then fill with raked leaves. If it gets colder than it's been, I'll probably stick some water jugs in there. I think it's gotten down to 29 so far this year, and it looks good in there.

Mine's from Joseph's Nursery too.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2011 at 8:47AM
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gwrace

We are located in the Round Rock are just north of Austin. We put up a Riga heated greenhouse last year so plan to add fruit trees including Mangos to our current vegetable crop. We were thinking about the Carrie, Cogshall, Nam Dox Mai or Mallika. Some will be in containers so they can be moved if needed. We've had next to no freezing temps this winter. Any suggestions on where these can be purchased locally to avoid the expensive shipping charges from growers in Florida?

    Bookmark   February 9, 2012 at 1:04AM
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houstontexas123(z9a)

call the nurseries in the Austin area, they may have some trees, or know of another local nursery in your area that has some.

when i was looking into buying mango trees last spring, i did find a place near the valley that was a tropic fruit nursery. not sure if this is the same one, but they have mango trees.

http://riversendnursery.com/

    Bookmark   February 9, 2012 at 3:08AM
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gwrace

Thank you houstontexas123. We have contacted this nursery.
I realize its a little early in the season to try and find these trees but just wanted to line up some sources.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 7:06PM
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