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NorCA - snowballs chance of growing a Mango or Avocado tree?

Posted by harmonyp NorCA 9b (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 21, 11 at 20:21

Seems like Northern California, Stockton area, might be really pushing it for either Avocado or Mango trees. But ... wondering if anyone has success with either or both in this area, and if so - which varieties?

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RE: NorCA - snowballs chance of growing a Mango or Avocado tree?

....well ya know there Harmony, many kinds of mangos do just fine in pots. They are called "condo" mangos, but in reality, I've heard any mango can be trimmed and maintained in a nice sized container. I'm not sure about avocados, though....

The advantage of pots is, of course, it's transferability to cozier places when the real cold hits - as long as your vigilante in that way and have a place to put them during chilly nights, i would think you could do just fine

And there are some here on the forum that are doing that now....


RE: NorCA - snowballs chance of growing a Mango or Avocado tree?


MangoDog is right....container mangos are doable any place. I think Tammy has several mango trees in Marin CountyI wonder how they are doing?


RE: NorCA - snowballs chance of growing a Mango or Avocado tree?

Yes, tammysf succeeded in fruiting a Glenn mango, grown outside, in the ground. There was a post to that effect some time back. She'd be the one to contact.

How about a Mexicola avocado for Stockton? They are supposed to be one of the most cold-hardy.

At lot of what might work will depend on siting, microclimates, etc. Remember, trees are at their most vulnerable when young and may need protection then, but when they are more mature they can withstand more abuse and a little peripheral damage and bounce back.

Seems to me both of these would appreciate a sheltered location, maybe up against a south-facing wall. Partial overhang (eaves, etc.) would be a plus in times of frost.

RE: NorCA - snowballs chance of growing a Mango or Avocado tree?

Avacado trees are no big deal in much of Northern California. Choose among many hardier Mexican varieties, and graft (for pollination), if you can, from a successful tree from your neighborhood, so that if you can't have two trees that compliment for pollination, or one that is known to be self-pollinating, that you'll get fruit. For nearly my whole life we've had avocados from our own tree or from neighbors' trees. I think there was a Sunset magazine article that described good varieties. Avoid those from around Guatemala...too sensitive to frost and cold. One neighbor's tree survived below 20 degrees F.
The trees should be hardier if planted in the ground to keep the roots warmer in prolonged cold periods when the trees get large.
Do not trim to expose the trunks or major branches to the hot sun in the summer. Avocado trees can sunburn.
Do lightly shade the tree from overhead summer sun until it is well established.
As you do with pears, pick the fruit a bit before it is soft-ripe, and then ripen it in a warm spot off the tree. It will have better texture and flavor. A bit like most pears in that respect.

RE: NorCA - snowballs chance of growing a Mango or Avocado tree?

why dont you try a lychee tree? they are more cold tolerant, and they can be pruned back small after harvest and winter protected.

RE: NorCA - snowballs chance of growing a Mango or Avocado tree?

MK is right. here is a brewster in Santa Ana it grows easy in Socal. I have six airlayers on this one.

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