Mangos have been cultivated in India for over 4000 years and are another
fruit tree that is quickly gaining popularity
with Bermuda’s home gardener. Several large
fruiting trees can be found around the island
producing an abundant harvest of delicious
Mango varieties including Haden, Lippens,
Keitt, Valencia Pride, Gouveia and Gomera are
available at Aberfeldy Nurseries.
LOCATION IS KEY
A mango tree can mature into a 30–45-foot
tree and perform as an attractive shade tree.
The roots are not invasive or destructive in
nature. Mangos can be pruned and shaped to a
much more manageable size and certain varieties such as Keitt can be container grown.
Soil type: Mangos adapt well and will grow
in almost any type of well-drained soil. Avoid
heavy, wet soil.
Planting season: Plant at a time of year
when the mango won’t be subjected to cold,
wet weather and is not actively growing.
TRANSPLANTING YOUR MANGO
INTO THE GROUND
As with all soft fruit trees, when removing
from the container, slit the container down
the sides causing as little disruption to the root
ball as possible.
Dig a hole the depth of the container and
three times as wide. Slide the tree out of the
pot and into the centre of the hole. Backfill the
hole with a mixture of three parts Bermuda
soil and one part compost. Tamp the ground
gently but firmly, without compacting the soil,
to remove any air pockets. Water thoroughly.
Maintenance: Water your tree every three
to four days after planting. Continue to water
regularly for the first four to five months if
rain does not fall.
FEEDING YOUR MANGO
There are many conflicting thoughts
on the fertilizer programme for mangos.
Fertilise when the tree is actively growing. A
light dressing of a granular fertilizer, such as
Aberfeldy Citrus Food 7-5-6, will provide the
necessary manganese, copper, zinc and boron
required to produce a healthy tree grown in
Bermuda’s alkaline soil. Iron can be applied in
chelated form as a soil drench twice a year. Too
much nitrogen can cause shriveling (called
“soft nose”) at the fruit apex.
Established trees will benefit from a feeding
of potassium sulphate. Potassium sulphate
improves the ability of the plant to withstand
stress conditions such as drought, cold, salin-
ity and disease. It also improves fruit quality,
skin colour, aroma, size and shelf life.
Grow, eat and enjoy.
Julie Greaves is the General Manager,
Aberfeldy Nurseries Ltd.
From the Crow’s Nest | HOME & GARDEN
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumber
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno
1/3 cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
Salt and pepper
Combine the mango, cucumber, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and cilantro
leaves and mix well. Season with salt and
pepper, to taste.
Recipe courtesy Ellie Krieger, www.foodnetwork.com
WHITE PEACH SANGRIA
1 bottle white wine (Spanish table wine)
3 ounces brandy
2 ounces triple sec
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
2 ounces simple syrup (equal parts sugar
and water brought to a boil for 2 minutes
in a small saucepan) and cooled (leftover
syrup can be stored in a tightly sealed
container in the refrigerator for 1 month)
3 ounces white peach puree (peel peaches, remove pit and puree in a blender with
a small amount of water)
Fresh peaches, oranges, and apples sliced
Place all ingredients in a pitcher and stir
to mix. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or up
to 48 hours. Serve over ice.
Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay, www.foodnetwork.com