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Growing mangoes under less than ideal conditions?

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Hayden starts with ...
What are everyones experiences growing mangoes under cold conditions? Where are you growing yours? What do you do to protect it? Tips, tricks?

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Hayden
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Grovedale, Geelong, VIC
16th January 2009 1:06pm
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frida says...
One of the holy grails is to learn which mangoes are most cold tolerant. Alas, this is practically impossible to find out.
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17th January 2009 8:17am
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les says...
I have a Bowen and a Valencia mango in Melbourne. I have them in 35 lt pots which i place under a North facing pergola. They have survived the winter well and the valencia is in bloom. This is my second attempt at growing mangoes in Melbourne. I will relocate the mangoes to a spot in the garden - by a north facing wall when the weather warms up. The chosen spot has shrubs abt 6 ft tall.. creating a microclimate. I am also growing Hawaiian Guava, Lychees, Longan, Cherimoya, Rose Apple and Wampii., all of which are in bloom.
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28th November 2011 5:38pm
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Jason says...
les, are they al in pots or just the Mango?, it gets quite harder for them to do well once they are in the cooler soil. Still I've always believed in suburban Melbourne being able to get a Mango to fruit even if only just given how much warmer the city is compared to the natural environment around it. Melbourne makes enough heat that the weather systems change once over it, pretty impressive
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Jason
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28th November 2011 6:46pm
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BJ says...
Keitt is supposed to take a fair bit of cold. A few American mangoes grow up through northern California - Bailey's Marvel is the latest cold growing mango over there that seems to be good for those conditions. If you go to the American gardenweb forum, they have all sorts of crazy set-ups for growing mangoes in frost prone regions.

They also have a magazine called tropical treasures, about zone pushing - growing tropicals in less than tropical places.
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28th November 2011 8:22pm
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J says...
My kensington pride mango has been in the ground for the last two years and I'm in the dandenongs. It's had no major problems with the cold and it's sprouting new growth now. I still don't think I'll ever see it fruit, but it's surviving and growing in the ground here.
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29th November 2011 9:33am
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Jason says...
J, I had one in the ground for 5 years or so, the cold never damaged it but it wouldn't grow until December and even then not much. It pretty much just grew a fat trunk with no upwards growth
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les says...
hi jason
All my tropical fruit trees are in pots... 20lt and 25lt pots. The root system stays warmer in pots. I also have them sitting on concrete under the pergola. I have to water the trees daily as they dry out quickly. i am in Pascoe Vale and 3yrs ago the Moreland Local newspaper had an article on a lady who had a Kensington pride seedling fruit in her backyard. There,s hope yet!!
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Nick says...
Theres definitely hope les! My kensington pride in the ground is 2 years old and hopefully this year the fruit will develop fully (did the lady get hers to fruit?) :)
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7th December 2011 9:09pm
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grub says...
i have 11 mangoes trees here in bunbury 7 have been in the ground a years ,they have fruit on then at the moment. i did get mangoes off mine other 4 trees last year ..
i did keep them in a green house for the first 12 months then i slowly started intruducing them to the cold now there fine .i made a habit of spraying then every month for anthracnose ... i had 4 mangoes in the ground that survived a dozen frosts last year, they survived with minimal leave damage,i also have a paw paw and banannas that survived this winter without any covers
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