The mango makes a handsome landscape specimen or shade tree around the garden. It is a fast growing tree when grown in its tropical environment and has a broad and rounded canopy with a relatively slender crown. Ultimately, the mango is a large tree reaching 20m comfortably in ideal locations, but usually remains half the size in temperate – subtropical regions. The fruits vary from 2-9 inches long and tend to be kidney or round shaped with a leathery smooth outer skin that is pale green or yellow marked with red when ripe depending to the cultivar. Mangoes are native to southern Asia and eastern India and are a long lived tree, with some specimens over 300 years old in Asia that are still producing masses of fruit.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Mango grow in almost any well-drained soil whether sandy, loam or clay, as long as it is not heavy wet soils.

    For good growth, mangoes require good soil depth to accommodate their extensive root systems.

    Mangoes generally require a frost-free climate as they range from warm temperate to tropical regions. Mangoes should be given some protection such as an overhead cover during any frost threat.

    The mango must have warm, dry weather in order to set fruit.

    It requires full sun and perfect air drainage in winter. Mangoes grow best when placed at the top or middle level of a slope.

    To maximise sunlight inception, trees should be planted in rows facing north-south if possible.

    Commence with irrigation when the weather starts to warm. Increase the amount of watering after one to two months to increase the initiate new bloom and growth. Water your mango more frequently in light soils or in dry locations.

    Mature trees can tolerate prolonged periods of moisture stress as well as having a high tolerance to flooding.

    A windbreak should be provided in exposed areas.

    Mangoes generally need staking.

    The Mango is a suitable and productive tree for growing in a container or greenhouse.

    Aim to produce an open centred tree. Healthy trees require little pruning, although pruning to stimulate new growth promotes uniform annual bearing. Mango may be pruned to control size in late winter or early spring without a loss of fruit.

    In warmer climates, mangoes tend to be much more vigorous so a generous plant distance of 8-10m row spacing with 5m apart within rows is necessary. In cooler regions where trees are growth restricted, plants may be spaced at 6m between rows with trees 2.5-3.5m apart within the rows.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 10-15 cups (2-3kg)

    Commercial Use: Up to 3kg/site

    Comments: Apply 2-3 months prior to planting to an area 1m across at each site and incorporate to about 15cm deep.


    Stage: Planting

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1-2 cups (200-400g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 500g

    Comments: If the site was not pre-fertilised in anticipation for your mango planting, apply evenly on top and do not place directly against trunk. Do not place fertiliser in the planting hole as it may burn the sensitive roots of the mango. Rates will vary depending on size of the mango being planted –mature tree will require the full rate whereas a sapling will be the minimum or thereabouts.


    Stage: Non-Bearing

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1½-2 cups (300-400g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 1kg    

    Comments: With every year of growth increase rates by an additional 200g. Apply in spring and again in mid-late summer.


    Stage: Bearing

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2-15 cups (0.4-3kg)  

    Commercial Use: Up to 3kg  

    Comments: Maintain an increase of 200g with every year of growth until you reach a maximum of 3kg per tree. Apply in late spring and again in mid summer. Mangoes may require extra nitrogen and trace elements depending on history and season. Monitor by leaf test.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.