How to Prune a Mango Tree

by Alex Kountry
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How to prune a mango tree is a popular search on the internet. This blog post will show you how to prune a mango tree in just a few simple steps.

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A mango tree will usually only need to be pruned in order to remove dead, diseased or damaged wood, to maintain its shape or size, or to promote fruit production. Pruning should be carried out in late winter or early spring before the start of the growing season. trees that have not been pruned for a number of years may require more severe pruning in order to rejuvenate them and encourage new growth.

Pruning a Mango Tree

Pruning a mango tree is an important part of its upkeep. By pruning the mango tree, you are encouraging new growth and keeping the tree healthy. mango trees should be pruned every two to three years. There are a few things to keep in mind when pruning a mango tree. In this article, we will go over how to prune a mango tree.

The First Pruning

Mango trees should be pruned when they are young to promote good branch structure. The first pruning is done when the tree is 1-2 years old and is done to remove any dead or damaged branches, as well as any branches that are growing vertically. Once the initial pruning is complete, the tree will be shaped into a “V” form with the main trunk being the center point of the “V”.

The Second Pruning

The second pruning should be conducted when the mango tree is about 3 to 5 years old. At this point, the tree should have a strong central leader with strong lateral branches. The goal of the second pruning is to remove any weak or crossing branches and to thin out the canopy to allow light and air to reach the inner parts of the tree.

When pruning, always make sure to use clean, sharp tools. Make angled cuts just above a node (where two branches meet) and avoid leaving stubs, which can lead to disease.

The Third Pruning

After the second pruning, you should see a significant amount of new growth. Once this new growth appears, it is time for the third and final pruning. The goal of the third pruning is to encourage the mango tree to produce fruit.

To do this, you will need to thin out the canopy of the tree. This means removing some of the branches, leaving only the healthiest and strongest ones. You should also remove any branches that are crossing over each other or rubbing against each other.

Once you have thinned out the canopy, you will need to shorten the remaining branches. This will help promote fruit production and prevent the branches from getting too long and unwieldy.


Pruning a mango tree is an important part of its annual maintenance. Done correctly, pruning can promote fruiting, help the tree recover from damage, and keep it healthy overall. With a little practice, anyone can learn how to prune a mango tree and keep it looking its best.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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