How to Prune Mango Trees

by Alex Kountry
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Do you want to know how to prune mango trees? Read this blog post to find out the best time to prune your mango trees and the different techniques you can use.

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Introduction

Mango trees are pruned when they are young to encourage a strong framework of branches. Once the tree has begun to bear fruit, it is still necessary to do some annual pruning to remove any damaged or diseased branches, as well as any that are crossing or rubbing against each other. In addition, fruit-bearing branches that are more than four years old produce fewer and smaller mangos and should be replaced with new growth.

The Best Time to Prune Mango Trees

Mango trees are best pruned in late winter or early spring, just before the new growth begins. However, you can also prune mango trees in late summer or early fall, after the fruit has been harvested.

Here are some tips on how to prune mango trees:

-Start by removing any dead or diseased branches.
-Next, prune away any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other.
-Then, thin out the canopy of the tree to increase air circulation and sunlight penetration.
-Finally, cut back any branches that are growing vertically (known as “shooters”).

Remember, when pruning mango trees, always use clean and sharp pruning tools to avoid damaging the bark or branches.

How to Prune Mango Trees

Pruning mango trees is an important part of their annual maintenance. It helps to remove dead or diseased branches, encourages new growth, and shapes the tree. Pruning also helps to keep the mango tree from getting too big and making it difficult to harvest the fruit.

Pruning young mango trees

Pruning young mango trees is important to encourage good growth and form. The main purpose of pruning a young tree is to remove any dead, diseased or damaged growth, as well as any crossing or rubbing branches. You should also remove any downward-growing shoots (suckers) that are produced from the roots or lower trunk.

It’s best to prune your mango tree in late winter or early spring, before the new growth appears. Use sharp, clean pruning shears for a neat cut that will promote healing. Make sure you disinfect your tools before and after use, to prevent the spread of disease.

When pruning, always make your cuts just above a leaf node (the point where the leaves join the stem). This will help encourage new growth from that point. Avoid leaving stubs, as these can be difficult for the tree to heal over.

Pruning mature mango trees

Pruning can rejuvenate an old mango tree and improve its yield. It also helps maintain the tree’s vigor and health. The ideal time to prune mango trees is during the dry season, when the tree is not actively growing.

Mango trees should be pruned every three to four years. Pruning involves removing dead or diseased branches, as well as branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other. You should also prune branches that are growing into the center of the tree, as these can impede air circulation and lead to fungal diseases.

Pruning mature mango trees is a bit different than pruning young mango trees. For mature trees, you will need to remove more branches in order to allow light and air to reach the center of the tree. You can remove up to one-third of the branches on a mature mango tree without causing any harm.

If you need to remove a large branch, it’s best to use a saw rather than try to break it off by hand. Make sure you make your cuts cleanly and avoid wounding the bark.

Conclusion

Pruning is an important part of mango tree care. By pruning your mango tree, you will be able to keep it healthy and looking its best. However, it is important to know how to properly prune a mango tree. With the proper tools and techniques, you can easily prune your own mango tree.

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About the author

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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