How to Prune Mango Trees

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Mango trees do not need to be pruned annually. These trees will only bear flowers on mature wood. Therefore, it is important to select the pruning time and method carefully. Pruning can help to stimulate growth. It will also open up the tree to more air and sunlight. Recently pruned trees will react more quickly to sprays. If a tree is pruned too heavily, however, it may not produce fruit for two or three years. Your goal should be to have a tree with three or four main trunks, and a height of about 4 to 5 meters.

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Things you need

  • Pruning shears
  • Gloves
  • Ladder

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  1. 1

    Select the right time for pruning. Mango trees do not need to be pruned annually, but if you decide your tree does need pruning, it should be done after harvest, at the end of December, or before it flowers, around the middle of May.

  2. 2

    Remove low-hanging branches. This is called skirting and should get rid of any branches that will get in the way of fertilizing and weed control.

  3. 3

    Remove branches from inside the tree. Here you should select any branches that cross over one another or otherwise cause congestion on the inside of the tree. Clearing up this area will allow more light and air to reach your fruit.

  4. 4

    Remove dead or diseased limbs. This should always be taken care of to prevent the spread of flower or fruit infection.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut branches and trunks at a slight angle.
  • Large branches should be removed in chunk to prevent big pieces from falling and damaging the branches below.

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