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Sometimes referred to as the king of fruit, mango is a sub-tropical tree that can now be found fruiting in all suburbs of Perth.
The flavour here is as good as from more northerly areas such as Darwin and Carnarvon, the main difference between our crops and those of the tropics is the cropping times. February to March is Perth's mango season.
Getting started can be a bit tricky. You need a sunny location and a sunny season to plant so growth kicks off immediately. Winter plantings often don't work in Perth because the plant is dormant. Generally, tropical plants need to hit the ground running.
Be generous with your planting compost. If growing in pots or tubs, choose Baileys Premium Potting mix. If you are planting in the garden then amend the soil with generous quantities of Baileys Clay & Compost (for sandy soils) or Soil Improver Plus.
Dig a hole about twice as wide as the pot the mango tree comes in and then carefully take the mango tree out of its container. Then use the empty pot as a measuring device, use two pots-full of composted soil conditioner like Baileys Soil Improver and mix this into the backfill soil. Place the mango tree in the hole so that the level of the top of the root ball will be the same as the surrounding soil. Don't bury the plant any deeper than it was in the pot. Use the mixed compost and backfill soil to surround the root ball.
Make a saucer around the young mango tree and water well to settle the roots. Apply a 50 to 75mm thick layer of composted mulch like Baileys Moisture Mulch. Aim to keep the new tree just moist right through until winter.
The next step is to surround the young mango tree with a shade-cloth shelter to stay in position for the first year. This can be easily constructed with four tomato stakes, a four-metre length of shade-cloth and some cable ties.