Just like a kid waits for Christmas, I long for the mango season because the taste of it feels like Christmas. I love everything in a mango, its delicious, succulent, sweet, luscious taste is amazingly awesome. The say a fruit salad without mango in it is just a bunch of fruits thrown in a bowl. A mango is like the prom queen of fruit, some call it the king of fruits and it’s absolutely true.

What is a mango?

Mangoes are juicy stone fruit from numerous species of tropical trees belonging to the flowering plant genus Mangifera .The trees are long-lived, as some specimens still fruit after 300 years; there is no menopause for this fruit. Mango trees grow readily from seeds, with germination success highest when seeds are obtained from mature fruits.

The ripe fruit varies in shape, size, color, sweetness, and eating quality. They are yellow, orange, red, or green, and carry a single flat, oblong pit that can be fibrous or hairy on the surface, and which does not separate easily from the pulp.

 Procedure of growing mangoes

Place your seeds inside a refrigerator/cool place for 3 weeks to increase germination percentage.  Then take a seed and open the shell. Check to make sure they are not shriveled up or moldy, because it means they are not viable and not germinate.

If it’s indoors a mango tree seedlings will need a little bit of sunlight per day.  Placing them on a south facing window will provide enough sunlight to get them through winter.  Mango Trees like it warm so make sure to keep them heated during cold months.

Plant the seedling by digging a hole big enough for the seedling’s root ball. The hole should be three times the size of the root ball. Add one third quality potting mix, one third garden sand, and the rest back filling with soil from the hole.

Place the seedling in the hole, pat the soil around its base, and water it thoroughly.  Water it regularly and use fertilizer sparingly for fast and easy germination.  Do not over fertilize, the tree will focus more on leaf growth than on fruiting.

It takes at least 4 to 5 years for a mango tree planted from seed to bear fruit. They are slow to reach maturity but worth the wait. Because your generation will be enjoying this for more than 300 years.

This is why at Kenya Fresh Produce Exporters Limited  Mangoes are freshness we are proud to be  banking on.

By Getrude Nzau (gmulux@gmail.com)



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