How to Trim a Mango Tree

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The mango tree is a favorite choice for fruit lovers. Mangoes are a big, juicy fruit with a sweet and delicious flavor. Mango trees thrive in warmer weather conditions; temperatures higher than 30 degrees. Extreme cold damages twigs and leaves and negatively affects the flowers and fruit. To prevent freezing, plant the mango tree on the south side of the house in full sun. Mango trees need a well-draining soil with very little salt, boron and herbicides. Mango tree trimming isn't required but can prevent the trees from growing too tall.

Step 1

Position a ladder to the mango tree if the tree is taller than your reach. Always be careful when climbing a ladder. Make sure it is stable with no chance of tipping.

Step 2

Trim your mango trees after fruit production before the new flowering begins. The time is different in different climates.

Step 3

Trim the branches from the top of the tree to the desired length. Determine how tall you want your trimmed mango tree to be and trim accordingly.

Step 4

Cut off a few branches from the inside of the tree to allow sunshine to reach the middle branches. Fruiting is more abundant when the tree receives more light.

Step 5

Apply a fungicide and a pesticide to the ends of the cut branches to prevent diseases.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't let your standard-size mango trees grow too tall or you will not be able to reach the mangoes at the very top. Trim vigorously to keep the tree at a lower, more manageable height.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Pruning Shears
  • Ladder


  • Mangoes

Who Can Help

  • Mango Tree: Manifera Indica
Keywords: mango trees, trimming mangos, mangoes

About this Author

Lacy Enderson received an AA Degree in Behavioral Science and a BS Degree in Religion/Psychology. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want To Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal and

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