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How to Plant Mango Trees

By Meg Butler ; Updated September 21, 2017

Mango trees are beautiful, their fruit is delicious and they are relatively easy to grow in tropical climates. They thrive in poor soil conditions and do not require much watering. And once the planting stage is over, they are a low-maintenance plant that will provide both tasty fruit and ample shade for years to come.

Sun-harden your mango tree, if your potted mango tree was previously grown primarily indoors. To do so, set it out in the sun during peak sunlight hours for a few hours a day, increasing the duration daily. One week should suffice.

Select the appropriate spot for your mango tree. The spot should receive full sun (the spot where you sun hardened it may be ideal), and allow plenty of room for vertical growth--mango trees can reach 40 feet.

Dig the hole with a shovel. Make it twice as wide as the mango tree's current container and make sure its deep enough so that the tree will be level with the ground when inserted into the hole.

Remove the tree from the pot carefully, without disturbing the roots.

Place the tree in the hole. The best time to do this is on a summer day when rain is forecast. Fill in the space with the soil you removed from the hole. Then tamp the soil down with your feet to remove any air pockets.

Water until the soil is damp. Continue to lightly water the mango tree every 3 days for the first month, every week for the next 2 months. After that, only water the mango when the soil is quite dry.

Fertilize the mango tree with 300 grams of organic compost with wood ash 1 month after planting.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Organic compost
  • Mango tree or seedling

About the Author


Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.