Mango Blossoms, Fruit Popping Out Early

Published On: Jan 25 2012 07:49:47 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 25 2012 02:04:28 AM HST

It's unusual to see budding blossoms and fruit filling mango trees in January. Mother nature helped speed up the process last year.

"We had some weird weather this summer. It got a little cold, a little dry and that encouraged some of these matured leaves to start producing some flowers," Mango grower Mark Suiso said.

Suiso said the fruit we're seeing now is from last year's flowers and he expects the budding flowers we see on the tree to bear a lot of fruit in about four to five months

"Now that we got flowers, what we want to do is we don't want to have a lot of wind," Suiso said.

There's also a nuisance popping up on trees which Suiso said can wipe out trees completely.

"If you have a lot of flowers on your trees, watch it carefully for powdery mildew. You need to deal with the powdery mildew the earlier, the better," Suiso said.

The University of Hawaii Urban Garden Center is a one-stop educational center set up on six islands, helping people solve any backyard headaches.

Jayme Grzebik is an urban horticulturist on staff at the garden center in Pearl City that assists home gardeners with all kinds of issues.

"It's a public garden that you can come to and start to make these comparisons on your own. You can look at our mango trees or you can look at our plumeria collection," Grzebik said.

Master gardeners at the center say the biggest mistake home gardeners make with mango trees are overwatering and overfertilizing. Pruning your tree is also a key element to preserving the accessibility of the tree.

"Let nature take it's course, just a little big of pruning, just like we need a hair cut every now and then," Suiso said.


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