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Kesar Mango (Mangifera indica) 

Kesar variety of mangoes are considered to be one of the best mangoes, which are famous for their fruit quality, attractiveness fruit and pulp colour, taste and good shelf life. Kesar mangoes are mostly grown in Gujarat, Western India. Kesar Mangoes are commonly known as the queen of Mangoes. This variety is slightly smaller in size as compared to the Alphonso mango variety but offers a unique taste.

Mango plants thrive in frost-free conditions and flourish when shielded during their flowering phase. If you don’t have a greenhouse, it’s advisable to nurture the plant undercover in a pot for its initial four years. These plants prefer being rootbound, so retaining them in smaller pots can expedite their maturity and flowering. We’ve successfully cultivated several mango plants in pots, witnessing fruiting in as early as their fourth year. However, results can differ based on the care provided and adherence to growth prerequisites. Our best advise is to keep the plant in the greenhouse with good ventilation system, and must be under shade cloth. Whilst they do like the heat, they preferred not to be under direct sun light.  Watering is very minimal and pay attention to any signs of browning or drying of leaves. Alternatively you could grow in pot outdoor under covered area. 

Photo #2 gives sizing indications for small, medium, large and extra large plants.

Disclaimer:
Although some seeds growing plants are not true to type, it will still provide you with a delicious tasting fruit in years to come.

Plant Care Instructions Doc

Plant Care 

1. Location: Choose a sunny spot for your mango tree, as they thrive in full sunlight. Ensure it’s a location protected from strong winds, which can damage young plants.

2. Soil: Mangoes prefer well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. If you’re planting in an area with heavy clay soil, consider amending it with compost or planting the tree on a mound to improve drainage.

3. Watering: Newly planted mango trees need regular watering until they establish roots. Once established, reduce watering, allowing the soil to dry out between intervals. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

4. Fertilising: In the first year, feed your mango tree every other month with a balanced fertilizer. In subsequent years, you can reduce the frequency. Liquid fertiliser is highly recommended during the springtime right to the summer month. Only gives some slow release granule fertiliser at the beginning of winter once and leave as is till spring.  Always follow the fertilizer manufacturer’s instructions.

5. Pruning: Regularly prune your mango tree to maintain an open canopy, which allows sunlight to penetrate and air to circulate. This helps prevent diseases and ensures better fruit production.

6. Pest and Disease Management: Keep an eye out for pests like mango fruit flies, scale, and aphids. For diseases, anthracnose and powdery mildew can be issues. If noticed, treat with appropriate organic or chemical solutions, but always follow label recommendations.

7. Harvesting: Mangoes are ready to harvest when they give off a fruity aroma at the stem end and yield slightly to gentle pressure. The skin color isn’t always the best indicator of ripeness, especially with varieties that remain green when ripe.

8. Protection:Young mango plants are sensitive to cold weather. If a cold snap is expected, consider providing some form of protection, such as covering the plant or using windbreaks.

By following these general care guidelines and adapting to your specific region's conditions, you'll be well on your way to enjoying luscious mangoes right from your garden!

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