Need help choosing the best fertilizer for mango trees?
Synonymous with tropical vacations and fruity drinks, the mango is considered to be the apple of the tropics and one of the most commonly eaten fruits in tropical countries around the world. Few things compare to the delicious taste of a juicy, ripe mango fruit. Fortunately, home gardeners in tropical and sub-tropical climates can pull that taste out of their garden instead of making a trip to the grocery store.
All plants need certain essential nutrients to grow; as they remove these nutrients from the soil it’s necessary to add them back in through fertilizer applications. Like all other fruit-bearing trees it’s important to make sure mango trees are properly fertilized so they can resist insects and diseases, while simultaneously having enough nutrients to produce fruit.
For that reason, in this post, we are going to look at what makes a good fertilizer the best fertilizer for mango trees.
What is the best fertilizer for mango trees?
Here is a quick preview of my top choices, for more information keep reading below.
- Espoma Citrus-tone
- Miracle-Gro Shake ‘N Feed Continuous Release
- Jobe’s Organics Fruit & Citrus Tree Fertilizer Spikes
- Dr. Earth Natural Wonder Fruit Tree Concentrate
What to look for in a good fertilizer?
Before we begin, let’s talk about an important aspect to look for when searching for the best plant food for your tree: the fertilizer formula.
Although not classified as a citrus tree, mango trees follow a similar fertilizer regime. They prefer a balanced fertilizer (or one slightly higher in nitrogen) that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium as well as the micronutrients iron, manganese and zinc for optimum growth. These numbers found on the fertilizer label are the N-P-K ratio (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium); the consumer can look at this ratio and determine the percentage, by weight, of nutrients in the bag. In an 8-8-8 fertilizer formula, a 10-pound bag would contain 0.8 pounds of nitrogen, 0.8 pounds of phosphorus (in the form of P2O5), and 0.8 pounds of potassium (in the form of K2O).
When looking for a good fertilizer for mango trees, your best options are citrus specific or fruit tree specific products as they have been formulated to meet the needs of these types of trees.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of my favorite options on the market right now.
The first to make our list of the best fertilizer for mango tree is what is called Citrusgain by BGI.
This fertilizer has an 8-3-9 nutrient ratio fertilizer, and is specially formulated for citrus and trees. Citrus trees/plants need adequate amounts of essential nutrients to develop strong root systems, maintain overall tree health and produce high yielding, high quality fruit.
CitrusGain contains nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc, sulfur, other macronutrients and micronutrients to meet these needs. For best results apply every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Sprinkle evenly, in a circular pattern, under the tree/plant outward to the drip line; do not apply directly against the trunk or base of plant.
Another great option is Miracle-Gro Shake ‘N Feed Continuous Release specifically the Citrus, Avocado, Mango Plant Food
This fertilizer is a simple solution for the busy gardener. A convenient applicator on the shaker jug disperses product evenly over the soil at the recommended rate. A nutrient ratio of 13-7-13 provides higher nitrogen and potassium levels for overall tree health and better fruiting. This plant food also contains magnesium, sulfur and iron to help combat common citrus tree micronutrient deficiencies. Apply at the beginning of growing season following the rate instructions on the label, and then every 3 months following for optimum results.
The next one on our list that we want to take a closer look at is Espoma Citrus-tone.
This option is an all-natural, organic plant food based on leading university recommendations and formulated for citrus, fruit, and nut trees. Espoma Citrus-tone contains a 5-2-6 ratio of nitrogen/phosphorus/potassium and is enhanced with thousands of living soil microbes to aid in the development of the entire tree, as well as enhancing the soil ecosystem. It is a slow-release formulation, providing small, continuous amounts of nutrients to the mango tree over a sustained length of time.
Simply apply at the recommended rates (2-8 pounds depending on the size of the tree) three times a year for optimum results: late winter as a pre-bloom application to enhance flowering, late spring as a post-bloom application to enhance fruit set, and then again in the fall to replace nutrients already used by the tree.
An OMRI certified organic fertilizer, Jobe’s Organics Fruit & Citrus Tree Fertilizer Spikes are specially formulated to provide fruit bearing plants the nutrients they need to yield abundant, healthy citrus fruit. It contains Biozome, bone meal, feather meal, potash and manure with an N-P-K ratio of 3-5-5. Biozome is a proprietary product containing a combination of healthy bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi and microorganisms that helps to improve soil texture, and also increase water infiltration and retention. Apply every 2-3 months per the recommended rate on the package for optimum results.
Another 100% organic option, Dr. Earth Natural Wonder Fruit Tree Concentrate is a liquid fertilizer, free from GMO’s, chicken manure and/or sewage sludge. The all natural, organic product contains an N-P-K ratio of 7-4-2 to enhance strong root development and more abundant fruit sets in the trees. Nutrients are derived from fish meal, fish bone meal, mined potassium sulfate, kelp meal, seaweed extract and earthworm castings. This plant food is rich in prebiotic (solid sugars that feed existing soil microbes) to help maintain a healthy soil ecosystem and is safe for use around kids and pets.
Use four tablespoons of product per gallon of water, making sure to mix thoroughly. Apply 4 cups of diluted solution to fruit trees either as a spray or directly to the soil at the base of the tree. Can be applied every two weeks during the active growing season.
It’s easy to bring the taste and feel of the tropics into your home garden by growing mango trees. If you’re in a tropical or sub-tropical climate they can be readily grown in your backyard providing you with a bounty of delicious, ripe fruits. When properly fertilized with one of the above-mentioned fertilizers, they make a fantastic addition to the garden.
What are your thoughts? What have you found to be the best fertilizer for mango trees? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.