- May 27, 2013We have a few mango trees in the farm and we have tried to maintain them
Typically the soil below the mango tree is ploughed(tilled). The dry litter
is sometime burnt too. Leaves of the mango tree dry due to this heat and
the tree goes a little dry for a season. Chemical and farm yard fertilizers
are provided. Drip irrigation also is practiced. When the tree flowers,
several pesticides/fungicides etc. are sprayed. On plucking the fruits, the
ripening is hastened by throwing calcium carbide tablets in the fruit heap.
We did none of the above. However we did spray 'jeevamruta' sparingly on
the flowers. Fruits were plucked and ripened by placing them in paddy straw
for a few days.
I have a tree at home, which is also growing naturally. In addition to not
doing anything, I dumped a lot of leaf litter and coconut fibre underneath
the tree. The mulch grew upto a foot and half. Red ants have formed a
nest(kind of thing) in the tree. Result: The mangoes grew to a size unseen
thus far. The size grew to almost 2 times the usual size. We had insects in
less than 5% of the fruits. We have no sightings of a white fibre deformity
inside the fruit (when cut). Of course a small percentage of the fruits did
rot. This tree was pruned due to an unavoidable reason. The pruned side has
been growing vigorously and the half tree yielded close to 150 fruits.
These are ratnagiri alfonso variety.
Here are some pictures.
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