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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

Mango Taxa for Wet Areas

Peter Gillett

pp: 102-104

We have a small mango nursery in marginal mango-bearing country. Some years we could be classified as the dry tropics, other years, like this one, we could be considered the wet tropics. For this reason there are no commercial mango farms in the district. For those of you fortunate enough not to be addicted to the "king of fruits", you need to know that commercial cultivars of Mangifera indica require very dry weather for successful flowering and fruit set. Some years this requirement causes headaches for us as nurserymen.

The source of the rootstocks used for our grafted mango trees were the semi-wild mangoes growing round the district. We'd go and fight the inebriated parrots and the mango chutney makers for the fallen fruit, clean them up, open the seed, and extract and plant the kernel.

Our land holding is quite small and rather than grow seed we used all available space for budwood trees and thought that this arrangement was pretty clever. Then about 4 to 5 years ago the weather

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