Sweet fruit makes “Bailey’s Marvel” a worthwhile addition to the edible garden.

Growing a Bailey's Marvel Mango

by Sarah Moore

“Bailey’s Marvel” mangos (Mangifera Indica "Bailey's Marvel") are a delight in the garden as well as the kitchen. Children love harvesting the fallen fruits, which head into full production in the beginning of July, skins turning to a speckled peach and yellow hue as they mature. Production continues until mid-August. At their ripest, “Bailey’s Marvel” fruits are typically between 1 1/2 and 2 pounds, with a large inner pit, dark orange flesh, and a slight heart shape. Mangos are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10b through 11.

1 Provide mangos including “Bailey’s Marvel” with full sun and well-drained soil of either slightly acidic or slightly alkaline content. Water every few days after planting, one to two times per week for a few months, and once a week during drought until the tree is three years old. Thereafter, only water during prolonged drought, as overwatering may cause decline.

2 Fertilize with an NPKMg mix of 6-6-6-2 when mango trees are young, each month during the first year of planting, beginning with 1/4 pounds and increasing to a pound at the end of the year. Administer applications three to four times a year depending on the size of the tree and package directions. Switch to an 8-3-9-2 mix once the tree begins to bear, again three to four times a year based on tree size.

3 Keep an eye on mango trees so they do not freely sprout and spread. Pick up pits that may lead to unintended specimens, for although they are not generally considered a problem species, they may sometimes escape.

Items you will need

  • Mango tree
  • Watering can or hose
  • 6-6-6-2 NPKMg fertilizer
  • 8-3-9-2 NPKMg fertilizer

Tips

  • If you live in an area that tends to flood, plant mangos in mounds of dirt for better drainage.
  • Space multiple mango trees approximately 45 feet apart to allow for proper growth and circulation of air, which cuts down on disease and growth problems.

About the Author

Sarah Moore has been a writer, editor and blogger since 2006. She holds a master's degree in journalism.

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