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.

Photo Credits

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