Help me iron out my mango problems!

greenthumbon1handJune 6, 2014


I have a cogshall mango in a clay pot outside (in Ft. Lauderdale) and it's planted in Vigoro organic potting mix, and I'm pretty positive it has an iron deficiency. A garden center recommended I spray Southern Ag chelated liquid iron on the leaves (so I bought it), but should I pour it on the soil instead? Would that acidify the soil (I've read that if the soil is too alkaline, iron isn't in a form available to the mango)? Is the clay pot contributing to the problem? Also, I dumped in some pellets of 6-4-6 fish and kelp fertilizer - should I scoop those out before I apply the iron?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Leave the pellets; follow the directions on the package for the soil-application of the iron. I'm not a fan of foliar spraying.


    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 10:05AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks for the reply! Will that lower the pH of the soil? And is that the problem in the first place?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 12:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I don't know. But in containers, the pH of the mix itself isn't as important as when growing in-ground. If the fertigating solution has the right pH, all should be well.


    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 12:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

how did you start the plant from seed? I also live in broward county fl. and have tried to start a mango seed in clay pots. is it like an avocado seed, where you start it in water? none of the seeds that i have tried to get to grow have ever sprouted.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 5:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I got mine from Pepe's fruit trees. I have started them from seed (by laying them on their side in the dirt and keeping a plastic bag over to keep them moist), but you can't be sure of the taste once they reach fruiting age.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 6:04PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What to plant in 4 1/4 Gallon Food Grade Buckets?
I was recently given about 20 4 1/4 gallon food grade...
Wicking more water retentive soils
I was wondering what the disadvantages are when using...
Affordable but Good Looking Containers?
I have a few areas of my garden that are just container...
Al's Gritty Mix -- A Learning Experinece
I came to this forum a few weeks ago in an attempt...
Sponsored Products
Missoni Home | Nalco Cylinder Pouf
Appalachian Eco-Throw
$139.99 | Dot & Bo
Square Wenge Waste Bin With Pedal
Modern Fan Company | Velo Ceiling Fan
$384.00 | YLighting
Hook Hand-Forged Iron Towel Ring
Signature Hardware
Flower Design Shade 2 Light Iron Base Tiffany Wall Sconce
Tranquil Crystal Bubble and Chrome Flush-mount Chandelier
Decker Brushed Nickel Two-Light Medium Flush Fixture w/Clear & Frosted Glass
$99.99 | Bellacor
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™