Growing mangoes in Seattle area

NormKeegelFebruary 24, 2013

Anybody have experience with this?

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

There is not a prayer of growing these tropical trees outside here, if that is your question.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 9:43PM
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WxDano(5b-2a-6/7)

Inside without a light and heat expenditure is a faint prayer as well. Kind of like my time living there.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 10:03PM
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Dzitmoidonc(6)

C'mon guys, one can dream.
If it is in a "warm" Seattle microclimate, with good drainage and gets supplemental light, maybe the tree would not defoliate every year. Assuming it only freezes every 3 years, is protected from the constant winter moisture and has warm dry air blowing across it, I bet you could grow one.
To get the fruit to ripen, all you need to do is get the lights from the Safeco Field during their off season. They're not using them and you have a Mango tree to grow.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 12:04AM
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WxDano(5b-2a-6/7)

Throw the pit away with that little sprout, IOW. And the avocado too.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 12:29AM
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NormKeegel

Ok I get it. Just dreaming because it's hard to get tasty mangoes in the groceries here. guess they are picked green so they can survive the trip.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 1:33AM
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WxDano(5b-2a-6/7)

:o)

IMHO the closest you can get to tropical luxury to drive away the gray is kiwi.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:28AM
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NormKeegel

Hmm... I've been told that Asian American persimmons will grow here. Do you say they won't?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:36AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

If you are interested in alternative fruits this is a good place. Their small stock can be light but I have been impressed by some of their larger field-grown plants.

They are a grower, not just a retailer that buys in everything and sits on it until it sells.

Here is a link that might be useful: Burnt Ridge

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 2:37PM
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greenthumbzdude

Mangos need a lot of sunlight to get fruit. From what I hear about the Pacific Northwest its a cloudy/rainy place for most of the year.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 2:42PM
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gardengal48

Norm, I'm not sure where you are shopping but ripe mangos are not at all hard to locate in the Seattle area. Try looking at places like Whole Foods, PCC or Central Market or where they have a wide and very high quality produce selection. You may have to spend some $$ for 'em but the quality is worth it. Mangos, papayas, dragon fruit, star fruit, finger citrus......I've found them all.

Persimmons are not exactly considered a "tropical" fruit....any more so than figs or kiwis. They are all native to temperate climes.

And it may be best for those who are not intimately familiar with the PNW climate not to make assumptions about it - they are usually inaccurate :-)

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 5:58PM
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WxDano(5b-2a-6/7)

I agree with gardengal. I used to get mangoes fairly easily at a little hippie fruit stand in the northern part of the U District, as well as PCC, sometimes you can get good prices at your favorite little store in Chinatown...

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 7:48PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

How many winters in Seattle have been truly freeze free? As in, not going below 30F?
Ages ago supposedly London had a string of mild winters and there was a report of a mango that got to 15' or so in a very sheltered courtyard. Could just have been "woo woo". London is milder than Seattle, but not by enough that I believe this story.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:21PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

We're at least 2 USDA zones too low for these here, even those examples I have seen in mildest southern coastal California did not look completely at home. In lowland Hawaii it makes a big, vigorous tree, here on the mainland it is really only possible to grow it at all in southern California and southern Florida. As with walnuts the fruits are peppered about the tree, more or less in widely spaced bunches - it seems a small, bushy specimen in a marginal climate is probably not going to be good for much production.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:45PM
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NormKeegel

I've abandoned the idea.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:35AM
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WxDano(5b-2a-6/7)

Nice to dream in mid-winter. When I lived under Rainier I used to have all sorts of plans to drive the gray away.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 9:10AM
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cynthreab

I think that it would be possible to grow mangoes in the Seattle area. Heck, if someone in Ohio, Massachusetts, and New York are doing it, why couldn't we? (Granted, those individuals are growing the trees indoors and putting them outdoors in Summer.) But, in fact, one was growing a tree in the basement using, from what I could tell, just artificial lighting! But I do think it would be time intensive.

There was also a guy in Florence, Italy who was growing a mango outside. Although it did survive one winter (where there was a dusting of snow and was near freezing for weeks on end), he hasn't posted since September 2012... But Florence does get into the 90s in the Summer and seems to be a bit warmer in Winter.

If I get some time, like in August, I may experiment with this - although it's definitely a low priority right now.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 4:05AM
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