How To Grow a Mango Tree in a Pot

Get the details of the process growing a mango tree in a pot, from selecting the right variety of mango to caring for your potted mango plant. People often wonder, can a grow tree be grown in pots. The answer is yes, you can grow mango trees in large pots, as I am growing in Australia, provided you select the right container and the right mango variety.

With the right care and attention, your potted mango tree can thrive and produce delectable fruit. Following are the essential steps to grow mangoes in containers and how to look after a potted mango tree.

Growing Mangoes in Pots
Growing Mango Trees in Pots

Growing Mango Trees in Pots

Suitable Mango Varieties For Growing in Pots

  1. Before you begin, the most important thing is to choose the right variety for growing the mango tree in a container. Dwarf mango varieties are ideal for growing in pots, as they are of compact nature and don't grow as tall as standard mango trees.
  2. The compact mango tree will not grow as big as a normal tree. The dwarf variety mango trees will grow 3-4 meters tall. So these varieties are more manageable in size and are well-suited to container growing or small spaces.
  3. Some popular and best dwarf mango varieties suitable for pots include King Thai, Palmer, Amrapali, Glenn, Nam Doc Mai, Julie, Irwin, Ice Cream, and Manila.
  4. If you grow a normal mango in the container, it will grow well for a few years, but after that you will have to repot it in a larger container, or you may trim some of the roots and repot in the same pot. This way the size of the tree will be limited.
  5. I am growing normal Kensington Pride mango variety in the pot, and it is growing well for the last 5 years, producing fruit.

Choosing the Container

  1. Selecting the appropriate container is a crucial step in growing a mango tree in a pot. A large, well-draining pot with a capacity of at least 50cm deep by 50cm wide (about 15 gallons pot size) is recommended.
  2. Make sure the pot has drainage holes to drain excess water to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.
  3. Ensure that the pot is made of a durable material like plastic or ceramic and has a stable base to prevent tipping over as the tree grows. Do not select a tall pot with a narrow base, it will topple down as the tree grows.

Potting Mix and Soil

Mango trees prefer slightly acidic well-draining soil with good aeration. A mixture of potting soil, perlite, and compost is the best soil for mango tree in pot. This mixture provides good aeration and water retention while preventing root rot. Do not use garden soil, as it may become compacted in a pot and restrict root growth.

Planting Mango Tree in Pot

To plant a mango tree in a pot, the first thing is to select a proper seedling for planting.

Select a Healthy Mango Seedling

Begin with a healthy mango seedling, either purchased from a nursery or grown from a mango seed (how to grow a mango tree from seed) or from cutting or grafted (how to graft mango tree). I am a  few seed grown mango trees and a mango tree propagated from a cutting in a pot (how to grow mango from cutting).

Plant the Seedling

  1. Fill the container with the potting mix, leaving enough space to accommodate the mango seedling's root ball.
Place the mango seedling in the center of the pot and back-fill potting mix. Ensure that the root ball is at the same depth as it was in its original container. Gently pack the soil around the seedling and water it thoroughly.

Mango tree growing in a pot
Mango tree growing in a pot

Caring For a Potted Mango Tree

Following are the key points on how to take care of a mango tree in a pot.


Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help retain soil moisture and prevent weed growth.

I use a thick layer of sugarcane mulch, leaving a few inches away from the trunk, so that the trunk does not remain always wet to avoid any disease.

Light and Temperature

Mango trees thrive in full sun, so place your potted mango tree in a location where it can receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily, such as a south-facing balcony or patio.

If you live in a region with harsh summer sun, consider providing some afternoon shade during the hottest months to prevent scorching.

Protect your mango tree from cold drafts and temperatures below 4°C (40°F). You can move your potted mango tree indoors and place it where it can receive direct sun. When the temperature rises, you can again move it in full sun.


  1. Mango trees prefer consistently moist but not waterlogged soil. Ensure that the pot has proper drainage to prevent waterlogged roots, which can lead to root rot.
  2. Water your mango tree deeply when the top one inch of the soil feels dry.
  3. Do not overwater, it may cause root rot.
  4. When fruits have formed, water consistently, otherwise inconsistent watering can lead to fruit drop and poor fruit quality causes of mango fruit drop.


  1. Mango trees benefit from regular feeding during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer or a citrus and fruit tree fertilizer. I feed a liquid fertilizer like Powerfeed fertilizer mixed with seaweed solution or comfrey tea during the growing season. fertilizer for mango trees
  2. Sprinkle fertilizer along the rim of the pot and mix in soil and then water.
  3. Do not fertilize in the winter when the tree is dormant.


  1. Prune your mango tree to maintain its shape and size. How to prune a mango tree
  2. Remove any dead or diseased branches and thin out crowded growth to improve air circulation.
  3. Do not prune any branch that produces fruits.

Pest and Diseases

Keep an eye out for common mango tree pests like aphids, scale insects, and mango fruit flies. Use organic pest control methods or insecticidal soap to manage infestations.

Watch for signs of fungal diseases, such as anthracnose (mango black spots treatment) or powdery mildew, and treat them promptly with appropriate fungicides. mango tree care

With proper care to choose the right variety, provide ample sunlight, maintain proper watering and fertilization, your potted mango tree can thrive at your home.

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