I have had luck with plum trees that were shooting for the sky. I cut partially through the branch and then laid it over as you would when laying a hedge. Most branches survived and this put the fruit within reach. A temporary fix, but effective. Probably most trees would not tolerate this treatment.
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
posted 4 months ago
I read the article and it all makes perfect sense. Still, I am very keen on having at least one mango tree in the 300-foot range. :-) I love the shape and the great shade that they cast. But I can totally see why you would want to keep commercial crops or even just most household crops within reach.
Do you do anything with the wood from mango trees? Growing them big is probably more justifiable if big branches or tops have value.
Wondering how long the harvest season is for any given tree. I'm also wondering if there's a way to have different trees fruit at different times of the year, instead of all coming at once. Temperatures are pretty close to the same all year, but there is a definite rainy season and dry season in the southern Philippines. Mangos were cheap when I was there but still one of my highest food expenses, since it seems like I was always cutting them up and feeding them to neighborhood children and everyone who dropped by. They were roughly $0.80 American per pound.
They do make for amazing trees, great for shade, except during the fruiting season when they drop hundreds of pounds of fruit, only some of which survives the fall.
I love the way they look large, and I would love to get some mango lumber to do woodworking with at some point. My slice of the tropics is only a half-acre, though, so I'm sticking with heavy pruning for now.
I think it would be possible to get a wide range of tropical fruit year round if you have irrigation. The dry season shuts a lot of things down.