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Does anyone grow the Nam doc Mai variety of Vietnamese Mango? I am wanting to plant one but am unsure which variety of Vietnamese Mango to plant as I want to get an idea of how they grow in Brisbane. I want to plant one that will grow in a pot and that will bare with me keeping it to a reasonable height. I also want to grow the best disease resistant Mango. It is OK to ask a nursery about this but normally they have not grown them to maturity or in our region.

I an wanting the Vietnamese Mango as it is a different shape to the one we normally eat and more suited to Green Mango Salad etc. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 4, 2015 at 18:54

Thanks so much everyone for the info, Florence I don't think that I want a tree that big, actually I am sure of it and if it is the case that it will only fruit on second year growth, then I can't really see how we can prune it successfully  and leave it in a pot.

Maybe some of the other varieties may be dwarf, fingers crossed. But I would like the Mango to have that length as they are great for Julienne for the Green Mango Salad and you can cut right to the seed. Also I like the texture, they are such a nice mango to eat as well.

Comment by Florence on March 4, 2015 at 16:54

By the way, there's other mango varieties available in Australia which are that shape, just not commonly found at grocers...

Comment by Florence on March 4, 2015 at 16:52

Hi Dianne,

There's good information on the Department of Agriculture and fisheries website.  The seeds are polyembroyonic, so may come true-to-type.  I have planted a seed in a polyetheylene box with a pink trumpet tree sapling a couple of years ago from a green nam doc mai mango given to me.  I think there's two seedlings there and one of which very vagorious, but I have not yet had time to repot them.... I hope to grow them on in bigger individual pots eventually.

The fishieries website says seedlings can take up to 5 years to fruit, and can reach heights of 6 m + and a diameter of 4-6 if left unpruned.


Comment by Dave Riley on February 27, 2015 at 18:02

The stall at the Caboolture Mkts offers that mango, I suspect.I've got a couple in the fridge with green mango salad in mind. (Opps!too late for that).It's a smaller narrower mango , akin to a papaya in shape. They sell it as a Thai mango and may have plants for sale. You could grow it from seed as an option.

They are located at the Beerburrum side, at a corner stall -- also selling  tropical fruits and plants.

Just checked the fridge.Only had one! (Who stole the other? Gremlins?) So I ate it. My first time. Delicious. Still greenish on outside too.More texture than Bowen but not at all stringy.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 27, 2015 at 8:03

Thanks for the info Elaine, I will see if I can find out if there are any Dwarfs being grafted. That may help with my decision.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 27, 2015 at 7:49

Nam Doc Mai will certainly grow in Brisbane. Whether it will fruit is another story. I grew one at Fairfield on sandy soil but 20+ years ago and I managed to kill it by not keeping up the water.

Not certain what size the tree, left to its own devices in the ground, would grow to.

One thing to remember with Mango, is that they fruit on 2-year wood. Pruning a Mango is guaranteed to not produce any fruit the following year. So keeping it to a certain size will not give you fruit.

A pot - how big a pot? I use 200L wicking bins for my fruit trees. The Figs are fine with that size and the other fruit trees are too new in their pots to draw any conclusions.

I've had a hankering to get another Nam Doc Mai they really are the most superb Mango.

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