These two unbelievable pictures of mango trees grown just about one meter apart are heavily fruiting. The pictures were provided us by the Jain Group of Companies in Jalgaon, India, when we were guest together with Toto Barcelona of Harbest Agribusiness in 2011. Aside from other things, Jain Group is one of the world’s leading drip irrigation companies. It was lately cited by Fortune Magazine as one of the few world companies (the only one in India) that have contributed positively to the world’s economic well being.
The closely planted mango trees are drip irrigated and provided with adequate balanced nutrition through fertigation. We have been wondering if this could be done with the Philippine carabao mango. Maybe, someone should make an experiment on this. Who knows, it might work on local varieties.
The usual advice we often hear from Filipino mango experts is that close planting will never work with the carabao mango. Actually, we have seen mango trees in India that will grow tall when kept unpruned just like our Philippine mangoes. But the photos here have been keeping us thinking if it is possible at all to plant carabao mango trees close to each other and fertigate them with the right plant nutrients. We are just wondering.
By the way, we learned that they did not plant previously grafted seedlings. What they did was to plant ungrafted seedlings in the ground. Then when they were well established with extensive root system, they did the grafting. This makes good sense because the trees would be very well established and there would be no stress in transplanting. That could also be done in the Philippines. The trees in photos were just three years old when photographed.