MANGO KING SAYS: You Can Produce A Bumper Crop Of Mango

Ricardo Tolentino posing with his profusely flowering mango tree.

You are a mango planter and you have always wanted to produce a bountiful harvest. Right? Right! So listen to what the Mango King of the Philippines says. He is Ricardo “Carding” Tolentino, the most successful mango entrepreneur from Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO DO:  Provide your mango trees with adequate fertilizers of the right kind. At the same time, minimize the use of pesticides to cut the cost of production

Carding recalled that the mango rehabilitation program initiated by then Gov. Imee Marcos a few years back has proven that adequate fertilizers can significantly increase fruit production.

For instance, the old mango trees in Ilocos Norte used to produce about 1,000 kilos per tree. Then all of a sudden, the yield went down to just 500 kilos. With just the application of complete fertilizer at five kilos per tree, the yield increased to 700 kilos per tree. That’s a 40% increase in yield, an additional 200 kilos per tree.

TAKE NOTE OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS: Based on his experience and observations, Carding recommends applying 6 kilos of processed organic fertilizer, 4 kilos of complete (14-14-14) and 2 kilos of 0-0-60 (muriate of potash) per mature tree. 

It is also very important to apply the chemical fertilizers in the right place. As per his observation, the chemical fertilizers should be buried four to six inches deep around 1.5 meters from the trunk. He has observed that the root hairs are most plentiful in that area. Previously, the recommendation was to apply the fertilizer much farther from the trunk – within the far end covered by the canopy.

AT FLOWER INDUCTION: At the time of spraying the trees with flower inducer, Carding recommends the inclusion of insecticide and fungicide in the spray solution. By doing this, the emerging flowers will already be protected from insects and fungal diseases. By doing this, Carding said, you will only need to spray the trees three times against pests and diseases. 

This is much less than what many mango growers in Pangasinan have been doing. In Pangasinan, the growers spray their trees as many as ten times against hoppers. And that is the reason why the insects have become immune to the pesticides.

Former Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, now senator, supported the mango rehab project implemented by Carding Tolentino.
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