A descendant of the Haden mango, the Valencia Pride was first grown in South Florida in the early 1940s. Valencia Pride Mangoes are medium-large, oblong oval-shaped, and grow to between one and two pounds each. The fruit is silky and fiberless, juicy, and has a sweet flavor with the perfect amount of tropical tartness. This high-quality mango is a home-growing favorite due to its combination of a fantastic tasting fruit and a fast growing, medium-sized tree that is easy to grow.
The Valencia Pride Mango Tree grows to a mature size of about 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide. The early blooming Valencia Pride will have fruit that is ready to eat from late spring through early summer, depending upon weather conditions and planting location. You can grow one of these excellent tropical fruit trees in the ground within USDA Zones 9 to 11, or in a pot in Zones 4 to 11. They do best in well drained, slightly acidic soil with frequent deep watering and consistent fertilizer. Start yours now and enjoy one of the finest eating mangoes from your own yard in no time.
Valencia Pride Mango Tree Care
In USDA Growing Zones 9 to 11, plant your Valencia Pride Tree in the ground in a location that gets at least six hours of direct sun each day. Mango Trees do well in the same conditions as citrus and avocado trees. Growing these various types of fruit in the same area makes watering and fertilizing easy and efficient, since they can be cared for in the same basic ways. Plant in a prepared hole with added compost and water the tree in well. Water every other day for two weeks, then once a week or when the soil is dry down to two inches.
Valencia Pride Mango Trees are self-pollinating so you can grow fruit with only one tree. But growing two or more Valencia Prides in the edible landscape will always increase yields. Valencia Pride Mango Trees can be fertilized every three months. Use fertilizer made for mango or citrus trees, and water in well. Add granular fertilizer to the ground around the tree from the trunk out to the drip-line (out to the furthest-reaching branch tips). Use the amounts indicated on the fertilzer packaging according to the tree size. Do not over-fertilize and always water fertilizer in well after applying.
Valencia Pride Mango Harvesting and Uses
Mangoes have high nutritional value. They are high in fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Valencia Pride mangoes are also a source of potassium, calcium, iron, copper, and folate. Harvest Valencia Pride fruits when they develop a pink blush and yield to a gentle squeeze. Prepare the ripe fruits by slicing the fruit into two verticle pieces, cutting from the stem end to the bottom along both sides of the single, thin seed. Then cut the flesh into strips, remove the skin, and eat fresh or in salads and salsas. Valencia Pride Mangoes are also good to peel and freeze, then use in smoothies and baked treats. Valencia Pride mangoes are also popular with sushi chefs who use the sweet fiberless fruit to compliment salty and savory items.
Mango skins, fallen leaves, and small pruned branches and stems can be added to compost. A healthy compost of banana leaves, raked mango leaves, fruit peels, Spanish moss, and coarse sand was used by early Flroida pioneers and it is still a great recipe for making your own plant food. Add finished compost into pots for growing vegetables, or use as top dressing to feed mangoes, citrus, and avocados at any time.
Valencia Pride Mango Trees will grow their best in a spot that gets at least six hours of sun per day in the growing season. Be sure to provide 12 to 15 feet of growing room on all sides of the newly planted tree to help with airflow and tree access. The ideal planting location is a sun-drenched area to the south of a building or established hedge to provide protection from cold north winds in winter.
To grow Valencia Pride Mango Trees in pots, choose a pot that provides about 4-inches of growing room on all sides of the root ball. Use rich potting soil that drains well, and plant so that the existing rootball surface is even with the newly potted soil surface. Allow 2 or 3 inches of space at the top of the pot for watering. Grow potted Valencia Prides outdoors in the sunniest spot possible in the spring, summer, and early fall, then move indoors when freezing temperatures become a possibility. When moving potted fruit trees in for winter then outdoors again in spring, some leaf drop is normal.
Can I grow a Valencia Pride Mango from a seed?
You can grow a mango seed for fun and you may get a good fruit. However, seedling mangoes can also produce fruit that is a wide range of quality, often being fiberous and sour. Grafted trees from a nursery are the best way to know you are growing the quality and variety of fruit you expect.
Does a Valencia Pride Mango Tree have to be pruned?
Valencia Pride Mango Trees do not require pruning to make mangoes. You can prune them to maintain their size and to encourage interior fruit, which makes for a blanced, healthy tree.
Can Valencia Mango Trees survive freezing temperatures?
Valencia Pride Mango Trees can tolerate brief periods of cold temperatures below 40ºF, but freezing climates can damage fruit, leaves, and trees. A tree damaged by freezing may often recover, but be sure to prune such damage in early spring for the best chances of tree recovery.
Can you eat green mangoes?
Mangoes are most often eaten when ripe, sweet, and fresh. Some cultures use green mangoes in cooked dishes, or sparingly and grated in salads for an extra tart flavor.