Mangifera indica 'Karen Michelle'
The Karen Michelle, from the Zill breeding program, has performed outstandingly well at the Fairchild Farm. Our two trees at the farm produced very large clean fruit for close to two months this season. The fruit are large, yellow, very juicy, and sweet. They have no fiber and do not have an overwhelming mango flavor, perhaps making this mango popular with those that aren't really into mangos because they dislike the classic mango flavor. (Pot size: 7 gallon)
Mango Care: To get the most out of your new mango tree dedicate an area in your yard for it away from other trees and structures. Your new mango wants full sun, the more sun the more fruit you'll have. For the first 30 days you must water your mango tree to get it established, it does not want to be over watered. Look for a flush of leaves in the first month or so, this will tell you it's growing well. Once established mango trees do not want too much water and are drought resistant. You may want to sparingly fertilize at the end of August with a simple 6-6-6 fertilizer. The nitrogen in fertilizer, the first number, will help your tree grow leaves. The second number, phosphorous encourages roots. The third, potassium creates the fruit. In the following years you may only be fertilizing with potassium for a good crop of fruit.
If you'd like to learn more about site selection, planting, proper irrigation, more advanced fertilizing, and pruning for your mango tree please check out the University of Florida's Agricultural Extension office's site on proper home mango care.