674 plants in an acre!

Most mango orchards in India traditionally have had 40 to 50 plants in an acre. In times when land is getting scarce and land prices shooting northwards it’s time to maximize from the minimum. That’s the philosophy of ultra high density mango plantation which believes that one can have astounding 674 mango plants in an acre.
The Indian Council of Agriculture Research and Tamil Nadu Agriculture University in a YouTube presentation is propagating the idea which the agriculture scientists came across during a visit to an orchard in South Africa with 900 mango plants in an acre.
I came across the highly informative video presentation. Here is the summary:
• The pH of the soil should be between 6.5 to 7.5. If less , advised to add lime to the soil before planting
• The pit for planting should 1m/1m/1m
• When the plant is 3ft high cut the tip
• Two months later, when the plant gets three branches cut the tips
• Try to achieve an umbrella shape when doing pruning. After pruning spray or apply fungicide, Copper Oxychloride
• Don’t allow the tree to grow beyond seven feet in order to ease plucking of fruits.
• Mango cultivar recommended for dwarf cultivation, namely Alphonso, Banganpalli, Imam Pasand, Banglora, Mallika and Himsagar
I have just 25 mango trees. Which means I can have at least another 200 because I have jackfruit, Aonla, Lichi, Banana, Papaya, Cashew, Coconut, Mulberry, Custard Apple and scores of flowering trees.


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