The sweet, juicy “Tommy Atkins” mango (Mangifera indica) is sold in grocery stores across the United States. Originally grown in Florida, it’s now grown commercially in Florida, Hawaii and Latin America for the U.S. market. While mangos thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10a to 11, they may grow outdoors in USDA zone 9 in a sheltered microclimate next to a sunny, south-facing wall. Mango trees require winter protection when temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Most home gardeners grow a mango tree as a potted plant, taking it indoors when winter arrives.
Keitt mango fruit is ovoid-oblong; skin color is pink with less than 30% red. Their average weight is 500 to 600 grams. It has virtually no fibers on flesh being very suitable to eat with spoon. The small seed size. The eating quality of this fruit is excellent and has a long shelf life. The growth habit Keitt mango tree is characterized by long, arching branches with poor growth in the subtropics.
The Kensington mango fruit has elongated ovoid shape; the skin is greenish-yellow with a red zone. Its weight varies between 450 and 500 gr. The presence of fiber in the pulp is moderate and has a poor eating quality by spoon. Medium seed size. It has has a good shelf life. Kensington has a rounded canopy and is well suited to the subtropics.
Kent mango has an ovoid-wide fruit. The yellow skin with red spot. The average weight of these fruits on a full loaded tree is 470 to 550 grams. The flesh has little fiber and it is very good to eat with the spoon. Small seed size. It has an excellent eating quality and long shelf life. It has an upright growth and moderate vigorous tree.
Osteen mango fruit is oblong and purple color. Its average fruit weight, at full loaded tree, is about 525 gr. It has low fiber on flesh suitable to eat with spoon. It has small seed and good flesh eating quality. The mango tree Osteen has an upright growth habit and medium size.
Tommy Atkins produces oblong-shaped oval fruits; the skin is orange to red. Its average weight is 500 to 550 grams. The presence of fiber in the pulp is medium-high with poor quality to eat with spoon. It has small seed and mediocre flesh eating quality. Tommy Atkins is a vigorous and large tree with round canopy.