Flowering and Fruiting in Mangoes in the Top End with Paclobutrazol

The profitability of growing mango is influenced by two key factors: 

  • Productivity, which consists of yield and quality. 
  • Supply and demand which rule market prices. 

Top End mangoes are the earliest to reach domestic markets and therefore attract a premium price. However, as Queensland mangoes reach the market, prices fall steeply. Besides, the onset of the wet season increases the incidence of pests and diseases, which lower fruit quality. The manipulation of fruit maturity in favour of an early harvest would therefore be of great value to growers.