GRAFTING OF MANGO CULTIVARS (MANGIFERA INDICA L.) IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

D. Nandwani
Mango (Mangifera indica L.) is of great cultural significance and a popular fruit crop in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Diseases and pests, high soil pH (caliche), limited land and high cost of management limit the production of mango. Currently, grafted fruit trees including mango are imported from Puerto Rico and Florida into the Virgin Islands. The University of the Virgin Islands Agricultural Experiment Station in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture conducted grafting of mango cultivars on three islands. Mango rootstocks of ‘Kidney’ and ‘Manzana’ were collected from local orchards and established in the Agriculture Experiment Station nursery. Budwoods of selected cultivars of mango were imported from Florida in to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Grafting on mango rootstocks was carried out on the three islands – St. Croix, St Thomas and St John. This paper presents results of grafting methods on mango seedling rootstocks and mature trees. Side veneer and cleft methods established high success rate (81.8%) on grafted seedlings and mature trees. Grafting of mango locally presents economical, time saving and beneficial outcomes for the local farming community.
Nandwani, D. (2015). GRAFTING OF MANGO CULTIVARS (MANGIFERA INDICA L.) IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Acta Hortic. 1075, 185-189
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1075.21
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1075.21
Mangifera indica, rootstock, scion, cleft, side veneer
English

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