Ever wondered if you can pluck different varieties of mangoes off a single tree in your backyard? Or whether your tree can bear fruit earlier than the years-of-wait? Grafting may well be the answer.
Wild mangoes are smaller and less pulpy. You can get such mango trees in any forest. You need to select one mature tree and then graft it with a hybrid mango of your choice… say Alphonso, Payri, or Kesar… or any variety popular in your area.
Mango tree grafting can be done in a one or two-year-old plant or an older tree as well (called the mother plant).
After some time, you will notice the leaves and then, small buds sprouting on top. Then you need to cut the mother plant around the top – about two feet from graft.
Now, for a little over a year, you need to keep a watch if there is any growth apart from the graft. If you notice any such growth, it needs to be snipped. All the energy of the mother plant needs to be directed at the graft.