Mango trees do not have to be pruned annually to bring on flowering or increase yield as is the case with deciduous fruit trees. They are terminal bearers, and usually flowers are borne on mature wood. In fact pruning at the wrong time could have a detrimental effect. Pruning tends to stimulate shoot development in mango trees usually resulting in vigorous vegetative regrowth. If trees are cut back too heavily they may not fruit for two to three years.
M. Poffley* and G. Owens, Senior Extension Officer, Crops, Forestry and Horticulture, Darwin * Formerly DPIFM