Lancetilla Mango Grow Guide

A Ripe and Mature Lancetilla Mango
Image Credit: Team Zissou

The Lancetilla Mango is renowned for its impressive size.

There are not many mango cultivars capable of consistently producing individual fruits weighing upwards of 4 to 5 pounds! If you are searching for a conversation-starting tree for your yard, look no further than the Lancetilla Mango.

With that being said, this grow guide will cover everything that you need to know about Lancetilla Mango:

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Lancetilla Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production

The Lancetilla Mango is considered a medium to large-sized mango tree.

Lancetilla Mango Trees have a very vigorous & upright growth habit that produces an open canopy. As a result, Lancetilla can realistically be kept between 10 – 20 feet tall with annual pruning. With that being said, Lancetilla would not do well long-term in containers and would not be considered a “condo” mango.

A Lancetilla Mango Tree

I realize this might sound repetitive, but I want to emphasize once more that “Lancetilla is not a condo mango.” This reassertion is necessary due to the unfortunate spread of misleading information by many nurseries and growers, falsely asserting that Lancetilla is a compact tree. If you purchase a Lancetilla with the expectation that it’s a small mango, you will be greatly disappointed.

Moving on, I’ve noticed that Lancetilla’s branches naturally tend to be more “leggy” in comparison to more compactly branching mango cultivars like Carrie or Rosigold. Therefore, it’s crucial to regularly trim the branch tips of Lancetilla trees to encourage shorter and more intricate branching, which is essential for boosting overall fruit production.

A Lancetilla Mango Tree

A family member of mine recently purchased a home with a Lancetilla Mango Tree planted in the ground (pictured in the photos within this section). The tree had never been pruned and had grown to nearly 20 feet in height. I ended up pruning the tree back to a more manageable height, reducing it to around 12 feet.

Pro Tip: When pruning, it’s important not to remove more than 30% of the canopy in a single season. Exceeding this limit can have a detrimental effect on fruit production for the upcoming season.

Lancetilla Mango Leaves

Lancetilla’s fruit production consistently ranges from poor to fair. The mangos themselves are large to extra large-sized fruits that typically weigh between 3 – 5 lbs.

Let that sink in… a 5 pound mango. That is absolutely unreal.

Like other large-fruit mango cultivar, Lancetilla naturally sheds excess fruit because it can’t support numerous 3 to 5-pound mangos to maturity. This self-thinning reduces as the tree matures and its root system strengthens, but it remains a characteristic, albeit to a lesser degree, as the tree ages.

Side Note: There is no perfect mango cultivar… there are pros and cons to every cultivar 🙂

Lancetilla Mango Flavor Profile

Lancetilla Mangos are considered an Indian Flavored Mango.

A properly ripened Lancetilla Mango will exude a classic mango aroma. The fruit’s yellow flesh is firm and juicy, with minimal amounts of fiber. In terms of flavor, Lancetilla is remarkably sweet, offering a clean and straightforward classic mango taste, with some subtle hints of tartness. The taste is reminiscent of a Keitt Mango.

A Ripe and Mature Lancetilla Mango
Image Credit: Team Zissou

With that being said, does bigger fruit necessarily mean better fruit?

While that might be the case for a cultivar like Pineapple Pleasure, I don’t believe there’s anything inherently exceptional about Lancetilla. In the mango growing community, Lancetilla is renowned more for its fruit size than its taste profile. Ultimately, if you’re seeking that classic mango flavor, there are much smaller trees to consider, such as Rosigold or Pickering, which can offer a similar taste experience with higher levels of productivity.

A Ripe and Mature Lancetilla Mango cut in half
Image Credit: Team Zissou

Honestly, I view Lancetilla as more of a novelty mango. If I had an unlimited amount of land, I would certainly plant a tree as a conversation starter. However, in my personal opinion, Lancetilla’s flavor doesn’t quite match up to the exceptional flavor profiles of other top-tier mangos like Coconut Cream and Sugarloaf.

That being said, taste is subjective, so it ultimately depends on your preferences!

Finally, it’s worth noting that Lancetilla Mangos produce monoembryonic seeds, which means that planting a seed from a Lancetilla Mango won’t yield another Lancetilla Mango Tree.

Lancetilla Mango Season (And When To Pick)

Lancetilla Mangos are considered a late season mango (July – Aug).

With that being said, the best time to pick Lancetilla Mangos are when they are mature and beginning to ripen on the tree. From a color perspective, this is when the fruit is beginning to show signs of yellow color break. Lancetilla is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit transitions to a greenish-yellow color.

A Ripe and Mature Lancetilla Mango
Image Credit: Team Zissou

Lancetilla Mangos often exhibit a crimson red blush on most of their surface. Because the fruit ripens gradually from the top down, this can sometimes pose a challenge in determining the perfect time for harvesting.

By the same token, it’s important to remember the red blush on the top of the mango has nothing to do with the fruit’s ripeness. In fact, the amount of red blush that a fruit will have is dependent on the fruit’s exposure to the sun. More Sun = More Red, Less Sun = Less Red.

That said, here are some additional tips to knowing when a Lancetilla Mango is ready to pick:

  • Is the fruit beginning to soften?
  • How does the stem look? It’s it drying up near where it connects to the fruit?
  • Are there beads of sap present on the fruit?
  • Is the top half of the fruit beginning to turn red?
  • Is the fruit’s skin beginning to stretch?

Once Lancetilla Mangos mature and ripen, they will readily drop from the tree. Fortunately, due to their thicker skin, they are less prone to bruising.

Nevertheless, due to their larger size, it may take anywhere from 3 to 5 days for Lancetilla Mangos to fully ripen on the counter. It’s worth noting that they don’t have the best shelf life and can experience issues with internal fruit breakdown if they become overripe.

Lancetilla Mango Disease Resistance

Lancetilla Mangos are somewhat susceptible to Powdery Mildew.

Furthermore, Lancetilla also has a significant issue with fruit splitting, which makes them more vulnerable to developing fungal fruit rot problems. This can be quite disappointing when the tree already doesn’t yield a large quantity of fruit to begin with.

Regardless, the most effective way to prevent this from spreading to other fruit on the tree is by promptly removing any infected or split fruit before the fungus has a chance to spread.

Lancetilla Mango History

The Lancetilla Mango was introduced to the United States in 2001 by Dr. Richard Campbell at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s International Mango Festival.

The fruit is named after the town of Lancetilla, located in Honduras.

Lancetilla is believed to be a cross between Saigon and Mulgoba.

Lancetilla Mango Tree For Sale

For individuals with limited space, Lancetilla might not be the most suitable mango cultivar.

Not only does it have a natural tendency to grow vigorously upright, but it also tends to produce limited fruits of only mediocre quality and flavor. Additionally, between inevitabling dealing with fruit split, and fighting off pests… one would be lucky to get anything at all off the tree!

As a result, if you were originally looking into Lancetilla because it looked like a cool late season mango, I would recommend checking out a cultivar like M-4 with less much issues and better flavors.

With that being said, if you are unable to find one at a local nursery, your next best option is checking out Tropical Acres Farms (not sponsored). They are the only legit place online (from my experience) that you are getting exactly what you are paying for. 

They have over 300 varieties of mangos available. You can either order budwood to graft yourself or submit a grafting request to have a grafted tree created for you. They do ship!

Conclusion

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Matthew Rowlings

I have an Associates Degree in Biology from the University of Florida and am also an active Florida Master Gardener. I am located in Central Florida (Zone 10A) and have 6+ years of experience with growing 20+ types of tropical trees. You can learn more about me and why I started Tropical Tree Guide on my about page.

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