Rosigold Mango Grow Guide

A Mature Rosigold Mango hanging on the tree
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

When it comes to early-season mangos, Rosigold Mango is the undisputed winner.

Not only is it a delectable fruit ready to be enjoyed as early as March, but Rosigold Mango is also the ideal choice for homeowners seeking a non-vigorous, compact mango tree with excellent disease resistance and high productivity.

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

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Rosigold Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production

The Rosigold Mango is considered a small-sized mango tree.

Rosigold Mango Trees have a low vigor & spreading growth habit that produces a dense canopy. As a result, Rosigold can realistically be kept between 6 – 10 feet tall with annual pruning. That being said, Rosigold would do well long-term in containers and would be considered a “condo” mango.

A Cluster of 3 Mature Rosigold Mangos hanging on the tree
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

Despite being a slow growing tree, Rosigold’s fruit production consistently ranges from average to good. This natural high productivity, combined with branch tipping to encourage more complex branching, ensures that your refrigerator will be filled with mangos in March 😀

The mangos themselves are small-sized fruits that typically weigh between 0.6 – 0.75 lbs.

Fun Fact: Rosigold is considered a freestone mango or a truly fiberless mango where the pulp of the fruit doesn’t stick to the seed at all.

Rosigold Mango Flavor Profile

Rosigold Mangos are considered a Classic Flavored Mango.

A properly ripened Rosigold Mango will exhibit a classic mango aroma, potentially complemented by subtle floral notes. The fruit’s yellow flesh is both soft and juicy yet firm, with little to no fiber content.

A Ripe Rosigold Mango Cut In Half
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

In terms of flavor, Rosigold offers a delicate, classic mango taste. The fruit is sweet, with subtle hints of peach and/or apricot, which can vary depending on its ripeness. This delightful, mellow flavor extends all the way to the skin, devoid of any resinous undertones often associated with other mango varieties. It closely resembles the flavor one might expect from a Glenn Mango.

Overall, Rosigold is a truly delightful mango. While it might not be in my personal Top 10, I’m simply delighted that a delicious mango is taking the lead to kick off the mango season 🙂

A Ripe Rosigold Mango Picked From the Tree
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

Finally, it’s worth noting that Rosigold Mangos produce polyembryonic seeds, which means that planting a seed from a Rosigold Mango can yield another Rosigold Mango Tree.

Rosigold Mango Season (And When To Pick)

Rosigold Mangos are considered an ultra early season mango (March – April).

That’s right, mangos in March! In fact, Rosigolds are the earliest-season mangos that I’m personally aware of, with the Rosa, Edward and Dwarf Hawaiian cultivars coming pretty close in terms of timing. Rosigold’s ability to produce mangos so early is attributed to its prolific flowering habit, which typically begins in November or December.

Starting in the winter months, it’s not uncommon for Rosigold to produce even more flowers due to potential cold snaps. These cold snaps can lead to the possibility of having up to 2-3 total crops within a calendar year. This means you can sometimes enjoy Rosigold Mangos as late as July! :O

A perfectly ripe Rosigold Mango
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

With that being said, the best time to pick Rosigold 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. Rosigold is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit transitions to a soft yellow color.

While Rosigold can also develop a pinkish-red blush on the top half of the fruit, it’s important to remember that a mango’s blush has nothing to do with the fruit’s ripeness. A rule of thumb to remember is that More Sun = More Blush, Less Sun = Less Blush.

A perfectly ripe Rosigold Mango
Image Credit: Sulcata Grove

With that being said, here are some additional tips to knowing when a Rosigold 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 fruit’s skin beginning to stretch?

While it’s perfectly fine to leave Rosigold on the tree to fully ripen, doing so may increase the chances of both four-legged and two-legged ‘thieves’ helping themselves 😉

Rosigold Mango Disease Resistance

Rosigold Mango is known to be moderately susceptible to Anthracnose.

As a result, I would refrain from planting Rosigold Mango in very humid areas (such as the Florida Interior). That said, Rosigold can thrive in yards with a sea breeze closer to the coast or in drier areas.

A Rosigold Mango with Anthracnose
Image Credit: Luxury Fruit Connect

Rosigold Mango History

In the 1960s, Rosigold was selected by the US Department of Agriculture for its flavor profile and disease tolerance. According to Richard and Thiago Campbell, Rosigold was originally planted at the USDA–ARS Chapman Field station in Miami-Dade County, FL, but the original tree died in the 1980s.

Rosigold Mango’s popularity increased in the 2000s, thanks to its promotion as a “Curator’s Choice Mango” by Fairchild Tropical Gardens.

According to a 2005 USDA pedigree analysis, Rosigold is suspected to be a seedling of Ono Mango, although its pollinating parent remains unknown.

Rosigold Mango Tree For Sale

Fortunately, Rosigold is a relatively common mango cultivar. Whenever I visit my local nurseries, I typically find an abundance of them. This popularity can be attributed to their appeal among homeowners, thanks to their slow growth habit and membership in the ‘ultra-early season mango club.’

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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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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