Sweet Tart Mango Grow Guide

A Ripe Sweet Tart Mango
Image Credit: Botanical_Diversity

You can’t go wrong with planting a Sweet Tart Mango Tree.

Not only is this tree highly productive, but its fruit offers a perfect blend of sweetness and tartness that will keep people coming back for more. In fact, Sweet Tart consistently ranks as a ‘Top 5 Mango’ among those who savor the mouth-watering tartness of this fruit.

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

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Sweet Tart Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production

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

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

A Healthy Sweet Tart Mango Tree
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Sweet Tart Mango Trees also feature an excellent branching pattern that enhances their productivity.

Sweet Tart’s fruit production consistently ranges from average to good. This is, in part, thanks to the Sweet Tart’s tendency to produce fruit clusters on individual panicles. The size of the fruit is typically determined by the number of fruits on each panicle, with Sweet Tart Mangos being medium-sized fruits that typically weigh between 1 to 1.5 lbs.

A Sweet Tart Mango Tree In Bloom
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Sweet Tart Mango Flavor Profile

Sweet Tart Mangos are considered an Indochinese Flavored Mango.

A Ripe and Mature Sweet Tart Mango
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Like other Indochinese mango cultivars such as Nam Doc Mai and Carabao, Sweet Tart Mangoes have a distinct and floral aroma. The fruit’s orange flesh is fiberless, firm, and juicy. As the mango ripens, the flesh deepens in color.

However, it’s worth noting that Sweet Tart Mangos have a less than favorable flesh-to-seed ratio.

A Sweet Tart Mango Cut In Half
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That said, Sweet Tart’s flavor is truly remarkable. What’s great about Sweet Tart is that it allows you to savor your preferred flavor intensity, whether you lean towards sweetness or tartness:

  • More Tart = Less Ripe
  • More Sweet = More Ripe

I have a personal preference for Sweet Tarts when they’re less ripe. The extra tartness really awakens all our taste buds, delivering an explosion of flavor. However, if you prefer your fruit sweeter and juicier, you can let it ripen further. The tartness will still be there, just in a milder form. Sweet Tart is definitely a mango for those who truly savor the tangy delights of this fruit.

Setting aside sweetness and tartness, Sweet Tart Mangoes contain a good amount of sugar but are not as sweet as varieties like Cotton Candy or Honey Kiss. What makes them unique is the subtle citrus undertone, which adds complexity and richness to their flavor.

Additionally, despite Sweet Tart being a seedling of an Indochinese cultivar, it’s intriguing that the flavor lacks the spiciness one might associate with a variety like Nam Doc Mai.

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

Sweet Tart Mango Season (And When To Pick)

Sweet Tart is considered a mid-season mango (June – July).

With that being said, the best time to pick Sweet Tart 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. Lemon Zest is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit transitions to a beautiful yellow color.

With Sweet Tart, you may notice yellow stripes appearing on the fruit. This is a normal characteristic of this variety.

Additionally, although it’s not very common, Sweet Tart may develop a subtle orange or pink blush at the top of the mango as it begins to ripen. However, 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 Cluster of Ripe Sweet Tart Mangos
Image Credit: Mama_Mango

With that being said, here are some additional tips to knowing when a Sweet Tart Mango is ready to pick:

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

Finally, it’s worth noting that as Sweet Tart ripens, its floral aroma is very effective at attracting unwanted pests who can smell a perfect mango from a mile away. So if you opt for allowing the fruit to ripen on the tree, just be aware you’ll probably be fighting for a seat at the table to enjoy the fruit 🙂

A Large Cluster of Sweet Tart Mango Fruit
Image Credit: Mama_Mango

Sweet Tart Mango Disease Resistance

Sweet Tart Mango is resistant to Anthracnose.

However, it’s worth noting that Sweet Tart’s large fruit clusters can sometimes lead to skin abrasions, which, in turn, make the fruit susceptible to diseases like Bacterial Black Spot and attract pests such as raccoons and squirrels.

Sweet Tart Mango History

Sweet Tart Mango was first propagated in Boynton Beach, Florida by Gary Zill.

It was initially known as C-1 in Gary Zill’s mango breeding program..

Sweet Tart is a seedling of Zill Indochinese (Zinc). Sweet Tart is also a sibling to both Kathy & Venus.

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Thanks to its intense sweet and tart flavor, the Sweet Tart Mango has gained immense popularity in recent years. Finding them, even in South Florida, can be quite a challenge, and larger ones are nearly impossible to come by.

When I was ordering Sugarloaf budwood from Tropical Acres Farms, they accidentally sent me two additional scions of… you guessed it… Sweet Tart! Unfortunately for me, I was still new to grafting and they both did not take 🙁

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!


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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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