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5271 Mango tree Himsagar, Grafted (Mangifera indica)?
What is grafted plant
Q: What is a grafted plant?
A: Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.
Benefits of the graft:
- making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
- taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
- introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
- easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful
Himsagar is one of the popular mango cultivar from West Bengal in India, Rajshahi in Bangladesh. It has a sweet aroma and is musky sweet in taste. The inside is yellow to orange in color and does not have any fiber. The fruit is medium sized. It has a good keeping quality. Himsagar ripens in June and it is available in the market from the second week of June to the end of June. It is mainly grown in the districts of Nadia, Murshidabad and Hooghly. It is also cultivated in Odisha. See more info about Mango varieties.