Vol 120 (2007): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society
Krome Memorial Institute (Tropicals)

Kastooree (Mangifera casturi ) as a graft interstock for wild mangos

Richard J. Campbell
Center for Tropical Plant Conservation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Published December 1, 2007
  • Mangifera species,
  • propagation,
  • orchard management


Following a decade of research into Mangifera species at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG), some conclusions can now be drawn about suitable interstocks for the propagation of wild Mangifera species. Fifteen Mangifera species have been grafted onto Mangifera indica rootstock. These trials have resulted in successful grafts, and in partial and complete incompatibilities. These results led us to identify Mangifera species that could serve as interstocks with Mangifera indica 'Turpentine'. Mangifera casturi, which is commonly cultivated in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo under the name of kastooree, is a highly successful interstock for M. griffithii. Interstock grafts above M. indica have a 90% or greater success rate, and subsequent grafts of M. griffithii have a 90% success rate. Mangifera casturi has also been successful as an interstock for M. lalijiwa and M. merillii. Trials continue for suitable interstocks for M. foetida and M. pajang, which have been unsuccessful as scions on Mangifera indica.