I live in Miami, Florida and I have an old mango tree that was planted at least forty years ago, sitting in my backyard. My grandmother and grandfather used to sit beneath it before my grandfather passed away and my grandmother is quite attached to it. The problem is that Hurricane Andrew, a decade ago, uprooted the tree and semi-knocked it down. The tree was large then. Maybe 35' tall and with a large canopy, but the trunk is only 1-2' in diameter. With our limestone, it's tough, I'm guessing for the tree to have purchase. Our poinciana seems to grab on just fine. Because the tree was almost completely uprooted, we pruned it heavily, almost to a stump(it was maybe 3' tall), and we righted it as best we could. Well, somehow, mother nature can take a nice shot to the chin because the tree, even though it was effectively a stump and was sitting at a slant... grew back. I kept bothering my grandmother and mother to fix the tree before it got too large but they didn't listen and now, the tree is as big as before. Except, now, the tree is now tilting at a 45 degree angle. Everyone loves the fruit produced by this mango tree. I've tried researching what kind of mango it is and I'm relatively sure it's some kind of indian mango variety. It seems easily affected by mildew and it's florid, with little fiber, a pulpy, meaty flesh. The fruit is large, some being almost football-sized, with an orange pulp that is sweet and firm. People come from miles away to take a couple of mangoes from us and I have to admit, it is the best mango I've tasted. Unfortunately, all the descriptions are identical for the mangoes. Very tough to identify them without pictures. If anyone asks, I could photo some of the mangoes later and post them here. I'm worried about the tree because we have regular hurricane seasons and there's fear that he won't survive a second strike. The tree DID survive a fierce, storm/low-level hurricane last year but that has done little to assuage their fears. Ultimately, the tree is tilting and that's a constant worry. Also, some of the limbs have started growing out recklessly towards the leaning side. The problem is that the tree, while normally a reliable producer, seems to produce fruit most heavily(70%) on that side. I fear that pruning it might kill it or stunt fruit production for years. My grandmother is getting along in age and I'd hate to do that to her. Also, the tree produced a good amount of fruit this year but also produced hundreds of pigmy mangoes that are effectively uneatable. Do all fruits need to reach maximum size or is it normal for a tree of this nature to have so many miniature, stunted fruit? They all hit the ground now and while I've collected them, hundreds more have rotted, making it difficult to collect them. We have an indo-chinese mango tree behind it(smaller, always green mangoes) that seems to survive just fine, although the fruit isn't nearly as good). We also have two sapplings that have sprung up within the last five years. The problem with the sapplings is that they're still...well...sapplings, despite the fact that five years have passed. That may be a good thing, in this hurricane-common weather, since they bend and don't break but I'm wondering if their growth is being stunted. One is out in the open, in the sunlight, and I'm not sure if it's the indo-chinese or if it's the indian variety. My guess would be the latter since, well, the indo-chinese is very small and wouldn't really drop any fruit so far away. The other sappling is probably indian since it's right next to the large tree, and is in almost complete shade. Both are about four feet tall. Neither bears fruit. What do I need to do to protect these two sapplings? They may be the only "legacy" we have left of the tree if another hurricane hits. Right now, we fertilize the tree once a year. Water the tree regularly(it's rained like the dickens anyways). We have pests on the trees but I'm not sure how to remove them because every web site has conflicting information. I've tried to find arborealists and tree doctors but the last one we had over was completely clueless(AND he was certified...huh?) and the "tree doctors" that pruned our tree after Andrew basically were a bunch of grunts that did a hatchet job. I know it's a lot to ask a diagnosis and advice over the web, sight unseen but I really feel like this tree is a part of my family's history. I want to preserve it. Besides, despite all its ailments, somehow, it's still a beautiful tree and it's alive, you know? I would like advice about the large tree. Right now, I have a ladder propping up one of the longer limbs on the leaning side...it's getting ridiculous. :) And I would love to secure and nourish the sapplings so that when the large tree does eventually, pass, the family will have two new trees...descendents of the original. Any help would be great. M.