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  • How to Grow a Mango Tree

    Mangoes are a wonderfully simple plant to grow and very easy to get a seed. The next time you purchase a mango at the grocery store, save the pod, remove the seed and plant it, here's how...
    Once you've eaten your mango, you're left with a rather large pod that looks like this:



    Remove as much of the Mango flesh as you can from the seed pit. Although many sites state that you need to dry the seed out first, I've never been one to have a lot of patience (or time, for that matter). So rather than wait, slip a knife very carefully into the edge of the bearded side of the mango pit.



    Be very careful not to pierce deeply into the pit as you only want to break the seal of the pod, you do NOT want to cut the seed itself.



    Using your fingers, slip your thumb in between the pod shell and gently pry it apart, revealing the mango seed nestled safely inside.




    Remove the seed from the pod. You may notice a string running from the pod to the seed, this is the seeds "umbilical cord", if you will. You can remove that.




    Plant the seed in well drained soil. Some people prefer to germinate the seed first using wet paper towels, but in the past I've noticed this only has a 25% success rate, with mold usually taking over. Instead, place the seed directly into some potting soil, water it well and then keep it moist, but not soaked.



    It will sprout of it's own accord within a couple weeks.



    Mango trees can fruit within 7-10 years and can be grafted once the plant is over a foot tall with 1/4" thick branches, if you want multiple plants faster. They produce well in hot dry areas, but be forewarned a mango tree has the ability to grow 30-100 feet tall, so at some point, you'll need to transplant your baby outside in a warm spot.

    You can keep it indoors in a large pot, at least 2 feet deep as mangoes grow taproots, it will still produce fruit even when rootbound, unlike some plants.

    See Also:

    Mango Frozen Yogurt

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    Comments 17 Comments
    1. cichi2011's Avatar
      cichi2011 -

      I'm definitely going to try this
    1. mariepierre's Avatar
      mariepierre -
      I've been trying to grow them, didn't realised you had to open the pod. Thanks
    1. toonybrain's Avatar
      toonybrain -
      Growing a mango tree is even easier than stated above. You don't have to remove the seed form the pod at all. Throw the whole hairy thing (pod) in a plastic cup or other container. Add a tad of water in the bottom (keep an eye on the water over time and replenish when necessary).

      In a couple of weeks or so, the little nascent mango tree will push its skinny green tendril out of the pod seeking the water. I knew nothing of growing mangoes and did this. It worked!

      Then transplant the mango into soil. Ta da!
    1. Flamingo4's Avatar
      Flamingo4 -
      Thanks! Can't wait to try this!
    1. Flamingo4's Avatar
      Flamingo4 -
      Great news! I love growing new plants and trees. Once planted in the ground how do you protect them from the snowy winter?
    1. Bignail1954's Avatar
      Bignail1954 -
      I am not very familiar with mangos. To me they look and act like a peach with the stone. In my area of the world, if you wanted to start one quickly you could use two methods. One was to throw the seed into a freezer for a day or two so that the seed would crack. Second way was to use a hammer and "crack" the shell along its dividing halves. That takes a little skill but if you hold it in your fingers you can "feel" the seed crack. For peaches it works well-- I don't see why it will not for mangoes.
    1. hullesh's Avatar
      hullesh -
      nice idea.thanks for sharing..
    1. ibraftn2's Avatar
      ibraftn2 -
      I'm assuming this plant would have to be grown in a greenhouse in Idaho! Since my greenhouse is only 15 ft high, can I lop off the top as it approaches the ceiling? Could it handle being grown as a bush? Also, does it require a pollinator or are mangoes self-pollinating?
    1. katbird's Avatar
      katbird -
      We did this, we have 2 plants started, they are about 6 inches tall.
    1. MOJO47's Avatar
      MOJO47 -
      I've been trying , with no luck.Using the paper towel method. Going to do as you suggested. Thanks
    1. newbutt's Avatar
      newbutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by toonybrain View Post
      Growing a mango tree is even easier than stated above. You don't have to remove the seed form the pod at all. Throw the whole hairy thing (pod) in a plastic cup or other container. Add a tad of water in the bottom (keep an eye on the water over time and replenish when necessary).

      In a couple of weeks or so, the little nascent mango tree will push its skinny green tendril out of the pod seeking the water. I knew nothing of growing mangoes and did this. It worked!

      Then transplant the mango into soil. Ta da!
      I disagree, if you did get "one" to sprout from inside the hull, you were incredibly lucky. The hull needs to be removed in order for the root system & sprout to develop unstressed.
    1. newbutt's Avatar
      newbutt -
      I might add to this that the hull is really tough & hard to slip a knife in safely. I've found if you snip the edge with pruning shears or wire cutters (I broke a pair of scissors) you can pop it open pretty easy. Though these are lovely plants & easy to grow, unless you live in a tropical climate or have a huge greenhouse, I wouldn't count on them ever bearing fruit. Still, much to grow & are beautiful around the patio in the warm months. Also, different varieties produce different colored leaves.
    1. Lyone's Avatar
      Lyone -
      What growing zone do you live in? I live in northern Ohio and I am thinking that it is just too cold here to grow something like this.
    1. mawmaws's Avatar
      mawmaws -
      Quote Originally Posted by newbutt View Post
      I disagree, if you did get "one" to sprout from inside the hull, you were incredibly lucky. The hull needs to be removed in order for the root system & sprout to develop unstressed.
      I had one to sprout inside the fruit, so I planted it and now have A little tree about 2feet tall, so I decided to plant another one and it grew also, I just don't know what to do for the winter being they like warm weather
    1. mawmaws's Avatar
      mawmaws -
      I grew one that had sprouted in side the fruit, but don't know what to do with it for the winter months
    1. mawmaws's Avatar
      mawmaws -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lyone View Post
      What growing zone do you live in? I live in northern Ohio and I am thinking that it is just too cold here to grow something like this.
      they are warm climate trees, I was wondering the same, I have 1 that sprouted on its on in the fruit now it is 2 inches tall, but I to have cold winters
    1. fireflyght's Avatar
      fireflyght -
      I am eager to try this. Does this method work for peach pits as well?
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