You can grow a mango tree from a seed in a pot to keep it small and manageable (say 8 – 10 feet), or you can plant it in the ground for a larger tree if you live in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10b through 11.
Either way, you’ll get to enjoy this juicy and exotic fruit year after year!
Dry mango husk with the seed inside, a dull knife, paper towel, sandwich bag, plastic clam shell container, marker
Once you have removed as much of the flesh from the mango husk, scrape away the hairs with a knife and set it in the sun for 1-2 to dry out.
Turn the husk over once one side is completely dry.
Use a dull knife to carefully open the seed on the round end careful not to damage the seed. Gently break open the husk with your bare hands.
The seed inside should look tan and fresh like this
not like this.
Do not remove the skin from the seed if it does not easily come off to the touch.
Wet a sheet of a paper towel with water; not too damp so as not to cause rot.
Squeeze it and wrap up the seed as shown.
Place the wrapped seed in a sandwich bag and seal it tightly then place the sandwich bag inside a plastic fruit container. Be sure to label and date your sandwich bag and container.
The container becomes your portable greenhouse which you then place inside a dark drawer or any dark place where it would not be disturbed.
Check your seeds once daily to ensure it remains moist not wet.
1 week in drawer
Ready to plant
Planting your rooted mango seed
You will need:
Fertilized, well drained potting soil, one gallon pot or larger for your seed, water.
The mango seedling is very vulnerable in its early stages so it is best to initially plant your seed in a pot so you can control the temperature exposure.
Fill your pot 2/3 with fertilized potting soil that drains well
then soak the soil with water.
After the water drains adequately, place the mango seed, flat side down and gently cover with about 1/8 inch of soil.
Press down lightly. Always be aware of being gentle and careful when handling your seed as you do not want to break off any of the delicate roots or new growth on the seed.
Place the pot outside in partial sun when there is no chance of frost.
Stages of Growth
By two to three months, your mango seedling should be able to endure full sun. It does not need the daily nurturing which is necessary for the earlier stages.
Some seedling leaves are purple while others are bright green.
It takes at least 5 to 8 years for a mango tree planted from seed to bear fruit while the grafted ones take 3 to 4 years to fruit.
Seedling mango trees grow much bigger and stronger than the nursery trees and have an indestructible root system. They are slow to reach maturity but worth the wait.
About the Author
I am from beautiful Bermuda born and raised. I’m an avid gardener and I intend to sell my organic fruit trees (grown from seed) and tropical plants right from my small yard. I have traveled the world as an opera singer and now I teach here in Bermuda as a voice teacher and coach. I’ve been married for almost 45 years and I have three children and four grandchildren.