Sprouting a Mango Tree from Seed
During summertime in Florida, I drive by many of my neighbors’ homes and see their beautiful trees full of ripe mangos ready to pick and I get a major case of mango tree envy.
So I experimented with starting my own trees from seed. After trying a few different methods, I’ve found the method described below to be most effective.
Choosing the Best Mango
There are over 25 different types of mango, so I recommend tasting as many varieties as possible and sprouting seeds from the ones that you like best.
How to Begin
1. Once you've eaten your mango, you're going to want to clean as much of the remaining fiber and pulp from the seed. A little bit of fiber remaining is okay.
2. Then let the mango seed dry out a bit (for about a day and a half).
3. Remove the hard woody outer shell from the seed. If you look at the side of the seed, you will see a ridge. Sticking a knife into this ridge and prying the two halves apart is the easiest way to remove the outer shell. Be careful!
4. One side of the mango seed core will be more rounded than the other. Place the seed, rounded side up, in a dish of water. The dish should be placed on a windowsill in a warm, sunny place.
5. Leave the seed in the water until it starts to sprout. This can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks.
6. When the seed has spouted, plant the mango seed in a peat pot until it grows strong enough to be transplanted outdoors.