Updated date:

Sprouting a Mango Tree From Seed

Author:

After experimenting, I found what I believe is the best method of starting a mango tree from seed.

Mango tree envy!

Mango tree envy!

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 what I believe to be the most effective method.

Step by step: how to grow a mango tree from seed.

Step by step: how to grow a mango tree from seed.

Choosing the Best Mango

There are over 25 different types of mango, so I recommend tasting as many varieties as possible. When you find the ones you like best, you can choose those to sprout seeds from.

How to Sprout a Mango From Seed

  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 to 3 weeks.
  6. When the seed has sprouted, plant the mango seed in a peat pot until it grows strong enough to be transplanted outdoors.
After eating your mango, clean the seed and let it dry for a day and half. This is what it should look like.

After eating your mango, clean the seed and let it dry for a day and half. This is what it should look like.

After removing the hard woody outer shell of the mango seed, this what you will find.

After removing the hard woody outer shell of the mango seed, this what you will find.

Place mango weed in water. This seed is beginning to sprout.

Place mango weed in water. This seed is beginning to sprout.

This is a baby mango tree!

This is a baby mango tree!

Comments

lydia on August 19, 2020:

do I completely cover the seed in water. How much water?

Jill on May 28, 2020:

Wish me luck, I have just put my mango seed into its bowl of water. The weather here in the UK is very warm at the mo, so I’m hoping this will help. I found your instructions very helpful, thank youAnita.

JAXONNYC32 on September 15, 2019:

I've Started A Mango Tree From The Actual Seed. I Got Mine To Sprout A Different Way.

I Cleaned The Hard Outer Shell, Then Used A Sharp Knife To Pry The Outer Shell Be Very Careful. Once I Got To The Actual Seed. Then I Took A Paper Towel, Wet It Not Soggy. Wrapped The Actual Seed In The Wet Paper Towel. Placed The Seed That's Wrapped In The Paper Towel Place Into A Zip Loc Bag. DO NOT SEAL THE BAG COMPLETELY. Date The Bag & Name Of The Seed Inside. Place In A Dark Cabinet Check The Seed & The Paper Towel Every 2-3 Days. DO NOT LET THE PAPER TOWEL DRY OUT. I Also Placed An ALARM & DATE On My CELLPHONE SO I DIDN'T FORGET TO CHECK THE PAPER TOWEL. Do This Until The Seed Starts To Sprout. It Took From Aug. 30, 2019-Sept. 15, 2019. For My Seeds To Sprout & Reach 3‟ In Length. Let The Seeds Sprout Reach 2‟-3‟ In Length.

I Planted Two (2) SEEDS In A 10‟ Pot.

This Is An Additional Method To Sprout Mango Seeds. This Is The First Time I've Sprouted Mango Seeds!

lady rain from Australia on August 05, 2012:

Great information on sprouting the mango seed. I have tried breaking the hard shell before but it still took a long time to grow.

KerryAnita (author) from Satellite Beach, Florida on August 04, 2012:

Thanks for the comment! Glad you found it helpful!

toomuchmint on August 04, 2012:

wow! Thanks for the detailed instructions. It's not as easy as eating the mango and dropping the seed into a pot. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and interesting.