Trying to sprout Mango seed

sacristiaAugust 16, 2010

I planted a Mango seed on July 31, 2010. I have waited for it to sprout. I finally carefully dug it up to see if it sprouted at all, as I have read they sprout so quickly and mine was not. I did find it had a tap root, but still no sign of leaves even 4 days after I saw the tap root. Did I damage it, or does it take longer to sprout in dirt.

I have two other mango seeds that I would like to sprout if I can. I noticed one of them had some type of root already coming out of the seed. I placed it in a shallow dish of water, hoping that they would sprout and grow.

I have read they are so easy to sprout and grow, but I haven't had any luck yet. Am I just being impatient, or does it take as long as an avocado pit does to sprout?

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kayjones(Mo6b)

Did you take the seed out of the covering? You need to remove the outer 'shell' to expose the seed, then plant it. If it has a tap root, it's already trying to shed the shell, so go ahead and pry it off. If you break the tap root, it will not grow.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 3:01PM
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origami_master(5b)

Mine takes about 2 weeks before I seen a shoot. I think a little more time was needed. Digging to check for sprouting is a bad idea because you can easily damage sprouting roots without realizing.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 11:53PM
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loufloralcityz9

Your impatience with digging it up prematurely probably has ruined your first seedling(but leave it in and see if it comes up). The mango seed will send out a tap root headed down first and then it sends up the sprout that breaks the surface. Here in Florida the quickest I've seen the sprout break surface is 8 days, but I've had others take a whole month. Best way is to plant the dang thing, leave it alone and let nature do her work. Make sure you open the hard shell carefully (like opening a clam) then plant the seed flat in good potting soil like Miracle Grow Potting Soil in a one gallon container to start. Keep the soil damp, not wet. In the Fl. hot weather here they usually sprout within 2 to 3 weeks.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 7:38PM
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