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How to germinate a mango seed

Posted by Boastyboy England. (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 16, 05 at 19:33

Hi,
I was just wondering how I should germiante a mango seed. I have planted two within the last two weeks, but ahve noticed mould has builded up on the seed. I planted the seed in compost, and them placed in a bag, and put it on the bathroom floor, directly above the heater down stairs.
I am thinking about trying the Avocado water method, and also cracking or cutting the seed open to get the pit out.
How did you germinate yours?
Thanks in advance.
Josh.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

Okay...take a FRESH seed, VERY CAREFULLY remove the hairy covering. Plant on it's edge with the hump side up with 1/4 of the seed exposed. Keep damp and as close to 26c/80F as possible for better germination. Then it should germinate within a week.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

  • Posted by Kameha z9b/10a Cen Fl (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 17, 05 at 3:57

I tried that method heathen but it didn't work too well for me. I find that placing it on it's side half buried works pretty well too but I'll try placing the dented edge in.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

Hi,
Ok will do!
Thanks.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

Hi,
Good news all. I opened up the husk that had gone mouldy to find the inner seed sprouted! The inner seed itself had gone a bit mouldy, but I wiped it of. I am glad it is germinating, and this is sure to spead up the germination. I did it with the other one aswell, but unfortunately cut the inner seed up, however it had sprouted, so I thought I might as well plant it and so did. I will update you in a few days to say if it is actualy growing.
Thanks for your help!
Josh.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

Sounds great..i 've got 2 that sprouted in a baggie with dirt on my notebook power brick...


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

mangos are exceedingly easy to germinate! :o) I have never lost one.... until it grew up! :oD


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Thanks for the picture Frank. Thats just how they, oh wait, one of them looks, lol. Keep me updated on how it does! I purchased another Mango today, the Kent variety, from Peru. When I eat it, I will remember to keep the seed! Ahh, I am quite into growing Mango's now, lol!
Thanks everyone!
Josh.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

  • Posted by Baci z10Ca (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 18, 05 at 9:57

The direction of planting the mango depends on the variety of mango. Some need to be planted flat & others straight up. I have found some of the smaller varieties need to be planted straight up.
When you peel the outer husk, there is one side of with more air space I believe it is the rounded end. By starting at this end you are less likely to damage the inner seed. It can be wrapped in a paper towel & placed in a baggie in a warm place. If it is a good seed, it can stay in that baggie a month unopened & it will survive. They should be checked, however for mold. If the seed darkens or develops mold, plant it out before you lose the seed. It is better to place the seeds in separate baggies, since mold can develop on one seed can injure others.
I avoid planting mine in soil, as I had a problem with slugs attacking the seed prior to germination.
Mine have been slow growing the first year, but have picked up the second year. I have found there is a higher die off rate the first winter, but after that they seem to be fairly hardy.
It probably depends on the variety, but I think it is four years from seed to fruit.


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I'll let you know...nothing so far (must still be growing roots!)...


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  • Posted by Kameha z9b/10a Cen Fl (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 19, 05 at 4:25

I dug mine up out of it's shallow bed in soil in a pot today to place it straight up (humped edge peering out of the soil a 1/4 of the way). It had already begun growing it's first root after only 3 days in a warm, humid garage. I think this one will be a survivor.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

Coming from a mango and avocado growing area in Queensland Australia, I couldn't help have a look at this subject.
We buy mangos at the markets every week during the season. The seeds go in our veggy scrap bin and it all just gets buried in the garden. We are forever pulling mango and avocado seedlings out. I can well understand your desire to grow them, they are the fruit of the gods (avocados are pretty good too). In future I will not take them so much for granted. I wish you all the best with your mango seeds.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

  • Posted by Baci z10Ca (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 21, 05 at 8:15

I was re-reading this post, & according to the web literature, it does say the seed should be planted rounded end up. If it is planted flat, it will adapt, however I have several 1-2 year old seedlings from the flat planting method. I leave mine in the baggie longer, & the roots go along the side the mango & down maybe this makes a difference. The survival rate also tends to be greater if I can leave them in the baggie longer. I will try planting some straight & see if there is any difference in how they turn out.

On the avocadoes I just bury mine & they grow. I think the main thing is to mimic the climate. By the books, the tip should be cut off. Here are some tips from the CA avocado commission:

http://www.avocado.org/faq/


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

Hey!

I have successfully germinate a mango seed after my dad made mango pudding from the mango flesh. This is what i did:

dry seed until you can grasp it firmly and it won't slip from your hand

cut very carefully around the side (only a pit)

after you made your slit, carefully (or with your hands watch those long nails) pry the husk open (a ripe seed would have almost begun tio germinate)

put in swallow dish of soil and cover it with a clear plastic bag

leave it in the sun, don't worry about watering it because the condensation from the bag will eventually drop back onto the soil

maybe water once a week and wait

good luck, e-mail me after you have a sprout!


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

In here mango just drop and get rotten in the ground, and if theres enough water in there they sprout as weeds.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

As a matter of fact I did all steps followed by origami, and then, about a week or so, it sprouted, finally I wanted to plant it next to my another 2 mango trees, and just realized how dumb was being, there were about 20 mango seedlings growing all around both trees.

I know the climate is different with all you.


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  • Posted by Kameha z9b/10a Cen Fl (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 22, 05 at 1:14

That is really neat Patusho! Mango trees grow as weeds also in coastal Central Florida and all of South Florida.

My mango seedling has 5 leaves now and is doing great...I knew this one would survive!


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hi all. i have a five year old mango tree that 11 feet tall and 10 feet wide.i planted it from seed from a very tasty mango.is it posible for a mango tree to flower in just 3 years?i know it is hard to believe it, but it is true! this is the 4th time i have tasted fruit from it and its only 5 years old!!the fruit is long,yellow and very sweet.it also takes a long time for the fruits to ripen.


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Hi all, I have got this mango seed in a jar on the windowsill, and it's getting leaves... What is the best way to plant it... Please look at the pictures, and advise on my best options for my new mango tree...

http://www.bannertown.com/mango/DSCN2655.JPG
http://www.bannertown.com/mango/DSCN2656.JPG

BcMangoMan

Here is a link that might be useful: Mango pictures


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Last spring I ate a mango and decided to plant the seed to see if any thing would grow...I forgot about but it still got water when I watered the other plants. About one month later I was arranging the potted plants when I noticed a 4 inch tall seedling from the pot. It was very easy to grow.

~WeatherGuy


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

i just planted a mango seed in a pot in my back yard and someone told me to cover it up with a plastic bag or glass and i put a non-clear plastic bag over it but im going to just put some clear-plastic over it and i was wondering... dont plants need oxygen to grow... if anyone can tell me what to do i would really appreciate it.


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Yeah, but you don't leave the plastic on there forever, just to raise the humidity and temperature enough to germinate the seed.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

I got 4 out of 4 to germinate. Peeled them open,soaked them for 3 or 4 days, put them have in the soil like you would an avocado (half in half out) and oldest (about 2 weeks old) already has 2 shoots about 3" tall.


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i planted a mango seed on tuesday and now its sunday day and i have the pot covered up with plastic and a racoon tipped it over and the seed had some kind of weird thing poking out of it and i didnt know if it was a stem or what but i just planted it in on its side. how do i know if i planted it on the wrong side or planted it on the oppisite side of where it was going to give roots... can anyone help me???


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

The first growth out of the seed would be the root, which will grow down. Followed quickly by the stem, which will head for light. No matter which way they were planted.

So teenager, plant that root down into soil.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

A very simple way to germinate a mango seed without questioning what side to plant is to remove the embryo from the woody husk and wrap several wet paper towels around it. The wet towels should be hot, and then place the embryo in a plastic zipper bag. Next place the bag on a hot/warm surface (like on top of your refridgerator or computer). After a week or so it should look green and have a reddish root growing in a certain direction. Later the stem will begin to grow in the opposite direction of the root. Now you can place it in a pot with potting soil. Keeping it moist is key - build a structure above the pot and cover with plastic wrap to create a mini-greenhouse. If you plant in late spring, by mid fall you can remove the greenhouse and then move the sapling indoors.


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Wow... I never imagined that the embryo inside husk would look like a giant bean!
How are you supposed to do mango germination with water? I have two and I've propped them up in a medium sized water filled plastic bowl, sharp side up (where I cut them). Also, the embryo/bean on one of the seems to be damaged, is it ok? The inside part remains intact, but the thin papery part has been broken. I also read that you could pinch the top of the tree to stop it from growing too tall.
Here's some links I found:
http://www.thefrugallife.com/mango.html
3 different methods for mango germination

http://www.greendealer-exotic-seeds.com/seeds/HowtoMangoPapGuav.html
A way to germinate mangoes (I used this one), and more on papayas and guava.

http://www.treetops.u-net.com/freeplant.html
Has mango, papaya, pomegranate, dragonfruit, rice, and date palm guides(on rest of website)


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I removed seed from ripened mango and scraped fiber, sandpapered and even serated side with knife not knowing inside was a bean shaped seed. I placed it in a jelly jar half filled with water and in a few days noticed a bulging sprout. I changed the water every few days until I read I was supposed to remove the husk which I did to reveal a bean shaped seed. I placed it in potting soil concave side down after debating many angles I had read about. And it sits on top of my refidgerator now with my great expectations.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

I plant all kinds of mango seeds and never pay attention to their placement in the soil. I just split the husk along one side and shove it in a pot. They germinate easily. With avocados I keep the pointy side above the soil an inch or so.


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Thank's karyn for the info. Being an amateur myself you make it look pretty easy. I will take your advise and not worry about placement of seed. I have always place avocados in water. Is that necessary or is it just as easy to place in soil for germination? jeff


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Thank's karyn for the info. Being an amateur myself you make it look pretty easy. I will take your advise and not worry about placement of seed. I have always place avocados in water. Is that necessary or is it just as easy to place in soil for germination? jeff


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

I don't think that it matters what you do with an avocado as long as the point is up. I've stuck toothpicks in them and put them in a glass and I've put them in a pot. They seem to take the same amount of time to grow.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

MANGO NUMBER ONE

I am trying a new kind of way to germinate a mango seed, and so far,
it is drinking all the water up. I am trying to keep it at it 80F. what I have done is: put it in a sock, inside a glass, and put water in it. then put it next to a small heater.

From, Randy
P.S I took your advice and I used a scrub brush to take off the remaining mango. And it worked better then a knife.


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My mango is germinating!! I noticed that today. My idea worked!
5 long days and nights, and it worked! I bet it will work for you too.
I suggest that you try my idea.

From, Randy


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Im going to try tonight. I just hope I dont cut through the seed when cutting the mango. Next stop papaya...


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

I usually grow them upright about halfway into sandy potting mix, To keep them warm i use a heating pad to keep temperature around 30C, 86F. The seeds germinate easy within two to three weeks.
Lately i have also tried cutting the seedcasing open with linemans wirecutters, and take the bean out. This works fine too and there is less chance of mould growing, i usually wrap one or two layers of toiletpaper around the bean to avoid fruitflies getting at it.
The hardest part is to keep the plant alive after 3 to 6 months.
They just die for no appearant reason.


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I am having trouble with mould. I dusted the seed with fungicide powder but the mould keeps coming back. I think I've discovered a super breed of mould... But the seed is carrying on germinating and the leaves are on their way. I really want to plant papaya and fill my house with tropical plants. Good luck everyone!


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I wonder just how many ways there are to germinate a mango seed... I think I might try all kinds of ways and see what works best. I'd just have to label all the seeds...

I wonder if giving it water with food colouring in it would kill it...and if not, if it would turn them colours like they do with Queen Annes Lace...That would be kinda cool, bluish leaves and such.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

To get the husk off, use the edge of a large spoon. You'll run a far lower risk of damaging yourself or the seed. If you run your fingernail around the edge of the seedcoat, you'll find that there's a seam between the two halves. Insert the edge of the spoon there, press down, and turn the spoon sideways to pry the two halves apart. Much safer than using a knife!

My sapling started in a glass of water, but now it lives in a terra cotta pot inside. It is now about 15" tall and on its 3rd set of healthy, dark green leaves.


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Steven

I had one about a foot tall and a squirrel chomped it off and dug the seed out. Payback isn't going to be kind!


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Hi Josh, was just wondering how your mango seeds are progressing? I thought I'd show you a pic of mine, it's a 'Kent' mango, one of those really juicy, smooooooth ones from Tesco!...see you are also from the UK like me!!
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
It was planted around mid Jan this year and is around 1ft high I guess. It seems to grow in spurts of a layer of leaves, then nothing for a month or so, then another ring of leaves. The new leaves are rich bronze, very thin and delicate, then they mature into the usual green and thicken up.
I never expect to get it to fruit here, that would be bizarre! It's just for fun as I like the challenge of growing weird or unusual tropicals. Hopefully I will be able to overwinter it. It lives in our greenhouse at present which will be heated to just above 40degs/frost level during the winter...so fingers crossed for some of those delicious mango/lime puds!! Good luck, hope to hear from you with your news.
Gill.


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[b]greenclaws[/b]
Great mango you have there.
They usually grow in bursts or flushes of new leaves which have a purply colour.
Keep an eye out for bugs underneath the leaves. Some leaves may shrivel up and show rusty spots and drop off.
I have succesfully used copper oxichloride to keep mould and the likes of the mango plant.
I post a photo of mine in the next few days and you can see what i mean with the brown colour on some of the leaves.


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Thanks for the pic, Gill. I've never seen one before.
I've tried to start a mango several times but, after reading these posts, realize I just didn't know enough about it. Before I start one, however, I need to know how big they get? And do they need cold to produce fruit? I would figure on bringing it inside in the winter. Also, would it need more than daylight through a window? Thanks, Brandy


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Photo's as promised

Mango plant is 2 years old, 75 cm tall and trunk is 1.5 cm .

[IMG]http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o298/RODALCO/DSC00487a.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o298/RODALCO/DSC00486a.jpg[/IMG]


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Brandy, hello again! I would think its the reverse, ie they need lots of heat/sun to produce the fruit...thats why I will be v.surprised if I ever get one myself here in the UK's rather temperate climate...this year all we have had apart from an exceptionally warm, dry and sunny April is rain and mre rain. I have read they can get to grow into very large trees. At present, I keep this in the g/house all summer, I have yet to figure out what to do with it during the winter as I only sprouted it this year....I guess it will come inside the house along with my many other tropicals I (try to!) grow incl plumerias, strelitzia, desert rose and palms. A sunny south facing window would be ok I guess for a small plant kept as a house plant...till it gets too big!!
Rodalco, the pic link doesnt appear to work? Is it me? have had spider mites, little critters! The very devil to get rid of, left leaves all sticky, yuk!
Gill.


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Update on My Mango Sapling(s)

It's been six weeks since my last posting (above), and now my tree has its 4th set of leaves:


I recently potted another seed, and here it is 19 days afterward (not counting ~2 weeks it spent in a glass of water):


I actually repotted it today, and I'm amazed how deep the roots go. Although the shoot is barely 5" tall, the roots were already starting to bunch up at the bottom of a 8" deep pot. greenclaws, I'm thinking that yours it probably ready for a nice big pot!

I just bought a 22" pot for my big one; I'll probably put it in tomorrow. I'm still trying to decide if I can keep in inside for a bit longer or whether it needs to go outside now.

My son and I are having a great time with these. Every day we look at them to see how much they've grown.


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Hi Steven, I think that's a 5" pot in the pic above...there's a reason for it...I'm trying to keep the plant as small and as compact as possible as I have read they can grow into very large trees...don't know if it will work but being here in the UK I cannot plant it outdoors so it will have to survive in a pot in the greenhouse...the smaller the pot and the plant the better as I am limited to where I can store it over the winter months when we get freezing temps and snow. It will be interesting to see if I can overwinter it, I certainly hope so now it's got this far. Some more leaves are just elongating nicely...will post a pic as soon as I renew my camera batteries! Mmmmh, just googled 'mango' and found out they are in fact evergreen, something I wasn't really sure of...I'm pleased about that fact as at least that will give me some indication of if it's still alive during the winter, if all the leaves curl up and then drop off, then it's either dying or already dead!!
Gill.


Gill.


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I'm suprised at how large the mango seed is! This is my first attempt. The mango was grown in Mexico.
Are there different varieties. The seed was already starting to grow when I opened the shell. I'm assuming it's the shoot rather than the root?? Thx Alf


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

Hi there Alfie! I have opened several mango seeds and have not seen one with a shoot growing yet, however, they have all had the beginnings of a root. If your mango seed looks like this.....
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Then this is a root starting to grow, so always remember to plant the seed with the rounded side uppermost even if you have one thats got no root started. I planted mine with the top of the seed sitting proud of the compost...I am nosey you see and wanted to see what was going on! The seed will then split open at one end and the shoot will emerge later...but it may take several days before the first set leaves appear. Good luck.
Gill.


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Thanks Gill, I guess it's a root??. The green shoot I mentioned is the same as the one at the opposite end of your seed.
I'm an Essex boy living in Nashville. You?

By the way, I really like the inside ring on your finger!
Actually all three are stunning. Cheers Alf


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Hello again Alf, thanks for the comments about my rings...it's just a pity I can't wear them at present as having broken my wrist several weeks ago, my fingers are like someone elses at the mo and I can't get them on. After 30 odd years it seems strange not to be wearing them! I almost feel unmarried again! : 0
So you are from Essex then? Have spent many a happy childhood holiday at Southend-on-Sea with our many rellies in the Thorpe Bay area. I actually live in the Staffordshire Moorlands, way out in countryside...see my other pic above.
and so....back to mangoes, mine has just put out another set of leaves although some appear rather miss-shapen at the edges. I too was taken aback at the size of the seed. When your plant gets going, watch out for those tiny spider mites (especially on the undersides of the leaves) as they can be prone to infestations. Hopefully I can get mine to overwinter, it will have to stay in the g/h that is heated to keep out the frost along with my many other 'treasures'
Keep us posted on its progress.
Regards Gill.


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Hello Gill, sorry to hear about the wrist. These things happen after 30 years + of marriage and those years before.

I better stop because you will think I'm trying to figure out your age. Ingrid, my wife (Danish), and myself were married in 1969, so the cats almost out of the bag.

Back to the mango, mine is in it's pot outside duly watered since today it was 102f . Tonight our minimum is 35C, excuse the switch, so tropical it is. You mentioned insects, perhaps we don't have your variety here,
at least not in Tennessee.

Will keep you posted on the mango, and will figure out how to post one here.

Regards, Alf


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Ok then Alf I'll put your mind at rest, we were married in Feb of 75, (when I was 21) and have just had my 54th on Aug 3rd...so there, you know now my age...and so does half the world! (: 0)

As for the spider mites, never thought you may not have them in your parts, but the GW plumeria forum where I usually lurk has mainly USA folks and I recall some of my 'plumie' friends having them....and wishing they didn't!

If you have a digital camera its relatively easy to post pics on here...open a free 'Photobucket.com' account, upload your pics to it and to post them here left click on the 'TAG' line of info displayed under the pic to automatically copy it, then just right click here and paste it into this message box. Easier if you have the two browser pages open at the same time. Then its best to check so click the preview message button to see if it's ok before hitting the submit button.

Read your wife is Danish, mmmmmh, one of our rellies in Thorpe Bay married a Dane...spooky! Where do you originate from in Essex?

Our weather here has picked up this last 2 weeks, after 3 wet and gloomy months its about time we saw some sun, hit the 30deg mark the other day...phew! That's HOT for us folks. It's doing my tropicals the world of good, my mango, strelitzia, passion flower, plumerias and desert rose are loving it.
Cheers! Gill.


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Wow, 54. I understand Gill, that mango trees live that long! Well, you be glad to hear that I will be 59 in November on All Saints Day. Funny you should mention plumeria, because I have just ordered some seed. Really good looking plants I must say.

I grew up in Dunmow and Chelmsford, moving to Marks Tey when married,and, then here in 1976.

By the way, do you exchange seeds?

Cheers Alf


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Hi again Alf, doubt I'll be around to see my mango get to that age! Will have to get the 3 kids to toss for it as part of their inheritance...Haha!
See separate post on this Tropicals forum for you re seeds etc.
Gill.


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Hey all...

Last Sunday's paper had a write up about mangos.. one tip to share was that if you wanted a big tree then you should scarifice the first years fruit. That way the tree will use it's energy for growth instead of fruit production. But if you wanted a smaller tree then let it fruit all it wants...

Bob


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Bob, just the news I wanted to hear! Will look forward....VERY VERY forward to munching mangoes from my tree in order to keep it small....I should be so lucky eh?? I am just hoping I can overwinter it never mind get it to fruit here in the UK...but you never know, I may get lucky someday with this so called global warming and all that? Perhaps in another 54 years the temps may have risen a fraction of a degree for this to happen, but alas I won't be here to confirm that! In the meantime, it's good old Tesco that I will have to rely on for my supply of those delicious fruits.
Regards, Gill.


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

My mango has been in the pot for a week now. Checked it this morning, and the root had pushed the seed up above the potting mixture, exposing the ssed itself. I simply pushed it gently back, and, added some more soil.

Experts, did I do the right thing? ps Gill, feel free to
comment. Alf


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RE: How to germinate a mango seed

My mango has been in the pot for a week now. Checked it this morning, and the root had pushed the seed up above the potting mixture, exposing the ssed itself. I simply pushed it gently back, and, added some more soil.

Experts, did I do the right thing? ps Gill, feel free to
comment. Alf


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Alf...I am certainly NO expert as regards the mysteries of mango management! hmmmmmph! (is that why you said in your PS...I was free to reply also!!!???) only joking!! lol!!!
I just like the challenge of trying anything that has the slightest chance of growing and go for it! (Have 2 Agave Sisilana plants bought back as 2inch 'pups' from the Canary Isles in 2004 growing vigorously, they are so vicious, have thick spikes on each end of the leaf and have drawn blood many times, can grow a flower spike of over 10foot...what the hell am I going to do with them here in the UK??). I need serious help!
Recall reading on the net somewhere to plant the mango seed partly exposed....so that is what I initailly did, and it still is just about visible today although it appears to be disintegrating now a root system has developed to feed the top growth. They do send out a long tap root I believe, so the taller the pot the better I guess. I don't think it would harm it at all if you gently re-buried/covered it like you said. Have also read on here folks toss the unopened seeds into compost heaps, they get REALLY buried and still manage to sprout through the pile of compost.
Did you spot my message for you on here re the seed question...see separate post??
Good luck.
Gill.


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Thanks Gill, I'll leave it alone!. I know this is not the correct site, but, I've just potted a plumeria seed. Do you know how long the germination period is? If you wish to go to email it's:

alffidler@yahoo.com

Thx Alf


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I have loved reading all of your postings about planting mango seeds. My husband is in lawncare in Florida, and recently came home with a bag full of mangos from his client's tree. I decided to look up how to germinate and grow them. I am originally from NY, and am having a lot of trouble growing anything except weeds here in Florida.
I hope to be posting my own pictures soon enough.
andi


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Alf, mine surprised me and came up in less than a week I seem to recall, or, they can take much longer if they decide too! If you can provide good bottom heat, say from a heated seed mat that I've heard my USA pals mention they will be up real soon. I just put them in the warmth of the airing cupboard...but you have to remember to check at least 2x per day in case they sprout and catch you out, then you will end up with spindly white seedlings that are of no use to man or beast.

Andi, look forward to seeing your pics real soon, good luck. Remember, a weed is just a flower in the wrong place!
Gill.


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Gill, your up late! My plumeria seed is outside duly watered in 100F sunshine???? Is this a good idea? I'm still waiting for the shoot to show up. Ingrid just bought another mango, so if this fails I'll have another. The mango is outside with the plumeria in the heat????

Cheers Alf


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Gill, Good news! Mango has produced a shoot...just sticking through the dirt. Pictures to follow, but I think I need you email address. Alf


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007....you have email!
Gill.


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Be patient with the seeds!

The day after my last posting (22 Jul 07) I potted a third seed that had been in a water glass and that had ~4" of taproot already. Two days I ago I still hadn't seen any shoot above the soil, so I gave up and started pulling it out. The two cotyledons (seed halves) broke off in my hands, and what was left in the soil was a little shoot with the beginnings of leaves, each perhaps an 1/8 of inch long :(

Without the cotyledons it will surely die, so I killed it with my impatience :( :( :(

On the plus side, my big plant (see above) is now in a 22" pot, and working solidly on its 5th set of leaves.



Tree #2 has a 2nd set of pale green leaves, and the first set is now a nice deep green. Strangely, though, the 2nd set is only about an inch above the first set, whereas with my "big" tree there's a good 4-6" between sets.

Yesterday I also potted a 4th seed. This one had been in water for nearly a month, and it had 8" of taproot and three 1/2" leaves by the time I got it in the soil. So I won't have to guess on this one.

I have a few more seeds sitting in water right now. I think I'll wait for shoots and leaves on these ones, too, before I pot them. I'm just too impatient to look at bare dirt everyday and wonder if something's going to happen. Yes, I am a terrible fisherman :)


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Steve, my mango plant was about three inches tall.(yesterday). I accidentally knocked it off the deck, which, I am rebuilding. It broke the stem and pot. I simply replanted it in a new pot. I wonder what my chances are? Gill, feel free to comment!!!!!!!! Alf


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007, sorry to read about you knocking the mango for six!
I did think of an appropriate comment to make about some men and work, but seeing as you explained that you were re-building the structure, I will let that one pass!! : I
On an encouraging note however, on looking closely at my own mango, very low down on the stem almost on the remnants of the actual seed I have what looks like another shoot forming. On thinking about it, mine is several months old now so maybe it's because it's older than yours it has this type of growth, so don't give up yet. Have a close look at yours, if so, you may be lucky and get a new growth like mine has. No idea if another main shoot would sprout without this.
Keep us informed and next time.............MIND THAT MANGO!!

Gill.


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Thanks Gill. I'll do as you suggest, boss.

I need help in identifying a plant I grew from a cutting, stolen from Texas a couple of years ago. I will email you a pic if I can find your email address.

Cheers Alf


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007, just emailed you with my addy.

Took a pic to show you the progress of my Kent mango today, went to post it and found (or didn't manage to find I should say) that my Photobucket site had mysteriously gone AWOL. Had probs relocating it, so will have another go in a mo.

When you asked earlier about did I exchange seeds, what seeds were you referring to? I did a separate message for you entitled 'msg for Alfie007' its still lurking near the bottom of page 1 tonight here on this Tropicals forum, but I think you may have not picked up on it yet?
Signed.....The boss! lol!!
Cheers 'n all that, Gill.


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Gill, I'm willing to try any interesting, unusal pot plant.

I don't have any to exchange yet. Have not seen a photo yet, luvvy. Thanks, Alf


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007...managed to locate my 'Photobucket' account in the depths of the computer and uploaded the latest Mango pic for you.... the account is free and a good tool to use online as you can easliy post your digital pics on here using it. Have emailed you regarding the plant ID.
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Steven....Mine also grows in cycles of stem then leaf growth. I do hope your little seedling without the cotyledons manages to get going for you...fingers crossed on that one. If the root was developed enough, it would get enough nourishment from the compost/food to survive and grow. The cotyledons on mine stayed plump until a couple of weeks ago when I noticed they had started to shrivel away. It's in a relatively smallish pot as I'm trying to keep it compact as there's no hope of it being planted outside. It will have to survive potted and in the house or heated g/h over the winter months. Hope your mangoes are getting enough light from the window?...that may have some bearing on the amount of bare stem you have noticed and the size of your leaves. Please note however, I am no expert on mangoes, just know what I have picked up on reading posts on here and articles on the web. Someone out there will know loads more 'mangoinfo' than me so please come in and help us!

What variety is yours Steven, and yours 007...any ideas?? Mine is 'Kent'. We only seem to get Tommy Atkins, Kiett and Kent here in the UK. I find the first 2 are a bit fibrous and won't but them but Kent is really smoooooooth and has a really good flavour.
Regards, Gill.


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Gill, Very nice photo, plant and background.

I will be more than happy to forward you a mango seed if you like. Just let me know. Cheers Alf


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Hi,I've been trying to grow a mango seed for a while. I live in Winnipeg,MB.Every time i grow it in a pot,baggy with soil or plant it in my back yard it either dies or gets moldy.I use miracle grow starter soil and it still didn't grow.I don't know to do can some one help me grow mango

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we ate the mangoes, cleaned the seeds and stored them, dry at room temp for a couple of months. Then we soaked them overnight and planted them in soil with 1/4" out. They get pretty regular heavy rain or 90F humid weather. The mangoes were from India with similar weather. We did not cut the seeds. We planted them whole and it has been two weeks with no signs of germination. Any advice on what we should do...wait or cut etc?


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Gill/greenclaws,

Here in LA we get Tommys, Kents, Keitts, and occasionally Hadens. We also have the yellow Philippine mangos, but I don't prefer those, unless they're dried. I don't like Tommys all that much, and I agree that Kents are terrific (though I just had an outstanding box of Keitts). How much are mangoes in the UK? At the huge warehouse markets we have in LA they're typically $6-8 for a box of 8.

I believe the two saplings I've pictured in this thread are Kents, and today I potted two seedlings (#s 5 and 6) that might be Keitts. A Tommy wouldn't be worth planting :)

My cotyledon-less seedling (#3) died, as did seed #4 after I put outside. I'm thinking I put it out too early, before it was mature. But my wife was complaining that I had too many plants in the kitchen :)

I'm going to donate a few of my seedlings to my kid's preschool. That'll clear up the kitchen, but still give him a way to track their progress.

The bigger tree is doing fine, but the 5th set of leaves is only an inch above the previous set, so maybe it's entering a period of slower growth. It's got full sun at its window, and it's been very hot this summer (> 100 F for a full week last week!) but the days are starting to get a bit shorter.

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Hello Steven, yes my Mango is also most definately a Kent as they are the nicest ones we get over here.

Just re-read my last post and spotted the mistakes in last paragraph, oops!! Meant to say "I find the first 2 are a bit fibrous and I won't buy them but Kent is really smoooooooth and has a really good flavour"....but it seems like you had already worked out what I was meaning to say : )

As for UK prices... a small mango, say of 10cms in length would be around 1$, a larger one of around 15cms may be anything from 3-4$. The organically grown ones come in at 4$+ each. So they are considerably dearer over here than in the USA. I have now learnt to pick a Kent out from the other varieties as I find their appearance quite distinctive, so I can spot them a mile away and make a bee-line for them! We have no shops in our small village, and the only place we get them from is the large supermarkets some 8-10 miles away and they tend to be seasonal, so I look forward to having them come in during our summer months.

We are in early Autumn now so our days are also getting much shorter and cooler, not that it has been hot this summer in the UK....just very, very WET. Think I may well pull Mr Mango into the house this winter as I dont want to lose it after getting it to this stage in it's life. The g/h is heated to keep it frost free, though with not going in every day to check during the winter months, I may well miss something, this way I shall keep an eye on it daily.

Good luck with your mangos, nice to let your son and his little pals see the progress of the ones at school, plus it will keep you on the right side of your wife....always a bonus!!!

Will check back for those pics later on.
Gill.


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mmmmmmh, was interested to see your pics etc but when I click on your link and then afterwards on the pic link, get a msg saying not logged in and not allowed to view this site? Is it me???


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  • Posted by spiiper NSW, Australia (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 14, 07 at 19:34

Well, I've been reading all these posts about germinating a mango from seed and wonder if anyone here could help me with a slightly different problem... We have a huge mango tree in the corner of our garden (I guess it was planted by the previous owner) and it has the most sweetest mangoes I've ever tasted anywhere (not sure what variety it is though). The problem is, the tree grows right over the main sewage pipe and has now cracked it, resulting in the tree having to be removed... It's a real shame and it breaks my heart, as I really love that tree, but action has to be taken and fast, if we don't want to drown in our own gray water... Anyway, I want to make sure that I get a few saplings out of that tree before it goes. It's springtime here and the new shoots are just starting to appear. We won't have time to wait until it has borne fruit so I have to take a cutting. But - can you actually grow mangoes from cuttings??? And how? What is the best part to take? HELP!!! If anyone knows anything at all, I'll be very grateful for the info! I really hate loosing that big tree...


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Hi, just read your post as I've been writing on this one for a while. Sorry I cant help you, but could I suggest you re-do your question on perhaps the 'tropical fruit' forum as it may be more specific to your problem. You may get lucky on here, but as the question is different from this threads title, you may not get folks picking it up so easily here, you could also post a separate thread with a new title on here as a back up though.
Sorry to learn you have lost your lovely tree, I do hope someone helps you.
Regards, Gill.


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Thanks, greenclaws, I have now posted the question under it's own heading. I'm new here and still trying to work my way around... Thanks for the advice - much appreciated!:-)


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Hi all - enjoyed reading this thread. I've got two mango plants that I grew from seed that are about a year old. I wintered them inside and they made it through OK, but I wouldn't say they thrived. We've had recording breaking heat this past summer and they did very well.

They are both around 25" tall. I'm wondering if I will ever be able to plant these outdoors. I live in NC and it does get below freezing here. Good information about eating the first fruiting to keep the tree small. If they have to stay potted, that will be the way to go.

Cheers,

Tom


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hi greenclaws..

you dont have to log in too surf and view pics, dunno what happened!!!, if you just type in www.muslimgrower.com in your browser and from there you can navigate to the "germinating a mango seed thread".. great pics by the way

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Just wondered how everyone elses mango trees are doing? It's gone very cold here in the UK, have sunny days but bitterly cold in the shade, have already had icy windscreens come morning. Mr Mango is safely in the house on the sunniest windowcill, hopefully I shall be able to overwinter it OK. Another set of leaves is growing at this late stage in the season. Am keeping it on the dry side as temps take a dip in the house at night. Hope to hear how everyone else is progressing with theirs.
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I just happened to drop in here when I searched the web for "growing mango". I've put quite a few mango seeds in a pot indoors and it's no problem to make them sprout. That is, as long as you've removed the seed from the husk in the first place. However, here's my problem -- after some months my promising plants tend to develop brown and dry leaves for no apparent reason. The humidity, watering and temperature seem fine and the lighting is (at least) decent for most indoor plants. I've found avocado to be much easier than mango in that they don't wither once they get started. Does anyone have any suggestions why my mangos start out fine and then wither? On-growing seems to be a lot harder than germination.

BTW, I'm in Norway. I just signed up but to get through I had to fake my zip code. The registration accepted Norway but it did not accept a Norwegian zip code. It kept insisting on a zip code until I gave it my US relatives' zip code. That worked. My advice, if you accept non-US member and do insist on zip codes, please accept non-US zip codes :-)


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I was surprised at how easily my mango seed germinated. It was partially sprouted when I opened the pit. I just put it in soil covered it with a baggy and put it in the window. As others have said one day when I was water my other plants I noticed a large shoot. It was a monstrous 4" long and pressed up against the bag. It's currently putting out its second set of leaves. It's just in the mudroom/laundry room. I'm not sure how cold it gets out there. It's been in the 50's several times. I think it sprouted a month or six weeks ago.


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Hello, yes I also found they are easy to get going from seeds. Have also read elsewhere that they can curl up and die without warning but have not found the reason why yet!!! I thought mine was looking good, but on closer inspection last night the new whorl of leaves has fine white powdery stuff on them and one fell off when I touched it just, sigh. Hope this isn't the begining of the end for it. Apart from this it appears healthy and hadn't previously lost any leaves, none have gone brown either. It almost looked like mildew, hope not, any remedies out there?? Guess it may be due to our rapidly falling temps here, down to 2 or 3C at night, brrrr. Here's mine so far
Gill.
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The problem seems to be insects. A close inspection involving the aid of a pair of +3 reading glasses revealed something that resembled cobweb. My banana plant has some small flies living in the topsoil of the planter. I bought a mild insecticide. That may help.


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HP, have no bugs on mine at present and no webbing, just this fine stuff on the tiny new leaves, theres not a lot of it so have wiped it off carefully... could be botrytis or 'grey mould' so am trying to keep the plant warmer and drier as I said.
Have had the webbing you describe along with its resident tiny cream coloured spider mites on my plumerias and this is definately not that....sounds like that was your Mango problem?
The small flies in the banana pot may well be scarid flies (fungus gnats) see the bottom article on this link below which may help you if they persist.
Gill.

Here is a link that might be useful: Scarid Flies


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Hi,
I am new at the forum, I've read the messages and I have the simpliest method to germinate a mango seed, it is known as the 'cup' sistem.

Materials:

1) a coffe cup
2) a fresh and healthy mango seed
3) mineral water
4) kitchen paper
5) film paper

Instructions:

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And here after a week is the result:

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Hi,
I am new at the forum, I've read the messages and I have the simpliest method to germinate a mango seed, it is known as the 'cup' sistem.
Materials:

1) a coffe cup
2) a fresh and healthy mango seed
3) mineral water
4) kitchen paper
5) film paper


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Instructions:












CROSS YOUR FINGERS! an wthin a week you will see a tiny little sprout emerging from the seed


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CARES:
*put the cup in a warm place (25-28C).
*DO NOT expose it to direct sunlight.
*Watch it diarly (take out the film paper to control humidity and to prevent formation of mould in the seed).
*Look at the kitchen paper diarly too! if it is green or smell bad change it for a new one, be careful not to damage the seed.
*When the sprout is about (2-4cm) and has littles lives on it, plant it in a pot with a good potting mix.

Here is an image than maybe it's helpful for you to identify the fruit and the part of a mango tree:


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here is a mango plant, as you can clearly see the hump..


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Hello muslimgrower, what I am saying is that here you can see a method to germinate mango seeds, I tried it and was very useful to me, actually the seed lasted only a week to germinate as yo can see in the photo above.
You should try this method of the cup is really efective.


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HP - I also had brown and curled leaves develop on my mango plant. It got particularly bad when I brought one of my plants to my windowless office and tried to overwinter it under flourescent lights. Other plants do very well in that environment, but not mango. After that I did my best to keep it in a window with natural sunlight. It held on for the winter and then really came back to life during our hot and dry summer here. I removed the brown and curled leaves and it seems to be doing OK (pics above). I hope your plants are salvagable too.


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Regarding the leaves curling up, going brown, brittle and shedding there are numerous suggestions. I did find some bugs on mine and the insecticide seemed to help. If fluorescent light is insufficient I may have a problem since I live at a latitude of 60 degrees north. From now on and until March artificial light is what I've got. I use fluorescent bulbs with wavelengths that are supposed to promote plant growth and throw in some halogen bulbs too. My indoor humidity stays in the 50 percent range, by means of a couple of humidifiers. The most efficient one I made myself. I put an aquarium heater in a bucket and add some tap water each day as the 30 degrees C water evaporates. Tropical plants do not do well with our usual winter indoor (lack of) humidity.

In any event, there are two things to note. Mangos seem to be prone to dying off a couple of months after germination, for no obvious reason. Other tropical plants (avocado, coffee, banana and more) are not that unpredictable. My coffee's doing better than my banana plants but that's slightly beside the point. However, I see new sprouts on one of the mangos that was going down. The insecticide certainly did stop some parasite infection and it may seem that it's a good idea to water the plants less often.
Another side note -- direct sunshine may kill indoor tropical plants too. They skip the ultraviolet protection when it's not needed and sunburn really bad if you put them outside in May. I learned this the hard way. The solution is to ensure a couple of weeks of shade before they will benefit from direct sunlight. In any event, that challenge is quite a few months away :-)


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I scraped the fruit flesh from the seed with a klnife. I then used a knife to pry apart the seed. The embryo was placed in a wet paper towel and into a sealed zip-loc bag. In two days, the embryo had a sprout about 1/2 inch long. I was pleasantly surprised. I then planted the embryo in a large container with the convex side facing up.


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Hi folks, saw the mango thread had reappeared again and just wondered how everyones plants were doing as winter will be soon on its way out and spring is not that far away for us all?
My plant has survived its first winter so far. The last set of leaves didn't materialise, they appeared to go mouldy and drop off at very immature stage back in late October when I last posted. The growth point however is now greening up and I think it will produce some more new leaves soon. I thought it was a gonner as it dried up and looked horribly brown after the baby leaves fell off. Had some issues with scale insects but have sent them packing.
MaizenBD...sounds like you are well on your way to growing a nice mango plant! Lots of info on this thread. Good luck and keep us posted.
Gill.


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I dont know if anyone has ever tried this, but i have many different seeds in a toaster oven set to 70 degrees (spring-like weather). This is only the first week of my 'experiment' so ill see how it goes. I figured it was the same principle as using heating mats. On the down side, my outdoor mango seedling was completely defoliated by my annoying cockatiels! the mango had grown from a tossed seed inside of an outdoor bird cage/aviary. It had already made it past its first winter without any protection and without any cold damage, but right when i sang victory, the cockatiels found it and completely shred it to pieces! As they did the king palm seedling, white bird of paradise and several other plants, maybe its just that they are looking for nesting materials.


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Hi, Muslim grower I tried your baggie method and kep't on my window sill for a while now and no roots or a shoot.When I took it out of the mango shell it had spilt but still nothing. It's been a few months. I need another method from somebody.

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Darn, and I keep throwing the germinated mango seeds away!
Where I live I figure it will be too much effort to get it to grow well, and there'd be absolutely no hope for fruit.

After I've enjoyed my mango, I give the pit to my worms in their worm bin and let them clean off the pit. It takes a while, (month?) but they germinate, one with just a shoot, the other had a young white with slightly green shoot and then what appears to be a developing root system on the other end. It's nice and warm and moist in the vermi bin, so that must be why, plus no molding since the bugs and worms take care of the decomposing mess.

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Not yet! But I always live in hope Kioni..haha! Mine's a Kent seedling and has just overwinterered for the first time, kept indoors of course here in the UK. It's around 18inches high and just coming back to life again. Have occasional probs with scale insects but apart from that I'm really pleased with it so far. I love to eat Mangoes and can't resist taking a peek at the seed inside the husk, many of which I find have already started to germinate 'in fruit' so to speak.
Tasty, I just open the husk and place the seed between wet tissues in a sealed plastic take away box, then put this in a warm space above the water heater and away they go. If you can find one that's already started, all the better. Think you will be better to carefully open the husk and remove the actual 'kernel' if you didn't already do that, hope this helps, good luck.
Gill.


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I just finished removing the husk from a mango seed. That's the hardest I have ever worked to get to a seed!

Seriously, my arthritic fingers can barely type. I have a couple of nasty cuts from the screwdriver slipping.

However, I was successful in extracting the seed. I potted it since I have never had any luck using the baggie method to germinate seeds. I always end up with a nice bag of mold.

Our humidity is over 90% now. Temps are in the upper 70's to lower 80's at night with daytime in the lower 90's. I just put the potted seed out on my carport with the other germinating seeds and seedlings. Hope this works!


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Good news, I checked on my seed inside my Zip loc bag which is inside some damp paper towels that it is turning slightly yellow and has a small root. I can't wait until it devolps a stem.
Thanks everybody

Tasty


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Hello ... I went to the supermarket last month and i took 5 well made mangoes ... i kept 3 seeds and i tried the "cup" method ... It worked ... I had 3 mango seeds with 3 big roots and 3 small stems ... They were looking good and i potted all three ... i gave one to my cousin and one to my aunt ... I kept the biggest for me ... :) ... It is looking good ... it has like 3-4 cm ( i really don't know how to work with inches and feet ) ... i am trying to keep it at a temperature between 20 - 22C ( i think 66 - 71F ) ... I need an answer if the temperature is good ... and also what is the minimum temp where mango trees die ... by the way it hasn't got a lot of sun so i hope it won't bee a problem ... please answer back ... I could put a picture if i know how ...

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I would like to try growing a mango tree, but it has to be inside my house (it would die in the New york winter). I am space constrained, - can anyone recommend a type of mango that grows into a dwarf or medium size tree? I intend on keeping it in a pot, but I only have 9 foot ceilings (I know i'm beeing optimistic here!) Any suggestions greatly appreicated.


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HELP!!
I have 4 mango seeds, 2 in cup with dirt, 2 in yogurt containers,wrapped in paper towl with saran wrap, they all have roots, but i haven't gotten one stem. Am i supposed to move it into a pot with soil after they get a root? Also, WHEN do i move the seeds in the yogurt cups into a pot with dirt? DO i wait till i get a stem, or until the root gets to a specific length or gets branched. Thank you for your help


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As I wrote a long time ago the germination part is really easy. I've tried the wet paper towel approach but most of my little mangos started out as a seed put directly into moist soil. My problem is to get them going after they've sprouted a few leaves. My guess is that they suffer from some kind of deficiency when the nutrition "starter kit" in the seed has been depleted. It might be a lack of some minerals. Any suggestions?


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I have been reading through this website ever since I got the idea to germinate a mango seed and see how far I could get growing it. Right now I am hopping back and forth from the Minnesota and Michigan area so I do not have any big expectations but it has been fun to try. Here is my latest picture of the mango tree.


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Hello Mr G....it will grow quite quickly from now on, mine did even here in the UK! Mine is a Kent variety. It was planted in Jan 07 and now looks like this. It's about 18 in tall I guess and is going through a growth spurt at the moment as its starting to branch with several at the top and a few more sprouting lower down. Let me know when you get a mango...and I'll do the same!!
Gill.

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Greenclaws,

That is an amazing picture! How big is the pot you have it in if you don't mind me asking? I have been worrying about the pot size because of all I've read about how deep the taproot grows and what not. At the same time thought I want to keep it manageable to move in during the winter.

What was your experience with the smaller pot size and do you have any advice for me as I would like to do the same.

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Hi there Mr G, the pot it's in at present is 17cms in diameter and is of a similar height, the plant itself is now around 50cms tall. Didnt spy a tap root when I re-potted, just huge tangled mass of hungry roots. Lives in the g/h presently and feed it once a week with no frills liquid house plant food, has got dose of chicken poo pellets added to the compost though!
This is it in Feb of 2007, not sure of pot size as I didnt take notes on it, but its only gone to the 17cms one in the last few weeks. Trying to keep to minimum size pot as is practical as I need to keep this plant as small as possible as it will have to live in a pot for the rest of its life I guess. No way will I be able to plant it outside here in the UK!!!

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Obviously it didnt grow much over the winter it just had problems with scale insects and spider mites...a real pain in the butt. The whorl of new leaves it did try to push out all fell off and it is only now growing its first set of 2008, along with branches at the top and lower down. Will post again bit later on for you when they have grown on a bit more, in the meantime hope this helps.
I wont be back on computer now till 21st July, but will log onto this thread on my return.
Gill.


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That's really interesting how tall yours got with only the first set of leaves. As you can see from my picture the leaves are taller than the plant itself and it has just kept on producing them.


I only began the germinating back in late may so this guy is about 2 months old since I took the seed out of the pit. It's been really exciting so far though, never thought of doing it until now.


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Hi temperate zone mango growers,

I am really *amused* by your posts, so much so that I just have to comment and share my own experience on growing mangoes from seeds. :)

I live in a tropical country where mature mango trees can be found just about anywhere. Mangoes planted from seed here usually take 7 to 12 years to mature and bear fruit.

Mangoes are large trees in our tropical climate. By the 7th year, mangoes planted from seed will be more than 20ft tall. The reason why they grow so fast here is because there is no 'dormant' period. We only have two seasons, dry season and wet season. (It's like dry summer and wet summer only if you get what I mean.)

Mangoes grow fast here even during dry season were there is little or no rain, and they grow even much faster during the wet season where there is plenty of rain. There is no slow growth period here as they never stop growing.

I think in a four-season climate like yours where the growing period is only half as long as in a tropical climate with two seasons, your mangoes are probably going to take twice as long to mature and bear fruit than if they were planted here.

Also, if you grow them indoors or in a greenhouse, you will have to prune or trim them severely because they can get really large. I think 'HUMONGOUS' is a more appropriate term. :)

A grafted mango tree may be a better option for you because for a mango tree planted from seed, the main trunk will be about 8 inches across in diameter when the tree is already mature enough to bear fruit.

If you want to be successful in growing it in your 'temperate' climate indoors or in a greenhouse, here are 'tropical' climate tips that may help:

1.) Humidity in tropical countries like ours are almost always never lower than 60% and is usually around 75-90% most of the time. 95-100% humidity here is not uncommon but less than 60% humidity is really quite *rare*.

Your mango seedlings therefore are surely going to feel the severe drying effect of your 40% or lower humidity. Their growth will definitely be affected and they will surely show signs of displeasure such as shrivelling and drying of young leaves and buds if the humidity stays that low for extended periods of time.


2)The lowest temperature in most tropical climates like ours is around 22-23 degrees Celsius and our highest temperature is frequently around 32-33 degrees Celsius.

Your mango seedlings are therefore surely going to show severe 'chill' symptoms like stagnant growth when temperatures dip below 18 degrees Celsius or lower for extended periods of time.

Mangoes grow in *full sun* here in our tropical climate. The combined effect of low temperatures, low sunshine, and low humidity is a recipe for disaster. It will surely send them sulking and ultimately dying from a cold, dry atmosphere with limited sunshine if these conditions are not corrected.

This explains the experience of some of you who successfully germinate them but are caught by surprise when they suddenly die after a few months or so.

Anyway, please don't be discouraged. I am posting here not to discourage you but to help you. The more you know about the mango's native environment, the better your chances of growing them and keeping them alive. Just keep on trying and don't give up no matter what other people say. I myself haven't given up growing apples from seeds in my tropical country. (I read they can grow and fruit in the mountains of Indonesia, so why can't they do the same in my area? [I have since been unsuccessful. Apparently, my germinated apple seedlings commit *suicide* just before they turn 1 month old... ;)] You are all much luckier than me with your mangoes having already grown several months old!)

Good luck to you guys and do share your updates! I'm interested in how it all turns out.

tropical

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By the way, here is a photo of my 5+ year old (almost 6 years old) mango tree in my front yard. I expect it to flower and fruit anytime this year or next year. It's huge as expected as mango trees usually grow to be more than 20 ft tall (at least in a tropical climate like ours).


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Tropical, hi there, thanks for the info and your kind words of encouragement! I cannot resist the temptation to plant all manner of seeds etc etc, just for the sheer challenge of getting them to grow. Some seeds/plants I admit have failed miserably, others including my little mango tree are proving me wrong...so far anyway! A few folks have scoffed on reading how we in the UK and surrounds are turning into *zone-pushers* and trying to grow tropicals instead of sticking to our more usual temperate plants, but on the whole we have been commended for trying.
I realise mangoes do grow *rather* large and need much hotter temps than here in the UK to grow sucessfully, however, if I can keep it healthy and in a relatively manageable size pot, I, and it will be happy.
As you point out with our colder seasons, growth will be almost none existant during the winter. However, it did try and put out a couple of new whorls of leaves over the winter but they dried up and fell off. I will try and up the humidity for it as this could have been the reason as it was bought from the g/h into a centrally heated house..it also went down with spider mites as they thrive in dry conditions. It has only just started to put out its first growth of 2008 in the last few weeks and is now romping away. Have read that many do not get through the first winter, so having got this far I hope to eventually get it through its second.
I grow plumerias, a strelitzia, passion flowers, palms, echiums, hoyas and other so called *tropicals*, admittedly most are potted and confined to the g/h...but hey...that's what it's for!!!

Thanks again Tropical for the help etc, Regards... Gill.


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greenclaws - after reading your other post couple weeks ago I was prompted to germinating my own mango seed.

I've been devouring mangoes since I was 5. It's ironic that I never knew what lies inside the hairy husk. I successfully extracted the seed and wrapped it with wet paper towel and now it's sitting in a cup of water covered with a plastic wrap. Hopefully I will see some growth or progress within a week. I am soooo excited!! Will report back later...


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I have noticed that the local Nursery that specializes in Mangoes, sets the Mango seeds to dry in the sun, before planting, they only use these for root stocks, as Grafting is the best way to insure quality of fruit / variety etc. I have tasted store bought Mangoes in the US supermarkets, and they do not compare to the great taste of a good tree ripened Mango. last Month I went to the "feria del Mango" in Bani, and decided I wanted to try out all kinds of Mangoes for taste. I really liked the Palmer variety, its Med/Big, small seed, non stringy and very tasty. Keitt was good too, other named ones locally called "Gota de oro" "Banilejo" are also local favorites, the US market I noticed prefers the non stringy larger varieties, but some of the smaller ones, although stringy, can be some of the best tasting. My ex Father in law, once planted 5 Million Mango trees for the Dictator Trujillo, so this Island has mangoes all over the place. some trees are huge.

I will collect some pics, and add them here in a later post.


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Just wanted to post a picture of my Glenn Mango(grafted) not from a seed. I planted it in a 20" pot when I bought it Sept 06. I live in FL, so I do have high humidity in the summer time. I have to protect it a few days a year in the winter when we have an occasional frost.I just wanted to see if I can grow them in a pot and keep it small. I also have some planted in the ground. I LOVE Mangos...

Keep up the great job everyone, Kudos to all of you that are succesful in growing tropical fruits where you normally wouldn't even try. Its really fun to see them grow and let's face it that's what its all about...


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puglvr1-
That is an awesome looking mango tree in that pot. Picture perfect of what I would love to see happen with mine (but am probably dreaming!). What is the soil composition you've got it in? I am trying to figure out what the best mix is to go with as my plant grows and I re-pot it later.

Thanks!


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Mrgopher, thank you very much for the kind words...I have mine in Al(tapla) soil mix. There's a tons of info, if you do a search on the "Container Forum" under Container potting mix or Al's Mix. Be prepared to do a lot of reading, but it is very informative. I use Turface, Pine Bark fines, crushed granite grit(or very coarse silica sand not play sand) and a very small amount of Peat. The mix is very fast draining and I really love the mix...I water mine often here, this time of year. It is in a growth spurt right now. Hope to get a mango or two next summer? Good Luck with your tree!


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The day I decided to try to grow a mango from a seed was the say I came across this forum. And from then on I've been hooked on this. I make sure to check it every once in a while because I know people will definitely be posting updates on their plant. Anyway thanks to tropical for sharing the stuffs on growing mangoes in the Pi. That's actually how I got hooked on growing my own tree because I missed the local mangoes in the Philippines :(

I used the cup method for all of my seeds. And thankfully I've got four of them growing in different paces. It's wierd thou because one of the seed I grew had the wierdest cotyledon formed inside the husk and when it grew there were like four or five plants in one pot with that one seed. But it's all good. Hopefully at least one of the many in that pot is going to survive. I just wish I could share pictures of my mango plants. I definitely will thou once I figured it out how to. =)


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Mmmmmh, am afraid to report Mr Mango is in decline. It's been sending out lots of branches and batches of new leaves, however, both the new and the old loeaves they keep getting patches of whiteish 'mould' on them. When I rub this off it leaves a kind of translucent patch on the leaf which after a few days turns ugly and brown, it spreads till the whole darned leaf falls off. Whats going on folks, I'm really worried?
Gill.


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greenclaws, Sorry to hear about your mango tree, here is a link to some of the FL diseases that we get here...see if any of them might be what yours has. Could you have some type of aphids or mealy? Check for bugs first specially underneath the leaves. If not it could be some type of Fungal disease...Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: FL mango diseases...


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Hi. I have had 100% germination rate with just letting the seed dry out for a few days and then breaking open the shell (being careful not to disturb the seed inside). I then just plant it in the ground horizontally and have to wait to see something come through the surface. MAKE SURE NOT TO LET YOUR CURIOSITY DIG IT UP, BECAUSE THE TAP ROOT IS VERY FRAGILE! I couldn't resist one day and ended up killing two seeds trying to check on their roots by gently tugging on them. Instead of having slight resistance to tell me that there were roots, the whole tap root snapped off at the base of the seed! Oh, well. I just wanted to share my method and show some pics of some that I didn't kill.

New seedling. Sorry for the bad pic, the camera kept focusing on the background.

Here's a mango that's about 3 or 4 months old.


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Kgriff, great job on that Mango...looks nice and healthy!!


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To those of you who have been experimenting and having fun in cold weather climates (or if you have any ideas or opinions):

Over the summer I've been able to germinate and grow a mango seedling. However being in Western Michigan currently, there's no way it will survive the winter outside. If you have had a mango survive a winter, how did you do it? What kinds of things can I do to be more successful?

Grow lights? Heating pads? Humidifiers?

Any tips would be much appreciated, I have grown quite attached to my little mango tree and would hate to see it die over the winter!


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Check out the tropical fruits forum...several members there are growing mango, lychee,citrus, etc from Ohio, NY, PA, and other cold climates. Do a search, lots of info that hopefully can help you...Good Luck!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Troical Fruit Forum(Search on that forum only)


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hi, I like to thank everybody for the instuructions to germinate a mango seed, and by the way some members had their seedling mango's bloom in 2-3 years with great tasting result and barely any fibre.


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Ok I have a little seedling about 4-5 Inches tall now today I noticed theres another little one growing out of the soil. Is this normal i only have one seed in there? Should I break off the new shoot?


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Does anyone know how to repot mango plants? I'm worried about breaking the tap root.


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Can you 'bonsai' a mango - I'm not thinking SMALL, but something that is within the size confines of a normal home?

Also has anyone tried hydroponics for mango? Is the tap root something that can be worked with after it starts sending out the feathery-light feeder roots?

Comments/info appreciated! THANKS!!


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i love that this started about 5 years ago and ppl are still writing and sharing well
i have four seeds that i got to shoot use a weird methed i saw on a video i rapped them up in pads wet them and let them sit near a window for three to four days and now i have them in pots with just potting soil i bought and clear plastic over them they seem fine and i think its good that im in south cali so its really hot right now and itll be hot most of the year


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I started both my mangoes and avocados by wrapping them in a damp paper towel and placing in a ziplock baggie. I removed the skin from both the avocado pits and the mango seeds, before wrapping them with the damp paper towel. I also replaced the damp paper towel when needed. Now I have two Mango seedlings, and 5 avocado seedlings.
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the two small green mango seedlings on the right are from the smaller yellow mangos commonly found in grocery stores.

i started by taking the seeds out of the hard shell, then wrapped them with a paper towel and kept them wet for about a week till there was a root about 1/2" long. then planted into plastic tubs.

later on, we bought two of the larger green/red variety from the grocery store. left two brownish seedlings. took the seeds out of the hard shell. placed them in a container and covered with water. changed the water everyday for about a week. planted when roots started growing.

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A good way is wrapping the bean (little greenish seed inside the husk) in paper towel, but instead of putting it in a bag, just set it in a shallow tupperware, keep it moist, and in about 3-5 days roots will grow. Make sure you keep it warm! Happy Growing!

~Man-Go


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I have been trying for several years off and on to sprout mango seeds.I now have two that I am trying the "remove from the husk and put in a plastic bag wrapped in a paper towel "method.I see a small bump on each of them and they both seem to be clean and no mold.hopefully these will make it. I have sprouted many different types of seeds,but no mangoes or guavas. it can be discouraging,but I don't give up easily.


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This method is going to sound totally crazy but it works! As soon as you take the pit from the mango, take a knife and carefully split the pit along the side then pry it open with your fingers. Carefully remove the mango seed. Here is the strange part but just trust me on this method cause it hasn't failed me yet. Take a large maxi-pad and unwrap it. Lay the mango seed on the maxi-pad then pour water over the entire maxi-pad. After you have done that, roll the seed up in the maxi-pad and put it in a plastic baggy and it it outside or in the window seal (outside works best). After about 1-2 weeks, the seed will have sprouted. At that point, you can plant the seed and only leave the sprout exposed. Now water the newly planted seed with a fertilizer and your mango tree will begin to grow quickly.


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  • Posted by Omelio South Miami Fl. (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 24, 11 at 21:21

I have read so many different methods of planting a mango seed, that is not funny, I want to know if seeds left out to dry for several days will still germinate and if kept in a refrigerator for several days would damage the enbryo.
I have plenty of seeds from my tree, I have planted some in wet paper towels, in germinating mix and in miracle grow, all were left outdoors with plenty of sun and enough water to keep the soil moist, I have one that sprouted and is about 6 inches high (planted in a mixture of miracle grow and germinating soil that I bought at a nursery supply), today I was checking and found four that are starting to grow roots, also very interesting was that I had a fruit that was extremely ripe, almost rotting, I opened to get the
seed and then the embryo and to my surprise it had roots about 3 inches already growing, I tried the same with 5 other mangos and they had nothing growing (this were in the refrigerator for several days) I had a another mango very ripe also but kept in a basket and when opened also had roots about two and a half inches growing already, I planted all of them in pots with germinating soil and put them in the garage, Do I need to keep them inside even living in Miami? please help me with ideas, I have planted 45 seeds so far in the last 3 weeks.


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I've been fortunate enough to have my seeds sprout inside the fruit as it rippened! my question of concern is one of the sprouts has formed a hard black tip and seems to have stopped growing. Do I clip the tip off? what should I do? HELP!!!


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Im really struggling, i live in perth but its only been low twnties, is it too cold for germination?


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very much to cold use a heating pad you will have better results


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You shouldn't have any problems in Perth in a sheltered place. It's your minimum temps that might still be a bit low, so indoors overnight. Or are you planting direct in the ground? And are you seriously wanting fruit, or is this just an interest in getting something up from seed? If it's particularly the fruit you're after it would be better to buy a grafted plant from a nursery. Less waiting, and sureness of the type of fruit you'll get.


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tropicbreezent

mainly just for the satisfaction, fruit would be an added bonus.

i am planting in small pots its been about 12 days, but quite cold compared with usual, are they dead or should i leave them?

and whats the zip lock bag technique?


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I thought your temp would be reasonable by this time of year, although I'm near Darwin, so you sometimes get as bit out of touch with down south. I'd give them a bit longer. If you want to, you can put some in ziplock bags. That holds in moisture and moderates the temps a little. Keep them on top of the fridge, it's warmer there over night. You need to wash them regularly, to freshen the moisture around them, change the air, and reduce the build up of fungus, etc. I wouldn't just leave them sealed in the bags until they germinate.

From seeds it can take 7 or more years to get fruit. Grafted trees produce fruit within a year or two. You'll sometimes see grafted fruit in the nurseries with flowers/fruit already on them.

Also, with seed plants you never know what sort of fruit you're going to get. Seeds never produce true to the parent plant.


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Thanks

ive just got about a 1/2 cm sprout on one in a ziplock bag, when should i plant it out?


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I checked your temps and your nights are still a bit cool. You could pot the seed now but bring it inside overnight. Don't let it get wet and cold. Enough water to keep the soil just damp. When you start getting those easterlies blowing check that your plant doesn't dry out too much. Young small plants are more susceptible to dehydration.


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hey there all.well sadly alphonso mango season is finished and the uk is dry till next year. all that remains of the debauchery is a load of pips. ive got a nice warm conservatory and figured id grow a mango for decoration more than anything.so im opening the pips to get the seeds out and into bags of moist compost when i find this in one of the seeds.not so sure what it is but its made a nice home in the seed and its alive though not fully developed.will try keep it alive though im sure ive got no chance now the seed is in the open.it'll probs die as soon as it realizes bristol in is a long way from home.im guessing its a mango weevil. are these dangerous to agriculture in the uk or would they not survive?


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hey there all.well sadly alphonso mango season is finished and the uk is dry till next year. all that remains of the debauchery is a load of pips. ive got a nice warm conservatory and figured id grow a mango for decoration more than anything.so im opening the pips to get the seeds out and into bags of moist compost when i find this in one of the seeds.not so sure what it is but its made a nice home in the seed and its alive though not fully developed.will try keep it alive though im sure ive got no chance now the seed is in the open.it'll probs die as soon as it realizes bristol in is a long way from home.im guessing its a mango weevil. are these dangerous to agriculture in the uk or would they not survive?


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Best to check with your agricultural department. Some insects can cope with a wide range of climates, better to be sure.


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