Mangoes are fun fruit to work with. They’re easy to grow in the right environment, which can be created in any home. All you need is a plastic sandwich bag, a wet paper towel and a dark place to hide it for a while. There are a few different ways to start the seed. Not all seeds will grow but ninety- nine percent of the time they will.
Carefully open the fuzzy pod that contains the seed. A sharp knife may be needed to pry the pod open. Be careful to not cut or damage the seed inside. Save the pod to create an unusual fuzzy animal.
Wrap the seed in a wet paper towel and place it in the sandwich bag. Place the bag in a dark area such as under a cabinet or in any area that is usually dark most of time. It will take a few weeks for the seed to begin to sprout. Check the bag every few days to make sure the towel remains wet.
Once you see a sprout that is about 1/2 inch long, it can safely be placed in a flower pot with good black potting soil. Don’t add any plant food or chemicals until the seed has been growing for at least six months.
When the plant has reached the height of one or two feet, pinch off and trim the stem to promote fuller growth. If it’s left to grow without stemming the growth it will grow straight up to a height of several feet, with one tall stem, and will begin to lean over.
The mango seed can also be started in a small pot of potting soil, but it must be kept damp. This can be done by watering it thoroughly and covering the pot securely with plastic wrap. Place the pot in a dark spot such as under the sink and allow it to remain there several weeks. When you see a sprout of about one inch, it’s safe to bring it out to a sunny window. Keep the soil slightly damp.
In warm climates they can be placed outside to continue growing. In other areas that have seasonal cold weather, the plants should be brought inside for the winter. It is a tropical plant so the closer you can keep the plant to tropical temperatures the better chance you have of growing a full, healthy plant.