Everyone wants to know how to grow mango from seed, but is it actually doable, and if so, will it grow in your climate? As you may already know, mangoes are a tropical fruit, and, therefore need a tropical or subtropical climate to grow in.
The mango tree needs lots of light and warmth, and is best suited for USDA zones 10 through 13. Alternatively, you can also grow a mango tree from seeds in a greenhouse or even indoors provided the tree has grow lights and the temperature is warm enough! If you want to learn more about how to grow mango from seed, keep reading this easy to follow gardening guide!
How to Grow Mango From Seed
Procuring a Mango Seed:
There are two ways to procure a mango seed:
1. Use a seed from a mango purchased from your local grocery store.
2. Order a mango seed online (best option).
Using the seed from a store mango can be a bit tricky because you don’t know exactly where it came from, or even if it’s a viable growing seed. We always recommend you buy seeds from a reputable seed distributor, and mango seeds are NO exception!
If you do decide to grow a mango tree from a store bought mango seed, read these instructions on how to plant mango from seed!
Planting The Seed:
- Prepare a big pot with soil and mix in some organic material such as compost.
- Plant the seed and set the pot in an area with partial sun. The seeds will first need to acclimatize itself to the sun before it can be moved.
- Once the seedling has developed strong and healthy roots, you may transplant it directly into the ground. Choose a site with full sun.
- The thickness at the base of the trunk should be about 5cm or 2.5 inches.
- Dig a hole that’s three times the size of the trunk, or, transplant to a bigger pot.
- To the soil medium, add 1/3 good quality potting mix, 1/3 garden sand, and the dirt that you just dug up.
- Plant into the hole and pat down. Water well.
Mango Tree Care:
- Water your tree on a regular basis depending on your climate.
- Fertilize young trees (first year trees) with 1-2 pounds of slow release fertilizer of 10-20-20. Divide this into 3 or 4 applications just before flushes of growth.
- Once the tree matures, fertilize twice a year: once before flowering and once again after the mangoes have been harvested.
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