Mango seed update 2

Did you know that I've been germinating some mango seeds? I've posted about this a couple of times before (here, and here), and it's time for another update. As a quick recap, I wrapped the giant seeds in wet paper towels, put them into ziploc bags, and placed them in a warm place: on top of my grow light fixture.

Then I pretty much forget about them for a few weeks at a time. Since it's been a few weeks since I last looked at them (with one exception), today I took a close look.


One of the plants has been out of the plastic bag for a couple of weeks. I've left it wrapped in its now-starting-to-disintegrate paper towel, and it's been sitting in a container with a small amount of water in it to keep it moist.

It's doing pretty well, but needs to get into some soil!

This is what the bagged seeds look like:

Today was the first day I unwrapped all of the other seeds in quite a while, and this is what I found:


This is what each wrapped seed looks like:

Not too promising, until you look at it from the right direction:

So they're all doing great! Well, except for this one:

This one looks way too dark compared to all of the others.

As you can see, it has not germinated, and in fact is quite moldy:

Straight into the garbage with that one, but I think four small mango plants is plenty for me:

Especially since I'll have to grow these as houseplants.

Actually, four is more than plenty -- it's too many! If all of them survive, I'm going to have to give away a few of them for sure. Maybe I'll make them part of a plant trade...

In any case, I'm excited about my new little mango plants!

If you're interested in trying this, it's super simple. Here's my post on what I did.


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (July 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM)  

Alan, I was inspired by your earlier posts (like so many times) and stuck a mango seed in a pot of soil. No signs of leaves yet but I want to try growing a mango tree as a house plant as well.

Alan  – (July 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM)  

I forgot to mention that the mango seed I put outside in a pot of soil hasn't shown any signs of germination yet. I haven't dug it up, but there's no growth or evidence of roots.

You may want to try the plastic bag method.

NotSoAngryRedHead  – (July 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM)  

Impressive seeds call for impressive germination! Congrats on your success! :D

Rock rose  – (July 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM)  

Darn it! I forgot, just threw away a mango seed last night. I can't remember if you really scrubbed off all the flesh before putting it in the bag. I would be afraid of mold forming. What kind was the mango variety?

Alan  – (July 15, 2011 at 4:49 PM)  

There's nothing to scrub -- you pry the hairy pit open to get the seed out.

I don't know what variety it was. They're not labeled here. When I researched, trying to figure it out, there seems to be one main variety that is sold in most of the US... so I would guess it was that kind... except I can't remember what it was.

Janet  – (July 16, 2011 at 1:44 AM)  

Very impressive. I presume it will do better as a house plant and you won't expect any fruit? Mind you reading your blog anything is possible...

Rock rose  – (July 17, 2011 at 7:23 PM)  

didn't realize it was inside of the pit. Must look next time.

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