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I've been interested lately in growing fruit trees, but my local nursery didn't have any mango trees for sale.  Later, while enjoying mango, inspiration struck and after a little internet research, I was convinced that I could start a tree from a mango seed/pit/stone.  I don't know of this new tree will ever bear fruit, but it's been fun to start.

My ultimate plan is to keep the tree small (6-8 feet) by regular pruning and keep it in a container that I can bring indoors over the cold winter months.  With any luck, it will eventually bear fruit...we'll see.
 
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Step 1: Eat your mango

I'm sure there are a hundred ways to cut a mango - The pictures show my own preferred method - but anything that gets the pit from the middle works for now.  One the pit is out, get as much of the mango flesh off as possible.  I find it easiest to gently scrape it with a knife and rinse regularly.

Step 2: Cut Open the Pit

The pit is a protective shell around the actual seed, and you want to get the seed out without damaging it.  If you look at the side of the pit, you can see in the pictures that the pit is significantly thicker where the seed is, and should be quite thin at the end where the stem originally connected the fruit to the tree.

I used a heavy chefs knife to cut the stem end off the pit.  Please be careful!  It takes a fair bit of force to cut through.
Just prune out the main growing branch from the middle and tip regularly to keep it under 25'. You can plant some more up and when they get big enough try your hand at grafting from other peoples mature wood mango. There's lots of info about this online , I have around 100 mangoes about 25 different cultivars. And tasting different, I have one that tastes just like coconut cream, and one that tastes like lemon, orange, melon, and even peach cobbler! seriously!
Excellent instructable! I wish I seen this sooner, My mango is only an inch tall, and has never seen soil. Its healthy green leaved, and has a 2 inch root. I'm sure its ready to transplant. What type of soil do you recommend, Or should i just take a shovel to the yard? :D

I just took the see out of the pit, folded it in napkin and placed it in a side salad bowl with lid from mcd's and watered enough to saturate the napkin, but no standing water at all. I'm too impatient for the wait and wait :D a clear lid is fast viewable result. My first (green) grew stem first, second (tan like yours) grew root first.
You can do all of this by hand if you feel like it. There is a rounded side of the mango pit opposite of that its pretty thin. You can extract the seed without any need for a knife in this part or the last. If you pull the hairs out along that thin side, It can be tough.. Paper towel will prevent slipping. When thats done squeeze the ends together and the seed will drop out.
After you trim the meat off, A stiff bristle brush will take off whats left pretty easy.
dchall82 years ago
Not to be a simple buzzkill, but mango trees are not like apple trees.  The come with a few warnings:

Look at the images of mango trees at Google Images. Note that they might have over 1,000 pounds of fruit all ripening at the same time. When I say same time, I mean the same hour of one day.  If you do not get them all picked in time, they will all fall on the ground at once. If your tree overhangs a driveway and they drop overnight (yes, all at one time), you will be shoveling fruit for a few hours before work.

When you pick a mango off the tree, be very careful not to get any of the sap on you.  Like many tropical fruits, the sap will burn your skin and make black spots on your clothes.  Many people are allergic to the sap and will develop a rash.  It is best to cut a branch with many fruits on it and be careful that you don't break the fruits off.  The sap seems to squirt from the fruits.  If the sap from one fruit gets on the other fruits, it will rot the fruits it touches. 
dchall8 - I had to laugh...I spend time on the Honduran island of Roatan, where there are LOTS of mango trees. The locals don't do much with the fruit for the very reasons you mention. In fact, the local saying is, "It is wonderful if your neighbor has a mango tree and you don't!" And you are very right - the tree produces a LOT of mangoes, and they all seem to ripen at the same time. If anyone successfully grows a tree following these steps, be sure to search Instructables for some recipes and be ready to work!
timm.tanner (author)  dchall82 years ago
I hope that by keeping the tree small I won't have to deal with too much fruit at once. I plan to permanently keep the tree in a container and prune it to maintain a size of 6-8 feet. This may prevent the tree from ever fruiting, I'm not sure, but it should definitely keep the total fruit volume under control.

Thanks for the information about the sap...i didn't know that. I'll definitely be careful if I ever get a chance to harvest anything.
We have lots of Mango trees here in Asia and they don't have to be so big to have fruits. Hope Fredrich is doing well?
timm.tanner (author)  Pane-Bistecca1 year ago
Good to hear that the trees don't have to be too big to bear fruit! I'm planning on two new trees next season to encourage cross pollination and we'll have to see how it goes.
coffekid1 year ago
soo, is Fredrich doing all right?
timm.tanner (author)  coffekid1 year ago
He was doing quite well, actually, until we brought him in to the house for the winter. He probably would have been fine if our new dog hadn't eaten him. A sad day for me. I do plan to give this another go once mango's are back in season and available.
jcbeaver72 years ago
i've sprouted 3 mango trees within the last year, and somehow they all die after they have about 4 leaves..... it might be because i forgot to water the first 2 plants..... but the third one just died....
Ailina2 years ago
What I envy the most is you have your own fruit tfee,I want one too...
timm.tanner (author)  Ailina2 years ago
Yeah...I'm pretty excited about it myself. Thanks!
Odingawd2 years ago
We are giving birth here right?
mr.frob2 years ago
I will have to do this too! Who doesn't want their own mango tree??
timm.tanner (author)  mr.frob2 years ago
Thanks. I actually planted a second in hopes that they could cross pollinate and encourage fruiting. Here's hoping.
blurpblurp2 years ago
here (france), during a beautiful spring day, we had a surprise finding a mango "tree" and few avocado trees in the pile of compost since that day we have a few still living, however they didn't grew more than fifty centimeter in two years :)
timm.tanner (author)  blurpblurp2 years ago
Sounds pretty interesting. Have they ever born fruit? I should think that at 50cm they are too small.
timm.tanner (author) 2 years ago
Thanks, all, for your kind words
Lilblue2 years ago
Good job but I have never seen a mango three inside (but I used to live in a country where you don't need to put them inside ;p ). Hope you will eat mango one day ^^
Keep us updated !
I wanna do it!
I <3 this!
Thank you!
This is awesome! I'm going to have to try this next time. :D