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.
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.
Step 3: Pry the Pit Apart
Carefully pry the pit halves apart to reveal the seed inside.