Introduction: How to Grow a Mango Tree
Mangos, especially here in North Carolina, are very expensive (about $1.50 each) and are not usually good. So I decided to grow one. I looked up how to grow one from seed, but I never found a clear description of how you would. So I improvised and tried my own way. Although the success rate is about 20%, it is very easy and I do have two tiny mango trees.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
All you need to grow a mango is: Ã¢ÂÂ¢A mango Ã¢ÂÂ¢Paper towels Ã¢ÂÂ¢A plastic bag Ã¢ÂÂ¢A pot with soil You will not need the pot or soil for a couple of weeks.
Step 2: Get the Seed
Eat the mango any way you like but save the pit. Once you have gotten the pit out of the mango, clean it off first by eating the rest of the "meat" and the scrubbing it under a faucet. After you have dried the pit, pull out the little hairs on the side. Keep on pulling until they rip off. After lots of pulling, you will have a hole that you should use to open the shell with. After you have it open, pull out the seed. It might look a little ugly. The seed sizes can range from the size of a quarter to the size of your palm.
Step 3: Germinate the Seed
Once you have the seed out of the pit, wet a paper towel. Put the seed on one half of the paper towel and fold the rest on top of it. If you have more than one put them side by side. I would not recommend more than two per bag. Then, put the paper towel with seeds inside the plastic bag and blow up the bag. Then set the bag near a window.
Step 4: Plant the Seedling
Wait for the seed to sprout, which may take a couple weeks. Be warned: the paper towel may look disgusting. If you planted one and the bag is moldy, throw it out. If you planted two and the whole thing is moldy, throw it out; but if you planted two and only half is moldy, don't throw it out. After it has sprouted, take it out of the bag and plant it in good soil. Be careful not to disturb the roots. Be sure to give it full sunlight and lots of water.