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How to Germinate Mango Seeds At Home
To those who want to try growing a mango tree, it’s good to learn how to germinate mango seeds first. This might be a little surprising for some people, but germinating a mango seed is just a piece of cake.
After you have enjoyed the sweetness of your store-bought mangoes, follow the simple procedure below on how to germinate mango seeds.
1. Dry the Mango Pit
The pit or husk is the thin covering that protects the mango seed. Remove as much pulp and fiber around the pit. Let the pit air-dry for a few days. It’s easier to remove seeds from air-dried mango husks. Do not sundry as the heat can damage the seed inside the pit.
2. Remove the Seed from the Pit
Take the air-dried husks and pry them open with a shucking knife (a paring knife will also do). Don’t stick the knife deep into the husk as it will pierce the seed inside. Remove all the seeds from their husk. Discard wrinkled and discolored seeds. Viable seeds are white in color, bean-shaped, and smooth.
3. Soak the Viable Seeds
Take a clean bowl and fill it with water. Gently put the seeds into the bowl one by one. Do not overcrowd the bowl. Let the seeds soak for at least 10 days. Make sure to replace the water and clean the bowl every two days. This is to avoid mold formation.
4. Let the Seeds Sprout
Roots and stems will visibly shoot forth once the mango seeds have been soaked in water for about two weeks. Check on the seeds but do not constantly disturb their position. This ruins the sprouting tiny roots.
5. Transplant the Seed
Once the seedlings have developed, they are ready to be transplanted to pots filled with nutrient-filled potting media. The potted seedlings should be transplanted to the ground once they have outgrown their pots.
Mango trees thrive in tropical countries and areas with a subtropical climate. For places that experience four seasons, the best time to transplant your new mango seedlings is at the beginning of summer. A lot of home gardeners have started to master how to germinate mango seeds and can now successfully grow mango seedlings even in cold seasons. Mangoes, like other common fruit trees, are possible to be cultivated in a humble garden as long as they are properly taken care of.
There are five easy steps on how to germinate mango seeds. Like any other plants, growing a mango tree need time, commitment, and patience. It might take some time before your mango tree starts its fruit-bearing capacities. But once you have successfully germinated, planted, and grown your mango seedling, the satisfaction you can get is just as sweet as its fruit.
Hi there! I’m Lucy – founder of GardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.