Even when we lived on Guam, I don't remember any of my mango experiments taking off the way this one has. I planted the seed four days ago and it is now 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. When I planted this Manila Mango in the grow bag there was a slight root bulge but no stem.
Here is how I start mangos --
- Find one that you like in the store.
- Eat it and save the pit, removing as much of the flesh as you can.
- Set the pit on a plate to dry.
- Once the pit is dry, carefully cut around the edges of the shell. I often use wire cutters or sometimes pruning shears. (It's okay if the pit looks a little gross.)
- Gently pry open the pit and remove the seed from the shell.
- Continue to be gentle as you wrap the seed in a damp (but not soggy) paper towel.
- Put the damp paper towel and seed into a plastic sandwich bag. Leave it on the table next to your favorite chair and check it every few days for signs of growth.
- Once the seed looks like it is about to push out roots, place it with the root bulge facing down on top of the potting soil.
- Cover the seed with about half an inch of loose soil.
- Place your pot with the seed in a sunny and warm spot.
- Water. (I added some organic Neptune's Harvest FS118 Fish & Seaweed Blend Fertilizer 2-3-1 to the water but I think the real reason why this mango shot up so rapidly was the warm and damp South Florida spring weather.)
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