grow a mango from seed
The popular Bowen mango, also known as Kensington Pride, can be grown easily from seed, and the best thing is that most of the seedlings are identical to the parent. That’s because this is one of the mango varieties termed polyembryonic, which means that one seed can produce multiple seedlings that are mostly identical.
Before planting the seed, your first job is to eat the mango! Next, clean as much of the flesh from the seed husk as possible and leave it to dry for a few days. Carefully make a cut in the pointed end to allow moisture to penetrate and initiate germination. Sow the punctured seed in a pot of sandy seed-raising mix. Water your seed and leave in a warm, shaded position. Seedlings will appear after a few weeks. Choose one strong seedling to plant in a prepared spot. As the tree grows, remove the bottom branches to keep it in good shape.
A seedling mango takes about five years to fruit, and grows bigger than a grafted tree, so it may not be suited to small gardens. But it’s very rewarding to propagate, grow to maturity and then eat fruit from your own home-grown tree.