grow a mango from seed

Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

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.

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