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Potting up Mango from seed.

25 Jan

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My mango seed #2 is looking good. I know most people will wait until it starts rooting and growing leaves before putting it in soil but I have had bad success transferring sprouting seeds in that way so I decided to pot it up already.

Also there is some debate as to which direction to orient the seed in the dirt. Some say flat, some say rounded end down. I figured in the “wild” the seed will always lay flat so I went with flat.

Here he is! Last time I will see the seed!

Hopefully in a few weeks I will see a shoot rising from the soil. I used organic Happy Frog potting mix.

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Both Mango seeds are sprouting now!

15 Jan

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The darker one is the first seed attempt and I am surprised to see it sprouting too as to be honest, it looks kinda rotten!

Mango from seed sprouting already!

10 Jan

The first attempt seed is still not doing anything after three days in the ziplock bag. However, attempt #2 which I only started yesterday is already sprouting! It soaked in water for a little over 24 hrs and I just wrapped it in a damp paper towel and put it in a ziplock. Check out these pics ­čÖé how exciting!
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Growing mango from seed. Attempt #2

8 Jan

I checked on the mango seed I started a couple of days ago (First attempt) and the paper towel was all brown so I changed it out with a fresh one. That seed was dark brownish in some areas when I pulled him out. As I don’t know if this was normal, and I still had another organic mango left, I decided to have another seed going at the same time. Here are the pics from my seed number two!

This one was a lot easier to get out. Knowing where the to look for a seam helps so if you want to try this, maybe get a couple of mangoes so first one you can experiment on and if you mess up, you have a back up.

I scrapped at the narrow edges of the mango seed husk until I saw the seam. The first attempt I spent a long time cleaning the slippery mango and fibers off the husk. No need. Just use a butter knife and scrape at the sharp edge until you see what looks like a seam. If you can’t see it, try the opposite sharp edge of the husk.

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed pry opened with a butter knife.

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed pry opened with a butter knife.

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed - This inner seed had a papery cover on it.

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed - inner seed with papery cover

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed - inner seed with papery cover

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed -papery cover removed. Here is the inner seed next to the tasty fleshy mango

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Growing Mango from Seed - Husk of Mango seed removed -papery cover removed. Here is the inner seed next to the tasty fleshy mango

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Growing Mango from Seed - Inner Seed soaking in a cup of water. Will leave this one over night, then wipe it down, and wrap loosely in damp paper towel, then place in ziplock bag and then the hard part - wait!

Growing mango from seed. Attempt #1

7 Jan
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Growing Mango from seed

I decided to try to sprout a mango seed. With a little research online, I decided cutting the seed open was a quicker and more successful method than just trying to scrape all the the hairy fibre off and trying to sprout the whole thing.
So this is what I did –
1) Eat tasty organic mango from Trader Joes. Yum!

2) wash seed and remove as much slippery mango from seed as possible.

3) look for a seam down the thin end of the seed where it narrows. This is the seam of the outer husk of the inner seed.

4) insert a knife carefully and not deep so I didn’t damage the inner seed and then carefully pry open the outer husk where inside is a smaller, more delicate seed.

5) It was a little tricky at first, but then my seed just kinda popped out after opening the husk. And it was a little blackened. I do not know if this is normal as this is the first time I have tried this. Here he is!

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Inner seed from inside the husk, inside the mango!

Not the best looking specimen but there appears to be an area where it will probably start sprouting from.

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6) soak the seed in water over night. Here’s my soaked seed.

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Soak Mango seed overnight.

7) Rinse and wrap in moist kitchen paper and leave in zip lock baggy. .

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mango seed wrapped in moist paper towel in a zip lock bag. hope this guy will grow!

8) check on baggy every few days. Make sure it stays moist.

So hopefully in a week or so I will see some growth!
Keep watching this space!