How to Grow a Mango Tree or Plant

Overview

The mango has become, over the last 100 years or so, one of the most familiar domesticated trees grown on the doorsteps and in the small orchards of homes throughout sections of the Mediterranean region and the lowlands of the tropical world. Individuals have propagated the fruit by cross-breeding, resulting in hundreds of varieties. You can grow mangoes anywhere where winter temperatures do not drop below 40 degrees and the elevation is below 12 thousand feet above sea level.

Step 1

Select a ripe mango and slice off the meat of the fruit. Clean as much of the fruit material off the seed as possible by rubbing it under running water. Allow the seed to dry while you prepare the potting soil.

Step 2

Make a mix of equal parts of sand and potting soil and fill a one-gallon flowerpot with the mix. Water it until the water drains from the bottom.

Step 3

Bury the seed with the concave side down under an inch of soil. Tamp the soil down with your palm to make good soil contact. Add more water as needed to keep the soil moist.

Step 4

Place the pot in a warm and sunny spot where it will stay around 75 degrees Fahrenheit and get 10 to 12 hours of sunlight per day. You can expect the seed to germinate within two to three weeks. Your mango plant should be able to stay in the gallon pot for the first year of growth.

Step 5

Transplant it to a larger pot, or into the ground for a permanent home, when it gets too large for the container.

Things You'll Need

  • Mango
  • Potting mix (equal parts sand, potting soil)
  • Flower pot (1 gallon)

References

  • Purdue University: Mango
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Home Fruit Production - Mango
Keywords: growing mango plant, germinating mango seed, planting mango tree

About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and eHow.com. Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.