How to Plant a Mango Seed


Mango is a sweet, juicy tropical fruit that can be grown from seed in the more temperate regions of the United States where there is no frost. Southern California and Florida are two regions were mango trees can thrive.

Step 1

Cut all the fruit off the mango seed.

Step 2

Scrub the seed with a stiff scrubbing brush to remove all of the remnants of fruit.

Step 3

Fill a cup with water and put the clean seed in the cup. The water should cover most, but not all, of the seed.

Step 4

Place the sup in a warm windowsill.

Step 5

Change the water daily.

Step 6

When the seed starts to sprout, dig a hole in the ground. Plant the seed and fill the hole with potting soil, being careful not to cover the sprout.

Step 7

Water. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't overwater the soil which can rot the roots. When you are transplanting mango trees, be careful not to damage the root ball. Mango trees are very sensitive and may die even if you just shake the dirt off the root ball during the transplant process.

Things You'll Need

  • Mango seed (or mango)
  • Stiff scrubbing brush
  • Cup
  • Water
  • Potting soil
  • Shovel


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Keywords: Mango tree, Tropical tree, Growing mango trees

About this Author

Thomas K. Arnold is the publisher and editorial director of "Home Media Magazine" and a regular entertainment contributor to various publications including "USA Today," "The Hollywood Reporter" and "San Diego Magazine." He has written travel stories for "San Diego Magazine," the "San Diego Union" and the Copley News Service. Arnold attended San Diego State University.