How to Grow Mango Trees Indoors


Next time you enjoy a fresh mango, plant the seed, and before you know it you'll have a lovely, exotic plant covered with masses of shiny, dark green leaves. Although mango seeds are easy to grow and make great houseplants, unless you live in a warm, tropical climate or you own a greenhouse, the plant will probably never bear fruit.

Step 1

Eat a ripe mango, and save the seed. Wash the seed under warm water to remove the fruit and pulp that clings to the seed, and then dry the seed on a paper towel.

Step 2

Scrub the seed with a stiff brush or a piece of sandpaper and put the seed in a jar of warm water. Scrubbing the seed will help the water to permeate the hard layer of the seed.

Step 3

Put the jar in a warm place for two weeks, and change the water in the jar every other day to keep it fresh. If the mango seed sprouts, go ahead and plant it.

Step 4

Fill a 6-inch pot with potting soil. Any pot with a drainage hole in the bottom will work. Spray the potting soil until it's wet clear through.

Step 5

Plant the mango seed about an inch deep in the soil, and spray the soil again. Put the pot in a clear plastic bag and seal the top. Put the pot in a warm, dark place. Check every day, and if the potting soil is dry, remove the pot from the bag, mist it and return it to the bag.

Step 6

Put the pot in a sunny place and remove the plastic bag when the seedling emerges from the soil. Re-pot the mango plant when you notice roots growing from the bottom of the pot. Don't allow the soil to dry out. It should be constantly moist, but never soggy.

Things You'll Need

  • Ripe mango
  • Paper towel
  • Stiff brush or sandpaper
  • Jar
  • 6-inch pot
  • Potting soil
  • Plastic bag


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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.