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How to Grow Mango Trees Indoors

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Will Need

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


  • If you live where the winters are fairly dry but never freeze, and the summers are hot and humid, you can plant the seed directly outdoors after it's been soaked in water. Build a wire cage over the seed to protect it from small animals, and keep the soil moist. Grown outdoors, you should have fruit in seven or eight years.

About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.