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How to Root a Mango Seed

By Meg Butler ; Updated September 21, 2017
Mangoes are easy to grow from seed.
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After a particularly delicious mango, many people decide that it would not be such a bad idea to have a mango tree of their own. And you can start with the mango you just enjoyed. Mango trees are almost embarrassingly easy to grow from seed. For the best results, root your mango seed first before planting it. This will provide the moist conditions it needs to germinate and thrive.

Remove the seed from the fruit.

Rub the seed under water between your fingers to remove any clinging fruit.

Slit the seed along the thin side of it to break open the seed coat. Do not cut deeply enough to cut the seeds inside.

Wrap the seed in a moist paper towel.

Place the paper towel in a sandwich bag. Close the bag, but leave 1 inch of the lip unsealed to allow oxygen in.

Place the bag in a warm spot that receives indirect sunlight.

Re-moisten the paper towel as necessary. The seed will sprout a small root in three to four weeks.

Plant the mango seed when the root is roughly 1/2 inch long.


Things You Will Need

  • Knife
  • Paper towel
  • Sandwich bag


  • The ideal mango seed to plant is a polyembryonic seed. These seeds grow true to type, meaning the fruit on the tree will look and taste like the fruit you planted. Non-polyembryonic mango seed will still germinate, but there is no way to tell what the fruit will look like. To be sure your seed is polyembryonic, purchase it from a nursery or seed catalogue.
  • Mango trees planted from seed take six to 10 years to produce fruit.

About the Author


Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.