So yesterday I was telling y’all about our Veggie Garden project which is turning out pretty darn good if you ask me – so far anyway! Here’s another project we’ve been working on – not very time consuming, unless you count the amount of time I spend checking on my seeds (as if they are going to grow in a couple of hours with me checking on them!!)

OUR MANGO TREE PROJECT!

So I’m a HUGE lover of Mangoes! I can’t get enough of the fruit. Well, what do you do with the seeds? Plant them of course! Since Mangoes are a tropical fruit, it’s going to take some love to try and grow them here in Arizona’s hot, dry climate. (yeah, okay, very hot in the summer even though it is humid)

I figured, what the heck, the only thing it is costing me is time – but really, how much time does it take to put dirt in a container, scrape off the seed pod, let it dry out, then plop it into the container of dirt? Oh – 15 minutes tops?! So I’m off to check online and try and figure out the best course here! I did find a lot of information for tropical climates, not too much info for Arizona Mango trees. Oh well, I’ll give it a shot.

We ate the juicy fruit, then I took a potato brush and under water, really scrubbed the excess fruit off the seed pod. I tucked the pod between a couple pieces of paper towel and set it outside to get good and dry.

After 2 days, I took the seed pod and very gently pried it open to reveal a “lima bean” shaped seed. Be careful, you can use a table knife as the pod itself is easy to pry open. You just don’t want to use a super sharp knife to get to the actual seed – don’t want to damage anything!

We started out with just 4 seeds. I lightly pushed them down into the containers filled with dirt. Now here is where I found different information online. Some people set the mango seed between wet paper towels and then slide the seed inside a plastic baggie and wait for them to sprout before planting; others put the seed directly into the pot of dirt. I guess it’s a matter of opinion. I ended up going with just the container – and not trying to sprout the seed first. Also, everything I found, people had their seeds sprout (with both ways) in a few days… Well… it’s been 3 weeks for the first 4 seeds – and I’ve just had my first “stem” appear; however, it’s possible I ended up planting the seeds upside-down.. *laughing*.

We are now up to 11 pots of mango seeds, with at least 6 of them showing signs of a stem starting! I’m so excited about it too! I would love to have all of them decide to sprout – but for now, I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best! We’ll probably also try some avocado seeds – we had awesome luck with those years ago when we lived in Florida, but I’d love to try them out here in Arizona also!

Seeds Planted Seeds Planted FIRST SPROUT! FIRST SPROUT!

-KLH

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April 7, 2011 at 10:47 am by admin
Category: Arizona, Gardening
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