A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Mango Trees from Mango Fruit in Pots

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Mangoes are not only a delicious tropical fruit but also a rewarding addition to your home garden or indoor space. With a little patience and care, you can grow your very own mango tree from a mango fruit in a pot, even if you have limited space. This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to successfully grow a mango tree from a mango fruit, catering specifically to beginners.

  1. Selecting the Mango Fruit: To begin your mango growing journey, you’ll need to start with a healthy and ripe mango fruit. Choose a variety of mango that is well-suited for container gardening, such as ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ or ‘Palmer’. Look for a fruit with no signs of disease or damage, and preferably one that has a single large seed (as opposed to multiple embryos).
  2. Gathering Supplies: Collect the necessary supplies before you start:
    • Ripe mango fruit
    • Large pot with drainage holes (20-24 inches in diameter)
    • Well-draining potting mix
    • A warm, sunny location (indoors near a sunny window or outdoors in a sunny spot)
  3. Extracting the Mango Seed: Carefully remove the seed (also known as the pit) from the mango fruit. Wash off any excess fruit flesh, and allow the seed to dry for a day or two.
  4. Preventing Seed Rot: To prevent seed rot, it’s a good idea to soak the dried mango seed in water for about 24 hours. This helps remove any potential inhibitors that could prevent germination.
  5. Germination: After soaking, place the seed in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel and seal it. Keep the bag in a warm location, ideally around 70-75°F (21-24°C). Check the paper towel regularly to ensure it remains damp but not soaked. After about two to three weeks, you should see a small shoot emerging from the seed.
  6. Planting in a Pot: Once the shoot is about 6 inches long, it’s time to plant the germinated seed in a pot. Fill the pot with well-draining potting mix, leaving about an inch of space below the rim. Plant the seed vertically with the shoot facing upwards, and cover it with soil, leaving the shoot exposed.
  7. Caring for Your Mango Tree:
    • Sunlight: Mango trees thrive in full sunlight. If you’re growing the tree indoors, place it near a sunny window where it can receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight each day. Outdoors, choose a sunny spot.
    • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again.
    • Fertilization: Fertilize your mango tree with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer).
    • Pruning: Regularly prune your mango tree to encourage a strong structure and remove any dead or diseased branches.
    • Pest and Disease Management: Keep an eye out for pests like aphids and diseases like powdery mildew. Use appropriate organic remedies to address any issues.
  8. Patience is Key: Growing a mango tree from a fruit seed takes time and patience. It can take several years for your tree to produce fruit, and the quality of the fruit may vary from the parent tree. Enjoy the process of nurturing your mango tree as it grows and matures.


Growing a mango tree from a mango fruit in a pot is a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy the beauty and deliciousness of this tropical fruit right at home. By following these steps and providing the necessary care, even beginners can successfully nurture a mango tree from seed to fruition. Remember, each mango tree is unique, and while you may not get identical results to the parent tree, the journey itself is an exciting and fulfilling endeavor.

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