In the last episode, curiosity got the best of me and I dug around my mango seeds to see if there was anything going on. There was! Despite the lack of activity above ground, my seeds had grown roots. It scared me a bit because the poking might have shocked the mango seeds into oblivion. Imagine my surprise today when I saw small leaves sprouting from the ground. The pictures are not crystal clear, but there's no mistaking it. That's not a grasshopper. Those are not blades of grass. Those are small mango leaves! Yey. So that means I have around a 15% survival rate because I planed a good number of seeds. Oh well, now they're just accidental compost. I can't wait until it looks like an actual plant! All I can say is that all hope is not yet lost. By the way, my Gotu Kola's doing a cameo on this picture.
To recap, how do you make a mango seed grow? Eat the mango (preferably one that has not been refrigerated). Clean the fibrous shell. Let it dry out. Slice open the shell but be careful not to cut through the seed. Remove the seed. Put it in a resealable plastic bag (a sandwich bag will do) with water soaked tissue inside. Leave in a sunny, hot place for a week or so (maybe even longer). Once there's evidence of a root, plant the seed in a pot or on the ground, but leave part of the seed exposed above ground. Use potting soil. Let it see some sunlight and water regularly. After around two weeks, you might see your first sprout (or the seed might rot). To improve your chances, be patient. Don't fiddle with it too much like I did. Good luck! Maybe I'll have another recap when it's grafting time.