Monday, February 22, 2010

Spreading My Seed - Mango Seed Germination

As you know, I've been chronicling my daily adventures growing my young mango plant.  When I started it, I showed you a picture of my mango seed as it was planted in the ground already.  Although I described it, there was no visual reference.   Since I've been eating a good number of mangoes as of late, I have more seed samples and I plan to plant them all.

First thing I did after eating the mango was to brush away excess flesh and then wrap the big seed in tissue paper.  My thanks to Starbucks and Greenwich for providing me with enough tissues to use.   This picture is after a couple of days and the seed has totally dried out.

After peeling off the recycled tissue paper and you will see the shriveled, dried seeds.  You will probably know that you did it properly when there are no ants in your tissue.  This means the flesh was sufficiently scraped off.

The next step is to open the seed and let the inner seed out.  How do you open the fibrous shell?  You can crack it open like watermelon seed.  That's what I did the last time.  Today, I sliced open the flat part. The rounded area contains the inner seed so don't slice into that, lest you damage it.  Once you take the inner seeds out of the fibrous shell, they will look like this.  I think they're shaped like kidneys.

Finally, I bag these seeds along with the used tissue paper using a zip locked plastic bag and I pour some water in just enough to keep everything wet.  I subsequently placed this bag on top of a large water tank in our backyard  since it gets really hot there.  And that's what you'd want for the seeds: a really hot, sunny place.  You also put it in a zip locked bag so the moisture is retained.  Hot and Humid rocks!  I wish I can go to Boracay.  In my prior attempts, I became impatient and just planted the seeds although they weren't ready.  I'm not sure, but I think that's contributing to my low germination rate.  So these ones, I'll bag, sun and forget while I take care of my other green concerns.

By the way, the last time I did this Mang Jun cleaned our yard and threw away my seeds!  I almost went on a stabbing spree because of that.  So if you plan to spread a couple of seeds around, make sure you don't have a Mang Jun!  Otherwise, I might see a headline reading:  Mango Seed Massacre!  Thrown seeds! Thrown Lives!  

Enjoy!  If you have your own germination stories, please share.


  1. Okay Dude -- that title so made me laugh!!

    You have such a beautiful blog, and spirit and love of growing things. I love how you are learning about your plants as you go. That's how I started in gardening too, trial and error. But much success! And such a wonder to help things grow.

    Thanks for visiting my space too, Chris. Appreciated the comment how you will sing for less than beer and donuts. Bread and water, maybe?? FUN stuff!!

    Take care and I'll be back here when I can.

  2. It seemed like a catchy title. ;-)

    Do check back in.

    Thanks for liking my little adventures. ;-) Bread and water will be more than enough!

  3. Actually, you have a quite different process than I used to know. I believed before that those mango seeds were not to be taken out of their shell until the sprouts begin to pop out and those seed shell will pop out naturally. Thanks for the tip. Will try them out for my backyard garden. - Ana

  4. Maybe that's why I don't do so well. Hmmm...let me know if it grows better like that when you try it.

  5. Hi Cianoy,

    I love your Spread your Seed stories - mangos to melons and the rest of the alphabet too. I'm hoping you might have a few minutes to look at YourGardenShow, the website my husband and I (and daughter) built and launched about a year ago today. We've had some success - South By Southwest named us one of the 5 finalists in 2011 for the Community website award and the garden log (we call it Glog) on site has its fans.

    This month, 6 months in the making we launch a new initiative = our Citizen Science activity portal of crowd-sourced plant phenological data. While YourGardenShow is principally for gardeners, this set of initiatives is for those who might not have their own garden.

    If you get a chance, would you please look at our site, the Citizen Science pages, and see if it has anything you might be able applicable to you or something you'd be interested to write about? Hope so. Contact me with any questions or comments or if there is a way you think we might be able to work together to get the word out.

    Best to you and a long and leisurely spring.

    Lisa Finerty
    Strategic Outreach Director
    Your Garden Show
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  6. Hi! I'm about to work on a mango seed following your instructions, but can you please tell me how to scrape the flesh off effectively and efficiently? Any advice would help. Thanks! :)


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