Mango Tree Tips

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Update by an edhat reader
July 18, 2022

I wanted to update readers on my mango tree efforts. It worked! On my very first try using a red mango pit, this little guy sprouted and has been growing ever since. I don't expect fruit but I'm happy to have a new house plant. Thanks to all for helping.

By an edhat reader
June 20, 2022

Hi all. I love mangos and recently heard you can grow a tree from the seed. But, will it do well in Santa Barbara? 

Also, any tips on how to keep it healthy and growing? Curious if anyone has done this before in this area.

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Gimli Jul 19, 2022 08:50 AM
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"Return of the Giant Hogweed", song by Genesis from their 1971 'Nursery Cryme' album. Just make sure that is not a seed of a giant hogweed. They will grow and grow and grow and take over all of SB. Just listen to the song by Genesis. It's on YouTube.

ZeroHawk Jul 18, 2022 09:03 AM
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Go to SBCC east campus tropical gardens and speak with Lewis. He is the caretaker there. He would be your best local source for that info. Or google.....rather than coming to edhat....go to google and simply type your question in the search field. you'll get what you're after. it's pretty new, maybe you don't know about it.

Chevy67 Jul 18, 2022 01:11 PM
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The snark is unnecessary Zero. It's hard to find Santa Barbara-specific climate information for plants online. Isn't that what edhat is all about anyway?

Kudos to the grower for getting it to grow from a pit!

FernaldPoint93108 Jul 18, 2022 08:40 AM
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My mango tree in SB has over a 100 fruits growing on it right now. It loves our area

Basicinfo805 Jun 21, 2022 05:04 PM
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Cool post, I had no idea you could grow mangos or pineapples here. Nice work folks!

jak Jun 21, 2022 04:40 PM
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Some varieties grow decently well in Goleta and Santa Barbara. Buy a seedling at a local nursery if you are serious about it they sell types that tolerate our climate. Be aware that these trees like a lot of water especially in the first 5-10 years.

If you just want the novelty of growing your mango pit into a sapling then plant it just below the surface of a 2-3 gallon pot (vertically oriented with the sharper end down) filled with potting soil mixed with clay-like soil. Water moderately when dry. If you bring it indoors and keep it on a south facing windowsill in the winter you can get a few years out of it. You will probably never see fruit and only a few varieties can survive even a light kiss of frost if you plant a pit from most commercial fruit.

PeterN Jun 21, 2022 09:57 AM
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"many fruit trees are not “true to seed”, that is, their seeds will produce a different variety of tree from the parent."

Mtn.driver Jun 21, 2022 08:59 AM
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Absolutely! I have two 5'+ mango trees inside in pots, grown from seed. Check out Youtube for instruction. They don't produce fruit, but would likely have to be in the ground for that. Good luck. Start a bunch, survival rate is not 100%.

FernaldPoint93108 Jun 21, 2022 08:02 AM
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Mangos grow fine here, own a tree myself, and you can buy them at local nurseries.

swarfmaster Jun 21, 2022 07:47 AM
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I've heard it said that you plant a mango tree for your children. From seed 5-8 years under ideal conditions.

patrick Jun 21, 2022 07:21 AM
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I know you want a mango, but if you’ll settle for another tropical fruit, we just harvested our first pineapple and have two more little guys on the way. We grew the plant from the stem of a store-bought pineapple (after eating it), letting the stem air dry/scar-over for a few days before planting. It takes a while, but it sure is amazing to see a pineapple growing in SB and to see that it can survive the occasional frost.

Mo-leta Jul 19, 2022 09:37 AM
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Patrick - my grandmom would start pineapples from tops in … wait for it… West Philadelphia.

willow Jun 21, 2022 07:10 AM
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I tried a few years ago, but it just didn't take off. I have since read that they like 50% humidity and temp above 70 degrees. A local avocado grower suggested growing it inside (maybe a greenhouse?) and misting daily. Please update if you are successful - and good luck!

Minibeast Jun 20, 2022 01:42 PM
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Apparently mangos do grow in SoCal. I've never seen any around Santa Barbara, but maybe you'll be the first success story.

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