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Old 08-28-2021, 07:24 PM
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Just growing some cherry tomatoes right now - dumped fresh seeds (from fresh cherry tomatoes) into the soil in the garden, and they sprout very quickly soon after.
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Every time I eat a mango I try to sprout the seed. They make beautiful house plants if you can't grow them outside. They have tough, shiny leaves that stand up to low humidity and variable temperatures. They are quite resistant to most house plant pests.

The first time I sprouted one was in my school dormitory room in San Francisco in 1978. I did it the wrong way but it grew! I cleaned the flesh off the woody seed cover and planted it deeply in a large pot. It grew. I've since found this almost never works!

The correct way is to remove the woody covering first. The seed cover looks like a giant light tan bean. If you scrape the concave edge with a knife you will probably find a separation between the two sides of the seed covering. If you don't find this, use a sharp knife to VERY CAREFULLY cut off just a millimeter of seed cover right at the junction. Consider putting it in a vise so you don't cut yourself, but don't squash the seed inside.

Pry the two sides of the seed cover apart gently, so you don't damage the large seed inside. If you have strong fingernails that might be enough. Sometimes I use a butter knife or spoon to force the opening larger.

Look at the big seed. It should be a very light cream color. If it is uniformly grey the mango was stored too cold in transit, and it will not sprout.

Mangos, like citrus, have polyembryonic seeds, with the potential to grow multiple plants from one seed. Usually one embryo is the result of fertilization with pollen, and the others are identical to the mother plant (parthenogenesis.) In mangos there will be clearly seen seams between parts of the seed. Each section may yield one plant. I have read seedlings produced from fertilization have red new leaves that turn green, and parthenogenic seedlings have all-green leaves.

Soak the big seed in water for an hour to overnight, to loosen the papery seed membrane. Gently peel off the paper covering, doing your best not to damage the seed underneath. There is a good chance at one end of the concave side you will find a conical root primordium.

I use builder's sand for medium, and 20 ounce foam cups. You can use other things. Make a shallow furrow in the medium, then set the seed on edge, concave side down, and push the medium back against the seed. Do not bury the seed. It will turn green and begin to photosynthesize, feeding the new sprouts. Water very well the first time. Keep moist but not soggy wet.

The higher the ambient humidity, the greater your chance of success. I get very few to sprout outside here in the shade. In my sunroom they almost all sprout.

Once new shoots stop arising you can unpot the plant, gently separate them if you like, and move to bigger containers. They are not picky about soil nor water, but they need to stay moist. They are not succulents. Fertilize as with any house plant. The warmer the better for them, but they accept temperatures down to just above freezing.

In some climates, like mine, rare heavy freezes may kill ones planted outside down to the ground. They usually come back from the roots. With a seed-grown mango this is not a problem; if you buy an expensive grafted known variety and this happens, you lose the grafted part.

They can easily be pruned during the growing season, to stay in scale. It is possible to get a few mangos each year from a plant in a 15-gallon/55 liter pot. This takes 5-7 years from seed. They flower in winter, and mangos ripen the following summer.

This plant is variety Manila. It is also sold in the US as Champagne and Ataulfo. Fruits are small, concolor bright yellow, and have almost no fiber in the delicious flesh. They come true from seed, so this is a good mango to plant outside if you are in a marginal area.

Other yummy varieties I see here include Kent and Keit. Both are very tasty mangos that are larger, mostly green, with red and yellow areas. Tommy Atkins is a very large mango, very beautiful, mostly green with some red and yellow. It doesn't taste good, with a heavy turpentine flavor and not much else. Most mango aficionados won't eat them even when there are no other mangos available.

There are three sprouts from this seed so far. One half of the seed is drying up, but there might be more sprouts from the other half. I am going to put more sand into the cup so the bases of these sprouts are well-covered.

Mangos are Mangifera indica, in family Anacardiaceae, along with the cashew, sumac, poison ivy and poison oak. Some people are allergic to oils in mango skins. Fortunately I am not.
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Old 08-29-2021, 03:28 AM
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Very nice mango variety ------ Mangifera indica 'Manila'

The taste of that type is very nice, and also maybe quite unique, that distinguishes it from the more stubby heart-shaped mangoes.

While different flavour than the famous Bowen Special mango ----- or now called Kensington Pride (to make it for better marketing - maybe) ----- these two types of mango are my favourites.
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Just curious about what other plants you are into . Any favorites besides orchids? Would love pictures. I have always loved plants so I'm always interested.

I love carnivores ( recently got into them in like end of 2018 ) , and always on the look out for interesting ones. Also who doesn't like the fact that they eat nasty fungus gnats ?

My pings do well in the same environment as my Orchids so win win .
Are you getting your carnivores from Drew (Carnivero)?
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The new addition...Nepenthes. We needed a plant to catch the flies and yellow jackets. It seems to be feeding well as it always has something in the murky depths. I had to bring them inside and the fly that was in our house seems to have vanished. Already looking into humidifiers to keep it happy this winter....
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Besides orchids we've got assorted pachypodiums, Desert Rose, a few hibiscus, 5 way underpotted Ti plants, aroids with various anthurium species and a bunch of Amorphophallus titanum. Don't ask me why but I won't have room for more than one mature size. Right now the largest corms are about the size of tennis balls.
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...a bunch of Amorphophallus titanum. Don't ask me why but I won't have room for more than one mature size. Right now the largest corms are about the size of tennis balls.
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howdy! i hadn’t seen this post before as i seldom go tho this forum, but sure, ill add a few. for my half of our non-orchid collection it’s mostly immature bonsai of ficus benjamania and a couple hybrids. a couple are in bonsai pots, but most are still in training pots and undergo heavy pruning and styling 3-4 times a year. also, im a spider plant junkie as they are so easy to grow and i love their drapy look when they’ve got lots of pups, so we have many mature spiders of the 3 most common, solid green, and one each of the variegations (green stripe in the middle, and white stripe in the middle). also, several begonia species, a couple bromeliads, and a single African violet that is the only one i haven’t been able to kill yet. but that one flowers every summer. a couple ferns, a couple wandering dudes, a couple nice mature hoyas.....yeah, just a large collection of your everyday houseplants! our tillandsia collection is growing due to a nice plant store in my girlfriends village, so every time we visit we get another species to try. and also a huge succulent collection of year old plants because her dad is an amazing succulent grower with an amazing collection of species so we take cuttings of as many as we can. don’t even know how many or all the types of succulents. probly at about 20 different species and close to 50 little succulents in a few prop boxes. yeah, we are busy.

and i used to be really into roses, so this year we put 5 bare roots in post on the balcony and got great flowers this summer from all of them. we will see how they fair the winter.
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I'm spending hours in my garden at night with a torch and my camera/flash, watching my Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit blooming. I never tire of seeing the blooms and each one fills me with awe. The best night was a few nights ago when I had 17 blooms, the next was 12, just 4 tonight. As each bloom lasts just one night and is approx 9 inches across, I find them all very special. Let's hope I get some fruit this year!
The night of the 17 blooms was even more amazing as for once we had no wind and the smell was incredible. My plant is either side of my 2m front wall and when I got up just before sunrise the next morning I hurried outside to see if the flowers were still open only to find the local daily walking group of elderly villagers clustered around enjoying them!



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Nice catch Fuerte! Excellent pics. The flowers are beautiful.
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