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Question: I know that many trees don't come true from seed, and I also know that I'd never get fruit from it in me Zone 9 garden, even if I could get a seed to germinate.
That's what my question is about. I open the large, hard seed case, but that's never helped. I didn't even realize until yesterday that there was yet another coat on one. I removed that, washed it and put it into a cup of tepid water, and I'm going to plant again today.
Do they need light to germinate? Are the ones we buy in the store sterilized? It certainly hasn't been a matter of patience, because I watered, etc. for an entire year last season --- outside of
an 18 day departure for Katrina.
Help, please! I can't stop experimenting now!

Thank you,
D. Acosta

Answer: Dianne,

Growing a mango from the seed in a store bought fruit is generally not that successful. The mangoes may have been treated to sterilize the seed or kept too cold to allow them to remain viable. Such seed are often discolored a grayish color. If you can find fruit that has not been rendered unviable the technique for sprouting a seed is to remove the outer husk by carefully cutting around the outer (convex) edge with a knife so as not to damage the seed kernal inside. Then plant the seed inside before it dries out. Set the seed into a seed starting mix with the concave edge down and the convex edge sticking about 1/2 inch above the soil level. Keep moderately moist and it should germinate in a couple of weeks if the seed is viable and temperatures are warm.

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