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ohio (Zone 6a)
Aug 23, 2016 10:11 AM CST
|I finally got mango seeds to sprout. Two of them, one has five small leaves now and is about 2 1/2 in tall the other has two small leaves and is about the same height. What do I need to do to get them to survive over the winter, since I will have to take them inside in a month to six weeks?|
Aug 23, 2016 11:28 AM CST
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Make sure they don't have any bugs that would love to call the inside of your house home. Water them with soapy water (or the pesticide of your choice) a couple times and wash them with soapy water (or spray with the pesticide of your choice) a couple times before you bring them in. My favorite winterizing product is Insecticidal Soap.
Find them a good and sunny spot indoors to spend the winter.
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Aug 23, 2016 11:30 AM CST
|Hi and welcome! First would you fill in your profile to show us your location? This will help us to advise you. Just a zone doesn't help much because it only tells us how cold you get in your average winter.|
It's fun to grow these as tropical plants, but don't let your expectations get too high. Unless you plan to move to South Florida? If you are growing mango into a tree outside its zone, without a large greenhouse and a lot of supplemental lighting and heat over the winter you have very little hope of ever seeing fruit or even flowers on your mango tree. In addition, growing a mango from a seed, the plant will take at least 5 years to get big enough to flower even if you can give it enough sun and warmth. Then you will have trouble getting it pollinated, as the pollinator is a specific type of fly.
Sorry to be discouraging but . . these are large tropical trees with high demands. My mango tree flowers any time between January and the end of March, and then it takes all the way until June for the fruit to ripen.
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