How to Grow a Mango in the UK.

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I have always loved to grow things and have sometimes been told I have green fingers when it comes to plants. Years ago when I lived in Darwin Australia, I tried several times to grow a mango without success. The advice then was to cut a slit in the hard outer casing of the mango nut and then put it in the freezer for 24 hours which should have encouraged germination but in my case never did. Here is how I have successfully grown a mango here in the UK.

First thing – eat your mango! Leave the shell on a windowsill to dry out thoroughly for about three days. It will be considerably brittle and should then easily crack apart down the side seam, to expose the mango nut inside. It`s an extraordinary looking thing, it looked to me like an alien in its fetal state.

Get some kitchen roll and wet it, squeeze out the excess water and wrap your mango nut up in it. Put this in a polythene bag to keep everything moist and leave it on a windowsill. I grew mine from September time onwards but I guess it will be harder to germinate the little nut in the depths of winter. Take it out every week and wet it again, don`t let it dry out, and check it is ok and not rotting. After about NINE WEEKS (yes, it takes that long) you should see a couple of tiny white shoots. These are the main roots and as they grow in a twisty turny kind of a way, they will change colour to a dull yellow. Keep the mango nut on its side and please treat it with great delicacy, they will die if you start picking them up or shifting their position, so be kind. About two weeks later, all being well, you should see the first green shoots of leaves, they should be glossy and a dark green or even reddish colour. When these appear, it is time to pot your mango up. Here is an important bit…..

You must keep the mango nut on its side, if you place it any other way it will rot. Cover it carefully in a generic compost with the little green leaves sticking out at the top. Mangos grow extremely slowly so do not expect anything spectacular to occur for several months or years! After about six months I had four leaves and now she is nearly two years old and I am very proud of her and attached! I water her about every two weeks at the moment, she seems fine with that and maybe that will change in very hot weather. I am told she will never bear fruit in our climate however, with the globe warming up, you never know!

About A night in with Nelly

I`m retired but work 2 days a week with the Carers Trust.. I am mother to Jesse who currently lives in Vienna and Rebecca who lives here in the UK I have a number of books published on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. I like breathing, laughing, eating, cooking and swimming in the ocean.

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