My Misadventures in Gardening: Planting the Mango
Yesterday I posted about the mango I decided to try to grow. There was about a weeks delay from when I took the pictures and when I made the post, so now it’s already time for a weekly update!
Let’s open this guy up and see what’s happening.
I see a root! This is very exciting for me. I’m a very impatient person when it comes to plants (which is probably why I suck so much at growing them) so being able to see progress already is pretty awesome. I’ll be honest though, I didn’t wait a whole week before opening it up to see what it was doing… I opened it almost every day to check out the roots progress. It’s probably not good to be disturbing the seed that much so I made the decision to plant it already so I’ll be less tempted to mess with it. Most people that I’ve seen do the zip lock method usually wait about two weeks before planting.
Hopefully I don’t mess this up!
I took a pot of soil and dug out a shallow hole for the seed.I planted the seed root side down, obviously. The tree will sprout from the same spot as the root, so I just laid the seed on it’s side.
I placed the seed slightly off center because I want the tree to grow from the middle of the pot and as I said earlier, it will sprout from the same end as the root grew from. See? The little root is poking out from right here. Then I covered it with a little bit of soil And now it’s labeled and ready to grow! I planted it already to make it less tempting for me to mess with it and see how it’s doing, but I don’t know how well that’s working. Every time I pass by the pot now my finance laughs at me because I just stare at it like I have x-ray vision and I’m trying to see how the seed is progressing. Don’t worry, I haven’t dug it up to check on it…
And to end on a not-so-good note, and to show how bad I am at this stuff, here’s another mango seed I tried starting with the zip lock method. I actually had two of them like this (one started 9/25 and the other 9/28) and unfortunately they both got really moldy. The seeds came from a different type of mango but I don’t think that’s why they molded over. I probably wet the paper towels too much or something. Well, at least I had one of the seeds make it through this stage!
Stay tuned for more mango growing updates!