Hong Kong loves mangoes. Almost every dessert or beverage spot has some mango item on offer. A bit of Hong Kong history with this tropical fruit, followed by how I like to start mango seeds in this episode of the Clumsy Gardener. Hey folks! I’m in the eastern New Territories of Hong Kong in a village, and behind me right here are a couple of mango trees that have been here for decades. I remember coming through here a few years ago seeing one of the trees covered with newspaper pouches that have been stapled shut to protect the mangoes from insects and the elements. Although not the optimal climate for mangoes, Hong Kong does have quite a few mango trees around. Originally from the Indian subcontinent, mango trees have found homes in various gardens, parks, and other places throughout Hong Kong. How’d they get there? Well, many were first planted by servicemen of Sikh and Punjabi descent more than a century ago. It was a way to keep the taste of home close by. And to this day, their legacy lives on. And today, we’re going to do a bit of the same by taking a look at three mango seedlings in the garden that are at various stages. And I’ll also start some seeds… after eating the mangoes first, of course. Alright, so these are the three mango plants we have that are at different stages in their development. This is our largest one, sapling here. It’s about a year and a half-ish old. This container is its third home. You want to keep it relatively root bound especially if you’re growing in containers because they’re quite susceptible to root rot. So yeah, good drainage is key. We also topped it in early spring, and it’s put out new branches. Consistent pruning will help create a bushier tree with more growth. And this right here is a younger one, and we’re going to top this one as well. This should give us two to four extra branches. And lastly, the newcomer that started indoors for about five days before moving out into a shaded area a week ago. So I started this in the kitchen I’ll show you guys what I did next in the video. But as you can see, I’ve got two shoots coming out which means I’ve either got a polyembryonic seedling, meaning we’re going to get two trees out of this, or we’re just going to have a tree with two trunks. Either way we’ll monitor it and figure out what we’ve got. Mango time. Once you’ve enjoyed the fruit and have your husks, you’re ready to get to the seed inside. You can see the shape here, that’s the actual seed on one side. We’re looking for an entry point, and along the ridge here on the opposite side we might see a split, and if we need to we can use a blade or screwdriver or whatever to crack open the husk. But you can also use your hands, just be mindful of the seed. Once that’s open, you can see the seed here, and there’s an umbilical cord that attaches it to the husk. We can detach it from there, and we’re good to go. Now we can plant it directly, quite shallow, in a small pot. Another common method is to wrap it in a wet paper towel and leave it in a plastic bag or box to start. But I actually like to put the seed in a shallow dish of water and leave it indoors out of direct light for a few days first. Especially if you’re not sure about the seed’s viability and health, and if I see it doing well, no rotting or what not, then I pop it in a pot. Whether the goal is to have some cool ornamental plants around the house, or grow trees that may bear you fruit in about five plus years, starting mango seeds is fun, easy, tasty, and who knows where it might be 100 years from now. And that’s the show! Thank you so much for watching everyone. Take care, happy growing. We’ll see you next time. Oh crap! I broke… I broke the container. I guess I have to step it up now!