Excerpt: Enjoy a mango, papaya, or pomegranate. Then grow the tropical tree it comes from!
Tropical fruit plants are fun to grow, but it takes lots of patience. Getting them to sprout is the hardest part.
After eating a mango, clean it with a vegetable brush under running water. Plant the seed in soil with one edge up. Cover it completely with mud and keep watering it regularly. Mangoes take about three months to sprout. About one out of four seeds do not sprout at all. Keep the plants in a humid room away from the cold. Once every few months, allow the soil to go dry completely.
Cut the Papaya and remove the seeds from its fleshy coating called an aril. Your next step is to line the bottom of a flat dish with wet paper towels and lay the seeds on it. After this you need to cover the flat dish with a plastic wrap and keep it in a warm place. When the seeds begin to sprout, rinse them in fresh water and plant in moist potting soil. Keep the seedlings out of direct sunlight until they are about six inches tall.
- Tropical fruit seeds (mango and papaya)
- Vegetable brush
- Potting soil
- Flower pots
- Plastic wrap
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