Grow Mango Tree From Store Bought Fruit

Grow Mango Tree From Seed

How I grew a mango tree from the seed of a store bought mango.

First – enjoy the mango fruit then extract the seed from the endocarp.
Now peel the coating and cover with a damp paper towel for a 3-6 weeks until you see it has germinated.

Lightly cover with soil with the roots facing down and the stem facing up.
Cover the seedling with a large plastic bag and keep moisture inside as the tree begins to grow. Watch the video above for seed to 4 month progress.

Install Bird Netting With Cattle Panel Frames

My strawberry garden has started to produce strawberries and the birds have found them. Time to install bird netting. I looked at several options including pvc to make hoops and other options but I settled on using a cattle panel. I’ve used cattle panels to make an arch trellis for my watermelons and cantaloupes in the past and it has worked well. Video of the process I used to make an arch with the cattle panel and secure bird netting over it is below. It has worked well so far to keep the birds out!

Install Bird Netting with Cattle Panel Frames

Grow a Peach Tree from Seed

All the research I’d done for growing a peach tree from seed said you had to do a few months of cold stratification in order for the seed to germinate. I found a short cut of this process that goes from seed germination to a pot in 14 days. Here’s my journey for growing a peach tree from a store bought peach!

Peach Tree Part 1 Germinate and Plant Peach Seed in 2 Weeks
Peach Tree Part 2 Weeks 2-8
Peach Tree Part 3 Months 3-8

Oct 28th, 2020
1. Extract the peach seed from the peach pit. I used a channel lock wrench to break open peach pit while covering it with a paper towel.

Extract Peach Seed
Extract Peach Seed

2. Place the seed in a cup of water over night. This makes the seed coating easier to peel.

Soak Peach Seed in water overnight
Soak Peach Seed in water overnight

October 29th, 2020
3. Peel the peach seed coating the next morning. Scrape it with your fingernail and then peel it off in parts. Careful with the pointed end as that is where the root will begin to grow.

Peel Peach Seed Coating
Peel Peach Seed Coating
Peeled Peach Seed
Peeled Peach Seed

4. Place the peach seed in a container with a paper towel on the bottom.

Seed on paper towel in container
Seed on paper towel in container

5. Cover the Peach seed with damp paper towel.

Cover seed with damp paper towel
Cover seed with damp paper towel

6. Place the lid back on but do not close it all the way so air can get in.

Cover but don't seal lid
Cover but don’t seal lid

7. Cover with a dark towel.

Cover with a towel
Cover with a towel

November 5th, 2020
1 week update: The seed has split and the root tip is forming on right side.

Peach seed has split
Peach seed has split

November 8th, 2020
Day 10 update: I turned the container around and now the root is on the left. Root growth on the left and the seed split is forming leaves.

Peach seed germinated with root
Peach seed germinated with root

November 12th, 2020
Day 14 update: Good root growth and moving to a pot. Peach seedling is currently all yellow.

Peach seedling to pot
Peach seedling to pot
Peach seeding planted
Peach seeding planted

November 17th, 2020
Day 19 – Turning from yellow to green (after 5 days in a pot).

Turning from yellow to green after 5 days in a pot
Turning from yellow to green after 5 days in a pot

November 24th, 2020
Day 26 – More green with new leaf/stalk growth.

More green with new leaf/stalk growth
More green with new leaf/stalk growth
All green with new leaf/stalk growth
All green with new leaf/stalk growth

Seed to germination to planting in a pot in only 14 days. The picture above is on day 26 – much faster then using cold stratification. My other peach seeds in the refrigerator still haven’t even split yet…

Tip Layering Blackberry Plants Part 1

Tip Layering Blackberries / Tip Rooting Blackberry Plants.
Back in April 2020 I received 4 Natchez blackberry plants and built a small raised row down my fence line and planted them. They have done very well since then. Growing from only 4-6 inch small plants to today being over 6 feet tall!

4 Blackberry plants in the soil
4 Blackberry plants in the soil

September 29th, 2020
Here they are bending side to side but 2 are still over 6 feet tall and the other 2 are over 5 feet high. They have side shoots and other canes that are reaching over down to the ground and ready for propagation by tip layering. If the tip of the cane touches the ground they will start growing roots and you will have a new blackberry plant that you can then separate from the vine and transplant someplace else or give to a neighbor.

Blackberry Plants 6 feet tall
Blackberry Plants 6 feet tall

Start by selecting a shoot or cane that can easily be brought to ground level and into a pot. Fill the pot 1/2 full with good quality soil and then take the cane and trim off the leaves near the end.

Tip layering trim leaves
Tip layering trim leaves

Place the tip into the pot.

Tip layering place in pot
Tip layering place in pot

Back fill the pot with more soil to hold in place.

Tip layering back fill dirt
Tip layering back fill dirt

I had several canes that were good candidates for tip layering so I ended up doing 7 pots that I will replant and share a few with friends.

7 tip layered blackberry plants
7 tip layered blackberry plants

November 24th, 2020
8 weeks later the tip has rooted and it has come back up thru the soil.

Tip Layer 8 weeks later with tip coming up thru soil
Tip Layer 8 weeks later with tip coming up thru soil