Judging from the name, one would think that this is some type of mango, right? Well you would be wrong this is yet another one of those popular SUPER fruits, such as promagranates and dragon fruit. As you know I love experimenting with all these exotic fruits, this is why I went online to research how to grow mangosteen from seed.
This fruit is native to the tropical rain forests of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. However, due to its many nutritional benefits it can now be found in other parts of the world including Africa, Europe & even the United States. The most common species is the purple one, but there is also some that are lemon and orange in color. Health benefits include, Vitamin C, thiamin, niacin, folates, copper, manganese, magnesium and potassium.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- fresh mangosteen seeds
- paper towels
- purified water
- sealable food-storage bags
- sandy loam
- organic compost
- garden bucket
- garden fork
- 8-inch pot
The best type of seeds to grow are those that have ripened on the tree itself. Unlike other seeds you do not want these seeds to dry before trying to plant them. Remove them from the fruit and cover with moist paper towels and then store in some ziploc bags, in your fridge until you are ready to plant them. While in storage the paper towels should remain moist at all times.
Before planting you want to soak the seeds for at least a day. Mix your soil in the bucket you want equal parts of compost, garden soil and sandy loam. In each pot you want up to 5 inches of the soil mixture, before placing the seed in the middle and then covering with an inch of soil. During germination the pot should receive at least 12 hours of sunlight. Transplant after about 6 weeks to a bigger container. Keep indoors for at least 4 years or until the tree grows to about 48 inches tall. Remember to keep your tree watered at all times.
You can get step by step instructions on the SF Gate blog, here…
You can watch the video below on how to open up Mangosteen…
You can watch the video below on how to grow Mangosteen…