Q.Mango Tree From Grocery Store Mango Seed
Hi! I read your article on planting a mango tree from a seed. My son recently did this from a seed that came from a grocery store mango. It already sprouted and is growing very nicely. Two questions: We live in Phoenix, AZ. Will a mango tree do ok in our dry climate? I’ve heard that because our fruit is sometimes genetically modified, plants that come from grocery store fruit seeds don’t always produce fruit Is there any truth to this? I’d hate to wait six years and find out the tree won’t fruit! Thank you!
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
If you really want fruit, the best thing to do is get a grafted tree from a reputable nursery. Trees grown from grocery store fruit may not look like a parent, and if it produces fruit at all, may be inferior. Most grocery store fruit is from grafted trees.
Your tree will grow if you can plant it outside (doesn't get below 40 degrees F) when it gets larger and will have nice foliage. That may be it. Inside trees likely will not bear fruit at all.
Growing grocery store fruit is usually a fun exercise for kids and nets a nice indoor houseplant.