Polyembryonic Mango

Polyembryonic Mango

Polyembryonic MangoThe mango seeds that I planted have sprouted and I noticed that one is polyembryonic. I was wondering if I should let it grow as it is now or cut one of the stems? ThanksLeave the strong oneJust cut the smaller one.

The above followup was added by Tom on July 22, 2009 at 12:23 am PST.

I often separate them before that tallI often separate them before that tall, but even that height, they usually don’t have much of a root system yet, except for some depth.

They could actually be a divided system, and not two separate plants. But in ether case, you could let them both grow. They will grow and form the shape of a single multi trunked tree. And if they are not one plant, and one is better, how can you choose now, which one that will be, as far as hardiness to heat and cold, and better fruit, only time can tell, if you let both of them survive.

I have found with the Altaulfo mango’s we get in the stores from Mexico. That the first segments of the poly embryonic seeds to take off and get the tallest, most often fail from root rot, and and slower sprouting segments are usually more root rot tolerant.



The above followup was added by David Johnson, Waterford CA, zone 14 on July 23, 2009 at 1:02 am PST.

I try to cut out that rotI actually now try and cut out the rot when it appears. I often loose one of the smaller areas where a shoot would develop or maybe more.

It’s good to know the root system shouldn’t be that big. I repotted my first mango seedling and it had a relatively long tap root with very little branching. I might have stunted it though.

The above followup was added by brian on July 23, 2009 at 12:24 am PST.

mango clonesHow can you tell which are the clonal trees and which is the sexually produced stem?

The above followup was added by George on July 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm PST.

Seems like someone mentioned before how to tell clone from hybridSeems like someone mentioned before how to tell clone from hybrid here on Cloudforest, but I forget. Though I am wondering if what they said was not clear to me or was too hard to figure out, what was what.

Mango’s like Paw paws, don’t seem to have much of root system when they start out, except for the beginning tape root,. The don’t seem to have a lot of fine lateral fine hair feeder roots. When I have separated them, that is what I have found, and they are easily separated that a young age, if the soil is loose, which yours seems to be.

If find that even guavas and citrus seedlings easily separate at this age and stage of growth, without any real negative effects, except maybe a slow down, and even then not usually.


The above followup was added by David Johnson, Waterford CA, zone 14 on July 24, 2009 at 8:24 am PST.

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