How to Grow a Mangosteen Plant

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How to Grow a Mangosteen Plant
Mangosteen trees yield a flavourful fruit. (Lianne Milton/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is an evergreen tree that may grow up to 85 feet tall. It can only be grown in the southern, tropical climates because it is intolerant of extremely cold temperatures. It prefers warm temperatures, partial shade and moist, well-drained soils. The flowers bloom in early spring and are creamy yellow in colour. The tree produces a round, yellow fruit that turns purple when it is ripe. Mangosteen is a slow-growing tree that requires care to help it thrive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Seeds
  • Organic compost
  • Shovel

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  1. 1

    Select plump mangosteen seeds for planting. Germination percentage is directly related to the weight of the seed. The plumper the seed you plant, the greater your chances for a healthy seeding.

  2. 2

    Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours before planting.

  3. 3

    Select a location for your mangosteen plant. Choose a location that will get at least 13 hours of partial shade per day.

  4. 4

    Dig a hole 6 inches deep and 4 inches wide. Mix the native soil with equal parts of organic compost.

  5. 5

    Place the seed in the hole and fill the hole with the compost mix.

  6. 6

    Give the mangosteen with 2 inches of water every other day. Keep the ground moist until the tree reaches a height of two feet.

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