Friday, 1 January 2016

Marvellous Maha Chanok Mango Seedling

Sprouted from the seed of a shop-bought Maha Chanok (or Rainbow in Malaysia) fruit, this lovely little tree has entered its fourth season, flowering in each of its previous three years. Unsurprisingly the seedling flowered heavily again in the spring. Unremarkably too, it has held five healthy fruits.


Example of our seedling Maha Chanok
The fruits of our Maha Chanok seedling are not the classic shape for this mango variety. The Maha Chanok is mono-embryonic, meaning that resultant seedlings do not necessarily grow true to type... In essence their fruit will likely diverge in some way from the mother fruit. If you compare the photos provided, the difference in shape between our seedling and genuine Maha Chanok mangoes are very clear.


Maha Chanok mangoes purchased in Cabramatta, Sydney


Hail damaged fruit
This season the tree has survived a hail storm, which luckily, was rather brief, dropping only small stones. Nevertheless the remaining fruit do show some skin damage. 

One of the characteristics of this young tree is that it does not grow quickly, producing little wood, and I understand that this is a sign of a tree which should produce good quantities of delicious fruit. 

Without 'counting our chickens before they hatch' we hope that our little crop of mangoes can negotiate the remainder of the season, bringing exceptionally tasty mangoes to the table. 

By clicking on the Mango label of this blog, you can follow the progress of our Maha Chanok seedling tree over the past year.
Two fruits hiding in the serai (lemon grass)


9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the very interesting blog. I also live in Sydney and like to experiment with growing mangoes from seed. Your information on polyembryonic and monoembryonic seeds is spot on. I have successfully grown the honeygold and banana mango trees ̣(polyembryonic) and the fruit is delicious. Today I saw some mahachanok mangoes for sale in Coles and was tempted to try growing them from seed. Seeing your blog, I will give that a go even though they are monoembryonic. The other mango varieties which have intrigued me are the Indian mangoes which are monoembryonic. They are highly regarded by my Indian friends. You can buy the fruit imported from India, but unfortunately the irradiation treatment of the imported fruit destroys the viability of the seeds. Cheers. Edward

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Edward. I have been rather lazy with new blog posts due to our move to the mid north coast of New South Wales, but intend to start up again in the few days. In which Coles store did you see the Maha Chanok mangoes? I will be making a flash visit to Sydney next week and would be interested in purchasing some myself. Cheers

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    2. Monoembryony is the emergence of one and only one seedling from a seed. A seed giving two or more seedlings is polyembryonic.

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  2. Day before Yesterday I bought 4 Maha Chanok Mangoes from Coles Macquarie Fields store and believe other Coles store also selling the same. I was looking this variety of Mango for a quite long time and was lucky to find some in my local store. I will give a go to grow seedlings as I am doing the same for other varieties of Mangoes :):)

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  3. I was also bought this variety from Coles today and wondering if I can grow tree/fruits from seed, what is the best way to starting seedlings?

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  4. Sorry to reply so late but I have not looked at this website for some time. The way I grow from seed is to carefully cut the edge of the husk around the seed, just enough to be able to open it and remove the inner soft seed. Then just plant it in good potting mixture and it should grow. This video link shows the method I use https://www.google.com/search?q=planting+mango+seed+which+side+up&oq=planting+mango+seed&aqs=chrome.3.0j69i57j0l6.11554j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=_b9aJXrKWBu_Uz7sPtoiqsAU33

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    1. The husks of some mango varieties are harder to open than others. The hardest ones sometimes require a slow working away at the bottom with kitchen scissors...

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  5. There are two other varieties of mango which I have grown from seed and which taste great. One is the Honeygold, which is polyembryonic and so should grow true to type. The other is Banana mango - I can't recall if it was polyembryonic but it produced delicious fruit.

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