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How do you grow a mamey tree?

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To grow a mamey tree, start by germinating a seed from a ripe fruit. Place the seed between two wooden boards, and press on the top one until a hairline crack appears in the seed. Place about 1/2 inch of well-draining soilless potting mix, put the seed in the center, place a layer of mix on top of the seed and water the container. Keep the container in partial shade, and water the plant regularly.

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Once germination occurs, which should be about 40 to 70 days after planting the seed, continue watering the plant regularly. Once the roots begin to fill the 1-gallon container, gradually move the pot into full sun. Once the roots reach the bottom of the container, move the plant to a 3-gallon container. Keep the growing plant away from cold, and fertilize it several times a year with a fruit tree formulation product.

If you live in an area where the weather is warm all year, transfer the plant to the soil outdoors once the 3-gallon pot is too small. If you want to keep growing the plant in a pot, transfer it to a 5-gallon pot. When transferring the plant outside, make sure that the chosen location is warm and the soil is well-drained. Place the tree in a hole that is four times as wide as the container and three times as deep. Fill the rest of the space in the hole with soil.

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