Tree Activities for Kids


Grow a Tropical Tree
Grow a tropical tree.
Grow a tropical tree.
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Enjoy a mango, papaya, or pomegranate. Then grow the tropical tree it comes from!

What You'll Need:

  • Tropical fruit pits (from mango) or seeds (from papaya or pomegranate)
  • Knife
  • Vegetable brush
  • Potting soil
  • Flower pots
  • Water
  • Plastic wrap

How to Grow a Tropical Tree:Tropical fruit plants are fun to grow, but it takes lots of patience. Getting them to sprout is the hardest part.MangoStep 1: Begin with a very ripe mango. Cut the pit from the fruit and clean it with a vegetable brush under running water. Step 2: Plant the flat pit in potting soil with one edge up. Cover it completely. Keep it watered, and wait a long time. Mangoes may take three months to sprout. About one out of four will not sprout at all. Step 3: Keep the plants in a humid room and away from cold windows. Once every few months, allow the soil to go completely dry.Papaya

How to Grow a Tropical Tree:Tropical fruit plants are fun to grow, but it takes lots of patience. Getting them to sprout is the hardest part.MangoStep 1: Begin with a very ripe mango. Cut the pit from the fruit and clean it with a vegetable brush under running water. Step 2: Plant the flat pit in potting soil with one edge up. Cover it completely. Keep it watered, and wait a long time. Mangoes may take three months to sprout. About one out of four will not sprout at all. Step 3: Keep the plants in a humid room and away from cold windows. Once every few months, allow the soil to go completely dry.Papaya

Step 1: Cut the fruit open and remove the small seeds from their fleshy coating (called an aril).

Step 2: Line the bottom of a flat dish with wet paper towels and lay the seeds on it. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place.

Step 3: When the seeds just begin to sprout, rinse them in fresh water and plant in moist potting soil. Keep the seedlings out of direct sunlight until they are about six inches tall.

Pomegranate

Step 1: Prepare and sprout the seeds as you did for papayas.

Step 2: Pomegranates are desert plants, so keep them in a dry room.

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