Growing Garcinia

Gardening can be a fun activity if we put our whole into it. In recent times, those who put their whole into gardening are mostly retired people. But, times have changed now if you have a piece of land then chances are you would want to fill it up with your favorite plants consisting of flowers, vegetables and fruits.

Fruits and vegetables are fun to part. This is heavily due to the fact that you know you will be getting something in return at the end of that harvestation. Kids love it too as it gives them a chance to plant something from scratch and see the amazing growth of it. They definitely learn something from it.

The Garcinia mangostana (also known as mangosteen plant) is a sweet tropical fruit with a staining purple juice and it grows in ultra-tropical warm humid climates for instance, in countries such as Hawaii, Thailand, Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia. Below are some of the tips to grow garcinia.

What you need:

  1. Water
  2. Garcinia seed
  3. Planting pot
  4. Soil
  5. Large planting pot with holes beneath
  6. Well-drain soil



  1. Firstly, you need to soak a mangosteen seed into warm water for at least 24 hours before you start to plant it. The seed will only be viable for three to five days once you remove it from the plant. If you are not able to plant it immediately, you have to leave the fruit where it is viable for up to five weeks after ripening.
  2. The next step is to fill a large planting pot 2/3 of the way with organic, which is a well-drain soil while the pot must have a drainage hole for water to run. Ensure that you use the largest planting pot because Garcinia trees can grow up to 20 feet high.
  3. Then, insert the seed into the center of your planting pot; cover it with an inch of soil before watering the soil thoroughly until the water runs out of the drainage hole so that the seed has enough moisture to grow.
  4. The planting pot needs to be placed in an area that has a temperature between 45 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the temperature maintains its level because the tree will not grow at higher or lower temperatures, plus you must also ensure that the humidity remains high for at least 65 percent. The plants also need up to six to eight hours of indirect sunlight every day.
  5. Make sure to water the Garcinia tree with up to 1 ½ inch of water per week and monitor the soils so that it does not feel dry and when it does, water the plant immediately. The Garcinia tree grows better in a tropical climate that receives at least 60 inches of water per year and you must also follow the rules even though you are planting it on a small scale.

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Additional Reading:


Mangosteen: Garcinia Mangostana L. (Fruits for the Future)