Can you grow new fruit from old?

Can you grow new fruit from old?
The answer is yes – sometimes. You can try planting seeds from your mealtime mangoes, avocados, peaches, tomatoes and more kitchen offcuts to grow new plants. The reality is, in many cases, it can take some time to get a crop – but it’s a lot of fun.

Mango
Kensington Pride mango seed produces fruit that are true to type, so you will reap a bountiful harvest in time. Seedling mango trees take about five years to produce, but grafted trees bear fruit earlier. You can graft onto any seed type from a healthy mango tree, and the best time to do this is in autumn or spring.

Peach & nectarine
Replicate your taste of summer, and give peaches and nectarines a go. These stone fruit are generally reliable and you won’t have to wait too long, as they start flowering and fruiting quite young.

Other fruit & vegies
Be adventurous with your cast-off seeds – try avocado, citrus, guava, loquat and nuts, or experiment with pumpkins, capsicums and tomatoes. Ginger, sweet potato and lemongrass can also be turned into a harvest.

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