How to grow mangrove trees in Minecraft

The Wild Update hit Minecraft in 2022, bringing heaps of new blocks, mobs, and biomes to the blocky sandbox game. Players who enjoy piecing together their own farm will find much to love about the update, as it now lets you grow and harvest mangrove trees.

Mangroves trees are different from other farmable plants, as they don’t have saplings. Instead, you’ll need to scour the Mangrove Forest biomes for Mangrove Propagule. These essentially serve as saplings, but there are a few quirks to understand before heading out in search of these useful items.

Here’s how to grow mangrove trees in Minecraft.

A frog sitting in a swamp.

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How to grow mangrove trees

While the steps to growing a mangrove tree will always be the same, it is always up to chance how hard or easy it will be based on the world you’re in. Because they’re randomly generated, you might spawn in the exact right spot without having to move, or you may end up searching for several minutes to find the right area.

Step 1: Find a Mangrove Swamp. You can identify them by the massive, interconnected mangrove trees that form a kind of canopy and tend to spawn near warmer biomes.

Step 2: Find a mangrove tree and harvest its Mangrove Propagule.

Unlike regular saplings, mangrove trees have Mangrove Propagules that hang from the underside of their leaf blocks. They look like small green rods.

Mangrove trees in a swamp.

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Step 3: Plant your Mangrove Propagule in any normal dirt, grass, or mud type block. They can grow in any biome, so feel free to take them out of the swamp.

Step 4: If you’re impatient, you can speed up the growth process by feeding it Bone Meal.

Mangrove tree wood is a new block type, but the only real difference is in aesthetic. It serves the same function, but has a new texture and is red in color, which alone may be worth it for you designers out there.

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