Learn how to grow an avocado seed into a seedling, and then your very own avocado tree!
Next time you make guacamole, or cut open an avocado, save the pit. And grow an avocado tree that will yield fruit for years!
Growing your own avocados can be an extremely rewarding process.
You can plant your own avocado seed so that you know exactly how it has been grown and harvested. Ensuring the best possible quality of fruit.
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How to Grow an Avocado Seed into a Tree
Growing avocados can also be a very cost-effective method! One seed can supply you with hundreds of avocados once your tree matures!
Many people have the impression that avocado seeds are difficult to grow.
However, avocado seeds can easily be transformed into a healthy avocado plant as long as you follow a few simple steps.
1. Remove the pit from your avocado and wash off any residue.
First, begin by carefully removing the pit from your avocado.
Once the pit is removed, it’s important to wash off all the avocado flesh from the seed to avoid any rotting.
This can be done by rinsing the seed under running water or wiping it down with a dishtowel.
2. Find the “Top” and “Bottom of your Pit”
Next, find the top and bottom of your avocado pit.
This is important because the bottom of the pit is where the roots grow, and the top is where the sprout will grow from.
The top of the pit will usually be slightly pointed, while the bottom will be rounder and more flat.
3. Puncture the avocado with three toothpicks
After you have identified the top and bottom of your avocado pit, it is time to make three evenly spaced holes in the avocado.
To do this, you can use toothpicks to puncture the avocado.
It is very important that you only make three holes in your avocado seed as more holes can cause rotting.
The toothpicks will be used to suspend your avocado in water, so it’s important to make sure they are sturdy.
4. Suspend the avocado pit over a glass, so the seed is halfway submerged
Now, take your avocado pit and use the three toothpicks to suspend it over a glass.
Then add enough water to the glass so that it covers the bottom half of your avocado.
The idea is to use the toothpicks to hold up the avocado with enough water so that most of the seed is submerged beneath it, but not too much so that it drowns.
5. Place your glass containing the avocado with water in a lighted area where it will receive sunlight
To allow your avocado seed to sprout, you must place the glass containing your avocado over a light source.
This can be done by placing the glass on a window sill or tabletop near a window so that it receives sunlight during the day.
In addition, essential oils like lavender and cedar can be added to the water to maximize your chances of growing a healthy plant.
6. Wait for your avocado seed to sprout.
Once you have completed all of these steps, it is simply a waiting game.
Your avocado seed should sprout within 1-2 months, so be patient and do not toss your glass out or forget about your avocado.
When the root emerges from the bottom of your avocado, ending somewhere around the base of where your three toothpicks are holding up your avocado pit, you will know that it has sprouted.
Once the roots have emerged from the base of your avocado seed and the stem has reached about 15 cm, it’s time to transplant into potting soil.
7. Plant your avocado seedling in potting soil
First, fill your small planter with potting soil.
Then use a chopstick or pencil to make a hole in the soil large enough for your avocado pit to fit inside of it.
Once you have made this hole, place your avocado seed on top of the dirt so that the pointy end of the seed is facing up, then fill in around it with more potting soil.
8. Water your avocado and watch it grow!
Water your avocado seedling regularly and allow it to receive sunlight on a daily basis.
You should keep in mind that avocado plants can take anywhere from 6-12 months to fruit.
However, the process of growing an avocado plant from seed all depends on how you care for it, so be patient and keep up with your watering!
Printable How to Grow an Avocado Seed Guide
How to Grow an Avocado Seed Guide
- 3 toothpicks
- water glass
- potting soil
- pea pot or seedling pot
- Remove the pit from your avocado and wash off any residue.
- Find the “Top” and “Bottom of your Pit”.
- Puncture the avocado with three toothpicks.
- Suspend the avocado pit over a glass, so the seed is halfway submerged.
- Place your glass containing the avocado with water in a lighted area where it will receive sunlight.
- Wait for your avocado seed to sprout.
- Plant your avocado seedling in potting soil.
- Water your avocado and watch it grow!
Final Thoughts on Growing an Avocado Seedling
Growing your own avocados can be a fun and rewarding experience. Not only can you save money, but you can engage in something very interesting, educational, and practical!
As long as you follow the steps above, you should see the stem start to emerge from your avocado pit in about one or two months.
When this happens, you will need to make sure it receives enough sunlight but not too much.
If there is no stem, try making more holes in your avocado with a pocket knife to open it up more to get the water and sunlight it needs.
Additionally, you can add essential oils to your watering process to improve the health of your avocado tree.
Another important thing you must make sure of is that you do not overwater your plant, especially when it is young.
If you see a white substance on the dirt, this means that you are overwatering your avocado tree.
To fix this, simply stop watering and allow the soil to dry out a bit before giving it more water as usual.
In about 6-12 months, you should begin to see small flowers start to emerge from your plant.
In addition, if you look closely at the flower you will also be able to see tiny avocado fruits beginning to form.
It is important to make sure you keep your plant well watered up until the fruit begins forming since this can take 6 months or more after the flowers start emerging.
Soon, it will become a beautiful avocado tree that you can enjoy for years to come!