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How to Grow Avocado from Seed?

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There is magic about eating fruits and vegetables seasonally. It’s another way of connecting to nature and eating what it has to offer you for each season. Having said that definitely one of my favorite moments of the year is when I start seeing the avocados arrive in the markets. Instantly I start thinking about the guacamole, sandwiches, and dessert I am going to make with that lovely green fruit. But apart from the eatable magic of avocado, it is also a beautiful plant and it can be a great plant to have in your apartment. You can grow your own avocado tree from seed. The question is: Can you grow avocado from seed? Stick with me here and I will explain how to grow an avocado plant from a seed.

So, the first thing you will need to grow avocado from seed is an avocado seed. It is usually something that most people throw out but instead of doing that, you can keep a few and start growing them.

How to Grow Avocado from Seed in Water?

Avocado from seed

Things you are going to need:

  • avocado seed
  • toothpicks
  • a drinking glass or a jar

It is a very easy, very straightforward process:

  1. Save the avocado seed intact, wash it as to remove any residue that might have stayed on it from the avocado itself. Let it dry.
  2. After that, you take the seed and you stick the toothpicks inside of it midway up, I suggest you stick it with three to four toothpicks, of course, this will depend on the size of your avocado seed.
  3. After doing that you can place your seed with the wider end down in the drinking glass or jar. Then you may fill it with water until it’s covering the bottom third part of the seed.
  4. Put the glass or jar in a place where it warm but not in direct sunlight, and take care of it by changing the water on a regular basis. Roots and a sprout should start appearing around 2-6 weeks. This is a time frame but just like humans, each seed has, its own time so the growing time might be different for each seed. But if it passes a lot from this time and it still hasn’t grown start with another seed.

Now after This First Process, Grow a Plant from Avocado Seed, You Have Two Options:

  1. If your purpose is more decorative, to have some beautiful plants in your home. You can keep them in the water and let them grow like that inside the jar. After a while, they can become quite tall and beautiful. In the jar, you can seed the plant and the roots which are really nice to see as they grow. And you can have your own avocado glass jar forest going on in your home.
  2. If you want to actually have a bigger plant and possibly an avocado tree, that you can get your own avocados from in the future, you will have to transfer the seed to a pot with soil.

Which Brings Me to the Second Process: How to Grow an Avocado Tree from a Seed?

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You have completed the first step, your seed now has sprouted and has beautiful roots. What to do next?

You will need two things for this next step:

  1. A planting pot of about 25 centimeters
  2. Soil. Some good rich soil.

So what you have to do is plant your seed in the soil in the pot. Place the pot in a sunny location in your house and water it regularly but lightly, you want to maintain the soil moist but not super wet otherwise you will drown your dear plant. If the leaves start to become yellow it means you are overwatering it. After that just let nature do its magic and watch your avocado seed grow into a beautiful strong tree.

When the stem reaches about 30 centimeters of height, you can cut out the two top sets of leaves. This will give encouragement for the plant to start growing more side shoots and with that more leaves will come. Making your plant more full. Every time the plant grows another 15 centimeters you can repeat this process, cutting the new sets of leaves on the top of the plant.

Temperature and Where to Put Your Avocado Plant

Avocado Tree in a Pot

In the summer you can leave your plant outside but if during the winter where you live the temperature drops below 8 Celcius, you will need to bring it back inside.

Will Your Avocado Tree Definitely Grow Fruits?

Not necessarily, there is a chance that they will become beautiful trees but not grow fruits. But honestly, I wouldn’t focus on that what you should focus on is enjoying these first steps fully and I am sure that just seeing a plant grow from a seed is something very special to watch it will make you feel connected to it.

I was recently at a friend’s place and she had a few avocado plants growing inside the water and they were already really tall and it looks really cool. So if you don’t really feel like going through the process of the transfer to the pot and soil, that is always a great option.

How long to grow an avocado tree from seed? It really depends a lot on the seed, your care, but usually from 4 to 13 years until it starts giving fruits. But considering how tasty they are I say it’s definitely worth the time.

I hope this article was helpful in teaching you how to grow avocado from the pit and that you have a wonderful time with this amazing plant and its fruits.

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