One question we get asked often is how to grow an avocado plant from a seed. Even though you may never get any avocados to make guacamole, it is still a fun exercise to improve your growing skills. Read on to learn more on how to grow avocado from seed or pit.
Growing Your Avocado From Seed
To grow an avocado from a seed you will first need to carefully remove the seed from the fruit. Do so carefully so as to not damage the brown skin that covers the avocado pit.
Gently wash the seed with water to ensure all remnants of the avocado fruit have been removed.
Inspect the pit carefully to determine which end is the top.
For the seed to sprout properly, you will need to make sure that the pointier tip of the seed faces upward. The rounder bottom will be gently submerged in water, where roots will grow.
Stick four toothpicks into the sides of the seeds at equal distances from each other. Do so at a slight angle downward. These little pieces of wood will support your seed while the roots are growing.
Place the seed on top of a glass of water, with as much of the pit immersed as possible.
You will need to change the water out at least once per week though more is preferable to prevent the growth of harmful organisms such as mold and fungus. Some recommend daily water changes to be sure.
Planting In A Pot
Once it has sprouted and the stems have grown about six to twelve inches in length, you can transfer it to a small pot with a well-drained soil. When potting, leave the top of the seed exposed to the direct sunlight. Place it in a sunny location as avocado would love a warm place.
Keep the soil moist, soaking once in a while. If you notice yellowing leaves, cut back on the watering and allow the pot soil to dry for two or three days. Consider an automated watering system if you cannot water daily.
You can take the small fruit tree outside if the weather where you live does not drop below 45 degrees. Otherwise, you will need to keep it indoors. Some people choose to move the plant regularly for best results with their local weather.
Make sure that you inspect it regularly for pests. Unfortunately, aphids love avocado trees and can be quite bothersome. You can use organic neem oil pest control sprays to handle getting rid of aphids.
You can use fertilizer to encourage plant growth, but make sure you purchase the right kind. Speak to the specialist at your local garden center and let them know it is for an avocado tree.
Having one or more avocado trees will make your garden more attractive and gives you a great conversation piece.
We’ve found several tutorials on growing avocados from seed. Between both tutorials you’ll find… step by step instructions, pictures, along with a few pictures to compare you’re progress along the way.
You’ll learn how to grow one from a seed or pit, along with tips and tricks on how to successfully grow your avocado tree at home. After a short span of time, the family can enjoy the great taste and benefits of this pear-shaped fruit.