Avocado: How to Grow Your Own Tree

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Avocados have become incredibly popular, whether spread on toast, made into guacamole, or chopped into fresh salads. But did you know that you can plant the avocado pit? We’ll show you how to grow an avocado tree.

Have you ever made guacamole and then wished you could do something with the avocado pit? Because the pit is a seed, you can use it to grow an avocado tree in your own home. However, you will not be able to harvest any avocados because the male and female flowers will not open at the same time, inhibiting pollination and fruit development. To grow fruit, you would need two different varieties of avocado trees to enable cross-pollination.

Still, avocado trees are beautiful evergreen plants and will look great in your sunroom, living room, or greenhouse. Here ist how to grow your own avocado tree.

How to Grow an Avocado Tree – Step by Step

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How to grow avocado – Step 1 (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - martinjurekcz )
  • Remove the pit from the avocado, wash it thoroughly, and let it dry.
  • Insert three toothpicks into opposite sides of the pit, about halfway between the top and bottom.
  • Use the toothpicks to suspend the pit over a glass filled with water, such that the bottom of the pit is in the water.
  • The toothpicks are solely there to prevent the pit from falling into the water. They should rest on the rim of the glass.

Planting your avocado pit

After three to ten weeks, the avocado pit will start to grow roots and can be planted into potting soil. It is important that the upper part of the pit is not covered with soil. The flower pot will need to be covered with a clear plastic bag or glass lid to maintain enough humidity for the developing plant.

The seedling needs to be watered regularly, and placed in a well-lit and warm spot (over 20ºC/68ºF) in order to germinate. Once the plant has developed several green leaves, the cover can be removed and the pot can be moved to its desired location.

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How to grow avocado: Be patient. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay -Monika Baechler)

To grow your own avocado tree, you can also try and skip the waterglass method and place the avocado pit straight into a flower pot filled with soil. The pit will take a lot longer to grow roots, however.

Have fun trying to grow your own avocado tree!

 – By Julia Pfliegl

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This text was translated from German into English by Timm Yamnitz. You can view the original here: Avocadokern einpflanzen und Avocado züchten.

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