Grow your own Avocado Plant!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

You'll be glad to know that you can use the seed from an avocado to grow your own tree. Here's how:

  • Thoroughly wash your avocado seed.
  • Secure toothpicks into the seed so that they sit out horizontally.
  • Suspend the seed with the heavy side down over a glass of water. About 3cm of the seed should be sitting in water.
  • Place the seed out of direct sunlight and top up the water as needed.
Avocado half image
Avocado seed in a glass image
  • In 2-6 weeks, roots and stem should start to sprout.
  • When the stem is 15 to 18cm long, cut it back to about 8cm in length.
  • When the stem has grown leaves again and the roots are thick, plant it in a pot with half the seed exposed
  • Water the plant lightly and frequently, with an occasional deep soak. The soil should be moist but not saturated.
  • Make sure it's getting plenty of sunlight.
  • When the stem is 30cm long, cut it back to 15cm. This will encourage new shoots.
Now you should be well on your way to growing you own avocado tree.

I can't wait to try this!!! 
Avocado seed sitting in soil image