Grow your own avocado tree

Like many other plants, exotic fruits can be propagated from their seeds. Avocado make no exception. This is also a great project for kids, watching hoe the roots appear from the seed and how the plant start to grow. Open you avocado fruit with care to not damage the seed and take the seed out. Wash it thoroughly and prepare a glass with water,

avocado-seed

Gently stick 3 or 4 toothpicks into the avocado seed and place it over you glass with water making sure that the bottom of the seed is just above the the water level.

in-water

Place the glass on a windowsill and wait. Don’t forget to add some more water from time to time, as its level go down, making sure the the bottom of the seed is always in water. In about three weeks you should see the seed cracking and small but firm roots will start to emerge from it.

It will take some more time until the plant itself will appear. after the two true leave are formed, you can move the plant in a pot with planting compost.

  1. I have learned it will take 8 to 10 yrs to produce fruit, and the fruit is not the best quality. If you graft from a producing tree, a young tree can produce in only 2 to 3 years.

    Some of my seeds took three months to shoot, so I have probably abandon many valid seeds too early over the years. I learned this secret about 6 months ago and now I have 8 or 9 trees growing.

    I have two beautiful plants that have five six-inch tall shoots on them now. I think I need to trim off all but one, but I am not sure if and when to trim. Can’t find anything on it online. Any advice?

    • greenzonelife

      This is my first attempt to grow an avocado and have only one shoot, so i don’t know what you should do with yours. If i were you, i would just let them like than and in time, i suppose, the strongest shoot will take control and then you will know which one to cut 🙂

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