Day 49 - Growing An Avocado Tree From Seed
A few weeks ago, I was at the market and saw some beautiful avocados, known locally as butterfruit, and brought them home for a snack. I love to eat avocados just by cutting them in half and sprinkling them with salt and pepper, and eating them straight out of the rind with a spoon.
After I had finished my avocado, I composted the rind and was about to toss the seed in with it, when I found myself wondering if it was possible to sprout an avocado tree from seed (I had heard that you could). After some googling, I found it's really quite simple. All you need is:
- Avocado seed (pit)
- Jar, glass, or small bowl
First, cut your avocado in half and remove the pit.
Then, eat the avocado. Yum.
Wash the pit to remove any bits of fruit left on it.
With the small, pointy side up, pierce the pit on four sides with toothpicks.
Then, place the pit so that the bottom half rests in a glass of water, using the toothpicks to balance the pit in the glass.
Place in a sunny spot and change the water daily. After a several weeks, look for roots to begin sprouting at the bottom of your pit.
After roots have sprouted, the top of the seed will split and a shoot will grow out of it.
Once your plant is 7-8 inches tall, you can re-plant it in a pot.
Disclaimer: I did not have toothpicks so I stabbed the side of mine with a knife, which I balanced on a second bowl so that my seed sits in the water. This may or may not yield good results. I'll keep you posted.
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