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How to Grow an Avocado Plant from Seed

My dad has an amazing avocado tree.
The avocados produced from the tree are the best tasting avocados I've ever had
and I'm not saying this because he is my dad, I've had friends try it without them knowing where I
got the avocados from and they absolutely love it.  His tree produces the large kind,
not the small black avocados used for guacamole, although you can grow those as well.

I am now inspired to grow my own.
Treasures lie in the kitchen when you want to grow your own fruits or vegetables.
The potential for exotic houseplants, fruit and vegetable gardens are contained in the seeds, 
pits and other seemingly useless parts of exotic edibles.

The next time you find yourself eating an avocado, keep the pit.
Instead of tossing it, consider growing the plant yourself. It is easy
and entertaining to raise from seed.

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The Avocado plant is fun to grow, all you need is the pit from a very ripe fruit.
Do not cut the seed and do not peel it either.
Support the seed with three to four toothpicks half way up around the pit, 
with the tip exposed to the light, in a glass of water and the
bottom of the seed in the water at all times.  
If the water evaporates, make sure to add more water.
Change the water every two weeks as needed.

Be patient.
The seed may crack giving way to roots and stem growth on the top.
You will notice that the bottom of the seed will begin to sprout roots after a few weeks. 
After two or three leaves form, transplant it to a good potting mix in a container.
Pinch out the tip to encourage a bushy plant with numerous branches.
Give it full sun and warmth and watch it grow.

Isn't that simple?
What are you planning to grow this year?

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  1. thanks so much for this info, I had totally forgotten how to grow an avocado seed and wanted to know. thanks,
    I am a new follower on your blog.

  2. I have an avocado seed in my window right now!

  3. Thank you, I love your site as well. Your ideas always catch my eye. I have to try the avocado seed idea. Thanks for you good wishes.


  4. Oh my goodness. I love avocados! We eat them all the time. I've wanted to grow an avocado tree for years, I think I'm going to try to start one from seed.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog (Royal Daughter Designs). I'm so glad to have "met" you!

    Be blessed.

  5. Can these grow anywhere?...specifically would they grow in Utah? I really want to try this, cause I love avocados but they are kinda this would be amazing! Thanks for linking up to Lovely Things Thursday

    1. If the temperature does not get to the freezing point, yes you can grow avocados and it takes 7 years to produce fruit no matter where you grow them. If temp hovers at freezing you need to use smudge pots (little kerosene heaters) until the danger has past. 24/7

  6. Love this! I'm going to try it! Thanks for posting!

  7. are you kidding me!? this is so cool! i love avocados...i eat them all the time. this would be way cheaper! thanks for linking up :)

  8. What does it mean to pinch the top?
    I am do excited at the thought of growing Avocados!

    1. Hi Biz, thank you for asking. Pinch the top means, to cut a small leaf from the top of the plant with your fingers, a new growth if you will. This helps the plant to grow leaves from the sides, so it may become bushy instead of growing straight up, as you see in the photo above. Hope this helps, thanks for visiting:-)

  9. oh my! i love avocados SO much! i eat one everyday, at least!
    this would be great to do with the kids, too!
    thank you so much!

  10. I want to add that if you purchase an avocado from your supermarket, not all will germinate. I had to try it three times before I succeeded, so if you try it & it doesn't work, try again. Some farmers control the germination of their fruits or vegetables, so that others may not obtain the same or similar crops, so don't give up. I also heard that if you refrigerate your avocado that it may not germinate, don't know if that is true though.


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