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Grow an Avocado Tree from a Seed

Updated on August 18, 2015

Avocados Are Awesome!

Avocados are amazing fruits. They are full of live giving vitamins and the fat that is actually good for you. I have always wanted am Avocado Tree in my yard. The only problem is I live in an area that freezes every winter. That means these trees will not make it where I live. If I don't bring them indoors or build some kind of greenhouse around them, they will die from the first frost of the winter. They do love the summers here where it can get close to 100 degrees. So all I tend to do is bring them in in the winter time and leave them out in the summer time.

Growing a Tree from an Avocado pit is really easy. It just takes a good bit of time an patience. I think everyone should try it at least once in their life. I hope you enjoy my journey through the process. I always feel like a success when one of these trees finds its way above the surface.

2012 Avocado Trees in a Pot - My Current Attempt to Grow Avocado Trees from Pits

You don't have to start an Avocado Pit in water. You can plant them in pots and keep them watered. Here is my proof. I started these pits on March 13, 2012. I got a good deal on a bag of them. I had to eat them fast before they spoiled. So as I ate them I buried them in this green pot. Then stuck them out on the front porch and watered them about once a week.

I used a pot that has a water catch on the bottom. This will keep water in the pot on those days you forget to water them. I also make the most of the days it rains by placing the pots out in the rain. The rain will then fill up the catch on the bottom and keep the roots moist for a few days.

About the middle of next month I am planning to get a larger pot.

My 3 Month Old Avocado Trees
My 3 Month Old Avocado Trees

Avocado Trees Grow so Fast

Once they Have Rooted and Sprouted

It is hard to believe these trees were only a couple of months old when I took this photo. I remembered to bring them over the winter. They struggled in the house over the winter. They did not get enough light and they lost all their leaves.

When it started getting warmer, I put them outside. Then I didn't pull them inside one night when the frost returned. The cold killed them.

I kept watering them and when the sun got warm, they sent out new shoots from the bottom of the plant. I was so excited to see that they survived.

Step 1: Buy Your Avocado - Time for a Trip to the Supermarket

Whole Avocado
Whole Avocado

Go to your local Grocery Store and purchase a nice sized Avocado. Depending on how cold the season was could determine whether the Avocado is 50 cents or 3 dollars. That is OK though. You are investing in a tree.

Personally I have not found Avocados under $1.50 in a while. Every once in a while I will find a bag of Avocados and Tomatoes that are about to go bad for $1.49 for an entire bag, but that does not happen often. If we do find one of those bags, we have to use the fruit that night or it will go bad, but that is a great time to get the avocado pits to start growing.

My favorite Avocado is a Haas. You have to make your own choice though.

How to Choose the Perfect Avocado - It is Easier than You Think

Watch this video as Executive Chef Ruben Lozano shows us what to look for in an Avocado at the grocery store or the Farmers market. He explains how the Avocado feels when you press on it. That is the first step to finding the perfect fruit.

What I liked most was when he popped the nub off the top of the fruit. He said if the flesh under it was green, the fruit is good. If it is brown, then the flesh on the inside of the Avocado would be brown. If it is brown, then it is probably bad. Watch the video. It is great.

The Backyard Orchardist - A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden

This is one of the best books I have found about growing fruit trees. It tells you everything you need to know to have an orchard on your private property. You might have a small one acre plot or hundreds of acres where you want to cultivate apples and other fruit.

Take a look at the information in this book. It will help in any fruit tree project you are starting. You can never have too much information when it comes to raising your own orchard.

The Nutrition of an Avocado

They Are More Than Just Great Tasting

Avocados are considered a Superfood. They contain a lot of the Vitamins and Minerals we Need everyday. They contain things like: Vitamins A, B1, B2 (riboflavin), B3, B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid and folate), C (ascorbic acid), E and K, Copper, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, Amino acids, Glutathione, Carotenoids, Magnesium, Omega 3 and Omega 6.

It helps lower your bad LDL Cholesterol and raise your Good HDL Cholesterol. Basicly it a super wonder fruit. I just wish they weren't so expensive. I remember when you could buy them for fifty cents. Now you are lucky if you can find them for less than $2.

Buy a Tree Already Started - They Come Grafted and Ready to Plant

If you don't want to go through the trouble of growing your own Avocado tree from a pit, you can get a tree that has already been started for you. The nice thing about these kind of trees is most of them have already been grafted with a variety that is known to taste good.

The fruit your 'pit started' tree may not have the taste you were hoping for and it may take a decade or so to find out if it tastes good or not. So if you are planting a tree to collect the fruits, take some time to look for a tree from a nursery. Otherwise let's go ahead and start our own tree.

Step 2: Eat Your Avocado - There Are So Many Ways to Enjoy Your Avocado

Halved Avocado
Halved Avocado

Find a Sharp knife and cut the avocado in half along the longest circumference. You will feel the pit in the center of the Avocado with your knife. Just cut around it.

Twist the two halves of the Avocado and separate them. Pop out the pit with a spoon, set it aside, and then scoop out the flesh of the Avocado with that same spoon.

Cut the flesh of the avocado into bite size chunks. Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper. Enjoy. I love these thing all by themselves. mmmmmm.

How to Scoop Your Avocado - Can You Do It In One Scoop?

I always make it a challenge to scoop out the flesh of one half of the Avocado all in one piece. If the avocado is ripe, it should come out all at once. All you have to do is take a large soup spoon and slide in along the inside of the skin. If the Avocado is Ripe, the entire meat of the fruit should come out in one piece.

A Guacamole Recipe - Best Chip Dip in the World

3 ripe avocados, peeled

1 ripe roma tomato, chopped

Small bunch cilantro leaves, chopped

4 green onions, chopped

1 tablespoon sliced jalapenos

1 fresh lime, juice only

2 cloves garlic, minced

I feel there are two ways to prepare this. The first is to chop everything by hand. This is nice because everything looks nice chopped up in tiny squares and is not all mushy. The other way to make this is to put it all in a food processor and turn it into a kind of lumpy paste. It is nice a creamy this way, but is not as attractive. I would try it both way and decide which way you like it better.

A Tomato and Avocado Sandwich - Great for an Afternoon Lunch

I don't know how many times I have gone to the grocery store and bought those bags of produce that are about to spoil for $1.49. Usually when I buy them, the have several avocados and a few tomatoes. So I will cut up one of each and place them inside a couple of sandwiches. I could eath this for lunch and dinner. I have even been known to do this for breakfast and a mid morning snack. Yummy.

Avocado Chicken Salad - Use Avocado Instead of Mayo

I think this is a great recipe. You use the great fruit Avocado instead of Mayo. This will hold the chicken salad together without all the bad fats. The nice thing is that you can change all the ingredients in this salad to suit your taste buds. Take a few minutes to watch this video and go to town on a great Chicken salad you can eat on crackers or on a sandwich or however you like to eat it.

Got Avocado?

A Great T-Shirt for Avocado Lovers

I Get a kick out of these T-Shirts. I think they are great for those of you who can't get enough Avocados. Can you imagine going to school or to a work function wearing one of these; just make sure you take a few avocados with you so you can share your passion for the fruit.

Avocado Shake - Simple and Tasty

All You need is a banana, an avocado, some milk and some ice. You blend it all together till it makes a nice thick, cold shake. A shake that will provide you with an over abundance of potassium and many different vitamins and minerals. Try it. I think you will enjoy something a little bit different.

Step 3: Nail Your Pit - I Use Nails, Not Toothpicks

Nails in your Avocado Pit
Nails in your Avocado Pit

A lot of directions say to use toothpicks to hold your pit above the water. I have found by trial and error that toothpicks are extremely difficult to get into the pit. They tend to break, hence driving me insane.

Take 3 long nails and stick them into the sides of the pit about 2/3rds of the way up the pit. The point should be on top. I like to angle the nails upward slightly. This will allow as much of the pit as possible to sit into the water. The more contact with the water, the better.

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Heckava Haiku

Haiku About Avocados

Silky smooth green flesh;

I scoop it out with a spoon

And cherish the taste.

It sits in water

Waiting for it's seedling to

Grow out of it's pit.

It drops it's tap root

Into the glass of water;

Drinking up its fill.

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Let Me Show You How to Nail Your Pit - Recorded May 3, 2010

This is a short Video I made to show you how to prep the Avocado Pit to force it to sprout. It is very simple. Unlike the toothpicks your grade school teachers told you to use, I like to use nails. They don't break when you try to put them into the pit, and they don't get soft because of the water.

Step 4: Place on the Rim of a Tin Can - With the Water Level as High as You Can Make It

Find a nice quiet spot for your Tree to begin to grow. I find that a window sil or your desk at work is a great place to keep them.

As for a container to put them in, I found that Vienna sausage tin cans are the perfect size. You can keep it full of water rather easily and it is free after you eat it contents.

The picture shown is not very practical. The glass can be knocked over fairly easily. The first time I started a pit, I put it in a Vienna Sausage Can. That worked really well. This time I grew one in a glass to show you what the progress of the growth will be like.

Tip in the Dark

I find I have More Success when the pit is in the dark. That is why I suggest using a tin can or something that is not clear.

Step 5: Wait Patiently

It takes some time to start your tree

You will need to keep the water level up. Over time it will evaporate. I find that If I change the water everyday, I can keep the water level up and the water does not get moldy.If the waterline drops below the pit, the pit could die. So keep the glass filled to the top.

After three to four weeks the pit should split on one side and a root should shoot down into the water.

Note the Time it Takes

The first time I started an Avocado tree, it took 4 weeks for the tap root to appear. I have heard other people having it take two months to sprout. Make sure you wait long enough before you give up.

Step 6: Keep Waiting

Life Takes Time to Grow

Another week or two after the root shoots down into the water a stem will start to grow from the top. Go ahead and watch it grow for a while.

Get excited. Keep topping off that glass. It will use the water now as it continues to grow. When it grows a number of roots under the pit, it will start to really use the water.

Avocado Tree Videos - You will be interested in some of these

I have spent some time on YouTube watching how others grow their avocado trees. I have taken the best information and used it to grow my own. I am amazed at what some of these people are able to do.

Step 7: Pinch it Back

To Help it Branch Out

When the Tree gets about 6 inches tall, pinch it back to about 3 inches. Make sure you pinch it back right above a couple of leaves. This will give it the opportunity to make new branches at those leaf points otherwise it will grow a new branch right where you pinched it off. Do this two or three times over the course of several months. It will promote more than one branch making your tree look more like a tree instead of just one long skinny twig.

It is good to do this early while the tree is still young. If you do it later, the tree could die. By Young I mean within the first year. When I grew my first tree, I didn't pinch it off for the first few months of it's life. I waited because I didn't know I was supposed to pinch it back to make it grow limbs. When I pinched it back there were about a dozen leaves on it and the tree was already about two or three feet tall. It started to grow new branches, then I forgot to bring the tree inside before the first frost. It died because of the freezing temperatures.

Step 8: Give it Soil

After a while you will see a nice root ball starting. When you see this, it is time to move it to a pot.

An Avocado Poll

There are a lot of different Avocados out there. Us Americans only eat a few of them. I think that is rather sad. We should be exposed to more of the varieties. They all have their own distinct favor and texture.

What is Your Favorite Avocado?

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I want to know what you know about Avocados.

Tell Me About Your Avocado Trees - And Anything Else Avocado Related

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      Peggy 19 months ago

      My avocado plant is now 20" tall. I pinched it back once when it was smaller and forgot to pinch it again, so I just pinched it back. It had an amazing tap root on it before I planted it. I know the pot I have it in is too small so will transplant this spring. I also live in a cold climate in the winter and will have to keep it inside then. Just don't know if I have room for a really big pot and these plants turn into very large trees. Wonder if I could bonsai it?

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      Matt 2 years ago

      I started a avocado tree 4 months ago, and the leaves are like 7 inches long

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow. An ocean of information on Avocado from growing trees to making some interesting recipes. Nicely presented.

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      Robert T Gasperson 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: Wow. I have never heard of an avocado tree blooming that young. That may be a fluke. You might have a gem on your hands. Take good care of it and it may fruit for you early. Most Avocado tree take more than 10 years before they start producing fruit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have started my first avacodo from a seed. Its about 12 inches high now with a few leaves, but now I have a white flower type bloom on top of the leaves growing and I cant find any info on it... I sure hope you can help me. I cant wait to replant and grow it indoors. I love your site and have made it a favorite. Thank you

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      Robert T Gasperson 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @Chocolatealchemy: Thank You. I think it is one of my better lenses.

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      Chocolatealchemy 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I haven't thought about growing an avocado from the pit for years - thanks for all the brilliant recipes and info. You've created a lovely Lens.

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      Robert T Gasperson 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @PNWtravels: Thank You Vicki. I enjoyed Making the Lens and I seem to add to it every year.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I haven't tried to grow an avocado in years, but after I ate one today I decided to try to grow one again. I couldn't recall which end of the pit went down, so finding your lens with such great instructions and tips was very helpful.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This lens is very informative. I have never grown an Avocado plant before, but I will grow my first one this year. Thanks for sharing.

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      ROGELIO RODRIGUEZ 4 years ago from MEXICO

      will try the pit thing. Until now I've only grown them the old fashion way. Thanks for the tips.

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      I love avocado. Thanks for your tips about growing avocado tree from seed.

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      Robert T Gasperson 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @GardenIdeasHub LM: I am glad you liked it. Hope you start your avocado tree soon

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      Robert T Gasperson 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @merfzel: Fantastic. Keep Waiting. It can sometimes take up to 8 weeks for them to sprout. Keep changing out the water so mold doesn't grow.

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      merfzel 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I wrote a lens about avocado as a first food for babies, and when I started feeding avocado to my baby, I followed my own advice from my lens and put some seeds over water to see what happens. They are still sitting right here, about 3 weeks later, and we're waiting patiently! :)

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      Robert T Gasperson 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: When the plant is about 6 inched tall, if you pinch the stem about 3 inches from the top and break off the growth, the plant will put off more shoots, branching out instead of just being one stem growing strait up. Does that make sense?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What does it mean to pinch back the plant?

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      InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

      I absolutely love avacados. I even ate 3 in one sitting one day when I was younger with just some lemon juice, salt and pepper. Yum. Great lens!

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      I live in 'the land of eternal spring' in a town where there are avocado trees everywhere. You can buy 5 avocados for $0.70 when they are at their cheapest. Three times that amount when they are 'expensive'. I like the lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have an avocado pit that has 4 plants growing from it, and another one that has one nice plant growing.the 4 are still quite small, compared to the othe one...should Ijust leave them and repot all 4 together or try and seperate them?

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      magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

      Reminds me of my college days in the early 70s. There was a big "green" movement back then, too, and lots of friends were saving and sprouting avocado pits. They do make nice looking (and free) houseplants.

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      jcairney 5 years ago

      avocado is one of the best "super fruits". No reason why we all shouldn't be growing them. This is a great lens.

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      Nice lens! :)

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      Alex_Mathews 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love avocados, and wish that I could grow a tree. Unfortunately, I don't live in a warm climate, or have the space...

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      sihemkhalil 5 years ago

      I didn't try growing avocado but am working on growing my first apple tree, and my first red berry tree!!

      Thanks for the info am gonna start my avocado tree ASAP

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      One of the better grow tip lenses I've seen. Nice job!

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      jared-deel 5 years ago

      Awesome sandwich! Thanks Robert!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what about if the avocados grow faster in salt, sugar or regular water

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      Alex-45 5 years ago

      I love avocados and your lens too! Very helpful - thank you.

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      GeminiDragon 5 years ago

      Freekin' awesome lens! So complete! Must have taken you a week to get this right!

      Hungry for some dip now...mmmmm.....

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I remember doing this with my kids, but now that I live in South China, I can grow one from a seed and not have it die at first frost. YeaH!!! Thanks for a great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you know someone that has an avocado tree, that's a good place to start! i have planted all of my avocados from family and friends' trees! (Especially from the avocados that I ate that were the "best avocados I've ever tasted"!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      In order to fruit, an avocado seedling must be grafted with a scion or bud from a mature fruiting avocado tree. I recommend a google search for this process- there are a lot of video tutorials out there. While this is fun and avocado trees also make pretty indoor plants and outdoor, they won't fruit just by sticking the seed in water :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my friend is growing a seedling i potted it already, its growing a healthy stem but no leaves yet, the stem is already at least 10" long what should i do? is there something i can feed it to help leaves come?

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      SunnyDaze LM 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love avocados. I craved avocados with my fourth child. I ate so many avocados during that pregnancy, I was sure he was going to be born green! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was excited to try this, and then I realized I lived in New York. Time to move. Great lens.

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      bratosin 5 years ago

      Good luck ,Great post,y love you.Thanks for the info it had cleared out too many things in my mind. Your recommendations are really good.

      http://www.areavocadosfattening.com

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a great lens! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions on how to grow an avocado from a seed.

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      I have a plant now but it looks really bent and weird. I cut the top off like you said and a new sprout took off at the side. So now it looks like a L hehehe

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I love avocado but I never grow up one... Thanks for recipes *(I have to try the ones I don't know until now), and a great presentation

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      NAIZA LM 5 years ago

      I love avocados! We used to have an avocado tree planted in our backyard. Terrific lens with a lots of information and tips. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I read somewhere that organic avocados will sprout. Next time the store has them, I will try again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used to be able to sprout avocado seeds from the grocery store about 20 years ago, but now, no one I know has been able to do it. I wait for at least a month, after which they usually rot. They must be doing something that keeps them from sprouting. Where can one get viable seeds these days?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I started my tree the old fashioned way from a seed. Its now about one foot tall. I pinched it the other day. There are little thick white leaves on the bottom of the stalk. Or should I say there were because I pinched them too. Was I supposted to do that?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sprouted my avocado tree and I'm so proud I never planted anything in my life it took about three months but patience paid off my tree is about two feet tall I put it in soil and it looks good :)

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      I had three pits sitting in water for over a month and nothing / nada ... so I tossed 'em

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      I love avocados! But hadn't thought of growing them because of the winters here... well, and the summers lol. Great lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel. :)

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      karMALZEKE 5 years ago

      I love avocados. I just never thought to grow one. This article really lays out the steps so clearly that I think I am going to give it a try.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you very much, i have been searching for a more detailed explanation of when to "pinch" my avocado, it's already about 10-12 inches and just started sprouting the leaves, i was afraid to trim it wrong... i'll just pinch the top leaves growing, do u think that will be alright since it's already that tall?

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      Barb McCoy 5 years ago

      This is awesome....I am going to add an avocado to my windowsill garden. Thanks for all the great avocado goodness.

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      Robert T Gasperson 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: If you already have new growth, I would go ahead and chop off the old stick so the plant is working on your new growth. That is fantastic. I look forward to seeing pictures.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @rgasperson lm: Okay... That sounds like some hope 50/50 chance. I think its going to live. Tonight I looked in the dirt and there is about a 3/4 inch of a new sprout. Should I chop the old and hope that the new ones comes in??

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      Robert T Gasperson 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: You could do one of two things. You can wait to see where the new growth will come from. Then decide if you need the avocado stick or not. Or you can force the plant to grow again from the base of the plant and pinch it back. Either way you have about a 50/50 chance the plant will survive. Just keep nurturing it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So tonight while I was cooking dinner my dog ate the only 3 leaves off my Avocado Tree. I had left it out on my coffee table for it to get some afternoon sun and forgot to put it back on its plant shelf. So now I have an Avocado stick!! It looks very sad, however she didnt get the new growth on the top... Should I pinch my tree or leave it?? Please HELP

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Just returning to say that this lens has been blessed and added to my Growing Vegetables and Herbs lens.

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      Amoonlighter2011 5 years ago

      FANTASTIC!!! I have been wanting to do this forever....now that my little one is eating them regularly I have pits...so next one here we go a planting!

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      Robert T Gasperson 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @JohnMichael2: Eventually it will. Avocado Trees can take up to 10 years to start fruiting. Then you may not get the same quality fruit as the one you got the pit from. Most people like the look of the tree. If you live in an area where it freezes, you will have to make it an indoor plant during the winter. If you live in a tropical area, you can have a large tree with thousands of avocados in 20 years or so.

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      will it bear avocados?

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      I have one that's already beginning to peek out ... so this has been helpful

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      cashstudent101 lm 6 years ago

      i tried this before with my kids but i guess we did not wait long enough. I will try it again. I love avocados and would love to have a tree in my back yard.

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      Internationaltenders 6 years ago

      Beautiful pics with very wonderful information. Good work dear.

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      Robert T Gasperson 6 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: I would let the other sprouts grow. You can always cut them back later if you don't like how they are growing. That is my opinion at least.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've been growing an avocado plant for a while now and its been going pretty smoothly. But not too long after I planted it in potting soil it began to sprout new stems out if the pot next to the main stem. I was wondering if I should clip out the other ones so the main one gets the most nutrients, or just let them be and prune the leaves accordingly? Right now the main plant stem is about 5 or so inches tall with a few small leaves and the other stems are maybe an inch shorter. After the squirrels came and stole my other avocado out of its pot shortly after planting it, I've been babying this one everyday and don't intend on losing it!!!

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      bosieboy 6 years ago

      I have tried so many times to do this but always failed. Thanks to this great lens I think I now know what I have been doing wrong - not giving them long enough to root. Time to try again I think! Thanks for the info - recipes a bonus! Squidlike from me.

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      TransplantedSoul 6 years ago

      It's too cold here to grow them, and I've never had luck getting them to sprout, but they sure do taste great.

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      zdaddyo 6 years ago

      We eat avocados all the time in our household. I should try this!

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      Robert T Gasperson 6 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: I have pinched it off about half way down the stem. There is a possibility the plant will stop growing, but more likely the stem will put off new growth from where you pinched it off or near the base of the tree making new trunks. The first time I grew one I let it grow for a while before I pinched it off. By that time it was a foot or two tall and had a bunch or leaves.

      You could just let it grow how it wants, but I have heard of them getting 10-15 feet tall without branching out. That is why I suggest pinching them off.

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      Robert T Gasperson 6 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: The part that has been in the water for the past few weeks is the root system. It should be the part growing down. The tap root is white and long and pretty thick. Not long after the tap root appears, you will start to get a mesh of thinner roots that will be looking for water. This is the part you should plant into the dirt. You should leave the top part of the pit above ground., just enough to let the part with the leaves grow freely.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the tips on how to grow an avocado. I have a question about pinching the tree, you wrote that "Make sure you pinch it back right above a couple of leaves", what about if I have a 6 inch stem but with no branches or leaves except for at the top? It have about 7-8 leaves at the top, but no branches or leaves along the stem. Should I wait to pinch it back then?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have had success after a long long period of time!:) Such a happy day, although I used a couple of methods to encourage the little root systems to show their lovely faces, and the technique I had success with was different to the technique described above! But, now I am about to plant the little bubba in soil, and my research suggests that I should plant the tap root part in the soil, and have the other root part out of the soil. However, I am confused as to which part I need to plant (which part is the tap root)...Is it the long root with no extremities, or the shorter curled root with many extremities branching from it?? I look forward to hearing from you:)

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Yummy, what a treat!

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      betsuzlap 6 years ago

      I am sooo doing this! I'm crazy about growing things and I'm crazy about Avocados! :) Great lens!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I decided to grow an avocado tree last year. It took me four attempts before I was successful, It has live through the neighbours brats pulling off its leaves, me knocking the top off (which made me so angry) and competing for space on its windowsill with the tomato plants I have. Now at 8 months old its leaves are starting turning brown, curl, dry out and fall off. This is making me very sad. I came across your wonderful blog on a search looking for answers, remedies, a cure for my baby. Wish us luck.

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      sociopath-free 6 years ago

      I've often looked at avocado seeds and wondered if I could grow a tree from it. Thanks for the tips.

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      Char Milbrett 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm going to have to try again to grow an avocado tree. Once I had one quite tall, then, it died. Another one, broke the pot it was in. Sigh!!!!

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Very interesting and informative.

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      myshelle01 6 years ago

      I have one grown from seed as you have shown,it is lovely on my window sill. I am just starting another,for my grandchildren.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      We love to make dig out of them, but never thought about growing one. Nice idea.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Very fun! I did try this once but I obviously didn't wait long enough. Maybe I'll try again.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I ate my avocado, washed the pit, then straight away half buried it in compost in a seven inch pot. I put a bag over the top, then put it on a sunny window sill and left it.

      Its now 3-4 weeks on, just sprouted.and growing fast. Beginners luck!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Tried this out many times as a kid but I guess I never had the patience. Love avos and love trees.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I tried one of these (without success) when I was about 10 or 11. Now I'm gonna try it again!

      Well done lens! Your instructions are so clear and the photos and video make it easy to understand--this time I'll have my tree. Thanks!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'd like to try growing an avocado after seeing your lens. Blessed.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Well i learned some more about the Avocado. Nicely done lens!!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I've been nurturing my avocado tree and it's now 12 inches tall. Thanks for the great growing tips.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Very informative. I didn't even know that avocado's grow on trees.

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      hampstead 6 years ago

      I have a tree in my garden that I grew from the seed. It is about 8 feet and two years old. I am very proud of it because it is the first time that I managed to get one to grow and keep growing,

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I love avacados, and started to grow one once from a pit, but i see now that I just wasn't patient enough. Maybe now you have given me enough information to try again.

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      The texture of avacados freaks me out, but I would love to try to grow a tree. I don't think that they would do so well in the midwestern US though :(

      This lens gets better and better every time I visit it. Good job!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      This looks like something even I can do!

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      Tiggered 6 years ago

      Great lens!

      I wanted to grow avocado, but I didn't think of nail-piercing - simply popped a pit into a jar with water.

      Still waiting to see what will happen :)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have no avocado trees. I grow my avocados at the supermarket. :-)

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Great lens - and I love avocados.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Nice video on getting your own plant started.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Great new pictures!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      What a great idea. I'll have to try it one day.

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I'm looking forward to success now that I actually know what to do. I think I wasn't waiting long enough for that tap root to appear. Very informative and useful lens. Thanks!

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      When we lived in Hawaii we had several avocado trees and so did our neighbors so they were always plentiful. Although I love to eat avocados since they are both extremely healthy for you and taste- well they taste fabulous - I'd love to mash them up and use them as beauty masks for my hair & skin. I'll tell you, I never had such silky shiny hair.

      We've since moved to a colder climate and have to purchase our avocados (they don't grow well here inside or out) and miss our avocado tree.

      Just reading through your lens remind me of how much I miss having them around all the time.

      Great information and I like the way that you laid it all out.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh, I suck at gardening, so I especially like how easy-to-do your instructions, photos and videos are. I actually think that maybe, just maybe, I could do this. I love homemade guacamole and here's my secret - add in a little mango for extra zing and sweetness.

      Am adding this as your 3rd feature in the right sidebar of my 'Squidoo people with a good heart' lens. Also, lensrolled to my: Getting a Guy to Cook, Squidoo people with a good heart (earn up to 278 points) and Preventive Medicine is UNDERfunded, why? lenses. Hope it helps!