Grow an Avocado Tree from a Seed
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
I want to know what you know about Avocados.