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How to grow an avocado tree from a seed

Updated on July 4, 2015

Do you eat avocado and throw out the seed? Please don’t tell me you do. If you do chances are that you don’t realize how easy it is to grow an avocado tree.

Here are some easy steps to grow your own avocado tree but first you will need:

  • Get a container, preferably glass with a fairly small opening. I usually use old jam jars so that I can see through and recycle something that I’d usually throw away.
  • Get 4 toothpick or skewers

Before you being to grow avocado from a seed you will need a glass jam jar and four skewers or toothpicks.
Before you being to grow avocado from a seed you will need a glass jam jar and four skewers or toothpicks. | Source

Here are 4 easy steps to growing your avocado tree.

Step 1

Cut the avocado in half lengthwise but do not cut right through. Rotate the avocado around the knife keeping the seed intact without harming it. The avocado can now be pulled apart; one half will have no seed just flesh and the other will have half the seed exposed.

Step 2

Pop the seed out but gently stabbing the seed with a knife so that the seed will get stuck in the blade. Rotate the avocado and the seed will be free from the flesh.

Step 3

Wash the seed of any residue and hold the pointy end of the seed towards the sky. Poke the toothpicks in into the top of the seed (point of the seed). Depending on the diameter of the opening of the container you are going to pop the seed in you can angle the toothpicks so that it sits in the water better.

Step 4

After the seed is placed in the container fill it till the seed is submerged half way. Ensure that the container is put in a sunny place and change the water every week.

Avocado is submerged half way in water by having toothpicks inserted into the seed.
Avocado is submerged half way in water by having toothpicks inserted into the seed. | Source

For the roots to break the seed it usually takes around two months sometimes longer. When the roots touch the bottom of the container it is a further 3 to 4 weeks until the shoot breaks through the top of the seed.

Avocado seedling sprouting after around 8 weeks of being submerged in water
Avocado seedling sprouting after around 8 weeks of being submerged in water | Source

Once the shoot grows into a stalk about 6 cm it is time to plant it in the soil. Ensure that the soil is turned and a week before planting, ensure you add a lot of potting mix.

Now all you have to do is wait until your tree provide you with your own supply of avocado.Time frame until it fruits? Well I hear it's at least around 2 to 3 years.

Group of avocado seeds on my windowsill
Group of avocado seeds on my windowsill | Source


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    • Anthony Manoj profile imageAUTHOR

      Anthony Manoj 

      3 years ago from All around the world

      thumbi7, let me know how you go.

      Phyllis Doyle, sunlight is the key! Currently I have two avocado sprouting in my garden doing well. Ensure that you are changing the water every week. Also, thank you for the warm welcome.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Anthony. Welcome to HubPages.

      I have tried this avocado seed thing every year since I can remember and all I get is a tall skinny sprout with two small leaves. I pinch off the top after those first two leaves, hoping the plant will branch out and get double the leaves - nope, the plant dies. I will follow your directions which sound better than mine.

      You place the seed and jar in a sunny window - I always kept it in the kitchen where I get no sun. I always submerged the seed halfway in water with the point down - I should have realized that was upside down. I will put the point up.

      Very clear instructions and good photos. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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      JR Krishna 

      3 years ago from India

      This is amazing.

      You have done it in a very organised way

      Voted up and shared


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