Big Seed: Growing an Avocado Tree from a Seed


I was reading an entry entitled “Homesick Toast” by ‘Simple Provisions’ and it got me thinking about avocados.

http://simpleprovisions.com.au/2012/06/22/homesick-toast/

Of course, you know that a horticulturist has to put her spin on it…

Avocados are everywhere right now — I mean, you can even get them on your sandwich at Subway.  If you are at home and doing something with avocados… what in the world are you to do with that big old seed you get out of each one.  Seems like a lot of waste to just throw it in the garbage, right?

Here is the solution:  grow your own avocado tree!

There are nine easy steps to follow and you will be on your way to your own indoor avocado grove:

  1. Wash the seed. Using three toothpick, suspend it broad end down over a water-filled glass to cover about an inch of the seed.
  2. Put it in a warm place out of direct sunlight and replenish water as needed. You should see roots and stem sprout in about two to six weeks.
  3. When the stem is six to seven inches long, cut it back to about three inches.
  4. When the roots are thick and the stem has leafed out again, plant it in a rich humus soil in a 10-1/2″ diameter pot, leaving the seed half exposed.
  5. Give it frequent, light waterings with an occasional deep soak. Generally, the soil should be moist but not saturated. Yellowing leaves are a sign of over-watering; let the plant dry out for a few days.
  6. The more sunlight, the better.
  7. If leaves turn brown and fry at the tips, too much salt has accumulated in the soil. Let water run freely into the pot and drain for several minutes.
  8. When the stem is 12 inches high, cut it back to 6 inches to encourage the growth of new shoots.
  9. While it is true that you can grow a tree from an avocado seed, keep in mind that a tree grown from seed will be very different from its parent variety and may take 7-15 years to begin producing fruit. Fruit from a tree grown from seed tends to have different flavor characteristics than their parent variety. Known varieties such as Hass avocados are grafted to preserve their varietal characteristics rather than grown from a seed.

And remember… have fun!

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