I love avocados and growing things, and found this to be a fun, simple way to grow beautiful-looking plants from the stones (pits) left over from making guacamole or avocado dip. It takes a while for a stone to grow into a tree, but you’ll have a beautiful houseplant pretty quickly.
There are two ways to start out your seeds:
- Perched over a cup of water (like the photo demonstrates)
- In dirt / soil (which grows faster than the water method)
- Avocado seeds, rinsed from your last avocado meal
- Toothpicks and jars for the water method
- Dirt, gravel, and pots, trays, or garden space
Step 1: The Seed - Water Planting
This particular seed had sprouted inside of the avocado before I had even eaten it. Be careful to not cut any deep gouges when removing the seed. Clean it very well so there are no more bits of avocado flesh left on them (like there happens to be in this photo).
If you are using the toothpick method, stick three toothpicks in the side of the seed about halfway down. You want half of the avocado to be under water. Set it on the rim of a glass or jar and fill it up. The "bottom" is the fat end. Easy enough, right? Refill the water as it evaporates and keep the avocados in a bright window or outside. They will begin to sprout after anywhere from a few days to several months. One of my avocado seeds took three months to sprout, but I've never had one not sprout eventually. When roots begin to fill the glass, transplant the whole deal carefully into a pot.
Step 2: The Seed - Dirt Method
The dirt method is just as simple. If you are using a pot, put a little gravel or some pebbles in the bottom for excellent drainage. Avocados love water but they do not like soggy soil. Leave the top of the seed a little above the soil.
Step 3: Baby Plant
Soon enough your plant will be sprouting. This is a seed I water-planted and then moved into a pot.