Introduction: Guacamole Byproduct House Plant

If you have a ripe avocado on hand, you have more than just a delectable and versatile fruit.

Step 1: Enjoy Avocado

The first step is to enjoy your avocado whichever way you prefer.  I prefer guacamole.

Step 2: This Is the Pits

Now you may be wondering what you could possibly do with this pit because you don't have a compost bin so it just takes up space in your trash.

Step 3: Things You Will Need

If you have a small vessel of some kind (any kind will do) and toothpicks or small nails and water, you are ready to soak that pit until it takes root.  ( a slide is missing here in which we see the root protruding from the bottom of the pit; will add as soon as it happens)

Step 4: Be Patient

After some weeks (don't forget to keep replenishing your pit's water dish) you will see the root and then you can plant it roots down in some soil.  After some more weeks, a budding stick will appear protruding out the top of the pit.

Step 5: Please Continue to Be Patient

After more weeks still, your stick will begin to bud, though this is quite a leggy stick indeed.  (don't forget to water your stick!)

Step 6: Ta-Dah!

After countless weeks, you will have a new house plant, which may never grow you an avocado to perpetuate the cycle of delectable fruit consumption, but it sure is a pleasant addition to your home.

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rhondita (author)2015-07-08

I grow them for the leaves. so many Mexican recipes call for Avocado Leaves. You and also use the leaves in recipes that call for Bay Leaves.

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Marcaine Art (author)2012-04-10

I've tried this about a dozen times and still haven't been able to get it to work :-( maybe I'm doing something wrong. I'd love to have some in my house.

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sagenhoney (author)2011-01-09

Lovely plant. Warning: May be toxic to animals from what I've read, anyone have experience with this?

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rsnide (author)2010-04-27

Easier than that. I've grown them in small dixie cups, bathroom size., just keep water in cup 'till it sprouts. Then, transfer to soil. Also, I've had two plants come up as 'volunteers" in my compost pile. I've had my first plant about five years. It is now about 7 feet tall and lives in our living room ( we have a vaulted ceiling). Lots of fun.
rsnide

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rowbear (author)2010-04-13

I've grown avocado plants this way for years.  My most recent effort has produced a six foot tree (3" trunk) that I planted in a very large pot, which I keep on my patio.  I can't put it in the ground in our area; it wouldn't survive the occasional frost we get.  I have been caught by unexpected cold weather on several occasions, and lost the leaves.  But, after cutting the trunk back to about 8" or so, it began to procude new growth in the spring.  This tree is now about 5 years old.

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Nabil (author)2009-11-22

 Mine finally got a root :D

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rimar2000 (author)2009-10-28

Maybe you already know it, but I repeat here: to obtain the fruit of avocado (palta, aguacate), you must have a female plant, and not far from it must have a male plant of the same species.

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mr BT (author)rimar20002009-10-28

The avocado is very interesting in that, not only does each tree possess both male and female flowers, but each flower serves as both male and female flowers.  Each tree can have flowers acting as both male and female at the same time.  Here is an article that explains in better detail.
http://ucavo.ucr.edu/Flowering/RemarkableFlower.html

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rimar2000 (author)mr BT2009-10-29

Sorry, I thought otherwise, because they had explained to me that. Obviously the word of mouth information is unreliable.

It's really amazing the avocado's flower behavior, as it is explained at that page.

But there also mentions the fact of cross-pollination, so what I said before it would not be so wrong.

SPANISH (original):

Perdón, yo creía lo contrario, porque así me lo habían explicado. Evidentemente la información de boca en boca no es confiable.

Es realmente asombroso el comportamiento de la flor de aguacate, tal como lo explica esa página.

Pero ahí también menciona el hecho de que la polinización es cruzada, por lo cual lo que yo dije antes no sería tan erróneo.

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ChrysN (author)2009-10-28

Guacamole and a new house plant, what a great deal.

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underwhelmed (author)2009-10-28

You can grow an avocado this way, but don't expect fruit production.

Hass Avocados are produced on cloned trees. The offspring from the fruit of these trees are not reliable for production, and the fruit produced is not uniform in size, texture, taste, etc.

All Hass avocados are grown on clones of a mother tree that was owned by a man named Rudolph  Hass. His tree had excellent production and fruit with great texture. The tree was planted in 1926, Hass patented this variety in 1935. The mother tree died in 2002. Not bad for a tree Hass was going to remove because it didn't accept his attempts at grafting.

You can read more about it here-
http://www.avocadocentral.com/hass-variety/hass-mother-tree

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Kozz (author)2009-10-28

I really want to do this the next time I pick up an avocado at the store.  After reading this short article http://www.crfg.org/tidbits/AvocadoFromSeed.html it seems that the plants get "leggy" because they're reaching for proper light.  The article says the plant will grow best in your brightest, coolest room.

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