Avocado Tree

This is the first time I am attempting to grow an avocado tree and let me tell you, I am very excited about it! I have a root which equals success because that is the indicator the tree is going to grow! I will explain in very simple directions on how to get started.

Step 1: Materials

Avocado pit
Toothpicks or wood skewers
Small Mason jar or vase

Step 2: Directions

1. Wash the avocado pit off with warm water. Insert the toothpicks into the pit about 1/8 of an inch or so. See picture on how the toothpicks are placed.
Fill the jar or vase full of clean tap water. (How much water you need is based on the size of your container and how the toothpicks hold pit in place)
2. Place the pit in the water broadside down. The water should only cover 1/4" of the pit. The toothpicks are to hold pit in place and so it isn't fully submerged in water.
3. Keep the pit out of direct sunlight. Also change water or add water as needed.
4. In two to three weeks you should notice the pit has split and a root is forming. This means your avocado tree is growing!

Step 3: Conclusion

Now I do not have any personal images of what an avocado tree looks like once it really begins growing...(yet) you can search images online and see what a nice addition they could be to any home. Plus it's a tree...how exciting that is to grow a tree! I will definitely post updates. I have a real pretty clear rose jar that I will transfer the tree over to once it begins outgrowing the small jar. You can add your own decorative flare. Good Luck and hope you try it out!

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    Answer 11 days ago

    It can (and usually does) take a bit longer than 3 weeks for a pit to germinate and get the tap root started.

    A couple of tips:

    - change the water every week or so, or sooner if it looks murky or slimy.

    - avocados that haven’t been chilled seem to be more productive. Those labeled organic are rarely stored chilled, and if you wait for them to go on clearance (assuming you don’t plan on eating them) you can get them much cheaper than fresh/ripe avocados.

    - once planted (usually after the stalk/stem is at least 6-8 inches tall), they actually require very little water. This may be specific to my area due to humidity so ymmv. Just be careful to not saturate them. I nearly lost a 24” (1 year old) “tree” recently by placing a couple ice cubes in the pot once a week. It was simply too much.

    - unless planted in ground in a suitable climate, don’t expect to actually harvest avocados. Even in ideal conditions, it may not fruit. And if it does, I’ve read the fruit will taste nothing like the average avocado.


    Reply 10 days ago

    I had already noted in my steps about changing the water and the poster had asked how long it took "my" avocado to germinate...not how long "it usually takes". But thank you for trying to "add" to my project...


    Answer 15 days ago

    Here is an updated image from my original post. I am really excited to see some true growth!


    Answer 15 days ago

    It took about three weeks...funny you ask because today I used an avocado for a hair mask that was super ripe and the pit was already split with a root! So I have it soaking in water right now to peel it easier and I'm going to try and grow it. I really hope for great results from this project and will definitely keep posing updates too.