Growing Avocado Plants From Seed

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Introduction: Growing Avocado Plants From Seed

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:

  1. Perched over a cup of water (like the photo demonstrates)
  2. In dirt / soil (which grows faster than the water method)

You'll need:

  • 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.

Step 4: To Prune, or Not to Prune

Here is a plant that is just a little bit older. See how the different sets of leaves are developing? As they grow, some people recommend pruning the top bunch off to create a bushier plant. If you plan on keeping the plant inside (avocados make great houseplants!) you may want to do this to keep the size reasonable and to have a more attractive plant.

Step 5: Too Big for a Little Pot

These two shot up pretty fast as the weather warmed. Here in California we can grow these guys all year round, but most plants will not survive under 55-60 degrees. These plants are Hass avocados, and will probably need to be moved into bigger pots very soon.

Step 6: Watering & Enjoying

I was lucky enough to come across three Fuerte avocados (the most delicious, in my opinion). Although it can take several years to produce fruit - IF they ever do - I am keeping a watchful eye on these three plants in hopes they someday will. Avocados need a good watering, but do not like being watered small amounts daily. It is best to thoroughly soak the soil and then only water it again when it is beginning to dry. I've stuck to watering them every other day (or less). Watch your leaves carefully!

Good luck on your avocado planting and hopefully you will soon have a pretty, low-maintenance plant to decorate your home/garden. If you have any tips for me, please leave me a comment!

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125 Discussions

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caitd3
caitd3

1 year ago

Many plants can be started from the original fruit. I have had luck with pomegranate, kiwi, Japanese Plum and dragon fruit so far. One never knows until you try.

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kwang101
kwang101

Reply 25 days ago

I also had luck with a pomegrantate it grew up to like 2-5 inches But forgot to water it and it died.:(

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ctrout6
ctrout6

Question 4 months ago

2 of my leaves are browning along the edges. Move the plant from a small pot witw potting soil into a larger pot with a rich of soil and some potting soil. Do not know how to send a picture. ctrout6@comcast.net Thanks

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BedriÖ
BedriÖ

Question 7 months ago on Step 1

Hello,I just wanted to ask 1 question:How many centigrades the water need to be enoughly for the first step*

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Christian Tan
Christian Tan

Answer 7 months ago

Hey There, the amount of water you put doesn't matter as long as you submerge half of the avocado seed under water you're going to be alright.

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EZ E
EZ E

Question 7 months ago on Step 4

Hello, I'm new to growing plants. How should pruning be done and when? I just started my seeds-water plantings and want them to become bushy house plants.

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AndrewHirst
AndrewHirst

Question 8 months ago on Introduction

Hi, I need some help and advice regarding my avacado seedling. I transferred it from Water to compost today(19-11-2019). I don't think it looks very healthy based on the colour and condition of the leaves.(see pictures) What I would like to know is, now I have transferred it from the water to compost, will it improve, or shall I throw it out and start again?
Thanks for any advice, tips, help in advance.

Kind regards.
Andrew.

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sharpstick
sharpstick

2 years ago on Step 6

I have an avocado tree in my yard. It appeared in a compost pile about 15 years ago. It is now about 30 feet tall. About three years ago, it started bearing fruit, despite being pretty much totally neglected. Unfortunately, they are too high to reach, so we have to wait until squirrels chew them enough for them to drop. If we're lucky, they ripen before they go bad from the damage, but they are pretty good when they do. It's bigger than a Hass, but just as good.

I'm in Tampa, Florida. Every five or ten years we get a freeze hard enough to kill some of the branches, but it comes back in the spring. Next time, I plan to trim the higher branches and "espalier" it so I can reach the fruit.

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DavidG957
DavidG957

Reply 10 months ago

Ther Is this great little gadget for picking fruit of trees called a picker. A small basket on a stick, with a few hooks on the basket top. Stick length can be changed. Reach up hook the fruit, pull it falls in basket, you retrieve. Problem solved.

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caitd3
caitd3

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks for the info. I live in Fla too, on the East coast. My tree is only about 12 feet high. I did not realize they got that big and I will keep it trimmed because of your note. No fruit yet, but we keep hoping.

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sharpstick
sharpstick

Reply 2 years ago

This is a great fun and educational way to get a "free" plant. However, if you want an effective and productive way to get fruit, it is worth it to buy a plant that is better suited for home production. Some plants are best if they are grafted. Many of the fruit varieties you buy in the grocery store are optimized for commercial production and are not necessarily the best for home growing. Commercial ones are often bred for cheaper growing, better storage and transport, and are not always the best tasting. I also prefer dwarf varieties(papaya, banana, avocado) after having several large fruit trees killed by frost. The dwarf varieties can be grown in tubs and more easily protected by covering, or taking inside a porch during cold snaps, or the entire winter.

So basically, that "free" tree you grew from a pit is not that good a deal. If I'm going to invest time and yard space to a tree that I hope to get fruit from, I don't mind investing a bit more up front. (A good grafted dwarf Avocado tree is about $60 to $100, and will start bearing fruit in a year or two max, sometimes immediately.)

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ella868
ella868

7 years ago

When planted in dirt, does the fat end go up?

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chg1008
chg1008

Reply 1 year ago

This was clearly stated in the instructions above. Please read again. :)

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Tweetysvoice
Tweetysvoice

Reply 1 year ago

Can you please tell me which step mentioned this. I've re-read several times and cannot find one mention of the fat side of the seed going up or down.

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Sandra1957
Sandra1957

Reply 11 months ago

The "bottom" is the fat end. Fat end goes down.

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Sandra1957
Sandra1957

Reply 11 months ago

My Mama's name was Ella.

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Sandra1957
Sandra1957

Reply 11 months ago

The "bottom" is the fat end. Fat end goes down.

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RobynD27
RobynD27

Reply 2 years ago

No

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ΛέιαΣ
ΛέιαΣ

Question 11 months ago on Step 3

I water- planted my avocado and I'm putting it into soil ... Does it have to be watered after that or no?

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JudyH104
JudyH104

Question 2 years ago

My avocado pit sprouted and has about 10 leaves now. None are yellow but all are wrinkled and curled inward. Does anyone know the cure for this?