HOW TO GROW AVOCADO FROM SEED

Avocado trees can be beautiful as indoor plants. We have all seen lovely photos of avocado seeds on toothpicks over a jar of water. The truth is, the toothpick method is not as great as it looks, and many have ended up with their avocado pits rotted or shriveled.

HOW TO GROW AVOCADO FROM SEED
Avocado trees can be beautiful as indoor plants.

HOW TO GROW AVOCADO FROM SEED

2 easy ways to grow avocado tree from seed in soil or water, better than toothpicks method! Best tips on germination, indoor & outdoor planting, & more!

We have all seen lovely photos of avocado seeds on toothpicks over a jar of water. The truth is, the toothpick method is not as great as it looks, and many have ended up with their avocado pits rotted or shriveled.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF AN AVOCADO SEED. 

When we grow an avocado seed, the roots always come out of the bottom and the stems come out of the top of seed pit. Therefore we want to plant the seed with the top part pointing up.

The top of an avocado seed has a pointed shape, like the top of the avocado fruit. The bottom of the seed is flat.

Helpful tip: avocado seeds that started to crack are great for planting, because roots have already started to develop!

HOW TO GROW AVOCADO SEED IN WATER 

I love this method because it is so much fun to watch beautiful avocado trees growing from seeds in jars of water! If you just want some pretty indoor plants to decorate your home, you will really enjoy this technique.

Clean the avocado seeds and peel off as much of the skin as possible. This reduces the chance of the seeds molding while germinating. 

Wrap the seeds loosely in damp paper towel, and place them in a plastic bag or a container with lid.

Check on the pits once a week.  If the paper towel smells or look slimy, wash the seeds, the plastic bag or container , and change to a clean piece of paper towel.

Once the avocado seeds crack, look for tiny white roots that sprout from the bottom of each seed, and be careful not to damage the roots. When the roots grow and protrude beyond the bottom of the seeds, it’s time to start growing them in water.

This stage can take 1-2 months. It’s a good idea to start with more seeds than you need, and just keep the faster sprouting ones, because some seeds take much longer time to sprout, for no reason! You can also plant the cracked or sprouted avocado seeds in soil at this stage, like mentioned in previous method.

You can also use recycled plastic water bottles to make some! 

Cut off the top portion of a plastic water bottle without the lid, and place it on top of a glass jar as shown. Put a sprouted avocado seed inside this half sphere with roots pointing down. Add water until the bottom half of the seed is submerged in water. 

Always eep the roots submerged in water as it grows. After a couple more weeks, stems and leaves will start growing out of the avocado seed.

The water stays clean and clear usually. If you occasionally see signs of algae, clean the jar and change water. 

The only difference when you grow avocado indoors in soil vs in water is that avocado plants growing in jars of water need to be away from direct sun, because algae can grow in water exposed to sunlight. 

HOW TO PLANT AN AVOCADO SEED IN SOIL

In warmer weather, all you really need to do is to bury some avocado seeds in soil either in the garden or in a pot, keep them watered. Avocado seedlings will grow in 1 to 3 months. We can’t even count how many avocado trees have grown from pits in our garden compost! 

If you want to plant avocado seeds in pots, place the pits in soil with the top side pointing up, and cover with soil to the top tip. 

Keep the soil damp but not soggy. Keep the pot in a warm sunny place. Like mentioned earlier, seeds with cracks will be the first to germinate and leaf out. ????