Grow Your Own: Avocadoes

Why am I posting this Tropical Insanity during the frigid Snow Flake 2 emoticonSnow Flake 2 emoticonWinterSnow Flake 2 emoticonSnow Flake 2 emoticon? Because the indoor-to-outdoor process takes a while and, before you know it, Spring will be here, and it’ll be time to move your little

Avocado Tree outside for planting!

*Growing from seeds*



My Florida Avocado Tree: 6 months after planting from seed/pit.  


My Florida Avocado Tree: 12 months after planting from seed/pit.

**Haas Avocado Tree Grown From Seed** 


My Haas Tree: 8 months after planting from seed/pit.  

I followed step by step instructions similar to those below to produce my Haas and Florida variety Avocado Trees.  


** F.Y.I. Both varieties can take between 5-13 years to drop fruit when planted from seed and will not necessarily produce the exact cultivar of the seed from which they’ve germinated. ** 

I’m still learning and hoping that my trees will survive and eventually produce.  In the meantime, I will be planting more to increase my odds for success.  I hope that I’ve inspired you to do the same.  :-)

Good Luck!!

  1. Remove the large pit (seed) from inside an avocado, rinse well, and dry (a wet seed will be slippery!).

  2. Push three or four toothpicks into the seed at its widest part so that you can suspend the pit over a glass of water with the pointy end sticking up. The water should cover about an inch of the seed.
  3. Put in a warm place and make sure to maintain the water level.
  4. In 2-6 weeks, roots and a stem will sprout from the seed. When the stem is about six inches long, trim it in half.
  5. When the stem leafs again, transplant the seedling to a pot with loose, sandy soil. Plant the seedling root down, leaving the top half of the pit sticking out of the soil.
  6. Give your plant frequent, light watering and keep it in a sunny place to encourage growth.
  7. Pinch back the newest top leaves every time the stems grow another six inches or so to encourage more growth and a fuller plant.

In most regions, the avocado plant can stay outside in summer. If you live in a warm climate that does not experience temperatures less than 45 degrees F, you may want to make your avocado tree part of your landscaping by moving the plant outside permanently:

  • For best results, transplant in the early spring, after gradually acclimating your plant to the elements by bringing it outside for a while each day for a week or two.
  • Plant in a large hole (about 3 feet wide by 3 feet deep) in well-drained soil, in an area that receives plenty of indirect sunlight.
  • Water regularly, but don’t over-water (you’ll know you’re watering too much if your plant’s leaves turn yellow.)

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