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From Pit To Paradise: Here’s How To Grow An Avocado Tree From Seed

A TikTok trend turned life-long journey, here's a step-by-step process on how you can grow your own avocado tree from seed.

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As TikTok swept the globe with informative how-to’s and tips/tricks for just about anything, the algorithm has managed to hit its target audience while blasting our “for you page” with everything “plant” related.

What seems to be the hottest topic in the green-thumb community is growing an avocado tree from seed. The trend has recently taken TikTok by storm, allowing all gardeners and plantspersons to take part in quite literally one of the most extended ventures of their lives. 

Here’s a quick and informative guide to how you can grow your avocado tree.

Germination

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There are a couple of different ways to get your avocado pit to sprout. Begin by washing off any excess fruit and peeling off the thin brown layer of skin until you reach the beige interior pit.

Next, there are two options, #1; locate the wide end of the pit and point it downward, proceed by pressing three toothpicks in its sides (to balance on top of a jar/bottle). Fill your jar/bottle until the bottom of the pit is submerged and so it can steadily balance on top with help from the toothpicks. Place your pit in a warm place out of the sun; a windowsill is ideal.

Option #2: wrap your avocado pit in a damp (not wet) paper towel and place it in a closed jar/ziplock bag on a warm windowsill out of the sun. Check up on the dampness of your paper towel every few days to ensure there’s still moisture, but not enough to produce mold.

Root Growth

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From here on out, you begin to reap the rewards of owning your avocado tree (with one minor setback ahead).

Once you notice your pit begin to crack, do not pry it open; allow it to open by itself to sprout its first tiny root in two to six weeks. As the root starts to spout, move your plant into a brighter location. If you chose option #2, place the pit on top of a bottle that’s lip is small enough to hold the pit.

If you don’t have any on hand, using three toothpicks can help balance your pit on a jar, but a narrow bottle lip is best for long-term results. The same goes for option #1; remove the toothpicks and place the pit on a narrow bottle with the root submerged.

As the plant begins to sprout more extensive roots, you might have to change the bottle/jar depending on how much room your roots need. Once the pit starts to produce a stem with leaves, we regret to inform you that you need to cut the stem in half once it reaches six to seven inches for the tree to be at its strongest and healthiest. We know that doesn’t sound right, but it helps the tree reset itself to grow twice as strong.

Once the tree grows a thicker stem with leaves, plant it in the soil in a pot about ten inches in diameter. As your tree grows, you’ll need to find a more permanent place in the ground for it to flourish into a full-grown tree.

Care And Maintenance

Keep the plant in a bright and warm spot indoors until big enough to move outside, and frequently water the plant for soil to stay moist. We must inform you that you can skip this entire process and purchase a full-grown avocado plant, but what fun is that?

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September 07, 2021 — Last Updated September 11, 2021
Written by Herb
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September 07, 2021 — Last Updated September 11, 2021
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