How to grow an avocado tree

How to grow an avocado tree

Nothing is better than fresh grown food for the kitchen. I have tried unsuccessfully in the past, to grow my own avocado tree. I knew I was doing something wrong, but that didn’t keep me from experimenting, year after year. This year I was determined not to fail in my attempt so I asked “the mom” (who has amazing gardening skills) what I could be doing wrong and she told me the correct way to plant an avocado seed. It worked, woo hoo.

The first thing I want to mention is that it takes 7 to 10 years for an avocado tree to produce. That’s a long time but I think it’s going to be fun to nurture it until it reaches maturity. However, patience is not my best virtue. The next thing I want to mention is that just because you grow a tree does not mean it will produce fruit. Avocado seeds partially self-pollinate. The seeds need to be crossbred to ensure it will produce fruit and I’ve not mastered that step yet. When I do, I’ll share. I plan to graft this one to a rootstock (with “the moms” help of course).

GROW AN AVOCADO TREE

Instructions:

 

  • I pitted an avocado and put the seed in a sunny location in a window in our laundry room.
  • I waited quite a few weeks until there was a brown papery dry cover over the seed.
  • I peeled the papery type substance off of the seed.
  • I planted half of the seed (the flat end) in a pot with 1/4 teaspoon miracle grow time release in the potting soil. The other half I left above the ground.

 

I planted the seed indoors and it wasn’t until this month that I finally started noticing the sprout in the center of the seed. The seed split and I just kept watering it and checking it.

Sometime soon, I plan to plant the tree seedling in a permanent location and start a new tree next year.

It was easier than I thought it would be to grow the tree. The only thing I did different from past attempts was to peel the dried outer layer off of the avocado seed, after it completely dried.

Avocado Tree

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  1. I have also grown an avocado tree using the old potato in the water method. Stick toothpicks in, hang in water, wait until it grows roots than plant it. Works every time! All my family in Puerto Rico have avocado trees. I live on the east coast where I will never see an avocado tree, unless it’s just an avocado plant. Lucky for me I get a nice avocado package once a year.

  2. I wish I lived in a climate where you could grow Avocado trees. It would be so cool to grow one and eat the fresh fruit. I had no idea that it took 7-10 years for a free to product avocados!

  3. That seems cool! I never thought of growing my own avocado tree! It just seems so tropical that it’s daunting to attempt this in Toronto!

  4. Wow, this is fabulous! I had no idea you could do this. Not really sure what I thought, but I would LOVE to give this a try! I am horrible at growing things and keeping things alive, so this could be a challenege!

  5. I’ve tried to get the avocado seed ready to plant in a pot several times -I get the leaves growing but then nothing more – so yep – I’ve got your ‘recipe’ now and am going to try it again :)

  6. Ok You are like the 10th person I’ve heard about this from!!! I’m starting to think I need to grow my own to fit in hehe ;-) I do love avocados though so it would be neat to have my own tree!

  7. i wish I could grow an avocado tree but I don’t have a yard and like to move every 7 years it seems lol. I love eating avocados with some salt & pepper and eat it with a spoon . Actually making some quesadillas with avocado in them tonight

  8. I BROUGHT MY AVOCADO TREES INSIDE so they won’t die during the winter. This is my second time trying to grow as well. I have three that I am growing in a pot. Hopefully, they will continue to grow as I love avocado. Good luck to our avocados

  9. My sister is a teacher and did this experiment as well. She actually did it over a glass of water until it sprouted then planted it! Amazing to see it grow!

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