Nothing is better than freshly 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, woohoo.
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).
- 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 differently from past attempts was to peel the dried outer layer off of the avocado seed after it was completely dried.
This process takes a lot of patience but it’s very rewarding to see the effort pay off.