How to grow an avocado tree from the pit. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
While it takes a lot of patience to grow an avocado tree, about five years before it starts producing fruit, you’ll have everything you need to get one started the next time you cut open an avocado.
Take the pit of the fruit, wash it thoroughly, and poke a hole in the center of the seed with a toothpick, about a half an inch in. Then poke 2 or 3 more toothpicks so they are equally distributed around the seed. Rest over a jar or glass filled with water, with the broad or flat (bottom) end of the avocado seed suspended in about 1 inch of water. Leave the top end open to the air. Change the water about twice a week. You should see roots growing at about week 8.
When the seedling reaches 6 or 7 inches tall, cut the stem in half. This may seem counterproductive to actually growing a tree, but it allows the plant to begin putting its energies into new growth.
Once the seedling has several new roots and thick leaves plant the seed in potting soil, in a sunny spot, and water well as it continues to grow. Stay on top of pruning and fertilizing in the summer.
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