Two Easy Ways to Start Avocado Trees From Seed
I have started pits suspended over water and had great success with all of them. My current windowsill isn't big enough to ha e multiple things in it so I began germinating the pits by soaking them in water for a day or two, then wrap them in a damp paper towel and place them in a snack size ziplock and place in a sunny window. Mine is East facing. I have yet to have one that didn't sprout! They germinated much faster using this method.
It takes forever to get an avocado to grow roots in water! I bury my kitchen scraps in my raised beds all winter and every summer I find an avocado tree growing there! I have found it is much easier to get a sprout if you plant the seed in a flower pot that already has a plant growing in it and continue caring for the plant you already have so as not to overwater or do anything special to get the avocado to sprout. You can repot it in its own pot when it gets several inches tall (it may still have the seed ball attached so be careful to not injure it). :) Enjoy your tree!!!
Easy to make Chocolate Avocado Pudding is delicious.
Frozen or fresh Avocados
Sweetener or sugar of your choice
If you like cold chocolate pudding use frozen avocados. If you like room temperature pudding use fresh avos.
Combine in a Vitamix blender.
You decide on how much chocolate and how sweet.
It is a perfect pudding texture and a wonderful way to make chocolate pudding. It tastes like the best chocolate pudding from childhood minus all the harmful ingredients found in a box mix.
BTW, I had to stop composting avos because they sprout very easily in my British Columbia garden. I wish I could grow them into a tree!
I've planted a pit directly in the soil, leaving the top third above ground because the pits need light to germinate. I've done this several times, with a high success rate, resulting in lots of give-ways :-) One summer I even put a few pits out in the garden, assuming I could pot them up before winter if anything grew. Weeks later I was rewarded with a stalk shooting up. In only a couple of days, it reached at least 2 feet before the first leaves spread out. It thrived outside for another couple months - I finally dug it up when we got frost warnings. And found another one of the pits had a long, sturdy root, and its stalk was just about to break the pit open. Both of those plants have a happy life in a sunny hallway in an office building.
I've also tried the toothpicks and water method and I did have success once but also had a couple failures. It's fun for kids to watch how a seed grows but the soil version seems more effective if you want a plant.
I currently have 3 pot-sprouted plants sharing a pot. Not ideal, but so far they are doing well (3 to 4 feet tall!). In my experience drainage is critical - they don't mind being watered from the bottom occasionally, but they really don't like having constantly wet feet.
Most avacodos are grafted hybrids, very rare that a tree grown from a seed will produce a tree that sets decent fruit id any at all....
I don't understand why people keep saying those plants will never grow up to be a fruit bearing tree, my neighbors all have avocado trees, enormous with so many avocados that they have to give them away. all these trees grew from seeds.
Thank you.. I always say, "Try it!" Then we really know! You really know! Your friends have done it. 🥰 Urban legends can create doubt. I plant tomato seeds from a fresh tomato and grew tasty tomato bearing plants. The myth was my plants might be different than the seeds, but they were just as tasty and divine. Try it.. Make growing plants an experiment! HAVE FUN! 💞
I've tried this method multiple times and never had any luck. Finally, I threw a pit in pot of topsoil and got a sprout on the first try.
I’ve been germinating and growing avocado pits with my son lately for “science” class. I have a planted avocado that’s growing pretty steadily it’s about a foot tall now. It has six big leaves.
When you say cut it back, do you mean just chop off the top? I didn’t know this step.
Is there a particular way or angle you’re supposed to cut at?