Grow Avocados

Grow Avocados

Grow Avos like a Plant Dad Pro

Hello! My name is Alex, Spanish plant dad living in Sweden. Today I would like to show a different way of growing avocado trees from the pit.

Growing avocado trees at home can be tricky. Most online tutorials show you how to grow one avocado pit in a glass but many people – including me, look at the pit impatiently every day hoping for some roots and usually forget to refill the water. Here I will show you a different way to grow avocado pits with low maintenance. You can grow as many avocado pits as you want at the same time. YAY!


You will need
You will need
  • Avocado pits
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting board
  • Towel
  • Wine corks
  • Toothpicks
  • Bucket
  • Glass bottles
  • Pot with drainage
  • Soil


Cut the avocado and clean the pit
STEP 1

Cut the avocado fruit in two halves trying not to cut the pit with the knife.

Clean the avocado pit from the flesh with a towel.


Cut wine corks in two pieces
STEP 2

Cut wine corks into two pieces.

You will need three half corks for each pit you want to grow.


Cut tooth pick in two pieces
STEP 3

I recommend to cut the toothpick in two as well so you can fit more avocado pits in the same bucket.


Find the bottom of the pit
STEP 4

Have a look at the pit. The bottom part is more flat than the top.

The future roots will grow from the bottom, so you want to have that part inside the water.


Insert toothpick in pit
STEP 5

Depending on its size, stick 3 to 4 toothpicks in the pit.

Make sure you insert the toothpick at a bit of an angle so that half of the pit will float on the water.

Introduce cork

Then add one piece of cork to the other end of the toothpick to create a little avocado boat.


Fill the bucket with water
STEP 6

Fill the bucket with water.

Put the avocado boats in the bucket

Float the avocado boats on the water.


Place bucket in a sunny place
STEP 7

Place the bucket somewhere you don’t need to look at it every day.

It will take 2 to 3 months before the pits sprout and you will get frustrated quick.

Remember to change the water every 2-3 weeks.

The water might get brown or green, that’s ok! Just change the water.


Change the rooted pit to a glass
STEP 8

Not all pits will sprout, that is why I usually start with 8 to 10 pits, only 3 or 4 actually sprout.

Let the roots grow longer

When the pit has rooted you can place your avocado pits in a glass bottles and place them by a window. The water doesn’t need to reach the pit, now the roots will drink the water too.


Find a pot with drainage
STEP 9

When the stem gets 10cm tall, you can plant it in a pot. I recommend a pot with drainage.

Plant the pit in the pot

Keep the soil moist and fertilise only during the growing months – spring and summer.


Voilà
STEP 10

Voielà! You can now grow avocado pits like a real Plant Dad Pro!


WRITTEN BY:

Alex Fabuel

Alex Fabuel is a Spanish plant dad living in the vibrant city of Malmö in the South of Sweden. He spent most of his childhood helping out his family vineyards in La Mancha region. His parents have always inspired him and shared their knowledge and passion towards nature. Now he works as an Art Director for a Swedish furniture company. Far from his family greenlands, Alex still enjoys growing plants — but indoors. His most loved green companions are the ones he grows from pits, seeds and cuttings.

2 Comments

  • Sam

    Hi Alex! I did this about two years ago, and now my avocado tree is about 3.5 ft tall. Within the past two months the tips of the leaves have started turning brown. Any suggestions on how to remedy this?

    • Alex Fabuel

      Hello! If you are watering the plant regularly, It might be lack of humidity, do you have an humidifier at home? You can also spray the leaves with water 💦. Let me know how it goes! 🌱💚🌱

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