Germinate an avocado pit and grow it

How to sprout and grow an avocado pit?

Avocados are so good, so delicious, both for breakfast with a slice of bread and for dinner in a nice big salad! So did you know that it is possible and even easy to grow an avocado tree plan from a pit?

Having tested it, I can tell you that it works! So here are some tips and advice for having your own avocado plant at home.

1. Sprout an avocado pit

The first thing to do before having your own avocado plant at home is to germinate the pit. But how to germinate this famous avocado pit?

  • Remove the pit from a very ripe avocado with your fingers (do not use a knife, you will damage the pit).
  • Wash the pit to remove all traces of avocado flesh and remove the brown peel with your fingernails.
  • Then insert 3 toothpicks directly into the core to a depth of a few millimeters.
  • Fill a glass with water and place the stone in order to cover it with water up to about 2/3.

It is important to choose an avocado pit that is firm, smooth and a nice brown color.

Here are some photos of the nucleus sprouting in a glass of water through the stages:

2. Water, sun and heat to germinate

Now that your stone is well in place in its glass of water, it is important to take care of it if you want to be able to see your avocado plant grow.

Here are some important elements to respect for the germination of the kernel:

  • Check the water level regularly and change the water completely each time.
  • Always pour temperate water to avoid too much shock to the core and roots.
  • Place the glass on a window sill facing the sun.
  • Finally, make sure that the heat is there, otherwise germination will be late.

3. When to plant the avocado seedling in the ground?

It takes several weeks before you see a first root form under the avocado pit and a few more days or weeks to see a first stem grow on top.

When the stem and the first leaves are well grown and you notice slower and slower growth, it will be time to plant the avocado tree in the ground. It is important to change the pot size over the years so that the avocado plant continues to grow (about every 2 years).

4. Video of steps to grow an avocado seedling

5. When will my plant produce avocados?

If you are in a hurry to prepare your good homemade guacamole then growing an avocado at home is definitely not the solution! 😉

Indeed, to hope to harvest the first fruits it is generally necessary to wait between 8 and 10 years to see the first flowers and sometimes even longer for the growth of the first avocados.

Sun, heat, humidity and lots of space, that’s what your avocado tree needs to produce delicious avocados!

Whether it’s your own avocados or those in the grocery store, here’s another article you’re going to love: How to peel an avocado easily?

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