Asked on Jan 13, 2019

How do I plant an avocado tree?

Scarlet PaolicchiPeggy BurnetteRebecca Taylor


3 answers
  • Rebecca Taylor
    on Jan 13, 2019

    Hi Lulu, yes you can and here is how to do it.

      Wash the seed. Using three toothpicks, suspend it broad end down over a water-filled glass to cover about an inch of the seed.Put it in a warm place out of direct sunlight and replenish water as needed. You should see roots and stem sprout in about two to six weeks.When the stem is six to seven inches long, cut it back to about three inches.When the roots are thick and the stem has leafed out again, plant it in a rich humus soil in a 10-1/2" diameter pot, leaving the seed half exposed.Give it frequent, light waterings with an occasional deep soak. Generally, the soil should be moist but not saturated. Yellowing leaves are a sign of over-watering; let the plant dry out for a few days.The more sunlight, the better.If leaves turn brown and fry at the tips, too much salt has accumulated in the soil. Let water run freely into the pot and drain for several minutes.When the stem is 12 inches high, cut it back to 6 inches to encourage the growth of new shoots.
    While it is true that you can grow a tree from an avocado seed, keep in mind that a tree grown from seed will be very different from its parent variety and may take 7-15 years to begin producing fruit. Fruit from a tree grown from seed tends to have different flavor characteristics than their parent variety. Known varieties such as Hass avocados are grafted to preserve their varietal characteristics rather than grown from a seed.

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Jan 14, 2019

    Hi Lulu, here are some ideas and hints for growing and care of an avocado. Good luck Growing Avocados as Houseplants - The Spruce

    1. › ... › Gardening › Houseplants › Houseplant Basics

    Nov 26, 2018 - To sprout an avocado seed, insert three toothpicks into the seed and suspend it with the end down over a glass of water. Water should cover about an inch of the seed. Keep it in a warm place, but not in direct sunlight.

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