DIY Avocado Tree - How to Grow Avocado Tree From Seed

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12 Months

Today let’s talk about some different kind of DIY - plant baby, a project that took a year before coming to life!

I grew this indoor avocado plant from a seed to a tree (to be). By no means did I know if it was going to work to begin with, but I’m glad to see it’s working!!

Here’s what I did:

Step 1: Root. There are different ways to do it. The approach I took was to wrap the seed in a wet paper towel and left it in a sealed sandwich bag for 2 months/ or until the root comes out.

Step 2: Grow in water. Place the root in water and maybe with the seed half-submerged too. Wait for the seed to sprout. This can take couple of months depending on how much sun and heat your avocado gets. Sunlight is the key here.

Step 3: Pot in soil when the plant is 15cm tall or when water doesn’t provide enough nutrition. Use soil and planter with good drainage. And continue placing the plant under a lot of sunshine.


Potting mix

Lechuza Smart Planter

Here's what it looks like today! Isn't it magic?!

Have you grown an avocado tree from seed before? Let me know how you grew yours and how old it is! Let’s bounce some ideas! 🙌

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  • Kathy Kathy on Feb 02, 2022

    Who cares about fruit? The leaves are beautiful

  • Did you or will you get the fruit?

  • Daisy@TX Daisy@TX on Feb 06, 2022

    I placed two seeds in moist paper towels snd in a zip lock bag. Checked on them two weeks later and they were moldy. Ugh. what did I not do right?

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  • Kim Westwood Kim Westwood on Jan 30, 2022

    We grew one at a place I worked at. it was still in a pot when I left, 5 years later. I have since found out it can take up to 10 years before you get fruit.

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    • Sher Sher on Mar 22, 2022

      I read somewhere it took 7 years to bear fruit. From a small avocado plant it did take 7 yrs. before we got avocados . Now for the last 10 -12 yrs. we have an over abundance of avocado's that are huge. The neighborhood loves these. Mine are Florida avocados' as we live in Tampa Bay area of Fl.

  • Linda Linda on Feb 04, 2022

    I was a non-traditional student in college (married.,owned a home etc) I did a biology project on plants you can grow from your kitchen. Going into elementary education I thought this would be a great continuing learning project for the kids. I had already grown an avocado tree that was about 5 feet at the time. I tried starting it in water but never had any luck. So I just planted the seed in dirt. It just takes a while and you can’t see what the root is doing . As it grows you need to keep replacing the pot and when I gets as tall as you want it you nip the top main shoot then it will bush out. Arnie my avocado tree liked college so much he stayed to live in the schools green house. There are many other fruits and veggies you can grow in to small plants. My mom always had a sweet potato vine. I’m experimenting with a celery end and actually have feathery leaves growing. I started it in water and will soon plant it in a pot.

    • Gabrielle Falk Gabrielle Falk on Feb 19, 2022

      Hi Linda. My husband, a few years ago did exactly what you did - straight into the soil. However, it was a mango seed. It grew quickly, but never properly 'fruited'. Would just get little, tiny disfigured mangoes. Even after feeding and spraying, it never produced. So in the end it became so diseased, it had to be thrown out. I will definitely try an avocado seed, and see how I go. Do you think it best to clean it first, or do anything special, other than place directly into a decent potting mix. tku.😺