Water your avocado plant. Place the toothpicks so about one inch of the avocado pit is in the water.
A window sill is pretty ideal.
How to grow an avocado plant from an avocado pit. Don t wait more than three weeks after pruning look for a six inch diameter pot with drainage holes. Completely pour the water out run the avocado seed under the faucet and wipe off any slime that may have grown on it and put the avocado pit back in the water. You will need a sponge with a plastic scrubby side three or four toothpicks a glass or sturdy plastic cup or bulb jar water and eventually a flowerpot potting soil and a saucer to catch runoff.
Push three or four toothpicks into the seed at its widest part so that you can suspend the pit over a glass of water with the pointy end sticking up. Remove the pit from the. Fill the pot with sandy potting soil and insert the seed in the potting mix with the top half of the seed covered and only the stem exposed.
Photo by kirsten boehner. How to grow an avocado pit. Replenish water as needed.
Your pit should start to sprout roots and a stem in two to six weeks. If you don t see any growth by eight weeks start over with another pit. Place the jar in a warm sunny spot but out of direct sunlight.
Give your avocado plant an occasional deep soak letting the soil dry out in between waterings. The avocado seed will germinate in a few weeks but the tree won t mature enough to produce. Every other day change the water.
Make sure the pointed end is up and the rounded end is in the water otherwise your avocado will not grow. Fill a small bowl with about two inches of lukewarm water and put the avocado pit. Set your avocado pit with inserted toothpicks on the top rim of the container.
You can grow an avocado tree from a leftover pit inside with some toothpicks water soil and a pot. Set the bowl on a windowsill that gets a decent amount of sunlight. When your avocado plant has grown new top leaves you can plant the seed in soil.
Remove the large pit seed from inside an avocado rinse well and dry a wet seed will be slippery. The avocado pit should be completely submerged in the water. Select a pit from an avocado that s fully ripe to slightly overripe for best results.
This assures that the avocado pit has fully developed and is ready for germination. Clean the avocado seed. The toothpicks should sit on the rim of the container leaving 1 inch of the pit only submerged in the water.