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How to grow an avocado tree from a pit.

Simply grow your own avocado tree from a pit and a jar of water. Beautiful, simple & kid-friendly.

Getting Started

We all know how avocado has grown in popularity, and with good reason. They are full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. The next time you use an avocado don’t throw the pit away. Instead, use the pit to grow your own avocado tree. Don’t worry eventually it will become a potted avocado tree that won’t grow overly large like it would if it were planted outside. Planting outside isn’t an option for most of the United States because they thrive in tropical temperatures and are sensitive to frost. An avocado is actually a fruit-bearing plant the avocado emerges from a bloom which makes this already beautiful plant with a long stem and big green leaves even more intriguing. I’ve added some pictures of mine from the start with roots to where I am 5 months later.

At first, it is a slow process it will take 4 to 6 weeks at least to grow roots, but it will so don’t give up in about 8 to 10 weeks you will see a sprout at the top of your avocado pit. The pit will actually start to open ( like it was cracked in half ) it’s quite fascinating to watch and kids love it. This is a great science project as well. This is so easy to do and you’ll love it. I have the directions below.

Step 1 Carefully remove your pit from the avocado without cracking it or splitting it and rinse with water. Soak the pit in water for 12-24 hours and remove rhe skin. make sure the pointed end of the avocado is facing up, flatter end facing down.

Step 2 With the pointed end of the avocado facing up and the flatter end facing down place three toothpicks at a slant as seen in the picture here.

Step 3 Fill a small jar with water and place the pit in the jar flat side down. The toothpicks should be resting on top of the jar.

Step 4 This step is important! Place your pit in a semi-dark place out of direct sunlight for about 4 to 8 weeks. When you see your roots are growing and a sprout close to or almost to the top of the pit you can put it in direct sunlight. I put mine in the kitchen window and it did great. As it grows you can use a bigger jar and continue water until you have a good set of roots and a hardy stem. Then you can transplant the pit and all into soil and that's it. You have a beautiful avocado plant. It’s that easy! Thank you for stopping by Lia Rose Simply Home!



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Hello, my name is Wendy I live in upstate NY with my husband and four children. Now that my children are getting older I have some extra time to share my experiences, recipes, traditions and life tips.

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