Whether it’s sliced and placed on a sandwich or mashed up into guacamole, avocados are incredibly delicious. Best of all, they’re healthy, too, with a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
Unfortunately, when you buy these tasty fruits from the store or the market, they can be expensive. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide on how you can grow your own avocado tree, starting with just a pit. All you’ll need is some patience and determination, and you’ll have your very own supply. Let’s dive into how to grow an avocado tree.
The first thing you need to do is get an avocado pit. The center of each fruit has a smooth pit or seed that’s brown and globe-shaped. You don’t need to find a fancy supplier of these, just buy an avocado and keep the pit when you eat it.
Next, take this pit and poke toothpicks into the middle of it up to half an inch deep. Repeat these two or three times until the toothpicks are evenly distributed on the sides and will be able to support the rim of a glass.
Simply place this newly equipped seed flat-side-down on a jar filled with water. Ensure that the water level leaves about one inch of the pit submerged, and place it somewhere out of direct sunlight.
Let It Grow
This next step requires patience as you wait for the roots to grow. Every few days, change out the water and watch your roots slowly start to lengthen into the glass. Soon after, a seedling will sprout from the top and grow upwards. Continue this process until the seeding reaches about six inches, and cut it in half to encourage new growth.
Once the seedling has thick roots and a handful of leaves, transfer this baby tree into a pot with soil. Ensure the pot has drainage holes for watering and only potting soil within. Place your plant on the sill of a sunny window.
When watering your new tree, first check the moisture level of the soil by sticking your finger in. If the soil sticks to your finger, it is likely moist once it is fully dried out; water until it runs clear through the drainage.
Reap the Rewards
By following the above steps you can grow an avocado tree in no time, yet for it to flower and grow fruit, you’ll need much more patience. Your beautiful new tree can take anywhere from a few years to 15+ until it bears fruit. Continue caring for it, and you’ll be making your very own avocado toast before you know it!
- The steps for making an avocado tree and simple and don’t require a lot of supplies.
- Growing your tree indoors is an accessible option to all.
- Fruit may take many years to spawn, but your very own tree will be a green addition to your home in just a few weeks.