I've had a few questions about how I got my avocado tree started, so I'm going to share with everyone! If you love to eat avocados or use them in homemade recipes, don't ditch the seeds! Many people are unaware that the seeds can actually grow an avocado tree within a couple weeks without much care.
After removing the seed, rinse off the seed and dry it. Hold the seed upright like you would an egg. You'll notice the seed has a similar egg shape and you want the seed's tip up. Take three toothpicks and stick them into the middle of the seed just enough to hold it up in a clear cup. I always use a clear cup so light can shine through the water. Haven't ever used a solid cup, so I can't say if that will root the seed faster or not.
Fill the cup with room temperature tap water. You should have enough water in your cup that the bottom of the seed will rest in a couple centimeters of water. You MUST keep watch on the seed during the first 2-3 weeks to avoid mold build-up, move the seed in the water every other day. If you notice any mold, wipe off with a paper towel. Seeing mold on the seed does not mean it has gone bad.
As the seed takes in water to start the rooting process, you will notice the water level in your cup going down. Make sure to dump the water maybe once a week to keep it fresh if you notice it becoming a brown or green color.
The roots will crack open the seed on their own, no need to force open the seed. The roots are in search of water, so make sure your water level is always covering the base of the seed. If you don't do this, the roots will turn dark brown and die off. Rooting time depends on your seed, every seed is different. The first seed I ever rooted took about 5 weeks to start. My second seed took 2 weeks. Don't give up on your seed unless mold takes over because you weren't keeping up with removing the mold and everything else mentioned above.
After a month or so, depending on your seed, you'll go from the rooting process to the tree sprout! This is a pretty exciting time because your little avocado tree is growing super fast by now and it LOVES indirect sunlight by a warm window. Since growth is faster now, making sure the water is level and the seed remains without mold is super super important. You don't want mold spreading to the fragile trunk of the baby avocado tree or its leaves.
If your cup is small, the roots have probably reached the bottom already. This is ok for now. If they start getting tangled then it's time to find a taller cup or vase. I typically leave the seed growing in water until the tree sprout is at least 12'' tall. Some leave it in even longer, but it's up to you. When you're ready to transfer to soil, use seed soil and water at least every other day.
For now, my two baby avocado seeds are enjoying the good life by the window :)
Do you have an avocado tree? Share with everyone how you upkeep it, we all want to know!
Unless otherwise stated, all content and photographs are ©ArtSea Chic. Please do not copy or distribute photographs without first asking for permission. Please know that I only recommend and endorse products and services that I personally approve, appreciate, and feel would be helpful for readers. All ideas and opinions expressed are completely my own. Thank you for supporting ArtSea Chic!