Avocados are a delicious fruit which grow on the avocado tree, but avocados are expensive, so why not grow your own? Okay, so this might take a while, but it will be worth it in the end. The avocado tree can be propagated from a single seed from an avocado fruit, even one from the store.
Simply take your avocado, slice it in half as you usually would to eat it, then take out the pip or seed in the middle. These large, round seeds are the key to growing your very own avocado tree, and eventually, grow your very own avocados in your garden.
From seed, it can take four to six years for an avocado tree to bear fruit. So yes, this is a long process, but the yield you can get from a single avocado tree could save a smashed avo fan quite a bit of coin.
After removing the seed, give it a wash with some clean water. Each avocado seed has a top and a bottom. The top is where the seed will sprout, and the bottom where the roots will grow. Generally, the avocado seed top will have a slightly pointier end. It is important this end is facing up, and not submerged in water.
Next, lodge the avocado seed sitting half-submerged in water. A glass or bowl will do the trick. Sticking some toothpicks in the side of the avocado seed can help hold or balance the seed in the right place. Then, fill the bowl or glass up with clean water, so that the avocado seed is sitting half submerged.
Over time, your avocado seed will begin to grow roots from its bottom end, and sprout from the top end. Wait for your avocado seed to sprout, and be sure to keep the water clean and at the right level.
The sprout will grow to about 15cm, and will then need to be potted in soil to continue growing.
In a nutshell, here are the steps to growing an avocado tree from seed:
- Remove the pip/seed and give it a gentle clean
- Work out which end is the top and which end is the bottom of the seed
- Pierce with toothpicks.
- Place seed half-submerged in a glass of water.
- Wait until the seed sprouts.
- When the sprout is about 15cm tall, pot it in some soil.
- Water and tend to your avocado plant until it grows into a luscious avocado tree.
- After 4 to 6 years, if your tree has been well maintained, it will grow its very own avocados.