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How to Grow an Avocado Plant from Seed

How to Grow an Avocado Plant from Seed

My dad has an amazing avocado tree.
The avocados produced from the tree are the best tasting avocados I've ever had
and I'm not saying this because he is my dad, I've had friends try it without them knowing where I
got the avocados from and they absolutely love it.  His tree produces the large kind,
not the small black avocados used for guacamole, although you can grow those as well.

I am now inspired to grow my own.
Treasures lie in the kitchen when you want to grow your own fruits or vegetables.
The potential for exotic houseplants, fruit and vegetable gardens are contained in the seeds, 
pits and other seemingly useless parts of exotic edibles.

The next time you find yourself eating an avocado, keep the pit.
Instead of tossing it, consider growing the plant yourself. It is easy
and entertaining to raise from seed.

Source: Beautiful Gradens Made Easy

The Avocado plant is fun to grow, all you need is the pit from a very ripe fruit.
Do not cut the seed and do not peel it either.
Support the seed with three to four toothpicks half way up around the pit, 
with the tip exposed to the light, in a glass of water and the
bottom of the seed in the water at all times.  
If the water evaporates, make sure to add more water.
Change the water every two weeks as needed.

Be patient.
The seed may crack giving way to roots and stem growth on the top.
You will notice that the bottom of the seed will begin to sprout roots after a few weeks. 
After two or three leaves form, transplant it to a good potting mix in a container.
Pinch out the tip to encourage a bushy plant with numerous branches.
Give it full sun and warmth and watch it grow.

Isn't that simple?
What are you planning to grow this year?

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