Avocado is the fruit of a plant family called Lauraceae. It is in the form of a berry with a large seed in it. They are commercially valuable and grown tropical climates all around the world.
So you love Avocado and at the same time also have a passion for gardening. If you are thinking to utilise your skill to grow your lovely Avocado but don’t know-how. I am here with an Amazing trick to grow avocado from avocado just by using toothpicks. I will also be sharing a method to grow avocado without using a toothpick, so bear with me.
Many people try to grow avocado from seeds, and it has been a popular thing now, and why not? When you can have fresh avocado in some time.
Best Suitable Climate and Temp. for growing Avocados.
Avocados need a climate without frost and little wind because fast winds affect the pollination by reducing teh humidity and dehydrating the flower. The seeds need a well aerated soil. Avocados can tolerate extreme cold temperatures upto 20F.
What are we gonna do?
In our method to grow Avocado you will need water, avocado seed, toothpick and some seed-stabbing action will be preffered. So when you are ready, begin by stabbing sides of the seed using toothpicks. Use this combination to place the seed in the glass, such that toothpicks are holding it halfway in the glass, with seed touching the sides or maybe in center. Now start adding water to the glass, slowly until it’s half-submerged. Remember not to fully submerge the seed with water.
Now you will notice that the seed starts absorbing water and also due to the natural process of evaporation, the water will decrease gradually. So it’s your duty now to water the seed regularly every now and then, to keep it hydrated. You will need to maintain a delicate balance between drying it and drowning it in water. You will need to spend time taking care of the process.
Now let’s move to another trick which doesn’t require toothpicks to grow avocado.
Growing avocados without using toothpick
If you are too lazy to follow the toothpick method and you are looking for a way of growing avocado without using toothpick, then don’t worry, I have an alternative method that doesn’t require toothpicks. We will be growing avocado from pits.
Growing Avocado from Pits.
Step 1: Harvesting the Pit
You will need to carefully peel the skin off the avocado and then split it in exact half, then using spoon you need to take out the pit. Wash your pit, so no flesh of avocado is left. Remember that this is a very sensitive and crucial step, so do it with patience.
Step 2: Submerge the Pit
Now fill a bowl with lukewarm water, place this bowl near a window, so it gets enough sunlight throughout the day. Now fully submerge the avocado pit in it. You will need to change the water at alternate days, also when changing the water clean the avocado pit from any slime which may have grown on it.
Step 3: Transplant the Seed
After almost two-three weeks you will start noticing that your seed cracked opened. When you notice this your seed is ready for transplant. Now take a container with soil, make a hole about 2 – 3 inches throughout it. Now put avocado seed in it and cover it again with the soil. Now you will need to water your seed everyday, you may skip alternate days if you feel lazy because the goal is to keep our Avocado seed hydrated and not to over saturate it.
Step 4: Invisible Growth
So, this is the time when there is growth but you can’t see it. The roots will start growing from our seed. This happens when avocado seed completely opens.
Step 5: Visible Growth
You will notice that a stem starts to grow from the pointing side of the seed, which you kept at the top. After almost four to five months of time, the stem should be tall enough with a good amount of leaves on it.
Steps by Step Explanation to Grow Avocado from Avocado using Toothpick.
1. Wash Seed
Washing the seeds is really important, because you need to get rid of any waste or impurity it may contain on the surface. Once you have washed the seed carefully, proceed to next step.
2. Put seed in glass of water Overnight.
This step will help in hydrating your avocado, due to osmosis the seed will swallo a bit, which is fine. So once your seed is hydrated now let’s go for the next step.
3. Peel the Seed
Due to our last step of Soaking the water overnight, the cover of the seed have now become very soft, thus it is quite easy for us to peel it off the seed. You must do this step gently. Once done proceed further.
4. Now follow the method told above to stab the seed using toothpick and placing it in water, with seed submerged halfway.
5. Water regularly
You will need to keep watering the seed regularly, so it should never be dry. This is a very important step, as if not done properly, it may result in molding of seed.
6. Check the Growth
You will see that seed now cracks open, so gently open the seed all way round. (about 1 cm maybe). Now it’s time to plant the seed in ground. Now you need to water it regularly. So the roots will grow strong.
7. Tree is here
Soon you will have a tree of Avocado. Happy Gardening.
We used the toothpick method as it opens the seed evenly and thus resulting in all round growth. Also it fasten the process.
TIP: The above told method is a standard method applied by everyone wanting to grow avocados, but I am going to give you a pro tip. If you want to fasten the process of seed cracking then you must submerge your whole seed in water, it will result in the opening of the seed within a month while if submerged halfway it may take up to 2-3 months. So decide whichever way you wanna proceed.
Q1: Do Avocado trees grown from seed produce fruits?
Ans: Yes and No. No one can guarantee that your avocado tree will bear fruits, but in most cases if you follow the procedure carefully, you will get fruits.
Q2: What temperature is ideal for growing Avocados?
Ans: Typically, Avocados are grown in warm temperatures. So if you live in a cold temperature then try to keep your plant indoors.
So if you are gonna try growing avocado, then do let us know which method you preferred.
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