Has anyone ever tried to sprout an Avocado Seed? I have failed many times. I just found these instructions, so I’m trying again. Wish me luck!
Adapted from: Sprouting an Avocado Seed – by Richard Jauron, Department of Horticulture
- remove the large seed from the center of the fruit, wash it in water
- insert several toothpicks into the sides of the seed; halfway up the pit
- suspend the seed in a glass of water. The bottom one fourth of the seed should rest in water (the broad end of the seed is considered to be the bottom)
- periodically add water to maintain the water level
- remove the toothpicks and plant into a 6″-8″ pot when the roots are at least 2″-3″ long
- top of the seed should be level with the soil surface; water thoroughly
- place potted plant in brightly lit location (east or west window is ideal)
- Water the plant regularly. Keep the soil moist, but not wet.
- Fertilize once or twice a month during the spring and summer with a houseplant fertilizer.
Avocado plants grow rapidly. They often have to be discarded after 2 or 3 years because they’ve become too large for indoors. (Never produces fruit inside- it may take 20 or more years to bear fruit!) If it doesn’t sprout within 2 to 3 months, discard the original avocado and try again!