Window Ledge Planting Beginnings – Advocado Seed Instructions

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

  1. remove the large seed from the center of the fruit, wash it in water
  2. insert several toothpicks into the sides of the seed; halfway up the pit
  3. 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)
  4. periodically add water to maintain the water level
  5. remove the toothpicks and plant into a 6″-8″ pot when the roots are at least 2″-3″ long
  6. top of the seed should be level with the soil surface; water thoroughly
  7. place potted plant in brightly lit location (east or west window is ideal)
  8. Water the plant regularly. Keep the soil moist, but not wet.
  9. 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!


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