In order to do this, first you can start with the seed of an avocado. You probably may think that are too old for this, because it seems like something you’ll do in a fifth-grade science class, but you can actually sprout that thing and grow your own avocado tree at home and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll harvest your own creamy green fruits! Sounds unbelievable, but it actually can happen!
Here are some directions on how to do it:
1. Extract the seed.
While removing the avocado seed you should pay attention to not cut it or break it accidentally. Wash it to remove any slippery residue and dry it thoroughly.
2. Pierce the seed.
It is important to hold the seed upright. Use 3 toothpicks to suspend it broad-end down. If you’re not sure which part of your avocado seed is which, you should know that the top is the slightly pointy end or the part of the pit that faced the stem when the pit was inside the avocado.
3. Soak the seed in water
Fill a tall, clear glass with water. Put it over a water-filled glass to cover about an inch of the seed. The bottom of the seed should be submerged in the water while the top stays dry.
4. Let the seed sprout.
Put the glass in a warm place out of direct sunlight and replenish water as needed to remove any mold or bacteria. The bottom of the seed should be submerged in the water while the top stays dry. Within 2 to 8 weeks you should start to see the sprout’s tail. Be careful with the water. You don’t want your sprout to dry out so check it a couple of times throughout the day.
5. Trim the sprout.
As soon as the tail grows 6 to 7 inches, trim it in half to encourage new growth.
6. Prepare to plant.
As soon as the sprout grows another 6 to 7 inches, it’s time to plant it. Place the seed in a 10-inch-wide pot filled with humus-rich soil, leaving the top half of the seed exposed in order to get some sunlight and fresh air.
7. Keep your plant happy with water and sun.
As we mentioned, these plants love sunshine, so make sure you put the pot in a sun-drenched area. If it’s summer, you should put it outside. Water it often, so the soil is moist but not soaked. If the plant suddenly turns yellow, you’re watering it too much. If that happens, let it dry out for a few days.
8. Foster more growth
As soon as your plant grows up to 12 inches tall, cut it back to 6 inches to encourage the growth of new shoots. which is very important, so don’t forget about that.
9. Transplant – maybe
They can tolerate temperatures, but if you live in an area where the temperature doesn’t usually dip below 45° F, you can transplant the tree into a warm, sunny spot outdoors. From March to June is the best time to do this, because young avocado trees can get sun damaged in the summer. Avoid freezing temperatures, so if you live in a cooler climate, bring your pot inside as the temperatures start to fall in autumn.
10. Savor the fruits of your labor
Are you ready for some extra fresh guacamole? Not that soon. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for a while. Some trees will mature and bear fruit in 3 or 4 years, while others might take as 15, which we know, it is a lot! But there is worse case scenario, some of those trees may never bear any fruit at all. That’s quite disappointing, but at least you have a cool and modern houseplant with an interesting story, that will bring more colorful life to your room!