How to Grow An Avocado Tree From A Pit

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So what are you waiting for? Start growing your own avocado tree from a pit seed today!

Do you love avocados? Did you know that you can grow your avocado tree from the pit in a vase? It’s true! In this blog post, we will show you how to do it. Growing an avocado tree is a fun and easy project that anyone can do!

All you need is a pit from an avocado, some water, and a vase or pot. Then, we will show you how to take care of your avocado tree and make it grow big and strong.

So what are you waiting for? Start growing your own avocado tree from a pit seed today!

avocado plant green leaf

How to Grow An Avocado Tree From A Pit

Avocado could qualify as the world’s favorite fruit of summer. Almost every dish tastes nice with avocados. It’s arguably the best addition to an exceptional meal. The sheer number of meals you can eat with avocado is overwhelming.

Others have it with omelets, sandwiches, salads, or smoothie recipes. Nutrient-rich fruits are an excellent choice for healthy living. It is also beyond versatile, making it a perfect food staple. The best part is the fruit doesn’t require a ton of effort or expertise to grow, whether indoors or outdoors.

When you have a leftover pit and get a few supplies included in this blog post, you can reap the benefits of this delicious fruit. The process of growing an avocado tree from a pit is simple, affordable, and an interactive gardening project for kids to try.

Here are a few simple tools and steps to start growing your avocado tree from a pit.

Supplies You’ll Need

avocado vase with plant
ILEX Studio Avocado Vase

Growing an Avocado Tree

  1. Take the pit out of the avocado carefully, ensuring you don’t cut or break it. Wash it thoroughly, removing any residue. Let it dry, and then insert 3-4 toothpicks into the side of the pit. Push them about halfway into the pit. The holes help to drain water out.
  2. Suspend the pit’s broad end in the drinking glass. Next, fill it with enough water to submerge the bottom third of the seed as Missouri Botanical Garden advises.
  3. Put the glass in a warm spot with direct sunlight and change the water regularly. Roots and a sprout will appear in about 2-6 weeks. If not, get another seed.
  4. When the sprout reaches about six inches tall, cut it back to around three inches to encourage more growth.
  5. Remove the plant after the stem grows back and plant it in your pot already filled with rich potting soil. It is time to give the avocado plant to grow, checking for any signs of bugs like aphids and regular watering to keep it healthy. You can learn more about proper houseplant soil HERE. 

Equally important, you can skip the growing steps and buy older trees. You can get grafted avocado trees 4 feet tall and yield fruit in just 3-4 years instead of the typical ten years.

avocado seed in a mason jar

Fun Facts About Avocados

  • The avocado is a fruit that grows on trees. Avocados are green and have a smooth, creamy texture. They are popular in salads and guacamole.
  • Avocados are high in fat and calories. However, they also contain vitamins A, B, C, and E.
  • An avocado tree can grow up to 25 feet tall.
  • The fruit of the avocado is often called an alligator pear.

row of cut open avocados

How to Take Care of Your Avocado Tree: Avocado Plant Care

Once your avocado tree is growing, there are a few things you need to do to take care of it:

Watering An Avocado Tree

Make sure to water your avocado tree regularly, but don’t overwater it. The soil should be moist but not wet.

Fertilizing An Avocado Tree

Use a balanced fertilizer once a month.

Sunlight for An Avocado Tree

Avocado trees love the sun! So give your avocado tree at least six hours of sunlight a day.

Pruning An Avocado Tree

Prune your avocado tree to keep it healthy, encourage new growth, and possibly produce fruit.

Troubleshooting Bugs

Avocado trees may collect aphids over time. The nasty critters never get enough of the delicious avocado leaves. Please get rid of them as soon as possible when they appear. Wash the aphids away by spraying your plant using a hose outside in the shower or sink.

Once the pests get off, spray the plant using a water mixture and a tiny squirt of dishwashing liquid on a teaspoon of neem oil. The combination keeps off aphids to help your tree grow without disruption.

Wintering

Baby avocado trees can do well outdoors during summer. However, when you live in more excellent areas lower than 24 degrees, you’ll need to bring your avocado plants to get them inside during winter/fall before temperatures fall so low.

Growing an Avocado Tree That Bears Fruit

The million-dollar concern for all avocado tree growers is if their trees will bear fruit. Technically, it is hard to say. Sometimes, avocado trees bear fruit after about three to four years, while others take over 15 years, and some never do.

Experts recommend putting several avocado trees together to help with pollination. Equally important, don’t have high expectations that the plant will yield a fruit similar to the one you got it from. Most commercial avocados come from grafted branches that control the fruit’s outcome. The natural avocado fruit can be very different from the parent.

Growing An Avocado Tree FAQS

Q: How long does it take for an avocado tree to grow?

A: It takes about six months for an avocado pit to start growing roots and a stem.

Q: Do I need to replant my avocado tree in soil?

A: Yes, once the avocado tree has a few leaves, transplant it into a pot with soil.

Q. How long will it take for the plant to bear fruit?

A: It will take a few years for the plant to bear fruit. Make sure to water it regularly and give it plenty of sunlight.

Q. What is the best way to water an avocado tree?

A: The best way to water an avocado tree is to water it regularly, but not overwater it. The soil should be moist but not wet.

Q. What are the best conditions for growing an avocado tree?

A: The best conditions for growing an avocado tree are regular watering, plenty of sunlight, and well-drained soil.

Q. What climate can an avocado tree grow?

A: Avocados can only survive in a warm climate, with temperatures that stay warm all year. An avocado tree dislikes growing in temperatures less than 50° F., however mature trees can withstand temperatures as low as 30° F. for a short period of time.

Q. What kind of soil does a naturally grown avocado plant need?

A: The best type of soil for an avocado tree is rich, well-drained soil.

Do you have any tips on growing avocado trees? Share them with us in the comments below! We would love to hear from you.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to grow an avocado tree get started today! It’s a fun and easy project that anyone can do. And who knows? You may end up with a lot of delicious avocados from your backyard!

With a little patience and care, you will soon have your very own avocado tree. Start growing yours today! Thanks for reading. Until next time! Happy planting! 🙂

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