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Question: How do you start an avocado seed and will it grow in Az?

Answer: Here's how I start avocado seeds: Take three toothpicks and insert them opposite of each other about halfway between the top (pointy end) and the bottom (flat end) of each pit. These will be used to suspend the pit in a glass of water. Place the skewered avocado pit in a glassful of water so the top is above the water and the bottom half is in the water. The pit will crack and grow roots and then send a shoot up out of the top. When the shoot develops two leaves, plant the pit in a pot with regular potting soil. It will continue to grow and provide nice greenery. Avocado trees don't grow very well outdoors in the Arizona heat, so plan on keeping your tree indoors all year around.

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