The Q&A Archives: Avocado Growing

Question: I managed to start an avocado seed & it's now about a foot high. What do I do next? It's still the juice glass I started it in. I live in Denton, TX. HELP!! Jayne

Answer: It's time to plant your new little tree! Use a pot with drainage holes on the bottom and use moistened potting soil. Put some in the bottom of the pot, then hold the plant with one hand and lower the roots into the soil, filling in around the roots with moistened potting soil. You can bury the plant in soil up to about half-way up the remaining seed halves (if they're still attached to the plant). Keep your new tree in bright light (but not direct sunlight at first). Once it has adjusted to being in a pot, move it to the brightest location you have. When the stem is about 12 inches tall, pinch out the tip to encourage branching. The result will be a multistemed plant. If you don't pinch out the top, you'll get a tall, skinny, leafless stem with foliage appearing only on top. Since yours is alread 12" tall, wait 2-3 weeks after transplanting it into the pot, then pinch out the tip of the plant. Give the seedling plenty of light, the brighter the better. You will need to repot it into larger containers as it grows or it will quickly become very unhappy! Fertilize it with the low rate of a liquid plant food periodically. Keep the soil moist but not soggy and your plant should do well.

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