The Q&A Archives: growing avacado tree(haas)

Question: can i start an avacado tree using the smaall plum size avacodas that fall to the ground?

Answer: The avocados need to be fully mature in order to have a pit that will sprout. If the small avocados are not ripe, the pits will not develop into trees. I'd wait until there is a full sized, mature avocado and use the pit from that one. An avocado seed will sprout slowly, but fairly dependably if you don't allow it to dry out more than a couple of days after removing it from the fruit. You can either plant the seed in a container of potting soil or you can poke 3 toothpicks into the sides and set it on a glass ful of water. Either way, place the pointed end up. In time roots will form and a shoot will grow. Give the seedling plenty of light, the brighter the better.

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