starting avocado - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by albarbray
September 16, 2010
How do I start an avacodo from the seed

Answer from NGA
September 16, 2010
You can start an avocado tree from a pit by carefully sticking 3 toothpicks into the seed and suspending it so it sits halfway in a glass of water. Insert the toothpicks about midway on the pit (pointy end up). Space the toothpicks evenly around the pit and push them in only about a quarter of an inch. Once you've done that the toothpicks will rest on the rim of a glass of water. The pit should be submerged halfway in the water. In about a month you'll see roots develop and the pit crack open enough to allow a green stem to grow upright. When the stem is 6-8" high you can transfer the plant to a container. Use a container with lots of drainage holes on the bottom and fill it with moistened potting soil. Set the roots in the soil and bury the pit only halfway into the potting soil. Set your new plant in a bright place indoors. You can grow it as a houseplant or you can take it outdoors next spring and plant it in the ground. An avocado tree started from a pit will produce avocados when it is about 5 years old.

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