growing avacado tree(haas) - Knowledgebase Question

Long Beach, Ca
Question by tb0at
August 2, 2009
can i start an avacado tree using the smaall plum size avacodas that fall to the ground?

Answer from NGA
August 2, 2009


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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