avacado tree - Knowledgebase Question

chicago, Il
Question by larrykoshio
March 2, 2010
35 years ago i started a tree from an avacado pit, and havent been able to do it since. any tips ? it's a terric looking plant. thanx, larry k


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Answer from NGA
March 2, 2010

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An avocado seed will sprout slowly, but fairly dependably if you don't allow it to dry out more than a couple of hours 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 the rim of a glass full of water. You'll want about half of the seed to be above the water line or the soil line. 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. 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 and avoid the tendency to overwater. Best wishes with your project!

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