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Name: Denise Willoughby
Benton, AR (Zone 7b)
Sep 23, 2014 3:55 PM CST

I have a Persea americana 'Bacon' seed that I rooted in a cup of water. I see now that there is a single shoot coming up through the split on the seed. The stem is green and the tip is reddish in color with little wisps that look like they may grow into leaves. My questions are:

-- When do I plant the seed? Do I wait until the stem has grown taller?
-- How deep do I plant the seed? Just the roots? Or do I plant the whole seed up to the stem?

Any guidance and how-to information will be greatly appreciated!!!

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Sep 23, 2014 6:28 PM CST
Hi Denise!

Your Avocado looks awesome! I'd be planting it now and bury all but about a half inch of the seed at the top. Considering your zone, It will be wanting a nice south facing window unless you have a greenhouse. Use the water it's been in to water it once it's planted .. It will help reduce some of the stress of going terrestrial after aquatic by making the surround soil taste a bit like home. You'll want to keep the soil moist but more on the dry side than wet.

Please keep us updated on how it's faring.

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Sep 24, 2014 6:23 AM CST
I agree That's what I've always done with mine and it has worked well.
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