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Name: Gabriela Merkel
Oregon (Zone 7b)
Jul 6, 2017 3:26 PM CST
I cut open a perfectly ripe avocado yesterday and when I took out the pit I noticed it was smaller than usual and had a stem growing out of it still. Can I still try to grow a plant from this seed and if so what side do I try to root it from?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jul 6, 2017 3:34 PM CST

I'm not sure that root looks viable but it won't hurt to try. Put the root (flatter) end in water.

Next time you decide to grow on avocado from seed, lay it on its side about half buried in a pot of potting soil.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 6, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Bottom side down.
That black, on bottom, does not look good. Put it in pot with soil, leaving, a little tip out. You can allways try another.
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