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Our avocado took over six months to finally crack the soil after it made a root in water. I had actually forgotten about it and went to throw it away when I found it. Don’t give up!

Good advice! Thanks! I’ll definitely try to be more patient with the next one, I’ve also found a lot more tips online since I originally started the first one and I think I may have tried to start it upside down…whoops..

It has taken me a full year to get three avocado trees: stick with it! They grow fast once they finally decide to show some green.

Seeds sprouted from commercial fruit:

Kiwi, Avocado, Clementine, Mandarin Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, and Mango.

Unfortunately, my three Guava seedlings up and died on me.

Avocado, Mandarin Oranges, and Mango: finally showing me some leaves. I’ve also had Guava and Pomegranate sprout recently.

Avocados in various stages of germination.


Fool-proof avocado germinator:

My fool-proof avocado germinator: “plastic sundae-cup closed-system greenhouse,” filled with sterile vermiculite (I pour boiling water in and let it cool before putting in the seed, which has been washed in dish soap). This configuration is sitting under a grow-lamp, on a heating pad.

You see progress (the seed begins to crack in two) within a week. After the root forms, these seeds can be transplanted to a container with more depth.

- Growing avocados

They seem to be happy for the change of scenery: out of the perilous perlite swamps, and in to some soil.

A follow-up to my post about growing avocados from store-bought fruit, using vermiculite or perlite as a substrate, instead of using the toothpick and water method.

There is some sexy, sexy rooting going on, as well as the beginnings of a stem.

This has been much more successful that my previous experiments with the toothpick method: no mould or problems to speak of, and the roots aren’t brittle “water roots,” they are more fully-formed in response to having a substrate to cling to. With the perlite, you can pull them out and rinse them every so often to get a sense of how the roots are coming along, and then plunk them right back in to the substrate soup with no damage to speak of. This makes them very easy to transplant once they have sprouted.

I am also putting three in the container, so as to make a braided avocado tree.

Start your own braided avocado tree!

(h/t to “frugal mom" for the helpful graphic above).

I posted a little while ago about growing your own avocado tree from the pits of store-bought fruit, which proved to be a very popular idea in tumblr’s DIY section. Seeing as I now have a tonne of avocado seedlings (I sprout every pit we have left over, because why not?) I began to look at space-saving ways to use them all.

Braided trees are attractive, compact, well-supported, and best of all, you get to use four pits at once! If you eat a lot of avocado, this is a nice way to avoid throwing away those extra potential trees.


I became obsessed with this recipe by comixbookgurl (I stole her photo, mine didn’t look quite as perfect) this week. I made a comic, playing around with Manga Studio and done all on tablet again.

Eat this. I swear to Zeus. It will change you.

Eat it, then grow it.

(via moniquill)

Growing avocado trees from the pits of store-bought fruit

Conventional internet wisdom informed me that the way depicted above (in the first picture) was the best way to grow an avocado: submerge half of the stone in water and hold it in place with toothpicks, replacing the water every few days.

I tried this with a number of pits, and while some cracked open after 2 months, none fully developed a root in 5 months of waiting and constantly monitoring water levels. Everyone kept saying it can take months for a seed to develop, but all of mine ended up succumbing to either low water, fungus, or some other problem.

So, this next time around, I tried something different: I took a clean container from a McDonald’s Sundae, filled it with vermiculite and water so it mimicked a shallow pond, and stuck the sterile pit in there and put the lid on to maintain moisture and heat. No holes from toothpicks for fungus to get in: it can nestle there like it is in a warm pond. The picture of cuttings above shows an approximate idea of what is needed.

Lo and behold, in three days the pit has cracked open. The moral of the story is even if people have tried it 1000 times before and there is all sort of advice out there, you can sometimes find solutions that work better.

Photo 1: The Daily Avocado

Photo 2: International Cannagraphic Forums

I should note that while it is possible to grow things like lemons and avocados from seed, I’ve read that many commercial varieties are hybrids and often don’t produce fruit-bearing offspring, or “true-to-type” offspring. Many commercial fruit crops are generated through grafting hybrids on to mature rootstock.

I have 4 lemons and avocados here in their first year—it will be awhile before I find out if they produce fruit at all.

Sprouting avacado stones: tedious progress from April 8 to June 2.
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