Sprouting Avocado Seeds

Love avocados? Try growing one! Start saving all those avocado pits and get growing! Growing avocados from seed is fairly easy but does require a lot of patience. It may take a few weeks just to see roots forming, but if you don’t mind the wait this is for you.

What you will need:

Prepping Your Pits

Most anyone who has ever cut into an avocado knows that they have these huge pits or seeds. These seeds have a dark brown film over them and I’ve discovered that it’s best to remove this film first. It will make it a lot easier for your avocado to sprout once this is removed.

I tend to wash my seeds off and set them aside for a day or so. This dries this brown film out and makes it much easier to remove. If you don’t want to wait, you can just remove the film under running water, as this helps to remove it as well.

You may notice in these photos there are two separate pits. The first seed was starting to split, which makes it very easy to distinguish which end will be submerged in water. The second pit was not already splitting, which makes it a little harder to know which end goes up or down.

If you look closely, you will notice that the end that will be submerged may have a dark spot or may be a little flat. The top part that the sprout will come from will look a little more pointed. You will also notice that the seed has a natural split line. This is where the seed will naturally split apart to make way for roots and it’s sprout. If you are planning to use toothpicks to suspend your seed in water, you will need to place the toothpicks in areas that does not have this split line. If you’re worried about placing your toothpicks in incorrectly, then the propagation cone is a really great tool to have on hand.

Ready For Water

Now that the film is removed and the seed is clean, it is ready for water. When placing toothpicks into your seed, be sure not to place them too far up or down on the seed. You want your seed to be submerged only about halfway into the water. You could also just place your seed into a small cup or jar and fill it with water so that only half of the seed is submerged. It is important not to submerge the whole seed as this can lead to rot.

Once your seed is in water you will need to place it in a bright sunny area. Avocados are tropical in origin and loves warm sunny weather. Be sure to change out the water every few days and within a few weeks you should get some roots. It may take a few months before your sprouts reach a few inches. Avocados are pretty slow growers.

When To Plant In Soil

Wait until your sprouts have a substantial amount of roots and leaves on them. Once they are about 4-6 inches long they will benefit from being placed in soil. If you started the germination process in a small jar without a cone or toothpicks, you may plant your seed in soil once it has a good amount of roots. It should produce a sprout no problem.

Be sure to place your seed so that just the roots are in the soil. You should still be able to see the top of the seed above the soil line. This will prevent the sprout from rotting. Use potting mix with a bit of perlite or rock to allow for better aeration and drainage. Keep the sprouts moist for a few weeks to prevent the roots from going into shock and place in a sunny location. Keep them in warm temperatures ranging from 60-85 degrees fahrenheit.

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  1. I love all your post.love all your educational topics and your guidance from the beginning to end.also amazing pictures.thank you for your amazing tips

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