With Earth Day coming up this Friday I’ve got a few posts planned out this week in the spirit of the holiday. I’m kicking it off with a super simple & easy project to add a lovely plant to your home – grow your own avocado tree!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- An avocado seed/pit – either large or regular size variety (you’ll see both in my images)
- A mason jar – regular size or larger
- Four toothpicks
- Soil + a large pot
Step 1. Get the seed out of the avocado and clean it off.
Step 2. Insert toothpicks at an upward angle in four sides of the seeds – think of a compass rose and put a toothpick in at N, S, E, and W. They don’t need to be pushed in too far, just enough to support it in the mason jar. Fill your mason jar with water, and place your seed in, making sure the seed is partially submerged.
Step 3. Time to wait! The seed will stay in the jar for about 10 weeks. Make sure you keep the water level up so that the seed stays partially submerged. After a few weeks it’s roots will start to grow and from there it will sprout the tree out the top. These pics feature a large variety avocado seed.
Step 4. Once you have a really good root system and a large tree sprout on top, it’s time to transplant it into soil. Again, this takes about 10-12 weeks of growing time in the jar. You’re going to want large pots for the transplant! The trees grow quite big. Once you get a large size pot, fill it with soil, and the just plant the whole thing, seed included, right in the pot.
There you have it! Your own avocado tree! Now, I don’t think these will actually produce avocados – they are basically a decorative plant. I don’t know nearly enough about botany or avocados to know how they reproduce; I just like the look of the trees!
I’ve had the plant on the right for a little over a year now in a pot and it’s doing so great. We just transplanted the second a few weeks ago. Since they are tropical plants, I have to keep them inside for a good portion of the year, but they do get moved outside for a few months come June. If you live in a tropical area, you could probably just plant these directly in the ground if you like the look of them. My little miss has loved having the plants around and watching them grow – the big tree is now taller than she is!
Have you ever tried growing an avocado tree before?