Grow Your Own Avocado Tree!

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!

Grow Your Own Avocado Tree via My Open Sketchbook

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

 

grow your own avocado tree - small seed
Small avocado seed

Step 1. Get the seed out of the avocado and clean it off.

grow your own avocado tree - getting started

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.

grow your own avocado tree - week 3 roots   grow your own avocado tree - week 3

 

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.

grow your own avocado tree - 3 months

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!

grow your own avocado tree - both transplanted

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!

Grow Your Own Avocado Tree via My Open Sketchbook

Have you ever tried growing an avocado tree before?

  • Oooh your big one is so pretty! You can do a similar thing with pineapples! Slice off the top leafy part and plant it, and the leaves will keep growing! No pineapples from it, though 🙁

    • Kay

      Thanks! And that’s cool with the pineapple! May have to try that next and fill my house with fruit trees that yield no fruit ahaha.

  • This is so cool!! I love the way that tall one looks. I’ll definitely have to try this out since we eat SO MANY avacados! We could have a little forest of them:P

    • Kay

      Ahh do it! I think they look so lovely and tropical, which is a nice change up here in NH! 😀

  • Danielle Knapp

    Ahh I have to do this. We eat a ton of avocados in our house and my son would love this 🙂

    • Kay

      Ahh definitely give it a try!

  • gamerwife

    A friend of mine did this, but she’s keeping it in a little pot for now. I think I’ll have to give it a try now.

    • Kay

      They make such nice house plants – go for it!