Grow your own avocado plant from seed

Avocados are hip and happening. You won’t find a lunch menu without the miraculous fruit. We understand that hype! Avocados are not only delicious, but also contain a lot of nutritious substances. A win-win situation!

Still, the massive demand for avocados causes some problems. But we are happy to help you with that! You can easily create your own avocado plant. You don’t actually cut an avocado plant, but you grow one. And we’ll explain how!

Supplies

  • Avocado
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Kitchen paper
  • Plastic (sandwich) bag
  • 4 sticks or toothpicks
  • Glass or vase with water

Successful avocado plant propagation

There are several ways to grow an avocado plant. For example, this could be done in water, but also through a sealed sachet. The latter has our preference! Not only easier, but also has a higher success rate. This will not always work, because nature does whatever it wants.

An avocado seed in water has never made a successful plant with us. Still we like to explain both ways to you. Who knows, you might have more luck! In any case, it’s worth a try.

Preparation is everything! The method you choose has an influence on the supplies you need.

Grow an Avocado plant in 4 steps

Step 1: Prepare the seed

Firstly, get the seed out of an avocado. It's important to leave the brown layer on the seed.

Position the seed with its layer in a glass with water for 24 hours.

Step 2: Remove the brown layer

After 24 hours, get the seed out of the water. Remove the brown layer of the seed carefully.

Wrap a moist kitchen paper around the seed. Put the paper with the seed in the plastic bag.

Place the bag on a location with room temperature. After about 3 weeks you will see that the seed has cracked open and roots have formed. In between you can check if the kitchen paper is still moist. Without moisture the seed will not germinate properly.

Step 3: Place the seed in water

Step 3: Place the seed in water
When the seed has opened, and roots have formed you can get the seed out of its plastic bag.

Take the four sticks or thooth picks. These sticks need to be in the middle of the seed (see picture above). Are the sticks firmly attached? Then you can fill a vase or glass with water and let the seed ‘hang’ in the glass. Make sure you have the bottom of the seed in the water, up to about the middle of the seed. You can always add water or pour it away.

Leave the seed in the water until the roots are strong enough to form a stem with leaves.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

As soon as your avocado plant has developed firm roots, and you see its stem growing, leaves will quickly appear. As soon as this happens you can repot the plant to soil. Put the avocado plant in a nice flowerpot. Make sure that the soil is always slightly moist.

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