We love avocados. They’re so amazingly delicious and so exceptionally good for us that we just can’t resist them. So we buy them in bulk and then eat them on the fly in so many ways. But that leaves us with a mountain of pits. Sure we can toss them in the kitchen garbage and be done with them, but why not try to plant them? It’s a great project for kidlets….and who knows? Maybe you’ll reap the rewards with an avocado tree one day (not likely, but hey, it’s fun).
Remove the pit carefully (without cutting it), clean all the avocado fruit off—being careful not to remove the brown skin (the seed cover)—and dry (a wet seed will be slippery!).
Find the top (where the sprout and leaves will grow) and bottom (where the roots will grow into the water). The slightly pointier end is the top, and the flat end is the bottom.
Take 3 toothpicks and stick them at a slightly downward angle into the avocado seed, spaced evenly around the circumference. These will allow you to rest the bottom half of the avocado in water, so therefore the toothpicks need to be wedged in there firmly. Sticking them in at a slight angle (pointing down), will allow more of your seed to rest in the water.
Put in a clear glass (so you can easily see when roots start to grow, and also when the water needs to be changed) on a window sill and add water. Make sure to maintain the water level and change the water every week.
In 2-6 weeks, roots will grow into the water and a stem will sprout from the bump. When the stem is about six inches long, trim it down to half.
When the stem leafs again, transplant the seedling to a pot with loose, sandy soil. Plant the seedling root down, leaving the top half of the pit sticking out of the soil, give it frequent, light watering and keep it in a sunny place.
Pinch back the newest top leaves every time the stems grow another six inches or so to encourage more growth and a fuller plant.