How to Grow Avocado From Seed: 3 Basic Methods.

In recent times people have become very fond of gardening. One of the best aspects of gardening is watching the seeds or plants that start to sprout or when the bud begins to grow.

We like to eat vegetables and fruits which we grow ourselves. It’s like a feeling of inner peace, and it’s also good for our mental health. Let’s see how to grow avocado 1from seed!

There are many methods to grow an avocado tree from seed. Mainly, the seed should be in the required condition. Find out the requirements and see how to grow avocado plants easily. There are three easy ways to grow an avocado tree.

How to Grow Avocado From Seed

1. Method 1: Growing Avocado Seeds In The Soil

The older method is the best most of the time. Using the pot or planting the avocado seed in the soil is the most traditional method. While it’s a fun method, we can grow this plant as an indoor or garden tree; it will be an excellent decor for our living room or garden.

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Every plant sprouts from the seeds, which is much easier than other methods. However, we must choose the method of planting the seed after sprouting avocado seeds or growing the seeds directly in the soil.

In the early summer, we can plant some seeds of avocado either in garden soil or in a pot, and we have to water regularly based on some measurements. The seed starts to grow within a quarter month. There are also different seed planting methods like directly planting the seeds in the ground, sprouting avocado seeds planting in the soil, or getting avocado plant growing sampling in the soil.

Step 1: Take an exposed avocado seed 

Step 2: Prepare the Garden area or Pot Mix to plant them in pots.

Step 3: Give the soil a good amount of water to moister.

Step 4: Take a healthy seed and place it half-covered in the soil. ( The seed’s sharp point should be at the top, the rounded part should be at the bottom half, and the dust that has to mix with the seed ).

Step 5: Water them regularly without getting too dry and avoid them from getting soggy. This is how to grow an avocado from seed in the soil, which will take a few weeks. Don’t put your hands into the soil and check whether the seed has sprouted; the seeds will naturally grow an avocado tree. In winter, baby avocado trees2 grow outdoors and indoors, but if it’s cooler than 24 degrees, you must place them indoors.

2. Method 2: Bag Germination Method

This method is quite unusual in contrast to the previous method.

Step 1: Start by drying out the seed in the dark spot.

Step 2: Once the dark seeds are dried, it is easy to peel off the shell. But don’t damage the disc at the bottom of the seed. It’s the main part of growing the seed, as it’s important for germination.

Step 3: Use a small towel or paper towels that are wet but not dripping wet. Then put the damp towel inside a ziplock bag and the avocado.

Step 4: Put avocado seed inside the bag.

Step 5: Close the bag thoroughly. Leave a small gap between 2 fingers for air circulation.

Step 6: Keep this bag in a dark place or dark cupboard.

But still, this method has a drawback as it is prone to moulding3. Make sure to check your avocado pit once a day.

3. Method 3: Toothpick Method

First, get an avocado from a store and eat all the delicious avocado inside the fruit; then, you will get an avocado pit. If you have a ripe avocado, you can take the avocado pits from that you have to remove the flesh from the seed, and you can use them for sprouting and growing avocados.

Let us see the step-by-step process of how to grow avocado from seed using the toothpick method.

Step 1: Wash the seed completely so you can’t see any bits of flesh left over. If it is not washed properly, it leads to the moulding of the seeds.

Step 2: Now prepare a small cup and fill it with water. Then keep them away so that you don’t knock them over.

Step 3: Now take 3-4 toothpicks and stick them inside the seed exposed with an equal distance. You can fit 4 sticks if needed. Put the pit inside the cup, which is not totally into the water we set but should look above the water.

The basic concept of this toothpick method is the pit will start to get moistened by the water below it, then it starts sprouting the roots. Then it automatically starts to grow leaves, and when the plant is grown in this method to about 10 inches tall, it’s time to transplant the seeds into a pot or garden.

But still, it is a difficult method. In the beginning, it looks good and starts to root, but after some time, it may lead to the root rot4 of the seeds, which is unnoticeable. 

These are the 3 methods of how to grow avocado from seed. However, there are major things to notice in this planting of the avocado seed, including seed quality, water frequency, soil mix, etc.

Once your plant produces fruit and grows avocados, you can make delicious recipes like zesty lime guacamole dip. 

Best Out of 3?

These three methods depend on the weather, changes and processes. But finally, Bag germination is the winner; it gives the best results.

This method works for all different types of seeds, not only avocado seeds.

What’s Next?

The growing avocado tree needs specifications about the quality of the temperature, soil, water, sun, and seed cover structure. Naturally, the grown avocado seed will have a 10 inches tall root sprouted in the bottom of the seed cover. It may look simple, but the process can be really difficult.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

1. What is the Temperature Requirement to Grow Avocado from Seed?

Avocados are a tropical plant that gives fruit at a particular temperature. It is mostly grown on an avocado tree and should be kept at 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius. It is mostly found in Southern Florida or around San Diego because they have the climatic 5condition the plant need. Avocados love the sun and like to stay on a sunny windowsill and in direct sunlight.

2. How to Prepare the Soil to Grow Avocado from Seed?

The avocado trees have shallow roots, which are prone to root rot. Root rot will happen when it’s overwatered and wet for most of the period. In that case, we have to put some dust or soil to dry the wet soil and keep it in direct sunlight.

You can also get soil from the plant nursery; it is soil for cacti which is also good for avocados since avocado seeds or avocado plants like loose soil that will give the root to grow easily.

We can plant the tree in a big container by arranging some stones in the bottom to help the plant breathe easily, which helps them grow and produce fruit and delicious avocado leaves. Removing the outer brown seed skin will also make the process faster.

3. What is the Water Requirement for these Plants?

The worst thing is people mostly kill their plants by overwatering them. It needs less water regularly. To check the water requirement, gently put your finger in the plant soil, which is the tree’s base. If the dirt sticks into your hand are lightly wet, you don’t need to water them; however, if it falls from your hand and looks crumbly the way down, it’s time to water them. Fertilizer is unnecessary, but we can use kitchen waste to give good nutrition to them.

4. How Long Does It Take To Give Fruits?

It takes 8 – 20 years to produce fruit, which is why it is available in so few fruit stores.

But let’s have a great experience growing avocados in our houses and keep ourselves healthy by eating this superfood regularly.

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