How to plant an avocado pit

Here we explain exactly how to grow avocado from the pit including the magical water-hang method.

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how to grow an avocado at home

Everyone's trying to reduce food waste these days; it’s both a cost-saving and environmentally friendly thing to do. But avocadoes often have just a short window where they are good to eat. And while there are some easy ways to keep them fresher for longer, it’s also worth thinking about how we can use avocado waste.

One great way to do this is to grow avocado from a pit. It's easier than it sounds and creates a wonderful new plant for your home. Interested? Here's the lowdown on how to plant avocado, including how to plant an avocado pit – meaning one day you’ll be able to eat homegrown avocadoes!

Getting actual fruit from an avocado stone takes patience, so see this as a long-term project and enjoy having a new houseplant in the meantime.

How to grow avocado: what you’ll need

  • An avocado
  • A clean jar
  • Water
  • Toothpicks
  • Somewhere warm and sunny

How to plant an avocado pit – an unexpected solution

Strange as it may sound, to grow an avocado pit plant requires hanging it over water rather than planting it in soil. That’s right, this is not your standard – get some soil, plant seed in ground, water and wait for it to grow – kind of a plant. Instead of simply planting an avocado from a pit, you need to nurture it with air and water. Here’s an easy guide.

How to grow avocado from a pit: a step-by-step guide

  • Enjoy a tasty avocado.
  • Wash and dry the pit.
  • Take a medium-sized glass jar and fill it to the brim with water.
  • Stick 3 toothpicks into the broader end of the pit angled upwards.
  • Use the toothpicks to suspend the pit at the top of the jar so that about an inch of the pit is in the water.
  • Put your new plant seed in a sunny and warm spot around the house ensuring it enjoys direct sunlight.
  • Monitor daily and refill the water as needed
  • Roots should start to grow – once they’ve got thick and knotty, it’s time to plant in soil.

The tricky thing is knowing how to grow an avocado tree that bears fruit. While you’ve just made yourself a wonderful new houseplant, it’ll actually take years to fruit. If you’re still keen, plant it outside in a sunny spot, water (about twice per week) and trim as required.

Now you know how to plant an avocado tree, you don’t have to let pits go to waste. Create yourself a lovely new set of houseplants and with a bit of patience one day you might get some homegrown avocado too.

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