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Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time you’re making guacamole or slicing an avocado for a salad, try saving your pits to grow into avocado trees. It’s surprisingly easy to grow your own avocado tree from seed, and it makes a great educational project for home and classrooms.

If you do not live in Central America or Mexico (California and Florida in the USA), then it is rare to see a fully grown avocado tree. A lot of people have tried to grow one in their own surroundings and they did not succeed in it. But, this is a reason to try harder, not to give up.

Avocado tree can grow up 70 feet in height, with leaves which are about 5 to 10 inches long. It has small greenish-yellow flowers. This pear-shaped fruit is about 4 to 9 inches long. It weights between 4 Oz to 34 Oz, and has 1 single seed in the center.

You do not have to worry about the height. Your avocado will not grow that tall.

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How to grow avocado from seed or pit?

You can grow the avocado tree, by getting a pit from an overripe avocado.

Just follow the instructions that are listed below:

  • Firstly, you have to remove the seed and wash off all the green remains from the fruit.
  • Dry it by gently dubbing the seed with paper towel.
  • Use 3 toothpicks in order to stab the seed. The toothpicks should be around 1/3 of the height.
  • In a jar filled with tepid water, you should place the avocado seed.
  • Keep the jar in a warm place but, it should not be put under direct sunlight.
  • You have to check the water level regularly and make sure that at least 1 inch of the pit is in the water.
  • In 4 to 6 weeks, the pit will split. The stem will grow from the top and roots will begin to grow at the bottom. If you do not see any change in the pit, throw the pit out and purchase another avocado and start all over.
  • When the stem grows up to 6 inches you can cut it down to 3 just to strengthen the stem. As time passes by, there will be more leaves and more roots.
  • You will have to plant the avocado seedling, after 3 more weeks. Take a medium size flower pot and put in some enriched potting soil up to about an inch at the top. By pushing the soil down with your finger , make a hole in the middle and put the pit in.
  • Watering should be normal process. The soil has to be wet, but not muddy.

You can put the avocado near a sunlight, because it loves sunlight. You must be sure that you take care of the following points:

  • If the tree is exposed to more sunlight, it will grow bigger.
  • Water lightly on a regular basis, making sure that the soil is moist.
  • You will know that you are over-watering, if the leaves are getting yellowish in color.
  • In a case where the leaves are getting brownish and fry at the tips, the soil might have accumulated too much salt. In order to fix this, let the water run freely into the pot, and drain.
  • You have to cut the avocado tree down to 6 inches, when it reaches the height of about 12 inches high. This will cause the tree to grow sideways and to have more leaves.

In about 7 to 15 years, the tree will provide fruits. Sometimes avocado plants will begin growing fruit after they’re 3 or 4 years old, others take 15+ years to grow fruit, and some never do. It helps to have several avocado trees growing together to aid with pollination. However, don’t expect the fruit to be anything like the avocado that yielded your seed. Commercial avocados are grown from grafted branches to control the outcome of the fruit – a naturally grown avocado may be very different than its parent!

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Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time you’re making guacamole or slicing an avocado for a salad, try saving your pits to grow into...