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Old 05-27-2013, 07:14 PM
 
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I live in east Texas. I have several avocado seeds that I've saved recently and I'm interested in starting them and then planting them somewhere (not for avocados, just because I'm curious about them). I have no idea how to do this.

Suggestions, anyone? Thanks!
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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How to grow an Avocado Seed into an Avocado Tree - Garden Helper, Gardening Questions and Answers
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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I live in east Texas. I have several avocado seeds that I've saved recently and I'm interested in starting them and then planting them somewhere (not for avocados, just because I'm curious about them). I have no idea how to do this.

Suggestions, anyone? Thanks!
I was five when my Mom gave me an avocado pit to grow. First is to soak it briefly to help remove the skin. Next get three toothpicks and press in about 1/3 down from the pointed end which you want facing up, place in a jar of water, the tooth picks keep the pit from falling in the water. In a short week or two you will see the pit start to open and a tap root will develop, then the plant stem. I have started many avocado pits and have two avocado plants as houseplants right now.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:59 PM
 
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I was five when my Mom gave me an avocado pit to grow. First is to soak it briefly to help remove the skin. Next get three toothpicks and press in about 1/3 down from the pointed end which you want facing up, place in a jar of water, the tooth picks keep the pit from falling in the water. In a short week or two you will see the pit start to open and a tap root will develop, then the plant stem. I have started many avocado pits and have two avocado plants as houseplants right now.
I followed these directions when growing mine. Worked perfectly!
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:00 PM
 
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I was five when my Mom gave me an avocado pit to grow. First is to soak it briefly to help remove the skin. Next get three toothpicks and press in about 1/3 down from the pointed end which you want facing up, place in a jar of water, the tooth picks keep the pit from falling in the water. In a short week or two you will see the pit start to open and a tap root will develop, then the plant stem. I have started many avocado pits and have two avocado plants as houseplants right now.
How big are they?? I've only been really successful once. My plant got about 3 feet tall in a container and I moved it to a patio. Forgot about it and lost it in a freeze. I'm working on one now but not seeing the tap root yet, it may be a no go.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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How big are they?? I've only been really successful once. My plant got about 3 feet tall in a container and I moved it to a patio. Forgot about it and lost it in a freeze. I'm working on one now but not seeing the tap root yet, it may be a no go.
Both of my avocado's are over 3 feet tall, one is over 4 feet tall and both have branches. I have started so many over the years that I have lost count. One of mine is from a giant avocado, the fruit was over 6 inches long, but the pit was the same size as a normal avocado pit. I have avocado's coming up in my cold compost heap all the time. Once the plant has a root and is over a foot tall, it can be put in a pot of soil and kept moist till it takes.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:13 PM
 
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Both of my avocado's are over 3 feet tall, one is over 4 feet tall and both have branches. I have started so many over the years that I have lost count. One of mine is from a giant avocado, the fruit was over 6 inches long, but the pit was the same size as a normal avocado pit. I have avocado's coming up in my cold compost heap all the time. Once the plant has a root and is over a foot tall, it can be put in a pot of soil and kept moist till it takes.
Thanks! Are you able to grow them outside in your part of CA? We can't here. Once it outgrows the house, that's it. LOL
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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Thanks! Are you able to grow them outside in your part of CA? We can't here. Once it outgrows the house, that's it. LOL
Our part of California, though on the coast, does get frost, not every year. I had planted four in a bed and we got a frost below freezing and it took them down to the ground. They came back for two years then gave up. I am going to try planting the two I have under my redwood tree to protect them from the direct frost. If they don't make it, I will just start some more. I am obsessive when it comes to starting plants, have over 400 potted plants outdoors and indoors total. I cannot stop doing cuttings of something or other.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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Our part of California, though on the coast, does get frost, not every year. I had planted four in a bed and we got a frost below freezing and it took them down to the ground. They came back for two years then gave up. I am going to try planting the two I have under my redwood tree to protect them from the direct frost. If they don't make it, I will just start some more. I am obsessive when it comes to starting plants, have over 400 potted plants outdoors and indoors total. I cannot stop doing cuttings of something or other.
That is devotion. It's fun, though! I love seeing what will and won't work, just for the price of a container and some potting soil.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:46 PM
 
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Thank you, everyone! Going to soak mine right now!
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