Posted by Mary Andrews / November 29, 2011
How To: Grow an Avocado Tree from the Pit
On a whim after incorporating avocado slices into some of the most amazing turkey sandwiches I've ever had (Tim sure knows how to transform Thanksgiving leftovers), we decided to take on a new "just for fun" project — trying to sprout roots and stems from avocado pits.
We're using the disclaimer "just for fun" because we've heard over and over how difficult it is to sprout avocado pits in the first place, not to mention it's nearly impossible to grow a fruit bearing tree if it works at all...
In hopes of sprouting the pit, we carefully opened the avocado, removed, rinsed and wiped the pit, then secured 4 toothpicks round the top (pointed side faces up) in a way that they would rest nicely on the rim of a glass. I was surprised at how easy it was to simply push the toothpicks into the pit with little pressure.
After successfully resting both pits atop their glasses and placing in a sunny windowsill, we carefully poured in water to cover about 2/3rds of the pit — not enough to touch the toothpicks, but enough to leave the bottom of the pit submerged.
From here on out it's simply a waiting, watering, and watching game. We'll continue to add water to the glasses as needed and if all goes according to plan, we just might see some root/stem action in about 3 weeks!
Did you try sprouting avocado pits as a child? If so — was it ever successful? We hear so many tales of failure that we're not expecting much, but who knows — we just might be able to make guacamole in 2-3 years time!
Wish us luck — we'll be sure to keep you posted.