Last time we checked in here on the blog with an avocado plant update, our little pits had just began to sprout roots. In 3 weeks time, the roots on both pits have grown so long they're beginning to curl under and more importantly, they're finally beginning to sprout stems through the tops of the pits!
The smaller of the two has continued on the fast track, as compared with the larger pit, in growing the longer roots and sprouting a stem above the pit first. I was somewhat worried the pits would just stop growing once we moved them to the new location, but they've done surprisingly well.
Last time we checked in, I mentioned it looked like the larger of the two pits would somehow need to crack all the way open like the smaller one already naturally had in order for the stem to be able to sprout up and through. After about a week of waiting and watching, I noticed the stem on the smaller one about to clear the crack and noticed that while there was a similar stem within the middle of the larger one, it was still going to have to push its way through, cracking the pit open if it had a chance at growing properly.
Sooooo....I picked it up and tapped it gently until it suddenly just cracked right open. I was worried I'd split it in half completely in my haste, but on the contrary, it was just what it needed. I guess it's not much different from when we gently helped them along (ahem, intervened) by peeling off their outer layers of skin to promote root growth.
I guess my question now is — since the roots are getting so long that they are curling under and sprouting new growth, should we switch them over to taller glasses or let them remain in the glasses they are in?
I feel like the majority of photos I see have the roots curled under in smaller glasses as the stems continue to grow and sprout leaves. What would you all do if they were yours? Any tips from those with experience or educated guesses?
I'm declaring success at sprouting these pits, even though it's taken 2 months to do so. Methinks it just must take much longer in colder, less ideal climates for these guys. Timthinks guacamole is on the horizon (yea right). As always, we'll keep you posted as we wait, water and watch these little guys in their new window perch in hopes they continue to slowly thrive!