My First Plant
One of my hobbies for the last few years has been growing avocado plants. It all started about 4 years ago after eating an avocado I thought I wonder if I could grow a plant from this pit. That first little plant is now not so little, it currently stands about a metre high. I don’t think growing these plants will give me avocado fruit but they make lovely lush green house plants. Avocado plants take about six years before they bear any fruit and need a warm sunny climate to do so.
Since that first plant and over the last four years I have grown another eight plants, all are now at various stages.
Every time I have an avocado I plant the pit however not all work and I end up throwing out quite a few of my attempts. The joy when it does work and you start to see the little roots pop through, then the green shoots is amazing and this is what keeps me growing them. It is not a quick process and takes a fair few weeks until you start to see signs that the pit has roots, you need a lot of patience, just when you think it has not work you start to see signs of life.
Growing from the pit
So how do you grow an avocado plant from the pit
- Once you’ve finished your avocado, wash and dry the pit.
- Fill a jar with water, almost to the brim
- Locate the broad end of the pit. This is the end that will point down into the water.
- Press three toothpicks around the pit. These will suspend the pit from the rim of the jar. Place the toothpicks so about one inch of the avocado pit is in the water. I have also grown them in a small glass where I have used the rim of the glass to suspend the avocado pit.
- Place the jar in a warm, sunny spot, but out of direct sunlight. A window sill is pretty ideal.
- Replenish water as needed. It is a good idea to change the water regularly so the water stays fresh and free from bacteria.
- Your pit should start to sprout roots and a stem in two to six weeks.
- If you don’t see any growth by eight weeks, start over with another pit.
- Once the stem reaches six to seven inches tall, cut it back by half.
- When the roots have grown thick and the stem has leaves again, plant in soil in a pot about ten inches in diameter, leaving half the pit still exposed above the soil.
Nurturing the Plant
- Keep your avocado plant in a warm, sunny location.
- Water frequently with an occasional deep soak. Keep plant moist but not overly saturated. As with most plants, make sure the soil drains well.
- Pinch the stem back every time your plant grows another six inches or so, in order to encourage a bushier appearance. Here is a good article which explains about pinching out plants. This is the bit I have missed at times and it has made some of my plants to tall and not as bushy as they could be so if you want bushy plants make sure you do pinch the stem.
- You can plant your plant outside but it does need a warn climate. The avocado plant does not like temperatures below 10c.
As the plants have grown I have re potted them.
I have re potted mine in terracotta pots. Make sure you wash out your terracotta pot, fill with standard multipurpose potting soil for indoor plants. Avocado plants will take most of soil but they do not like wet roots. They prefer a light/ sandy potting compost (specially formulated for indoor plants) that is free-draining. When repotting you need to make sure the avocado pit is above the soil.
Most of mine plants are kept on my kitchen window sill which is a warm and sunny environment but not in direct sunlight. I have my large avocado plant on a table in my dinning room just adjacent to my French windows so again it is a warm light environment.
I have learnt how to grow and nurture my avocado plants as I have gone along, some have grown really well whilst a couple have struggled. Have go at growing one, its great fun, plus it gives you lovely lush green house plants.
Have fun and enjoy
Thanks Helen x