Can you grow an avocado from cuttings?
woodstock1 from Lincoln Park, MI
I don't know about growing avocados from cuttings, but it is very easy to start one from seed. Put 3 toothpicks in the avocado seed, about halfway from the top. Fill a glass with water and rest the toothpicks on the glass with the bottom of the seed in the water. Check frequently to be sure the bottom of the seed stays in contact with the water. I set mine up in the kitchen window, so I see it often. It will take quite a while, but you will see roots begin to grow out the bottom of the seed, and then a while later the plant will begin to burst forth from the top.
When it has a pretty good root system plant into a pot, place where it will get some sunshine. If in an area where avocados grow you can transplant it outside at the time of year for your area. They make beautiful indoor plants and will become quite large. I have never kept one long enough for it to start bearing fruit, but I am sure it would.
Hope this will be some help to you. (11/01/2007)
Yes, you can grow from cuttings, however if your cutting was taken from a seedling grown from a pit then it takes much longer (7 to 20 years) to fruit and the fruit will generally be of low quality. You are better to take a cutting from a successful producing tree, or a grafted seedling. (01/22/2008)
I did just that at age 7, and 4 years later I got 100+ avocados. It happened on and off for 7-8 years, then it got root disease and we cut it down. (11/16/2008)
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