Magically Growing Foods from Waste

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Magically Growing Foods from WasteI took the advice from a blog about growing food from scraps and started to grow my own veggies.

The avocado stone has yet to root but this is only after about 10 days. I have been told it might take a month to show a root. I cut off the top of a 2 litre plastic bottle and it sits upside down with the stone resting where the cap is -resting inside a pot.


I am hoping for the Romaine lettuce to flourish and it seems to be doing really well. I am not sure what's going on with the fennel! Just change the water everyday and you see results very quickly.

Oh and I had some of those onion greens with my mashed potatoes tonight. Delicious!

Magically Growing Foods from Waste
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May 9, 20130 found this helpful
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An avocado seed takes up to a month to sprout. I have planted three so far. In good light one is getting to be about 3 feet tall.

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January 6, 20190 found this helpful

Avocados are great fun for first time indoor gardeners. Extremely easy to root they are impossible to grow beyond the initial rooting, stem and leaf growth. The leaves will blacken, die and fall off and you'll have a bunch of trunks, that also blacken and die. I've tried several hundred pits the past 40 years & experience 100% failure rate. They can't be transplanted outdoors because of the intensely specific compost and soil conditions necessary. You will have a nice starter plant that will die in a few months.


The room moisture and humidity levels have nothing to do with the blackening and die off of the leaves. Fun as starter plants but enormously discouraging. From an avid lifetime green thumb gardener who can get a pencil to root - don't waste your time with avocados. They are the most finicky plant you'll ever try to root and you simply can't replicate the necessary soil conditions - particularly sterility - in your home. 100% leaf loss.

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April 26, 20210 found this helpful

Both of my sisters live in Florida, and have had great luck growing Avocado trees from pits. They start them off with toothpicks holding the pit in a glass of water, change the water at least twice a week, and when the pit grows roots, they add a tiny bit of organic fertilizer to the water each change. When the top sprouts green, the water gets a bit more fertilizer each change.


When the top is about 6 inches tall, they plant the pit in a 10 inch pot of sterilized starter soil with some sand and the same fertilizer mixed in. The trick to NOT killing the plant, is to only plant as deep as about 2/3's the depth of the pit, leaving the top 1/3 above soil level. Both sisters have several Avocado trees growing in their yards...started from pits.

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