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I dropped an avocado pit and it split in half. Can it still grow roots and a stem if I put it back in water?

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July 17, 20171 found this helpful

I think you are going to have a harder time. If the roots were already formed you would have a better chance

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June 21, 2010

I am growing an avocado tree from seed. I did as directed and now have a great root system, but nothing coming from the top of the seed yet. Is this normal? Do I just need patience or should there already have been greens sprouting?

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Hardiness Zone: 6a

By JayJay from Hopewell Junction, NY

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February 19, 20150 found this helpful

This is not an answer, but I have the same question. There is no other button for me to press in this area. But, I have the same issue with roots growing but no stems. Is this a problem? Or should there just be patience? Or is there a way to fix this if it is a problem?

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April 29, 20150 found this helpful

Same problem here. Enough roots, but stem doesn't come up. Just to add a detail. The stem side of my avocado has a large number of tiny leaves sprouting, making it look like a tiny artichoke. Another avocado pit that grew normally seems to have the same number of leaves but along a well grown stem.

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May 27, 2016

I started my own seed in water with toothpicks. My plant is 14 inches tall now with 4 leaves at the top. I have read so many articles on this plant and my confusion is, should I cut it back to 6-7 inches to encourage gowth again to make it fuller?

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And I have it in indirect light on my summer porch. Can I leave it outside? Does it need sun?

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July 16, 20170 found this helpful

I have only trimmed one back and then it died. I have had probably a hundred that I never trimmed and they did fine. I have given numerous ones away.

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January 14, 2018

My avocado pit grew to 12 in. I cut it back midway up the stem. It is now almost 2 ft high again with four leaves and two more coming. All at the top. It also has, near the bottom, small white bulbous growths numbering five. The stem is very thin but strong. How do I get the plant to get a thicker stem with leaves? And please tell me what the white things are. They look like when you are growing an onion plant. This is my third try and the other two did not have theses growths. Does it determine the sex of my plant? I can actually sit and watch the plant grow.

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January 16, 20180 found this helpful
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Plant root stock grafted seedlings rather than seeds to increase chances of bearing fruit.
It takes an avocdo tree 5 years before flowering.
Avocado flowers are open for two days.
The first day they are female,the second male.
Fertilize trees in late winter and early summer with nitrogen.
Zinc,potassium and iron should be added in spring.
Do not prune ones that have flowers.and leaves on them.
Water often but wait until it dries before watering again.
Here is a link to make sure those white spots are not cankers ipm.ucanr.edu/.../bacterialcanker.html

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August 17, 2018

My avocado tree is 6 months old now, its doing well and has become a part of my house. I started growing it from a seed to be a houseplant, however, I'm not sure whether or not it can be. (Do I have to plant it outside?) I would hate for it to not be doing well. Do I just need to get it a large pot or do I have to plant it outside?

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Many thanks.

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November 23, 2018

I have a white spot on my avocado seed which is in the middle of the seed stalk and root growing location. What is that? Is it time to transfer to soil or can I leave it suspended in water for a long time?

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July 31, 2018

I have an avocado tree that has grown to be about a foot long from the pit. When I planted the avocado half of the split pit fell off. It has been about 2.5 months since then and my avocado hasn't been growing. It has two leaves that are limp and what looks like a leaf that started since I replanted it, but hasn't done much.

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The color is great which suggests it's not dying. Does any one have any suggestions to help it along?

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I watched a "how to grow" video and it suggested that you peel off the brown outed layer of the avocado seed and then place it in water. I was really surprised to find next day that the seed was almost covered in a brown layer again. Is this unusual, has anyone had that happen?

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April 16, 2017

My avocado plant started from seed was doing well. It is about 24" high. I moved it outside for the summer and last night, a critter dug up and ate the pit.

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Will the plant survive with the pit gone? All else is intact. The roots are all good.

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April 16, 20170 found this helpful

If the roots are good I think your tree will survive.

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September 5, 2011

How do you grow an avocado from seed?

By Cathy

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September 5, 20110 found this helpful

I would just plant it in the backyard and water it!

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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

Poke 4 toothpicks into the avocado pit, about halfway from the biggest part of the pit. Find a jar with a mouth big enough for the avocado pit. The toothpicks should balance the pit over the mouth of the jar. Now fill the jar with water so the bottom of the pit is soaking in the water. Keep the bottom of the avocado pit soaking in the water until a sprout emerges from the top of the seed. I warn you, this can take months to happen. Just keep putting more water in the jar as it evaporates, making sure to always keep the bottom of the pit in water. Once the pit sprouts, keep it in the jar and water until the sprout is about 6 inches tall, then you can plant it in dirt. This makes a nice plant/small tree, but it won't produce more avocados. Have fun.

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June 27, 20130 found this helpful

Truthfully you can skip that step (germinating the seed). Avocados have hearty seeds, simply put them in the dirt. Depending on the size of your pot you can even put three or more seeds to the same pot, close together they will give it a fuller affect.

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March 20, 2013

I have two trees on the go, one that I have already put in soil and one that was still in its water container. Tonight I was repotting the water one into dirt, and as I was removing the tooth picks, I accidentally broke a half off of the seed. The tree has a large tap root, and a huge root network already, and these appear undamaged so far. Have I killed my tree? Its now in soil, but I am afraid I killed it.

By Allie B.

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March 21, 20130 found this helpful

I think if it has, roots it should be ok. At some point, the seed is unnecessary for the plant to grow. Good luck!

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August 19, 20160 found this helpful

As long as you have the half of a seed that the tree part is attached to you're fine. The other person that replied that you don't need the seed is 100% incorrect.

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April 24, 2012

Can I grow an avocado tree from a seed?

By dbl red

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April 24, 20120 found this helpful

Yes you can. First peel away any brown skin under running water. Next use toothpicks and push them in around the seed about 3/4 of the way up. The bottom of the seed has a round shape and the top is more pointed. Place the seed top up into a clear jar and fill with water to just above the toothpicks. Place in a sunny window. Make sure you keep the jar filled with water up to that mark. It takes a long time sometimes so be paitent and it will start to sprout a root.

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April 25, 20120 found this helpful

I'm sure you can if you are in the right climate.

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December 22, 20120 found this helpful

Yes you can. The base is the part of the avocado that has a dimple in it.

www.ehow.com/how_2205595_grow-avocado-pit.html

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September 29, 2010

I would like to know about growing avocado pits.

Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Barbara Shilling from Richmond, VA

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September 29, 20100 found this helpful

Put 3 toothpicks in avocado, 1 on each side, so the avocado doesn't fall into the glass of water, sit the glass in the window. The seed will sprout and grow. Maybe you can do a search on the internet to see how to care for the plant if you put it in the ground. You can use it as a house plant by potting it in a planter.

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October 1, 20100 found this helpful

I have had great luck wrapping the pit in wet paper towel and putting in an open plastic baggy and putting under the dark sink cupboard for a couple of weeks and it is ready to plant in soil.

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November 4, 20100 found this helpful

My mom lives in San Jose Ca and started an avocado tree (years ago) from seed by putting it in a jar of water (with the seed held up by toothpicks) on her kitchen window sill. It's now a full size, fruit bearing tree in her back yard. Me, I'm in Co and I can't even get the seed to grow roots. I've tried several different ways and still no luck! The green thumb gene obviously past me by!

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February 25, 2009

I plan on growing an avocado tree or bush indoors due to the cold winters we have. Can it ever bear fruit?

Hardiness Zone: 6a


Terry from Rochester, NY

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By k w (Guest Post)
February 25, 20090 found this helpful

www.willsavocados.com/.../grow-avocado-tree

Search for your question"growing an avocado plant inside"lot of info there.

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February 25, 20090 found this helpful

Go to Fladata.com and the university of florida can tell you. My experience is no and all the information I have found says no due to the size of the tree at fruiting and ect. I live in South Georgia and I cannot grow it outside here.
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By chris t. (Guest Post)
February 27, 20090 found this helpful

I don't know if you can get it to bloom & produce fruit, but a long time ago. I heard this story about this man who couldn't get his avocado tree to produce. He heard that if you beat the tree with a baseball bat. The tree thinks it's it danger & it causes it to bloom & give fruit. My sister tried this, I think & it worked. I do know that you have to have another avocado tree in the neighborhood for cross pollination. Without this, there's no chance.

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November 20, 2014

I have been growing an avocado pit suspended in a glass of water for about 8 weeks now. The pit has split and I see the beginning of a root, but now fine white hairs can be seen on the bottom of the pit. Does this happen? or is this algae? Has this happened to anyone else? I have been changing the water once a week.

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October 7, 2014

I have finally sprouted an avocado "tree" from the pit! Yay! Unfortunately, during the busy summer, it has grown over 6-7" and is about 12", still in the water (not in dirt). I have time to plant it now, but am wondering if I should cut it back now, before I plant it, or if I should just leave it!?
There is quite a root system and the plant is very healthy, so I do not want to kill it before I even get it in the dirt. If anyone has any knowledge of this, I would greatly appreciate the advice. Thank you!

By Jess

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August 18, 2015

I have a sprouted avocado seed. I went out today to buy the pot and soil. I came home and my almost 2 year old pulled off half of the root. Can I still pot it? Or should I keep it in the water to grow again?

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January 29, 2014

I have had an avocado pit in water for 5 months. It has a root, but no shoot. How long should I have to wait for a shoot, or should I toss and start over?

By Rick B.

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February 15, 20140 found this helpful

I did this too and I don't remember how long it took but I remember it took forever. I do remember that after the pit split that's when the shoot started to grow. Mine is about 2 feet tall now. My dilemma is now where to plant it as it is a very big tree.

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August 5, 2013

I've tried and tried over and over again. What's the proper or correct way to grow a avocado plant?

By Alexisann from Yuma, AZ

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October 21, 20130 found this helpful

I had a hard time with growing the pits by suspending them over water with toothpicks. then I put a pit into a pot 3/4 covered by soil and watered it weekly. Tada! I have repotted it now that the roots were coming through the drainage holes. I also added another pit to the pot, the stem is about 6 inches high with 5 leaves and a second stem is emerging. In nature, they fall into soil, try it! Good luck.

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December 19, 2012

I have an avocado pit that grew many, many roots and what looks like multiple stems trying to form, but so far nothing after 4 months. Can I plant this and will a stem eventually shoot up?

By Shelly Flinn

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December 7, 2012

My avocado seeds are growing moulds in my potting mixture. Please what do I do about it?

By Tinu

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July 9, 2012

My avocado plant although looking healthy, and about one foot tall, only gets two leaves growing at one time. These die and fall off and two more leaves will grow. I have it in a pot, indoors with plenty of light and water as instructed. Would pruning help?

By Mick C.

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July 19, 2011

I have an avocado pit in water that has rooted, but not sprouted. Can I plant the pit now or should I wait for leaves to sprout?

By Amber

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July 13, 2011

How do I care for an avocado plant grown from the seed, after it has germinated?

By H McC

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