Growing an Avocado from a Pit

May 18, 2004

small avocado plantAfter removing the pit from an avocado, don't throw it away. Wash the pit. Stick three toothpicks around the pointy upper third of the pit. Then fill up a jar water and rest the avocado pit on the rim with the large portion of the pit in the water and small portion above water.


After five days, place the jar in a spot where the pit can receive sunlight. It won't be long before you see roots appears and leaves sprout. Once you have a healthy system of roots and several leaves you can transplant to potting soil. Water once a week.


By Racer (Guest Post)
September 18, 20044 found this helpful
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Avocadoes make excellent trees, I just stick mine on nails or toothpicks, three of them, and point them towards the sky and wait. They all have their own time. Some of them never grew, some of them did.
I never pinch mine back either.

They are so wonderful! I have had my most recent plant since last spring, while it was still cold. I also put tomato seeds in the soil of my other potted plants. I have become kind of tomato crazy, I love them! After they sprout, I move them to another plant holder. They kind of keep the soil happy and the avocado plant seems to love having plants growing around it.


Mine is now three feet tall, and I talk to it each day. They like it a lot, and they like being in a pot which is big enough so they don't become pot bound. OK I admit it, I occasionally name mine.

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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 899 Posts
January 6, 2013

If you were lucky enough to have your avocado seed sprout, then you will now need to plant it. Choose a pot that is big enough that you won't have to repot it right away.

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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 899 Posts
December 11, 2012

Growing an avocado plant from the pit is a great project for kids to do. It is so easy. Our kids love to eat avocados and really wanted to try sprouting one.

sprouting an avocado pit


April 1, 2014

It is that time of year when I get the wonderful spring fever and want to start growing things. Here are a batch of avocado pits sitting in their own pods made from foam egg crates.

Avocado Pits in Egg Crates


Silver Post Medal for All Time! 361 Posts
March 28, 2007

Here's a fun summer activity for the kids to enjoy and a rewarding way to recycle the left-over avocado seeds.


September 14, 2006

I was wondering if anyone knows on how too start an Avocado Tree from a seed.

Growing an avocado from a seed.


Silver Post Medal for All Time! 288 Posts
August 30, 2011

I have several avocado seeds ready for the Path Garden. There are already 4-6 tiny trees from seeds from a couple of years ago.

Avocado Rooting into Jar


July 30, 2013

I took the pit right from the avocado and planted it with my tropical plant. It is flourishing so far. I guess I need to mist it. I will stake it up if it seems to lean but so far it hasn't.

Start Avocado in Existing Pot


June 3, 2013

I used some material from the bag our potatoes came in and then a piece of plastic grocery bag tied around the potato bag over the jar. The avocado pit was pushed far enough down into the jar to be able to start this way.



March 13, 2013

Growing an avocado plant from the pit is a great project for kids to do. It is so easy.



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November 20, 2014

pit suspended in glassI 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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December 5, 20171 found this helpful

You could go ahead at this point and put it into soil.. Dip the bottom of the pit into rooting hormone first. I change the water in mine daily. Weekly is too far between.

May 28, 20230 found this helpful

I enjoyed reading how you start avacado seeds. I was looking for the site i followed on how to start to sprout them by placing in a damp paper towel and then a plastic bag. Place in a dark warm space and leave the bag top open to the air. Check each day for dampness.


Mine is starting to split and has roots starting to show. I think mine is ready to plant. I want to see how to plant it now. I will check back later and see if I get a reply, please.

May 28, 20230 found this helpful

Thank you. and so quickly. I will try right away, I am really not expecting to eventually get a tree, I am just trying to see if I can. I don't live here it could be planted outside anyway. Thanks again.

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