Avocado Pit to House Plant

After 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.

small avocado plant

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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.

October 11, 20170 found this helpful

Can I cut mine down to well almost to the pit it's stem is very long but no leaf s so I'd like to prune it but without killing it

October 11, 20170 found this helpful

I have grown my avocado from the pit it's about two feet tall but no leads can I prune it close to the soil will it grow the leaves back pls help thank you for reading problem

October 11, 20170 found this helpful

I have grown my plant from the pit it's about a foot and a half but no leaves may I prune it close to the soil or should I just clip the top

September 15, 20180 found this helpful

Once two leaves form and grow, remove the next two sprouts of leaves to enable of a more hearty stemmed plant/tree.

By Dan in Oregon (Guest Post)
July 27, 20084 found this helpful
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Hi everyone, you should all try starting the pits in soil. I have been growing these things for years and soil makes them a far more solid and sturdy plant. Just tuck it about 3/4 of the way into some good potting soil pointy side up and keep moist.


I always use bottled water because they don't seem to like the chlorine that's in tap water. Have fun!

January 11, 20191 found this helpful

I do the same straight to the soil and enough water, avo don't like over water and i hide beside other plants.

November 13, 20092 found this helpful
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My mom has an avocado tree in her back yard that she started from a pit, and now she gets so many avocados she hands them out to all her neighbors. Of course she lives in the California Bay area, so that may help.

By rosieposi (Guest Post)
June 26, 20041 found this helpful

It took me 6 months for roots to form in a glass of water. i planted it in soil 8 months ago. It is now sitting on my window sill and is 6 inches tall. I think it may have to go in a bigger pot.


I live in n.y. and do not have a garden to plant it in. I only want it to grow as a house plant among all my other plants. What do I do to keep it growing.

September 15, 20181 found this helpful

I have learned that seeding from pits are like mimicking the warm forest. Warm water and indirect light is what a pit craves. My home was kept at too cool of a temp. After months of wondering why so long, i refilled ever day with warm water...such growth. After potted it grew as if on steroids. One plant potted and bushing out after pruning 1st two leaves as stubs to enable a more bush like tree. Yay me. So the question is, how do i keep it alive in the Arkansas winter?? Btw, it is still in a big planter. Also i am worried about low temp and high humidity nights, my poor leaves...what to do? Can you help please?

September 15, 20180 found this helpful

Gather a 4 to five gallon pot gor trees. Burry at top of container the pit and root straight down, hollow a tunnel with a chop stick or skewer from the kitchen.plant half of pit in soil, top half exposed. Use excellent soil, time released nutrients and make certain the pot holder has drainage openings at bottom to resist root rot. Keep in warmest outdoor area until temps drop below 37 F wrap and do not allow to freeze by building up mulch around base of tree to keep it warm.


Still am worried about over watering since local temps have dropped at night. Fyi, reduce watering upon arrival of cool evenings. If soil is wet thoroughly, wrap pot and leaves to lock in heat with plastic or light fleece blanket.

By rosieposi (Guest Post)
June 26, 20040 found this helpful

I did all that. Should I transfer it into a bigger pot.

By rosieposi (Guest Post)
June 26, 20040 found this helpful

Where do I keep my avocado plant when I transplant it since it can't stay on the window sill any longer.

By reb 1234 (Guest Post)
September 20, 20041 found this helpful

Hi Racer, Mine is called Osker and is 6ft tall. Reb1234

By Racer (Guest Post)
March 12, 20051 found this helpful

I keep mine in a decorative holder on the floor when they are tall. They are so beautiful. They are fine outdoors if the wind is not too bad. They are more a houseplant then an outside plant............


say hi to Osker!

By Shirley (Guest Post)
June 28, 20051 found this helpful

I live in the south and i planted my Avocado outside last year its doing well. i couldn`t belive it came back but to my suprise it did Shirley in Ark.

By Judy N. (Guest Post)
July 11, 20050 found this helpful

My avacado is now 7.5 feet tall and I only have an 8 foot ceiling!!! What do I do now?????????


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February 28, 20070 found this helpful

Use bonsai techniques.

By Mark (Guest Post)
March 3, 20070 found this helpful

I've been wanting to try this for ages, so I have got my avocado seed going in a jar of water. I was amazed at how quickly the root grows once it gets going! Maybe half to 1 centimeter per day!

By Debby (Guest Post)
October 16, 20070 found this helpful

I've been told that the pointed end goes in the water and the wider end stays on top??

By shmali_girl (Guest Post)
June 23, 20080 found this helpful

Today I started two. I hope they grow! I am very very excited!

July 9, 20180 found this helpful

While the toothpick/jar method seems all but standard for starting avocado, your young trees will fare better if you start them in soil. Plants develop specialized roots for growing in water. If using this method, I would immediately move them to soil once I saw successful germination to minimize stress.

January 29, 20190 found this helpful

I got this idea of growing a plant from the seed of an avocado fruit pit due to reasons not known,then I thought of referring to google site abt how to grow .and now i could see the growing of the seed,the root slowly growing and the stem from the oppsite I am waiting eagerly to see the seedling coming out as root and stem from the seed and also the green leaves from within the seed.let me wait and see.thank you so much

May 22, 20220 found this helpful

Nevermind the toothpicks. Use a vitamin bottle with a spout that matches the seed/pit & have it sit just down in the water a tiny bit. Keep freshening the water even if you added a pc of cinnamon stick into it since it needs new oxygen occasionally. I usually start a bunch of mine in the lids off of wide mouth jars (peanutbutter, protein shake powder etc.) & only sit it onto a deeper plastic bottle once I see it is ready to send down a root tip. I have many plants, all at least a meter high in deep large pots with other plants. The tall avacado always gets noticed!


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