How to Grow an Avocado Tree

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How to Grow an Avocado Tree

I saw enough Instagram posts and Facebook photos to know avocados were being eaten by the truckload yesterday!  It WAS Cinco De Mayo after all!

If you are like me, and yesterday proved that a lot of you are, you are an avocado addict.  Sliced, diced, guaced and moley’d….. they are SOOOOO good – AND EVEN BETTER FOR YOU!  So eat up, my fellow avocado lovers!   EAT UP!!!!

I adore the avocado.  While he’s not the most handsome fellow on the outside his gorgeous green interior is extraordinary.  You know what I’m talkin’ about! I have been on an avocado kick for a few months now and when I cut open my first avocado of the season the pit spoke to me.  He said “plant me”  or maybe it was “save me” …. I can’t quite remember the specifics but I knew I couldn’t just toss him.

Growing up, my BFFs kitchen was always adorned with Avocado pits. Her mom is an avid pit-planter (shout out to Mama Herm).  I thought I’d give it a try.  Not that I really think I’ll be lucky enough to one day have fruiting avocado trees but if anything it would be a fun activity to do with the kids.  –

They are LOVING it by the way!  A trip to the window to observe their plant has been a daily ritual and I hope the pits continue to cooperate because there may be heartbreak if our growing attempt fails.  I must say though, so far so good!

OOOOHH…. YOU want to grow an avocado tree too??  Okay, it’s really very easy!   Here is how to grow an avocado tree.



First, you’ll need a few things….

  • avocado pit
  • small bowl
  • toothpicks

Rinse your pit so there is no avocado left on it and find the bottom.  The top of the pit is slightly pointed and the bottom has a discoloration on it.

Once you find the bottom, stick 3 or 4 toothpicks at an angle that allows the pit to sit inside the bowl.  Sit  it in a window where it will get plenty of light and fill it with water.  Keep the water at a level where the bottom is always submerged.
Be patient.  It takes a while for it to root.  Your pit will flake and crack before it begins growing roots.  So when it begins cracking in half, don’t worry it’s suppose to do that!

Here is our progress:
You can see each pit is growing at it’s own pace…
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Today, one is even beginning to sprout!!!  SOOOO EXITING!  This made the kids go wild!
Love the ‘Danger’ sign!  Sometimes tiny orange cones make it to the window.  You can NEVER be too cautious I guess!
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When all of our pits sprout and grow a little more we will pot them.  I’m thinking in a few more weeks.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress!  Hopefully in a couple of years I can have you all over for some fresh guacamole!!!  🙂


Have you ever grown an avocado tree?  Possibly attempting it now?  If you have any helpful hints I’d love to hear them!!!


Have a great day!



By | 2018-01-10T11:36:20+00:00 May 6th, 2014|Blog, Momma Likes to DIY, Momma's Corner|Comments Off on How to Grow an Avocado Tree

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Hey gang! I'm Heather, the Editor in chief here at Appletini Photography. I am a self proclaimed SuperMOM of 2 who enjoys blogging, party planning, and DIYing! I am married to SuperDAD and have a slight coffee addiction! When I'm not wearing my SuperMOM cape, you can find me on the blog connecting with other Moms. Over at Momma's Corner you can read about the good, the bad, and the funny of my adventures in party planning, DIY, and Mommyhood.