Growing an avocado plant indoors is just a matter of luring its pit to root and sprout. It might bear you fruits and it might not, which means its under probability, but which of them happens does not matter as you’ll have a cute little new houseplant for free.
Being born and growing up in Africa, long before they became popular, eating avocados was a normal thing for me and everyone I grew up around. And long before avocado toast was a thing, my friend who was in culinary school introduced us to the simple but angel-chorus-cuing combo of crusty bread, slices of fresh avocado, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkle of fleur de sel. But the avocados I remember from childhood weren’t just for eating—with help from my parents, and in a way that now reminds me of the good old lemonade adage, we turned our pits into plants. Here’s how you can too.
Getting started with planting Avocado Pit:
Planting an Avocado Seed
- Once you’ve finished eating your avocado, wash the pit and leave it in a place that lacks moisture to dry preferably outside in the sun.
- Fill a pot/jar with water, almost to the brim.
- Locate the wide end of the pit as this will be the part that will point down into the water.
- Put in three toothpicks around the pit. These will help to suspend the pit from the rim of the pot/jar. Place the toothpicks in such a way that only about one inch of the avocado pit is in the water.
- Place the pot/jar in a warm, sunny spot but in shouldn’t come in direct contact with sunlight. With that stated the ideal position might be your window sill, but you can pick which position suits you
- Refill with water as required.
- Your jar/pit would start to shoot roots and a stem in three to five weeks.
- If you don’t notice any growth at the end of the 8th week, it is advisable you start over with another pit.
- Once the stem reaches six to seven inches tall, cut it back by half.
- When the roots have grown thick and the stem has leaves again, plant in soil in a pot about ten inches in diameter, leaving half the seed still exposed above the soil.
Caring for Your Avocado Plant
- Keep your avocado plant in a warm, sunny location.
- Water frequently with an occasional deep soak. Keep plant moist but not overly saturated. As with most plants, make sure the soil drains well.
- Pinch the stem back every time your plant grows another six inches or so, in order to encourage a bushier appearance.
If you live in a warm-enough climate; like that of Africa plant your tree outside once it is big enough. As time goes by (many years ahead of you), it would begin bearing fruits for you so you can eat from the fruit of your labor.