How To Grow An Avocado Houseplant Starting With A Seed In A Glass Of Water
Looking for a fun and super-inexpensive way to acquire a beautiful new houseplant? Have you always wondered how to grow an avocado plant from a seed and a glass of water? Although chances are good this little seed won’t ever become a fruit-producing tree (unless you’re really patient, live in a warm climate, and give it buddies to help with cross-pollination), the leaves of an avocado plant are lush and green, and can be a very nice addition to your indoor decor. Here’s all you’ll need to get started:
- 1 avocado
- 1 small glass mason jar or drinking glass
- 4 toothpicks
- Sharp knife
Time: 15 minutes
STEP ONE: Open the avocado. Score the avocado in half around the pit, taking care to keep the pit from getting injured. Once you’ve carefully cut all around the outside of the pit, you can twist the two sections in opposite directions to open up the avocado, revealing the pit.
STEP TWO: Remove the pit. Carefully remove the pit with a spoon.
STEP THREE: Wash and dry the pit. Very gently, wash the pit with lukewarm water to remove any of the avocado flesh from the pit. Washing away all traces of the fruit will help keep bugs away from your burgeoning houseplant-to-be. Gently dry off the pit with a paper towel.
STEP FOUR: Eat your avocado. Surely by now you’re hungry and need a break. Now would be a terrific time to get that knife back out and slice the avocado into wedges to add to a salad. If you’re feeling festive, whip up some guacamole or try something completely new! Just don’t forget about your poor little pit who is patiently waiting for you to give it some water.
STEP FIVE: Insert toothpicks. Holding the pit with the narrow or pointed side up, insert four toothpicks into the top middle section of the pit at quarter turn intervals, so that the toothpicks are inserted evenly. This will allow you to suspend the pit in your jar or glass.
STEP SIX: Add water and place pit in jar or glass. Fill your container of choice to the rim with water and add your pit, making sure that the toothpicks are positioned across the rim, effectively submerging only half of the pit. Double-check to ensure that the pointy side of the pit is facing up, and the rounded side is submerged in water.
STEP SEVEN: Place jar or glass on a sunny windowsill. It’s important to change the water every 2 days, to keep mold, bacteria, etc. from hindering the pit’s sprouting process. NOTE: Keep a close eye on the water level at all times. Even when changing the water, do not let the bottom of the pit become dry – keep it moist!
STEP EIGHT: Be patient and watch for growth! In about 2 weeks’ time, the pits’ outer layer will wrinkle and slough off, and soon after the pit will begin to split. At or around 4 weeks’ time, a tap root will appear at the bottom of the pit. Shortly thereafter, you will see a small but beautiful bud emerge from the top of the pit, which will then grow a shoot, releasing leaves. You now know how to grow an avocado from a seed to a houseplant!
STEP NINE: Time to plant! At this point, you can safely transplant the sprouting avocado pit to the container of your choice. Follow these excellent instructions to make sure your plant survives the trip to its new home, and enjoy!
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