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How to Grow Avocado in a Pot
by Ruby Bayan

Avocado in a Pot One of the easiest trees to grow from seed is the avocado. You can even grow it in a flowerpot. Given proper exposure to sunlight, you can keep it as a houseplant. Here's how.

What you'll need:

Avocado seed
Glass container
Toothpicks
Potting Soil
Flowerpot

What to do:

1. Save the seed. When you cut open a ripe avocado, scoop out the seed carefully, rinse off the slippery coating, and pat dry. Do not remove the brown seed cover.

2. Mount the seed in water. Prepare a glass container where you will mount the seed until it grows roots. Punch the sides of the seed with three to four toothpicks that will hold the seed up so that it doesn't sink into the water. Rest the seed on the mouth of the container with the pointed end on top. Pour enough water into the container to submerge the bottom side of the seed.

Grow an avocado seed

3. Monitor the water. Check the water level everyday. Be sure the bottom of the seed is submerged. Change the water two to three times a week to prevent molds.

Grow an avocado seed

4. Let the seedling grow. Leave the seed in the water container until it grows big strong roots and a healthy shoot with several leaves. This will take several weeks.

Avocado seedling

5. Transplant the seedling into a flowerpot. Choose a medium-sized flowerpot and good quality potting soil. Plant the seedling so that the top of the seed is somewhat exposed. This ensures that the base of the seedling trunk doesn't rot under the soil.

Repot the avocado seedling

6. Provide full sun and water when the soil becomes dry. Fertilize during the growing period (spring and summer).

7. Prune as desired. Nip off the tips of shooting branches to encourage side growths, leading to a short but lush tree and an excellent houseplant.

Helpful Tips:

Place the seed-growing container in a bright location, like the kitchen window, to encourage healthy growth.

Caution:

Put the avocado seed in water immediately. If you wait a few days, the seed will dry out and die.

It is important to change the water in the seed-growing container because fresh water replenishes the oxygen in the water that the seed needs to grow. Without oxygen, the seed will rot.

Plant the seeding in soil when the shoot has three to five leaves. If you wait longer, the seedling will wither and die.

References:

The GardenHelper: Growing Avocado Seeds into Trees
UNL Extension: Garden Activities for Youth: Start Avocado Trees


Contributed to eHow.com by Ruby Bayan, Home & Garden Topic Expert 2007-2010

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