I regularly get questions about my avocado plants on how I grow them or that it doesn't work for people when they try it at home. So I decided to write a post about. I will try to regularly update this post with pictures and times and what to do next.
First things first, get yourself a nice avocado from the shop. If they sell bio avocados, go for one of those. Search the biggest and fattest one you can find (as they usually also have a bigger pit) 🥑.
Now slice it open but be don't cut too deep so the pit isn't damaged too much from the knife, make yourself a nice guacamole and come back here when you're done 😊!
Now clean the pit with a lot of water and some paper towel so all the avocado flesh is gone and it looks somewhat like this. I also let it dry for about 2 hours but that's not really needed.
Now we just need to put some toothpicks in it, put it in some water & have a lot of patience.
So go ahead and put 3 toothpicks in around the middle slightly angled up so the pit its ass can nicely rest in the water. Put it in a cup or glass and fill it with water till just below the holes of the toothpicks.
Just make sure you change the water every 2 - 3 days and it's constantly soaked into the water. Also make sure it's not directly in the sunlight and clean the pit carefully with paper towel once a week.
Now you just need patience until it starts cracking open & sprouting begins. Don't lose hope if that doesn't happen right away, I had pits where it took up to 3 weeks before anything happened at all!
That's about it for now, I will follow up when my pit starts sprouting!
Update 1, 20/07/2019
Exactly one month after eating our avocado and putting it in a glass of water it has started sprouting! Actually it's probably a few days ago and I only noticed today... But given the size of the root it can't be much more than 1 or 2 days.
In any case, there's not much that needs changing at this point. Just the cleaning of the pit becomes a bit less intensive. I now clean it once a week just by holding it under a stream of water and change the water of the glass. I'll write a new update once our plant starts to come out of the seed on top.
Update 2, 11/08/2019
Another 2 weeks later the root has tripled in size and the pit cracked fully open! Just keep changing the water whenever it needs a refill.