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Growing avocado from seed

Avocado    South Carolina

Has anybody ever managed to successfully grow an avocado tree from the seed of a store bought one. I have a seed that I have saved from an avocado I had last week. If I plant it will it grow into a tree and if so how do I do it... I’d love to try...



Posted by: Simon (2 points) Simon
Posted: February 3, 2013




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It is entirely possible to propagate an avocado from the seed - even from store bought fruit. What may be more difficult is getting it to produce fruit. Even if you are lucky enough to get to that stage the chances that it will produce a high quality, nice tasting fruit are not great. Many commercially grown avocado trees are propagated by means of grafting which ensures that the fruit stays true to type. In other words if the tree was grown from seed, not only could it take many years to mature and bear fruit but the seed may express genetic characteristics of another of its relatives instead of those that give the desired traits of that particular variety.

If you want to try (and I think it might be a nice experiment) what you have to do is to insert toothpicks into the seed so that you can prop it in a glass of water. Make sure it is the broader end of the seed that is submersed. I tried the toothpick method and also simply placing a seed in a cup of soil and only the one in water successfully germinated. Put the seed in a warm, shady or dark place and keep the water level topped up. The seed should sprout roots and a shoot which you can continue to nurture into a young tree. Plant the germinated seed in a large pot of good quality potting mix and place in a bright window. I have attached a timeline of pictures from my own attempt and full instructions can be found here:

http://www.californiaavocado.com/grow...

I found that peeling the seed coat off of the seed helped the root emerge and also the larger Florida type avocado seeds worked better than the small Hass seeds. If you want to plant your young tree outside be sure to have a read of the avocado page here on PlantVillage and make sure you have the correct soil and climate where you are. Even if you don't manage to produce a fully fledged fruiting tree, you will have some fun and will at least have an interesting ornamental. I am keeping mine in a container for the time being as it will get too cold for the tree in the winter and I can bring it inside.


Posted by: Lindsay McMenemy (2 points) Lindsay McMenemy
Posted: February 3, 2013


Simon commented,
Thank you!
almost 7 years ago.



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Here is Central PA the chances to grow Avocado trees from seed are quite low. But I have spent lots of time working in SC and know that down there the weather is much more accommodating.

I saw on the California Avocado Growers site an excellent how to guide. It seems very simple but know that it takes 7-15 years to get fruit. But I am sure that it would be fun to do.

here is the guide.http://www.californiaavocado.com/grow...

Good luck


Posted by: David Hughes (51 points) David Hughes
Posted: February 3, 2013


Lindsay McMenemy commented,
Beat me to it!
almost 7 years ago.

David Hughes commented,
funny that we both chose the same source. Really an excellent article on how to do it.
almost 7 years ago.

Simon commented,
The article is really helpful ..... off to find some toothpicks :-)
almost 7 years ago.



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