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May 30, 2015 | Videos
It’s actually really easy to grow an avocado plant in your own home. It takes a while, but I think in the long run it will be worth it!
Here’s how to start:
STEP 1: Remove the large pit (seed) from inside an avocado, rinse well, and dry (a wet seed will be slippery!).
STEP 2: Push three or four toothpicks into the seed at its widest part so that you can suspend the pit over a glass of water with the pointy end sticking up. The water should cover about an inch of the seed.
STEP 3: Put in a warm place and make sure to maintain the water level.
STEP 4: In 2-6 weeks, roots and a stem will sprout from the seed. When the stem is about six inches long, trim it in half.
When the stem leafs again, transplant the seedling to a pot with loose, sandy soil. Plant the seedling root down, leaving the top half of the pit sticking out of the soil.
STEP 5: Give your plant frequent, light watering and keep it in a sunny place to encourage growth.
STEP 6: Pinch back the newest top leaves every time the stems grow another six inches or so to encourage more growth and a fuller plant.
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