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How To Produce An Avocado From Seed

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

grow avocado from seed

I saw an article a few months ago on how to cultivate an avocado tree from seed and decided to give it a try. Although I live in an apartment, I am an active gardener who grows veggies and other plants all year. A shallot that I grew from the bottom of a store-bought one is seen below. I've since sown the seeds from this shallot, and they're now sprouting.

propagating shallots

I can't get enough of nature, so I've transformed my home into a jungle and love propagating plants. The more the merrier I say, and especially when you can save money by prorating your own.


A ripe, fresh avocado's pit (seed) should be removed. To avoid injuring the seed, avoid using a knife if possible. This procedure can take some time. 

Using a soft brush or cloth, gently clean the seed under warm, flowing water, ensuring that all flesh is removed. 

Wrap the seed in a damp paper towel, but not soggy that it dries out! 

growing an avocado from seed

When a seed germinates, it gradually cracks open, showing a deep split and a root (or roots) emerging from deep within. My first seed only has one root, as you can see in the header photo, and my second seed (photo below) has several. The seed grew a trunk and leaves after I submerged it in water. 

When the roots have sprouted from the seed, place it in the glass container.

The root growth is nourished by the seed body, and the roots are delicate, so handle with caution. 

Store in ziplock plastic food bag at room temperature. My seeds sit on my kitchen bench and get very warm, so I'm not sure if that's the key, especially since a few individuals have informed me they haven't been able to sprout an avocado seed.

avocado sprouting from seed

Keep an eye out for potential development and check to see if it has germinated every few days. It took me about 2-3 weeks. The seed began to shatter when I first noticed it. 

Like me, you can grow your tree in a glass container. Simply ensure that the roots are continually submerged in water. You'll have to plant it in the garden or a pot eventually. 

avocado grown from seed

Avocado Plant Maintenance
  • Maintain a warm, sunny environment for your avocado plant.

  • Water frequently, with a deep soak every now and then. Keep the plant wet but not soaked. Make sure the soil drains effectively, as with most plants.

  • When your plant grows another six inches or so, pinch the stem back to produce a bushier appearance.

  • Plant your tree outside once it is large enough if you live in a warm enough climate. Although it is improbable that your tree will bear fruit, miracles do happen!


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