If you ~love~ avocados as much as I do, you also probably don't have such a great love for the price of these mushy, green fruits. If you're not making it yourself, you've probably experienced being charged extra for guacamole or avocados in your meal because these babies are pricey! Even if you make them yourself, buying avocados at the grocery store can be a little expensive if they're not in season.
This is why growing your own avocado tree could quite possibly be one of the best things you will ever do. Whether you're smashing them for guacamole or slicing them nicely to garnish your salad, save the pits to grow your very own avocado trees! But be careful - this should be a summer activity since these trees are warm-season plants and will be easily damaged by the cold.
All it takes is a few easy steps and some patience and you're on the way to free guac. I don't need you anymore, Chipotle!
Wash it clean. Soak it in water first and then scrub all the remaining fruit off if that helps. Also, don't remove the brown skin. That is the seed's cover, and it's like your blanket when you're cold. Don't rob the seed of this comfort.
The sightly pointier end is the top of the seed, and the flat end is the bottom of the seed. In order for your seed to sprout, you will need to place the bottom of the seed in water, so it's crucial that you distinguish top from bottom.
Wedge 4 toothpicks at a slight angle pointing downward firmly into the bottom of the seed at equal distances apart. Once you've done that, place the bottom half of the avocado in a small glass of water. The opening of the glass should be small enough so that the toothpicks can rest easily on the rim of the glass without causing the pit to fall in.
In approximately 3 to 6 weeks, you'll notice the top of the avocado will begin to split and a beautiful baby stem sprout will make its debut. Roots will begin to grow at the base of the pit. Once the stem reaches 5 or 6 inches, pull out the top set of leaves to allow new leaves to sprout, which will take about 2 or 3 weeks.
When your sprout tail grows to 6 or 7 inches, trim it in half to encourage new growth. It needs to grow into a bountiful tree!
Your baby plant is ready to migrate to a large flowerpot (about 8" to 10" in diameter) filled with enriched potting soil. Fill the pot so that there is only about an inch left at the top without soil. Make a small crater in the center of the soil and place the pit (root-side down) in this depression, then water the pit generously so the soil is moist.