Dont toss that avocado pit — with a little patience, you can sprout the seed to plant and grow an avocado tree. Itll make a lovely houseplant that may someday pay you back with fruit.
What happens if you just plant an avocado seed?
Fruit from an avocado tree grown from a seed will not be like the fruit where you harvested the pit, and it can take up to 10 years for a seed-grown tree to produce fruit. If you plan to grow your avocado sapling as a houseplant, dont expect it to produce fruit, as the tree wont flower while its grown indoors.
Will a planted avocado seed produce fruit?
People start avocado trees from pits or purchase grafted named varieties at the nursery. The trees started from seeds can produce fruit. Grafted trees will produce fruit sooner and generally of better quality than seed grown types.
When should you plant an avocado seed?
When the stem is 6 to 7 inches long, cut it back to about 3 inches. When the roots are thick and the stem has leaves again, plant it in a rich humus soil in a 10½-inch-diameter pot, leaving the seed half exposed. Water it frequently, with an occasional deep soak. The soil should be moist but not saturated.
How long does it take to grow an avocado tree from seed?
The only skill you need to coax that hard avocado seed (aka the pit) to crack is patience — because it usually takes six to eight weeks to get a sprout. Some sources say it takes two to six weeks to go from avocado seed to small avocado seedling, but in most regions its a long haul.