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#1 Old 03-07-2006, 02:17 PM
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i am in love with avocados and go through so many throughout the week. I normally chuck the big seed or pit but is it possible to plant it? I kept yesterdays pit in a plastic baggy and im sort of hoping i can grow some!
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#2 Old 03-07-2006, 05:08 PM
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You can plant it, but if you want it to product fruit, you will have to plant two or be sure there is another avocado tree near you, so it can get pollinated. I'm growing a mango tree right now.
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I'm sure you also have to be in an avocado tree appropriate climate...



The pit will sprout if you take 4 toothpicks and stick it around the middle on the sides and then sit the pit/toothpick structure on top of a glass and fill it with water so half the pit is in the water and half the pit is out of the water. Whether or not you can eventually plant the pit outside and grow fruit is dependent on where you live.

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I once sprouted an avocado pit as a kid. All I did was put it in a pot of dirt. It didn't survive, though, even though we live in a fairly avocado-friendly climate. Just be aware that an avocado tree grows like 60 feet tall, and I think takes years to produce fruit. It ain't like planting tomatoes!
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I'm sure you also have to be in an avocado tree appropriate climate...



The pit will sprout if you take 4 toothpicks and stick it around the middle on the sides and then sit the pit/toothpick structure on top of a glass and fill it with water so half the pit is in the water and half the pit is out of the water. Whether or not you can eventually plant the pit outside and grow fruit is dependent on where you live.

How does one stick toothpicks in an avocado pits? Wouldn't they just break?
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Eeek! 60 feet tall? I think i'll stick to buying them. It might be fun to try and grow a little tree, i've never actually grown anything before. I'm guessing east coast weather isnt avocado weather correct?
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I have one growing, not sure if it is surviving this winter. I think I will plant it a friend just in case in a million years I grow an avacado. How fun.
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Eeek! 60 feet tall? I think i'll stick to buying them. It might be fun to try and grow a little tree, i've never actually grown anything before. I'm guessing east coast weather isnt avocado weather correct?



Maybe east coast Florida.
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Another thing to bear in mind is that because avocados produce sexually, any fruit that you might get could be significantly different from the fruit that the plant grew from. Like apple trees, all commercial avocado plants are produced through grafting. (Who says you don't learn anything from watching TV?)



Even if your outdoor climate isn't right, avocado plants make nice house plants.
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I've grown several as house plants, I started them off by sitting a pip in a saucer of water. It was satisfying, but they were rather dreary looking, mine grew as twigs with large dull leaves.
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I've seen dwarf varities sold that can (so they say) live inside in a pot and still produce avacados, you might want to google about that.
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How does one stick toothpicks in an avocado pits? Wouldn't they just break?



I don't know, I haven't grown an avocado pit since I was a kid, but when I did, thats how I did it!

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