adventures in avocado propagation – an update

by Kaylah Stroup

Since the beginning of this year I’ve been patiently experimenting with growing avocado pits. It’s an extremely slow going adventure but one I’ve become completely enthralled with. I check on my pits multiple times a day (seriously, I can’t help it) and celebrate even the smallest bit of growth and change. It’s been since mid-March that I’ve given an update on how things are growing so I figured it was time to pop back in with some photos. It may not look like much but I’m super stoked with how things are going!

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March 23, 2018

The second photo above shows growth about to sprout out the top of my oldest pit. To be honest, I’m not feeling so confident with this one. It seems like it was moving along at a fine pace for a while but doesn’t seem to be doing much these days. It could just be that I check it forty thousand times a day so the progress is hard to notice… To be honest, that’s probably the case.

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April 6th, 2018

My three pits with roots! The longest root poked out the bottom of the pit in late February. The second largest came out in early March and seems to be growing at a much quicker rate than the first did. Just proving to me every plant is different! I wonder if it’ll end up sprouting out the top first.

April 15th, 2018

Such a huge split! Kinda wild that the tiny amount of growth inside is enough to hold this thing together. It is super fragile though…

April 19th, 2018

Root progress on my oldest four. I’m pretty darn impressed how quickly that second one caught up to the oldest!

April 22nd, 2018

See that blue mark on the container in the last photo? That’s a mark where that root was on the 10th of the month! I’m pretty jazzed on how much it’s grown! I marked the containers of all my pits with roots but accidentally wiped it off on all of them except this one when I changed their water. I might try washi tape next so my marks don’t come off as easy because it is SUPER satisfying to see the progress measured like that.

I think it goes without saying, I’m super excited to see where these guys are in another month! I’ve got my fingers crossed that by my next update we’ll have some growth popping out the top. Watching them grow even this much has been riveting but I think that’s when the fun will really start.

Check out my first post on avocado propagation for more photos + a few tips on growing your own!

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Tara April 24, 2018 - 11:31 am

This is so cool! I love seeing the progress. This might be a dumb question, but, eventually will you plant those little guys in soil? Because that would amazing! Home grown avocados is definitely a dream. Definitely keep us posted. I’m excited to see the next update!

Kaylah April 25, 2018 - 9:16 am

You definitely can plant them in soil, although it’s not really in my plans as of right now. I just love watching the roots grow!

Justina April 24, 2018 - 12:18 pm

Looking at growing avocado pits is strangely unsettling. It’s like they are alien beings. I’m happy that your propagation is going well though.

Kaylah April 25, 2018 - 7:59 am

Hahah! 😛

SArah April 24, 2018 - 1:22 pm

I actually got 2 pits going for the last 3 weeks because of your orginal post. I have a full garden in my backyard, even craving pumpkins for October, but i loved this idea since i try to do everything from seeds. I’m going to be nutty and pot mine once they get big enough. Hoping they are still small enough to transport once we move to another state in a couple years!!

Kaylah April 25, 2018 - 7:57 am

Woo! So excited for you! It’s so satisfying to grow from seed. 🙂

Sam April 24, 2018 - 6:22 pm

I love how much they’re growing! They look so cool, too. It’s nice being able to see them doing their thang in the water rather than being covered by soil! I know they won’t grow fruit (I think?!) but what will they do? Do they sprout /flower?

Kaylah April 25, 2018 - 9:05 am

Right!? I just LOVE watching the roots grow. So neat to see.

They will sprout out the top and grow leaves but won’t fruit unless they’re grafted (and super old) I’m SO excited to see some leaves on these babies in the next few months.

Susan April 25, 2018 - 11:30 am

I decided to give this a try after reading your posts and have two pits going at the moment. Nothing seems to be happening yet, but it’s only been about 3 weeks. Fingers crossed that they’ll sprout!

Kaylah April 27, 2018 - 10:05 am

I’ve got my fingers crossed for ya! They definitely take a while. Mine took more than three weeks to show anything happening at all!

Propagatrix April 30, 2018 - 10:17 am

The best avocado plants I’ve ever had came from my worm compost bin. I put the pits right in with the rest of the food scraps — they love the warm, moist, dark environment, and the worm castings help the plants build an incredibly strong immune system.

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