adventures in avocado propagation VI

by Kaylah Stroup

avocado propagation

July 17th, 2018 —-> August 2nd, 2018

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been trying my hand to grow avocado pits. It’s been an extremely slow process. My patience has definitely paid off though, especially in the last few months. At first, the only progress I could see was cracked pits and the tiniest bit of root but once the sprouts popped out the top that’s when I really got excited.

Out of the original six I started back in January I’ve planted one in dirt, left two in water to grow, and tossed the other three in the trash. It’s been a really interesting experiment. Growing a bunch at the same time has given me the freedom to test different things to see which methods work best. So far all I’ve really found out is that each pit is different and will grow at it’s own pace. There isn’t really a one size fits all thing that seems to work here.

August 13th, 2018

The white planter with the googley eyes on it contains the plant formerly in the tooth at the beginning of this post. It defintitely needed some room to grow.

As you can see, I’ve added a few more pits to the collection. I just couldn’t resist. Tossing out some from the original batch was a bummer but the three that are growing definitely have me hooked on the process. I don’t necessarily feel like any of the three that have sprouted are thriving just yet. I’ve also never grown an actual tree. Either way, starting a few more helps me feel a bit more hopeful.

avocado pit roots

September 3rd, 2018

At some point between the last photo update, August 13th, and this one I trimmed back my largest avocado pit that was still growing in water. It seemed to be dropping leaves too quickly, and didn’t have as many of them as I’d like. I figured trimming it back would promote better growth…

avocado propagation

September 6th, 2018

The last photo above shows the new growth on the pit I had trimmed back. It took quite a while to happen. I honestly thought I had just ruined the plant so I was pretty jazzed to see that. I’m curious if it’ll grow back more compact and with more leaves or not.

September 10, 2018

Right now it’s feeling very two steps forward, one step back. I’ll get leaves but they don’t last too long or just don’t look the absolute healthiest so I pinch them off which leaves me with a bare plant. Either way, this has been a fun process. I’m trying to keep my chin up. Hopefully in my next update I’ll have some impressive looking mini trees!

Have you started your own avocado pits yet!?

Past updates – part 1, part 2 part 3, part 4 + part 5.
Here’s a link to the tooth planter, if you’d like to grab one for yourself.

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meescha dare September 12, 2018 - 11:30 am

Usually what I do, mind you I am an amateur, but when I start avocados, pineapples, lemons from kitchen scrapings, my main goal is to get them outside as soon as possible. I am fortunate enough to have a greenhouse so they have a place to go though so I don’t think my word means too much. I find that most of my little kiddos like to be outside and they usually grow pretty fast once they are not it the house! I’m not sure why, but the longer I keep them in my house the more chances of them dying on me. One thing for sure is that it’s not an exact science, sometimes what will work for one plant, won’t work for another. You are doing an amazing job 🙂

sarah September 14, 2018 - 10:00 pm

They’re doing so well!! I just started a pit of my own again, hopefully it survives. I’ve loved seeing the progress of all of yours!

Kaylah September 26, 2018 - 5:28 am

Got my fingers crossed for you!

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