Gardening for Kids: Plant an Avocado Pit

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Suspend the avocado pit over the jar of water and wait about six weeks for it to sprout.
Supplies for growing an avocado tree from a pit: Jar of water, avocado pit, toothpicks.
Insert four toothpicks around the perimeter of the pit. I had to help these four-year-old hands.
Suspend the avocado pit over the jar of water and wait about six weeks for it to sprout.Click To Enlarge

Suspend the avocado pit over the jar of water and wait about six weeks for it to sprout.

Photo: Matt Berger

When I was a kid, my avocado-loving mom always had an avocado pit growing in a jar of water on our windowsill. These indoor garden projects never evolved beyond the sprout stage, but they were enough to keep me and my siblings entertained.

Now that I have kids who are in constant need of entertainment, I recently revived this familiy gardening tradition. This morning, I helped my four-year-old daughter plant an avocado pit on our windowsill. The process is pretty simple:

1. Fill a jar with water
2. Remove an avocado pit and wash it thoroughly (use the discards for guacamole)
3. Insert four tooth picks into the avocado
4. Suspend the avocado pit over the jar and top off the jar with water
5. Place the jar on a sunny windowsill and wait about six weeks for it to sprout
6. Then plant it (or let it wither and start over). If you live in a cold-weather climate, plant the avocado tree sprout in a container. Where I grew up in California, the sprout can go right into your garden. But we can't all be so lucky.

If you want more detailed growing and maintenance instructions for growing an avocado tree from a pit, I like this article from gardenweb.com.

And because I've never actually seen an avocado tree grown from a pit, I'd love to see photos of successful plantings. Use the upload feature below to post a photo of your avocado tree in our community photo gallery.


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