These three are the avocado plants that managed to actually sprout! The tall avocado plant to the right even survived my cat chomping off the first stalk that it grew and it just decided to grow a second one on the side because why not?

Are you looking for a new indoor gardening project? With summer behind us, it can be tough to find the time and energy to tend to a full garden. But fear not! You can still grow your own produce right in your kitchen window, even with limited time and resources. One easy plant to start with is the avocado. By using the tried-and-true “toothpick in seed and put in a jar of water” method, you can watch your avocado seedling grow from the comfort of your own home. To get started, simply stick toothpicks into the seed and suspend it in a jar of water. If you run out of toothpicks, don’t worry – you can also use bottles with narrow necks to hold the seed in place. Just be sure to keep the bottom of the seed in contact with the water at all times. It’s important to be patient when growing avocado seeds, as they can take up to three weeks to show any signs of growth. But with a little persistence, you’ll be rewarded with a thriving plant. So why not give it a try and see what you can grow in your kitchen window?

The first stage of the sprouting is for the root(s) to start growing!
I like to refer to this stage as the sperm stage, I’m sure you can figure out why!

While growing avocado plants from seed takes patience, it’s definitely worth the wait. I’m thrilled with the progress of my little avocado plants, but not every seed was a success story. Some cracked open while sprouting, and a few others broke when I accidentally dropped them during water changes. But don’t worry if you encounter some setbacks – it’s all part of the learning process. It’s true that the UK climate can be challenging for avocado trees, but I’m determined to keep mine healthy and thriving. With their large green leaves, they make excellent house plants even if they don’t produce fruit. I currently have three plants growing in my window, and while they’re ready to be potted, I haven’t had a chance to do so yet. Once they’re planted, I’ll make sure to keep them warm and well-cared for, and who knows – maybe in 10 years I’ll have my own small crop of avocados!

I just love the big green leaves that the avocado plant produces. I think these avocado plants will make great beautiful house plants in the future!
Sprouted avocado seedling in jars full of water.
Does anybody know why avocado seeds produce different kind of roots? I am very curious about that.

3 thoughts on “Growing avocado tree from seed

  1. Love growing avocados at home, we have 5 at the moment! One that sits right in the sun in our bedroom window has grown well over a meter tall and is now looking like it’s starting to branch as well :O pretty amazing!


    1. That’s amazing! I have a south facing bedroom window and I think that has helped a lot but never thought I’d actually manage to have them grow here in the UK since we don’t get so much sun and the reason I ended up with 4 of them was because I wasn’t sure that even one would sprout and I was lucky that all of them did 🙂

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