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Gardening with Children: Avocado Plant

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Yesterday we posted a terrific avocado recipe for Garlicky Guacamole. Well, here at Mastergardening.com we like to make use of as much of the fruit or vegetable that we can. (The skin of an avocado can be used to serve salad or dip in.) Therefore, we had to find a second life for our avocado pit and we succeeded. We not only found a great use for that lonely avocado pit but a fantastic project to do with children too!

How to Grow an Avocado Plant from a Pit

What you will need:
1 Avocado
3-4 Toothpicks
1 Glass, Vase, or Mason jar
Water

Step 1: Eat an Avocado! Make some delicious Garlicky Guacamole, add it to salsa or slice it up on a sandwich. Just remember to save the pit!

Step 2: Clean the pit and dry it off. Make sure not to remove the brown outer layer of the pit.

Step 3: Pierce the avocado with the toothpicks. We only used 3 but you can use 4 to make it more stable.

Step 4: Suspend the avocado pointed side up on top of a glass using the toothpicks as supports. Fill the glass with water till the water comes halfway up the avocado pit.

Step 5: Place the avocado where it will recieve indirect sunlight. Top off the water as needed, keeping the water level halfway up the pit.

Step 6: After 2-6 weeks you should see the avocado pit sprout roots and a stem. Once the plant is 6 inches cut back the plant to 3 inches. Cutting back allows the plant to have thicker roots and a stronger stem.

Step 7: Once the plant has grown back to around 6 inches it is ready to be potted.  This plant can also be planted outdoors but only if you have warm winters or it won’t survive.

An avocado plant will make a great house plant but don’t expect to be eating avocados from it anytime soon. It will take 5 or more years to see fruit from your plant and the fruit it does bear will be slightly different from its parents.

This project is a great way to get children involved in gardening as they can see every step the seed takes to become a plant! We will be posting updates on how our little pit is doing so we can grow together! We welcome you to post pictures and updates on how your plant is doing too!

 

Some interesting facts about avocados

-Avocados belong to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family.

-Also known as an Alligator pear for its shape and rough green skin

-San Diego is the avocado capital of the United States

-43% of US households buy avocados

-Avocado trees can grow between 20 to 40 feet tall

-Native to South and Central America

-Mexico is the world’s top producer of avocados, 2nd is California

-Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit

-Approximately 53 million pounds of guacamole are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday