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Grow an Avocado Tree

Enjoy eating an avocado and then have some fun using the large pip or stone to grow your own avocado tree!

  1. Step 1

    Wash the pip. Using three toothpicks or cocktail sticks pushed through the sides of a clean paper cup, carefully suspend it with water covering about an inch of this seed.

  2. Step 2

    Put the glass in a warm place out of direct sunlight and refill with water as required. You should see roots grow and stems sprout in around two to six weeks.

  3. Step 3

    Let it grow and, when the stem is six to seven inches long, cut it back to about three inches

  4. Step 4

    When the roots are thick and the stem has leafed out again, plant it in soil in a 10-inch pot, leaving the seed half-exposed. Place it on a windowsill.

  5. Step 5

    If the leaves turn brown at the tips, there is too much salt in the soil, so pour water into and through the pot for a few minutes, letting it drain.

  6. Step 6

    When the stem is 12 inches high, cut it back to 6 inches to help the growth of new shoots.

  7. Step 7

    Sunlight sunlight sunlight! The more sun an avocado gets, the better.

  8. Step 8

    Water the pot with a little water regularly. The soil should be kept moist, but not swimming in water. Yellow leaves means you are over-watering, so if this happens let it dry out for a few days.

  9. Step 9

    Enjoy your avocado crop!

An Avocado Tree
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