I’m so in love with my avocado tree, which is not quite a tree yet since it’s only about 8 cm tall, but it’s thriving to be a tree. It’s growing about half a centimeter a day. If you’ve ever grown an avocado tree from a seed before, you’ll know how fascinating this stage is. It’s the first thing I check when I wake up in the morning. It’s like having a baby but without all the extra expenses or the lack of sleep.
I started the seed some time in late April in a shot glass full of water. The growth was quite slow, but after a couple of failed attempts, a slow growth is better than no growth at all. After 3 or 4 months, the roots started growing like crazy. Weirdly enough, a bunch of stems came out of the seed instead of just one. None grew past 1 cm. And then some time last month, one stem popped out and it was looking exceptionally strong and healthy. I thought to myself, this is it! This is the one that wants to be a tree! I decided that it was time to transfer the seed from the shot glass to a terracotta pot to encourage the growth of the wee little stem.
I was worried that the move would kill the plant, what with my black thumb reputation and all, but it was something that I had to do. I filled the terracotta pot with some cactus soil mix and transferred the seed. The next day, I checked to see if the avocado plant is still alive and growing, and it was! Yay! At that time I just knew that everything’s going to be all right; that I will at last have a lovely avocado tree.
- How to Grow an Avocado Tree from a Seed. I grew mine this way.
- How to Plant an Avocado Tree. This one is a bit more detailed than above.
- An alternative way to grow avocado which I might try with my next avocado seed.
- Avocado Growing Project, a photoset on Flickr (not mine).
- Great plants you can grow from items you get at the grocery store, in case avocado is not your thing.