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Kitchen-Grown Avocado Tree

 

Avocados are delicious and highly nutritious fruits and can be used in myriad ways, but what to do with the pit? Well, you could supply yourself with even more of the green delights by growing your own tree right in your kitchen!

Step One: Open the avocado and remove the pit from the center.

Step Two: Wash the avocado pit under cool running water and towel-dry.

Step Three: Carefully push three toothpicks into the thickest width of avocado, you want to push the toothpicks into the pit about a 1/2″ deep. The toothpicks will help suspend the avocado pit in water and keep the top part of the pit in fresh air and the fat base of the pit under the surface of the water.

Step Four: Suspend the pit over a glass filled with water. The toothpicks will rest on the rim of the glass and hold the pit in place so it doesn’t sink to the bottom. Always check the water level in the glass and see that the water is covering the fat base of the pit by about an inch depth. If the water is below that level you’ll need to add some more.

Step Five: Place the glass in a bright windowsill. In about three to six weeks the top of the avocado pit will begin to split and a stem sprout will emerge from the top and roots will begin to grow at the base.

When the stem grows to about five or six inches pinch out the top set of leaves. In another two or three weeks new leaves will sprout and there will be more roots.

It’s now time to plant the young avocado tree.

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