How to Grow an Avocado Plant From Seed


The next time you enjoy the taste of a fresh avocado, don't throw away the seed. You can start your own avocado plant from the pit. Many think of avocados as a rare, exotic fruit, but you can easily grow your own avocado plant in your home. While you may never reap any fruit from it, avocado plants make great houseplants. Growing an avocado plant is also great way to give expose children to seed harvesting and planting.

Step 1

Remove your avocado seed from the fruit if you haven't already, and wash with warm water. Start the seeding process immediately. If you wish to plant your avocado seed directly into soil, move on to Step 5.

Step 2

Insert four toothpicks into the avocado seed, halfway down and on all four sides.

Step 3

Set the avocado seed, flat side down, into a glass of water. The toothpicks will be the brace that holds the seed up so only the bottom end is in the water. Make sure the glass is full enough to cover the bottom half of the seed.

Step 4

Place the glass in a sunny window until roots develop. This can take several weeks. Be sure to monitor the water level of the glass during that time.

Step 5

Fill a container with house plant potting soil mix. To avoid the need for early transplanting, plant it in a pot that is at least 10 inches wide and 10 inches deep. If you are starting your roots in water, when they are between 1/2 and an inch long, move them to the pot.

Step 6

Insert the avocado seed, root side down, into the soil. Make sure that the top half of the seed is sticking out of the soil. Pack the soil around the seed, and give the soil a light watering.

Step 7

Place the plant in a bright, sunny area and keep the soil moist, but not wet.

Step 8

Fertilize the avocado plant with a house plant fertilizer spike, and repeat this step every three months.

Tips and Warnings

  • Indoor avocado plants will more than likely not produce fruit. According to California Rare Fruit Growers, avocados in ideal conditions take up to 10 years to produce fruit. For an indoor plant, the fruit-bearing time is even longer.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothpicks
  • Glass jar or glass
  • Water
  • Potting soil
  • Pot
  • House plant fertilizer spike


  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Youth Gardening: Start Avocado Seeds
  • Cass County Extension Service: Starting an Avocado
  • California Rare Fruit Growers Inc.: Growing Avocados From Seed

Who Can Help

  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Avocado Facts
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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.