Avocado Tree

How to Plant an Avocado Stone

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Plant an Avocado Stone

There is a simple and convenient way to grow an avocado tree. This fruit is so rich that it is used in salads, nachos and in thousands of recipes as well as having many beneficial properties. This article will explain how to plant an avocado stone and ensure that it grows into a tree. Carefully follow these steps and examine the photos.

You'll need:

  • Avocado
  • Toothpicks
  • Bowl
  • Water
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Steps to follow:


The first thing to do is to split an avocado in half and remove the pit from the centre of the avocado. The avocado tree will come from this pit. Thoroughly clean the pit to get rid of avocado residue or anything else that's stuck to it.

How to Plant an Avocado Stone - Step 1

Stick a long toothpick through the avocado as seen in the image above.

How to Plant an Avocado Stone - Step 2

Put 4 large toothpicks in the avocado stone, these should form a cross shape to suspend the seed above a bowl of water.

How to Plant an Avocado Stone - Step 3

Place the avocado on top of a bowl of water of at least 10 centimetres in diameter.


Fill the bowl with water until the water covers half the avocado, half should be in the water and half out.

How to Plant an Avocado Stone - Step 5

Now it's time to wait for the avocado to grow its root and branches. Once these branches are about six or seven inches long, it's time to transplant your avocado tree to a plant pot. Make sure to plant it in hummus-rich compost and that the stone is only halfway buried in the soil.


Water your avocado tree frequently so that the soil is always damp. Place the plant in a place where there is plenty of sunlight. Now, you'll need to be patient, as the first fruits from your avocado tree will not grow until 3 to 4 years after you first grew the avocado stone.

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  • Leave the bowl near a natural light where it is well supported and there is no risk of it falling.
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