GROW AN AVOCADO PLANT - WATER SPROUTING METHOD
HOW TO GROW AN AVOCADO PLANT FROM SEED USING THE WATER SPROUTING METHOD
A step by step guide on how to grow an avocado seed using water + our Propagation Cones.
You can also sprout avocados using the BAG SPROUTING METHOD. Also Plastic free!
Prep Time: 5 mins per Avocado
Grow Time: 2-4 weeks to Root + 2-4 weeks to Sprout
- AVOCADO SEED - freshly removed from a ripe Avocado
- KNIFE - we are using a Japanese Pocket Knife to cut the Avocado
- TOWEL - we are using our FUROSHIKI to wipe the Avocado Seed
- GLASS - we are using a standard size Drinking Glass
- WATER - to rinse, soak + root the Avocado Seed
- PROPAGATION CONE - to hold Avocado Seed over glass of water to grow roots. You can use toothpicks or another vessel too.
- POTTING SOIL (optional) - if you choose to pot your Avocado Seed once it's rooted
- PLANT POT (optional) - if you choose to pot your Avocado Seed once it's rooted. We are using our size Large 5" Plant Pot.
- Using your KNIFE cut the AVOCADO in half carefully without cutting the seed if possible.
2. Remove the SEED from the Avocado center and enjoy your Avocado to eat separately :)
3. Wash the AVOCADO SEED in WATER and clean off any excess avocado from the seed with your TOWEL.
Soak your AVOCADO SEED in WATER for 1-2 days.
4. Remove your AVOCADO SEED from the water and carefully peel the skin off with your fingers. If it is too difficult to peel off, it may need to soak in water for another day or so to loosen the skin.
5. Place your peeled AVOCADO SEED on a PROP CONE over a glass of water. Please make sure the bottom of the Seed is submerged in water but the Cone should not be touching the water (fabric will mold and damage if exposed to water over long periods of time).
6. After a 2-4 weeks (approximately) - you should see your AVOCADO SEED start to crack in the middle and roots will grow from the BOTTOM of the seed.
7. After another 2-4 weeks (approximately) - you should see your AVOCADO SEED start to sprout from the TOP of the seed and leaves will start growing.
8. OPTIONAL: After your AVOCADO SEED sprouts you can pot in your PLANT POT with POTTING SOIL.
***You can technically leave your Avocado Seed growing over water for as long as you'd like BUT if you plant in Soil it will grow faster and it will get more nutrients in Soil vs. Water.
Step by step video guide is also available on our YouTube
- If you keep the AVOCADO Seed growing over water - make sure to change the water once a week or whenever the water starts to look dirty/not clear.
- If you pot your Seed in Soil - please make sure to water frequently as Avocado Plants require a lot of Sun and get very thirsty :)
Please leave any questions or comments below!
Hi, we have grown an Avocado seed in water and it has grown a lot(has 6 leaves on it and about a foot tall). We tried potting it up in soil but the leaves started to droop and it looked unhappy so we put it back in water and it’s happy again. We want to pot it up but what’s the best method to do this and keep it happy and not die? Many thanks.
Hi Sophie – Sometimes transferring an avocado seed from water to soil can be shocking for the plant. Ideal potting conditions would be: a larger pot w/ a drainage hole to accommodate the fast growing roots and a well draining Soil mix. You could add sand to a standard potting mix or use a cactus/succulent mix. Placement of the potted plant should be in Full Sun and indoor temperatures 60-85 degrees F. You will need to water frequently in the beginning and then taper off watering as the plant adapts to the pot. Hope this helps and please reach out if you have further questions!
My avocado seed has nice roots but it has not sprouted – it’s been a couple months, probably longer, since it first got roots. What are the chances that it will still sprout?
Hi Peggy – Is the top of the avocado seed cracked? Also do you have it placed in full sun?
How long before the tree produced fruit? After I pick the Avocados off the tree, will it produce more fruit or do I need to start another plant from a seed again?
Hi Michelle – If you are growing an avocado tree from a store bought avocado seed, it could take 5-7 years before the tree will bear fruit, if at all (no guarantees). If you do have a tree that bears fruit, it will produce more fruit as the tree matures. If you grow multiples trees at a time, this will definitely increase your chances of getting more fruit. Hope this helps!
.my plant has sprouted, has 7 leaves and is about 14" tall. Can I still cut it back and if so, where should I cut on the main stem or ???? Thanks
Hi Leona -
You can cut it back / prune at any time. If you want the tree to grow a thicker and taller stem – cut just above one of the nodes with a leaf. If you want the it to branch out – you can cut the stem lower or about half its current height. I will do a separate post about Avocado pruning soon as I get this question a lot!
This is a wonderful post. Usually I’m left with a question or two at the end of this type post, but not this time. Thank you!
Denise – Thanks so much, really appreciate the feedback!