Gardening

The avocado thing

4 August 2012

Over the course of my 25 years, I have encountered many failed attempts of growing an avocado plant from its pit. I had had enough. I wanted an avocado tree!

Although I was well aware that my plant would not grow fruit, I decided to give it a go anyway. I am a new convert to the deliciousness of the avocado so as of late I had pits a plenty. (That sounds odd).

Alex tells me stories of his wonderful childhood growing up in Costa Rica. I listen with awe, but there lingers a hint of jealousy somewhere in the depths of my tormented little mind. In his backyard, he had the following regularly fruiting trees:

  • avocado
  • mango
  • banana
  • orange
  • cashew

I mean, come on! In my childhood backyard, we had a few nondescript shrubs and torn up grass, the latter thanks to my darling border collie.

Alex tells me that the avocado tree grows pretty large, and usually to obtain the fruit you need a ladder. As we are currently renting, I thought growing an avocado tree would be fun as it won’t grow any fruit and I won’t miss out on much. Although, I get to see a pit grow to a plant and that alone is pretty exciting.

So I had two avocado pits. I wasn’t really expecting any growth but I thought I’d give the experiment another try anyhow. I was that determined that I dropped everything to go out and buy some toothpicks. I rinsed the pits well and inserted three toothpicks in each and submerged the bottom half of each pit in a glass of water, with the pointy part of the pit pointing up, out of the water. And then I waited. And refilled with water every so often.

Pit 1 was very stubborn. I had read that not all pits sprout plants. This was one of those pits.

Pit 2, however, gave me a big surprise.

Roots!

Yes, over the course of a few weeks, a root began growing from its bottom. And eventually, a green sprout erupted from the top! Oh, it was so exciting!

By this stage, Pit 1 was still only Pit 1. Pit 1 was thus put out of my misery.

Pit 2 grew, and grew, and grew. Then came a leaf! And another!

Soon I realised that the roots were too long and finally needed to be transplanted into a pot. Enthusiastically I went out to buy a pot and some soil and happily planted my darling Pit 2 into a pot.

So, even though I live in blistery Melbourne, I can still grow a plant that thrives in tropical environments. Yes, I am a little overly excited. But nature is just brilliant.

Lately, my avocado plant has been doing well, but hasn’t grown much in the last month or so as there has not been much sun this winter. One more month until spring!

I was planning to plant it in our front yard but I think now I’ll keep it for our new place. It’s just too lovely to give up.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Linda 4 August 2012 at 1:59 am

    I love doing things like this…just for the fun and challenge of it all. I recently planted a couple clementine seeds…we’ll see what happens! Always wanted to give avocado a try, but I don’t know what I’d do with it! Lol.

    • Reply Nicole 4 August 2012 at 2:38 pm

      It’s so rewarding! You definitely should give avocado a try.

  • Reply pazcooks 5 August 2012 at 12:26 pm

    This is awesome! I’m glad you will take it to your new place.

    • Reply Nicole 5 August 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Our new place has a small balcony but I will make it fit!

      • Reply pazcooks 7 August 2012 at 1:01 pm

        I believe you will! 🙂

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