How to Grow an Avocado Tree from a pit

Growing an avocado tree from a seed

The best and easiest way to grow your own avocado tree

Growing an avocado plant is pretty easy once you have the right tools and have a little bit of patience

Have you ever wondered if you could take an avocado from Whole Foods or your local grocery store and grow your own houseplant? The good news is the answer is a resounding “yes.” With just a little bit of time and love you can have your very own avocado in your home.

Before you cut open the avocado, there are a few things to keep in mind. It’s important to pick the ripest avocado to start from your tree from. Once you’ve chosen the perfect avocado, it’s important to be as careful as possible when removing the skin and flesh. You should be able to use a butter knife to cut the avocado to keep damage to the seed at a minimum. If the seed is cut by the knife, you run the risk of your seed rotting in the soil, so be careful!

Okay, so, now you have an avocado seed and some avocado toast to munch on, it’s important to wash any residual flesh off the seed. A lot of posts and articles will advise putting the seed in water, which is cool to watch the roots grow, but I haven’t had much success with this method. My recommendation? Go ahead and put the seed straight in soil. This ensures the seed stays dry enough to avoid mold and fungus.

When you’re ready to plant, place the seed with the pointy side up in the soil and have the seed about half covered by soil. When I planted my seed I actually planted a few just to make sure one took in the soil. I ended up having two, which was super cool.


After a few weeks you should start seeing your avocado seed splitting open. This signals the start of your pit growing from a sprout into a leafy green tree. It’s important to keep the soil moist but not drenched during this time. Too wet and you’ll get root rot, which is not a good thing at all!

Over the next few weeks and months, your avocado tree will grow into a leaf houseplant that is a great addition to any collection. Unfortunately, you’ll likely not see a fruiting tree unless you live in the tropics.

Are you planning on growing your own avocado tree? Let me know in the comments or on social media and I’m happy to be of help if needed!

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PlantsClinton Webb