It’s fun watching things grow. A new sprout confirms life and new sprouts, whether grass, a pea, or an oak tree are just adorable when they start to grow. Equally exciting is the development of roots- new life is dropping an anchor to stay around a while. The thing is we hardly get the chance to watch both emerge. But if you would like to, try growing an avocado plant from a seed. It will give you a chance to watch both the north and south sprouts grow!
|Cut the fruit in half but try not to cut the seed.|
|Use a spoon to remove the seed from the fleshy part of the fruit.|
|Make sure you remove as much of the brown leathery skin as possible. It helps to soak the seed in water overnight and then scrape the skin off.|
|Insert three toothpicks at an angle to suspend the seed in a glass of water. |
(This reminds me of molecular models from high school!)
|It's important that the seed does not dry out. Change the water every couple of days to maintain the water level and keep the seed healthy.|
|Once the root sprouts, plant the seed in soil leaving about 1/4 of the seed exposed. Once the root and stem sprout, the seed will split in half as you see here.|
|A baby is born! Let's call him Avo? Keep your new house plant warm and in a sunny window, it will do well on the patio in summer too. |
Remember that Avocados are tropical plants and they just can't stand the cold.
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