Are you addicted to guacamole? Well there is no more need to throw out their seeds after making your precious purée, as you can simply plant them! The results: a pretty floral plant to decorate your garden! However, don’t count on getting any fruit from it….
What to do ?
1/ Delicately remove the seed from your avocado and set it aside.
2/ Wash it with lukewarm water, making sure not to remove the brown outer layer.
3/ Pierce the centre of the seed with 4 toothpicks, so that it can be held over a glass.
4/ Place the seed over a glass full of water.
5/ Put the glass in a temperate area, near a window or in a well lit area so that it can easily germinate.
6/ Change the water every two days to prevent the formation of bacteria. The base of the seed should always be immersed in water.
After 2 to 3 weeks, the external layer of the seed will dry out and become detached. The seed should then start to open from the top downwards. After 3 to 4 weeks, a root should appear at the base of the seed. Leave the seed in the water so that the roots develop well. A bud should soon appear.
Replanting your avocado plant
1/ Take the seed out of the water and carefully remove the toothpicks.
2/ Put the seed into a pot when the leaves have reached a height of 15 to 18 cm.
These plants do well in temperatures of 15 to 30°C.
There is also another faster method, which involves planting the seed directly in the earth, but the results take a little longer.