Directions for Rooting an Avocado Seed

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Avocados are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health. The creamy fruits also contain oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat. According to WHFoods.com, including avocados in your daily diet may help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. You can grow your own avocado tree by rooting the seed out of one of the avocados you eat.

Things You'll Need

  • Avacado
  • Sharp butcher knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Ramekin
  • Filtered water
  • Flower pot
  • Potting mix
  • Cut the avocado in half, cutting around the center pit. Twist the avocado halves in opposite directions until they separate.

  • Place the avocado half containing the pit on the counter. Keep your fingers out of the way while you bring the knife blade down into the pit forcefully. With luck (and enough force), the blade will stick in the pit. If it does not stick, repeat until it does. Gently twist the knife, which twists the pit out of its hole.

  • Rinse and wipe the seed completely clean. This seed will sit in your home for several weeks, and you do not want a rotting, oily piece of food perched on the seed.

  • Turn the seed on end, with the pointed tip facing up, and the wider, rounded end facing down. Press toothpicks into the center of the avocado seed, forming a sort of equidistant-spoked equator. Press the toothpick deeply enough so that they can support the weight of the seed when you lift it by the toothpicks.

  • Fill the ramekin or small jar with filtered water. Place the toothpicks on the edge of the container. Immerse the bottom inch or two of the seed in the water. Refill the container with fresh water as needed.

  • Place the container in a warm area of the house with bright, indirect sunlight. Wait two to three weeks to see a stem and roots emerge from the seed.

  • Cut the stem down to 3 inches when it reaches 6 inches in height. Trimming the height actually encourages stronger growth.

  • Plant the seed in a flower pot filled with potting mix when the roots are thick and strong and the stem has grown another set of leaves. Push the seed into the soil, leaving the top half of the seed above the soil line. Water the plant lightly, to keep the soil slightly moist. Once a month, give it a long drink of water, so that the soil is saturated, allowing the excess water to drain away.

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