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Hi all im currently growing an avocado pit using the tooth pick and water method recently i saw some mold growing on the pit (or what i thought was mold ) but it wasnt therefore i let it dry out , i looked at it today because for some reason i got a urge to look at it so i did only to find out the seed has cracked and gotten a long root and i can see a green shoot inside , so i submerged it half in water what should i do now ? any help appreciated thanks x



  • its currently still in one piece but it has a wide crack which the root is coming out of x

  • Okie dokie thank you image i just wanted to check i wasnt doing anyhting wrong as it is my first time growing from a pit 

  • well luckily im still living at home so i will be able to look after it for many years to come , im hoping i wil be able to take it with me if i ever move 

  • image i cant wait to see it grow 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,836

    Hi Bethany - I've grown several avocado stones into quite large plants in the past - I did the same as you with cocktail sticks and a milk bottle.  When it gets to the stage yours has reached I put it into a pot of very damp compost, with the top half of the stone sticking out of the compost.  Keep it really damp to start with but when the plant begins to grow more and more roots let it get a little bit drier.  

    Keep it indoors on a bright windowsill but out of direct sunlight.  Sometimes the leaves will get brown patches or edges - this is because we just cannot reproduce the tropical humidity they need - it might be a good idea to get a hand spray and mist it in the summer.  

    I have heard of a large one growing outside in a very sheltered garden in London image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Avocados can actually suffer from sunburn; how they manage to grow them in places like Israel I don't know. A friend once grew an avocado in his bathroom; it grew so large that he trained it to go around the edge of the ceiling, it looked wonderfulimage

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    if the root showing then its time for compost in a pot, and be prepared for a monster in about three years!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,836

    If you're growing it as a houseplant it's important to pinch out the growing tip, otherwise it'll just keep growing up and up - this video shows you how 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • thank you for all your advice and tips i will keep an eye on it to see how it goes , im debating whether to keep it indoors or outdoors i dont know whats best for it as english climate isnt warm enough i think , if i let it grow in the garden how large/tall would it roughly grow ? im hoping i will be aloud to plant it in the garden so i can enjoy it for many many years to come but i will do whatever is best for the plant as tyhis is my first avocado plant so i want it to thrive x

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     above is a picture of my pit as it is right now x

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