5 (Simple) Steps to Growing Your Own Dang Avocado Plant
Gobbling up vats of guacamole (or maybe this ceviche)? Well! Don’t waste all those pretty pits—Urte Tylaite wants you to know their rightful place is in a vase. The genius designer behind beautifully serene jewelry line Still House would totally win a Girl Scout badge in avocado sprouting, if that was a thing (why isn’t that a thing?). It’s so easy, ya don’t even need dirt.
A box of toothpicks
Glass container with fairly narrow opening—a drinking glass or jam jar is ideal.
A thin, sharp tool for poking holes—a metal skewer is a good bet.
1. PREP THE PIT
“Slice the avocado in half, taking care not to damage the pit. Remove the pit with your fingers or a spoon (this is one instance where the impale-and-twist knife trick isn’t the way to go) and wash it well. It's important to place the avocado pit in the right direction, the pointy side up. If your pit is quite round, look for a flat, whitish circle on one end as that identifies the bottom. The avocado won’t sprout if it’s upside down.”
2. POKE AWAY
“Now you need to insert three or four toothpicks into the pit, to make a contraption that will suspend it inside your container. I like to pre-pierce my holes with a tool called a solder pick from my studio, but any sharp, pointy tool will do. The bottom third of your pit will need to sit below the rim of the glass, so use that as your guideline for where to make the holes. Try to pierce at an angle towards the bottom of the pit, allowing for the toothpicks to stick out and up. Just be very careful when doing this to make sure your tool doesn’t slide off the pit and nick you.”
3. CONTAIN IT
“Fill a glass container with fresh water and place the pit on top so a third of it is submerged in water. It's very important to make sure that the bottom third is always in water, so check on your avocado daily and refill the glass as needed.”
4. KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE
“Place the avocado pit in a sunny spot. The more sun, the faster it will sprout, but it might still take about two months—so it’s important to not give up. After about six weeks, the pit will crack, and a root will grow out. The stem will follow from the top about a week later. You can transfer your new plant to dirt as soon as the stem is about four inches long, but I like to continue keeping my avocados in water because I love seeing the root system. If you’re doing that, you can add liquid fertilizer to the water to give the seedling a bit of a boost. The plant won’t bear new avocado fruit, but it’s a super low-maintenance plant that looks great.”