It has been about two weeks since I last reported on our school project growing an avocado tree from a pit.
At the same time it seems to be a very lengthy project. We have been checking almost daily and the growing process is almost invisible at this time. The crack in the pit has spread up the pit to the top and the bump where the root will emerge has grown slightly bigger. The plus is that the water remains clear which as I have reported before means that the pit is still good and living.
If it had died the water would begin to turn cloudy and slimy, this project is not for the faint of hear though. I tried one of these years ago and I really don’t remember it taking so long so I do believe that it is a result of the process to ripen fruit and vegetables faster to sell in the market.
Can not wait for the tree though and want to see about growing it out doors here. Love avocados.
Avocado tree? Wow I had no idea or at least forgot how long it takes since I grew one several years ago. I am wondering how much the earlier maturing of vegetables has to do with it. I mean I have heard that they have ways to make tomatoes ripen early so I thought perhaps the seeds or pits where not quiet ready to grow.
Still the water in the jar has remained clear and the crack has increased ever so slightly so my hopes are still going strong at this point anyway.
I finally bought some more avocados but the pits were little except for one which was smaller but then the avocados were a different type. So I started a new one also. The water on the second one seems a little cloudy but it could be the jar as I have some jars that are older and have a slight amber tint to them.
So if you are trying this project remember if the water is not cloudy then your pit is still good so just keep up the faith and the wait.
Yesterday I wrote about starting a avocado pit and promised to add details daily to how to grow a tree from a pit. Well I had thought I would have a few days but checking this morning I discovered that a crack was already developing. I checked the bottom of the pit as suggested by the book I am reading and no beginning of roots but the water is remaining clear (remember your pit is good if the water stays clear and not cloudy) and the crack is more pronounced in the last hours since I checked it.
The pit I used was from a Hass Avocado and I hope it grows. They make pretty trees in door or to sit on the patio in the summer but I would love to get one growing in the yard for some future avocados. Being a avocado fan.
The jar next to the pit is a sweet potato we starting yesterday as another growing project.
For a class project and for our personal use we are growing a avocado tree from a pit. It is a fun and fairly simple idea for kids and one you can do just as an extra educational project for your children when they are home.
I am using a book by Hazel Perper and published by Walker and Company to better get ideas for growing. Now she suggest that you was the pit in lukewarm water first and try then carefully place your tooth picks where the seed does not have a seam. Be sure she tells us not to use cold water as Avocado’s are tropical in origin and prefer luke warm water. If your water does become cloudy and thick looking throw the pit away wash the jar and start over. I find the bigger the pit the better and from a ripe avocado is best but not over ripe.
When this Avocado begins to grow I will post more about growing a pit.
Photo by Karen Smith note I have use stick matches which mean you can not insert them as deep as a tooth pick 2017
Footnote: I took the picture of the pit in a early morning sun lite window for the visional effect only but will be growing it in a dim light room.