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planting avocado from seed

 
Ronaldo Montoya
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Hi , i been germinating a seed from avocado using a glass of water and 3 toothpicks. Now that 5 weeks has passed , the seed has 6 roots , the longest root has 8 centimeters long . In the top of the seed it has the little plant in red color growing ( 3 centimeters long) .
I been reading tutorials on the internet of how to grow avocados from seeds and some tutorials recommend to plant directly the seed in the soil , because when you make it germinate in a glass of water and then you transplant in the soil sometimes the resulting tree doesnt give any fruit.


Do anybody have any experience on this?

Which is the best time to transplant the avocado seed to the soil? and how that affect the development of the plant?

Do you think its a good idea if i transplant the seed to a pot plant and then in some months i transplant it in my land? Or is it better to transplant to the land right now?
how can this affect the tree?




 
John Elliott
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From my experience, the sooner you get it into dirt, the better. I only use the toothpick method to see that it is actually germinating. Once I see a root coming down and a cotyledon coming up, I get it into a pot with some dirt. It sounds like your seedling is ready to be potted.

Avocados can get huge, but my climate is too cold for them, so I have to keep them in pots. However, I have had small plants (<8' tall) that bore a lot of fruit. If you need more info, check out this guide from the University of California.
 
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I have never done the toothpick method because they grow just fine in soil. In regards to your question through the genetics are the genetics and I don't think the water method is going to flip any epigenetic switches that prevent fruiting (could be wrong!). Good luck. My fathers seedling trees produce well. Mine are currently too young still.
 
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we sprout our avocado seeds then plant in 18" tall, 6" diameter (PVC pipe containers that are open bottomed).
We wait till the trunk is around 18" before we plant them.
In our area we currently plant them in large pots (half whisky barrel or taller) so we can move them indoors in winter.
I am hoping to get a conservatory built sometime in the next two years expressly for growing avocado and citrus trees in the soil all year long.

It doesn't matter how you get them growing, they will fruit when they are old enough to do so.
Avocado trees are like most fruit trees, from seed to first fruits is in the 6-7 year old range.
If you container grow these they will reach a height of 7-9 feet, depending on the size of the container.
If you soil plant them they will reach full height (many say this is 20 feet).
I have a friend with a 150 year old Hass Avocado tree in his front yard that is 50-65 feet tall and fruits every year.

By the way, Avocado wood is a great tone wood for building guitars, mandolins, fiddles, etc.
 
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