Welcome to “I’m Determined To Grow This Dang Seed Into A Giant Avocado Tree If It’s The Last Thing I Do,” Try Number Five.
Getting the seeds to the point where they develop a root is easy, but after that, they die on me. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong! But I’m not quitting, and I’m going to take extra special care of this one (don’t worry, I’ve stuck toothpicks into it since taking this picture).
I’m determined to overcome this Black Thumb. After all, I am born of a woman who can take anything, ANYTHING!, and grow it into a mature plant or tree in, like, a day, so I should be able to grow this dang seed, right?! And if I can grow a baby, then there is no reason why I can’t grow an avocado tree!
MY MOM’S TIP: If you are thinking about growing an avocado plant from a seed AND wanting it to eventually grow fruit, let me tell you now: you’ll need two. Unless you have another avocado tree growing within a three mile radius to pollinate your tree, you’ll need to grow another tree so they can pollinate each other. My mom had to explain The Birds and The Bees of trees to me, and that trees are both pollinators AND fruit bearers, but they can’t pollinate themselves (am I the only one in the world who didn’t know this?).
Anyway, grow two if you can.
Also, if you’re looking for a great tutorial for how to grow your own avocado tree from a seed, there are two that I like: “How To Grow An Avocado Tree From An Avocado Pit” by Inhabitat.com and “Growing Avocado Plants From Seed” by Instructables.com. Have fun growing your tree!