I experimented with growing avocado stones last year and three out of the five grew into decent sized plants. Two went to new homes and I kept the third. I’m still amazed this plant has grown out of an avocado stone from a supermarket shelf.
And here it is one year later, ta dah!!
Avocado growing tips
Quite a few people have asked questions about growing avocados on Instagram stories so I’m sharing those answers here in case they are useful for anyone:
- I generally water twice a week, a little more if it’s really hot.
- One cup seems to be enough per water.
- I let the soil dry out before I water again (rather than keeping it moist).
- Older leaves become fairly stiff over time but tend to go floppier when the soil is too dry.
- My avocado is happier in bright sunlight — a room with little sun caused the edges and tips of the leaves to go black, dry and curly.
- I haven’t added any feed/fertilizer to the soil yet.
- I planted my avocado into standard multi purpose, peat free compost.
- A couple of the lower leaves dropped off once the second set established.
- Small brown patches appeared on some of the leaves over time and I was cutting them off to begin with but now just leave them because they don’t seem to be a problem.
- I kept this plant indoors at night until the Summer arrived.
If you decide to give this a go and have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I’m not an expert and most of the process has been trial and error but I can share what I know 🙂