How to Grow an Avocado Tree in Your Tiny Apartment

Because, honestly, who doesn’t love avocados?

Let’s face it, avocados are here to stay. And with good reason! These delicious and extremely versatile fruits (yes, they’re technically single-seeded berries!) are not only the perfect snack, they have TONS of health benefits. Just take a look:

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Who wouldn’t want to have avocados handy at all times? Turns out, you don’t need to have a huge farm to grow some avocados. What you will need, is some patience. It can take 5-13 years for your avocado tree to bear fruit, but we promise it’ll be worth the wait.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • an avocado pit
  • some toothpicks
  • a glass of water

1: Remove the large pit (seed) from inside an avocado, rinse well, and dry (a wet seed will be slippery!).

2: Push three or four toothpicks into the seed at its widest part so that you can suspend the pit over a glass of water with the pointy end sticking up. The water should cover about an inch of the seed.

3: Put in a warm place and make sure to maintain the water level.
4: In 2-6 weeks, roots and a stem will sprout from the seed. When the stem is about six inches long, trim it in half.

Then, head over to HGTV.com for the remaining steps! Happy planting!

Vanessa Velez is a Warrior Goddess who’s on a mission to spread love and empathy to the world. She loves children and is a proud Stepmom & Tia. She enjoys reading philosophy and meditating. When she isn’t writing for SITC she is a social media editor for the one of the longest running shows in TV history.

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