I was making some guacomole for our Mexican night. Jordy came into the kitchen while I was cutting open an avocado. She's wonderfully curious about all things food, ingredient and cooking so she asked me questions about avocados. I showed her how to cut them open to get the fruit inside and she squealed at the seed.
"Holy moly, Mama! That is the biggest seed I've ever seen? What happens when you plant the seed?"
I really had no idea except that avocados come from trees, which I told her. Then she asked, "Can we plant it and see what happens?"
Well, you guys know me with plants and seeds. I love to try new things! So, I 'Googled' how to plant an avocado seed and we set it all up. Really, you could just plant the seed in a pot or something but I found a fun way to teach curious kiddos about how plants grow. And it's so easy!
What you'll need:
~ one avocado
~ four toothpicks
~ small juice glass or container
Here's what you do:
1. Using a sharp knife, cut around the entire avocado lenthwise. The halves will still be connected by the seed. You should be able to gently twist the halves in opposite directions so the fruit comes apart. The seed will be stuck in one of the halves.
2. Scoop the seed out with a spoon (or use the butt end of the knife and twist it out. Scooping is easier and safer if you haven't done this before. LOL!) Rinse the seed off and allow it to air dry. Use the avocado fruit how you desire to. (Guacomole is yummy!)
4. Fill your glass or container with water and put the seed 'top' side up into the water. The toothpicks should keep the seed emmersed in the water but still have its 'head' sticking out.
|Sophie showing how long the root is.|
It can take months before the little tree comes out but it's worth the wait! Ours has taken almost two whole months but we were so excited when we finally noticed our little tree poking out the top! Once your little tree is a couple of inches high, feel free to transport him to a big pot or, if you live in a warmer climate (which we don't), to your garden. He'll need ALOT of sun.
|Sophie showing off our little tree!|