I love guacamole or even adding slices of avocado to my salads. A while ago, I had friends over and they were like, "What is that?" It was my avocado "plant." Really, it was just a shoot from an used avocado pit. From what I understand this will never produce a tree but just a plant. Avocado trees are from the south of Mexico and probably would not do well here in zone 5. I learned the method from my grandmother who had a huge "green thumb." I will update the pictures as my plant grows. This project takes a while to spout but it is an interesting activity to do.
Step One: Buy avocados. There are several different varieties but I only buy them on sale. I also try to get avocados that are softer and riper as these can take a long time to ripen.
Step Three: Put the avocado "meat" in a bowl. Make guacamole.http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_guacamole/ Use a fork to mash. Refrigerate. Eat later.
Step Four: Wash the pit. It will be slippery. I usually make a two avocado guacamole so I will use two pits.
Step Five: After washing, find your toothpicks.
Step Six: Insert toothpicks into the pit in a + manner. The pit will be hard and slippery. You may break several toothpicks while attempting to insert.
Step Seven: Lay toothpicks over a cup of water. Fill the water to the very top so the avocado pit is 50% submerged. You want to make sure to refill water as it evaporates.
Step Eight: Put the pit in a sunny location. Continue to "water" it. Eventually, a green spout will split out. Let this grow for a few more weeks. Then, re-plant.
Only the best for my "pits"!
Soon, I think a green spout will start growing up from the center. I have to keep remembering to keep watering these avocados.