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Can You Grow an Avocado Tree At Home?

A cut avocado with the pit inside sits on a plate of whole avocados.
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When it comes to versatile foods, avocados might just be the winner. From guacamole to smoothies to breakfast toast, these seeded fruits are everywhere. But the cost of avocados can be scary when you go to replenish your weekly supply at the grocery store. So can you grow an avocado tree at home?

If you’ve ever wondered how to grow an avocado, you might just be able to do it, but there are a few things you should know first.

Can You Grow an Avocado Tree at Home?

Avocado seeds are sprouting in clear glasses.

An avocado tree can definitely be grown at home, but they require specific conditions, and they might not thrive in all environments. Avocado trees tend to thrive in USDA hardiness zones 9-11, which include subtropical and tropical regions that include mostly southern and southwestern states and Hawaii. While they can be grown in cooler conditions, they may not bear the best avocado fruit in these areas.

If you fall within those zones, though, and want to use an avocado seed to give yourself your own personal supply of avocados, there are a few things to know about their care.


Avocado trees are sun-loving plants. They require plenty of sunlight to grow properly and bear fruit. When growing them indoors, place the plant near a sunny window. Outdoors, choose a location that receives full sun for most of the day (six hours of direct sunlight a day is prime). If you’re growing avocado trees in pots, consider moving them outdoors during warmer months to give them access to ample sunlight.

D'vine Dev 10-Inch Ceramic Planter Pot

The correct pot is essential.


Well-draining soil is crucial for planting avocado seeds. A mix of potting soil and perlite works well for container planting. Perlite is a granular material that aids in drainage, aeration, and insulation. For outdoor planting, ensure the soil is well-draining and slightly acidic. Avocado trees have shallow root systems, so avoid compacted or heavy soils that can impede root growth.


While avocado trees need consistent watering, they dislike soggy conditions. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. In pots, ensure the containers have drainage holes to prevent water logging.

Watering Can for Indoor Plants

Keep your avocado watered but don't overdo it.

How to Grow an Avocado Seed in Water

An avocado seed has sprouted and is growing in a glass container.

You can get started growing your avocado tree at home in a few easy steps. Start by thoroughly cleaning an avocado seed. Rinse it to remove any remaining flesh. Then, stick toothpicks into the sides of the seed, about halfway down, and suspend it over a glass of water with the pointed end facing up. The bottom of the seed should be immersed in the water.

Next, put the glass in a sunny spot, change the water regularly, and ensure the bottom of the seed remains submerged.

In a few weeks, you should see roots sprouting from the bottom and a stem emerging from the top. Once the stem grows a few inches and has a couple of leaves, transplant the seedling into a pot with well-draining soil.

Biggun Avocado Tree Growing Kit

You can even use a kit to get your started.

How to Plant an Avocado Seed in Soil


Once your avocado seed has sprouted and has a visible root system, it’s time to plant it in soil. You’ll need to keep the fruit’s growing conditions in mind when doing so.

When planting, be sure your soil is slightly acidic with a pH of 6-6.5 (you can test the soil with a test kit). Make sure that all weeds and debris are removed from the soil. Then, dampen the soil and ensure your pot has good drainage.

Next, spread the avocado’s roots out in the soil and carefully add soil over the seed, leaving the top half visible. Water until you see excess coming from the pot’s drainage holes. Finally, place it out of direct sunlight.

Water your avocado plant when the soil dries out and watch it grow!

SOILPHU 4-in-1 Soil Meter

Ensure your soil is the right acidity level for growth with this meter.

Whether you choose to grow your avocado tree from a seed in water or directly plant a seed in soil, with proper care and attention, you’ll watch your avocado tree flourish over time to keep avocados in full stock!

Jenn Vigh Jenn Vigh
Jenn is a pilates and yoga instructor, an aerialist, and a travel blogger with 5 years of experience in nonprofit communications, and over 10 years of experience writing, teaching, training, performing and collaborating with creatives across the globe. For the last 6 years, her American home-base has been Austin, TX, where she’s worked with the aerial dance company, Blue Lapis Light, and enjoyed the sunshine with her world-traveling yorkipoo, Sheila. Read Full Bio »
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