From Plant Pit to Avocado

Before your fruit and vegetable scraps go to the compost bin, grab the tops, seeds and pits! You can make a wonderful collection of house plants from the very foods we eat at home! Here is one of the best food scrap plants we know for you to try at home or school.Avocado or Mango Trees
Avocado and mango trees make a lovely house plant, and if you take good care of them, they'll grow nice and big. Both have deep green, shiny leaves and strong stems, and both can be started with the stone you'll find in the centre. (Stone is another word we use for pit, and it holds the seed inside)

Here's What You'll Need:
A nice fresh avocado or mango from the grocery store, a clean glass jar, fresh, clean water, toothpicks, potting mix, and a small plant pot.

Here's What to Do:

  1. Suspend your fruit stone in a jar of fresh water so just the bottom of the stone is under water. You can do this by pushing three or four toothpicks into the stone, and letting the toothpicks rest on the rim of the jar.
  2. Put the jar in a warm, dimly lit place and keep the water at the same level.
  3. In three to eight weeks, the stone will split open and a root will emerge, followed soon after by a shoot at the top of the stone.
  4. Move the jar to a sunnier place, and when there are several roots showing, carefully transplant the stone into a 6 inch plant pot, with good potting mix. Remember - the roots point down! Leave a little of the stone sticking out of the soil, and keep the pot in your sunniest window.

As your new plant grows, you can pinch off 2 or 3 centimeters at the top. This will make the plant start to get bushier, and that makes a nicer house plant. Mangoes and Avocado trees like moist air so you should mist the leaves regularly, and keep the soil moist too. When the tree outgrows its pot, you can transplant it to a pot that's a bit bigger. You should fertilize your tree in the spring and summer with a liquid house plant fertilizer.