Making progress in the Avocado department

Last week I posted about my luck at opening a big ripe California avocado and finding a pit that had started to sprout. I put it in water and hoped that transition wouldn’t stop the growth.

Today I was encouraged seeing new growth.

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Note the small new white roots on the bottom and the sprout coming out of the top!!

Looks like I will have a new avocado plant in 2017!!

Return of the avocado

Way back I used to post about using avocado pits to grow plants. I think I mentioned the standard method is to place toothpicks in the pit and suspend it over water until a root appears.

Now I have had hit or miss success with this-some very promising pits just never produce a root. I’ve waited months…and taken lots of teasing during the long wait…with about equal duds as pits that sprouted. It’s always  a moment of redemption when after months of waiting the pit finally begins to grow. Read more here

This week though I was able to jump start the whole process hen I cut open beautifully ripe Florida avocado (left below)

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and found a pit already sprouted!!

I placed the aforementioned toothpicks and put it in water just waiting for the root to grow a little more and the plant to sprout from the top.

Avocados do make lovely plants and I have in the past had one that grew to about 5 feet tall. They will never bear fruit but they have big green leaves so hopefully this pit will give some good results. I really need some good results~~

avocados falling from the sky

after my coversation with my co worker on friday i continued to monitor my warm avocado bath

nothing prepared me for what happened yesterday

i decided that despite my torn hamstring which is awaiting yet another professional opinion next week~i HAD to move

i chose to walk across oak park to the big library. it’s an amazing maze of houses and apartment buildings. i self checked out an array of books-one about cook county hospital, 2 about glass/mosiacs and 2 GRE review books.

on the return limp home, i walked passed a plastic bag which on closer inspection contained~~~~

A SINGLE AVOCADO!!!!

i looked around to see if someone had dropped it, i walked past it and then backtracked thinking

THIS IS A SIGN

i took it home sliced it open and made myself a lovely toasted avocado/stilton sandwich and promptly retired the fresh pit to my experimental warm water bath

IT’S STILL A SIGN~OF WHAT? I DON’T KNOW…. 

another avocado aficianado

today there was just two of us in the office-there’s a lot of tension so it was nice to relax and just shoot the breeze.

first she asked me if i’d ever seen “top gear” ….of course. talking about it brought back lots of memories.

then somehow she mentioned that she is trying to grow an avocado pit and asked if i knew anything about them…i bugged out…sputtering how i’ve grown lots of pits-this being one of my more succesful attempts

the scary part is that as i explained to her that as we spoke…i was engaged in an experimental attempt to get the pit my daughter brought back from hawaii to sprout.

it has been sitting in water since last october with only minimal action. so in cases like this i try to think like an avocado…a hawaiian avocado.

what do i need, what am i used to, what makes me want to grow…and i think the missing link is heat…

so checking the pit water, let’s face it it’s cold. i tried putting warm water but after a few hours it’s cold again…

the solution either a heating pad or a continuous infusion of warm water-in the form of dripping hot water from the tap into a big bowl containing the pit-

here’s a very arty view

so back to the task at hand-how do i get this blasted pit to send out a root???

i’m continuing my experiment and i’ll let you know how it goes

cooking for myself

i’ve been house-sitting this week-had a great time with my room mates

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and macdougall

i enjoy being on my own and bella amd macdougall are very easy going and low maintenence.  so i bought some food and cooked for myself…last night i made some guacamole

which means i have avocado pits….

my life~~crocheting and growing avocado pits~~can it get any more exciting?