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At Christmas you may have been treated to some delicious exotic fruit to eat such as Avocado, Kiwi, Mango or even Papaya, I think it is fun letting children try new fruits and educational too:

  • Why not find out more about each fruit.
  • Where does it come from?
  • How does it grow?
  • What does the plant/tree look like?
  • Does it have lots of seeds or a single stone?
  • What do they look like?
  • Can we plant and grow them?

If you have an Avocado why not have a go at growing your own Avocado plant from the stone in the middle of the fruit.

Avodado plant

Avocado Stone

What you need to do

  1. Remove the stone (or pit) from the fruit and wash well to remove the soft green flesh, leave the brown skin intact.
  2. Dry with a paper towel then work out which is the top (where the shoot will grow from) and the bottom (where the roots will grow) of the stone, the slightly pointier end is the top, and the flat end is the bottom.
  3. Take three or four toothpicks and insert them firmly (about 1cm deep) into the stone at a slight downward angle, evenly spaced around its circumference.
  4. Suspend the stone on a glass (or large jam jar) filled with water so that the bottom of the stone is covered to a depth of 1 cm, change the water once or twice a week and top up if needed.
  5. Place the glass on a warm sunny windowsill, be patient germination can take 2-8 weeks, a crack should appear around the stone from which roots will appear at the base and a shoot at the top.
  6. When the shoot is about 15 cm tall pinch out the top set of leaves, this will encourage new growth and a bushy plant, in a few weeks when new leaves and roots have grown it is time to plant it.
  7. Take a plant pot (20-25cm across) and half fill with rich potting compost, gently lower your stone into the pot and carefully fill with compost around the roots, taking care not to damage them, tap the pot to remove any air pockets and gently firm the compost. The upper half of the stone should be above the compost.
  8. Water carefully so that you do not disturb the compost, it needs to be thoroughly moist but not soggy.
  9. Return your Avocado plant to its warm sunny windowsill and give it frequent light waterings as the compost dries out, to make a bushy plant when the shoots have grown 15 cm pinch out the top set of leaves, this will encourage the plant to produce side shoots and more leaves.

Why not also try growing your own Orange Tree from a pip, click here for more details.

Have fun



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Oranges are always a favourite at our house, especially Tangerines at Christmas but wouldn’t it be nice to grow your own Orange Tree.

Oranges and Lemons

Many children will not have seen oranges growing on trees except in books, on the television or maybe in garden centres. If you have a bit of time and a lot of patience (it can take 8 years for a tree to produce an orange) why not have a go at growing your own tree from pips that you have collected.

How to Grow your own Orange Tree

Peel your orange and break into segments, hold each segment up to the light you should be able to see the pips inside, carefully split the skin and remove the pips.

Rinse the pips in warm water (keep your pips moist this helps them to germinate).

Sowing Orange pips

Fill some small pots with compost and plant your pips about 1-1.5cm deep, one or two to a pot.

Water lightly to moisten the compost but not too much to make it soggy.

Make a label recording the date, what and how many seeds you have sown.

If you have a propagator put your pots inside and place on a warm, bright windowsill, alternatively push 2/3 sticks into the compost around the edge of the pot and cover with a plastic bag, tie loosely with string around the pot or use a rubber band.

At night remove your pots from the windowsill as it can become quite cold especially if you have the curtains closed, returning them during the day.

Check regularly that the compost is moist, once your seedlings appear remove their protective cover and place in a sunny position avoiding the midday sun.

Re-pot your plants individually as they grow.

When your plants are much larger stand them in a conservatory or porch or outside on a sheltered patio in warm weather during the summer bringing them inside, before any frosts, for the winter.

Why not try growing lemon or grapefruit pips too?

Have fun!


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