A plant enthusiast has gone viral on TikTok after revealing how to grow a luscious avocado tree for free.
In a short video Brad Canning, from Melbourne, said the process requires little maintenance and all you need to do is preserve the avocado seed.
After three to four months the plants grow to become very tall and have gorgeous large leaves, which will be sure to fill any dull corner or kitchen space.
Brad has been growing avocado plants for a couple of years and has become ‘obsessed’ due to the ‘super-fast’ growing process.
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In the clip, Brad removed the seed from the avocado using a fork and ran it under water.
He then dried the seed and peeled off the skin with his fingers to ensure it doesn’t go mouldy.
To allow the seed to germinate and grow a root, Brad wet a paper towel to wrap the seed in and placed it in a Ziplock bag to boost the humidity.
Brad Canning (pictured left) first removed the seed from the avocado then washed and dried it before peeling off the skin with his fingers (pictured right)
After two to three weeks in Ziplock bags, the seeds will crack and a root will become exposed.
‘Put the root in water and it will start to sprout … be careful though, this it a total addiction,’ Brad said.
It’s important to make sure only the roots or half the seed is placed in water – Brad accomplished this by using a vase that’s roughly the same diameter as the seed.
To allow the seed to germinate and grow a root, Brad wet a paper towel to wrap the seed in and placed it in a Ziplock bag to boost the humidity. After two to three weeks the root will begin to grow
‘Put the root in water and it will start to sprout … be careful though, this it a total addiction,’ Brad said
Comedian Christian Hull also shared a demonstrative video on TikTok and stuck toothpicks into the avocado seed after removing the skin to allow it to float on top of the water.
But in another video on YouTube Brad said this alternative method isn’t ideal as it takes months for the roots to grow, compared to the Ziplock bag process that only takes a few weeks.
Unfortunately the plants won’t produce any avocados for at least a decade and are only suitable as a lovely houseplant.
Australian comedian Christian Hull (pictured left) also shared a demonstrative video on TikTok and stuck toothpicks into the avocado seed after peeling it to allow it to float on top of the water. But Brad said this isn’t ideal as it takes months for the roots to grow
Once the plant is of a preferred size it can be potted in soil or kept in the vase of water to continue growing.
Brad’s TikTok video tutorial quickly went viral and was seen more than 64,000 times.
‘Finally a good tutorial! So excited to attempt this,’ one person said in response to Brad’s tutorial.
‘I’m currently trying this! Mine’s just started to crack open – I’m really hoping I don’t kill it,’ another said.
A third added: ‘I had 27 going at one point in time, so addicting but when they are planted they are so temperamental.’
HOW TO GROW AN AVOCADO PLANT USING THE SEED
What you’ll need:
- An avocado seed
- Paper towels
- Ziploc bags
- A vase or cup
Remove the seed from the avocado and wash it under water
Dry it and peel off the skin using your fingertips and not a peeler
Dampen a paper towel with cold water and wrap the seed in it
Place the paper towel with the seed in a Ziploc bag and store in a dry area
Check the seed once a week to see if a root has begun to sprout – this should take no longer than two to three weeks
Once the root is visible and has grown out of the seed, place the seed on top of a small vase or cup that is filled with water
Change the water every two weeks or as needed