In March of this year, I started a little growing experiment.
I have always loved the avocado house plant, as I have grown one before, that was a beautiful plant, for the three years it lasted...
So, my experiment started with 5 pits. One I let dry. One I planted directly into soil. One pit actually split in half, while still in its fruit, and had a root starting, so, I picked it (tooth picks) in a glass of water, along with the other two.
Long story short... 2 out of 5 pits have turned into plants.
Plant one grew to about 10 inches tall, and was lush and beautiful, until the cats broke it in half. Leading me to question number 1.
Can you start an avocado plant from the clippings?
Needless to say, even though I knew that it was safe to pinch of the top of the plant, I thought that since it was broken in half, pert near the base, near
the pit, I thought for sure it was dead... So, I tossed it into a dark room, and left it alone, only dealing with the one I still had living. The one that grew from a half pit!
So, plant two. It started rooting in the fruit, and the pit was broken completely in half. So, I tossed the half that had nothing, and started the half with the root. It grew, and grew. When I planted it in soil, three stems grew out of the plant, one which has not grown since breaking out of the soil, the other two which seem to be flourishing.
Well, just the other day, I pinched the top of plant two. Leaving two very small leaves, because, I didn't want to see an "ugly" stick... And well, now a new branch is starting to grow, but out of the base of one of the leaves?
Bringing me to question 2.
Will I need to clip the leaf for the branch to grow?
Back to plant one. I recently ran into the pot, which was safely keeping plant one warm... And I picked up the pot, expecting a light, dried up pot. Instead, I picked up a pot that was heavy, and watered. Unknown to me, my husband decided that he would "just see"... For s&gs...
Low and behold, plant one has the most amazing new branch, with leaves starting, and 4 other little branches budding around the first stem. I am in awe.
Bringing me to question 3.
How does a plant thrive with no sun light?
I'm sorry that my post was so long. But alas, it was a long project...
Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Pics will come, just as soon as I figure out how to get them from my phone to here!!!