The Avocado Experiment for Kids

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The Avocado Experiment for Kids

purpose

To attempt to sprout an avocado seed and maybe grow a tree!

experiment duration

This experiment may take up to a couple months for the seed to sprout. Patience is key here, lol!

tools

  • avocados: if you have more than one your chances are better for success
  • see-through cup: 1 per avocado seed
  • knife
  • wooden toothpicks: 4 for each avocado seed

instructions

  1. Cut the avocado in half. Do not nick, scrape or cut into the seed.
  2. Wash the avocado seed. If you don’t, the bits will mold.
  3. Eat the avocado!
  4. There are two ends of an avocado seed. Both are basically rounded but one end is “pointier” and the other is “flatter.” Place the pointed end up.
  5. Jab four wooden toothpicks evenly spaced apart into the seed. The toothpicks should be placed as close to center as possible.
  6. Fill the glass or clear plastic cup to the rim with water. Place seed inside. The seed should rest halfway in the water, on its toothpick platform. 
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  7. Water should never be cloudy, so replace and refill when needed.
  8. Next
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  9. Then 
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  10. Once leaves and roots have sprouted, you can transfer your plant to soil. If you live in the right climate, your tree may even flower! 
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