1Ask an adult to cut open the avocado and remove the seed.
2Wash the seed in the bowl of water.
3Peel away and discard the thin brown skin around the seed.
4Hold the seed so that the pointier end is up.
5Push 3 evenly spaced toothpicks into the seed (not on the fault lines).
6Carefully place the seed into the cup by resting the toothpicks on the lip.
7Pour water into the cup until the seed is halfway covered.
8Place the cup with the seed in a warm place out of direct sunlight.
9Wait for the avocado seed to sprout, which will take 4-8 weeks.
9Change the water once per week.
How It Works
An avocado starts its life cycle as a seed. When planted, the seed germinates (starts to grow) in about 4-8 weeks. The seed splits along the fault line, allowing a root to grow down and a sprout to grow up. As the sprout grows leaves, it becomes a seedling, and then continues to grow into an avocado plant. Eventually, the avocado plant produces flowers, and finally fruit after 4-5 years. Inside each avocado fruit is another seed—ready to start its own life cycle.
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A life cycle shows how living things grow and change over time.
Plants start as seeds then most form flowers & fruit.
Animals start from eggs or live birth then they grow up and mate.
All life cycles start at birth, end with death and involve growth & reproduction.