Monday, April 15, 2013

The Dirt: a simple avocado seed gift

Avocado Seed 4-001The other day, I had the best avocado I’ve ever had. It was so perfect – ripe, creamy with none of those weird bruised parts. I love avocados. You can use them in sandwiches, make guacamole, add them to salads or top off traditional Mexican dishes with them. And what would a California Roll be without the avocado?




Avocado CollageHere are a few snacks I’ve made using avocados. Avocado spread on buttered toast and dressed up cheese and crackers.

Once I was done eating my perfect avocado, I thought it would be fun to pass along the perfect avocado seed. Plus, Earth Day is coming up and maybe years down the road, it will be a tree in someone’s yard producing perfect avocados… Did you ever stick toothpicks in an avocado seed and watch it grow in a jar? Using this idea, I jazzed up my jar a little.


Instead of toothpicks to hold up the avocado seed, I wrapped the rim of the jar sheet moss and tucked some inside the jar. The avocado seed nestles nicely on the inside of the jar with just enough room for me to add water. The moss is held onto the rim of the jar with heavy duty quilting thread.


I added a mini clothes pin, a note and some vintage seam binding.


I’ll keep it in a sunny location and wait for the roots and plant to appear.


Once the seed roots and starts to sprout, you can add some additional items to make the gift more fun.

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14 comments :

  1. LO PUSE HACE TIEMPO...SALIO LA PLANTA LO PUSE EN TIERRA Y LA HELADA LO MATO.
    ESTE CLIMA NO DEJA ESTE TIPO DE PLANTAS.
    SALUDITOS

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  2. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday! Take care, Laura

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  3. Carolyn this is precious!! I love it! Your attention to detail and styling sense always inspires me!

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  4. What a fun gift idea! I'm a huge gardener and have over 100 houseplants, but this is one thing I've never been able to get rooted...an avocado seed. I'll keep trying...maybe one day.
    I saw you sharing at Project Inspire{d} Linky Party.
    Debbie :)

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  5. Never thought of making it into a gift, that's clever. I did decide to grow one the few months back. Like yours, it was a great one except it was a Florida avocado. they are much larger and very green.
    Mine is now about 2 feet tall and ready to be planted in the ground. It is so much fun growing trees from seeds.
    Good luck with yours,
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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  6. Cute gift! I've seen something similar, but it wasn't nearly as cute as yours. Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

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  7. This is such a great idea, I never thought to try and regrow one from the seed. I'll have to try this next time I get some avacados. Stopping by from Tidy Mom. I would love for you to check out my little cleaning blog here.

    Angela

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  8. I've never tried to grow an avocado seed - this looks so cool! The ex-scientist in me would love one of these myself!! Great idea Carolyn!

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  9. I never thought of avocado seeds as beautiful until I read your post!

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  10. So fun and pretty! My father in law has an avocado tree growing in Louisiana from my tree in L.A.!

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  11. hi i havent grown any thing like this is the jar fill with water and is the a lemon or something else in the jar
    cheers susan from australia

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    1. Hi Susan,
      There's only water in the jar. That's all you need to sprout the roots. The lemon is in the photos because it's used in a lot of avocado dishes. Thanks so much for visiting homework!

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  12. My Mom ... who has passed did something similar with the avocado in a jar idea she stuck toothpicks into sides of avocado seed about midway and then set the avocado into the jar the tooth picks usually two will do ... support the seed in the jar till the avocado roots, then after it grew tall she would then transplant

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