Hass avocado farming in Kenya has been in the recent times become a lucrative business to most households in the country due to huge European markets. The new wave has attracted alot of concerns that we have shared here and some queries.

This article seeks to address on of the major queries that we receive often: Can i plant hass avocado from it’s seed?

Grafting Hass Avocado

Hass avocados are not easy to graft so my first suggestion would be to take the trees out and purchase from a local nursery. If, however, you want to graft onto your existing trees, I would suggest you hire someone who does this on a regular basis. If you live in an area where hass avocados are being grown you should be able to locate someone with this skill by contacting a local avocado grower. Another option is to contact a nurseryman and see if they know anyone who works with avocados. You can also reach out our nursery via 0724-559286 or 0790-509684 for hass avocado seedlings.

Can hass avocado tree be grown from seed?

Be aware that the seed is the result of cross-pollination so the resulting tree will be different from the tree the fruit came from. For example, if you plant the seed from a Hass avocado, the resulting tree will be a cross between a Hass and something else… it will NOT be a Hass! Also, keep in mind that avocados planted from seed take anywhere from 5 to 13 years+ before they flower and produce fruit.

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Avocado seeds may be polyembryonic, but they might not be. It depends on the variety. It can get confusing identifying which is which, because the monoembryonic seedlings (which are not like the parent tree) can produce multiple shoots which can be mistaken for multiple embryos but are a completely different think.

Plant propagation is the practice of creating new plants from old using a variety of techniques such as seed sowing, grafting, taking cuttings, division, marcotting, ground layering, and even tissue cell culture.

It sounds ideal to be able to enjoy a fruit, and if we find any seeds, to plant them and create a new plant of our own from which we can harvest the exact same variety of tasty treats. Works fine with tomatoes, as any seed saver would attest to!

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Unfortunately, Nature is more complicated than that. Many productive plants are not true to seed, meaning that the seeds from a particular variety of fruit for example will grow into a tree which WILL NOT produce the same fruit as the parent tree, but something which may look or taste completely different.

Why? Plants need to produce genetic variation and diversity in their offspring to ensure survival of future generations. There are exceptions, some plants and trees will grow ‘true to seed’, producing exactly the same fruit or berries as the parent plant, and therefore can be grown from seed.

 

 

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