How to germinate an avocado seed in less than a month!

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If every time you have access to every kind of seeds, you feel an internal itch to plant all of them welcome to the club; all seeds are future plant buddies. In this club germinating avocado seeds, as you may know, is one of the greatest challenges. One of the most common cases is to put the seed in water and throw it away two months afterwards as it is covered with mold with no roots in sight. I've tried a thousand and one ways to germinate avocado seeds, and everyone agrees that it takes 2-3 months to do the job. Well, I found out with some basic tips you can crop this time to only one month. Everything you need to know follows below.

Some key problems and how to solve them:

If you remove the seed from the fruit, wash it and place it in a bowl with water, 3 are the main scenarios that you expect (after some months):

  •  you are filling the bowl with water and you end up throwing away the seed because it became disgustingly moldy on the outside,
  • you are forgetting to refill the water regularly and you end up throwing away a dry, dead seed,
  • or you are over the top harry to see the first roots emerging from the seed.
    Most likely you will end up with the first two scenarios; I was failing for months too. But why?

1. Do you have the avocado seed always half submerged in water?

If you forget to refill the seed container with water and you let it dry for days, forget the germinating. I am sorry but this is the natural flow of events, seeds without regular moisture deactivate their vegetation mechanisms and hibernate. So, water people water.


2. Is the outer skin of the seed slimy/moldy after a few days/weeks?

If you don't forget refilling the container with water, you will notice that after a while the outer brown skin that is covering the seed starts to get moldy/slimy. Don't get discouraged, as that means that you are still on track. Normally the outer skin protects the seed from the water in the tropical regions where the avocado trees grow. If an exposed seed falls on the ground, due to the continuous raining, the outer skin will get rotten and fall very quickly. Then the moisture will penetrate the seed enabling vegetation. So in order to accelerate things: first fully soak the seed for two days in a bowl of water. The skin will soften and you will peel it easily. Then the inner whit-ish seed will be revealed.

How to germinate an avocado seed in less than a month! | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION
How to germinate an avocado seed in less than a month! | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION


3. My seed still doesn't have any roots, why's that?

Now that we got rid of the skin, let's tackle the next problem. The avocado seeds take so long to germinate, because due to their size moderate humidity doesn't reach the core of the seed to activate the development of the embryo plant (= creating of roots and the stems).
So! After you peel the skin take a look of your pit. You will notice that on each seed exists a "seam" that surrounds it all the way around. (If you open the seed at the "seam" with a knife and separate the two hemispheres, you will see a hibernated embryo-plant in the core of it. But don't do that, as it will destroy the seed.) Take 2 toothpicks and diametrically opposite stick them on the "seam" on the top of the pit. With a slight force move them sideways, so you open a thin slot, WITHOUT separating the two hemispheres completely in the bottom of the seed. Pin the toothpicks opposite to the slot you opened and using their support hang the avocado pit avocado in a bowl with enough water, that the slot of the pit is submerged in it. Remember to refresh the water regularly, so that the slot of seed is always moistured. This trick will speed up the process of germination and in 2-3 weeks will see the first root. Leave the seeds in water until they create plenty of roots and at least a small twig with some leaves. Otherwise if you plant the seed before photosynthesis starts, you migh "drown" it with the overabundance of soil nutrients.

Do you see the "seam"? It's very recognizable and in slightly different spot on each pit.

Do you see the "seam"? It's very recognizable and in slightly different spot on each pit.

Pin the toothpicks opposite to the slot you opened.

Pin the toothpicks opposite to the slot you opened.

Do you see the whitish plant-embryo in between the slot? That's where the germination start!

Do you see the whitish plant-embryo in between the slot? That's where the germination start!

The root growth after some weeks.

The root growth after some weeks.

Do you think that you are ready to try germinating avocado pits again? Were my tips and tricks useful and if not do you have anything to share? If you have please do in the comments below. Good luck with your gardening adventures and remember that the avocado trees produce fruit after their seventh year of growth (!). So be prepared for a lot of patience my pals! xoxo

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

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Recycle: convert a small plastic tank into a pot for succulents

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Do you know what a huge ragman am I? A gigantic one, it’s phenomenal. I can collect from the recycling or selectively decide not to throw away a bunch thingies, driven by my belief that in the near future I come up with brilliant usage of all of them. The general rule unfolds accordingly: I will collect a piece of "junk" (as my mum enjoys calling them) until I come up with a practical/beautiful usage for them. This rule applies almost every time on everything I find along my way. In this framework, one of my roommates threw away a small white plastic tank as you can imagine I couldn’t resist "saving" it.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, my succulent pots started reproducing threateningly fast. I made floating hanging pots with the smallest of them, but it wasn’t enough. I had to replant them in bigger pots in groups as briefly as possible, so I could save some precious space. However, the ideal pot, low and wide, was slipping from my vision or from existence in every shop I have been. But then, tadaa, I remembered the tank I collected, which was waiting for me patiently in a corner. The moral of my little story; when life gives you small tanks/containers recycle them into pots for succulents.

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Supplies: plastic tank/container, old knife with a smooth blade (attention, it can’t be used in the kitchen again), gas stove, marker

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1. With a marker draw a line around the container and make sure it is parallel to a flat surface. The height of the line from the tank's bottom depends on how tall you want your -future- pot to be. Open the gas stove and hold the knife’s blade (one without little teeth) on the fire until the blade becomes red (caution! do not touch the blade, the burning would be unforgivably painful!). Place the bottle sideways on a hard surface and dip the knife on the line. Keep cutting by holding and turning the tank with one hand and cutting with the other. Make sure to cut by pulling your hand in one direction, no backs and forths. Thus, cutting will be as “clean” as possible, without “eaten” plastic. When knife cools and stops cutting with ease (like cutting warm butter) hold it above fire and repeat with cutting. Don't forget to open holes on the bottom of the tank for good drainage. If you observe any worn parts in the edge of the pot correct them with the knife while it's still hot. If these parts seem still worn, you can paint the edge of the pot (gold? light grey?). I preferred to keep it as it is and I hid some minor worn spots under some rich succulent branches. 

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2. Your pot is read. Let's move on planting your cacti/succulents. At the bottom of the pot, over the holes, place some broken ceramics for better drainage. Then mix soil for cacti/succulents with small pebbles in an analogy of 3:1. Pour a thin layer of the mixture in the pot and then align the plants in it. Pick 3-5 plants (for a pot of 20 cm in diameter) since succulents love growing altogether in tight spaces. Be sure to choose plants which have the same watering/light needs so that they can grow collaboratively.

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Convert a small plastic tank into a pot for succulents from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

I will urge you to use recycled materials in your crafts as turning into something practical and aesthetically beautiful is a win-win; for you and the poor environment which is drowning in rubbish. By the way, I love the curves in the bottom of the pot. None of the for-sale pots I was looking at looked so fancy. Tell me, would you make something like that or is it too much trouble for nothing for you? I will be glad to know.

Happy creative adventures! xoxo

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

"Floating" hanging plant: easy and quick diy

Floating hanging plant easy and quick | from In Whirl of Inspiration

Floating hanging plant easy and quick | from In Whirl of Inspiration

I have news! Do you remember all these tiny pots that you have lined up on your desk (they are so cute I know)? Well you can hang them over your desk. You will save space a tons of space and you will give your wall a joyful dose of chlorophyll. Plus, it is super easy to hang them.

Floating hanging plant easy and quick | from In Whirl of Inspiration

Materials: a sheet of PVC, string, clay pot, scissors, Blu-tack, a plant that fits in your pot

Floating hanging plant easy and quick | from In Whirl of Inspiration

1. Draw the diameter of the pot's open side on the PVC. Cut the circle and then cut a cross in the center of it. Start cutting the inside of the circle to create a ring through which the pot fits to pass and yet doesn't fall from its tip.

Floating hanging plant easy and quick | from In Whirl of Inspiration
Floating hanging plant easy and quick | from In Whirl of Inspiration

2. Calculate the distance between the spot from which you want to hang your pot and the one you want it to float. You can hang it from eg. a pre-existing nail/ one you put yourself, an exposed pipe, from your bookcase. Then cut 2 pieces of string with twice the length of the calculated one + 3cm. Pass the strings around the PVX ring and make a knot of the 4 ends. 

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3. Put the plant in the pot, hang it and adjust the string around the ring so that the plant hangs with your desired angle.

If you want a more convenient construction to give a boost chloroflyllis in your area, why not try these balls of moss? Now for the Christmas season is so beautiful!

4. You can secure the edge of the pot with a bit of Blu-tack on the surface behind it to avoid shaking.

If you want to try another idea for hanging plants, what's about this garland with moss balls? It's perfect for Christmas seasona and any season.

So simple and easy. How do you hang pots and plants in your home? I would love to see your ideas. Please tell me in the comments below. Happy crafting!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

How to make coasters from dried blood orange slices

How to make coasters from dried blood orange slices (via inwhirlofinspiration.com)

Do you know what comes together with the summer? An  insane consumption of cold beverages: cold water, cold juices, cold coffees and the list goes and goes on. With that said, I was thinking that my new cold buddies might need some fancy coasters to match their awesomeness. The possibilities of making handmade coasters are endless of course, but I wanted something that would look good, but also would smell nicely. Dried citrus create the best winter decorations, especially in conjunction with cinnamon and cloves, but no one thought to use them during spring/summer time, right? Well here we go!

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Supplies: 1 blood orange, crystallic transparent glue (atlakolla the Mod podge), brush, knife, oven

1. I used blood oranges, because I liked their vivid color and their big surface, but feel free to experiment with any kind of citruses. Cut them in as straight slices as possible with thickness of 1,5cm (when they are dried they shrink and you don't want excess shrinkage). They have to be straight, cause even the slightest angle will make them inappropriate for holding mugs with water.

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2. Put the slices in the oven at 50°C for 4 hours to dry without being burned ( and without being cooked). If your oven has the option of warm air that's even better. When they are completely dry, they are ready. Take them off the oven and select the most even ones and if necessary scrape any surface potrusions with a knife.

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3. Then mix a little glue with water (in the ratio of 6:1) and cover the slices with one layer of the mixture. That will make the slices a little more persistent to weights and waterproof. You can let them dry naturally, but I put the, again in the 50°C for another 5 minutes since I was extremely impatient.

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4. This was one of the most quick and easy crafts I have ever made. Maybe the drying might take some time, but the real time of making the coasters is maximum 20 minutes.

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If you want more crafts inspired by nature, what about these garland with moss balls or this unique necklace made from pistachio shells?

Credits | Text & Photographs: Debbie Kortes

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!