Learn how to create a beautiful avocado bonsai tree for under $10 in a few simple steps! Plus, I’ll be sharing my top tips for growing avocado trees from seed. Affiliate links in post.
As this website is relatively new, I have not yet had a chance to share my love of thrift flips with you all. Well. The day has come!
Last week, I was at the thrift store when I found this simply beautiful ceramic dish for $4 – and instantly the idea to create somewhat of a faux DIY avocado bonsai tree sprung up! My partner and I love to propagate avocados in water (it’s 2022; who doesn’t?) but I was getting a little bored of the whole “toothpicks in a jar” look.
The faux bonsai look, though? Big fan. So without further ado, I will share how to make this beauty – and you can try along at home!
What You Will Need:
- A hydroponically rooted avocado seed or an avocado seed, toothpicks and a jar
- A shallow ceramic bonsai dish (you can often thrift something suitable for under $5!)
- Small pebbles
VIDEO TUTORIAL For Making An Avocado Bonsai Tree
If you prefer video tutorials, feel free to check out the avocado bonsai TikTok I made to go alongside this craft. It’s under a minute! (While you’re there, might as well check out some of my other fun craft ideas . . .)
Prefer written instruction? No problem – let’s get into it!
1. Use toothpicks to suspend a clean and peeled avocado seed over water
Firstly, let’s get into how to root an avocado seed in water. This part is real simple! All you need to do is take the pit from an eaten avocado (supermarket avocados work fine) and suspend the base in water. The easiest way to do this is to use toothpicks to suspend it over a jar.
I won’t lie, this isn’t the fastest process and it can sometimes take 1-2 months for a sprout to pop out. But the final product is utterly gorgeous!
Here’s a photo of one avo seed I’m in the middle of rooting:
2. Once the seed has sprouted roots and a stalk, purchase a shallow ceramic dish
The choice of dish isn’t critical, as long as there’s enough depth for the roots to sit in water and grow. The main thing is that it can’t have a drainage hole.
Your local garden store will likely have a good range of bonsai dishes – but don’t forget to try your local thrift store first! It’s better for the planet, after all.
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3. Use pebbles to fill the dish and secure the root in place. This Should Now Look Like An Avocado Bonsai Tree!
Place a small layer of pebbles on the base of the dish, then position your seed (and any roots) in the center. Gently pile pebbles on top, working from every side to ensure you’re layering them evenly.
Once you’ve finished this step, your display should look like a bonsai tree!
4. Add water to the dish to ensure the roots have sustenance. Optionally, add in hydroponic fertiliser every few weeks.
And our last step is to ensure our avocado bonsai tree can survive! Pour water into the dish, right up to the edge. Make sure to refill this often as, unlike a semi-hydroponic medium like LECA, pebbles won’t retain moisturize to provide to the roots.
To make sure your plant is getting the nutrients it needs to thrive (as well as what it would be provided in soil) you can use a hydroponic fertilizer every few weeks during spring/summer.
While, I hadn’t considered using an avocado tree as an indoor bonsai before, but I will most definitely be trying this trick out in the future. I think it could be so cool with larger plants too – maybe even having the roots exposed over a rock? I’ve been playing around with more fun ways to display crystals and this gives me major inspiration . . .
Anyways, we shall end at the end! I hope you enjoyed this avocado tree bonsai hybrid – let me know if you would try it yourself in the comments down below. Plus, don’t forget to share this post via Pinterest so you can check it out later!https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/983966218558402054/