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Avocado Flask is a modern pot designed to offer you a unique experience in your own home: all you need is water, a little light, and touch of patience to watch a seed transforming before your eyes into a lush seedling, day after day.

The Avocado Flask was created to be a small home habitat for germinating and growing a seedling from an avocado seed. A relaxing, fulfilling activity that can be done alone, with friends and colleagues, or with the family; either at home or in the office or workplace. The result of this slow, gradual growth will be a charmingly stylish verdant decorative feature, to which you yourself will have made a vital contribution.

In recent years, you may have noticed that houseplants are making a strong comeback, one symptom of a reborn collective awareness that drives people to surround themselves with and devote themselves to the world’s more natural elements. They seem to be everywhere, in houses, in shops, in offices; plants that come to cover entire green walls or even the façades of modern buildings. A great collective effort to embrace nature and keep it closer to us.

A trend that offers several advantages, which once known and appreciated, become essential. It has been proven by multiple studies that adding living plants to rooms oxygenates and purifies the air, but not only that: it also has positive influences on stress, making people happier and more relaxed.

We hope you will have a lot of fun and enjoy watching this little miracle of nature through your Avocado Flask.

We have chosen to dedicate this product in particular to the avocado, because it is a highly appreciated, delicious and nutritious fruit, grown all over the world. However, we believe that what is most incredible is that inside each avocado there is a surprise: a smooth, perfect seed that can result in a real plant.

It would be a crime to throw it away! So why not take care of it?

In this guide, we will provide you with useful hints and tips, so that your avocado seed can become a beautiful house plant, in just a few simple, tried and tested steps.

You will be captivated by this easy, yet fascinating activity, which will lead you to appreciate every single stage of germination: from when the first timid roots begin to sprout, to the first delicate shoots, and then the growth of the lush stem and green leaves.

Nature does nothing in vain


Avocado Flask by Amoroses

For years, anyone who wanted to try their hand at growing an avocado from seed have had no other means than the popular practice of toothpicks stuck into the kernel, and then precariously balancing this on a glass filled with water. Unfortunately, piercing the seed with toothpicks runs the risk of damaging it, making it less likely to germinate and more prone to rot; this can mean weeks of hopeful anticipation ending in great disappointment.  Not to mention the anti-aesthetic impact of these domestic “hydroponic systems”, which need to remain exposed in the home for months.

Giovanni Tomasini Design

Avocado Flask is the result of careful research in two directions: Studying the best cultivation methods to perfect them; and investigating the common problems that plague green-thumbed enthusiasts, in order to solve them! The result is our extremely functional and compact pot that is ideal for growing avocado seeds.

But Avocado Flask is first and foremost a design object you can be proud of, beautiful to look at and display; ready to host a little plant life that will change from day to day.

Avocado Flask is the work of famous, award-winning Italian designer Giovanni Tomasini.
Italian design is well known and successful all over the world for its attention to detail, aesthetics and functionality.

  • The design of Avocado Flask has been studied to best accommodate any type of avocado seed, whether round, oval, large or small. The conical opening will always keep the seed firmly in place, dry and protected, without it falling out, which allows the roots to develop freely in the water below.
  • The special hourglass shape has multiple advantages: it reduces the space between the seed and the water, so that the roots can reach it immediately; at the point where the pot narrows, the surface area of water exposed to the air is minimal, reducing infiltration risks from dust and small pests, and the consequent development of mould, bacteria or harmful organisms. This preserves the wholesomeness of the water and reduces evaporation, which allows water to be changed less frequently and to use a minimum amount when topping up.
  • Avocado Flask uses a reduced amount of water, minimising waste. All it takes is 450ml of water to ensure a flourishing germination of your plant. You will be surprised how easily you can fill and empty the jar precisely and without splashing, using the practical funnel-shaped opening.
  • Avocado Flask has a conical-shaped base which guides the growth of the roots in a circular, spiral direction, so as to create a solid support for the seed and vertical growth of the plant and to prepare a root system suitable for eventual removal from the pot for repotting or planting in the ground.
  • The total transparency and continuity of the shape of Avocado Flask, a one-piece blown glass vase, allows the stages of germination: the expansion of the roots and the growth of the seedling, which can be observed in full at all times. This feature is made even more noticeable by the magnifying effect of the water inside.

Removing and preparing the seed

Avocados can be grown at any time of the year, but remember that it is a tropical plant, so it should be kept warm and in an environment that is preferably humid and never overly dry.
Growing an avocado seed is a fairly simple operation. The seed is tough and robust and is usually quite cooperative, even with those who cannot boast of having a green thumb.

The lazier among you should know that filling the Avocado Flask with water and placing the seed in it, with the pointed side up and the wider side facing down (here the seed usually has a small circle in the centre called a knot), may already be enough to successfully initiate germination.

But if you want to get the best results, we recommend following these simple steps, in which we will reveal all the tricks of the trade.

Preparing several seeds at once will certainly give you a better chance of success, especially if you are a beginner.

First of all, the seed must be taken from a ripe avocado; the riper the fruit, the better. To speed up the ripening of the avocado, simply place it in a paper bag or wrap it in newspaper; it will ripen even faster if placed next to fruits such as apples or bananas. Remember that avocados should never be stored in the refrigerator.

  1. Cut the avocado in half, taking care not to cut and damage the seed. It can be easily removed by gripping and twisting the two halves, in the same way as when unscrewing a jar; the seed will remain in one of the two halves and you can remove it using a spoon. Otherwise, you can split the slice in half again and repeat the operation, and in this way you should be able to separate it from the fruit using just your hands.
  2. Once removed, the seed may be slippery; simply rinse it gently under lukewarm running water to remove all pulp residue. It is always best to avoid cold water, as the avocado is a tropical plant that fears low temperatures.
  3. Next, place the seed in a jar by soaking it entirely in lukewarm water; let it soak for a couple of days, then remove it and dry it thoroughly.

With peel or without? Sometimes the seed separates from its thin, brownish skin, known as the “tegument”, when you cut the avocado in half; other times, it loses it when you rinse it afterwards; and the softened skin almost always comes off by itself after the soaking period, . But it can also happen that despite everything, the peel remains firmly attached to the seed. Well, you should know that your avocado seed can sprout even with the skin still attached, but by stripping it, you save it the effort of having to break through this membrane, making growth easier and preventing the spread of mould.

Avocado seed germination

What is germination? It is the seed development phase that leads to the emergence of a new plant. The seed enters the germination phase in the right environmental conditions concerning water, oxygen and temperature.

The first stage takes place in contact with water and is called “imbibition”, where the seed becomes permeable and hydrates by taking in oxygen and water. The second stage is called “digestion” with the synthesis of enzymes and hormones in the seed, nutrients that will be transferred to the growing tissues. In the last stage, the seedling starts to develop in a recognisable way, the radicle, from which the roots will be generated, sprouts at the bottom, while the plumule or plumula, from which the stem and leaves will originate sprout at the top.

  • To reproduce the moist soil in which the seed would be found in nature, you will have to wrap it in a sheet of paper towel, a napkin or a small cloth, slightly moistened with lukewarm water.
  • Place the seed, wrapped in damp cloth, in a plastic food bag, sealing it well; then put it in a dark place. The absence of light serves so as not to influence the spontaneous growth of the roots, which must develop downwards. A drawer or a box will do just fine.
  • Check your avocado seed every three to four days, keeping the cloth moist, until you notice the protrusion of a small white root, called a taproot, at the bottom, . Do not worry if the seed starts to split at the ends, this is normal. If the taproot has emerged from the underside of the seed, you are on the right track: you are witnessing the first sprouting phase of your avocado.

But how long does it take?
The key word when growing avocados is PATIENCE!

There is no definite time frame, the wait to see the first root sprout from the seed depends very much on the strength of the seed, the temperature, and of course the season in which you have decided to start growing.

If, after 4 to 6 weeks, the taproot has still not developed, consider whether you should start again with a new seed.
In winter, however, the seed may remain dormant for a long time and take even more than three months to start germinating.

TREE the very slow explosion of a seed

Bruno Munari

Time to put your seed in the Avocado Flask

  1. Fill the Avocado Flask with lukewarm water, up to the point where the neck of the jar becomes narrower. Place the germinated seed in it with the root facing downwards. The water level should never exceed 1/3 of the seed and the taproot must always be kept submerged; if there is excess water, empty the pot a little. The seed will absorb some of the water and more will evaporate, so remember in the following days to keep the water level constant by topping up the pot regularly.
  2. Place the Avocado Flask in a warm place, preferably free of draughts and sudden changes in temperature. Avocados like to grow in very bright environments, but not exposed to direct sunlight.
  3. Check the development of the seed from day to day. The taproot will grow longer and longer, branching into thin secondary roots. The seed will slowly start to separate into two parts, making room for a leaf bud from which the first sprout will emerge.

Once the seed has germinated and the first small leaves have sprouted, the plant will start to produce its own nutrition through photosynthesis. As a result, you will start to see the roots grow rapidly, as well as the main stem, which will sprout vertically and develop a clump of leaves.
The leaves and stem will tend to lean towards the light source in the room; rotate the pot at least once a week to ensure better exposure and uniform growth on each side.

How often do you change the water? This is also something that must be evaluated carefully: if the water is clear, it means that your plant is in good health. Changing the water weekly can prevent the formation of mould or algae, but if the conditions are good, the water can also be changed every fortnight or even never, simply topping up to keep the level constant.

Transferring the seedling into a pot with soil

The best time to plant your avocado plant in soil is when it has reached a height of 15/20 cm (6/8 inches).

Which pot do you use? The choice of pot is very important for the health of your avocado. We do not recommend the using plastic pots or even enamelled or painted pots; a classic terracotta or clay pot is better and will ensure excellent transpiration without retaining moisture.

  • Get a pot that is not too big, at least 12 cm (5 inches) in diameter and 20/25 cm (8/10 inches) deep. If you are using a terracotta pot, soak it in water for a few minutes first, so that it absorbs water and does not take it from the moist soil you are going to put in it.
  • You must ensure free drainage for the roots; the best choice is a potting soil or peat; soils which are too heavy, compacted or clayey can suffocate and damage the plant. If you decide to use soil taken from your garden, we recommend sifting it to remove roots and weeds.
  • To further aid drainage and prevent water stagnation, we recommend placing small balls of expanded clay 2/3 cm (about 1 inch) thick at the bottom of the pot or placing small pot or dish shards on the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
  • Gently pull the seed out of the Avocado Flask, taking care not to damage the roots and young shoots. Hold the plant suspended inside the pot, pouring the soil around the roots a little at a time until they are evenly covered. Then fill the pot, gently pressing down the soil but never compressing it too much. The avocado seed does not have to be completely buried; make sure that half of the seed remains above ground level.
  • Put the pot in a place where excess water can drain away and moisten it with lukewarm water.
  • In the first few weeks, especially, it is essential to water the plant regularly to keep the soil moist (but not too much). Check every two to three days to ensure that the soil does not become too dry. Overwatering could also harm the plant; if the leaves start to turn light green, yellow or to develop spots, the cause could be too much water.
  • As explained above, this tropical plant prefers a warm climate and bright environments. In the summer months you can put the plant outside, as long as it is always well watered and never exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Avocado plants grow very fast and the roots will need more space, which is why they require annual repotting, in gradually larger pots.

Do you live in a warm climate? You might consider transferring the plant from the pot straight into your garden.


After long weeks of waiting, it might be difficult, almost inconceivable, to think about the idea of grabbing scissors and cleanly cutting the stem with its beautiful green leaves. However, pruning the avocado plant is not a compulsory practice for cultivation, but be aware that cutting the stem early is a good thing, as it encourages regeneration and growth.

When the plant is developed from seed, the main stem tends to grow a lot, leaning upwards like a lamp post. By pruning your plant wisely, you can adjust its height to your liking; the leaves will grow back more luxuriant and stronger than before, and you will achieve a full, balanced shape. The development of the roots will also benefit from this pruning because, by slowing down the growth of the stem, they will have time to develop more, strengthening the plant.

Cutting can be done when the plant is in the Avocado Flask or when it is already in the pot with soil.

We recommend the first pruning, when the plant has reached a height of at least 20/25 cm. 

  • Use a pair of garden clippers or some scissors, the important thing is that they are sharp. To prevent the spread of fungi or bacteria in the plant, the blades should be disinfected with 90° denatured alcohol before cutting.
  • The cut should be made diagonally, just above (about 5mm) one of the leaf nodes. How to recognise leaf nodes It is easy; leaf nodes are those small breaks in the stem, which can be seen with the naked eye and also felt by touch. At these points you should notice tiny buds, which may develop new branches. You can cut the stem above any of the knots, at your discretion, and according to the height you wish to achieve.

Pruning can be repeated periodically, both on the stem and on new branches, to initiate new branching processes, thus shaping the plant and guiding its growth.

Diagonal cuts opposite the knot at a distance of approximately 5mm

How many types of avocado are there?

You will have to take care of your plant for many years before you see it produce avocados; an avocado tree takes an average of 5 to 13 years to bear fruit. But it may never produce any, as several mature plants are needed for cross-pollination by insects to occur.

There are over 500 varieties of avocados in the world and they differing in colour, size, shape, texture and degree of ripeness attainable. However, the most widespread commercial varieties are “only” around 15.

At the top of the podium is the Hass avocado, the world’s most widespread, and popular for its flavour and creamy texture. Suffice to say that 80% of the avocados marketed in the US are of this variety. Other well-known types are the Bacon, Reed, Fuerte, Pinkerton, Gwen and Zultan varieties.

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best moment is now.

Ancient Chinese proverb

Avocado (Persea Americana) history

The long history of the avocado is extremely compelling and curious. From prehistoric times to the present day, it has seen several name changes, monopolised economies, involved prehistoric animals, Aztecs and Mayans, lucky postmen, film stars and even the Super Bowl. But how did this tribal fruit turn into a globally consumed and appreciated foodstuff?

There are several theories on the origin and spread of the avocado. One of the best known of them dates the first traces to several million years ago, in the central southern area of Mexico; a period during which large land mammals, ancestors of mammoths, habitually fed on it and evacuating its seeds after covering long distances, they contributed to its spread across the planet. Other scholars theorise instead that it originated in Africa and only later arrived in Central America.

What seems fairly certain is that human cultivation of the avocado began in Mexico and Central America, becoming an integral part of the culture of pre-Columbian peoples such as the Maya and Mokaya. In fact, in the fourteenth month of the Mayan calendar we find the glyph of the avocado, as well as on some tombs, underlining the social and ritual importance of this fruit. The avocado was well known even to the Aztecs; documented traces of avocado cultivation dating back to 750 BC have been found in Peru.

It was the Spanish colonisers, who returned to their homeland in the 17th century, who brought the precious fruit to Europe.

The original name coined by the Aztecs was “Ahuacatl“ which literally meant “testicle” because of its resemblance to the aforementioned body part. The Spaniards renamed it “aguacate”, which was easier for them to pronounce; instead, it was the Irishman Sir Hans Sloane in 1696 who came up with the present name “Avocado”, although the English apparently preferred “Avocado pear”. The more bizarre name “Alligator pear”, due to its dark, wrinkled skin, comes from some US traders who used it when it was first marketed in California.

It was the Californian traders who, faced with the initial poor commercial success, decided to conduct a rebranding operation; any reference to intimate parts and threatening reptiles was removed, relaunching the more exotic and simple name “Avocado”, which has officially and almost universally been used since then.

The cornerstone in the history of the commercial spread of avocados is due to the American, Rudolf Hass, a postman by profession and amateur horticulturist. In 1926, Hass began to buy plants and to conduct several experiments, with crosses and grafts, but with little success. Just when he was about to throw in the towel, he almost accidentally obtained a particularly tasty and creamy variety of avocado, which he patented under his own name. Today, the Hass variety is the most widely grown in the USA and the most popular and consumed variety all over the world.

In the 1920s, there was massive publicity for the avocado in American magazines and newspapers. It was during this period that it probably began to imprint itself in the collective imagination as an aristocratic, luxury food.

In the following decades, the avocado enjoyed increasing popularity and crops began to multiply; the largest producing countries to date are Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Indonesia, the United States, Chile and Brazil. In Italy, avocado plants have been cultivated for several decades in Sicily, Calabria and Sardinia.

Other epochal commercial boosts came during the 1990s, when Californian growers went to great lengths to propose guacamole (avocado-based) sauce as the official snack to be consumed during the American football final on the famous Super Bowl Sunday. According to many, the strong following of Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow, a great promoter of this superfood, contributed to the avocado’s strong revival in the 2000s, so much so that in 2013 she included it in her popular healthy cookbook “It’s All Good”.

The strong expansion of the global avocado industry has unfortunately led to its cultivation becoming increasingly difficult and environmentally demanding. So much so that it poses a serious threat of deforestation in some areas of Mexico. Indeed, there is a tendency to cut down wild trees to make room for Hass avocado plants, and that is without counting the enormous amount of water needed to grow these plants.

In response to these environmental but also political issues, numerous initiatives and brands have sprung up to promote a sustainable cultivation concept and the fair trade of avocados throughout the supply chain. This awareness has been helping to make the sector safer and fairer in recent years.

One of the most astonishing aspects of the avocado’s history lies in the fact that over the centuries, this tropical fruit has managed to reach the whole world and enter many different cultures, literally making everyone who has come into contact with it fall in love with it.
Today we find avocados on toast, in sushi, burritos, salads, smoothies and… in so many people’s hearts!

Be inspired and inspire others

With Avocado Flask, we hope to stimulate your curiosity and transmit your passion for nature, encouraging you to turn a seed into a flourishing avocado plant.

Share pictures of your seedling with us on social media, we look forward to seeing your progress.


I see everywhere in nature, for example in trees, capacity for expression and, so to speak, a soul.

Vincent van Gogh

There are lots of other plants you can grow in your pot

It can be said that growing avocado seeds is an activity that never gets boring, but should you wish to experiment with something different, your Avocado Flask can be adapted for germination or hydroponic cultivation, of dozens of fantastic little seedlings.

Using a similar procedure to that of the avocado, you can easily sprout sweet potato tubers and beautiful tulips from the bulb.

Other spectacular plants can grow and thrive for a long time in hydroculture in the Avocado Flask, requiring much less effort and care than a plant grown in the ground; they simply need to be kept with their roots submerged in water. Those that are best suited to this type of cultivation, with the certainty of a good degree of success, are: Pothos, Philodendron, Dracaena, Croton, Zamioculcas (Zamia), Clusia, Anthurium, Zerbina, Papyrus, Pilea, Chlorophytum (Spider plant), Singonium, Monstera, Aglaonema, Spathiphyllum, Sansevieria, Calathea and Strelizia.
You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Caring for your Avocado Flask

Like any object designed to hold water, the Avocado Flask may also be subject to limescale build-up in areas where water tends to evaporate. To remove that annoying matt patina, a mild limescale cleaner would suffice, but what we recommend is a more natural, simple, eco-friendly and economical solution: lemon!

Simply pour lemon juice on the affected area, or rub it with a lemon wedge, then leave it for 10-15 minutes, wipe with a non-abrasive sponge, rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly.
Lemon not only has a remarkable cleaning capacity, capable of removing limescale residue, it is also a natural sanitiser and disinfectant, which additionally releases a pleasant citrus scent.

If the build up is stubborn and difficult to reach with a sponge in some places, fill your Avocado Flask with a solution consisting of the juice of two lemons, vinegar and warm water. Leave it to sit overnight and rinse the next day, after wiping with a non-abrasive sponge.

You will be surprised at how clear and shiny the glass will be again.