When I left for vacation in early August, the Avocado pit that I planted back in May had finally begun to sprout, and was about an inch tall. Having forgot about it just after we returned, since we were trying to get back into routine, my mom asked me one day after work if I had seen it since I returned. I answered no, and she took me by the hand and brought me into the other room, where I had placed the glass vase on the fireplace mantle. Walking in, it was dark, so I couldn't see it right away, but when she turned on the lights, I saw how much it had grown.
I started doing research on how to care for am adolescent avocado tree, and everything that I read talked about pinching. Initially, I was confused by the term "pinching," but I figured out that what they meant is to cut off the top of the plant to begin the growth of new branches. By pinching off the top set of leaves, it tricks the plant to begin a new sub-stem, which just ends up being a branch that will grow leaves, instead of only having leaves coming off of the main branch.
I just recently did this, after waiting for a few more leaves to show up, so I'm not a part of the waiting game for the tree to start its new branches. I'm really hoping that this works, because having a nice full tree would be great!
I also read that you can try to put the leaf and bud into a small glass of water to see if it starts to sprout roots, so I did that and we'll see what happens. I doubt that it will survive and start to grow, but it can't hurt to try, right?
Have you successfully grown an avocado tree? What did you do to help it branch out?