This little green fruit has been added to meals in almost every restaurant and home recipe possible. Avocado contains potassium, vitamins B, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E as well as possessing heart-healthy fats and a high fiber content. To save yourself some money and be able to eat fresh, organic avocados growing your own avocado tree is a must. The word tree may insinuate that you need an enormous amount of space. However, an avocado is a small and easy to grow tree.
How To Grow Your Own Avocado Tree
There are several ways to grow an avocado tree out of a pit. You can grow it in a flowerpot. Given proper exposure to sunlight, you can keep it as a houseplant. Here’s how to grow it from seed.
Carefully clean the avocado seed and ensure you know which end is top and which is the bottom. Stick four toothpicks into the seed at equal distances apart about halfway down. From there get a glass of water and set your seed in it, the toothpicks should keep it soaking in an inch of water. The seed should be placed out of direct sunlight but in a warm place until the stem has grown to six inches and the roots are visible. This growth should take between two to six weeks, at which point the stem should be cut back to three inches. Wait for more leaves to grow and for the stem to reach six inches again before planting.
Transplant the seedling into a flowerpot. Choose a medium-sized flowerpot and good quality potting soil. Plant the seedling so that the top of the seed is somewhat exposed. This ensures that the base of the seedling trunk doesn’t rot under the soil.
Once the avocado tree is planted, move it into a sunny area of your home. Water the tree generously and regularly, ensuring that the water remains moist but not saturated. If the leaves begin to turn brown and dry, it is a clear sign that the plant isn’t getting enough water and if the leaves begin to turn yellow and droop, you are over watering the plant. To rectify the situation, don’t water the plant for a few days and lower the amount of water you give it in future. Fertilize during the growing period (spring and summer).
Prune as desired. Nip off the tips of shooting branches to encourage side growths and enjoy in your fresh and organic avocados.