Avocados are everywhere! These little green fruits are the most popular ingredients in countless desserts and meals these days. They have become immensely popular due to their amazing taste and aroma.
What makes them so special is their high nutritional value. They contain a lot of fiber, vitamins (B6, B5, K, E, C), potassium, and healthy fats. But, the more popular the fruit is, the higher its value becomes on the market.
In fact, grocery stores are trying to make as much profit as they can. Therefore, they have increased the price of avocado by a shocking 25%. As a result, it is better to grow your own avocado tree. This way, you can definitely save some money.
How to Grow an Avocado Tree
Planting an avocado tree from a seed is not as hard as you’d think.
To start, clean the seed first. Next, pay attention to the top end and bottom end of the seed. You should keep the top end dry and the bottom end in water. From the top, the avocado will sprout, while the root will grow from the bottom end.
The slightly pointier edge of the seed is the top, and the flat one is the bottom.
Next, take 4 toothpicks and stick them at a downward angle in the seed like in the picture below.
These toothpicks are the avocado scaffolding which will help the seed rest in the water.
Once you have pierced the seed with toothpicks, place it in a glass of water half submerged. Place the glass under direct sunlight.
Note: Use a glass to see when the root will start to grow.
Change the water every five days. This way you can prevent bacteria, mold, and fungus from growing.
Be patient. It will take around 8 weeks for the avocado to sprout. Once the taproot has emerged, do not let it dry out. Otherwise, the plant will die.
Once the plant reaches 6’’, place it in a pot with soil. Also, use humus soil and place the plant somewhere sunny. Remember, avocados love the sun. The warmer, the better. Moreover, keep the soil moist, but not saturated.
Therefore, do not over-water your plant.
When the stem is 12 inches tall, remove the top 2 sets of leaves to encourage the plant to grow more and become bushy. Furthermore, avocado trees tend to attract a lot of bugs. So, you have to get rid of them to prevent them from damaging your plant.
Avocados love a warm climate. Therefore, keep the plant indoors during winter.
When Will Avocados Grow Fruit?
It is difficult to say. Sometimes the avocado plant will grow fruit after 3 to 4 years, while others will take 15 years. Therefore, it is a good idea to plant a few avocado trees at the same time.
However, don’t expect the avocado you grow to have the same taste like the one that yielded the seed. Commercial avocados are much different than the naturally grown ones.
Have you tried growing an avocado before? Let us know!