Avocados are tropical fruits that can rarely be seen growing outside South America. People have tried planting them in another environment and failed, as they need a lot of sun. However, just because it’s hard, it doesn’t mean that you can’t grow avocados on your own.
The avocado tree is pretty tall, with some specimens growing up to 70 feet. It has nice greenish flowers and a pear-shaped fruit that grows 4-9 inches. The avocados have a greenish-white flesh and a single seed in the center of the fruit. The good thing about avocados is that they can be grown at home – it’s pretty easy and all you need is the pit.
How to grow avocados at home
Growing avocados at home is a simple and fun process, and you don’t need to worry about the height – they won’t reach 70 feet in your home. The trick for growing an avocado seed at home is getting a ripe avocado, whose seeds are best for planting. Once you get it, open the fruit and remove the seed gently, then wash it well and leave it to dry or pat it dry with a paper towel. Now, stab 3 toothpicks at an angle into the seed, then lower it in a glass of water with the pointy side up. Put the glass (or jar) in a sunny spot and make sure that the seed lies in at least an inch of water always. In about 4-6 weeks, the seed should split. A stem should emerge from the top and there should already be roots at the bottom. Once the stem reaches 6 inches, cut it down to 3 to reinforce it. As time passes, you should notice small leaves on the stem.
After about 7-8 weeks, you should plant the pit. Take a medium-sized pot and fill it with enriched soil, then make a hole in the middle and plant the avocado seed. Make sure the soil is wet, but not muddy at all times. Avocados love sunlight, so they need to stay at a sunny spot. The tree will grow bigger with more sunlight, and should be watered normally. If the leaves become yellowish, you’re watering it too much. If they’re brown and fried, the soil is too salty. This is why it’s important that the pot has big drainage holes at the bottom which won’t allow the soil to become too wet.
Once the tree reaches 12 inches, cut it down to 6. This will encourage new growth and make it bushier. As you’re growing the avocado tree indoors, you shouldn’t expect fruit for about 10 years. Even then, the fruits will be smaller than the average avocado. However, the tree looks great in your home and will keep your air clean of toxins as well.
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