How To Grow Your Own Avocado

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Kissing under coconut palms has by now become a cliché – but kissing under the avocado tree may just prove to be the new face of romance. Besides its use as the dreamy lovers' little helper, avocados are surprisingly well-suited to other real-life purposes too: the exotic fruit is highly nutritious and packs high quantities of potassium, fiber, antioxidants and monounsaturated fatty acids essential to the healthy functioning of the human body. The numerous uses for avocado oil (both in the kitchen and in skin and hair care regimens) make this charming plant a perfect botanical addition to your home. If you feel up to growing a private fruit-bearing avocado garden from a single seed, here are some useful tips to help get you started.

 

A sprout from scratch

Take out the stone from the centre of an avocado, rinse it thoroughly to remove leftover flesh and dry it with a soft cloth. Then, insert three or four toothpicks at the widest part of the pit about halfway in at a slight downwards angle. This will create a little scaffolding so that you would be able to place the pit above a glass of water, with the pointed end facing upwards, and the flat part down. Fill the glass with H2O and set the avocado stone atop, soaking about one inch of the seed in the liquid. Place the glass at a warm spot and re-fill it as the water evaporates to keep the bottom side of the seed constantly soaked until it sprouts.

 

Moving on to solid ground

The sprouting stage will take between two and six weeks, and once the stem reaches around six inches in length, trim it to half to get your avocado to leaf. Once the stem of the baby avocado sprouts again, take the pit gently off the glass rim and transplant it into a pot with hummus soil. When planting the seed, make sure the baby roots are facing down and leave the upper half of the pit exposed. Keep the pot in a sunny spot and regularly water your avocado. Do not feed it small quantities of water daily, though: avocados love an occasional deep soak, but the soil should always be moist, not saturated (else the leaves will turn yellow and you will have to let your baby out to dry for a few days).

 

Your baby avocado's growing up

When the stem reaches twelve inches in length, trim it down to six inches to promote growth. As stronger leaves begin to develop, consider pruning your avocado to encourage fuller foliage. Once your baby avocado turns a teenager, it will probably no longer feel comfortable with restricted spaces (a teenage avocado is still every bit of an average teenager, after all) so you should transplant it into a bigger pot or your garden if you live in an area with warm climate. Transplant the little tree in a sunny garden spot with well-watered soil with 6-6.5 pH come springtime (you may want to bring out the plant regularly out to acclimatize to its new environment beforehand).

 

The fruit of your labor

A maturing avocado tree should be watered two or three times a week by thorough soaks. If possible, use coarse yard much made from shredded leaves or tree bark and fertilize it with Nitrogen and regular houseplant fertilizer. With patience and care, your avocado tree will produce its first flowers, but do not be discouraged if it does not bear fruit after a few years: some avocados take 5-13 years to produce fruit, while some trees never do, and this is normal. Do not be a bigot – avocados do not like discrimination, you know. And besides, you will have a beautiful low-maintenance plant for a romantic kissing spot in your yard, which should be enough of a reward for your gardening labor.

 

From seed to a mature plant, avocados love attention, water and sun – so provide these aplenty and your little tree will soon rock out lovely leaves and charming yellow blossoms to return the care and love invested in it.


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