Gardening At Home: Grow Avocado Trees At Home In 5 Simple Steps
June 4, 2018 12:56 By AliveTips
Avocados have recently become very popular, and we won't hesitate to say it's the most popular ingredient in restaurant meals and many home recipes. Yes, avocados are everywhere. Only those stranded on a deserted island for the past couple years haven't heard about this fruit!
Well, we must admit that the popularity of avocado is well deserved. Not only does it taste good, but it's also stuffed with substances useful to our bodies. Those include potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E. What is more, avocados contain heart-healthy fats and a lot of fiber.
The only downside of the ‘avocado trend’ is the high price of this fruit. Over the past year, the average price of avocados has gone up by over 25%. Of course, you don't have to give up this incredibly healthy fruit to save you money.
Today, we'll tell you how to grow an avocado tree in a small pot at home. All you need is one avocado, some time, and love.
Here is an instruction on how to grow an avocado tree from a seed:
Take one avocado, take out the seed and clean it carefully. Stick four toothpicks into the bottom of the seed at equal distances apart, about halfway down. Make sure you know which end is top and which is the bottom. Get a glass of water and set your seed in it. The toothpicks should keep it soaking in an inch of water.
Place the glass with the seed out of direct sunlight but in a warm place until the stem grows to six inches and the roots are visible. This growth should take between two to six weeks. After you get a 6-inch sprout, cut it back to three inches. Wait for more leaves to grow and for the stem to reach six inches again.
Get a large plant pot, about ten inches in diameter. The pot must have a small hole in the bottom for drainage. Fill it with nutrient rich soil. Make a small hole in the soil and place the seed into it, making sure the half of the seed is exposed above the soil.
3. Take Care
Move the planted tree to a sunny area of your home. Water it generously and regularly, ensuring that the soil remains moist but not saturated. When you water it, always let the excess water drain through the hole in the pot.
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Keep taking care of your tree, and it will finally flourish. You might have to wait a couple of years until you see the fruit. But when it does, you’ll be enjoying your very own fresh and delicious avocados.