Avocados are very healthy choice when it comes to guacamole or salad. If you find it hard to visit the grocery stores regularly to purchase the fresh avocados, you can grow a tree of avocado at your home and it is very easy. Here are some easy and simple steps through you can grow a tree of avocados without any worries.
STEP 1: Buy some fresh organic avocados and and wash them. Don’t remove the brown skin from the pit and soak it into the water for 10 minutes.
STEP 2: Avocado pits are not perfectly round, but they have a top and bottom side. The roots come from the bottom end and you need to find it carefully. The pointer end is actually the top side and its opposite is bottom, you can distinguish it easily. Make sure that you place the bottom end in water, which is slightly flatter than the top.
STEP 3: Now, bring some toothpicks and inject them at the middle of avocado seed while maintain some space between them. Take a look at picture below, before inserting the toothpicks.
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STEP 4: Find a place where sunlight is available and leave the glass here. Try to use a clear glass to keep an eye when the roots are beginning to grow. Change the water after 2 to 3 days to avoid the fungus growth.
STEP 5: Most of the growers says that it takes four weeks in sprouting, but some time it takes nearly eight weeks. Stay patient and keep an eye on the growing seed. The brown seed skin will start cracking after some, and a tiny root will come out of the bottom. The root will keep growing longer and longer until a small sprout appear from the top of the seed. Make sure the taproot remain submerged all the time, otherwise your plant will die.
STEP 6: When it comes to planting the newly born sprouts, there are a few tricks. Cut about 3 inches off the stem, when it reaches 6 – 7 inches in length, as this will make the new part grow faster. Then cut it and put it in a rich humus soil pot, when it has reached 6 – 7 inches again. The best pot to use is with a 8 – 10 inch diameter. Before placing it in a place with plenty of sunshine, make sure that you leave the top half of the seed exposed.
STEP 7: You need to know two things in this stage of planting your own avocado, about its relationship with water: the soil must always be moist. If you start to see yellow leaves, it’s a sign that you need to refill water and that you have waited too long. But there is no need to panic though, because the plant will need some time to absorb the water and continue after it has dried.
STEP 8: By pinching out the top two sets of leaves, you will encourage the plant to grow larger. Do this when the stem has reached about 12 inches in height. When another 6 inches have grown additionally on the plant, repeat the same method.
STEP 9: If you happen to come see some nasty bugs walking on your avocado, like aphids, you will need to remove them off the avocado immediately. You can do this by gently hosing or showering down your plant. Spray the avocado tree with a solution of water mixed with one teaspoon of neem oil and a few drops of dishwashing liquid, when there are no more pests on it. Check it after 4 – 5 days to see if it’s clean. If its not, repeat the same process until you see its clean.
STEP 10: In the winter or autumn, when it gets cooler than 45 degrees F, so it won’t freeze to death, you must bring the baby avocado tree indoor.
And here you have all the necessary information on how to plant your own avocado tree from a seed. The tree will begin to give fruit, after a couple or so years. Sometimes, some trees may take about 15 years to bear fruit, and some never do at all. Even if your commercial avocado – seed you used to plant the tree is advertised as the tastiest fruit on Earth, you can’t expect that yours should be the same. Avocados grown naturally are different. You can grow several avocado trees simultaneously to aid with pollination and you must ensure that your fruits are good as well.
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